How To Host A Summer Movie Night

How To Host A Summer Movie Night

Photo: Threesixtyecotique.com

When the long, hot days of summer turn to warm moonlit nights, why not get together for some convivial movie screenings. Invite a few friends over, wait until the sun goes down, and host your own film night with vintage screens, projectors, and of course, freshly buttered popcorn. There’s a lot of great retro cinema pieces floating through Krrb right now just so grab the goods and get to screening

Budget Vs. Splurge — The Entryway

Budget Vs. Splurge — The Entryway

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An entryway is really the gateway to the home — where you drop your bag, set down your keys and invite yourself back to the serenity of your space. All too often, it turns into a place of clutter and forgotten junk mail. With a little purpose, the first spot you see when you open the door can become a beautiful, welcoming area. If your foyer needs an update, consider a rustic, English look or a simple shabby chic decor for any budget

In Search Of — Portables

In Search Of — Portables

A little dog to-go. Photo: Citybaseapartments.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Items To-Go” and we’ve got loads of them.

Summer is the time of year when everything needs to be extra convenient. There are parks to visit, camping adventures to plan and road trips to make. With life on-the-move, we’re searching for everything portable and ready to go

In Search Of — Lacquer

In Search Of — Lacquer

Photo: Etsy.com/shop/OrsaMaggioreVintage

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Lacquer” and we’ve got loads of items covered in it.

Lacquer — the shiny candy-colored coating on tables and chairs is taking homes by storm. As the layered gloss dries and hardens, it provides a shiny protective sealant for lamps, furniture and accessories in a rainbow of colors. First used in Asia and then found in Europe in the 17th century, lacquer is showing up in all sorts of designs around the world

Dishes — Portland, Maine Vs. San Francisco, California

Dishes — Portland, Maine Vs. San Francisco, California

We grew up with two sets of dishes — the everyday plain set and the fancy china tucked into the cabinet that only saw the light of day on Thanksgiving and grandma’s birthday. But what about an in-between set? A funky set of dishes full of character that can be pulled out for every dinner party and birthday? We searched for dish sets in both California and Maine and found two mod sets with very different personalities

Local Finds — RePOP in Brooklyn, New York

Local Finds — RePOP in Brooklyn, New York

Russell Boyle sits at his checkout counter at RePOP.

When Russell Boyle guides you through his Williamsburg shop, RePOP, he’s in director mode. He points to where his favorite set pieces are, highlights which areas need to be reworked and happily walks through where his themes and vision are coming through. Russell pauses under a taxidermic turkey fanning its tail above a bright blue industrial file cabinet. That area works, Russell says. It’s colorful and captivating.

Local Finds — RePOP in Brooklyn, New York

A gobbler spreads its wings.

He’s rethinking the entryway where a metal lamp reaches over a Mid-Century leather chair. It needs to be more cozy, he says, so he plans to slide in a low coffee table. His goal: To make people feel welcome to walk around and stay awhile

In Search Of — Flat Files

In Search Of — Flat Files

Photo: A couple made this flat file, sold it, and were later reunited with their beloved piece. Read more of their story: Blogdelanine.blogspot.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Flat Files” and we’ve got loads of them.

Flat files are used to store papers, blueprints and maps. While they might be made of rusting metal or wood that’s seen happier days, flat files are the beginning of great DIY projects and can be turned into footboard-storage solutions, table bases and glass-top art display cases as seen on Design*Sponge

Small Town, USA — 10 Quirky American Festivals

Small Town, USA — 10 Quirky American Festivals

Photo: Photoblog.statesman.com

We love the unconventional. With Americana on our mind, we searched high and low for festivals that celebrate eccentricity on a neighborhood level. From bizarre food festivals to celebrations of hometown characters championing the local way of life, we round up 10 truly unique festivals that proudly wave their freak flags high. Read on to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods

In Search Of — Animal Print

In Search Of — Animal Print

Photo: Jukani.co.za

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Animal Print” and we’ve got loads of it.

There’s no better way to swank up a room than with a few choice animal-inspired items. Whether it’s the classic black and white look of zebra stripes or the wild wonder of leopard print, we’re scouting out the safari look

10 New Reasons to Visit State Fairs This Year

10 New Reasons to Visit State Fairs This Year

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Deep-fried pickles and icy strawberry lemonade. Eat it all and try to keep it down on the tilt-a-whirl. Along with food you never knew could be fried, state fairs have long honored home-grown spirit and local agriculture and businesses. Many state fairs use the exposure to present new ideas and community startups. These 10 summer celebrations are trying something new this year while making sure the classics stay intact (don’t worry, there will still be plenty of deep fried goodness)

In Search Of — Purple

In Search Of — Purple

Photo: Tranquillity-scio-studio.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “the color Purple” (not the book and movie) and we’ve got loads of it.

Purple was a hue reserved for royalty and bishops and according to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, the color of rain. Striking when found in nature like in irises and violets, we keep spotting the lovely hue all over the Krrb listings lately

Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning to Professional Reseller

Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning to Professional Reseller

Lyssa Balick of Maryland, grew her vintage furniture shop from hobby to professional business.

What began as hobby has become a career for Lyssa Balick of Maryland. Secondhand furniture was always a personal passion for Lyssa, who furnished her own home almost completely with used items. She started as a Mid-Century Modern buyer for Orions Objects in Baltimore before setting up her own business. Now, her shop Off Main is a place for her to sell affordable vintage furniture. Lyssa continues to grow her business, recently moving into a new studio space. She shares her personal tips for becoming a professional reseller

Blog Challenge — Better After’s Dresser Makeover with Lindsey Allen

Blog Challenge — Better Afters Dresser Makeover with Lindsey Allen

“Better After” brings together the best of DIY makeover projects, including the great gold paint effect used on this console. Photo: Burlapandlaceblog.blogspot.com

We challenged Lindsey Allen of furniture makeover blog “Better After” to share a few of her favorite fixer upper ideas using pieces on Krrb as inspiration. Check out the what creative suggestions she came up with for two dressers in need of a little TLC

10 American Tourist Traps Worth A Stop

10 American Tourist Traps Worth A Stop

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The tourist traps dotting American highways exist solely to collect your cash and send you packing with nothing to show but a tacky keychain. Right? Sure, they’re kitschy and yeah, they’re sometimes a headache, but we’d argue there are a few attractions that are well worth the trip. So pull that RV over, slather on some sunscreen and get ready for a tour of our favorite Americana travel stops

In Search Of — Porcelain

In Search Of — Porcelain

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Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Porcelain” and we’ve got loads of it.

Porcelain, or fine china, is made from clay heated at a high temperature. Strong and translucent, porcelain’s name comes from the old Italian word for a shell. Now, we see it in dishes, art and housewares in markets and on Krrb. Here are a few of our favorite porcelain finds

Local Finds — Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery in Kingston, New York

Local Finds — Milnes At Home Antiques and Gallery in Kingston, New York

An eclectic assortment of framed photos hangs over ceramic pottery in Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery in Kingston, New York.

Just 90 miles north of New York City is a quaint, artist-rich town, full of history and antique treasures. Kingston, New York, is the county seat of Ulster County, where painters, home restorations and sculptors are flocking from the city. Last year, the city gained notoriety for the red goats painted across landmarks in protest of government actions. Even musicians and activists have discovered the city — Pete Seeger docks his famed Sloop Clearwater ship here along the Hudson River.

After 40 years in Manhattan, one well-known shop relocated to this vibrant town to sell antique iron and wood pieces. Owner Rebekah Milne heads up the shop her parents founded, Milne’s At Home Antiques and Gallery, which is filled with items from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries

19 Memorable Belt Buckles

19 Memorable Belt Buckles

In her “Like A Virgin” phase, Madonna wore an iconic “Boy Toy” belt buckle. Photo: Life

Belt Buckles are the stuff of American legends. The shiny metal clasp held up cowboy britches, secured saddles and even adorned Madonna in her “Like A Virgin” era.

Dating back to its earliest known use around the 3rd or 2nd century B.C. by a semi-nomadic Xiongnu people, buckles have been a tool for harnessing, fastening and expressing adornment for millennia. Collectors Weekly compared today’s belt buckles to crowns. The bigger and more ornate the buckle, the higher the status of the wearer.

Whether you like your buckles Western-style or sleek, we think it’s important to know the history of the most iconic latches. We’ve rounded up 19 of our favorite belt buckles and a few of the tales that go along with them. And if you’re looking for your own buckles, find classic pieces in brass and pewter or go all-out tacky with retro items like old Nintendo games or gold-dipped cassette tapes. Just remember to wear them with pride

Budget Vs. Splurge — Office Space

Budget Vs. Splurge — Office Space

A clean and streamlined office space makes getting work done less of a headache. A few small additions like a bright lamp and potted plants create a sense of comfort and warmth. Combine natural elements like wood with industrial metal pieces for a layered look or design on a theme like Mid-Century Modern. Both looks are easily attainable at any budget so you can get down to work. Whether you have $800 to spend or less than $200, update your work area (and productivity!) with these finds

In Search Of — Pitchers

In Search Of — Pitchers

Photo: Etsy.com/shop/jacklom3

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Pitchers” and we’ve got loads of them.

Fill it to the brim with lemonade this summer or arrange a bouquet of sunflowers in a glass pitcher during its offseason. Pitchers are perfect for homemade iced tea or as a makeshift vase and we’re loving the assortment of vessels we’re seeing on Krrb

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