7 High Style Botanical DIYs to Transform Your Space

Photo: Monstercircus.com

Photo: Monstercircus.com

Is your space calling out for a makeover while your bank account is looking pretty sparse? Cheer up! There are a ton of DIYs to fit taste and budget, and your inspiration even can come from nature itself. If you’re a fan of plants, we’ve found a fair share of botanical DIYs that add so much color to your little collection of succulents and air plants. Each project is a great way to add a refreshing dose of greenery into your home while also keeping the maintenance minimal. Go ahead – check out some of the wildest ideas we’ve found, and give them a go

5 Great Ways to Repurpose an Entertainment Center

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Furnishism.com

You might feel that your entertainment center has seen its better days, but we promise that there are brighter ones to come for it in another room or, perhaps, in the same room with just a new coat of paint. If you’d like to do your part in avoiding human overconsumption and environmental irresponsibility, try these 5 great ways to repurpose an entertainment center. You’ll be surprised at how beneficial it just might be to keep an old friend around

Hand Me Down – Jessica Blackman’s Tank Top

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Jessica Blackman is that cool kid who showed up to work at Krrb one day in a casual sweatshirt. We all like to lounge about here, and so the sweatshirt wasn’t the spectacle – just a noble nod to office culture. The following day, however, she returned in the same sweatshirt, minus the sleeves. When questioned, Jessica responded the only way a Krrb muse can

My Favorite Find – William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill: Makers of Books and Beer

William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill love the way this cookbook looks.

William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill love the way this cookbook looks.

William Bostwick (the writer) and Jessi Rymill (the designer) met working on various book projects for publishing houses like Phaidon and Chronicle. And like all truly independent thinkers, they eventually decided to band together and create their own books. Since they were brewing a lot of beer together at home but missing the definitive DIY guidebook, they figured they’d drive from Brooklyn to San Francisco and interview their favorite brewers along the way. After a six week sojourn, they settled in the City by the Bay with the makings of a great how-to on stovetop brewing

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Incoming drones. Photo: Fosterandpartners.com

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

Finally a solution to post-lunch energy slumps, how to make coffee and the future of drones is almost here

How-To Make an Upcycled Cake Stand with Blogger Amy Anderson

There’s nothing like an upcycling project to make everything old seem new to you again. Krrb teamed up with Amy Anderson, enthusiastic Brooklyn blogger of Parker Etc for a DIY using repurposed dishes. Amy shows us how to use old plates and candlesticks to create cake stands, tiered pastry dishes, and even catch-alls for jewelry. With a little creativity (and some super strong glue) you’ll want to try out this DIY on your tired, old dinner plates.

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Books

Photo: Thelala.com

Photo: Thelala.com

The digital age has all but eaten up that quiet, dusty time when humans would grab (would touch even) a book to read. We no longer visit the library to pull them from the shelves. In fact, those shelves of colorful, often historical, book spines are being swallowed quickly by our turn towards the future.

Okay, enough moaning—the digital reading onslaught is awesome. Now we can read anywhere, at anytime, and off of anything we choose. No more lugging around thick collections of man’s environmental waste when it’s no longer necessary. These five great ways to repurpose old books show you how to hold on to the nostalgia of page-turning while also tapping to the next chapter of The Tempest in the palm of your hand

The Creative Stylings of Brandy and Sean Wen from Greenpoint’s Yellow House Collective

S0488607A few months ago, we had the chance to stop by Yellow House Collective‘s storefront in Greenpoint. After spending so much time drooling over their Krrb listings, seeing them in real life did not disappoint. While their stock is meticulously curated, everything is playfully arranged so that you feel like you’re walking through a stylish Mid-century cocktail party. Get to know the creative couple behind the company, Brandy and Sean Wen, and try to make it through the whole interview before leaving to add something to your picks

Local Art Inspires Love Nationwide on September 26

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America is having a moment. Seven cities from across the country are opening up their arts—I mean, hearts—to us this weekend, and you might live in one of them. From Philly’s countdown preparation for Pope Francis to buying the best art in the Bay Area, check out how our local artists are spreading the love this weekend. First come, first serve

Hand Me Down — Judi Stroh’s Victorian Lamp

Hand Me Down — Judi Stroh's Victorian Lamp

Notice the rubber nose hanging from the lamp.

Welcome to our new series about gifts given across generations. Hand me downs often have a connotation of being cast-offs, no longer wanted items. Not anymore, we’re interviewing owners over those preowned, preloved items they’ve inherited to find out what they do with them. First off, is longtime Krrb member Judi Stroh sharing the history behind a repurposed kerosene lamp. (And check out the hand me downs for sale in her Krrb corner

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

A Mona Lisa selfie. Photo: Chilloutpoint.com

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

Ever wonder what it takes to make a sandwich from scratch? Find out this week on our roundup of the best of the internet. Stay around for stunning calligraphy and a deeper look at the selfie movement

Tailor Made – Double The Life of Your Clothes With These Seven Tips

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From repairing, to reinforcing, to re-imagining, a tailor is an asset to the everyday shopper, but to the secondhand-styled, they can be a godsend! Sometimes all it takes is a much needed alteration to transform an ill-fitting relic of yesteryear into a dashing closet staple. Smart tailoring not only doubles your money by buying secondhand and vintage, it also lets you explore your creative side with custom rejigging all the while supporting local businesses. Here are seven tips you’ll want to check out before you get those pants taken in

20 Things That Will Catch Your Eye at the DMA

20 Things That Will Catch Your Eye at the DMA

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to visit the Dallas Museum of Art. If you have ever visited the DMA, you know what a treat it is! As one of the largest museums in the country, they offer free general admission to their large and diverse collection of art. From Van Gogh to Picasso and Magritte to Gehry, the artists showcased at the Dallas Museum of Art represent the most brilliant creative minds in furniture design, paintings, engravings and sculpture. Check out 20 of my favorite art pieces currently on view at the DMA

5 Great Ways to Repurpose A Ladder

Photo: Trinitytitletx.com

Photo: Trinitytitletx.com

With so much technology in the home improvement sector, more and more old school tools are falling to the wayside. However, the ladder isn’t one of them. Rather than hiding it between your refrigerator and wall, or hanging it above your brand new car with fear and trepidation, try incorporating the handy tool in your home decor. Below are five great ways to repurpose a ladder and show off your green-friendly interior decorating skills

Discover Artists — Owning A Piece of Local Art and Culture

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Here at Krrb we embrace those years when the painting from your local art fair wasn’t worth a fortune or a curated spot in Museum of Modern Art, though it should be. The fun is in the discovery, like when you first notice that the autograph in the lower left corner of a painting appears in Google images. Or take that time when you inherited a tiny landscape painting, moody and simple, only to find out that the piece depicts a critical turn in American culture from an artist who was turning it. Haven’t experienced that, yet? Just wait. In celebration of the good times ahead for local artists, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces—from a few of our favorite places—that are bound to be family heirlooms

Design 101 — 5 Facts About Florence Knoll

Photo: Design Within Reach

Photo: Design Within Reach

If you’re a fan of vintage shopping but not an expert on the history of design, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re an avid vintage shopper, a first time customer, or just an admirer of beautifully constructed pieces, it’s always good to know some background about what you’re ogling. For instance, you’ve probably seen a few of Florence Knoll’s sofas on your latest scavenger hunt, and – if you’re like us – you’ve probably thought in your head, “I want that!” But there’s so much history behind this sofa you love. How much do you know about the woman responsible for designing and producing the iconic seating? Keep reading to learn some quick facts about one of the most important figures in interior design history

Adaptive Reuse Movement — 7 Old Buildings Get Modern Restorations

Photo: Inhabitat.com

Photo: Inhabitat.com

You don’t have to be an architect or history buff to appreciate the appeal of old buildings. But when a building is abandoned, or no longer serves its original purpose, what to do? The easier route is demolition, but many would hate seeing something historical torn down. The adaptive reuse movement aims to meet somewhere in the middle: restoring and respecting the original structure, while reimagining the space in a way that serves a modern function. Check out some of our favorite examples around the country

Small Town, USA — 10 Quirky American Festivals

Photo: Photoblog.statesman.com

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

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week find out how to get gems from pollution, famous logos get a new look, and a future look at cities made from salt. Load up on these links now

DIY Club: Say Hello

DIY Club: Say Hello

All Photos: Heather Talbert Photography

Sometimes you want a cute welcome mat. You know, something welcoming and witty to greet you after a way-too-long and way-too-annoying day at the office. But sometimes, you don’t want to pay $50 for it. So, sometimes you make your own