In Search Of — Radios

In Search Of — Radios

You’ll want to tune in for all the radios we found!

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 “Radios” and we’ve got loads of them.

From the first broadcast in 1922 in Pittsburgh, radios became a lifeline of sorts for society. It provided entertainment, news and a way to connect to others across the world. Sure, radios don’t really hold the same importance in today’s culture as it did during the Fireside Chats by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944. That said, we love the history and the throwback to simpler times. Tune in to what radios we uncovered in today’s search

Penny-Farthing — Then and Now

Penny Farthing — Then and Now

Penny-farthings—the original Biggie Smalls! Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org

Penny-farthings were considered the first functioning bicycles. Named as such because of the relative sizes between the wheels which resembled the discrepancies between the penny and farthing, a British coin. They represented cutting edge innovation, forward thinking and progression during the Victorian era. From their modest start as a form of independent transportation to their current incarnation as a quirky novelty, these bicycles with one large wheel and one small wheel can be steered by trained riders who celebrate the history of this bike.

While we’re scratching our heads trying to figure out how the heck you get down from these things (let alone, get on them!), we’re still in awe of then revolutionary piece of machinery. Here is a collection of penny-farthings — both new and old to get the gears turning in your head. We hope these oddities inspire the inventor in you, and lead you on a path to new adventures

In Search Of — Executive Chairs

In Search Of — Executive Chairs

Today we’re looking for executive chairs that mean business.

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 “Executive Chairs” and we’ve got loads of them.

There is nothing like starting the work week with a piece of furniture that means business. The executive chair blends the comfort of traditional office chairs with the sophistication of someone in a commanding position. Usually upholstered in leather, these chairs come in either mid-back or high-back styles and are iconic of making it to the big time. Check out this round up of available executive chairs designed to bring out the boss in you

Member Spotlight — Artist Cathy Savels Expands Out of Clermont-Ferrand, France

Member Spotlight — Artist Cathy Savels Expands Out of Clermont Ferrand, France

Cathy at work in her studio. Photo: Artistsarea.co.uk

Tucked away in the isolated, rocky landscape of Clermont-Ferrand, France, artist Cathy Savels is focused on reaching new people with her work. The former interior designer has a knack for combining texture and color to create delicate, abstract botanical paintings with a 3-D element. The Belgian transplant has exhibited her work all over Europe, successfully selling at Christies in London and recently won the top prize for innovation in painting in France. We chatted with Cathy to find out her inspiration and what projects are keeping her busy

5 Freelance Tools To Succeed On Your Own

5 Freelance Tools To Succeed On Your Own

Working in your underwear? We have the tools you need to make your freelancing career a success! Photo: Blogs.nature.com

If you’re looking to take your career into your hands, then the freedom and independence of freelancing can be very exciting. But there is a massive difference between being a part of a company and being every component of a company — from receptionist to creative director to CEO. Having the right tools and industry know-how can make the transition from hobbyist vintage seller to independent business owner a little easier. One of the largest resources available for freelancers and independent business owners is the Freelancers Union, a non-profit organization benefitting over 200,000 members with necessities like healthcare, workers rights, and legal representation. We’ve compiled some of the best resources available for budding and existing freelance businesses to make the road to one-man-shop smoother and successful

Hometown Heroes — Superhero Supply Co. in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Hometown Heroes — Superhero Supply Co. in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Photo: Mlkshk.com

Nestled between a farm-to-table restaurant and a local coffee bean shop on Park Slope’s 5th Avenue, you can pick up your invisibility spray and other superhero gear. Stocked with everything from secret identities to mind readers and x-ray glasses, The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company is a whimsical front for their real business, a children’s creative workshop and tutoring program run by non-profit organization 826NYC. Proceeds from the sales of items such as capes, anti-matter and other sprays and bottles directly benefit the free programs for children

Crafting Design – A MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop Hosted by Build it Green!NYC, Krrb and Alabama Chanin

Crafting Design – A MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop Hosted by Build it Green!NYC, Krrb and Alabama Chanin

Join us for a DIY Chair Workshop with Build it Green!NYC and Alabama Chanin during Design Week on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Building on the success of last year’s event, we’re at it again, alongside friends and design experts, Amy Devers and Tanya Aguiniga. Chairs, DIY tools and materials will be provided but space for the work shop is limited. The exhibition, sale and party are open to all

[CLOSED] Spring is Blooming – Enter to Win a $1000 Shopping Spree

[CLOSED] Spring is Blooming – Enter to Win a $1000 Shopping Spree

Winter hibernation is coming to an end and April showers are sure to bring May flowers. In preparation for the bloom, why not use Krrb to assist with your spring cleaning and turn your old stuff into extra cash.

To help you smell the roses, we’re giving away a $1000 Shopping Spree on Krrb.com and Apartment Therapy Classifieds to (1) lucky seller! And a $200 shopping spree to (5) lucky sellers

5 Recipes To Give You Superhero Energy

5 Recipes To Give You Superhero Energy

On the set of the 1960s Batman television show. Photo: Life.time.com

It takes a lot of energy to be a superhero. Fighting crime, serving your community and saving cats from trees require you to fuel up properly. Foods high in complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber can keep you feeling energized long after you’ve eaten. Here are five recipes to help you make the most of super energy foods

Krrbside Questions — Budget Balconies, Hidden TVs and Freezer Hoarding

Krrbside Questions — Budget Balconies, Hidden TVs and Freezer Hoarding

There are plenty of ways to deck out your outdoor space on a budget. Photo: Creativepeoplelab.blogspot.com

Welcome to Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. Taking a stab at your home decorating woes this time around is Megan Meany, televison host and secondhand hobbyist. With her finger on the pulse and a knack for turning furniture from drab to fab, we’ve asked her to answer your burning questions. Email us at blog@krrb.com if you have any

Brick & Mortar — Painted Rubbish in La Grange, Illinois

Brick & Mortar — Painted Rubbish in La Grange, Illinois

Taking vintage finds and treating them with love (and a fresh coat of paint) is what Painted Rubbish is all about!

Vintage furniture is more than just about furnishing an empty room. There are pieces that have been lived in, experienced and then shared time and time again. It’s the journey and the story of each furnishing that drove Gina De La Mora to open her store, Painted Rubbish, just last month. Her shop features just about anything with vintage charm and a tale to tell. As such, it is stocked with estate sale finds and scavenged goodies collected over time. Populated by an artsy crowd, the shop even offers art classes to the neighborhood, and with it sharing the tradition of restoration and creativity. We caught up with Gina to learn about her inspiration behind the shop and the fun of working with local artists

How To Be A Local Hero

How To Be A Local Hero

Photo: thethoughtexperiment.wordpress.com

Anyone can be a local hero and we don’t mean the cape-wearing, identity-hiding, chest-puffing type. Sure, flying and X-Ray vision are awesome super powers, and if you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em. (If you need help in that department, perhaps check out the Super Hero Supply Store.) But let’s say you’re looking for something more realistic. How do you accomplish this? Sure, you could spend your time waiting for a toddler to fall down a well, or a whale to beach, or you can secure your standing in the community as a hero by doing just practical, everyday things. Follow these few simple steps to become the next hero who everyone wants kissing their babies

Vegan Shop-Up — A Spring of Firsts

Vegan Shop Up — A Spring of Firsts

Spring has sprung and with it, three budding vendors not to be missed at the Shop-Up! Photo: Veganshopup.wordpress.com

The weather is warmer, the sun is brighter and days are longer. What better season than spring to awaken your well-rested urge to wander and discover (and eat great food) than at the Vegan Spring Shop-Up this Saturday. To give you a taste at what to expect at this food pop-up, we’ve caught up with three vendors experiencing firsts this time at the market. For Ryann Mead of Fine + Raw and David Hall of Harmony Kitchen, it will be their first time at the Vegan Shop Up. Relative veteran Mérida Anderson of Vegan Secret Suppers is debuting her new cookbook! Read on to get a mouth-watering preview of what to expect

Tripods — Three-Legged Dogs to Inspire You

Tripods — Three Legged Dogs to Inspire You

Four legs? Who needs them! These furry pillars of inspiration get on just fine with one less. Photo: Helpfindscrap.wordpress.com

We find tripods — those furry canines with three limbs — utterly inspiring. They are the very definition of heroes. Not only have they overcome great odds but they’ve turned those odds in their favor. It’s impossible not to be totally charmed by their uniquely infectious enthusiasm for life. So, to put a smile on your face, we’ve rounded up some of the most active, happy, heroic and talented tripods around. Next time you feel like throwing in the towel, remember these three-legged heroes and keep on keeping on

5 Easy Pieces — The Bet You Never Thought that Junk Was Treasure Edition

5 Easy Pieces — The Bet You Never Thought that Junk Was Treasure Edition

Take a second look. Ordinary items you consider junk can be treasures you can use again and again. Photo: Somewhatquirkydesign.com

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Krrb Presents Jericho Project Revamp with Susanna Salk and SoHo Project

Krrb teamed up with SoHo Project (Sisters Offering Hope to Others) and interior design expert Susanna Salk to revamp the community room inside the Jericho Project. Located in the heart of Harlem, this housing unit offers long-term shelter to individuals formerly homeless and also those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Krrb visited the Jericho Project to see how residents are using the community room.

On the Road – A Yearly Pilgrimage to Doo-Nanny in the Heart of the South

On the Road – A Yearly Pilgrimage to Doo Nanny in the Heart of the South

You’ll see the handiwork of Sacred Painter Ralph Frank everywhere at Doo-Nanny.

The first time I journeyed to Seale, Alabama I passed the driveway I was aiming for. The next time I went there, I did the same thing. The third trip and every trip since, I’ve not made that mistake again. I have an inner homing device that sets off an alarm as I approach; it gets louder and more excited with every mile of road my tires clock, until I’m turning down that drive.

Seale is home to folk artist Butch Anthony, who is cherished by many for his affable demeanor and his nimble creativity. Every year at the end of March, he hosts an elaborate but down-to-Earth fete known as the Doo-Nanny. Every year for the past several years, I’ve been there.

On the Road – A Yearly Pilgrimage to Doo Nanny in the Heart of the South

The Doo-Nanny is an annual outsider folk art event in Seale, Alabama.

In short, the Doo-Nanny is a place where exuberance and mellow collide. It’s a visual jabberwocky staged by enthusiastic folk and folk artists down on Butch’s eighty-acre Poorhouse Road farm, which is also home to the Museum of Wonder. To some, Doo-Nanny might look like a celebration of the South, and it’s true that it does have the spirit of good ol’ southern twang. However, it’s really a celebration of the rustic and of the imaginative mind

Krrbside Questions — Easy Indoor Plants, Kitchen Storage and Fresh Ideas for White Slipcovers

Krrbside Questions — Easy Indoor Plants, Kitchen Storage and Fresh Ideas for White Slipcovers

Not sure how to bring the outdoors in? We’e got ideas. Photo: Homedsgn.com

Welcome to Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. Taking a stab at your home decorating woes this time around is Megan Meany, televison host and secondhand hobbyist. With her finger on the pulse and a knack for turning furniture from drab to fab, we’ve asked her to answer your burning questions. Email us at blog@krrb.com if you have any

On the Road — Traveling Vintage Shops Bring the Fashion to You

On the Road — Traveling Vintage Shops Bring the Fashion to You

Independent shop owners redefine the meaning of a storefront by adding wheels to their merchandise. Photo: Haberdashvintage.com

Across the country, independent businesses are mobilizing. Much like the food truck craze, store owners are leaving their traditional brick and mortar storefronts and taking their vintage on the road.

The majority of vintage shop owners already rack up milage on sourcing trips. Traveling to small town thrift shops and picking through endless garage sales, these scavengers are no strangers to traveling for their business. Their dedicated hours behind the wheel and good eye for discovering hidden gems is part of the experience and price of buying at a vintage shop. But now vintage shops are further closing the gap by taking their curated inventory to the city streets and discovering new audiences along the way. We chatted with three mobile shop owners to find out where they’re headed next and what adventures they’re having mile after mile

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