8 Ways to Prepare for Your Staycation

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Whether you live in a big city or a small town, it’s easy to overlook the environments we frequent everyday. Days become monotonous and the routines that we struggle to maintain feel more and more like rigid schedules. Whenever I come back from a week or two of vacation, I joke that I need a vacation from my vacation. Sure, travel is great to break up the day-to-day norm, but it can also leave you feeling exhausted. If you’re looking to explore the unknown, disconnect and reset, look no further than where you are in this moment. Here’s how you can prepare for the best staycation ever

I Want This — Moroccan Pendant Light

Hands down, the worst thing about rental apartments is the overhead lighting. In the past eight years, I’ve come across the same dingy fixtures over and over again. I’ve systematically been changing the lights in every room of my second floor walkup. Each light is different, playing off the warm and cool tones of the room. I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous Moroccan Pendant Light for my bedroom. The golden ambient lighting emitting from this beauty should look nice against my stark, white walls. The cool, exotic siloutte adds intrigue overall to the space. Looks like I’ll be paying a visit to Kayla’s shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for this lovely fixture.

Find this Moroccan Pendant Light on Adaptations’ Krrb corner. $225.

31 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Boston

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/

If you’re planning on doing a staycation in good ole’ Bean Town, you should take advantage of the things that you don’t normally do (or the things that you perhaps don’t have time to do.) Branch away from the tourists milling around Newbury Street and Boston Commons, and experience a side of the city you’ve never seen

In Search Of — Batik

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Photo: bluebatik.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 we’re looking for Batik.

Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. We’re finding it everywhere on Krrb

Staycation — How To Get The Most Of Your Local Art Scene

Staycation — How To Get The Most Of Your Local Art Scene

Photo: Artcreeps.com There’s no need to leave town when you’ve got plenty to see right inside your city limits.

Immersing yourself in the local art culture is a great way to really soak up the creative hustle and bustle of your community. Start by taking advantage of the free or discounted admission many museums offer on specific days or with student/armed forces identification. Read on for ways to tap into local art outreach programs and explore the art scene in your neighborhood

In Search Of — Ice Buckets

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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 we’re looking for Ice Buckets.

Leave that plastic one in the motel room! These pieces are the only ones worth stealing

In Search Of — Color Block

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Photo: fashmark.files.wordpress.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 we’re looking for color block.

Color block—it’s not just for the runway, anymore

Apartment Therapy Curator — Wendy Goodman, NY Magazine Design Editor

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Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Apartment Therapy Classifieds. Every month we will feature tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from the Apartment Therapy classifieds. Our first guest curator is Wendy Goodman.

Wendy Goodman’s undeniable skill in home design made her an obvious choice as the Apartment Therapy Classifieds first curated feature. You may know her as the Design Editor of New York Magazine, the woman behind the bi-annual design issues, as well as bi-annual Design Hunting magazine, Design Hunting weekly newsletter, and print and online stories.

Giving us an inside look into all things beautiful—both design wise and architecturally, it’s obvious that Wendy has an impeccable eye and knowledge of the field. Along with her successful NY magazine career, Wendy also serves as a contributing editor at Departures magazine (a luxury focused publication.)

As if all of those creative outlets weren’t enough, Wendy is also the author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt and the co-author of Tony Duquette, both published by Abrams Books.

If you’re going to trust someone’s suggestions on the best furniture and decor to put in your home, it’d be Wendy Goodman. Check out the listings below that she thought were quite special

Urban Farming — From Forests to Rooftops

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For those of us living in concrete jungles, the amount of greenery one expects in a jungle is scarce. Yet a relatively new idea is growing in popularity—urban forest gardens. The name is pretty self explanatory, gardens that emulate forests in urban settings. The most popular one in the United State is Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, Washington

Local Food — The Sustainability of CSAs in New York City

Local Food — The Sustainability of CSAs in New York City

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It seems like nearly every neighborhood in New York City has a CSA. The Community Supported Agriculture allows people to join with their neighbors to pay in advance for a “share” of a local farm’s produce throughout a season. According to Paula Lukats, CSA in NYC Program Manager for Just Food, the first CSA in New York was set up in 1991 and they have been sprouting across the five boroughs ever since

Eat Up Locally — Social Fix’s Tasting Brooklyn

Photos by Pia Sen

Photo by Pia Sen

When it comes to sustainable cuisine, Brooklyn is leading the pack. As seen at Social Fix’s (formerly Brooklyn Exposed) fourth annual Tasting Brooklyn, even restaurants in the borough are taking great strides in sourcing their ingredients locally. Over 30 restaurants and food purveyors gathered Tuesday, April 29 to celebrate the culinary scene. Among the highlights of the evening included Hunter’s dish of Montauk fluke with homemade pickled peppers, locally grown celery and green onions as well as a rum cocktail from Williamburg distillery The Noble Experiment paired with lavender grown in the North Fork. Photos by Pia Sen.

Courtney Breitenbucher of Tweed Puts a Spin on Chicago’s Vintage Scene

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Courtney after a successful day of picking crammed into the car!

As the brains and braun behind Tweed, Courtney Breitenbucher has built a her business by re-imagining and redecorating vintage pieces. Her designs always keep the integrity of the original piece but add an unexpected graphic or pop of color, putting new spins on proven classic pieces. After a few years in Nashville she returned to her native Chicago to set up shop. She may be new to being “the boss” of her own business, but Courtney is no stranger to making Chicago a more fashionable place to live one piece at a time

I Want This — Art Deco Fan

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With teases of warm weather, I’m suddenly remembering the heat of an NYC summer. Since my kitchen ceiling fan stopped working a couple years ago, I’ve been suffering in silence. Instead of eating out way too much this summer, I’m hoping to cook a bit, and a fan would encourage me to do so. I’ve always been a fan (get it?) of vintage fans but find that most are overpriced, nonfunctional or both. This gem out of Chicago is a real find and what’s more, it works! Maybe someday I’ll get up the guts to fix my overhead fan but until then, and even after, art deco fan, you are perfect.

Stay cool with this Art Deco Fan from Krrb seller BuyBeforeYouDie. $75.

In Search Of — Chrome Shelving

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Photo: topchromecars.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 we’re looking for chrome shelving.

Why should your browser be the only thing that’s chrome

DIY — Natural Dyes Using Vegetables and Other Pantry Staples

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If you’ve ever logged in to Pinterest, you’ve probably seen at least one reference to dyeing fabric naturally. The idea of dyeing fabrics without harsh chemicals really appeals to me and since I’m a vegetarian, I decided why not try using the contents of my fridge to dye fabric too?

Many of the DIYs I had read about took many hours to complete, but I was on the lookout for a solution that wouldn’t be a huge time commitment. For me, dye projects are a way to save money by refreshing a faded, stained or secondhand item. Keeping my costs down was also an important factor in this project. I wanted to avoid spending a lot of money on food dyes, which would defeat the purpose of not buying something new. Read on to hear about my DIY adventure in dyeing fabric naturally

In Search Of — Daybeds

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Photo: Blackdukeandcashman.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 we’re looking for daybeds.

Whether it’s in your living room or bedroom, daybeds are great, multi-functional furniture. These chic finds will have you wanting to curl up and relax

In Search Of — Grey Furniture

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Photo: Embellishandrestore.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 we’re looking for grey furniture.

Okay, so it’s definitely a few less than 50 shades, but still plenty of the trendy hue to choose from nonetheless

In Search Of — Stools

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Photo: BanditBlog.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 we’re looking for stools.

Give your style a boost with these top seaters

Misha Chernov of River Run, Weekend Treasure Hunter

Member Spotlight— Misha Chernov of River Run, Weekend Treasure Hunter

Photo by Kim Praast Photography

Full time elementary music teacher, Misha Chernov devotes her weekends to hunting for secondhand finds. Every Saturday and Sunday, she hits her circuit of thrift shops to scour for goods. Misha is counting down the days to the weekly yard sales in Reston, Virginia, the first post-war residential community. Once school’s out for the season, Misha will be rolling up her sleeves and refinishing some of the pieces she’s acquired. “Even if I fail dabbling in the DIY world, I know I’ll at least have a good laugh while trying,” she says.

Misha Chernov took a moment out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Thank goodness she did! We couldn’t think of a better person to ask about finding high quality vintage finds. Her Krrb corner, Riverrun is one of two sites (she also sells on Etsy) she keeps stocked with beautiful and unique items at reasonable prices. Check it out for yourself

In Search Of — Moroccan

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photo: moviemoments.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 we’re looking for all things Moroccan.

Moroccan finds sure to tickle your fancy. Here’s looking at you, kid

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