Budget Vs. Splurge — Dining Table Update

Budget Vs. Splurge — Dining Table Update

Photo: Pethatesblog.files.wordpress.com

You don’t need much to update a dining area. A funky collection of dishes and a bold vase can freshen up the supper table and make it more inviting. Impress your guests by splurging on a cohesive theme and retro china. Whether you’re willing to spend $300 or $3,000, we’ve got inspiration sure to gather everyone around your next feast

25 Bowling Leagues — Team Spirit Through the Years

25 Bowling Leagues — Team Spirit Through the Years

These women wearing bold lipstick and fun expressions were a Smitty’s Tavern bowling team in Illinois in 1945. Photo: Strangereverysunday.blogspot.com

In The Big Lebowski, The Dude had Walter and Donny. On The Flinstones, Barney and Fred had each other. Bowling leagues, whether amateur or professional, is about being part of a team. And what better way for leagues to show their solidarity than with wacky matching shirts and laced up shoes. No one generation can claim bowling as its sport because every era has seen its version of gutterball leagues and fashions. Browse through our favorite league photos. You won’t believe the fashion choices and hairstyles of some of these keglers

In Search Of — Colored Leather

In Search Of — Colored Leather

Yellow, red, purple and green leather furniture is all over Krrb. Photo: Karlshuker.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 “colored leather” and we’ve got loads of it.

Yes, we know purple leather doesn’t come from purple cows. But all this colored leather must come from somewhere. We’re seeing bright-hued leather construction in couches, chairs, benches and more

Team Spirit — Competitors Build a Vintage Dream Shop in Chicago

Team Spirit — Competitors Build a Vintage Dream Shop in Chicago

Kim Tanner (left) and Marianne de Ley have bonded over their love for vintage.

Running an independent business can get, well, lonely. To combat the isolation, Marianne de Ley and Kim Tanner have joined forces based on their mutual love of vintage. After meeting each other at Chicago’s Vintage Bazaar last summer, where Kim sold her retro wares under Strangelovely and Marianne peddled one-of-a-kind finds for The Savoy Flea, the two developed a friendship. Despite being competitors, these Windy City locals established a strong camaraderie

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How To Pack A Picnic Basket

We know you have no time for long-winded how-to’s, so we’ll keep it short. In under a minute, Quick Tips are here to help you with life’s little lessons. So unless you get caught up watching hundreds in a row, which – warning – you just might, you can quickly get back to monitoring your news feeds or whatever you were doing. Check out the full video series here.

Planning on a picnic this summer? These simple tips will keep your food fresh and chilled. The best way to pack a picnic basket is to work your way out of the basket. Start with the item you’ll need last — a trash bag at the bottom of the basket. Then add frozen drinks or grapes and layer your food and dishes inside. Keep your meal insulated by topping it all with a vintage tablecloth and maybe even a bouquet of fresh flowers. Plop the buds in a jar with some water and use as an easy centerpiece when you’re enjoying your outdoor summer meal.

Makeshift 2013 Chair Workshop Video Recap

As part of Makeshift 2013 during Design Week, Krrb teamed up with designer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin and eco-friendly salvage yard Build It Green!NYC to host a workshop on redesigning and upcycling chairs in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Check out the work of the creative participants — from their selection of chairs to choosing paint and fabric to the finished products — in this quick video that explains the importance of recycling materials in a city like New York.

In Search Of — Vanities

In Search Of — Vanities

Photo: The 1944 Rockettes primp in front of their vanity mirrors. Photo: Life Magazine via Dollyrockergirl.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 “vanities” and we’ve got loads of them.

Get ready like a glamourous starlet in front of an old-school vanity, surrounded by powders and lipsticks. But vanities are more than just decadent — they’re one of the most useful pieces in a small home. They offer storage and counter space when you don’t have a large bathroom, and their mirrors make any room seem more expansive. Scroll through for a few of our favorite vanities on Krrb

Budget Vs. Splurge — Patio Update

Budget Vs. Splurge — Patio Update

Outdoor space is an extension of the home. Perhaps you use it to entertain friends and family or as a solitary retreat. In any case, the right furnishings can make all the difference. We’ve pulled together two looks made up of secondhand and vintage finds on Krrb. Use our inspiration boards to create your own outdoor escape whether you want it spend-thrifty or luxurious

In Search Of — Bookends

In Search Of — Bookends

Where’s a bookend when you need one? Photo: Dsmorris.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 “bookends” and we’ve got loads of them.

One of the most simple and useful home accessories, bookends keep your novels organized and add a little personality to mantels and shelves. We keep coming across bookends in all sorts of materials on the Classifieds. Check out some of our favorite

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — An All-Natural Method to Cleaning Your Grill

We know you have no time for long-winded how-to’s, so we’ll keep it short. In under a minute, Quick Tips are here to help you with life’s little lessons. So unless you get caught up watching hundreds in a row, which – warning – you just might, you can quickly get back to monitoring your news feeds or whatever you were doing. Check out the full video series here.

A summer’s worth of cookouts can leave your grill caked with food. Keep it clean without harsh chemicals. Slice a potato in half and use it to scrub grime and smells from the grates. The key is to do it when the grill is very hot. Now you can get a nice char on your dessert fruit without it tasting like ribs!

Ron Ariel Makes MCM Relevant in Manhattan, New York

Ron Ariel Makes MCM Relevant in Manhattan, New York

Ron of Relevant Furniture makes and restores furniture in Manhattan, New York.

With a good eye for design, Ron Ariel can find a piece of discarded furniture on the curb and bring it back to life. He’s been doing so for the better half of his life. Ron spends the majority of his time in his workshop, restoring the potential in found pieces. You can catch Ron in action on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip and on Krrb’s Youtube channel where he shares his restoration expertise. His shop Relevant Furniture is full of refinished furniture and antique handmade rugs. Read on to discover Ron’s favorite tips and furniture-hunting locations in New York

Discada — A Tex-Mex Cookout

Discada — A Tex Mex Cookout

Start with a smoking wood fire.

Although it’s existed for generations along the Texas-Mexico border, discada is still a mostly unknown form of grilling outside of the locals. At its essence, discada is simply meat cooked outside over a fire. But what makes discada unique is the repurposed plow disc its cooked on. Rules are few — and vary from household to household — when it comes to cooking up this regional dish. Like a lot of the best northern mexican cuisine (tacos, burritos, etc) discada originated with the peasants and cowboys

In Search Of — Floral Print

In Search Of — Floral Print

Floral prints on paper, fabric, dishes and furniture flow spring into summer. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/peonyandthistle

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 “floral prints” and we’ve got loads of them.

Whether it’s a field of poppies or the first daffodil of spring, flowers bring brightness and remind us of the warm months ahead. Lately, we’re noticing plenty of floral prints all over Krrb. Just like all the peonies, hydrangeas and roses in bloom in our gardens

Perched — 12 Famous Stoops

Perched — 12 Famous Stoops

Stoop dwellers cross generations and ages. These teenagers rocking bleached hair and pinstriped jeans check out their New York neighborhood scene. Photo: Flickr.com/photos/azoeday

The front steps of our homes greet us after a day away. They seat us on weekend afternoons when our neighbors stop by for a chat. They hold our dishes and knick-knacks during stoop sales. These 12 iconic front steps remind us that waiting, loving, fighting, and living can all happen on the stoop

In Search Of — White Chairs

In Search Of — White Chairs

White chairs are crisp, accent furniture. Photo: Chairswithcharacter.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 “white chairs” and we’ve got loads of them.

There’s nothing quite as peaceful as a room decorated in shades of cream and white. We love the breezy look of graceful, wooden chairs painted white, and the crisp, clean lines found on white upholstered furniture. Here are a few of the freshest white chairs we’ve seen for sale

Flea Market Season is in Session — 8 Tips for Successful Selling

Flea Market Season is in Session — 8 Tips for Successful Selling

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/stevenm_61

With the warm weather ahead comes the reemergence of fleas and outdoor markets. Before you grab your vintage goods and a card table, take in these tips from seasoned seller Sarah Polster of Cushion Chicago.

Having sold at multiple markets throughout the Midwest, including Randolph Street Market and the Vintage Bazaar, Sarah’s expert advice on planning ahead and taking full advantage of your market day will set you up for success! Read up, listen and learn and then catch this market dynamo in action, live and in person, this weekend, June 8-9 at Bellwether in the Windy City

In Search Of — Highboy Dressers

In Search Of — Highboy Dressers

As dressers climb high, they’re renamed “highboys” or “tallboys.” Photo: Flickr.com/photos/marnix.

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 “highboy dressers” and we’ve got loads of them.

“Highboy” dressers also known as “tallboys” are wardrobe skyscrapers. They include a chest of drawers at the base and smaller drawers or a cabinet on top. Some styles are topped with a mirror. We love them for their storage space and solid construction. Plus, they’re popping up all over Krrb lately

The Folding Chair — Chicago Vs. Los Angeles

The Folding Chair — Chicago Vs. Los Angeles

A summer furniture staple is the folding chair — and every region has its own take. We’re looking at folding chairs in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Fold them up, stash them under your arm or throw them in the trunk. Folding chairs are made for summer concerts and barbecues. Quite possibly the most convenient of lawn furniture, we want to sit in them all summer long by the pool or on the porch. Our two opponents share convenience as a trait, but that’s about it. They vary in material, location and price. Check out both and tell us which one you would choose

How To Score Big At Stoop Sales

How To Score Big At Stoop Sales

Photo: Tumblr.com

Welcome to New York City, home of the dollar slice, the Yankees, Coney Island and of course, the stoop sale! There’s no where quite like a perfectly pitched stoop to pass on your secondhand goods to an expectant new owner. With an ever-changing inventory of kitchenware, closet cast-offs and literature of all sorts, we should all be overjoyed that Brooklyn Stoop Books have taken it upon themselves to document those up-for-grabs hardbacks, paperbacks and other reading wonders found on stoops throughout the borough.

I spent this past weekend welcoming stoop sale season with open arms and an open wallet. I had seen signs advertising Saturday sales and I knew the warm weather would bring sellers to sidewalks everywhere. So I strapped on a pair of comfy sandals and trekked through the neighborhood — and the day was a success. As stoop sale season continues, you’ll want to keep your eyes out for finds in your own neighborhood, free or otherwise. I spent a total of $20.50 and walked home with a vintage tin, two pieces of army surplus goods, a nearly new pair of Timberland boots, a wood engraver and a handkerchief featuring the map of Los Angeles

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