Tea Time — Where to Enjoy a Proper Afternoon Pour

Tea Time — Where to Enjoy a Proper Afternoon Pour

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Whether you take take your tea with mini, crustless sandwiches or a biscuit—your afternoon tea is meant to be enjoyed leisurely. While tea rooms in America don’t actually serve the traditional British High Tea (also known as dinner), you can however find an assortment of cakes, cookies and jam. We’ve search high and low for the best spots to enjoy a few hours over a teapot. So grab a seat at one of these teatime spots

Reducing Consumption — Lessons from My Year-Long Shopping Ban

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Rudey in third grade. She was in a Madonna phase.

It’s not an easy task to live a minimalistic lifestyle. Since the day we’re born, we’re raised to rely on belongs. It’s human nature to consume but we can be mindful about it. By reusing, shopping secondhand and repurposing, we can make the most of what we already have—what already exists—and make it easier on the planet.

Blogger Rudey of Rudey’s Room actually stopped shopping for a year. She challenged herself to break the habit of mindless consumption, of purchasing items just for the sake of buying. For 365 days, Rudey only shopped her home and wrote about her experience. Using creativity to look at her belongings in light, Rudey learned a few things about herself along the way. Check out her article below

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Seen & Heard — Links that Caught Our Attention This Week

Almost too pretty to eat. Photo: Instagram.com/desserted_in_paris

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 we’re talking whale sighings, lunchboxes and a whole lot of food. Let’s get started

Honey — Check Out Localized Versions of this Natural Sweetener

Check Out Localized Versions of this Natural Sweetener

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I’m sweet on honey. Over the past few months, I’ve been collecting jars of honey habitually from visits to various towns in the northeast. As a result, I’ve come across some interesting flavors harvested by local bee farmers. In Phoenicia, New York, I picked up one spiced with chai. While in Martha’s Vineyard two weeks ago I discovered a nectar infused with cranberries from the local Cape Cod. What I find most intriguing is that these honeycombs really are the ultimate local food. Made by local bees with pollen from local flowers, these honeys are then blended with flavors representative of the region. To find honeys available near you, pay a visit to Local Harvest and see these interesting honeys to add to your pantry

What’s Cooking — Score With Healthy Tailgating Favorites

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Photo: Wingwire.com

Football season, for a big chunk of the country this is serious business. Whether you’re tailgating for hours in the parking lot or casually hanging out with friends at home, everyone can agree that snacks are just as critical as the game itself. We’ve found the following recipes to bring a healthier twist to your game-day favorites, meaning you can fuel up…without over-inflating

Your Holiday-Selling Crash Course: 10 Tips to Increase Sales and Get Prepared

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We’re still in the month of October, but the time to get started selling your wares during the holidays is now! For years I’ve hosted last-minute holiday sales locally to great success and learned a lot along the way. Check out my 10 tips to increase sales and get prepared for selling this holiday season

To the Happy Couple – 5 Gift Ideas for Fall Weddings

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Here’s the thing about fall weddings. It’s my experience that the decision defines the couple in one of two ways. Either the newlyweds share a deep love for the outdoors, which can be for aesthetic or sentimental reasons – doesn’t matter, or they are concerned with how everyone appears eternally in photographs. My husband suffers from face-altering allergies during the spring and summer, and my family doesn’t drive in the snow. He and I fell in the latter camp; our friends from California belong to the former one. Regardless, it’s getting chilly outside, and the following five gifts are ideal for two love birds enamored with their fall wedding – for one reason or the other

Hand Me Down — Susan Brinson of House of Brinson

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If you aren’t already a fan of the blog House of Brinson, then I suggest you start checking it out. We’ve been slightly obsessed with following Susan and William Brinson on their Instagram account as they share the renovation process of their house (those windows are giving us some serious design envy)! We were lucky enough to catch up with Susan Brinson recently to chat with her about a special item that was passed down to her. Check out the interview to see where it is in her home now

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 we’re talking flying cows, frightening makeup tutorials and ding-dong, parties are dead. Let’s get to it

What’s Cooking — Mastering the Crust for All Kinds of Pies

What's Cooking — Pies of All Kinds, Mastering the Crust

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Let’s talk pies. When it comes to fillings, boy oh boy, you’ve got options. But you’re also free to experiment with the crust as well. Today we’re covering a variety of ways to make your pie and eat it too

Buying into the History of Woodcut Art

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Photo: Tugboatprintshop.blogspot.com

Woodcut art is created by gouging out a design on wood to create a relief painting. Similar to screen printing, this process is often repeated several time to add layers or colors. Throughout history, variations of woodcuts were the premiere way to create multiple images of the same design. From textiles to books, wood cut art has been transformed by different cultures and movements. Keep reading to find out more about the history of woodcut art and to see modern options you can buy

7 High Style Botanical DIYs to Transform Your Space

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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

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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