How to Decide What Stays and What Goes During a Move

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If you’ve ever moved before, you’re well aware that it can be a huge pain. From planning all the logistics to the physical move itself- transporting your physical life from one place to another is stress inducing. You just bought a brand new couch but got an amazing job opportunity on the other side of the country? Great! Do you call the $1500 you just spent a loss? Do you spend half of what you paid for the couch to ship it? I’m here to help talk you through the process with tips from us, the masters of secondhand selling

Capsule Wardrobe Tours— Vloggers Share Their Minimalist Closets

Capsule Wardrobe Tours— Vloggers Share Their Minimalist Closets

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Longtime followers of the Krrb Blog know that we advocate buying less, buying used, and buying quality over quantity. In the past I’ve shared personal lessons on how to re-define your personal style by buying fewer items, but what are the benefits of paring down your closet to a minimalist wardrobe? Fashion vloggers around the world have taken to the incredibly freeing idea of the capsule wardrobe. Where minimalist attire made up from essential clothing pieces (often ethically sourced) can be used in a multitude of outfits or occasions. No trends or fads seen here. Only versatile quality clothes that take up less space and actually cost you less in the long run than fast fashion items.

You can find capsule wardrobes ranging from 10 to 40 pieces (that’s including shoes and accessories), but what they all have in common is that they work for the wearer. Originally coined in the 1970’s by boutique owner Susie Faux, a capsule wardrobe was designed to streamline your closet and in turn simplify your life. This can only accomplished if your clothing needs are met within the small amount of clothes. The key is to learn what clothing staples are necessary for your life. Take a look at some vloggers who are minimizing their closet, but maximizing their worth

Two For One: How to Make a DIY Floor Lamp Table

Two For One: How to Make a DIY Floor Lamp Table

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There has been a definite trend toward living in smaller homes in recent years. Retirees are downsizing, millennials are buying starter homes, city dwellers continue to live in apartments and college students deal with the ultimate small space living: dorm rooms. Whatever your reason, taking advantage of every square inch is important.

Furniture that can do double duty will save you a lot of space. A storage ottoman, for instance, is a classic example. Turning an end table into a floor lamp will also save precious real estate. You not only get two accessories in one, you get to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that really reflects your personality

5 Flea Markets to Check Out in August

5 Flea Markets to Check Out in August

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At the beginning of summer, I shared several flea markets to visit. I’m back with more flea markets around the United States worth your time. Some I’ve visited and some I’m itching to look through before Labor Day weekend. See new scavenger hotspots near you

10 Ikea Hacks You Need to See to Believe

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Photo: Placeofmytaste.com

There are countless Ikea hacks circulating on the internet these days and we’re super grateful! I think everybody has had at least one piece from Ikea in their homes at some point in their lives (please reach out and let me know if you haven’t because I’m fascinated by you!) Whether you have a piece that you’re looking to flip or you want to snag a secondhand Ikea item on the cheap and update it- we have some of the best homemade upgrades for you

37 Weird Things to Grill – A New Take On Summer BBQ Foods

Summer is a time for family, friends and neighbors to get together and break bread. And when the weather is so giving, it only makes sense that meals are held outside as often as possible. BBQs flush with food, music, fresh air and conversation strengthens ties, solutes the sun and offer healthy ways to prepare the foods we are lucky enough to find so bountiful during the season’s sun-shining months. So grab your neighbors, and put together a delicious homemade menu for the BBQ.

Since we’re all the creative type here, what with our imaginations to repurpuse objects, find the beauty in the disregarded and craft something out of nothing, we might as well channel these energies to man’s most definitive discovery: fire. Burgers, dogs, sausages, they’re all great, but what can we do that is surprising, unusual, or downright weird? Here’s a list to get you started

Taxidermy 101 with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy

Taxidermy 101 with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy

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At the top of my Things I’m Interested in But Know Very Little About list, is the strange world of taxidermy. Rather than roll with my ignorance, I was excited by the opportunity to speak with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy, a skilled taxidermist who gave us the ins and outs of the business. Katie’s passion extends far and wide, with appearances on the TV show “Oddities,” displayed work at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles and teaching taxidermy classes around the United States, including one coming up in Brooklyn. Read on to learn more about Katie and her enthusiasm for this ancient art

Then & Now: A History of Ice Coolers

Krrb — Ice Coolers from Then to Now

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Summer is heating up and as we make our break for the beaches and parks, you’ll need plenty of frosty beverages to keep you and your family cool. Before you pick up a cheap, disposable styrofoam cooler that always ends up leaking, think about investing in a quality cooler. Since before the 1950’s when the first portable ice chest was patented, cooler technology has come a long way. From vintage steel ice chests to plastic ride-on coolers, there is no doubt that a cooler exists for your needs. Keep on reading to learn about the interesting history of ice coolers that you can’t wait to share at your next summer excursion

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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During my post-dinner walks around the neighborhood, I like to see what curb finds I can pick up. People every day toss out broken furniture that can be reused in other ways. Sure, not everything is salvageable but these ideas will get you thinking about your next repurposing project

What’s Cooking — Sip Chilled Soups to Beat the Heat

What's Cooking — Sip Chilled Soups to Beat the Heat

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When the heat waves hit, nothing will get me into the kitchen. The idea of cooking and eating hot foods is unappealing. But after sampling a chilled soup at a neighborhood bistro, I’m onboard for sipping my meals through the dog days of summer. Gazpacho is just the tip of the iceberg, read on to see just how many delicious and satisfying cold creations you can make

Get the Look — Can You Spot the High-End Deals?

Get the Look — Can You Spot the High-End Deals?

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Designing an interior is not exactly cheap (especially for those with high-end taste), but luckily for you there are many ways you can find great deals. Without skimping on the quality of the piece or sacrificing the style you were going for, of course. Shopping secondhand and vintage items is a fantastic way to maximize your budget. Check out some of our favorite design pieces below, we think you’ll be happily surprised with the price tags we found

Alt Use – 6 More Reimagined Urban Spaces

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Photo: Gatherandgrow.org

We want you to rethink your idea of what makes a modern city. Sure, there’s bound to be some crowding and giant structures, but urban residents are getting inventive with how they resolve the hurdles of city living. In metropolises all over the country, wasted land is utilized in creative ways; now let’s look at six more examples of urban spaces adapted to better the lifestyles of their citizens

The Do’s and Don’ts of Farmers Markets

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Photo: Seela.org

Eating better is always in season and what better way to get fresh, local produce than to go straight to the source. Farmers markets provide a way for consumers to slash supermarket prices by cutting out the middle man. Plus, with small local businesses sprouting up and selling their unique homemade goods, farmers markets are your cultural gateway to the yummiest eats in your neighborhood. Since there’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at a farmers market, I’m sharing some tips that I’ve picked up over the years on what to do (and not to do) to make the most of your neighborhood farmers market

Unique Furniture Designs that Adapt for Customized Living Solutions

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Photo: Kononenkoid.com

The traditional view of the American dream centers on a big house, sprawling yard and a white picket fence to hold it all in. But if you’re anything like me, modern reality means that a good chunk of us are living in little spaces with only the essentials. So how do you make your furniture work with you the best it can? Turns out modern designers are crafting pieces that you can easily customize, assemble, and break down to take with you when you’re ready to move on. Let’s check out some of our favorites

How to DIY Custom Cork Board for a Fashionable (and Functional) Office

How to DIY Custom Cork Board for a Fashionable (and Functional) Office

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It doesn’t matter if you have a cubicle or the corner office—working in a comfortable, relaxing and personable space makes doing your job much easier. Everyone has their own working style. Some of us are neat and tidy and others are, let’s face it, slobs! I once shared a home office with another designer whose desk was piled so high with paper and notes, she continually lost things. I always left my work space clear and organized at the end of the day. I prefer to start work the next day with a clean desk

6 Summertime DIYs for Your Pet

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Photo: Bmag.com.au

Summer means lazy days spent outdoors and creative ways to beat the heat. But while you’re plopped down poolside, what’s happening to your pets? If your furry friends spend time outside, you’ll need to make sure they’re staying cool and safe while the temperatures climb and fleas run rampant. Try these simple DIYs to show your pets some love and keep them happy and healthy all summer long

15 Instagram Accounts to Update Your Feed With Now

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Photo: @michellesolobay

Social media is a great source for finding visual stimulation from others, but is your feed feeling a bit stale lately? The summer is a great time to update who you follow. I’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of my personal favorite Instagram accounts to add to your scrolling routine. Check them out and update your feed with some new creative inspiration

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Fashion Edition

If It's Broken, Don't Toss It — Fashion Edition

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When your clothes wear out, get holes or stains—don’t get rid of them just yet. There are plenty of new uses for your old threads. See what to do with ratty t-shirts, shabby sweaters and more

Made in America — The South

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Photo: Jqdsalt.com

After exploring some stand-out American-made shops in the Northeast, it’s time to see the Southern perspective! All across the South, companies are taking pride in producing high-quality goods right at home. So check out some of our favorite examples, and see which should be a part of your next local shopping trip

Contemporary Artists Taking the Pottery Scene for A Spin

Contemporary Artists Taking the Pottery Scene for A Spin

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It’s time to put aside your traditional tea cups and saucers for a more exciting way to introduce ceramics and pottery into your life. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill hand-formed vessel, instead artists around the world are re-defining what pottery can be, how it should look and why it should be used. Take a look at my round-up of five noteworthy potters that will surprise you on what can be accomplished with a little clay and a lot of imagination