Budget Vs. Splurge — Patio Update

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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

Where's a bookend when you need one? Photo: Dsmorris.com

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 of Relevant Furniture makes and restores furniture 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

Smoking wood fire.

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

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

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

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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 painted white wood or white fabric, white chairs are crisp accent pieces. Photo: Chairswithcharacter.com

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

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/stevenm_61

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

As dressers climb high, they're renamed "highboys" or "tallboys." Photo: Flickr.com/photos/marnix.

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

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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

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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

Cass & Merlune in Portland, Oregon

Owl mobiles are popular items for baby showers.

Lisa’s handmade owl mobiles are popular items for baby showers.

A series featuring new Krrbies in new towns across the globe who are breaking unexplored territory. Find out what they have to sell, trade or give away.

Scattered across Lisa Becker‘s dinner table are feathers, owl figurines, hand-molded foam mushrooms and pieces of driftwood she’s collected from the Willamette River in Oregon. Lisa of Cass & Merlune regularly takes over her dining room with natural pieces that will become the earthy, delightful mobiles she handcrafts. A Krrb pioneer in Portland, Lisa only sells items she would want in her own home. Read on to find out more about her tasteful mix of vintage picks and handcrafted pieces, a sure sign her store is filled with personal charm

In Search Of — Wall Clocks

Keep the time or just make a statement with a bold wall clock. Photo: fineartamerica.com

Keep the time or just make a statement with a bold wall clock. Photo: Fineartamerica.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 “wall clocks” and we’ve got loads of them.

Some families have an heirloom grandfather clock on the dining room wall. Others might have a singing bird clock in the kitchen or retro kit-cat clock in the kid’s room. In these days when everyone checks the time on their cell phone, we still love a good wall clock

Get Outside — Cook Out All Season with Grilling Menu and Tips

It's the season to be grilling.

It’s the season to be grilling.

This summer if you can’t stand the heat, take your kitchen outdoors. We’re looking at a long season of dog days and heat waves so don’t bother turning on the oven. Let’s celebrate being outdoors by making most of our meals al fresco. Read on for cookout essentials, tips and a multi-course grilled menu

Krrb Presents A How-to on Styling A Mid-Century Bar Cart with Jeremy Hollingworth

Jeremy Hollingworth is full immersed in Mid-Century living. Co-owner of Artifacts 20th Century, a mid century modern furniture and housewares store in Soho, Jeremy also runs Cabin Modern, an interior decorating company with his wife Jillian Chaitin. In his off time, he works on refinishing pet projects which he sells on Krrb.

With our recent fixation on bar carts and barware, we naturally turned to Jeremy for his expertise. Jeremy offers tips and tricks to making Mid-Century home decor feel fresh and modern.

Don’t Miss — ARC Music Summer Sale in Tribeca, Manhattan

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Swing by the ARChive of Contemporary Music’s Swingin’ Summer Record + CD sale starting Saturday, June 8 and running until Sunday, June 16 at their Tribeca location in New York City. The ARC supports the largest popular music collection in the United States. ARC collects, preserves and provides information on popular music around the world. The not-for-profit archive relies on record and CD sales to support its extensive music holdings.

Preview rare music books, CDs, LPs, singles, VHS, DVDs, sheet music and more available at the sale on ARC’s Krrb corner now

Heidi Anderson Unearths Vintage Finds in Madison, Wisconsin

The lovely Heidi Anderson has a great eye for discovering vintage finds.

The lovely Heidi Anderson has a great eye for discovering vintage finds.

To stay on top of the latest retro treasures in her Wisconsin city, Heidi Anderson and her husband John, are always scavenging for secondhand items. Their shop Unearthed Vintage is a discovery itself, constantly updated with the greatest odds and ends. When you come across rare finds like a vintage clown costume or steel bank door, it’s no surprise that Heidi and John were there first. After considering a move to Madison ourselves, we got the lowdown on Heidi’s favorite local haunts and her inherited sense for “the hunt.” Read on before planning your own trip to the Midwest

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