Greetings From Greenpoint— A Neighborhood Profile With Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge

With physical boundries like the East River, the Pulaski Bridge and McCarren Park, and limited public transportation (ahem, G train) Brooklyn’s Greenpoint is a neighborhood all its own. First and primarily a Polish community, there’s also a growing young energy in the area. Creative companies such as Kickstarter, Atlas Obscura and Design*Sponge are making Greenpoint their homebase for work and play. And here to give us the lay of the land is Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.

As a 4th year resident, explorer and tastemaker, Grace has discovered tons of nooks and crannies in her neighborhood, and breaks down what makes Greenpoint tick. From the area’s lone green space, Transmitter Park to geting your jeans mended by Mary Brockman of Kill Devil Hill, to the countless Polish grocery shops along Manhattan Avenue, join us for a video tour of Greenpoint.

Love, Respect and an Ode to the Journey

Love, Respect and an Ode to the Journey

Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching. While I’m a fan of this mushy ode to the heart’s tugs I find myself using it more as a reminder to simply open my eyes on my day-to-day journeys and appreciate my surroundings. Too often, everyday life has us so focused on tasks at hand that we forget that the joy of life lies in the journey, not the destination — in the search, not necessarily the treasure. So while there are millions of poems ready to be recited on February 14th over candlelit dinners and professions of true love, I’ve been busy memorizing Constantine Cavafy’s classic, “Ithaca,” penned in 1911 and first introduced to me by my older sister many moons ago.

The Property Sisters Who Won the West Coast

The Property Sisters Who Won the West Coast

This pair of sisters doubles their forces when it comes to redoing homes inside and out. Photo by Jenny Januszewski.

There is nothing stronger than family ties. It’s why we’re taken with all the work Allison Allain and Marilynn Taylor, The Property Sisters do in California. Playing ying to each other’s yang, these sisters cover it all when it comes to homes. From building out new spaces to retooling furniture, Allison and Marilynn deliver. Read on to find out more about this powerful pair and where they go to discover treasures

Greenpointers— Our Top 10 Picks for $20 or Less at the Valentine’s Market

Greenpointers— Our Top 10 Picks for $20 or Less at the Valentines Market

Get ready for the holiday at Greenpointers Valentine’s Market this Saturday.

You know what we love? A perfect Valentine’s Day gift for our honey and wallet still full of money. Greenpointers is at it again with a holiday themed market tomorrow in Greenpoint. Find plenty of locally made gifts to fill your heart’s desire. Check out the Greenpointers Valentine’s Market preview to see what’s in store and check out our top picks for a crisp Andrew Jackson

Valentines Picks from the Krrb Staff

Valentines Picks from the Krrb Staff

Won’t you be ours? Photo: Etsy.com/shop/RetroVintageBazaar

There are so many things we love about the romantic allure of Valentine’s Day. In between perusing local pop-up markets this weekend like this one and this one in Brooklyn and eating fistfuls of candy hearts, the Krrb staff has pulled together our favorite gift ideas for others and of course, ourselves. Why? Because we love you so

A Playlist — Queen Majesty’s Hot Sauce

A Playlist — Queen Majestys Hot Sauce

When she’s not making hot sauce, Erica DJs under her moniker Queen Majesty.

What’s Valentine’s Day without a little spice and flavor? At the Greenpointers Valentine’s Market this Saturday in Brooklyn, you won’t want to miss Queen Majesty’s Hot Sauce. Handmade by Erica Diehl, much like her music, her hot sauce is inspired by Caribbean culture. Performing under the name Queen Majesty, Erica DJs a weekly reggae party and hosts Jamaica Rock, a reggae show on East Village Radio. Read on to find out more about what Queen Majesty is mixing in and out of the kitchen and stream a playlist she made especially for us

Lead the Way — Take Our 3-Minute Survey, Earn 50 Free Credits!

Lead the Way — Take Our 3 Minute Survey, Earn 50 Free Credits!

Groucho, Chico, Harpo and their misfit racehorse.

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Although Groucho Marx probably wasn’t using “dog” as an analogy for a website, I shall with pleasure. Day in and day out, we’re training ‘ol Krrbie to do all these fancy tricks to help you buy and sell locally. And as we head into 2013, we’d like YOU to shed some light on our proverbial path

Krrbside Questions — Reconfiguring Small Apartments and Winter Meals

Krrbside Questions — Reconfiguring Small Apartments and Winter Meals

Small spaces call for double duty furniture. Photo: Theshoppingsherpa.blogspot.com

Welcome to Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. First up with some super helpful advice is Jett Superior, recently featured in our Member Spotlight. This Southern lover of all things secondhand, vintage and handmade has what she calls “crackerjack ingenuity” and a knack for redoing roadside furniture. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands

Vegan Shop Up — Five Sweets for Your Sweetie

Vegan Shop Up — Five Sweets for Your Sweetie

Give your special someone something sweet. Photo: Notjustcute.com

What’s Valentine’s Day without some baked goods and special treats to satisfy your sweet tooth and that of your sweetie’s? Next Saturday, the Brooklyn-based Vegan Shop-Up is gearing up for its 3rd annual Vegan Valentines market! Dedicated to featuring vegan food purveyors and eco-friendly goods in the New York area, this event is sure to have enough heart shaped cookies, mouthwatering bon bons, and decadent chocolates to fill your heart’s content. Preview the Vegan Shop-Up to plan your Valentine’s Day menu and check out our five favorite gifts to treat your special someone

Pinning – Curl Up With Us As We Drool Over These 75 Fireplaces

Pinning – Curl Up With Us As We Drool Over These 75 Fireplaces

With a few more winter months ahead, we can still dream about our favorite oasis in the cold: the fireplace. Vintage, freestanding, stone or gas, we’ve all got our preferences when it comes to friendly fire. And what better place to gather and drool over them all than Pinterest? We’ve got 75 and counting of the sculptural variety, those from yesteryear, some only conceived of, and a few you can barely believe.

Join us why don’t you!

[CLOSED] Stay Home — Outside My Window Giveaway

[CLOSED] Stay Home — Outside My Window Giveaway

Nice and cozy inside? Take a picture outside your window. Photo: Krrb.com/basima

As we spend the next two weeks at home, it only makes sense to take an introspective look at your surroundings. So we’re highlighting our favorite Krrb project Outside My Window. In between catching up on your reading list and rearranging your living room, take a look outside your window and share your view with others (see instructions below)

Krrb Presents A How-to on Adding Buttons to Upholstery with Tufting

Adding matching (or not!) buttons to a piece of furniture is a great way to add character without a lot of hassle, and tufting is the way to do it. Tufting is an upholstery technique achieved by threading through layers of fabric and securing the ends of the thread with a knot or button. It isn’t hard, but we’ve got the step by step instructions on how to get the job done.

While there are several tufts (varying in difficulty), Colleen Ford White of Timber and Cloth gives us a lesson on the basic tuft. You’ll need a tufting needle, nylon tufting thread and shank buttons that have an eyeloop on the back. Colleen suggests pairing vintage buttons with your fabric if you don’t have a button maker.

Krrb Presents A How to on Adding Buttons to Upholstery with Tufting

A blue velvet burnout ottoman tufted by Colleen of Timber and Cloth.

You can find both introductory and intermediate upholstery classes taught by Colleen at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. Be sure to check out her Krrb corner Timber and Cloth to pick up furniture upholstered by Colleen. If you’re still not up for a tufting session of your own, you can purchase this tufted ottoman on Krrb now.

Stay Home — 10 Tips to Prep for Hibernation

Stay Home — 10 Tips to Prep for Hibernation

Photo: Faressaad.com

As the winter season grows cold, it’s time to head indoors. In the spring, it’s all about the garden, cleaning and getting reacquainted with nature. In the summer we dine al fresco, swim and sun, and find many a garage, yard and stoop sale from neighbors near and far. Come fall, we take in the changing of the leaves, hike through the hills, drive for the views, grill into the night.

But winter is really when we stay at home, inside, all cozy-like. Similar to our primitive ancestors, we hibernate, so to speak. Now is a time to bunker down, bundle up and appreciate the how we are compelled to stay home

Introducing Member Ratings on Krrb.com — Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Introducing Member Ratings on Krrb.com — Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Are you happy, sad or neutral? Let the world know!

Since the launch of Krrb.com, we’ve heard so many great stories of conviviality – from a buyer showing up with homemade cookies to a seller traveling across town in the rain just to deliver an item they were giving away for free! One very cool member even proclaimed Krrb to be “like a dating website, but for new friendships!” We like that

Purging — Services To Help You Start the Year with a Clean Slate

Purging — Services To Help You Start the Year with a Clean Slate

Photo: Randomthoughts-kristy.blogspot.com

Alas, it’s still January. That means there’s still time to conquer your many New Years Resolutions, one of those big ones being to clean out your space. Let’s be honest, life gets in the way— work, family, kids— and priorities shift. However, if you can’t find the time, we at Krrb have you covered!

There are a ton of services out there to help you get a jump start and we have a few right here on Krrb. Some will help you clean, some will help you organize, all without having to lift a finger. Pretty cool, huh

Krrbside Questions — Break the Messy Closet Cycle and Options for an Unused Skateboard

Krrbside Questions — Break the Messy Closet Cycle and Options for an Unused Skateboard

Find out what to do with a skateboard that will never get lots of air and more. Photo: Theavtimes.com

Welcome to Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. First up with some super helpful advice is Jett Superior, recently featured in our Member Spotlight. This Southern lover of all things secondhand, vintage and handmade has what she calls “crackerjack ingenuity” and a knack for redoing roadside furniture. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands

Shark Gravy, the Treasure Hunters who Never Stop Moving

Shark Gravy, the Treasure Hunters who Never Stop Moving

Erick and Kayla, full time treasure hunters.

If there was ever a more resolved duo, it would be the Chicago-based couple behind Shark Gravy. Kayla Benedict and Erick Pausz have plenty of goals for 2013. Aside from selling secondhand furniture on Krrb, they are working on “Hell on Earth”, an animated television pilot, never mind learning woodworking and animation programs. Wowza!

When it comes to their home, that New Year’s purge is more of an ongoing process. A lot of times, Kayla and Erick use the furniture they’re selling to furnish their own home until it is sold, so they are constantly starting with a clean slate. First on their to-do list is to find a wardrobe solution. Kayla and Erick just sold a Broyhill dresser set that housed their own clothes. Read on to find out why we can’t get enough of these treasure hunters

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