Pinning — Toys and Games to Get You Outside For Spring

Pinning — Toys and Games to Get You Outside For Spring

As March’s weather continues to behave more like a lion and less like a lamb, we’re daydreaming of months of outdoor activities. Sure, there’s al fresco dining and lazy afternoons in the park, but there’s also red wagon trips to the farmer’s market and running through the sprinklers. For the under age crowd, spring is a break from school and a chance to run through lush green lawns. For a little recess of our own, check out our Kid Space Pinterest board, where lately we’ve been pinning outdoor toys for children and inspiration to make you feel like a kid again.

Join us why don’t you!

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How to Transition a Sweater for Spring

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.

Along with spring flowers comes topsy-turvy weather and roller coaster temperatures. Dressing for the season’s highs and lows can be challenging, but by using your existing wardrobe and a little creativity, you can transform your worn heavy sweater (or a secondhand find!) into appropriate spring outerwear. Here today is Krrb’s Ashley Schwartz with an easy how-to on reworking winter knits into suitable spring layers. You’ll need chalk, scissors, fabric glue, and an old sweater begging to be enhanced.

Break for Spring — A Lookbook for the Season’s Transitional Weather

Break for Spring — A Lookbook for the Seasons Transitional Weather

Changing weather doesn’t mean retiring winter favorites just yet! Photo: Modmods.com

Winter is finally heading out the door but it’s not going down without a fight! Leaving behind the highs and lows that make it either too warm to shrug on a parka, or too cold to bare those legs. We’ve created a lookbook to inspire outfit ideas fit for the season’s topsy-turvy weather. Read on for some tips to make your transition to spring easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy

Michele Keeps MIX Vintage True to its Name and Southern Roots

Michele Keeps MIX Vintage True to its Name and Southern Roots

Michele of MIX Vintage in front of her new shop which she is currently building out in Biltmore Village.

Finding secondhand furniture that tells a story of a rich previous life is a full time job for Michele of MIX Vintage. When Michele decides what vintage furnishings to sell in her Ashville shop, she goes with finds that give her positive feelings and how much she would want the item in her own home. It’s why her Krrb corner is stocked with jewel-tone Persian rugs, iconic Knoll pieces and quirky objects like a three foot hight ceramic sheep. Michele’s knack for finding lustworthy furniture has caught our eye so we had to know where she gets her inspiration and what items she’s crushing on lately. Read on to see why she’s in the Krrb spotlight

Brick & Mortar — Brainworks Home in Los Angeles, California

Brick & Mortar — Brainworks Home in Los Angeles, California

This eclectic LA shop has a little of something for everyone, whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner.

Running the gamet from Pagoda lanterns to a freestanding Aztec fireplace to perfectly wingback chairs straight out of the 1950s, Brainworks Home in Los Angeles carries it all. Stopping just short of renting a truck and driving cross country to get these one-of-a-kind finds, we caught up with Erin Adams, owner and Atousa Ziatabari, a designer for this Los Angles hot spot. Atousa fills us in how this home decor shop has become part of the design community and keeps customers returning

Spring Cleaning – A Scrub for the Mind, Body and Soul

Spring Cleaning – A Scrub for the Mind, Body and Soul

Cleaning supplies from Soulstice Home.

A good spring cleaning isn’t just for clearing the pantry, organizing the junk drawer, and getting rid of long ignored storage. Ultimately it’s about the mental clarity achieved when all the single socks get sent to the textile donation bin and the ease you feel when your couch has been swept from underneath and behind. After a productive day of purging and cleaning, the freshness and levity you feel is the true reward. Sure, you’ll find your canned tomatoes quicker in a well organized pantry, but just wanting to enter the pantry in the first place is the jumping off point. By creating an uncluttered home, you’ll be happier in it and more satisfied in general. This, is the mental spring cleaning.

So what can you do to get your mind ready and open for spring other than cleaning, declutting and organizing? We’ve got some ideas

Cheese and Cake – Not to Be Missed At the Vegan Shop Up in Brooklyn

Cheese and Cake   Not to Be Missed At the Vegan Shop Up in Brooklyn

With spring approaching, the Vegan Shop-up is back this month with fresh treats sure to get you out and enjoying the sun. To give you a taste of what’s in store at the market, we’ve talked with Michael Schwarz of Treeline Cheese and Lauren O’Connor of Cake Thieves. These two are included in a lineup of 20 vendors selling locally made, vegan-friendly goods at the Shop-Up this Saturday, an event you don’t want to miss. Michael’s vegan cheese is made of cashews and comes in all sorts of delicious varieties such as smoked and cracked pepper. Lauren’s baked goods are both mouthwatering and animal-free. We caught up with them to find out their plans for spring and what they’ll be selling at the Vegan Shop Up

Weird and Wild — 10 Interesting Finds From the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Weird and Wild — 10 Interesting Finds From the Old Farmers Almanac

Photo: Myworld.ebay.com/rare_attic_treasures

Planning your spring garden is easy thanks to weather predictions in the Old Farmer’s Alamanac. Historically known as the farming handbook, this publication came complete with a drilled hole for hanging from a nail in the barn. But much has changed for the once-leading periodical, first published in 1792 and now on its 221st issue. Since the early 1900s, more and more of the traditional agriculture articles have been replaced with old wive’s tales, astrology, household tips, and social norms.

Read on for tidbits sure to spark your curiousity in this institution as old as time, and stay tuned for more about what this whole Farmers Almanac is about

Photo Gallery — Furniture to Make Your Garden a Retreat

Photo Gallery — Furniture to Make Your Garden a Retreat

Care for some tea darling? Photo: Loveisspeed.blogspot.com, Slim Aarons/Getty Images.

All the work you put in to tending to your plants, pulling the weeds and regular watering results in a garden that must be enjoyed vicerally. Whether you want to have a brunch, lunch or cocktail party, or maybe you want to sit back with a lavender lemonade and a good book, you’re going to need the proper furnishings. We’ve pulled together vintage, recycled and handmade outdoor furniture to make your garden the backyard paradise it should be with as much unique flavor as each flower petal. So flip through this collection of garden furniture and start planning your own oasis. We’re sure our picks will make you want to sit back and smell the flowers

Rina Miriam and Her Creatively Constructed Studio in Rochester, New York

Rina Miriam and Her Creatively Constructed Studio in Rochester, New York

A self portrait by Rina Miriam part of a recent series highlight compact mirrors.

No home is ever complete without artwork. When Rina Miriam showed up on the Krrb radar, we recognized her art as having a warm, familiar feeling that you would want in your home. It’s friendly and inviting yet visually challenging enough so that you could look at in new ways everyday – perfect to pepper your home with. This Rochester native shares with us where she goes to find treasures in her neighborhood and what inspires her studio space. Read on to find out more why we’re shining our spotlight on this artist

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How to Start Gardening Using Eggshells

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.

Get a head start on the spring season gardening. Reused discarded eggshells as mini planters for your seeds. Once the seedlings sprout, you can then plant your garden with eggshell and all. The eggshells will decompose and adding calcium to the soil. This is particularly great for tomato plants.

The Hot Corner — Robert Berger in Los Angeles

The Hot Corner — Robert Berger in Los Angeles

Watch the light shining through the textured glass in this pair of mid century amber lamps with iron bases.

As part of the series called The Hot Corner, we’re featuring Krrb corners that catch our eye with their well-curated inventory. Whether it’s upcycled, secondhand, vintage or handmade, be sure to see for yourself why we think these Krrbsters have it going on.

An architectural photographer for almost 30 years, Robert Berger is full ingrained in the design industry. When business started dwindling a few years ago, Robert started buying furniture, cleaning it up and selling it, which lead to a new career. Relying on his Los Angeles-based connections for insider news on building renovations, auctions and estate sales, Robert keeps his corner full with beautifully shot one-of-a-kind inventory. Read on to learn more about Robert and what unique pieces he has in his arsenal

Krrb Presents A How-to on Paint Stripping with Megan Meany

Megan Meany, television host and trend reporter, is a secondhand hobbyist and home decorator. She spends her days scouring flea markets, antique shops and local classifieds for furniture she can rehab. She doesn’t have to tell you that a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference. But before you whip out your paint brushes, it’s important to get rid of the existing layers of paint. We got a lesson on paint stripping from Megan. Catch more of Megan on her Youtube channel MeganMeanyLifestyle, on her blog Megan’s Must Haves and get one of her refurbished pieces for sale on her Krrb corner

Brick & Mortar — Silk and Burlap in Frederick, Maryland

Brick & Mortar — Silk and Burlap in Frederick, Maryland

Nestled in downtown Frederic, Maryland, Silk and Burlap is a mix of new and old finds.

Everywhere you look at Silk and Burlap is a thoughtful mix of new and old, vintage and modern. With backgrounds in design and merchandise, Angelique Hoffman and Saule Smariga have turned their downtown Frederick boutique into one-stop shops for fashion and home decor. Their love for furniture and home furnishings isn’t just confined to Silk and Burlap, Apartment Therapy’s house tours has featured both owners Saul and Angelique. Read on to see what makes Silk and Burlap so popular in Frederick

Strategize Your Garden — How To Prep for Spring

Strategize Your Garden — How To Prep for Spring

Varna leeks seedlings starting to sprout. Photo: Cubitsorganics.com

If you’ve got a green thumb, chances are you’ve spent the long and hard winter daydreaming about the potential of your garden. During gusty winds and blizzardy nights, you’ve wishfully thought about picking heirloom tomatos off the vine, tearing basil leaves directly into your salad and canning bright berries into jam. Perhaps you’re hoping for at least one stubborn tomato and a few handfuls of chives if your track record isn’t as great. We still have a few more weeks of winter to go, but it’s not too early to start strategizing and preparing. We’ve wrangled in a few expert gardeners to help you make the most of your spring season

Krrbside Questions — Creating Baby Rooms and Adjusting Your Home for Toddlers

Krrbside Questions — Creating Baby Rooms and Adjusting Your Home for Toddlers

Little additions to the family mean big changes to your home decor. Photo: Thesuperfluities.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

Calling All Artisans – Grand Central Terminal is Looking for You!

Calling All Artisans – Grand Central Terminal is Looking for You!

In case you didn’t know, this year Grand Central Terminal turned 100 years old. As part of its Holiday Fair 2013, which is the last event of its Centennial year, the Terminal is calling for all artisans to attend their open call in March. Event planners are looking for local, American-made merchandise, and all items must be made by hand and can include paintings, crafts, clothing, accessories, home goods and more. (Sorry foodies, food isn’t wanted at the moment.)

With over 1 million shoppers per day at the annual Holiday Fair, which runs from November 18th to December 24th, it’s a wonderful opportunity for vendors to sell, network and reach audiences far and wide.

Think this is the perfect event for you? Go for it! The Open Call is March 12-13, 2013 from 9 am to 5 pm. The earlier you arrive, the better your chances are of getting seen.

Auditions will be held at Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY. Go to the Retail space in the Shuttle Passageway across from the Rite Aid Drug store.

For more information, email info@grandcentralterminal.com

Good Luck!

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