I Want This — 1950s Party Dress, Chicago, Illinois

I Want This — 1950s Party Dress, Chicago, Illinois

Dress up, doll. Photo: Krrb.com/12578

There’s something about the summer season that just warrants celebrating outdoors. Whether it’s a beach clambake, a backyard cookout or a rooftop soiree, count me in. While my closet is full of black dresses, this green number is calling out to me.

The bright happy color will stand out in a sea of white and black frocks. I’m really loving the peplum waist — a classic trend that is on point again. I’d pair this with my summer staples; a pair of espadrille wedges and a straw clutch.

Deck yourself out in 1950s Party Dress on Vintage Living’s Krrb corner in Chicago, Illinois.

21 Popsicle Recipes for a DIY Summer

21 Popsicle Recipes for a DIY Summer

As the Fresh Prince said, “just a little somethin to break the monotony,” here are 21 popsicle recipes for a DIY summer, turning your kitchen into a frozen treat factory, welcoming in the guests and their need to chill out. So read on for pops that will get you buzzing, ones for adults and old classics with new twists. “Because there is an air of love and of happiness and this is the Fresh Krrbie’s new definition of summer madness”

We Went Shopping — Photos From Our Day At The Vintage Bazaar

We Went Shopping — Photos From Our Day At The Vintage Bazaar

The crowds were ‘abuzzing at The Vintage Bazaar flea market on Sunday. With all the vintage finds available, shoppers who were lucky enough to get a cute red bag (provided by yours truly, of course!) filled up on one-of-kind wares. If you missed the curated selection by Chicago’s prime vintage sellers at the Aragon Ballroom this weekend, be sure to stop by July 8 for their next monthly event. In the meantime, check out our coverage by Man On The Ground, Jarod Sabatino and keep an eye on Krrb for the best retro finds coming out of Chicago

5 Easy Pieces — BBQ Grilling

5 Easy Pieces — BBQ Grilling

It just isn't summer without a proper BBQ fired up. Photo: Theheritagecook.com

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

The Weekend Wanderer — Washington D.C., Portsmouth, Brooklyn

The Weekend Wanderer — Washington D.C., Portsmouth, Brooklyn

Either beat the crowds or join them. Photo: Nyclovesnyc.blogspot.com

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. Check them out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way, just get out and wander.

I Want This — Vintage Afghan, Boaz, Alabama

I Want This — Vintage Afghan, Boaz, Alabama

Don't you just want to curl up with this throw? Photo: Krrb.com/Jett

There is nothing I love more than relaxing with a throw and good summer read. The security and coziness of light blanket is something I want year round. The weight of this retro afghan feels perfect for those chilly summer nights when the sun has gone down.

I am loving the shades of gold that match the marigolds growing on my patio. I’m ready to wrap myself up in this vintage find at late night outdoor concerts all season long.

Cozy up to this Vintage Afghan on Jett’s Krrb corner in Boaz, Alabama.

Four Summer Essentials

Four Summer Essentials

Get Shorty! Aurora Borealis Studded Shorts by Etsy seller, Anastasia.

As the weather heats up the rules change. In some cases, ever so slightly, in others, much more drastically. Let’s take fashion for instance. Drastic. Ditch the tired wool hat you’ve been wearing non-stop since October, forget the long underwear and yeah, why the heck not, put on a pair of shorts. Short shorts aren’t your thing? Understandable, but don’t let that stop you from feeling the heat. Throw on a sundress perhaps or throw caution to the wind and rock that bikini (or mankini as the case may be).

Our Love For Chicago’s Vintage Bazaar in 30 Pictures

Our Love For Chicagos Vintage Bazaar in 30 Pictures

Photo by Steven Pate for The Vintage Bazaar.

Chicago has a celebrated vintage scene, rife with markets, shops, stylists and fashionistas, who, sporting killer clothes and hocking amazing home goods, keep the atmosphere consistently fresh. Maybe it’s the Midwestern roots that keep the old-school furniture in rotation or the city’s cultural opportunities that keep the creatives around, but no doubt Libby and Katherine of The Vintage Bazaar and their now monthly market are fueling the climate that loves jams and mid-century modern.

Just in time for summer, this Sunday marks the return of the highly anticipated Vintage Bazaar, with 150+ vendors (soon to be 200) and food trucks to keep you fortified while you shop the day away.

It’s gonna be a mad house so we suggest you start planning now. We’ve selected a handful of items you’ll find on Saturday that we love, that you’ll love and just maybe, you should plan on snapping up early

Krrb Presents Quicks Tips — A How-To Video To Maintain Your Wood Kitchen Wares

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.

Here’s a quick how-to on maintaining those wooden kitchen wares you’ve collected over the years. Whether it’s a carved wooden bowl, rustic salad tongs or a handsome cutting board, applying wax is the key to preserving their longevity and shine. Pete Raho of Gowanus Furniture Co. recommends you use a beeswax-based product which is safe for foods. And if you’re in Brooklyn, he sells a mixture of beeswax, mineral oil, orange oil and anise oil. To see more of his hand-crafted woodwork, check out Gowanus Furniture’s Krrb corner.

Shop Talk with Ladies of The Vintage Bazaar

Shop Talk with Ladies of The Vintage Bazaar

Katherine and Libby are a force to be reckoned with. Photo: Meena Singh

Be prepared for a flurry of activity when you enter The Vintage Bazaar. One of the major players in Chicago’s vintage scene is now a monthly market. We chatted up Katherine Raz and Libby Alexander, the super team behind TVB about their own tried-and-true flea market tricks and gossip on celebrity sightings. As proprietors of TVB, they have an eye for design (if you don’t believe us, check out the goods available!) and a knack for bringing the best of the best together under one roof

5 Easy Pieces — DIY Stenciling

5 Easy Pieces — DIY Stenciling

Using stencils for home decor can be just this. Photo: Krrb.com/stcfinds

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Krrb Presents Quicks Tips — How to Clean a Cutting Board

Put down the phone and listen up. We editors at Krrb know you have no time for long-winded how-to’s, so we’ll keep it short. We’ve launched a video series of Quick Tips to help you with life’s little lessons. In under a minute, you can get useful information from an expert, like how to clean your cutting board, sanitize a flea market find, or tell the difference between a knock off and the real thing. 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.

Our first video up is quick lesson on the best way to clean and disinfect your cutting board. We went straight to the source for this how to. Pete Raho of Gowanus Furniture Co. is a Brooklyn-based wood worker who makes cutting boards, wine racks, and shelving systems ideal for space-challenged homes. To see more of his hand crafted woodwork, check out Gowanus Furniture’s Krrb corner.

No Really. What Do You Call It!?!? (Part 2)

No Really. What Do You Call It!?!? (Part 2)

Chairs, every last one of em. All on Krrb.

The Chair. It’s the most ubiquitous and important design element in the domestic environment, according to the poet, David McFadden. But did Dave ever examine the stool? It’s an engineering feat because it’s a chair without the back or arm rests. Raise up your stool, and a glass, and you’ve got yourself a bar stool. Speaking of drinking and driving, put on your seatbelt when you’re in the saddle, whether it be a car seat, airline seat or a train seat, although you can’t buckle up when on a horse saddle, or a bike saddle. And, although all aforementioned seats are in motion, the definition of one is when your chair is static. But if motion is what you’re looking for, a wheel chair will roll you to your destination. Don’t want to go anywhere? Stick with a swing, a rocking chair, a glider, a hammock or quick game of Kiiking, the popular Estonian sport of twisting on 360 degrees while sitting in a swing. Tired yet? Have a seat, and put your feet up on your chair’s matching ottoman, which could also be used as stool. Oh, that stool! So be proud and sit upright in your chair, unless of course you want to sink, in which case, the bean bag chair is for you. So post-haste, get your papasan on!

I Want This — Digital Multimedia Projector, Brooklyn NY

I Want This — Digital Multimedia Projector, Brooklyn NY

Get ready for a summer of outdoor movie watching.

I have always wanted a digital projector. It’s the perfect tool for entertainment on balmy summer nights. Whether you watching Woody Allen classics on the side of a building or home movies in your backyard with family, a projector is all you need. Projectors are usually quite expensive but at $150 this secondhand one leaves us money in our budget to spend on popcorn.

Make your home the hangout this summer with the Digital Multimedia Projector on Timo’s Krrb corner in Brooklyn, New York. If you’re looking for a projection screen, check out this 40-inch portable one on Sonicjean’s Krrb corner also available in Brooklyn.

Michelle Seekamp and Her Vintage Encampment on the Hudson

Michelle Seekamp and Her Vintage Encampment on the Hudson

Meet Michelle!

Meet Michelle Seekamp, crafting, thrifting and design fiend, who joins us from North Creek, New York, home to some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Northeast. Looking for some amazing deals on vintage doodads and knicknacks? Check out Michelle’s corner, The Astor Room, and read on to hear more about her thrifting exploits, inspiration and her prized possession that recommends that you get off your horse and drink milk

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