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

The Weekend Wanderer — Mesquite, Jackson, Cleveland

The Weekend Wanderer — Mesquite, Jackson, Cleveland

Check Krrb for local stoop sales for great finds. Photo: Hangfirebooks.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 — Aged Outdoor Bench, Los Angeles, California

I Want This — Aged Outdoor Bench, Los Angeles, California

Add a few colorful pillows and this outdoor bench will be packed all summer long.

Memorial Day weekend is only days away so it’s time to start lighting those grills in preparation of summer. No outdoor space is complete without furniture for sipping icy margaritas while entertaining. This aged solid wooden bench ($700) is calling my name. The outdoor seating comes with roomy storage for the bulky charcoal bag and bug spray. The patina of the weathered wood gives it character and will look lovely under the flicker of tiki lights.

Start your summer right by making room in your patio for the Aged Outdoor Wood Bench on Claudia’s Krrb corner in Los Angeles, California.

Join Us – An Epic Stoop Sale in Brooklyn

Join Us – An Epic Stoop Sale in Brooklyn

From the Epic DUMBO Stoop Sale in 2011.

The 4th annual Epic DUMBO Stoop Sale comes to Brooklyn again this year and lucky for all you with spare dishes, old baby books, hand weights that never panned out and classic DVDs you’d like to pass on, there are a few tables left. Locals have the opportunity to sell their gently used second-hand goods and it’s free and open to the community to peruse and thrift.

Also happening at the same time is Browse and Pick, a two-part ticketed event where participants drop off items for the swap and return later to use points to acquire different items from the event.

It will be a thrfitastic day in DUMBO. Why don’t you join us

Chicago’s Randolph Market Season Opener – Gotta Love It

Chicagos Randolph Market Season Opener   Gotta Love It

Photo: livecreatingyourself.com

The market of all markets returns next weekend with it’s Season Opener featuring hundreds of vintage, handmade and artisanal food vendors. The Randolph Street Market, which is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market, is a monthly destination for shoppers, sellers, dealers, treasure hunters, people watchers and those wanting to be amidst the buzz. So, go, cause it’s easy, what with free delivery, appraisals, repairs and restoration services on hand, not to mention delicious munchies and oh, so much more.

For a handy dandy preview, check out some of what our favorite vendors will have on hand this weekend

MakeShift Brings Down Home DIY Chops to Design Week

MakeShift Brings Down Home DIY Chops to Design Week

Returning these chairs to their natural habit as part of MakeShift 2012

Design Week in New York is coming to a close. There were parties a plenty and more than enough furniture to be seen, sat on, and contemplated curiously while people watching to your heart’s content. We were lucky enough to get in on the action by working with Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin on the inaugural run of MakeShift: A Series of Panel Discussions, Workshops, and Conversations for the Fashion and Design Industries.

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