10 DIYers Changing the World

Photo: Tampa Tribune

Photo: Tampa Tribune

It seems a little contrary to give out DIY awards. The DIY movement is about celebrating what you do best and helping others to find that same joy. So may we present a list that is not a “Top Ten” but rather a “Significant Ten” to inspire you in your own DIY projects. These folks are helping to change the world by making it simpler one project at a time. Enjoy

DIY — How to Add New Hardware on Vintage Furniture

1. Intro

If you’ve ever inherited a beautiful piece of furniture or even scored a diamond in the rough on the side of the road or at an antique shop, you know how exciting it can be to consider the possibilities. For one thing, you have the opportunity to update it to suit your style and breathe new life into it with, more often than not, very little effort.

Many times, all you need is a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. But what about that prohibiting predicament when you have original hardware holes that make retrofitting modern hardware all but impossible? Take my hand-me-down bedroom furniture below, for example

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

The inner workings of someone else’s chest should start up some conversations! Photo: Krrb.com/CocoonCircus

Krrb is a great place to find everything and anything secondhand, handmade and vintage. We can only imagine how these finds ended up on the classifieds in the first place. Whether or not you were looking for these unusual listings, The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week are for sale, each in need of a new home.

From cartoonish chip bowls to rather frightening lighting, we’ve got it covered

I Want This — Future Spa Pinball Machine

When I saw this listing, I was immediately transported back to my childhood visits to the arcade, with its flashing lights, electronic noises and quarter machines. I remember the tiny silver pinball bouncing around, hoping to beat that high score. What a cool, colorful, and unique addition to any apartment! It’s both a statement decoration and a source of endless entertainment. And an absolute steal of a price—some machines go for $10,000 and up! This Future Spa machine features flippers, bumpers, slingshots, spinning targets with all the bells and whistles you would expect from an awesome pinball machine. Impress your friends and relive childhood memories—especially if you loved arcades—like I did. And the best part: you can play until you have the high score without running out of quarters! Start clearing some room in your apartment for this find, guaranteed to bring the ‘wow’ factor.

You can snag this Pinball Machine from cathjig76’s Krrb corner in Westwood, NJ. $1250 or best offer.

Reclaimed Home Brings Their Do-It-Yourself Energy to the Salvage Yard


Upon entering the Crown Heights storefront of Reclaimed Home, I was greeted by owners Phyllis Bobb and Emilia DeVitis along with an abundance of salvaged vintage pieces that had me wishing I was in need of a bold piece of furniture! The cheerful pair have been friends for almost 30 years and have just recently started this new venture together. The combination of their DIY skills and passion explains the high quality of their work—even gaining them praise from the New York Times. The duo are currently working out of their reclaimed and salvage studio right near the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens while also offering a variety of interior design and furnishing services to homeowners and businesses. Check out what these ladies had to say below and be sure to swing by their shop in person

Apartment Therapy Classifieds Curator — Anne Sage of The City Sage

Photo credit: The Why We Love Photography

Photo credit: The Why We Love Photography

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Apartment Therapy Classifieds. We’re featuring tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from the Apartment Therapy classifieds. Our latest guest curator is Anne Sage.

For the next two weeks, Anne Sage, founder of a blog that we here at Krrb are very fond of, The City Sage will be sharing her picks from the Apartment Therapy Classifieds. Based in Los Angeles, blogger Anne is very busy at work on an interiors book to be published in 2015 by Chronicle Books. As if writing a book isn’t enough to take up all of her time, Anne is also a lifestyle writer

How to Rewire a Vintage Lamp

Photo: rodneysmith.com

Photo: rodneysmith.com

Vintage lamps have all the aesthetics, but sometimes lack updated wiring to make it an efficient light source. Not to fear, rewiring a retro light is a great project for any DIY beginner. Study up on the diagrams and steps below before updating your next secondhand find

Get Energized — 5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

Photo: splendidtable.org

Photo: splendidtable.org

As a person who more often chooses to sleep in than not, I’ve learned lots of tricks to help me out of bed and ready to start the day. Over the years, I’ve found that the right scents, sounds or tastes can transform a mood. Catering to these specific senses can put you in a whole different mindset within seconds and usually provide you with a boost of energy you need when sleep isn’t an option. Read on for the most energizing scents, sounds and tastes to revitalize you on your never-ending days

Alternative Energy Sources to Power Your Tech Devices


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Whether we care to admit it or not, we rely pretty heavily on our tech devices. Our eyes are glued to Google maps and Siri takes care of dialing our nearest and dearest. Our dependence on tech demands that devices be in full working order at all times. When running out of energy is not an option and plugging in is not readily available, alternative energy are a wallet-friendly and eco-friendly way to juice up. We’ve rounded up some alternative modes of energy (and the devices that use them) to power your most important equipment

I Want This — Safavieh Vintage Collection Turquoise Rug

Sometimes I struggle between enjoying and appreciating the aesthetic of items from years past and well, wondering how does one clean 50-plus years of grime from a well-loved artifact. With the Safavieh Vintage Collection Turquoise Rug, I don’t need to make any compromises. I can get the soft pile and uneven striations associated with aged heirlooms but with the guaranteed quality of a new rug. At 5′ X 7′ and the color of a gorgeous deep turquoise, this rug will definitely make a statement in my bedroom.

Curl up on this vintage-inspired Turquoise Rug from the Property Sister’s Collection in Hawthorne, California. $200.

In Search Of — Daffodil Yellow Finds


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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 we’re looking for Daffodils.

The flowers on the ground are the inspiration for this cheery color that will look great in your place all year

In Search Of — Army Accessories

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Photo: theepochtimes.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 we’re looking for army items.

Memorial day is just around the corner. Get into the spirit with these fantastic finds

In Search Of — Pastels

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Photo: static.tumblr.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 we’re looking for pastels.

Lovely soft colors aren’t just for reduced price Easter candies. You’ll eat these cotton candy-hued finds right up

Shopping Guide — Logan Square, Chicago

Shopping Guide — Logan Square, Chicago

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Sarah Polster has seen her neighborhood of Logan Square grow into from a little shopping strip to one populated with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. In the past 10 years, this vintage seller and owner of cushionchicago has watched empty storefronts open their doors and new pockets of commercial activity pop up.

According to Sarah, Logan Square could still use a decent grocery store but it has its pros like craft cocktail bars like Analogue and Whistler as well as Logan Square Theater, a historic cinema that plays first run and indie films. Sarah shares with us her favorite places to shop in her neck of the woods

3 Alternative Energy Innovations Happening in the US

Photo: climatecentral.org

Photo: climatecentral.org

This past week President Obama announced that solar panels were installed on the roof of the White House—as more and more commercial and residential properties turn to alternative energy sources—it’s very cool to see our nation’s capital following suit. That our sun can produce usable energy is pretty mind blowing to me, but it’s even more incredible that certain projects, such as the ones below, could soon be a part of our green lifestyle. Read on to see what major alternative energy projects are taking the United States by storm

Apartment Therapy Classifieds Curator — Blogger Holly Becker of Decor8


The name Holly Becker may sound familiar to you for a few reasons. Not only does she run the popular blog, Decor8, Holly has written multiple best selling design books. She also recently won Apartment Therapy’s “Homies” lifetime achievement award. After checking out her style for yourself, we think you’ll agree why this award-winning shelter blogger is the next Apartment Therapy classifieds curator

I Want This — Modern Industrial Desk

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Photo: krrb.com/urbanwoodgoods?auto=format

After years of finding it acceptable to do work from my bed, sprawled out on the floor, or at the dining room table—I’ve finally reached the point in my life where I truly believe I need a desk. Perhaps it’s my quarter-life crisis talking, or maybe it’s that ache I have in my neck from leaning against propped up pillows for my entire school career. Either way, I’m ready for you desk!

I assume it’ll be quite some time until I have a designated office for myself at home, but until that day comes a simple, functional and beautifully crafted desk like this will definitely do the trick. I can’t help but picture the hyper-masculine chair that I’d tuck into that nook. I feel this desk would look best without clutter on top—just a computer and vase of flowers perhaps—but let’s see how long that would last!

Get to work with this Modern Industrial Desk from Urban Wood Goods. $425

8 Ways to Prepare for Your Staycation


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Whether you live in a big city or a small town, it’s easy to overlook the environments we frequent everyday. Days become monotonous and the routines that we struggle to maintain feel more and more like rigid schedules. Whenever I come back from a week or two of vacation, I joke that I need a vacation from my vacation. Sure, travel is great to break up the day-to-day norm, but it can also leave you feeling exhausted. If you’re looking to explore the unknown, disconnect and reset, look no further than where you are in this moment. Here’s how you can prepare for the best staycation ever

I Want This — Moroccan Pendant Light

Hands down, the worst thing about rental apartments is the overhead lighting. In the past eight years, I’ve come across the same dingy fixtures over and over again. I’ve systematically been changing the lights in every room of my second floor walkup. Each light is different, playing off the warm and cool tones of the room. I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous Moroccan Pendant Light for my bedroom. The golden ambient lighting emitting from this beauty should look nice against my stark, white walls. The cool, exotic siloutte adds intrigue overall to the space. Looks like I’ll be paying a visit to Kayla’s shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for this lovely fixture.

Find this Moroccan Pendant Light on Adaptations’ Krrb corner. $225.

In Search Of — Batik

Photo: bluebatik.com

Photo: bluebatik.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 we’re looking for Batik.

Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. We’re finding it everywhere on Krrb