Local DIY Roundup — Toronto Classes, Workshops and Maker Spaces

DIY Roundup: Toronto

Here at Krrb we love doing-it-ourselves. Whether it’s a nice bench or lamp, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after building something yourself. That’s why it’s so great to know that if you go looking in any city you can find a nice, little DIY Shop that might just have everything you need.

This month, we’re exploring a few DIY Shops in Toronto. If you’re a native or just visiting the area, these are the go-to shops for your DIY needs.

Chicago Magazine Classifieds Curator Jourdan Fairchild

Photo credit: Julia Stotz

Photo credit: Julia Stotz

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Chicago Magazine Classifieds. Every month we will feature local tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from Chicagoland. This month our guest curator is Jourdan Fairchild.

For the next few weeks Jourdan Fairchild will be curating for the Chicago Magazine Classifieds.

Jourdan is a Chicago-based editor, freelance writer, creative consultant and the former Chicago editor of DailyCandy. After spending many years in New York working for some of the top lifestyle and interior magazines (In Style, O at Home, Country Living), she’s ended up in Chicago and we’re very glad that she did!

“Brass is still experiencing a boom in popularity, for good reason. It has a warmer aesthetic than other metals and it’s glamorous without being glitzy,” said Jourdan when asked why she’s chosen her first batch picks from Chicago Magazine Classifieds. “You can generally find affordable vintage brass objects at flea markets and thrift stores. I can’t get enough of it.”

Having authored Fly DIY: Crafts for the Modern Traveler and contributed to a variety of local and national publications, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what Jourdan curated for us. Make sure you check in and see all of Jourdan’s favorites during the month of November!

Healthy Snacks to Store in Your Desk

Healthy Snacks to Store in Your Desk

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For those of us who work at a desk everyday, we know that office meetings and project deadlines are great for productivity, but can be killer on your stomach. In fact, hungry is never a good feeling to have when you are trying to get stuff done. So for that next conference call that runs into lunch, think ahead and pack up some healthy snacks you can munch on, guilt-free. Not only will your stomach thank you, but your co-workers will too!

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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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.

We’ve got some Halloween chairs, scares and lamps that’ll flare!

6 Creative Desks You’ve Got to See

6 Unusual Creative Desks

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The creative mind needs the right canvas to inspire the imagination. These six unusual desks offer a balance of utility and character. Trust us, you’ll want to pull up a chair and start dreaming up ideas.

Get Office Inspiration From Homepolish

All photos are courtesy of Homepolish.com

All photos are courtesy of Homepolish.com

Since Homepolish has serious design status in the realm of office spaces, we went through their design portfolio and chose some of our favorites to help inspire you! Whether you want to redesign your personal office space or a larger work environment, you can gain ideas from all of these beautiful spaces. Take a look at these swoon worthy offices and find out how you can upgrade your workspace too

Local Finds — Green Village in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Local Finds — Green Village in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Why do we love thrift shops so much? Is it the goods themselves? Or that feeling that comes with finding something truly unique, the thrill of the deal, the epiphany of discovery? While some shops offer a carefully curated collection of goods presented to perfection in an airy, idealized display room (offering the thrill without all the work), others offer an experience that feels more like entering a hoarder’s den and somehow, against all odds, coming out on top. Green Village Used Clothing and Furniture falls into the latter category which is by no means a criticism

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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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.

So much vintage this week on Krrb. We’re coming to you with the most random finds you’ve ever laid eyes on, ya’ll

9 Things to Do During Your Lunch Break

9 Things to Do During Your Lunch Break

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If you’re guilty of working lunches, it’s time to step away from the desk. Whether you’ve got 30 minutes or an hour to spare, we rounded up a few things you can do to revitalize your productivity. Now get to work on this list

Krrb Curator — Noa Santos of Homepolish

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Since we’ll be focusing on office spaces for the next two weeks, having Homepolish curate for us seemed like the perfect fit! If you haven’t heard of the interior design service that has taken the startup and design worlds by storm, now’s your chance to check them out. Co-founder and CEO Noa Santos, along with the whole team, are the masterminds behind amazing residential properties as well as the awesome office spaces for some of the coolest companies. Luckily for us, Noa took time out to choose some of his favorite Krrb listings for us to share with you!

“The theme of my choices is quite simple, brass. It’s my favorite metal right now. It’s clean, elegant and unlike a lot of metals—it’s warm,” Noa said when we asked him why he chose the pieces that he did. “It’s one of my favorite ways to bring both structure and warmth into any space. Brass is timeless and a great investment for anyone looking to add a little sophistication to their design.”

Read on to see what’s on trend for your interior

Spooky Halloween Finds on Krrb

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Halloween is coming up quick and Krrb is the perfect place to find those creepy decorations that will make this Halloween extra spooky! Whether you want to give your friends the chills during a Halloween Party or spook th neighborhood trick-or-treaters, if you want it we’ve probably got it

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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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.

Do we have some tricks and treats for you this week? You better believe we do

8 Natural Skin Care Recipes Good Enough to Eat

Natural Skin Care Recipes Good Enough to Eat

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Much to our dismay, skin problems never really go away. Countless years of product testing in our home bathrooms has left us with an abundance of plastic tubes and tubs of unused products. Our answer to the countless drugstore runs? Go natural! We’ve rounded up a list of eight skin care remedies that all have ingredients you can actually pronounce—let alone eat! So the question is, what sweet concoctions are sitting in your kitchen that are perfect to exfoliate, tone and soothe your skin? Read on to find out

The End of the TV Dinner Era

The End of the TV Dinner Era

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I can only remember one time in my childhood where I ate a frozen meal. Growing up in 1980’s and 1990’s, tv dinner meals were all the rage—except in my household. Something about the neat package of brownie, fluorescent-hued corn and square pizza was a novelty for me during the time of Swanson Hungry Man

8 Easy Party Recipes You Can Make in a Muffin Tin

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Do you know the Muffin Man? The Muffin Man? The Muffin Man! Well, this isn’t your ordinary muffin man because this muffin man is making everything but muffins to satisfy his party guests. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be using a muffin tin to make these recipes. Read on and get hungry

Halloween — Get Spooked with Unusual Taxidermy on Krrb

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Everyone has had a loving pet at one point or another in their life. Whether is was a cat or a dog or a tortoise or an alligator or a goose—everyone has that special animal they hold dear to their heart. With that being said, some of the people who use Krrb like to take these animals after they die and make them live forever! That’s right folks, we’ve got some great looking taxidermy going on here and you need to see it. Consider an early Halloween treat

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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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.

Not a lot of strange things this week but a whole lot of animals and a whole lot of American spirit

Supper Clubs — Creating Community at the Dinner Table

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Photo: Glitterinc.com

There’s nothing that brings people together like a good dinner. It’s why we love supper clubs! Not just for the delicious food but for the ways they can foster community. The process of sitting down around a table and enjoying a meal is about so much more than food—it’s about the experience, the conversation and the camaraderie it creates. Sure, there are many supper clubs out there but we’ve picked a few of our favorites that are doing things just a little differently

Dinner Parties — Guests, Drinks and the Tables to Match

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Photo: Gentlemensgazette.com

A perfect dinner party is a difficult thing to achieve. It must be lively but not too lively. Planned but flexible. The playlist has to have a theme, but it can’t be too obvious and the decor should “go together” but anything too “matchy matchy” is doomed. We here at Krrb appreciate the subtle touches that make a dinner really memorable. It’s why we’ve decided to bring you pairings of dining table and dinner guests that work at that undetectable level to ensure a dinner party success.We’ve also paired it up with a drink to get you started. You’re on your own for the menu

Get a Taste of Local with Brooklyn Local Beerfest

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Photo: Instagram.com/brooklynlocalbeerfest?auto=format

The Brooklyn crafted life isn’t complete without the Brooklyn Local Beerfest. The festival on Sunday, October 6th will feature small breweries as well as local artisanal makers. Not only can you get up close and personal with your local breweries but you can also get a few tricks and tips from homebrew communities.

Stop by this event to connect with other beer enthusiasts, snack on sweet and spicy treats by Carpe Donut and Sweet Chili. While you’re there, pick up soap made from beer by Oil and Lye. Also there to represent is Lauren Molin with shirts designed by her.

General Admission tickets are still available for Sunday. To give all attendees a chance to explore the variety of drinks available, tickets will be issued in the form of a punch-card that lists the name of each brewery in attendance, their offerings and a space to review. The event runs for noon to 6pm.

Win Two Tickets to the Brooklyn Local Beerfest

Tweet at Krrb and tell us your favorite local brewery. We’ll choose a winner by noon on Saturday!