Member Spotlight — Zachary Calev of Fluxco Design Talks Strategy

Photo: Fluxcodesign.com

Photo: Fluxcodesign.com

When you want something, you go out and get it. And when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? You make it yourself. That’s the mentality behind Fluxco Design, a small business powered by the husband and wife team of Zachary and Lindsay Calev. The pair work hard to source gorgeous vintage finds, as well as repurposing and handcrafting original pieces for their clients in Los Angeles. I got to know Zach and chat about his design strategy below

For the Love of Mid-century Modern Design

For the Love of Mid-century Modern Design

Show your enthusiasm for Mid-century Design. Photo: Realtor.com

There’s no shortage in Mid-century Modern design on Krrb. It’s one of the most sought-after listings across the classifieds. This movement influenced architecture, graphic design, furnishings and technology in the mid-20th century and now. How strong is your affection for Mid-century Modern design? We’ve found a few fun ways to show your love and soak up the history

How To Score Big At Stoop Sales

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Photo: Tumblr.com

Welcome to New York City, home of the dollar slice, the Yankees, Coney Island and of course, the stoop sale! There’s no where quite like a perfectly pitched stoop to pass on your secondhand goods to an expectant new owner. With an ever-changing inventory of kitchenware, closet cast-offs and literature of all sorts, we should all be overjoyed that Brooklyn Stoop Books have taken it upon themselves to document those up-for-grabs hardbacks, paperbacks and other reading wonders found on stoops throughout the borough.

I spent this past weekend welcoming stoop sale season with open arms and an open wallet. I had seen signs advertising Saturday sales and I knew the warm weather would bring sellers to sidewalks everywhere. So I strapped on a pair of comfy sandals and trekked through the neighborhood — and the day was a success. As stoop sale season continues, you’ll want to keep your eyes out for finds in your own neighborhood, free or otherwise. I spent a total of $20.50 and walked home with a vintage tin, two pieces of army surplus goods, a nearly new pair of Timberland boots, a wood engraver and a handkerchief featuring the map of Los Angeles

5 Outdoor Sculptures Unveiled Just In Time for the End of Summer

5 Outdoor Sculptures Unveiled Just In Time For Summer

Identity, a new sculpture in England’s West Sussex. Photo: Artfund.org

In an effort to get folks out to enjoy the summer, many cities are turning to artists to create interactive and awe-inspiring outdoor sculptures. Whether it’s to commemorate an important historical event or just to let locals’ imaginations run wild, these sculptures offer a refreshing reprieve from monotony. So if you need an excuse to head outside and brave the sweltering heat, we’ve got you covered with a round up of outdoor sculptures just unveiled this season

The Endangered Art of Written Correspondence and Pen Pals

The Lost Art of Pen Pals

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The idea of taking pen to paper is so foreign to me. Everything is digital these days and even as I type this, I have to wonder if my third grade cursive handwriting skills have been erased from my memory as if I had punched the ALT + DEL buttons. While digging through our storage unit, I recently found a stash of old birthday cards, carefully folded notes from my friends on college ruled paper and a stack of handwritten letters from my brother. It made me question when was the last time I corresponded with anyone that didn’t involve typing with my thumbs. The truth is that aside from quickly jotted thank you cards and letterpress birthday cards, I can’t remember.

Now I don’t think I am a rare case here. The handwritten letter is becoming endangered as we get all too comfortable with the disposable content of Snapchat, email and texts. Sure; one can argue that letters can be trashed just as quickly. But when was the last time you held someone’s painstakingly words in your hands? Thinking back, pen pals were everything to me as a kid. The joy of receiving something in the mail made my day. Not quite sure how to get back to those days, I went looking for help. Read on to see how to get started with a pen pal (and other correspondence projects) and fun ways to make your own stationary

Love it or Leave it — Mixing Vintage Tech into Home Decor

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Photo: Thirdstoryies.com

Here at Krrb we’re constantly immersed in the latest design trends and we’re not mad about that! Often times there are some trends we come across that we can’t seem to agree upon. Today Lauren and Vee check out what creative people are doing vintage technology and decides if they love it, or want to leave it

How to Decide What Stays and What Goes During a Move

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If you’ve ever moved before, you’re well aware that it can be a huge pain. From planning all the logistics to the physical move itself- transporting your physical life from one place to another is stress inducing. You just bought a brand new couch but got an amazing job opportunity on the other side of the country? Great! Do you call the $1500 you just spent a loss? Do you spend half of what you paid for the couch to ship it? I’m here to help talk you through the process with tips from us, the masters of secondhand selling

Capsule Wardrobe Tours— Vloggers Share Their Minimalist Closets

Capsule Wardrobe Tours— Vloggers Share Their Minimalist Closets

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Longtime followers of the Krrb Blog know that we advocate buying less, buying used, and buying quality over quantity. In the past I’ve shared personal lessons on how to re-define your personal style by buying fewer items, but what are the benefits of paring down your closet to a minimalist wardrobe? Fashion vloggers around the world have taken to the incredibly freeing idea of the capsule wardrobe. Where minimalist attire made up from essential clothing pieces (often ethically sourced) can be used in a multitude of outfits or occasions. No trends or fads seen here. Only versatile quality clothes that take up less space and actually cost you less in the long run than fast fashion items.

You can find capsule wardrobes ranging from 10 to 40 pieces (that’s including shoes and accessories), but what they all have in common is that they work for the wearer. Originally coined in the 1970’s by boutique owner Susie Faux, a capsule wardrobe was designed to streamline your closet and in turn simplify your life. This can only accomplished if your clothing needs are met within the small amount of clothes. The key is to learn what clothing staples are necessary for your life. Take a look at some vloggers who are minimizing their closet, but maximizing their worth

Two For One: How to Make a DIY Floor Lamp Table

Two For One: How to Make a DIY Floor Lamp Table

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There has been a definite trend toward living in smaller homes in recent years. Retirees are downsizing, millennials are buying starter homes, city dwellers continue to live in apartments and college students deal with the ultimate small space living: dorm rooms. Whatever your reason, taking advantage of every square inch is important.

Furniture that can do double duty will save you a lot of space. A storage ottoman, for instance, is a classic example. Turning an end table into a floor lamp will also save precious real estate. You not only get two accessories in one, you get to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that really reflects your personality

5 Flea Markets to Check Out in August

5 Flea Markets to Check Out in August

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At the beginning of summer, I shared several flea markets to visit. I’m back with more flea markets around the United States worth your time. Some I’ve visited and some I’m itching to look through before Labor Day weekend. See new scavenger hotspots near you

10 Ikea Hacks You Need to See to Believe

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Photo: Placeofmytaste.com

There are countless Ikea hacks circulating on the internet these days and we’re super grateful! I think everybody has had at least one piece from Ikea in their homes at some point in their lives (please reach out and let me know if you haven’t because I’m fascinated by you!) Whether you have a piece that you’re looking to flip or you want to snag a secondhand Ikea item on the cheap and update it- we have some of the best homemade upgrades for you

37 Weird Things to Grill – A New Take On Summer BBQ Foods

Summer is a time for family, friends and neighbors to get together and break bread. And when the weather is so giving, it only makes sense that meals are held outside as often as possible. BBQs flush with food, music, fresh air and conversation strengthens ties, solutes the sun and offer healthy ways to prepare the foods we are lucky enough to find so bountiful during the season’s sun-shining months. So grab your neighbors, and put together a delicious homemade menu for the BBQ.

Since we’re all the creative type here, what with our imaginations to repurpuse objects, find the beauty in the disregarded and craft something out of nothing, we might as well channel these energies to man’s most definitive discovery: fire. Burgers, dogs, sausages, they’re all great, but what can we do that is surprising, unusual, or downright weird? Here’s a list to get you started

Taxidermy 101 with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy

Taxidermy 101 with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy

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At the top of my Things I’m Interested in But Know Very Little About list, is the strange world of taxidermy. Rather than roll with my ignorance, I was excited by the opportunity to speak with Katie Innamorato of Afterlife Anatomy, a skilled taxidermist who gave us the ins and outs of the business. Katie’s passion extends far and wide, with appearances on the TV show “Oddities,” displayed work at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles and teaching taxidermy classes around the United States, including one coming up in Brooklyn. Read on to learn more about Katie and her enthusiasm for this ancient art

Then & Now: A History of Ice Coolers

Krrb — Ice Coolers from Then to Now

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Summer is heating up and as we make our break for the beaches and parks, you’ll need plenty of frosty beverages to keep you and your family cool. Before you pick up a cheap, disposable styrofoam cooler that always ends up leaking, think about investing in a quality cooler. Since before the 1950’s when the first portable ice chest was patented, cooler technology has come a long way. From vintage steel ice chests to plastic ride-on coolers, there is no doubt that a cooler exists for your needs. Keep on reading to learn about the interesting history of ice coolers that you can’t wait to share at your next summer excursion

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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During my post-dinner walks around the neighborhood, I like to see what curb finds I can pick up. People every day toss out broken furniture that can be reused in other ways. Sure, not everything is salvageable but these ideas will get you thinking about your next repurposing project

What’s Cooking — Sip Chilled Soups to Beat the Heat

What's Cooking — Sip Chilled Soups to Beat the Heat

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When the heat waves hit, nothing will get me into the kitchen. The idea of cooking and eating hot foods is unappealing. But after sampling a chilled soup at a neighborhood bistro, I’m onboard for sipping my meals through the dog days of summer. Gazpacho is just the tip of the iceberg, read on to see just how many delicious and satisfying cold creations you can make

Get the Look — Can You Spot the High-End Deals?

Get the Look — Can You Spot the High-End Deals?

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Designing an interior is not exactly cheap (especially for those with high-end taste), but luckily for you there are many ways you can find great deals. Without skimping on the quality of the piece or sacrificing the style you were going for, of course. Shopping secondhand and vintage items is a fantastic way to maximize your budget. Check out some of our favorite design pieces below, we think you’ll be happily surprised with the price tags we found

Alt Use – 6 More Reimagined Urban Spaces

Photo: Gatherandgrow.org

Photo: Gatherandgrow.org

We want you to rethink your idea of what makes a modern city. Sure, there’s bound to be some crowding and giant structures, but urban residents are getting inventive with how they resolve the hurdles of city living. In metropolises all over the country, wasted land is utilized in creative ways; now let’s look at six more examples of urban spaces adapted to better the lifestyles of their citizens

The Do’s and Don’ts of Farmers Markets

Photo: Seela.org

Photo: Seela.org

Eating better is always in season and what better way to get fresh, local produce than to go straight to the source. Farmers markets provide a way for consumers to slash supermarket prices by cutting out the middle man. Plus, with small local businesses sprouting up and selling their unique homemade goods, farmers markets are your cultural gateway to the yummiest eats in your neighborhood. Since there’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at a farmers market, I’m sharing some tips that I’ve picked up over the years on what to do (and not to do) to make the most of your neighborhood farmers market

Unique Furniture Designs that Adapt for Customized Living Solutions

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Photo: Kononenkoid.com

The traditional view of the American dream centers on a big house, sprawling yard and a white picket fence to hold it all in. But if you’re anything like me, modern reality means that a good chunk of us are living in little spaces with only the essentials. So how do you make your furniture work with you the best it can? Turns out modern designers are crafting pieces that you can easily customize, assemble, and break down to take with you when you’re ready to move on. Let’s check out some of our favorites