The Best Affordable Dorm Furnishings in Your City

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Photo: Fyeahcooldormrooms.tumblr.com

When dealing with the stresses of a new school year, doing a price-comparison on cheap futons is probably the last thing on your mind. So whether you’re looking to furnish a dorm or off campus housing, we’ve done the hard work and found the best deals on affordable furnishings in your city. Nothing is over $250, and everything is perfect to efficiently fill your small space. And if you’re looking for more affordable furnishings for college, take a look at our Dorm Room Essentials market. If only you could get on the Dean’s List for smart shopping

Ollie Up — 5 Iconic World Skateparks Ready To Ride

Ollie Up — 5 Iconic Skateparks Ready To Ride Around the World

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Skateboarding on the street can be dangerous and at times, illegal. So stay safe (and have some fun) by taking your skateboarding to a designated skate park. Not only is the terrain more apt for your 4-wheeled ride, but communities are building skate parks with more amenities these days than ever before. I’ve rounded up five incredible skate parks that take skateboarding to the next level. Many of them offer free admission and flexible hours so there’s no reason to waste the end of summer on solid ground

How To Turn a Vintage Garden Gate into a Wall Planter

How To Turn a Vintage Garden Gate into a Planter

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I love container gardens. No matter how big or small your outdoor space is, there’s always room for flowers. You don’t have to be limited to a planter on a step, although you should never discount the impact of a single pot of colorful blooms! Welcome guests with a lush hanging basket near the front door. Fill window boxes with annuals that bloom all season long. Try your hand at the latest gardening trend—vertical or wall planters

20 Apps that Every College Student Needs to Download Immediately

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Photo: Unsplash.com

With summer vacation coming to an end, college students all over the country are getting ready to get back into the scholastic frame of mind. Whether you’re a freshman or kicking off senior year, sometimes you need a little digital assistance to transition back into school-mode. Check out some of our top picks for apps guaranteed to make this your best year yet

The 20 Best DIYs to Make Your Dorm Liveable

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Photo: Businessinsider.com

If you’re headed off to college for the first time, adjusting to the smaller space of dorm living can be a big wakeup call. To ensure you don’t make the same mistakes I did—four different Buddha desk trinkets—are not necessary, I’ve rounded up my favorite DIYs to make your new room feel like home. And for those of you not in PSYCH 101, these tips also work for smaller-scale living. Let’s get started

Don’t Miss These Name Brand Home Goods Available for a Steal

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Shopping secondhand is the best way to save on high-end name brands. Get these must-have pieces from some of the most popular retailers for a fraction of the price by buying them gently used. From West Elm to Design Within Reach, these are just a few of our favorite finds at every price point

50 Classes and Events to Help You Meet People in Your City

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Photo: Latimes.com

If you’re new to a city or just looking for some new friends or things to do, classes and meetups are a great option for you! From cooking classes to arts and crafts workshops all the way to choreographed lightsaber fights, there is definitely something for everyone. We’ve rounded up some of the best classes offered in top cities around the country to try out

What’s Cooking — Foods You Regularly Toss in the Trash

What's Cooking — Foods You Regular Toss in the Trash

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For years, whenever I would buy carrots or turnips I would chop off the greens off and throw it in the trash. That wasn’t edible, obviously. One day I came across a recipe for pesto using these greens and my jaw dropped open. You can eat that? It took a few minutes to process that all along I was throwing good food away. That was immediately followed by concern about what other foods was I wasting.

The fact of the matter is that when you cook you make garbage. Sure those coffee grounds can be recomposted along with banana peels and eggshells, but scraps and odd bits of foods can be repurposed into some edible, nay, something delicious. After all, prices are increasing for quality food and the average American family throws out about $2,000 worth of food a year. And it’s not just in home kitchens, chefs in restaurants around the globe are becoming more conscious about maximizing the use of food to cut down on waste. Just this week, Italian Chef Massimo Bottura is repurposing leftovers from the Olympic Village (estimated to produce 16 tonnes of food waste feeding Olympic teams) to feed people in need in Rio. If that doesn’t inspire you to look mindfully at the way you cook, these recipes will

Flea Market Flips You Can Achieve with Easy DIYs

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Photo: Unsplash.com/ugmonk

From social media to online shopping to television, it’s hard to miss the latest trends in home decor. You don’t have to spend much to get the most recent must-haves in interior design. The trick is to start with secondhand items you can turn into what you’re looking for with a little work. Not only is this approach cost efficient and fun, but you also get to customize your designs as you go. Get inspired by these DIYs and super cheap Krrb finds —and get to flipping

Member Spotlight — Zachary Calev of Fluxco Design Talks Strategy

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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

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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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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