8 Ways to Prepare for Your Staycation

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.

31 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Boston

31 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Boston

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If you’re planning on doing a staycation in good ole’ Bean Town, you should take advantage of the things that you don’t normally do (or the things that you perhaps don’t have time to do.) Branch away from the tourists milling around Newbury Street and Boston Commons, and experience a side of the city you’ve never seen

In Search Of — Batik

In Search Of — Batik

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

Staycation — How To Get The Most Of Your Local Art Scene

Staycation — How To Get The Most Of Your Local Art Scene

Photo: Artcreeps.com There’s no need to leave town when you’ve got plenty to see right inside your city limits.

Immersing yourself in the local art culture is a great way to really soak up the creative hustle and bustle of your community. Start by taking advantage of the free or discounted admission many museums offer on specific days or with student/armed forces identification. Read on for ways to tap into local art outreach programs and explore the art scene in your neighborhood

Apartment Therapy Curator — Wendy Goodman, NY Magazine Design Editor

Apartment Therapy Curator — Wendy Goodman, NY Magazine Design Editor

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Apartment Therapy Classifieds. Every month we will feature tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from the Apartment Therapy classifieds. Our first guest curator is Wendy Goodman.

Wendy Goodman’s undeniable skill in home design made her an obvious choice as the Apartment Therapy Classifieds first curated feature. You may know her as the Design Editor of New York Magazine, the woman behind the bi-annual design issues, as well as bi-annual Design Hunting magazine, Design Hunting weekly newsletter, and print and online stories.

Giving us an inside look into all things beautiful—both design wise and architecturally, it’s obvious that Wendy has an impeccable eye and knowledge of the field. Along with her successful NY magazine career, Wendy also serves as a contributing editor at Departures magazine (a luxury focused publication.)

As if all of those creative outlets weren’t enough, Wendy is also the author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt and the co-author of Tony Duquette, both published by Abrams Books.

If you’re going to trust someone’s suggestions on the best furniture and decor to put in your home, it’d be Wendy Goodman. Check out the listings below that she thought were quite special

Local Food — The Sustainability of CSAs in New York City

Local Food — The Sustainability of CSAs in New York City

Photo: Whipstone.com

It seems like nearly every neighborhood in New York City has a CSA. The Community Supported Agriculture allows people to join with their neighbors to pay in advance for a “share” of a local farm’s produce throughout a season. According to Paula Lukats, CSA in NYC Program Manager for Just Food, the first CSA in New York was set up in 1991 and they have been sprouting across the five boroughs ever since

Eat Up Locally — Social Fix’s Tasting Brooklyn

Eat Up Locally — Social Fixs Tasting Brooklyn

Photo by Pia Sen

When it comes to sustainable cuisine, Brooklyn is leading the pack. As seen at Social Fix’s (formerly Brooklyn Exposed) fourth annual Tasting Brooklyn, even restaurants in the borough are taking great strides in sourcing their ingredients locally. Over 30 restaurants and food purveyors gathered Tuesday, April 29 to celebrate the culinary scene. Among the highlights of the evening included Hunter’s dish of Montauk fluke with homemade pickled peppers, locally grown celery and green onions as well as a rum cocktail from Williamburg distillery The Noble Experiment paired with lavender grown in the North Fork. Photos by Pia Sen.

Courtney Breitenbucher of Tweed Puts a Spin on Chicago’s Vintage Scene

Courtney Breitenbucher of Tweed Puts a Spin on Chicagos Vintage Scene

Courtney after a successful day of picking crammed into the car!

As the brains and braun behind Tweed, Courtney Breitenbucher has built a her business by re-imagining and redecorating vintage pieces. Her designs always keep the integrity of the original piece but add an unexpected graphic or pop of color, putting new spins on proven classic pieces. After a few years in Nashville she returned to her native Chicago to set up shop. She may be new to being “the boss” of her own business, but Courtney is no stranger to making Chicago a more fashionable place to live one piece at a time

I Want This — Art Deco Fan

I Want This — Art Deco Fan

Photo: Krrb.com/BuyBeforeYouDie

With teases of warm weather, I’m suddenly remembering the heat of an NYC summer. Since my kitchen ceiling fan stopped working a couple years ago, I’ve been suffering in silence. Instead of eating out way too much this summer, I’m hoping to cook a bit, and a fan would encourage me to do so. I’ve always been a fan (get it?) of vintage fans but find that most are overpriced, nonfunctional or both. This gem out of Chicago is a real find and what’s more, it works! Maybe someday I’ll get up the guts to fix my overhead fan but until then, and even after, art deco fan, you are perfect.

Stay cool with this Art Deco Fan from Krrb seller BuyBeforeYouDie. $75.

DIY — Natural Dyes Using Vegetables and Other Pantry Staples

DIY — Natural Dyes Using Vegetables and Other Pantry Staples

If you’ve ever logged in to Pinterest, you’ve probably seen at least one reference to dyeing fabric naturally. The idea of dyeing fabrics without harsh chemicals really appeals to me and since I’m a vegetarian, I decided why not try using the contents of my fridge to dye fabric too?

Many of the DIYs I had read about took many hours to complete, but I was on the lookout for a solution that wouldn’t be a huge time commitment. For me, dye projects are a way to save money by refreshing a faded, stained or secondhand item. Keeping my costs down was also an important factor in this project. I wanted to avoid spending a lot of money on food dyes, which would defeat the purpose of not buying something new. Read on to hear about my DIY adventure in dyeing fabric naturally

In Search Of — Daybeds

In Search Of — Daybeds

Photo: Blackdukeandcashman.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 daybeds.

Whether it’s in your living room or bedroom, daybeds are great, multi-functional furniture. These chic finds will have you wanting to curl up and relax

In Search Of — Grey Furniture

In Search Of — Grey Furniture

Photo: Embellishandrestore.blogspot.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 grey furniture.

Okay, so it’s definitely a few less than 50 shades, but still plenty of the trendy hue to choose from nonetheless

Giveaway! Win 2 Tickets to Foodie Celebration, The Good Festival in Brooklyn

Giveaway! Win 2 Tickets to Foodie Celebration, The Good Festival in Brooklyn

CSA Local Roots NYC is celebrating the spring primavera with their biennial party, The Good Festival. The event will feature urban farmers, local artisanal purveyors and one-of-a-kind local music. Ticket sales will go to fund CSA in the Classroom. Krrb and Local Roots NYC are giving away two tickets to the event this Saturday, April 26.

Enter to win by liking both Krrb and Local Roots NYC on Facebook and sharing your favorite kale recipe on the Krrb Facebook wall. Winners will be chosen and notified on Friday, April 25

Earth Day 2014 — Get Involved Roundup

Earth Day 2014 — Get Involved Roundup

Photo: calibermag.org

Since today is Earth Day, we round up some of our favorite pointers that focus on helping out our sweet mother Earth. It’s important for all of to get involved in any way that we can, big or small. Krrb has always been focused on living green from DIY projects to eco-friendly cleaning methods, and has gather plenty of informative posts below! Whether you have lots of excess time to contribute to the green movement or are limited in time, we think you’ll find some way to successfully contribute. Our helpful guides include all types of topics ranging from green cleaning tips to growing your garden to selling your secondhand goods (of course!) and so on. Happy Earth Day friends

In Search Of — Stools

In Search Of — Stools

Photo: BanditBlog.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 stools.

Give your style a boost with these top seaters

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