Take a Leap – Spinning a New View on Upcycling

Take a Leap – Spinning a New View on Upcycling

Transforming something old into something new.

I’ve been living with an eyesore for years. An old piano bench that I picked up one day on my way home has followed me from apartment to apartment. Not wanting to discard the functional piece of furniture with built-in storage, I’ve often stuck it in some corner of my living space with little thought.

But last Sunday I took a leap. I spent the afternoon with Bao-Khang Luu in his home/workspace learning to upcycle. I brought over my ugly bench (now replete with chipping varnish) in hopes of creating a presentable piece of furniture. Bao specializes in transforming discarded items into beautiful and eco-friendly home designs that sell through his company Relevé Design

Krrb’s Valentine Gift Guide – Scorpion Sisters Labatories, San Francisco, California

Krrb’s Valentine Gift Guide – Scorpion Sisters Labatories, San Francisco, California

It's not to late to gift your Valentine this upcycled necklace from Scorpion Sisters.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Valentine’s Day is upon us and who better than Scorpion Sisters Labatories to show us the true meaning of love. We love San Francisco-based Michelle Threadgould’s ability to create unique jewelry from vintage chains and upcycled charms. Check out her new items centered around Valentine’s Day and see why we’re enamored

Krrb It then Pin It

Krrb It then Pin It

We ♥ Pinterest!

So, you’ve been to Krrb and found that dresser you just have to have. You’ve “liked” it on Facebook, letting your friends know of your furniture lust. You’ve tweeted your desirous piece of Herman Miller history to your rabid followers. But still, you’ve felt something was missing. Something that left your heart just slightly askew; you haven’t been able to “Pin” your favorite Krrb posts—until today that is. That’s right, we are happy to announce that as of this afternoon, every Krrb post has its very own Pinterest button so you don’t forget about it later.

Krrb It then Pin It

Pin right from Krrb to your Pinterest board!

So, go ahead, like it, tweet it, and finally, pin it and prove to all of your friends once and for all that you are the queen (or king) of Krrb!

Krrb It then Pin It

Pin It!

Krrb’s Valentine Gift Guide – Dalaga, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Krrbs Valentine Gift Guide – Dalaga, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Gift this hot lingerie set from Dalaga to your valentine.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

You can always count on Dalaga for spicy gift ideas come Valentine’s Day. The Greenpoint shop, jointly owned by sisters Michelle and Mary Mangiliman, is known for their must-have sassy dresses and shoes. Just add some vintage-inspired lingerie underneath and you’re ready for romance

Digging into Denver – 25 Finds

Digging into Denver – 25 Finds

This map of Denver t-shirt can be found at IndyInk's Krrb corner.

Good old Denver. Home to snowy mountain caps, Tim Tebow and a strong outdoorsy culture. We couldn’t resist so Krrb is taking Denver by storm! We’ve teamed up with Denver Independent Boutiques to bring you a taste of the local flavor. The Sweetheart Crawl takes place this Saturday, February 11th from noon to 5 p.m. Get ready for a 5 hours stretch of shopping, arts and crafts and delicious snacks provided by the network of local shops. To get you pumped, we’ve provided a sample of the handmade and secondhand inventory coming out of Mile-High City

A Very Vegan Valentine’s Day with Vegan Shop-Up, Brooklyn, New York

A Very Vegan Valentines Day with Vegan Shop Up, Brooklyn, New York

There will be so much vegan goodness!

The holiday of love is almost upon us and we know the temptation to pick up some Stouffer’s chocolates and call it a day might be overwhelming, but wait…There is an alternative to the run of the mill Valentine’s Day chocolates and flowers—shopping local! On Sunday February 12th our favorite vegan event will be taking place in our favorite vegan bar, Pine Box Rock Shop. With over twenty vendors with treats from soap to shoes all made by local merchants.

WinterActive – Dumpster Diving, Ridgefield, Connecticut

WinterActive   Dumpster Diving, Ridgefield, Connecticut

A visit to the Ridgefield, Connecticut transfer station (aka the dump) is an eye-opening experience.

Even in the most ideal circumstances exploring the local dump might not seem like a way anyone would want to spend a leisurely afternoon. But why not? The dump presents untold opportunity for adventure and the potential for material wealth (if not necessarily monetary riches—though that’s a possibility as well). Aside from that, the dump tells us a lot about ourselves. What we choose to let go of reveals almost as much (and often times more) than what we cherish.

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Even Howard, San Francisco, California

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide   Even Howard, San Francisco, California

Gift this heart necklace to your Valentine.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

We love the crocheted jewelry from Even Howard whose designs are influenced by the woods near the San Francisco. Although Even Howard offers customized jewelry, we can’t help but fall for these one-of-a-kind baubles in rosy colors

Roses are red, violets are blue… Denver’s got the goods for your sweetheart too!

Roses are red, violets are blue... Denvers got the goods for your sweetheart too!

Clockwise, right: a zip-up Snoodie from Fast Geek Boutique; a clutch from Rakun Shop; and steam punk heart necklaces from Thread.

We’re falling in love with Denver and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! Local sellers such as Rakun, Fast Geek Boutique and Thread have wooed us with their sweet poetry and beautiful gifts available at the Sweetheart Crawl. Hosted by Denver Independent Boutiques, the Sweetheart Crawl takes place this Saturday, February 11th from noon to 5 p.m. The network of local shops has planned a 5 hour stretch of shopping, arts and crafts and treats to munch on in-between your local finds.

Rakun Shop | Thread | I Heart Denver | New Culture Boutique | Fast Geek Boutique | INDYINK | Mona Lucero | Fabric Bliss | Hazel & Dewey | Mega Fauna | Kitty Mae Millinery

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Hans My Hedgehog, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Hans My Hedgehog, Park Slope, Brooklyn

This gicleé print from Hans My Hedgehog is irresistible.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Up next is Hans My Hedgehog whose pencil illustrations of animals bring a little piece of nature into the home. Jessica Boehman’s love for the whimsical animal menagerie even translates in the name of her shop, based on a Grimm’s fairytale about a hedgehog boy who becomes king of the forest

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Lois and Linnea, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Lois and Linnea, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Your Valentine will love a handmade headband from Lois and Linnea.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Today’s gift ideas come from the Midwestern jewelry designer Kari Christensen. Check out her Krrb corner Lois and Linnea to see her vintage-inspired collection of handmade romantic jewelry.

I Want This – Large Brown Leather Tote In San Francisco

I Want This   Large Brown Leather Tote In San Francisco

Because lets be honest... Do you really want to carry around a tote bag from Whole Foods?

Well if I’m going to be out and about this winter, I’m gonna need something to carry around all of my supplies and newly acquired treasures, right? And while there is no shortage of promotional tote bags to be had for free out there, I’m kind of over being a walking advertisement. Even if it’s for something I’m into.

So it’s time to grow up and get myself a well made (by hand, natch) unique, beautiful bag. This one fits the bill perfectly, can be a backpack or a purse, and is about as far from a plastic bag as you can get.

Go check it out at Hawk & Carry’s Krrb corner in San Francisco.

You won’t be sorry.

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Birdhouse Jewelry, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide   Birdhouse Jewelry, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Spin your way into a memorable Valentine's Day.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Jewelry designer Amy Lapierre let’s her creations do the talking at Birdhouse Jewelry. Her gold and silver baubles make quite the statement piece. We like that Amy’s collections always include fun, innovative designs at an affordable price.

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Fine Day Press, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Fine Day Press, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Say it all with a handpressed card from Fine Day Press.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Today’s Valentine gift ideas come from the creative letterpress company Fine Day Press. Park Sloper Ashley Austin delivers optimistic designs through her line of handpressed eco-friendly cards. We’re fans of her simple yet clear message of love.

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Sora Designs, San Francisco, California

Krrb’s Valentine’s Gift Guide – Sora Designs, San Francisco, California

Candy heart rings from Sora Designs are the kind of candy we like.

When Valentine’s Day began in the High Middle Ages, it was about chivalrously expressing love and admiration. Not with generic cards and stale candy hearts but with heartfelt notes and thoughtful gifts. Every day through February 14, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with fresh gift ideas for your loved ones.

Today’s featured baubles come from Sora Designs. Originally making jewelry was just a creative outlet for Wen Chang, but nowadays the San Francisco resident spends her days wrapping wire and transforming vintage materials into jewelry with a personal touch

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