Book Smart

Book Smart

One of Jane Mount's "Ideal Bookshelf" paintings. Are physical books destined to be reduced to digital files and fond memories? Does anyone care?

Ever since Johannes Gutenberg started playing with moveable type in the mid 1400s, books—physical, printed, bound books—have helped define individuals. Walk into someone’s home and see a glut of birdwatching books and you’ve got a fairly good idea of their favorite pasttime. See a nice, healthy, dog-eared collection of David Sedaris books and it’s probably fair to assume you’ve got a sarcastic wit on your hands.

Freshen Up with Krrb – Golden Calf, Williamsburg, New York

Freshen Up with Krrb – Golden Calf, Williamsburg, New York

Made of reclaimed ground rope, this colorful mat is just waiting to be walked all over.

The new year may have started in January but nothing has quite the sense of renewal like spring’s first bloom. Let’s start afresh with a good spring cleaning and new outlook on our surroundings. Every day through March 27, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with great furniture and decor to help freshen up your home. So why not sell everything and start again with these finds.

The Golden Calf is full of unique knick knacks for the home. Step inside the Williamsburg boutique and you’ll get a sense that owner, Natalie Vichnevsky handpicked these off-the-beaten-path items herself. We love her focus on reclaimed materials in the home. We caught up with Natalie (again) and her global-inspired sense of style

5 Easy Pieces – Recycled Book Art

5 Easy Pieces – Recycled Book Art

You don't need to read between the lines to see the beauty in books. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/theshophouse

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that

Freshen Up with Krrb – Brooklyn Reclamation, Williamsburg, New York

Freshen Up with Krrb – Brooklyn Reclamation, Williamsburg, New York

Sweep your clutter into the deep drawers of this buffet. No one will be the wiser.

The new year may have started in January but nothing has quite the sense of renewal like spring’s first bloom. Let’s start afresh with a good spring cleaning and new outlook on our surroundings. Every day through March 27, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with great furniture and decor to help freshen up your home. So why not sell everything and start again with these finds.

You’ll find beautiful antique treasures at Brooklyn Reclamation. The family owned business has been sweeping its Williamsburg neighborhood with their inventory of industrial chic furniture. We chatted with David Sofsky, known for finding museum-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that feel right at home

Get Your Scrub On — A Krrb Playlist Of Music To Clean By

Get Your Scrub On — A Krrb Playlist Of Music To Clean By

For this year's big clean, throw caution to the wind and let music be your guide!

That’s right folks, it’s spring cleaning time once again. But if you’re anything like us, “scour toilets” and “clean out closet” are way down on the list after “re-read college Econ textbooks” and “organize receipts for 2013 taxes.” We all need a little motivation, and nothing gets the juices flowing (and the hands scrubbing) like some great music.

So in honor of the buds on the trees and the crocuses that are popping up (a bit early!) from the ground, we give you this spring cleaning-themed playlist, which is especially designed to help turn the chore of top to bottom cleaning into the biggest party of the season

Weekend Wanderer – Seattle, San Francisco, and New Orleans

Weekend Wanderer – Seattle, San Francisco, and New Orleans

Feel the pavement beneath you. Photo: Bikethebyways.org

It’s Friday and we can’t wait to unchain ourselves from our desks and get out and about. Weekend Wanderer is a series that you’ll find every Friday morning featuring a few activities we’d like to explore. Check them out for yourself or do something in your neck of the woods. Either way, just get out and wander.

Freshen Up with Krrb – The One Well, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Freshen Up with Krrb – The One Well, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Aren't these handmade porcelain cups perfect for tidying up a messy surface?

The new year may have started in January but nothing has quite the sense of renewal like spring’s first bloom. Let’s start afresh with a good spring cleaning and new outlook on our surroundings. Every day through March 27, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with great furniture and decor to help freshen up your home. So why not sell everything and start again with these finds.

After one visit to their Greenpoint-based storefront, you’ll want to replicate the inspired calmness of The One Well in your space. Luckily the Brooklyn boutique has plenty of environmentally conscious home decor on their Krrb corner to call your own. Kerry Jones curates her selection of thoughtful items with simple lines that are sure to compliment clean surroundings

Get Your Hands Dirty – DIY Green Detergent Recipe

Get Your Hands Dirty – DIY Green Detergent Recipe

Olivia Lane, who owns a local cleaning service, makes DIY green laundry detergent.

Yesterday Olivia Lane of Olivia Cleans Green, gave us her professional know-how on paring down the clutter in our lives. Leading by example, she even entered our “Sell Everything” contest to get rid of a few items. (It’s not too late for you to do the same!) She’s back again with a DIY for environmentally friendly laundry detergent that is also friendly on the wallet

[CLOSED] Give Away – 2 Free Tickets to Trash to Treasure at The Aldrich, Ridgefield, Connecticut

[CLOSED] Give Away – 2 Free Tickets to Trash to Treasure at The Aldrich, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Come learn to make the Upcycle Bicycle pendant lamp on March 31st and walk home with one of your very own!

The Aldrich Museum is hosting a very special workshop and seminar, Saturday, March 31st in Ridgefield, Connecticut and we’re giving away 2 free tickets. Come see the Aldrich’s amazing current exhibit, “Found,” take a tour of Ridgefield Transfer Station and learn to make an Upcycle Bicycle pendant lamp (and head home with one of your very own) with New York Times “What You Make of It” columnists, architect and designer, Jen Turner and Krrb’s director, Andrew Wagner.

Freshen Up With Krrb – Fashioned by Farrah Sit, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Freshen Up With Krrb – Fashioned by Farrah Sit, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Have a place for everything with a walnut and porcelain desk catch-all.

The new year may have started in January but nothing has quite the sense of renewal like spring’s first bloom. Let’s start afresh with a good spring cleaning and new outlook on our surroundings. Every day through March 27, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with great furniture and decor to help freshen up your home. So why not sell everything and start again with these finds.

With so many projects on the burner, Farrah Sit of Fashioned by Farrah Sit surrounds herself with simple, clean design. Her porcelain containers, lighting, and desk organizers bring a sense of calm to a workspace. Treat your spring cleaning efforts with one of Farrah’s beautiful planters currently available in a Fab flash sale. Keep an eye out for this minimalist designer’s next collaboration with illustrator Bryce Wymer

Spring Cleaning with Olivia Lane, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Spring Cleaning with Olivia Lane, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Olivia's spring cleaning includes passing on this neat sculptural necklace.

Who better to help us through the hurdles of spring cleaning than Olivia Lane, owner of a local green cleaning service. Olivia spends her days helping New York City residents pare down their clutter and tidying up after them with environmentally conscious products. She’s gotten a start on spring cleaning her own life by entering our Sell Everything contest. Find out what goodies are up for grabs on Olivia’s Krrb corner and her strategies for living with less

I Want This – 1950s Vintage Dress

I Want This – 1950s Vintage Dress

Look and feel cooler than a cucumber in this vintage dress.

I am head over heels for the spring fresh look of this 1950s vintage dress. The classic silhouette in a mint green chiffon is absolutely delectable. When rising temperatures in New York City are breaking records, I want something that is both visually and physically airy. The fun Mad Men-esque full pleated skirt and accompanied belt really complete the look.

To see other chic dresses (this one is mine!), check out Dethrose Vintage’s Krrb corner. Catch the Chicago-based clothing boutique and others at the Randolph Market’s Spring Fling this weekend.

Freshen Up With Krrb – Park Slope Vintage, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Freshen Up With Krrb – Park Slope Vintage, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Make this mid-century beauty the center of attention in your home.

The new year may have started in January but nothing has quite the sense of renewal like spring’s first bloom. Let’s start afresh with a good spring cleaning and new outlook on our surroundings. Every day through March 27, we’ll feature a Krrb corner with great furniture and decor to help freshen up your home. So why not sell everything and start again with these finds.

Newlyweds Sarah D’ Andrea and Lawrence Melilli spend weekends discovering mid-century finds for Park Slope Vintage. Their Park Slope walkup apartment serves as storage for the increasing inventory they pick up outside of New York City. Sleek credenzas, upholstered chairs and even functioning desk lamps make the cut for this couple with a discerning eye for the 1950’s era

Who Can Sell More? It’s Man vs. Baby

Who Can Sell More? Its Man vs. Baby

Krrb Director, Andrew Wagner, taking on newcomer, Dagger Wolf, Community Manager, Jessica Blackman's son.

Most of the year cleaning is not at the top of our list of activities. Make no mistake, we are clean and orderly but there’s always so much more we’d rather be doing than scrubbing, sweeping and dusting. But today, today is different! March 20th is the official first day of spring and yes, we have caught the cleaning bug. But not all circumstances are the same, and here at Krrb HQ, the urge to clean has struck for a multitude of reasons.

The first that has got us all buzzing over here is our “Sell Everything Contest.” We’ve always dreamed of selling everything—our bikes, beds, showers, sifters, roller skates, hair rollers, and the container that holds all of this stuff, our houses—and beginning again. But from that initial urge to de-acquisition, our paths diverge. And because we are a competitive lot by nature, a little rift has broken out here in the office: Who can sell the most stuff?

Help us decide by buying our stuff! And get involved yourself by selling your own stuff! It’s fast, easy, and oh so fun. Sell everything. Win big. Be happy! Thanks Bobby McFerrin

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