In Search Of — Chevron Patterns

photo: shopruche.com

photo: shopruche.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 chevron stripes.

We’re still on a chevron kick. The timeless pattern always feels fresh, fun and perfectly at home in our own abodes

Home Visit — A Very Vintage Christmas

Home Visit — A Very Vintage Christmas

What better way to end the year than with our new column that let’s us peek into Krrb members’ homes! Whether it’s a Mid-Century chair or vintage china, we love to see how people make it their own. Here today is Danielle Driscoll, whose blog Finding Silver Pennies shows her restoration work along with her Massachusetts Bay coastal style. Read on as we pay a home visit to see how Danielle decorates for the season with vintage finds

In Search Of — Headboards

Photo: shelterness.com

Photo: shelterness.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 headboards.

We have such a fascination with headboards. If eyebrows are the frames to our eyes, then headboards are the frames to the bed. Heck, they even make our beds look lovely even when we forget to make them in the morning

Staff Picks — Krrb Team Shares Their Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Photo: Peanuts.wikia.com

There is something about Christmas that makes us want to indulge in traditions, both new and old. It gives us a feeling of timeless as we repeatedly bring out the same holiday decorations and leave cookies and milk out for Santa year after year. The Krrb staff reminiscences over their favorite holiday traditions. Read on and leave yours in the comments

In Search Of — Maps!

photo: thelonggoodbye.wordpress.com

photo: thelonggoodbye.wordpress.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 at maps in all forms.

Is it too much to ask for a map to a map? We don’t think so. We’ve cut out the hassle of asking for directions and rounded up the best looking maps on Krrb

Holiday Gifting — Shop New York for Local Gifts

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People come from all over to shop New York during the holidays. Sure the window displays are fun but the lines are not. We’ve rounded up the best gifts across the five boroughs you’ll want to gift to loved ones this year. And even better, some of these Krrb listings offer local delivery

Holiday Gifting — Shop Washington DC for Local Gifts

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The DC metro area is full of great gifts. So put down the touristy White House sweatshirts because we’ve rounded up gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Some of these even offer local delivery! Holiday shopping has never been so good

Holiday Gifting — Shop San Francisco for Local Gifts

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The season is far too short to enjoy all those Christmas cookies and holiday songs. Don’t even get me started on the holiday shopping. If you’re in the Bay Area, these local gifts are perfect for just about everyone on your shopping list

Holiday Gifting — Shop Chicago for Local Gifts

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It’s been a busy year for Krrb and the wonderful city of Chicago, with the release of the Chicago Magazine Classifieds. To celebrate all of our new members, we’ve got the run down on the coolest local items to delve into while shopping in Chicagoland

Holiday Gifting — Shop Los Angeles for Local Gifts

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‘Tis the season to give, but not to procrastinate. There are so many amazing finds on Krrb that would make any good boy or girl—big or small—very happy on Christmas morning. Take a peek at some of the coolest finds in the LA area and start checking stuff off your list today

Holiday Gifting — Gift Ideas for All the Special Ladies on Your Shopping List

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Photo: Riannesdesigns.blogspot.com

No matter what interest your special lady has, Krrb has plenty of gifts for her. We’ve rounded up some gift ideas for women, whether she’s glam, retro chic or DIY stylish

Holiday Gifting — Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Photo Credit: Awkard Family Photos

Photo Credit: Awkard Family Photos

Getting gifts for your (or somebody else’s) kids can be nerve wracking! Will they forever remember this holiday as “The Time I Got that Lame Brown, Itchy Lopsided Scarf From My Parents?” Fear not! Krrb is here to help you sort it all out

Be Merry — 10 Foods that Boost Happiness

Photo: Huffingtonpost.co.uk

Photo: Huffingtonpost.co.uk

Sure, there’s no surefire way to be happy, but we have all experienced first-hand just how much our diet can affect our moods. I mean, Thanksgiving was just last week! And with more and more studies, articles, and documentaries coming out everyday touting a new superfood, we want to know, what are some simple ways we can change for the better? Well, I’ve done the research and here’s a list of the top 10 foods that will help bring a smile to your lips and who knows, might even brighten your outlook on life

Holiday Gifting — Gift Ideas for the Home

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What do you get for the home designer who has everything? We’ll help you answer this question with a gift guide chocked full of great pieces for every type of decor and a cash back deal you’ll want to take advantage of. Any of this gifts are sure to be welcomed with open hands

Brooklyn Exposed — 6 Holiday Gifts on Our Wish List

Brooklyn Exposed — 6 Holiday Gifts on Our Wish List

We love the holiday season for it’s multitude of pop-up markets featuring locally made goods and crafts. This Sunday, Krrb will be at the Brooklyn Exposed Holiday Bazaar shopping and wrapping gifts. The event includes over 30 vendors, specialty cocktails and treats and a DIY workshop. With so much to do and shop, get a sneak peek on Krrb of the gift selection available this weekend. Check out six gifts on our wish list

Holiday Gifting — Gift Ideas for All the Men on Your Shopping List

Gifts for every man on your list. Photo: Forums.filmnoirbuff.com

Gifts for every man on your list. Photo: Forums.filmnoirbuff.com

Men are known for being ridiculously hard to shop for. But never fear, we made it easier for you with Krrb’s Holiday Gift Guide. Check out these gift ideas for every man on your list. From the music aficionado to the macho man to the fan of kitschy pop culture—we’ve got it covered. Now all you need to do is buy it (all these gifts ship to you!), wrap it and tuck it under the Christmas tree

In Search Of — Vintage George Nelson Designs

Photo Credit: yellowtrace.com.au

Photo Credit: yellowtrace.com.au

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 George Nelson designed pieces (or design at least inspired by George Nelson).

Like renown designer George Nelson always said, “Good design, like good paintings, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations.” Boom

Heritage — 9 Memorable Moments From One Family’s Thanksgiving Celebration

Heritage — 9 Memorable Moments From One's Family Thanksgiving Celebration

I come from a large Portuguese family chock full of traditions and oddities. More oddities than traditions, really. Each Thanksgiving everyone travels from the beach, the desert and everywhere in between to come together at my aunt Lisa’s house in Palm Desert, California. Even though each year brings new gossip, new family members and new memories, the Bettancourt clan makes it a point to live in the past. Each holiday spent together feels just like the one before and that’s exactly how we like it. We rarely talk about the future, but instead recount old memories over and over again

In Search Of — Starburst Mirrors

Photo Credit: productfind.interiordesign.net

Photo Credit: productfind.interiordesign.net

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 Starburst Mirrors.

Some call them sunburst mirrors. We call them a must-have

Design of the Times — Georges Briard

Georges Briard was born Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine. Photo: Anthologyhouse.net

Georges Briard was born Jascha Brojdo in the Ukraine. Photo: Anthologyhouse.net

Take a quick look around secondhand markets online and off (including Krrb) and it’s easy to see that Jascha Brojdo, or Georges Briard as he is more commonly known, had a way with glass. Born in the Ukraine in 1917, he ended up in Chicago in 1937. Though the world was in turmoil, Chicago was buzzing with design of every sort — something not lost on the young immigrant. Brojdo jumped into art studies at both the University of Chicago and the The Art Institute of Chicago. After earning an MFA he enlisted in the Army and served throughout the war as an interpreter.

After the war, Brojdo landed in New York where he reconnected with art school chum, Max Wille, and started to find his artistic footing. Trained as a fine artist, his first pieces to make it to market were metal serving trays that he hand painted. Wille recognized the potential and pushed Brojdo to investigate mass production and also pushed him to change his name — at least as far as it related to his design work. Design = Georges Briard. Art continued to = Jascha Brojdo.

Photo: Mistermodtomic.blogspot.com

Photo: Mistermodtomic.blogspot.com

Needless to say, Briard became the much more recognized moniker due to the eventual mass production of his work. His work was so mass produced in fact that, as Jessica from the blog, There’s No Accounting for Good Taste, states: “Briard designs were so numerous and were produced for so many years that it’s difficult to get through an entire flea market without seeing something he designed, which makes them great entry-level collectibles.”

And there’s the rub. Briard’s designs are undoubtedly special. The care with which they were created is readily evident. But is it too much of a good thing? Has their overabundance made them more akin to Skittles than Mom’s banana bread? Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe Skittles are delicious regardless of how many people have them? Maybe Mom’s banana bread would be just as incredible if it were stocked in grocery stores across the country? It’s possible (but doubtful, due to my Mom’s amazing banana bread).

Still, call me a brat but my attraction to all things secondhand (and all things first hand come to think of it) has been the personal aspect. The idea that, in something’s rarity lies its ability to have a real effect on who we are and what we think. Because when it comes down to it, we are really just a collection of experiences and interactions—each building on top of the other to produce that shiny happy thing we call character. And what fun would the world be if we all had the same character or personality? That’s a rhetorical question, of course.

This has become an issue increasingly worthy of discussion in the internet era where almost everything is ubiquitous. So while I love you Briard, I think I’ll save my pennies for Brojdo.

Design of the Times — Georges Briard