In Search Of – China Cabinets

In need of a good china cabinet? Photo: Cottageintheoaks.com

In need of a good china cabinet? Photo: Cottageintheoaks.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, it’s all about china cabinets.

Queen Mary in the late 17th century was a serious collector of china while living in Holland. She had Dutch craftsmen travel to England to build the first china cabinet so she could display her famous collection of blue and white china. Still both practical and beautiful, china cabinets are transformed by what’s displayed within them. Here are a few of our favorites

5 Ways To Care For Your Secondhand Leather Goods

Tips and tricks for taking care of leather. Photo: Culturepressreleases.com

Tips and tricks for taking care of leather. Photo: Culturepressreleases.com

Leather is an investment. A leather handbag or a pair of shoes made from good, quality leather should be expensive. It’s one of those materials that requires an upfront investment along with frequent care. But the payoff is worth it. A fine leather item that’s been cared for wears beautifully with age and will last through generations. Here are five simple tips to keep in mind when caring for leather.

In Search Of — Wrought Iron Furniture

Wrought Iron in Pensacola, Florida. Photo: Everywhereonce.com

Wrought Iron in Pensacola, Florida. Photo: Everywhereonce.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, it’s all about wrought iron and we’ve got plenty of it.

Intricately beautiful wrought iron designs cascade down buildings in New Orleans. It’s the foundation for tons of furniture and a beautiful accent material in industrial decoration. We’re seeing plenty of wrought iron furniture on the classifieds. Check out this round up of pieces that caught our eye

Color Psychology — Emerald Green, the Gem of 2013 Home Decor

Pantone named emerald green as the color for 2013.

Pantone named emerald green as the color for 2013. Photo: Joannalord.com

When Pantone declared emerald green as the color of 2013, we happily opened our homes to the jeweled hue.

The uplifting color inspires elegance and tranquility. And the association to baubles is no coincidence as the hue suggests wealth both material and otherwise. That’s not to say the color isn’t earthy — after all, green is found everywhere in nature and represents the cycle of renewal

I Want This — Brushed Steel File Coffee Table

I Want This — Brushed Steel Flat File Coffee Table

As someone who had been on the search for a great coffee table for nearly two years, I really have an appreciation for when a special piece pops up on my radar. This awesome flat file coffee table addresses the classic need for combining storage with a usable surface – and does it with some style! It’s got a great look about it with the brushed steel finish and the glass top. But I also love that it’s plenty wide, and can accommodate everything from tasty snack smorgasbord during the World Cup final to a heated game of Monopoly with friends. The flat-file drawers are super nice for things like photos, magazines, records, board games, or really anything that you wouldn’t want to fold or stuff in a closet.

And it’s mobile! There’s only one thing better than a big heavy industrial piece of furniture, and that’s one that’s easy to move. I’d roll this thing all over the apartment and try different configurations. The glass top also offers a lot of possibilities. Maybe a big print of a favorite art piece slid under the glass? This thing has so much going for it.

Find this Brushed Steel Flat File Coffee Table on Krrb. $985.

In Search Of — Ombre

Photo: Alpinecreativegroup.com

Photo: Alpinecreativegroup.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, it’s all about the ombre effect and we’ve got plenty of items showcasing it.

When bright color fades into lighter shades and colors blend and merge into other hues, that’s ombre. This trendy gradient look is everywhere. From hair color to furniture, ombre is taking the world by storm. Check out this roundup of pieces featuring the fade design on Krrb

In Search Of — Cozy Rugs

Photo: Businessinsider.com

Photo: Businessinsider.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, it’s all about rugs and we’ve got plenty of them.

We’re all about keeping our toes warm as the weather turns crisp. Covering wood and tile floors with a beautiful area rug is one way to keep the cold away

Vintage Sellers Buzz Around Beehive Chicago

Owners Joe Moore and Robyn Witt sit in a show room at the Beehive.

Owners Joe Moore and Robyn Witt sit in the freight elevator at the Beehive. All photos by Leilani Wertens.

A raw loft space in Chicago’s East Garfield Park is now home to nine resale businesses. Beehive Chicago, launched earlier this summer, is a collective of nine vintage dealers who sell vintage apparel, housewares and home furnishings. By pooling their resources together, these sellers have built a showroom, complete with a shipping station and photography studio

In Search Of — Side Chairs

Photo: 1stdibs.com

Photo: 1stdibs.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, it’s all about side chairs and we’ve got plenty of them.

By definition, side chairs have no arms and are often part of a dining set. They also can be used as extra seating in offices and living rooms. Check out this round up of chairs you’ll want to pull out again and again

I Want This — Antique Beni Ourain Moroccan Berber Rug

I Want This — Moroccan Berber Rug

I want this antique berber rug to help transition my home for winter. I know what you’re thinking, the fall season are only begun! But for this California girl, any temperature drop under 75 degrees feels like the dead of winter. I’ve already pulled out my Uggs, my plush robe, down comfortable and unpacked my parka. This rug will help cover up the reality that the sun’s rays have ditched me for the next nine months. The soft wool texture is sure to keep my toes toasty. I also adore the details like the yellow ribbon around the perimeter of the rug. Bring it on winter!

Find it on Rar39’s Krrb corner. $875.

In Search Of — Chalkboard Paint Covering Everything

Love these DIY chalkboards. Photo: emilymacleoud.blogspot.com

Gotta love these DIY chalkboards! Photo: emilymacleoud.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! We see the writing on the wall. Today, it’s all about chalkboards and fun furniture covered in chalkboard paint.

Draw, doodle and leave messages practically everywhere! There are tons of Krrb finds covered in chalkboard paint. Here are some of our favorite pieces

In Search Of — Corner Furniture

Nobody puts baby in a corner. Photo: photomayhem.com

Nobody puts baby in a corner. Photo: photomayhem.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, it’s all about corner furniture and we’ve got loads of sweet pieces.

Nobody puts baby in the corner. But you might consider putting these pieces in one

In Search Of — Chevron

In Search Of — Chevron

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, it’s all about chevron and we’ve got loads of items covered in the pattern.

Ever since our community manager, Kristen, posted about the chic chevron table she wanted, I can’t stop seeing the pattern everywhere. It’s all about clean lines and inverted-V shapes and it’s the perfect design for DIY furniture projects

I Want This — Tumblers with Tops

George Briard Acrylic Tumblers with Coasters

George Briard Acrylic Tumblers with Coasters

I want these for fall evenings when I sit outside and sip on bug-free cider. That’s right, I love these tumblers for one specific reason: They would keep bugs out of my drink. Yes, I love how simply designed and basic they are, but I mostly love them for their little matching coasters that double as a bug-in-my-drink barrier.

The Unperfectionist: 3 Simple Ways to Add Hollywood Glam Style to Your Home

Photo: Theunperfectionist.com

Photo: Theunperfectionist.com

Cece Kellie, or The Unperfectionist is known for her perfectly unperfect and wonderful style. She’s got a great eye for old-school Hollywood Glamour. Cece pulled together an inspiration board of items from the Krrb and Apartment Therapy Classifieds to help you add a bit of glam to your home

In Search Of — Sectionals

Photo: Houzz.com

Photo: Houzz.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, it’s all about sectionals and we’ve got loads of cushy seats.

A sofa with a bit more complexity means tons more space and plenty of room for sinking in and taking a break. We’d love to relax on any of these sectionals

In Search Of — Pairs of Chairs

Photo: Thearthand.wordpress.com

Photo: Thearthand.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, it’s all about pairs of chairs and we’ve got loads of double seats.

Good things come in twos. Especially good things you can sit on

Krrb Presents — How to Restore a Poly Urethane Finish on Mid-Century Modern

Working out of his Brooklyn brownstone, Mike Koleman, owner of I Like Mike’s Mid Century Modern restores furniture to its original glory. Mike walks Krrb through the steps of a hand-rubbed poly urethane finish. This type of finish is ideal for pieces made of hard woods like walnut. Although the restoration process isn’t complicated, Mike stresses that it is extensive and each step is crucial for a high-quality result.

Tools

  • Paint Stripper
  • Paint Stripper Wash
  • Fine Sandpaper in various grains
  • Foam Brush
  • Poly Urethane
  • Lint-free Paper Towels
  • 0000 Grade Steel Wool Pads
  • Beeswax
  • Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound
  • Rags
  • Fine Car Polishing Compound

Tell Us

If you have questions about the poly urethane process, ask Mike in our Krrb Forum. And if you have tips of your own, we want to hear them!

In Search Of — The Best of Mid-Century Modern in Chicago

A MCM Haul. Photo: Kibster.wordpress.com

A Mid-Century Modern haul. Photo: Kibster.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, it’s all about the best of Mid-Century furniture in Chicago and we’ve got loads of it.

In the past few weeks, tons of beautiful Mid-Century Modern furniture from Chicago has been posted all over Krrb. From dressers and couches to tables and clocks, the Windy City sure knows how to class up a place with vintage

3 Tips for Haggling Like a Pro

Photo: Poboxearth.org

Photo: Poboxearth.org

In the world of secondhand, haggling is a sport. Suit up and get to practice or you could miss out on that one-of-a-kind find. Here are three tips to haggle like best of them. Whether you’re at a flea market or shopping resale online, these tips will help you walk away with a great deal and huge savings