Routines — Make Decluttering Part of Your Daily Life

Make Decluttering Part of Your Daily Life

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We love a good clean space as much as the next one. It’s keeping those closets, desks and pantries clean that’s the issue. If you’re resolve to not leave your home in shambles until “Spring Cleaning” (or “Fall Cleaning”, for that matter), we’re here to help with three fast and easy rules to add to your daily life

Chicago Magazine Curator — HGTV’s Alison Victoria

Chicago Magazine Curator — HGTV's Alison Victoria

Photo by Anthony Tahlier

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature on our partner site Chicago Magazine Classifieds. Every month we will feature local tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from Chicagoland. This week our guest curator is Alison Victoria.

You might recognize Alison Victoria from the HGTV and DIY Network Kitchen Crashers. Saving the day one kitchen makeover at a time, Alison designs extravagant redos in only a few short days. A Chicago native, Alison started her career at Christopher Homes in Nevada, designing and creating custom interiors for affluent residences before launching her interior design firm, Alison Victoria Interiors, in 2003. In 2011, Alison received the Rising Stars of Business award by the Las Vegas Business Press and in 2014 was named one of Crains Chicago Business’s “40 under 40.”

Alison is no stranger to thrifting and scavenging to find the items guaranteed to make a space pop. We asked her to dig through the classifieds section and pull out her favorite finds. From a chevron kitchen table to mid-century modern pendants, she really knows how to pick them. See the full collection below

I Want This — Teal Crosley Portable Turntable

I Want This — Teal Crosley Portable Turntable

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I must confess my love for vinyl. Slip on an LP and almost immediately, you’re taken to another space and time. I think it’s the old school sensibilities of thumbing through records to find the tunes that does it for me in this day and age of MP3s and Spotify. It’s why I’m head over heels for this Teal Crosley Portable Turntable. It’s got all the modern technology you could want and the vintage charm of a used record player. Barely used, this sweet find is priced to sell. Call it love at first sight.

Find this Teal-Colored Crosley Portable Turntable on Krrb. $120.

Lisa of SittingPrettyStudio Talks Inspiration

Member Spotlight — Lisa of SittingPrettyStudio Talks Inspiration

Lisa Kahley is a soon-to-be mother of two.

When it comes to fabric, Lisa is one smitten kitten. Her resale upholstered furniture boutique, SittingPrettyStudio is brimming with fabrics, used to create one-of-a-kind pieces for clients. From printed burlap sacks to jewel-tone velvets to geometric prints, Lisa plays matchmaker between the upholstered furniture and the home where it will live. Many happily-ever-afters have come from her keen eye for rehauling secondhand finds into unique pieces.

Lisa’s own plans for the upcoming romantic holiday are simple—a dinner date with her son. The expecting mother of two is celebrating Valentine’s Day with crafty cards from the Paper Source and her favorite candy, Haribo gummy berries. It doesn’t take much to please this scavenger, just a bag of gummy treats and a few piles of fabric swatches to paw through. Read on to see where Lisa gets her inspiration to experiment with unusual textiles

Weddings — Possible Parisian Locations for the Kanye West Kim Kardashian Nuptials

Weddings — Possible Parisian Locations for the Kanye West Kim Kardashian Nuptials

We’re only a couple weeks away from Valentine’s day, but that’s not why romance is in the air. It’s because reality television star Kim Kardashian and hip hop artist Kanye West are getting married! This in itself isn’t news, but the front-page worthy couple been revealed where they’re getting married. In Paris. And it’s going to be televised, tres chic, no? The wedding will take place at an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Paris, though knowing Kim’s history we have a feeling it might leak in the very near future. Until that happens, we here at Krrb would like to offer up some predictions of places, songs and styles

I Want This — Mid-Century Fairy Valentine’s Day Card

Love is in the air, but it’s not in my mailbox…yet. That’s why I’m hoping that a loved one will buy and send this very cool 1960’s Valentine’s Day Card to me! Unused and in excellent condition, it’s the perfect way to express your love for that retro nut in your life. And if the fairy doesn’t do it for you, pay a visit to FunkyLadyVintage’s Krrb corner to find a stack of other designs to choose from.

Vintage and cute to boot, the retro Valentine’s Day Card is sure to brighten someone’s day! Be sure to check out the rest of our Valentine’s Day picks in Krrb’s Valentines gift guide.

In Search Of — Patterned Chairs

In Search Of — Patterned Chairs

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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 patterned chairs!

Why not add a pretty pop of color and personality to your room in an unexpected way? If you can give us one good reason why, we’ll let you off the hook. But wouldn’t you rather have a pretty chair than a pretty good reason not to have a pretty chair

In Search Of — Games

In Search Of — Games

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Welcome to the daily series, In Search Of, where we look high and low on Krrbfor one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today we’re looking for games.

Girl, you better quit PLAYIN’ and start DISPLAYIN’

Inside Hansen Mansion, an 1886 Victorian Home in Chicago

Inside Hansen Mansion, an 1886 Victorian Home in Chicago

Looking for an ideal Bed and Breakfast spot in Chicago, Fran Ramer fell in love with 164 West Eugene Street. Known as the Hansen House Mansion after reknown Norwegian artist and architect Harald Marius Hansen, the home has signature details including stained glass, copper-lined toilets and intricate woodwork on the stairs. Even the brass hinges on the doors are etched

A Peek into the C&C Pop-Up Shop’s Storage Unit

Candy Olsen and Courtney Wagner have spent plenty of time in storage lockers on the popular A&E show, Storage Wars: New York. As a result of all their scavenging, these ladies are now in selling mode. Find their wares on Krrb and on the go as these two sell vintage, eclectic and the rare out of their own storage space. Krrb paid a visit to the C&C Pop-Up Shop‘s storage units to check out the goods.

I Want This — Vintage Amelia Earhart Suitcase

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Photo: Krrb.com/36681?auto=format

Traveling in style is just not my thing. I wear sweatpants, running shoes and my favorite hoodie. It’s the Californian in me really. Comfort over style every day, every time. But we’ve all seen those drool-worthy jetsetters that make you want to get up that extra hour before your 6am flight to get done up. I’m not sure I’m ready to go that far yet but I think I’ve found the perfect solution — statement luggage. With a gem like this vintage Amelia Earhart suitcase, I can finally fly high.

2014 Decorating Goals from Home Decor Bloggers

2014 Decorating Goals from Home Decor Bloggers

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Sure, we’ve got our ear to the ground and we know the hottest trends in home decor for 2014. But we always want more. (Can you blame us?) Here today are two of our most high-energy home decor bloggers with their to-do lists for the year

Donate — Where to Donate Your Clothes in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco and Paris

Donate — Where to Donate Your Clothes in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco and Paris

Photo: Donatetocharities.org

Before we can start getting in with the new in the new year, we need to first get out with the old. Start with clearing out your wardrobes of outdated or unworn clothing. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in a year and it is still in good condition, donate it. You’ll find that cleaning out your closet and minimizing your possessions is the easiest way to start fresh and give back to the community—plus it’s tax-deductible too! No clue where to give your goods? No worries! We’ve rounded up a list of non-profit organizations accepting clothing donations in your city

In Search Of — Quilts

photo: panoramio.com

photo: panoramio.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 quilts.

As the snow falls and most of the Northeast gears up for another Polar Vortex visit, we’re looking to curl up with these quilts to keep us warm and toasty

Homepolish and Krrb Team Up for Kelly Oxford’s Renovated Office

Homepolish and Krrb Team Up for Kelly Oxford's Renovated Office

We love a good reveal — it’s just waiting for it that’s hard. Luckily, the anticipation for funny girl Kelly Oxford’s renovated office was well worth it.

Krrb collaborated with Homepolish, an interior designer matching service to furnish Kelly’s writing space with some vintage style. To get more details on how these designers wrangled the perfect grouping of Mid-Century and contemporary pieces to stimulate the creative spirit, head over to Homepolish’s blog.

Photos provided by Homepolish.

Critical Decor — Twin Peaks, Breaking Down of the Cult Favorite TV Show

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Diane, spoiler Alert: THERE WILL BE NO SPOILER ALERTS IN THIS POST.  We’re more concerned with “Where do I get that lamp?” than “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. I’ve identified some themes of the sets in hopes to deciefer a code to unlock the secrets buried within David Lynch’s masterpiece. Perhaps through deconstructing it’s decor we can better understand the mysteries of Twin Peaks…or maybe we’ll just get hungry for pie

In Search Of — Modern and Vintage Rocking Chairs

Photo Credit: dexigner.com

Photo Credit: dexigner.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 rocking chairs.

This is the perfect time of year to curl up by the fireplace in a rocking chair on cold winter nights. Knitting needles and fireplace not included

Give it Away — Donald DeSantis Pares Down to 300 Belongings

Give it Away — Donald DeSantis Pares Down to 300 Belongings

Photo: Mike Folden

As the holiday dust settles and 2014 finds its footing, more than a few of us have looked up only to find ourselves drowning in STUFF! Whether that stuff is left over wrapping paper that you think you’ll use again but never will, gifts you never really needed (“Thanks Great Aunt Esther, I love you but really, you shouldn’t have”) or simply an accumulation of things that are threatening your sanity, the New Year is always a good time to pair down. But how exactly

In Search Of — All Sorts of Bookends

Photo Credit: Wallpoper.com

Photo Credit: Wallpoper.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 bookends to keep our books standing up straight.

Bookends are fashionable, functional and make great gifts. They’re a great way to showcase that you take your literature seriously, but not seriously enough to pass up on a sombrero in your living room

Ready to Launch — Open House Weekend at Brett Bara’s Brooklyn Craft Company

Ready to Launch — Open House Weekend at Brett Bara's Brooklyn Craft Company

Brett Bara is facing the ultimate design challenge — moving in with a significant other. The DIY crafty author is making room in her Greenpoint apartment for her boyfriend and that means some of her DIY projects are moving out. Up for grabs is an ornate chair Brett experimented with painting both the wood and fabric