In Search Of — Gothic Furniture

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Photo: Wakpaper.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 “gothic” goods and we’ve got loads of them.

Just in time for a spooky Halloween, we’re rounding up the best in gothic furniture. From iron candelabras to brutalist chandeliers, see what our Krrb sellers have in store

Shop Local, Everywhere!

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Photo: Fernandoexperiences.blogspot.com

Do what the locals do, buy what the locals buy – that’s my motto whenever I travel. I have nothing against doing touristy things, but when I think back to all my travels, the memories that stand out the most are the moments that I found myself having tea in a remote Bedouin camp in the desert of Jordan or having a family-style dinner with strangers in Amsterdam.

The same goes for shopping. My job often takes me away from home and I love bringing back a little something for my wife and daughter. Of course I want to buy something local… and what’s more local than someone’s living room

In Search Of — Mod and Fabulous Home Accessories

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Photo: Themodcast.co.uk

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 “mod” goods and we’ve got loads of them.

The best definition of “mod” found online is “(esp. in the early 1960s) a young person of a subculture characterized by stylish dress, the riding of motor scooters, and a liking for soul music.” Now, that might be a bit too specific for Krrbie’s tastes, but here are a few mod and mod-inspired pieces we’re loving

8 Non-Traditional Beds to Take Your Un-Bedroom to the Next Level

These beds aren't snooze-ville!

These beds aren’t snooze-ville!

Known for her perfectly unperfect and wonderful style, Cece Kellie also known as The Unperfectionist has got a great eye. Check out her round up of non-traditional beds that won’t put you to sleep!

They say that using the principles of Feng Shui in the bedroom will help attract love and romance into your life. Accessorize in pairs. Use soft colors. Position the bed just so. While this might work for other people, I have Feng Shui’d my brains out and still no dude in sight… alas! What I really want to do is just throw a mattress down in the middle of the floor, toss a heap of blankets and pillows on top and call it a night – literally. A cozy Un-bedroom nest for me, the cats and my would-be-where-is-he-lover. Whether you want to spice things up, try something different or just take a nap, check out these “unbeds” that I found on Krrb Classifieds

In Search Of — Affordable Appliances

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Photo: Barbarareaume.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 appliances and we’ve got loads of them.

The world would be just a bit greener if we passed around our still-working appliances when we moved on to newer models. Krrb sellers around the world re-sell their gently used microwaves, coffee makers, fans and vacuums. It’s like the best parts of a garage sale without any frustrating digging

In Search Of — Matching Sets

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Photo: Wikimedia.org

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 “sets” and we’ve got loads of them.

Matching chairs, framed portraits and dishes — everything is better as a set. Whether it’s furniture or accessories, sets make mixing and matching more fun. Here are a few of our favorite furniture pieces, homegoods and even light boxes that work better as a set

4 Easy Hacks to Make Your Bedroom Bigger

Photo: Vice President George Bush knew the secret of light colors to make a space feel bigger. He and his wife Barbara relax in their bedroom with their daughter and her children. Photo: Huffington Post

Photo: Vice President George Bush knew the secret of light colors to make a space feel bigger. He and his wife Barbara relax in their bedroom with their daughter and her children. Photo: Huffington Post

Living in a teeny place in a big city? Or cohabitating with family and friends? While it’s better for the environment to have less stuff and more communal spaces, it can certainly feel a bit cramped at times when you want to spread out. On the plus side, it doesn’t take much to make your bedroom feel bigger. First things first: Tidy up. Then consider a few of these designer tricks to make your personal space feel bigger and better

In Search Of — Tufted Chairs

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Photo: Brigetteliliana.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! Today it’s all about tufted chairs and we’ve got loads of them.

A little bit of pulled-in, tufted fabric can turn a chair into a regal throne. Here is a roundup of our favorite tufted seating on Krrb

Chicago Mag Launches Local Classifieds

Chicago Mag Launches Local Classifieds

Since the birth of Krrb, we’ve strived to make classifieds as local as possible. Sure, the internet is full of great secondhand gems, but there’s nothing quite like discovering treasures in your own neighborhood.

We’ve joined forces with Chicago Magazine to bring that experience to one of our top cities. The Chicago Magazine Classifieds will redefine what it means to buy and sell locally in Chicago to support the local economy. The classifieds will be a place for Chicago Magazine readers, fans, brick-and-mortar stores, prop stylists and home decorators to buy, sell and trade with each other

I Want This — Antique Sewing Table

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Photo: Krrb.com/33907?auto=format

I adore the cast-iron scrollwork on the base of this sewing table. I’m inspired by the women in my life who have been crafters and makers, and a piece like this reminds me of their legacies. From my great-grandmother all the way to my own mother, women in my life have been sewers and makers of all sorts. I’d use this table as a place to craft, write letters and flip through design books with a warm cup of tea this fall

How-to — Create a Calm and Professional Workspace in 3 Steps

Does your desk look like this? Photo: Wikimedia.org

Does your desk look like this? Photo: Wikimedia.org

Guest blogger Jordan Reeves shares his easy and brilliant desk organization tips.

In Search Of — Budget Couches for Less Than $500

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Photo: Anagonilessan.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 cheap sofas and we’ve got more than you’d expect.

People are always trying to trade up their sofas. They start with a cheap find, scout out a nicer one and then offload the first. We see an opportunity here. Great, gently used sofas for a get-it-out-of-my-house price. Presenting: Sofa steals for $500 and under

2 How-To’s for Turning Sweaters and Shirts into Pillows

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Photo: Brassyapple.com

As we spend the next two weeks making our bedrooms the focus of our homes, we have to think about pillows. After all, comfort is essential when you’re sleeping or just lounging around in your pajamas. Here are two great ways to up the coziness with pillows using sweaters and shirts you already own

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

We love television as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.

For many of you, the fall season is about pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking and an cozy sweaters. For me, it’s about ABC’s hit drama Scandal. The popular political thriller show features Olivia Pope, who handles crisis management in Washington, D.C.

Sure, there are plenty of great shows on television right now, but it’s the twists and turns of Olivia’s life keep me glued to Scandal. Everything about the show from the array of mysterious characters to Olivia and Fitz’s will-they-or-won’t-they-get-together relationship to Olivia’s perfectly decorated home draw me into her story, which is partially based on former George Bush administration press aide Judy Smith.

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

While many viewers ended last season with one collective gasp of (spoilers warning!) over the revelation of Olivia’s dad, we most certainly spent the better half of the past two seasons gasping at the precise way Olivia styles everything from her outfits to her home. Let’s be real, we all want to be Olivia Pope. Even under the toughest pressure Olivia Pope is a true gladiator, one who wears Prada. From her perfectly casual slouchy sweaters to pristinely pressed suits she gives a new found elegance to contemporary design and “cool under pressure” attitude.

Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

As a professional ‘fixer’ Olivia has to be perfectly composed to inspire confidence from her high-profile DC clients. This perfection carries into her home life as well as you’ll notice from the simple design of her abode. Just as stylish as her clothes, Olivia’s home meshes perfectly with her contemporary style, furnished in a neutral palette, clean lines and soft tones. She is too busy to fuss with complicated surroundings. Everything has its place. Olivia’s apartment is becoming a favorite conversation topic amongst Scandal fans who pay attention to the details. For example, there aren’t any indications of Olivia’s upbringing. “You don’t see baby pictures, a mother or father,” Production Designer Corey Kaplan has said previously. Viewers don’t know a lot about Olivia’s past and so her home reflects that aloofness.
Critical Decor — The Scandal Free Home of Olivia Pope

Luckily for fans, contemporary pieces are rather easy to shop for. We’ve put together a few key items to make your home fit for a gladiator.

Inspiration: Olivia's "Scandal" Apartment

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Visual inspiration is all around us these days, and it’s no great leap to imagine wanting to live in the homes we visit — via our TV screens — every week. What do you think? would you design your home around Scandal?

In Search Of — Reclaimed Wood Home Decor

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Photo: Etsy.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 reclaimed wood and we’ve got tons of furniture made from it.

Not only is reclaimed wood a better option for the environment than cranked-out factory furniture, its character and personality come through in each piece. Artisans and furniture makers can make beautiful wares from recycled wood taken from barns, sheds and even pallet wood. Here are a few of our favorite pieces

Krrb Vintage Sellers Featured in SoHo J. Hilburn Pop-Up Shop

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We can’t imagine a more perfect meeting of the style minds. Men’s custom luxury clothing company J. Hilburn is teaming up with interior design company Homepolish to set up a Manhattan pop-up shop outfitted with some of the very best Mid-Century Modern pieces from Krrb sellers

In Search of — Sculptures

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Photo: Stylefile.julesb.co.uk

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 sculptures and we’ve got a bunch of beautiful ones.

A little 3-D art can add a touch of class to any space. Whether it’s a hanging sculpture, a piece of wall art or a teeny stand-alone, here are some of the art pieces we’re loving on Krrb

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Decorate With Neon

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Photo: Stylebyemilyhenderson.com

Decorating with neon has been a big trend in the decorating world over the last several months. It only takes a small dosage of these pumped up colors to add some funk in your décor. Krista Byers of Goodwill Glam shares some inexpensive ways to incorporate the neon trend into your home

I Want This — Set of Brass Candlesticks

I Want This — Set of Brass Candlesticks

Sure there is a bit of untoward Clue-like darkness to these brass beauties. Isn’t it always Professor Plum in the parlor with the candlestick? But all in all, the varied—yet cohesive—nature of them is really special. Candlesticks are a great way to add a little funk to any homestead and these have the gravitas to make a 300 square-foot studio apartment feel just a bit more like a castle.

Find these candlesticks in Gene’s Corner for $200.

Staff Picks — Our Favorite Recipes for the Fall Season

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Photo: Blogs.psychcentral.com

We don’t like to play favorites but around these parts, autumn is the best season of the year. After weeks of basking in the sun’s rays, we’re itching to head inside, kick off our boots and cozy up with delicious treats. It’s no coincidence that fall is the season for apple-picking and pumpkin pie-making, two activities that involve warm spices and hungry bellies. To whet your appetite, the Krrb team shares their prized recipes to whip up this month