Local Lodgings — The 30 Best Airbnb Finds in Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia

All photos courtesy of Airbnb.com

All photos courtesy of Airbnb.com

We’re back! We’ve already rounded up the best Airbnb listings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, San Francisco and DC– but now let us show you some of the coolest pads available in Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia. From modern duplexes to vintage gems, you’ll be sure to find a place you’ll want to stay on your next visit. Check out these spaces and you’ll want to book that trip immediately—and maybe never even leave

Seen and Heard — Summer Bucket List Edition

Seen and Heard — Summer Bucket List Edition

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The long dog days of summer can make the season feel endless. But it’s not. Excited to make the most of it, we’re sharing our plans. From picnics to road trips, get inspired to fill the time with fun

How to Update a Secondhand Mirror with Chalk Paint

Mirror Frame Painted with Chalk Paint

Using chalk paint as a tool for furniture refinishing has been gaining in popularity during the last several years. Chalk paint is basically a matte or flat paint base with a wax topcoat. There are several brands on the market, each with several colors, plus clear and dark waxes.

An advantage to using chalk paint is that it doesn’t require sanding or priming. Although you can use it on any piece of furniture, I particularly like to use it on pieces with carving details or a distressed finish. I knew this mirror in a lovely—yet boring—wood frame was the perfect candidate for chalk paint. You can find budget-friendly mirrors for sale in your neighborhood on Krrb

Member Spotlight — Kraig Bantle of Garage Brothers and His Mission to Keep Junk Out of Landfills

Member Spotlight — Kraig Bantle of Garage Brothers and His Mission to Keep Junk Out of Landfills

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Kraig Bantle happily does a chore that most people dread; cleaning out the garage. His business Garage Brothers launched in 2007, removes junk out of storage at no cost to the owners. He then turns around, selling valuable items and recycling the scraps. One can only imagine what sort of items have been unearthed, from expensive artwork and collectibles to the strange like a bag of toenails. If you’re not already watching, you can follow Kraig’s excavations on his DIY Network television show, Garage Gold.

So successful is Garage Brothers as a business, that they’ve been able to service local charities with proceeds and supplies. Their warehouse serves as a drop-off recycle center for the public as well as their clients. They recycle electronics, scrap metal, food waste and even cigarette butts and the sort. We chatted with Kraig about how Garage Brothers began and his altruistic goals

How To Make Shelves From Vintage Suitcases

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Photo: Houzz.com

Vintage suitcases in faded orange and blue hues are frequently listed on Krrb and piled high at flea markets and garage sales. Although they aren’t the most convenient travel companions anymore, old-school travel bags are retro-cool for displaying in groups. We had to share this idea from Krrb member Mandy Heth for upcycling colorful suitcases into creative shelving. Check out her Vintage Baubles and Bits store for vintage clothing, jewelry and home decor. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on crafting a few of these “travel” displays

Get the Look — Design Inspiration From Chic Palm Springs Hotels

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Photo: Hotellautner.com

No matter where you turn these days the desert city of Palm Springs, California is all the talk. Since the Palm Springs episodes of Saved by The Bell in the 1990’s, I’ve been enamored with the city mostly known for its golf courses (my dad is a big fan). Recently Palm Springs has been rebranded as a hot spot for all things cool. From vintage shopping to design to food and everything in between, this hot city (we’re talking high 90’s and 100-degree weather) really is the hottest place to be right now. Whether you make it to Palm Springs or not, see how to get these chic desert vibes in your own space

Architectural Hacks For Your Home

Architectural Hacks For Your Home

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Now that we don’t have to venture out too far to see incredible architectural feats, I wondered what are some other ways I can bring my love for urban architecture indoors. Little did I know that there are plenty of easy DIYs that can add unique and striking design to the home. Check out my top three architectural projects that can be done at a minimum cost for maximum inspiration

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Local Events in 11 Cities

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Photo: Unsplash.com

Monday, June 20th marks the summer solstice: the longest day of the year. Wondering what to do with the extra hours of daylight? We rounded up some fun and interesting events last year, and cities all over the country are back with cool ways to celebrate the season

Live Collaboratively — City Residents are Choosing Community Living

Live Collaboratively — City Residents are Choosing Community Living

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There are so many ways to live collaboratively without making drastic changes to your lifestyle. We even list 25 here that won’t have you packing up and moving to a commune. But that’s also an option because community living is back and in a whole new way. If you’re thinking 1970’s-era hippies living in the middle of nowhere, this is not. Read on to see why young professionals in cities are gravitating toward this collaborative housing and more

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

When souvenir shopping, think outside the box. Photo: Trekearth.com

When you leave home for a trip, your senses get a kick exploring new sights and sounds. Bring something meaningful back with you to remember the journey forever. Souvenirs are such that: keepsakes that allow you to relive the experience again and again. It’s become such an important part of traveling, that mass-produced objects are available everywhere, including the airport for last minute obligatory buys for friends and family. But souvenirs don’t need to be bought at a run of the mill tourist trap, try finding everyday items locally that represent your experiences and the people you met along the way. We have five great ideas for souvenirs you can’t wait to bring home

Member Spotlight — Jim Dietrich of Breukelen Tafel is the Ghost Wood Whisperer

Jim working on his latest project.

Jim working on his latest project. All photos: Ashley Davidson

In an era where so many people seem to promote fast consumption and the “cheaper is better” mentality, it’s refreshing to get to meet someone who’s all about celebrating and preserving the best of the past. Jim Dietrich is the man behind Breukelen Tafel, a furniture company that produces handmade (and beautiful) statement pieces using only reclaimed wood. Get to know Jim and the fascinating stories behind crafting his furniture

Get Ready for a Summer of Garage Sale Success

Get Ready for a Summer of Garage Sale Success

Nothing builds community like a garage sale. Whether you call it a yard sale, a rummage sale, a fire sale or moving sale, these events bring the economy back to the local level. Aside from earning between $500 and $1000 in secondhand sales, these sales also keep items out of the landfills. Win-win.

The weather is right for de-cluttering and connecting with neighbors over secondhand toasters and television stands. We know what it takes to have a good super successful sale

Join Krrb at Williamsburg Walks for a Kids Book Swap on Sunday, June 12

Join Krrb at Williamsburg Walks for a Kids Book Swap on Sunday, June 12

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This weekend as part of Northside Festival, Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg is bringing the community out to the streets for Williamsburg Walks. On June 11th and 12th, Williamsburg’s main drag Bedford Avenue will transform into a public park, stretching from Metropolitan Avenue to N. 12th Street. Instead of cars, these city blocks will be filled with artwork, pop-up green spaces and neighborhood activities. Krrb is joining in the fun with a book swap geared to children

10 Lessons to Learn From Dad + Giveaway

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Photo: Telegraph.co.uk

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the life lessons dad taught you over the years! From how to heat up the grill properly to using all those strange tools you’ve probably already forgotten the names to, fathers are responsible for giving us knowledge (and memories) that last a lifetime. We’re expanding on those lessons (so you can brush up without a lecture from pops). Oh, and did we mention we’re giving away a vintage carafe for you to gift to dad this year? Read on for all of this awesomeness

What’s Cooking — Forget Pickles, Fermented Foods to Try Today

What’s Cooking — Fermented Foods

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Unlike canning or dehydrating, fermentation is the only way of preserving foods for long periods of time that adds additional health benefits. How you ask? Well, one of the most common types of fermentation, lacto-fermentation, occurs when micro-organisms break down naturally occurring sugars in food to create lactic acid. This acid acts a natural preservative and makes food easier to digest. It also increases the amount of absorbable vitamins, promotes beneficial bacteria growth in our bodies and produces the tangy & tasty flavor we associate with fermented foods. You can find recipes celebrating foods created by this natural process in almost every restaurant around the world! The questions is… are you capitalizing on this nutritious and delicious addition to your meals? Find out what you’re missing by taking a look at my fermented food checklist (complete with recipes)

Illuminate Your Home with These Upcycling Projects

Illuminate Your Home with These Upcycling Projects

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Spending a lot of money on expensive lighting fixtures is not only financially irresponsible, but it is also quite unjustifiable in terms of sustainability. These upcycling ideas will help you save money and get rid of the junk lying around your house by turning it into new lamps, pendants and chandeliers

Design 101 — 5 Facts About Alexander Girard

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Photo: Livingedge.com.au

While we’ve already taken a look at designers such as Milo Baughman, Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll we’re ready to learn more about the lesser known names of mid-century design. And thus we introduce you to Alexander Girard. His name may not perhaps come to mind when you’re thinking about famous designers if you’re not a design buff, but trust us when we say that many of the iconic pieces you know today wouldn’t have to come to fruition if it wasn’t for him

Offbeat Travel — Roadside Attractions

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Photo: Codex99.com

Oh summer, the season of road trips. Does anything go better than snacks, friends, warm weather and sight-seeing? When you’re planning your next road trip, in between the rest areas and fast-food joints you should find a place to stretch your legs and provide some entertainment. Whether these are your final destinations for a day trip or a fun stop en route, they’re all guaranteed to be memorable

Get Your Grill On All Summer Long

Get Your Grill On

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Memorial Day is the start of summer for many. If you’re lighting up your grill for the first time, we’ve got plenty of tips, tricks and techniques to make you a seasoned chef in no time

How to Get the Fixer Upper Look for Less

How to Get the Fixer Upper Look for Less

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If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ handiwork, you know they can stretch a dollar. The dynamic duo have transformed dilapidated homes in Waco, Texas with their renovation and design skills. Due to the success of Fixer Upper, the reality show following their realty/contractor/decorating business Magnolia Homes, the reclaimed wood industrial style is all the rage. You don’t have to uproot and move to the Lone Star state and buy your own fixer upper to achieve this look yourself. For a lot less, you can put together the fundamental pieces that speak to the warm-yet-still-chic mood