Creative Storage Ideas for Your Bathroom Vanity

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The New Year usually means making resolutions. I rarely make personal resolutions, but I do like to start January with a list of design and decorating projects. Some might be big, like bathroom remodeling, or small, like painting the foyer. If updating the bathroom is on your to-do list for 2016, the best place to start is the vanity. It’s an important component for any master bath, kid’s bath or powder room. Today’s vanities are really pieces of furniture. They set the design theme and mood, and should be the focal point of the room. However, clutter and mess can detract from even the most beautiful vanity. As you’re choosing bath fixtures, finishes and accessories, don’t forget to think about storage. Since there never seems to be enough of it, especially in the bathroom, I’ve come up with three creative ways to store and display items that get used every day

7 Easy Ways to Do Good This Winter in Your Community

7 Easy Ways to Do Good This Winter

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Before the holiday season, we hear of so many ways to give back or help those in need. But don’t put away your charitable spirit when you’re packing up your Christmas decorations. It’s really easy to make a small yet significant difference right in your own community. These projects take a few hours and can be delivered to your local animal shelter, nursing home or homeless shelter. Some of them are very kid-friendly so the whole family can help out together

Resolution — Money Saving Lifehacks for 2016

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The new year is here, and I’m as broke as the city of Detroit (as a Michigander I can say that). Like many others reeling from credit card bills post-holiday spending, I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to be smarter about money. I’ve culled some of my favorite money-saving hacks that seem to be the easiest to implement into my life. If these don’t work, I may be forced to marry a millionaire. Either way, its going to be a great year

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspiration

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Photo: Thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com

New year, new changes, new chance to finally tackle that organization overhaul you’ve been planning. But where to begin? Instagram isn’t just for enviable interiors and beautiful clothing; just like with holiday spirit, it’s also our favorite source for motivation to get your clutter in check

Cut the Clutter with Tools and Organization Tips from Top Bloggers

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We’re enveloped again by a new year, and yet we’re enveloped still by the old stuff. Kitchen rags abound, and we have so many articles of clothing that would be appropriate during an archaeological dig in Egypt but not here, at home or in the office during 9-5. The question isn’t, “When does the vicious cycle cease,” because that answer is simple. If you’d like to cut the clutter, say, today but are wondering how it’s possible to power through emotional attachment and exhaustion, listen to what these five bloggers have to say about moving on and never looking back

Pop Up Museums — Temporary Exhibits to See this Winter

Photo: Facebook.com/Museumofhappiness

Photo: Facebook.com/Museumofhappiness

By only one day, I missed paying a visit to the Museum of Feelings, a pop up museum in New York City that took the temperature of New Yorkers and displayed their mood with color on the exterior of the building. This massive mood-ring-type building connected mood to a sensory experience—and what an experience it would have been! Having lost my chance to participate, I started looking around at pop up museums around the world. These exhibits offer up an opportunity to engage with a topic for a limited time. So check these exhibits out as soon as possible

Resolution 2016: My Goal to Focus on Self-Care and Meditation

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Life is stressful, chaotic and at times, downright overwhelming. Early mornings, late nights and busy weekends tend to bare down on me both emotionally and physically. After a few weeks, I’m running on a deficit of comfort, health and happiness. The only fix is to do some self-care. In a perfect world, it would be like a balanced transaction. Every stressful task is followed up by a relaxing and mindful activity. Usually I forget to practice self-care, but this year, I’m going to prioritize focusing on my overall well-being. Read on to see how I’m going to accomplish my 2016 resolution

Seen and Heard — Flirting in the 1800’s and Pants for Dogs

Seen and Heard

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The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

We’re back with logos, dog pants and flirting basics. Whatcha waiting for?

5 Creative Knitting Projects to Make a Difference

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Photo: Studioknitsf.com

As soon as the first winter chill creeps in, I’m reaching for my knitting needles. Getting cozy and crafting away is the perfect seasonal activity, especially when you’re looking for meaningful gifts. If you’re interested in venturing outside of your comfort zone to move beyond personal projects, there’s a world of cool community projects founded on some yarn and a mission. Check out some of these great knitting projects that can help you make a difference (while expanding your skills)

Local Blogs — DC Blogs to Read Now

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Photo: Laurenliess.com

No matter what your current location is, it’s always interesting to read local blogs to check out the latest trends that are going on in other cities. Finding your go-to blog can be a hard task, but that’s where we come in to help! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite bloggers in the Washington DC area for you to check out. Try a DIY project that they’ve scouted out, take a tour of the coolest locations in the city or just check in on them to learn about what inspires them from day to day! Happy reading

3 Stylish and Modern Faces of the Small House Movement

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Photo: Tinyhousetalk.com

Modern architecture is artfully and efficiently designed, but the small house movement is able to cram both qualities into a fraction of the space and price. That is, many of the most modern homes are efficient and minimal in design but obtrusive and wasteful in space. The most minimalist house ever designed, for example, is breathtaking with its glass walls, a tub that sits in any empty room and earthy color palette, and yet this benchmark building takes up quite a bit of space – 14,000+-sq. ft. to be exact – and was on the market recently for $35 million. In inspecting this small house movement, my question wasn’t whether or not the tiny homes are money-savers, environmentally friendly or easy to maintain. You can find all of those answers here. Instead, Krrb wanted to know if the same qualities of minimalist design could be squeezed into an actual minimal, or negligible, space. Turns out that the answer is yes. Though their halls don’t echo like the rest, the following three contributors to the tiny house movement have fit a whole lot of artfully-designed bang into a tiny buck

Resolution 2016: My Goal to Have a Functioning Closet

Resolution 2016: My Goal to Have a Functioning Closet

Be warned, it’s a disaster zone.

I’m somewhat ashamed to share this but acceptance is the first step to anything. My closet—if you can call it that—is a mess. My past is littered with closets so packed that I have to hurry up and slam the door before everything falls out. I periodically clean out my closet, hang everything back on the hangers but it always seems to fall apart after a few weeks. I’m determined this year to stop this cycle. I have a perfectly good closet with plenty of space and it’s time I made it work. Read on to see how I’m going to meet my resolution

Transforming an Old Window into a Changeable Photo Display

Photo: Hometalk.com

Photo: Hometalk.com

The most successful room designs are those that use texture, color and contrast in interesting ways. As an interior designer, I work to incorporate these elements into every room and always add something unexpected. Sometimes the easiest way to add that different twist is with accessories—and a room is never finished until the accessories are in place

Hand Me Down — Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home on Heirloom Guilt

Hand Me Down — Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home on Heirloom Guilt

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Often when we chat with folks from all around about their belongings, we talk about the item itself and how the owners came to incorporate it in their own homes and lives. Over the years, Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home has made a conscious decision to let go of items handed down to her that she had no use or space for in her home. Items inherited, passed down over generations—for her, it’s not about the material things anymore. Bea, who regularly does speaking tours around the world about how her family achieves a minimal waste home, encourages her readers to let go of the heirloom guilt

11 DIYs to Warm Your Winter Up

Photo: Deliciouslyyum.com

Photo: Deliciouslyyum.com

As a byproduct of the Great White North known as Buffalo, New York, I can handle my cold weather. But I’m no polar bear, and there are always days where I can’t seem to fight the frost that’s sneaking it’s way in.

Rather than cranking your heat up to hellfire levels, we’re gonna beat the cold like DIY pros! Here are some essential tips and tricks that everyone should know for when it comes time to show Jack Frost who’s the boss. So listen up, it’s about to get toasty in here

Celebrate — Ringing in the New Year Around the World

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Photo: Mytripolog.com

The start of a new year is definitely something to celebrate. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning with more unbound hope and limit-less potential than the previous calendar year. And what better way to show our excitement for the next chapter in our lives than gathering together all across the world to mark this important date with some festivities and surrounded by our loved ones. So how do the locals do it? Read on to find out

Celebration — 5 Cocktails to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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Photo: Nopatternrequired.com

We’re hours away from 2013. If you’re working on those resolutions, we have a few ideas to get you started. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s focus on tonight’s festivities. Here are five cocktails you’ll want to toast the new year. Read on and then raise your glass to celebrate

The Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Jewelry Shopping

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Photo: Elizabethdorney.com

Are you a fan of the shiny, the sparkly and the glitzy, but find yourself strangely unsatisfied with contemporary offerings? Do you long to revisit the styles of your youth, or wish to emulate what’s hot off the runway with a vintage twist? Buying old pieces can be a fun way to expand your jewelry collection and complement an outfit in a way that nothing else will. Also, while a new necklace or pair or earrings drops in value as soon as you exit the store, its vintage cousin will likely gain value over time

Krrbside Questions — How To Regift Properly and Decorate Brick Walls

Photo: Elle.com

Photo: Elle.com

We’re excited to introduce Krrbside Questions, a column created solely to answer your queries about living local and being the good neighbor we know you all are. First up with some super helpful advice is Jett Superior, recently featured in our Member Spotlight. This Southern lover of all things secondhand, vintage and handmade has what she calls “crackerjack ingenuity” and a knack for redoing roadside furniture. Be sure to check out the first column in the series. Have a burning question? Email us at blog@krrb.com and we’ll make sure to get it in the right hands.

Last Minute Holiday Prep – Eat, Gift & Be Merry

Photo: Peanutbuttered.com

Photo: Peanutbuttered.com

It’s two days until Christmas, and I’m sure there are some of you who aren’t feeling so ho-ho-hopeful about pulling off everything that needs to be done. We’ve all been there: just because you started playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you remembered to actually act on all of your holiday spirit. For all of my fellow procrastinators who’ve been caught up in the jolly rush, don’t panic. Here are some great jumping off points via Pinterest to tackle all of your gifting, decorating and snacking needs this season