The Best Local Makers and Goods in Chicago

The Best Local Makers and Goods in Chicago

Photo: Chicagogenie.com

Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. So to share the best local makers in Chicago, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb members and resident influencers with knowledge on where to go and what to pick up. Let’s meet the team

How-to — Spring Cleaning Your Diet

How-to — Spring Cleaning Your Diet

Photo: Weismarkets.com

For those of us living on the Northern Hemisphere, spring has sprung. Gone are the heavy winter coats and never-ending snow tracks across our floors. (Well, at least for some of us!) So I invite you to ponder as we shed our outerwear and give our homes a clean start, why not lighten our wintry diets as well? Sure, heavy, filling foods helped us survive the frigid temperatures that come with the snow boots and parkas, but now lighter options are looking more and more appetizing as we embrace the change of the season. Read on for my tips on how to transform your dietary mainstays into their less dense, yet equally satisfying counterparts

Natural Spring Allergy Relief

Natural Spring Allergy Relief

Photo: Austinwholebodyhealth.com

It seems like as soon as the snow finally melts, we’re hit with a pollen attack that makes us wish we were still in winter hibernation mode. Nature’s mean like that. I’ve always had to deal with springtime allergies: scratchy throats and itchy eyes, and a chronic case of consistently runny nose. In an ironic twist, nature also holds the key to fighting the allergies it’s causing. I’ve rounded up some natural allergy remedies so that you can breathe easy outside (and leave the tissues indoors)

10 Creative Ways to Use Turmeric

Photo: Sofemini.co.uk

Photo: Sofemini.co.uk

Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely love the flavor of turmeric in dishes. Luckily for me, my favorite ingredient happens to be quite a beneficial one! From giving your skin a fresh glow to helping prevent a variety of serious illnesses, this plant from the ginger family is one that you should most definitely try to incorporate into your daily routine

Strategize Your Garden — How To Prep for Spring

Varna Leeks seedlings starting to sprout. Photo: Cubitsorganics.com

Varna leeks seedlings starting to sprout. Photo: Cubitsorganics.com

If you’ve got a green thumb, chances are you’ve spent the long and hard winter daydreaming about the potential of your garden. During gusty winds and blizzard-y nights, you’ve wishfully thought about picking heirloom tomatoes off the vine, tearing basil leaves directly into your salad and canning bright berries into jam. Perhaps you’re hoping for at least one stubborn tomato and a few handfuls of chives if your track record isn’t as great. We still have a few more weeks of winter to go, but it’s not too early to start strategizing and preparing. We’ve wrangled in a few expert gardeners to help you make the most of your spring season

5 Affordable Products to Help You Conserve Water

5 Affordable Products to Help You Conserve Water

Photo: Unsplash.com/danwatson

Water conservation has never been a more pressing issue. From mandatory lawn watering restrictions to moratoriums on swimming pools, water is a commodity we all need to be protecting and using wisely. Installing water conservation systems in your home can be costly but these products are simple ways to save money and water. Start by picking up a faucet aerator at your local hardware store. These only cost a few bucks and can be screwed into your indoor faucet heads, reducing the amount of water going out by mixing in air. Whether you incorporate one or several of these products to your home, you’ll be making a difference by reducing the amount of water you use

Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

Seen and Heard — The Get Outside this Spring Season Edition

Photo: Unsplash.com/kazuend

Something about the spring season has us raring to get outside. It’s officially primavera on Sunday, March 20th but there are so many upcoming reasons to enjoy the sun, fresh air and blooming blossoms. So wander out—whether it’s down the street or down the coast—and see what events are coming this season

Member Spotlight — Roberto Guzman of Accent Minded, Chicago’s Hidden Gem

accent1

Catering to folks who enjoy eclectic decor, owner Roberto Guzman has a clear appreciation for the beauty of vintage furnishings. Considered by Chicago’s insiders to be the shop to go for gently-used, unique designer furnishings, Accent Minded also attracts clients from all over the world. When Roberto joined Krrb and listed his wares, we couldn’t resist inviting him to chat

Spring Cleaning — How To Store Your Winter Clothing

Spring Cleaning — How To Store Your Winter Clothing

Photo: Theupcoming.co.uk

The first day of spring is just around the corner and our seasonal alarm clocks are going off, letting us know it’s time for some good ole’ fashioned spring cleaning. One of the most tedious things (in my opinion) is storing my winter gear so I can utilize my space for my warm weather wardrobe and accessories. We’re going to break down some ways to help you figure out how you can store your winter goods until next year rolls around.

Local Blogs — Seattle Bloggers to Read Now

Photo: Theinspiredroom.net

Photo: Theinspiredroom.net

If you’re anything like me you have a deep interest in everything Pacific Northwest related. I’ve never traveled to the area, but am beyond interested in hopping on a plane and heading over there ASAP! In the mean time I resort to reading local Seattle-based blogs to help keep me up-to-date on everything that’s happening in the city. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of our personal favorite bloggers in Seattle for you to follow along with as well. Happy reading

Get Hungry — Farm to Table Cookbooks Coming Out Spring 2016

Get Hungry — Farm to Table Cookbooks

Photo: Unsplash.com/Toddquackenbush

When the first fruits of spring hit the farmer’s market, I get in the mood to cook, to create and experiment with fresh flavors of the season. For a little inspiration (and direction), these cookbooks hot off the press really capture the sweet and savory potential of produce just picked

Stop the Cycle — Buy Me Once Website Focuses on Sustainability

Stop the Cycle — Buy Me Once Website Focuses on Sustainability

Photo: Buymeonce.com

The idea isn’t a new one. Go back 30 or 40 years and you’ll see that people purchased items once during in their lifespan. Your clock, armchair, or winter coat were made to last. And on the off chance that the wiring became faulty, the springs bent out of shape or the lining threadbare, you took it to repair shop to be fixed. But nowadays people buy and when items wear out or break, you buy again and again and again

How to Get a Cohesive Look with a Mix of Furniture Styles

Why You Should Avoid Matching Sets of Furniture

Photo: Architecturaldigest.com

Do you have one chair from one set, and two from another? Or, a lamp that used to be one of a pair, but that other one didn’t make it through your last party? Don’t ditch these items just because they’re missing their mates because you don’t need a matching set to create a cohesive look. With a few tricks, an eclectic mix of pieces can result in a sophisticated, playful ‘collected over time’ look that you’ll never get with a matching set

How To Make a One Tool Woodblock Print

How To Make a One Tool WoodBlock Print

I’m all about traditional hand-carved woodblock prints, in fact, they may be my favorite type of illustration. But sometimes when you have your heart set on a project (in this case, a custom woodblock print), your budget and timeline means you have to cut corners. Authentic woodblock printing requires lots of different tools and a whole lotta time dedicated to carving. So with a little ingenuity, I opted instead to use my Dremel rotary tool to begin my foray into the wonderful world of wood cut art. This one tool simplified the entire process down to about an hour! And with no wrist strain, I can keep working on perfecting my technique. Keep reading to see how you can make your own custom woodblock print with only a rotary tool

Then and Now — George Nelson Bubble Lamp

Then and Now — George Nelson Bubble Lamp

Photo: Theglitterguide.com

In 1946, architect George Nelson became the design director at Herman Miller furniture company, despite having zero experience with furniture. During his reign until 1972, he took Herman Miller from the then-present of wood-based designs into the future with iconic designs and innovative materials. And thus he started American Modernism.

One of Nelson’s designs representative of American Modernism is the bubble lamp, designed in 1947. It stemmed from him wanting a Swedish hanging sphere lamp that was covered in meticulously wrapped in silk—and very expensive. After coming across a grubby store sample one at Bonniers, a Swedish import shop in Manhattan, for a whopping $125 (this was in the late 1940’s), George had the idea to create a similar one. He headed back to his office where they built a wire frame and used self-webbing spray, a plastic that had been developed for using during World War II. Only just weeks before he has seen a photo in The New York Times of Liberty ships from the war that were being preserved for potential immediate use in the future, also known as mothballing them by covering the decks in netting and spraying the self-webbing plastic.

See how George Nelson’s bubble lamp has been used in homes then and now

The Beginners Guide to Krrb — Essential Design Terms

Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

We know all of the different design terminology can get confusing when you’re shopping on Krrb, so that’s why we’ve decided to break down some of the most general design terms to help you navigate Design 101. From the difference between antiques and vintage to different eras of design, get started here

Update Your Bathroom with a DIY Custom Shower Curtain

Photo: Thelittleredowl.com

Photo: Thelittleredowl.com

As an interior designer, I often challenge my clients to do something unexpected in their powder room. Choose a wild wallpaper, a bold color or an extravagant light fixture. I painted my own powder room orange. This bright color works in a small space because the fixtures, cabinet and counter are white. Since the “personality” is on the walls, the accessories needed to be calmer, so I chose grey accents. Investing in a new shower curtain, set of towels or even a soap dish is an easy way to update a bathroom instantly

Member Spotlight — Adam Schleser of Schleser Modern

If you’re a fan of design, then you’re going to be a big fan of Adam Schleser of Schleser Modern. This Brooklyn-based furniture seller has a perfect curation of Mid-century pieces that will have any furniture lover scrambling to figure out where they can add a new piece in their home. We were lucky enough to chat with Adam about his process, inspiration and dream projects and we definitely learned a thing or two along the way

10 Expensive Looking DIYs (That Are Secretly Cheap)

Photo: Abeautifulmess.com

Photo: Abeautifulmess.com

Picture this: you walk into a store that’s pure white, minimalist and hyper-curated, and use that as a justification for paying $300 for a succulent holder. Turns out all you need to achieve a home filled with expensive-looking accents is a little DIY know-how! And for those non-crafty folks, we’ve also included some helpful Krrb-ready alternatives. From wall hangings to modern coffee tables, these affordable crafts would look right at home in your local (and impossibly cool) home goods store

Local DIY Roundup — Portland

Photo: Planetizen.com

Photo: Planetizen.com

Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s retro lockers turned into a bench or a hair dryer repurposed into a lamp, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after building something yourself. That’s why it’s so great to know that if you go looking in any city you can find a nice, little DIY shop that might just have everything you need.

This week, we’re exploring a few of our favorite DIY shops in the Pacific Northwest capital of makers—Portland. If you’re a native or just in the area for a visit, these are the go-to shops for your crafting needs