Independence Celebrations Around the World



The 4th of July is right around the corner and we’re looking forward to firing up the grill, lounging on the beach and drinking freshly brewed iced tea out of mason jars! Our traditions, whether it be watching fireworks or being a spectator at a hot dog eating contest, are definitely fun and festive. It’s also important that we remember what the day truly symbolizes! Our freedom, our land of the free and home of the brave, is something that none of us should take for granted. Sure, we love donning red, white and blue every year but let’s take a look at how other countries celebrate their independence

Then & Now: A History of Ice Coolers

Krrb — Ice Coolers from Then to Now


Summer is heating up and as we make our break for the beaches and parks, you’ll need plenty of frosty beverages to keep you and your family cool. Before you pick up a cheap, disposable styrofoam cooler that always ends up leaking, think about investing in a quality cooler. Since before the 1950’s when the first portable ice chest was patented, cooler technology has come a long way. From vintage steel ice chests to plastic ride-on coolers, there is no doubt that a cooler exists for your needs. Keep on reading to learn about the interesting history of ice coolers that you can’t wait to share at your next summer excursion.

10 Fireworks Shows We Want to See



With a packed cooler and a lawn chair in tow, it’s time for Independence Day explosions. We’ve got 10 of firework shows you won’t want to miss. It’s not all about the size and cost of the shows — We’ve rounded up our favorites, including a few small-town American spectacles

24 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Los Angeles



If you’re living in Los Angeles, then you may have lucked out because it’s certainly one of the best cities to have a staycation in. Good weather year round, sunshine, beaches–do I need to say anything more? I’ve noticed that if you live in a city for a while you become sort of jaded. Take time on your staycation to take a step back and appreciate the fantastic place you’re living in. Try new things, go new places and uncover a whole new city that you didn’t even know was right outside your door

Come to The Randolph Street Market 2015

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market is known as the place to go to for all your vintage needs. Our (wo)man on the ground Claire Hurwitz Staszak scoured last month’s market for the best scores. Check out some of the possible items in store for this weekend.

Visit the Market

June 27-28, 10am to 5pm both days
Early Buying Saturday beings at 8am
Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago IL

Find out more of the fun things our resident Chicagoan Claire has been up to!

How-To — Make Shelves From Vintage Suitcases



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 functional shelves. 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

Sustainable Filmmaking — Tips on Going Green

Krrb — Sustainable Filmmaking — Tips on Going Green

Since the age of 16 I’ve pretty much been obsessed with filmmaking. I remember at an early age knowing that I wanted to be involved with filmmaking in any way I possibly could. After several years working on film sets both big and small, I’ve come to realize that being green on a film set is the least of anyone’s concerns. There’s already way too much going on for anyone to truly be worried about what effect their film is having on the environment and understandably so. That’s why I’ve compiled a few different ways for you to make your next film, no matter how big or small, eco-friendly.

10 Odd Things You Didn’t Know Could Be Recycled

Krrb — 10 Odd Things You Didn't Know Could Be Recycled

When it comes to recycling it’s pretty easy to figure out what to do with that can or bottle but have you ever wondered if your asthma inhaler is recyclable? Below is a small example of the many odd recyclables you probably had no idea existed; able to go back into the production line, saving energy and waste.

New Technology Made Old

Krrb — New Technology Made Old


The first cellphone, Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, debuted over 30 years ago. The first game system, Brown Box, delighted people with 6 simple games 48 years ago. And the very first personal computer, Simon, hit the market approximately 65 years ago. While these pioneer technologies were rudimentary at best, all of these inventions catapulted our world into the Information Age. Considering the iPhone you may be reading this article on originated from a device that only had a 30 minute battery life and took over 10 hours for a full charge, it’s easy to see that we have made leaps and bounds in intellectual growth. But while old ubiquitous technology falls by the wayside, do you find yourself feeling nostalgic for the electronics of yesteryear? If so, pay homage to the technology of the past by taking a look at these new digital devices intentionally made to look old-school analog!

Love it or Leave it — Color Blocking



Here at Krrb we’re constantly immersed in the latest design trends and we’re not mad about that! Often times there are some trends we come across that we can’t seem to agree upon. Today Chrissy and Mateo check out what creative people are doing with color blocking and decide if they love it, or want to leave it.

Adding pops of color in ones home is definitely a very personal taste preference. While some people are partial to neutral tones, others love adding a bit of spunk to their space. Whether you’re all about white on white or prefer neon, here’s a question for you—what are your thoughts on color blocking? Sure, we’ve all seen it on runway models and street style fashionistas, but do you think it’s a hit or miss in the home? We’ve been checking out some of our favorite decor blogs and rounded up some looks that caught our eye.

Grace and Favor — A Little British Charm in Brooklyn

Grace and Favor — A Little British Charm in Brooklyn

Andrea Brooke, owner of Grace and Favor takes a break.

Located just off Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, stepping into Grace & Favor is like taking a mini trip to Great Britain. Owner Andrea Brooke opened shop doors two years ago after leaving the “corporate world” of design and textile firms. Every nook and cranny of this shop is representative of Andrea’s roots. The walls are populated with artwork shipped over by her parents and stunning wallpaper that feels like it belongs in a Derbyshire countryside manor. Even the store’s namesake is a British term, referring to the residential property owned by The Crown and leased rent-free to a persons in gratitude for services rendered. And that’s really the attitude of Grace & Favor, you’re welcome to come by and stay awhile. Aside from a fun eclectic assortment of vintage furniture, you can browse through books, knickknacks, greeting cards and gift wrap. It’s impossible to leave Grace & Favor empty—and really, why would you?

Taxidermy Alternatives to Hang over the Fireplace

Krrb — Taxidermy Alternatives to Hang over the Fireplace


As you’re all well aware, I’m a big fan of taxidermy. All the different kinds of taxidermy that people post on Krrb is my favorite thing to see each week. So I decided to do a little taxidermy research and came back with a bunch of creative ways that people are making taxidermy! From Legos to crochet, there’s a ton of different ways to make taxidermy these days.

What’s Cooking — Have an Ice Cream Stand

What's Cooking — Have an Ice Cream Stand

This summer think outside the box. Instead of having a tired old lemonade stand, sell homemade ice cream. This refreshing treat is always welcomed in the summer. We’ve rounded up a few tried and true recipes using dairy, bananas and avocados to make ice cream. Bananas and avocados are budget-friendly and are a healthier alternative to milk-based ice cream. Give these recipes a try and be the hit of your neighborhood with your own ice cream stand

How To Host A Summer Movie Night



When the long, hot days of summer turn to warm moonlit nights, why not get together for some convivial movie screenings. Invite a few friends over, wait until the sun goes down, and host your own film night with vintage screens, projectors, and of course, freshly buttered popcorn. There’s a lot of great retro cinema pieces floating through Krrb right now just so grab the goods and get to screening

What’s Cooking — Lemon Powder

Krrb — What’s Cooking — Lemon Powder

After stumbling across an Instructable by Paige Russell for citrus powder, I knew I had to give it a try. And since my food share last week included eight organic lemons, I decided to go with an all raw lemon powder. The best part is that this delicious tart powder was super easy to make and can be used on a plethora of dishes. From sweet to savory, this powder can really transform a recipe

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Mid-century Modern Furniture

Krrb — 4 Things You Didn't Know About Mid-century Modern Furniture


If you’re a Mad Men fan, then you’ve certainly seen your fair share of mid-century modern furniture—chic, architecturally designed pieces, with clean lines and organic forms. Not a Mad Men fan? Simply search “Mid-Century Modern Furniture” on Krrb, and you’ll find numerous listings all well worth the listed price. Interested in learning more about this type of décor? Here are four things you didn’t know about mid-century modern furniture.

Local Blogs — LA Blogs to Read Now



Whether you’re on the East Coast (like me over here!) or you’re on the other side of the world, it’s always fun to read local blogs and see what the latest happenings are in other cities. Finding the perfect blog for yourself 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 Los Angeles and we want you to check them out. Visit one of the restaurants they rave about, try to perfect that hair style they rocked, or just be their fan! Happy reading!

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