In Search Of — Pastels

In Search Of — Pastels

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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 we’re looking for pastels.

Lovely soft colors aren’t just for reduced price Easter candies. You’ll eat these cotton candy-hued finds right up

Shopping Guide — Logan Square, Chicago

Shopping Guide — Logan Square, Chicago

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Sarah Polster has seen her neighborhood of Logan Square grow into from a little shopping strip to one populated with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. In the past 10 years, this vintage seller and owner of cushionchicago has watched empty storefronts open their doors and new pockets of commercial activity pop up.

According to Sarah, Logan Square could still use a decent grocery store but it has its pros like craft cocktail bars like Analogue and Whistler as well as Logan Square Theater, a historic cinema that plays first run and indie films. Sarah shares with us her favorite places to shop in her neck of the woods

3 Alternative Energy Innovations Happening in the US

3 Alternative Energy Innovations Happening in the US

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This past week President Obama announced that solar panels were installed on the roof of the White House—as more and more commercial and residential properties turn to alternative energy sources—it’s very cool to see our nation’s capital following suit. That our sun can produce usable energy is pretty mind blowing to me, but it’s even more incredible that certain projects, such as the ones below, could soon be a part of our green lifestyle. Read on to see what major alternative energy projects are taking the United States by storm

Apartment Therapy Classifieds Curator — Blogger Holly Becker of Decor8

Apartment Therapy Classifieds Curator — Blogger Holly Becker of Decor8

The name Holly Becker may sound familiar to you for a few reasons. Not only does she run the popular blog, Decor8, Holly has written multiple best selling design books. She also recently won Apartment Therapy’s “Homies” lifetime achievement award. After checking out her style for yourself, we think you’ll agree why this award-winning shelter blogger is the next Apartment Therapy classifieds curator

I Want This — Modern Industrial Desk

I Want This — Modern Industrial Desk

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After years of finding it acceptable to do work from my bed, sprawled out on the floor, or at the dining room table—I’ve finally reached the point in my life where I truly believe I need a desk. Perhaps it’s my quarter-life crisis talking, or maybe it’s that ache I have in my neck from leaning against propped up pillows for my entire school career. Either way, I’m ready for you desk!

I assume it’ll be quite some time until I have a designated office for myself at home, but until that day comes a simple, functional and beautifully crafted desk like this will definitely do the trick. I can’t help but picture the hyper-masculine chair that I’d tuck into that nook. I feel this desk would look best without clutter on top—just a computer and vase of flowers perhaps—but let’s see how long that would last!

Get to work with this Modern Industrial Desk from Urban Wood Goods. $425

8 Ways to Prepare for Your Staycation

8 Ways to Prepare for Your Staycation

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Whether you live in a big city or a small town, it’s easy to overlook the environments we frequent everyday. Days become monotonous and the routines that we struggle to maintain feel more and more like rigid schedules. Whenever I come back from a week or two of vacation, I joke that I need a vacation from my vacation. Sure, travel is great to break up the day-to-day norm, but it can also leave you feeling exhausted. If you’re looking to explore the unknown, disconnect and reset, look no further than where you are in this moment. Here’s how you can prepare for the best staycation ever

I Want This — Moroccan Pendant Light

Hands down, the worst thing about rental apartments is the overhead lighting. In the past eight years, I’ve come across the same dingy fixtures over and over again. I’ve systematically been changing the lights in every room of my second floor walkup. Each light is different, playing off the warm and cool tones of the room. I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous Moroccan Pendant Light for my bedroom. The golden ambient lighting emitting from this beauty should look nice against my stark, white walls. The cool, exotic siloutte adds intrigue overall to the space. Looks like I’ll be paying a visit to Kayla’s shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for this lovely fixture.

Find this Moroccan Pendant Light on Adaptations’ Krrb corner. $225.

31 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Boston

31 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Boston

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If you’re planning on doing a staycation in good ole’ Bean Town, you should take advantage of the things that you don’t normally do (or the things that you perhaps don’t have time to do.) Branch away from the tourists milling around Newbury Street and Boston Commons, and experience a side of the city you’ve never seen

In Search Of — Batik

In Search Of — Batik

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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 we’re looking for Batik.

Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. We’re finding it everywhere on Krrb

Staycation — How To Get The Most Of Your Local Art Scene

Staycation — How To Get The Most Of Your Local Art Scene

Photo: Artcreeps.com There’s no need to leave town when you’ve got plenty to see right inside your city limits.

Immersing yourself in the local art culture is a great way to really soak up the creative hustle and bustle of your community. Start by taking advantage of the free or discounted admission many museums offer on specific days or with student/armed forces identification. Read on for ways to tap into local art outreach programs and explore the art scene in your neighborhood

Apartment Therapy Curator — Wendy Goodman, NY Magazine Design Editor

Apartment Therapy Curator — Wendy Goodman, NY Magazine Design Editor

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature with our partner site, Apartment Therapy Classifieds. Every month we will feature tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from the Apartment Therapy classifieds. Our first guest curator is Wendy Goodman.

Wendy Goodman’s undeniable skill in home design made her an obvious choice as the Apartment Therapy Classifieds first curated feature. You may know her as the Design Editor of New York Magazine, the woman behind the bi-annual design issues, as well as bi-annual Design Hunting magazine, Design Hunting weekly newsletter, and print and online stories.

Giving us an inside look into all things beautiful—both design wise and architecturally, it’s obvious that Wendy has an impeccable eye and knowledge of the field. Along with her successful NY magazine career, Wendy also serves as a contributing editor at Departures magazine (a luxury focused publication.)

As if all of those creative outlets weren’t enough, Wendy is also the author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt and the co-author of Tony Duquette, both published by Abrams Books.

If you’re going to trust someone’s suggestions on the best furniture and decor to put in your home, it’d be Wendy Goodman. Check out the listings below that she thought were quite special

Local Food — The Sustainability of CSAs in New York City

Local Food — The Sustainability of CSAs in New York City

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It seems like nearly every neighborhood in New York City has a CSA. The Community Supported Agriculture allows people to join with their neighbors to pay in advance for a “share” of a local farm’s produce throughout a season. According to Paula Lukats, CSA in NYC Program Manager for Just Food, the first CSA in New York was set up in 1991 and they have been sprouting across the five boroughs ever since

Eat Up Locally — Social Fix’s Tasting Brooklyn

Eat Up Locally — Social Fixs Tasting Brooklyn

Photo by Pia Sen

When it comes to sustainable cuisine, Brooklyn is leading the pack. As seen at Social Fix’s (formerly Brooklyn Exposed) fourth annual Tasting Brooklyn, even restaurants in the borough are taking great strides in sourcing their ingredients locally. Over 30 restaurants and food purveyors gathered Tuesday, April 29 to celebrate the culinary scene. Among the highlights of the evening included Hunter’s dish of Montauk fluke with homemade pickled peppers, locally grown celery and green onions as well as a rum cocktail from Williamburg distillery The Noble Experiment paired with lavender grown in the North Fork. Photos by Pia Sen.

Courtney Breitenbucher of Tweed Puts a Spin on Chicago’s Vintage Scene

Courtney Breitenbucher of Tweed Puts a Spin on Chicagos Vintage Scene

Courtney after a successful day of picking crammed into the car!

As the brains and braun behind Tweed, Courtney Breitenbucher has built a her business by re-imagining and redecorating vintage pieces. Her designs always keep the integrity of the original piece but add an unexpected graphic or pop of color, putting new spins on proven classic pieces. After a few years in Nashville she returned to her native Chicago to set up shop. She may be new to being “the boss” of her own business, but Courtney is no stranger to making Chicago a more fashionable place to live one piece at a time

I Want This — Art Deco Fan

I Want This — Art Deco Fan

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With teases of warm weather, I’m suddenly remembering the heat of an NYC summer. Since my kitchen ceiling fan stopped working a couple years ago, I’ve been suffering in silence. Instead of eating out way too much this summer, I’m hoping to cook a bit, and a fan would encourage me to do so. I’ve always been a fan (get it?) of vintage fans but find that most are overpriced, nonfunctional or both. This gem out of Chicago is a real find and what’s more, it works! Maybe someday I’ll get up the guts to fix my overhead fan but until then, and even after, art deco fan, you are perfect.

Stay cool with this Art Deco Fan from Krrb seller BuyBeforeYouDie. $75.

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