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

Photo: Laurenliess.com

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

Photo: Tinyhousetalk.com

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

Critical Decor — A Look at the Classic Comedy, The Apartment

Critical Decor — A Look at the Classic Comedy, The Apartment

We love movies as much as the next guy. But we get particularly giddy when we get to pick apart the decor in search of deeper truths. Join us as we investigate the who, what, when and especially the why of interior design drama.

My favorite holiday movie from my childhood is The Apartment directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. If you’ve seen this movie, you may be questioning the holidays of my childhood if my favorite Christmas movie includes a suicide attempt by one of the main characters. But fear not, the film’s story is as funny as it is melancholy.

And if you really want to know about my childhood holidays, clear your schedule for four hours and give me a call. That should get us through the mid 1980s

Holiday Gift Guide — Give a Cheery Pop of Color

Holiday Gift Guide — Give a Cheery Pop of Color

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In the design world, the phrase ‘pop of color’ is cliché. The professionals don’t believe in painting one wall red. Having an accent wall is like having a sulking sibling in the house. It belongs, but it could use a major attitude adjustment.

Rather than betraying a lack of original thought with that single colored wall, interior designers will introduce color to a room with transient details. A bowl of clementines on the living room table, a yellow apron handing on the kitchen wall and a 1950’s baby blue kettle on the stove all do the trick at pleasing the eye and spirit. These gifts offer more than just a pop of color in your life. They bring character and history as well

Global Gifts that Help on a Local Level

Photo: Local + Lejos

Photo: Local + Lejos

If you haven’t already gotten your loved ones a present, skip the mall this year and give them a gift that will make a difference in our world. There are countless companies who focus on doing good and bettering local communities around the world, and you can help too! From local artisans in Africa to organizations that provide animals to families on the other side of the globe, your support can improve a life. This season take some time out of the hustle and bustle to remember others and find a cause that you’d like to contribute to

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

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Some of us are still stuffed from Thanksgiving and before we begin to draft the next big holiday menu, how about we take some time to revitalize and re-stabilize? Here are five green juice recipes that will keep you feeling good through the next batch of holidays. So, put down those snowflake cookies and eggnog (just for a minute?) and check out some detoxing recipes that will keep you feeling jolly

Seen and Heard — Cute Cat Treats, Gifts for the Naughty List and More

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!

It’s 10 days from Christmas and we’re drinking the peppermint-sweetened water! On our radar this week are international holiday traditions, locally sourced coal for those who made the Naughty List and a visit to the themed parks

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Inspirational Banner

Holiday Gift Giveaway — Inspirational Banner

In the spirit of giving this season, Krrb has handpicked 12 secondhand and handmade gifts from our Holiday Gift Guide to give away to lucky readers as part of our Holiday Gift Giveaway. You have until 6:30 EST on December 19th to enter for this gift below.

Seeing the writing on the wall is not usually a positive thing, but Krrb member liv+work’s listing for an inspirational banner is just that. The clever phrase—Do More, Love More—may be what you need to motivate yourself to finish the next task on your to-do list or even get into the yuletide spirit. If you are need of some meaningful influence, sign up today for a chance to win this Krrb Giveaway prize

What’s Cooking — Raw Vegan Holiday Desserts

Photo: Thisrawsomeveganlife.com

Photo: Thisrawsomeveganlife.com

For some of us, the holiday season is a time to celebrate food babies and sugar comas. For others like myself, it’s a time to recall that your annual appointment with Dr. Endocrinologist is just around the corner, and you should keep a close watch on blood sugar levels.

A raw dessert is my way of experiencing the best of both worlds, and I bring one to our family dinner every year. With a list of whole, unprocessed ingredients that include healthy fats and live fruit, raw desserts do not affect your health negatively like those made of flour, butter and a few cups of refined sugar. Nevertheless, you’ll find that they taste just as sweet! It’s my experience that even your loving, senile grandfather who refuses “to touch anything vegan with a ten-foot pole” will find the following five raw vegan desserts unusually delicious (Shhh, he doesn’t need to know you used dates instead of sugar to sweeten the deal).

Holiday Traditions — Krrb Team Shares Their Favorite Memories

Holiday Traditions — Krrb Team Shares Their Favorite Memories

Photo courtesy of Edward Mundy

The holidays tend to get us a little nostalgic and rightfully so. It’s a time for family and traditions and of course, spending quality time together eating! The Krrb team shares some of their favorite memories so join us in reminiscing