In Search Of — Handmade and Vintage Jewelry

In Search Of — Handmade and Vintage Jewelry

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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 Jewel(ry)!

This was one of the hardest posts we’ve ever had to do. How do you choose between all the great jewelry on Krrb? These are just a few of the (very) many great jewelry choices. We encourage you to see them all

Chicago Magazine Curator — HGTV’s Alison Victoria

Chicago Magazine Curator — HGTVs Alison Victoria

Photo by Anthony Tahlier

Krrb is excited to continue our local tastemakers feature on our partner site Chicago Magazine Classifieds. Every month we will feature local tastemakers and their favorite vintage and secondhand finds from Chicagoland. This week our guest curator is Alison Victoria.

You might recognize Alison Victoria from the HGTV and DIY Network Kitchen Crashers. Saving the day one kitchen makeover at a time, Alison designs extravagant redos in only a few short days. A Chicago native, Alison started her career at Christopher Homes in Nevada, designing and creating custom interiors for affluent residences before launching her interior design firm, Alison Victoria Interiors, in 2003. In 2011, Alison received the Rising Stars of Business award by the Las Vegas Business Press and in 2014 was named one of Crains Chicago Business’s “40 under 40.”

Alison is no stranger to thrifting and scavenging to find the items guaranteed to make a space pop. We asked her to dig through the classifieds section and pull out her favorite finds. From a chevron kitchen table to mid-century modern pendants, she really knows how to pick them. See the full collection below

I Want This — Teal Crosley Portable Turntable

I Want This — Teal Crosley Portable Turntable

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I must confess my love for vinyl. Slip on an LP and almost immediately, you’re taken to another space and time. I think it’s the old school sensibilities of thumbing through records to find the tunes that does it for me in this day and age of MP3s and Spotify. It’s why I’m head over heels for this Teal Crosley Portable Turntable. It’s got all the modern technology you could want and the vintage charm of a used record player. Barely used, this sweet find is priced to sell. Call it love at first sight.

Find this Teal-Colored Crosley Portable Turntable on Krrb. $120.

Lisa of SittingPrettyStudio Talks Inspiration

Lisa of SittingPrettyStudio Talks Inspiration

Lisa Kahley is a soon-to-be mother of two.

When it comes to fabric, Lisa is one smitten kitten. Her resale upholstered furniture boutique, SittingPrettyStudio is brimming with fabrics, used to create one-of-a-kind pieces for clients. From printed burlap sacks to jewel-tone velvets to geometric prints, Lisa plays matchmaker between the upholstered furniture and the home where it will live. Many happily-ever-afters have come from her keen eye for rehauling secondhand finds into unique pieces.

Lisa’s own plans for the upcoming romantic holiday are simple—a dinner date with her son. The expecting mother of two is celebrating Valentine’s Day with crafty cards from the Paper Source and her favorite candy, Haribo gummy berries. It doesn’t take much to please this scavenger, just a bag of gummy treats and a few piles of fabric swatches to paw through. Read on to see where Lisa gets her inspiration to experiment with unusual textiles

Valentine’s Day — Treat Thyself!

Valentines Day — Treat Thyself!

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Everybody wants to hate on Valentine’s Day and rightfully so. If you’re not in a relationship, the holiday is a glaring reminder that romantic love is still eluding you. And if you are in a relationship, you suddenly start to the feel the pressure of expectation to get your sweetheart something really special. (Of course, Krrb is here to help with our gift guide.) Yet at its core, before the card companies got to it, Valentine’s Day was about recognizing and appreciating the special people in your life.

This Valentine’s Day, we here at Krrb challenge you to recognize a very special person in your life who you may have failed to recognize. You! Yes, you, ya dummy! You’re clever, you’re beautiful, you make others smile and you deserve a treat or two or sixty! 2014 is the year you should go all out for your Valentine and spoil yourself. Because when you treat yourself right, everything else seems to fall into place but most importantly because you deserve it. Here are some ideas to get you started on a day of self-indulgence

Valentine’s Day — 5 Romantic Gifts for Him

Valentines Day — 5 Romantic Gifts for Him

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If the best gifts are from the heart, Valentine’s Day gifts are not only important, they are meaningful. It’s the one day a year, we go out of our way to send a little extra love to our significant others. Check out the romantic gift ideas below for that special guy in your life. Still have more shopping to do? We’ve got it covered with Krrb’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Buy it, ship it, wrap it and gift it for a truly romantic Valentines

Valentine’s Day — 5 Unique Gifts for Her

Valentines Day — 5 Unique Gifts for Her

Photo: Vintagevalentinemuseum.com

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love and there’s no great testament of love than thoughtfulness. This year, put down the box of chocolates and cheesy stuffed animals. Instead of going with a run-of-the-mill gift, we encourage you to go the extra mile and declare your affection with these unique finds

Weddings — Possible Parisian Locations for the Kanye West Kim Kardashian Nuptials

Weddings — Possible Parisian Locations for the Kanye West Kim Kardashian Nuptials

We’re only a couple weeks away from Valentine’s day, but that’s not why romance is in the air. It’s because reality television star Kim Kardashian and hip hop artist Kanye West are getting married! This in itself isn’t news, but the front-page worthy couple been revealed where they’re getting married. In Paris. And it’s going to be televised, tres chic, no? The wedding will take place at an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Paris, though knowing Kim’s history we have a feeling it might leak in the very near future. Until that happens, we here at Krrb would like to offer up some predictions of places, songs and styles

I Want This — Mid-Century Fairy Valentine’s Day Card

Love is in the air, but it’s not in my mailbox…yet. That’s why I’m hoping that a loved one will buy and send this very cool 1960′s Valentine’s Day Card to me! Unused and in excellent condition, it’s the perfect way to express your love for that retro nut in your life. And if the fairy doesn’t do it for you, pay a visit to FunkyLadyVintage’s Krrb corner to find a stack of other designs to choose from.

Vintage and cute to boot, the retro Valentine’s Day Card is sure to brighten someone’s day! Be sure to check out the rest of our Valentine’s Day picks in Krrb’s Valentines gift guide.

In Search Of — Patterned Chairs

In Search Of — Patterned Chairs

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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 patterned chairs!

Why not add a pretty pop of color and personality to your room in an unexpected way? If you can give us one good reason why, we’ll let you off the hook. But wouldn’t you rather have a pretty chair than a pretty good reason not to have a pretty chair

After The Ceremony — Wedding Decor that Lives on in Your Home

After The Ceremony — Wedding Decor that Lives on in Your Home

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With a lifelong knack for thinking outside the box, Jaime McKee is our go-to for creative ways to repurpose our belongings. Her blog Building a Sustainable Life is filled with great ideas to stretch the dollar and life of home decor accessories.

In the modern Pinterest era, DIY ideas for weddings abound. But as we all know, it can be far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the big day, and when our wishlists outperform our budgets (or our spare time to work on projects!) it’s easy to become overwhelmed with ideas, spoiled for choice, or simply unsure of where to start. By asking some of our DIY projects to do double duty—serving as wedding décor that can later be repurposed into home décor—we can save a bit of money and create meaningful, useful items to fill our homes and remind us of that special day for years to come

6 Apps for the Techie Wedding

6 Apps for the Techie Wedding

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With smartphone ownership reaching critical mass, organizing even the most basic of things usually involves your phone. For the first time ever, over 50% of the US population now owns a smartphone. We use apps to be more productive, exercise more regularly and stay connected with those we love. It is a logical progression that we will start using technology to organize the most important day in many of our lives — our wedding day. We’ve put together the top six wedding apps for the techie bride-to-be

Retrospective — How to Keep a Wedding Personal

Retrospective — How to Keep a Wedding Personal

Photos by Eli Weddings.

What’s it like to plan your own wedding on the DIY, local, personal-touch tip? When it came to my wife and I getting married, it was very much a team effort. We made lists, assigned duties, shared Google Doc spreadsheets and did a whole lot of running around.

Very soon after Jessica and I got engaged, we knew right away that we wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of us and our relationship. Sure, you might think that goes without saying, but it actually requires effort. You can easily flip pages and pick the best, well-reviewed, mid-priced vendors and call it a day. You’d most likely be perfectly pleased with the results and it would definitely save a lot of time and headaches. However, I’d say that doing stuff yourself does indeed become worth while and offers a very particular gratification making everything all the more memorable

A Peek into the C&C Pop-Up Shop’s Storage Unit

Candy Olsen and Courtney Wagner have spent plenty of time in storage lockers on the popular A&E show, Storage Wars: New York. As a result of all their scavenging, these ladies are now in selling mode. Find their wares on Krrb and on the go as these two sell vintage, eclectic and the rare out of their own storage space. Krrb paid a visit to the C&C Pop-Up Shop‘s storage units to check out the goods.

I Want This — Vintage Amelia Earhart Suitcase

I Want This — Vintage Amelia Earhart Suitcase

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Traveling in style is just not my thing. I wear sweatpants, running shoes and my favorite hoodie. It’s the Californian in me really. Comfort over style every day, every time. But we’ve all seen those drool-worthy jetsetters that make you want to get up that extra hour before your 6am flight to get done up. I’m not sure I’m ready to go that far yet but I think I’ve found the perfect solution — statement luggage. With a gem like this vintage Amelia Earhart suitcase, I can finally fly high.

Donate These 5 Items to a Shelter

Donate These 5 Items to a Shelter

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At Krrb, we believe wholeheartedly in the “Want Not, Waste Not” philosophy. Have as much as you need and what you don’t need, you give on to someone else. It’s a great mantra to practice as your tackle your new year’s resolution to unclutter your life. But it’s an even better mantra to have when we talk about giving back to the community. We did a little research on 5 items you probably have at home that you can donate to those in need

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