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Friday
Oct042013

recipe: cider punch

8C apple cider
1-1/2C bourbon
1/4C triple sec
2” piece of ginger, bruised
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cloves, whole
zest of 1 orange, cut into 1” strips
ice
garnish: apple and orange wedges

Directions:
In a medium pot over medium high heat, combine 4 cups apple cider, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel. Bring to a boil and remove from heat letting it steep for 30 minutes. Remove spices and refrigerate to chill, at least 1 hour or overnight.

To serve, combine the spiced apple cider with the remaining 4 cups apple cider, bourbon and triple sec in a punch bowl—add ice and garnish.

Adam’s hints:
—this can be made a day in advance without the bourbon and triple sec, just add them right before guests arrive.
—if prepping apples in advance, toss them in lemon juice to prevent browning.

Thursday
Oct032013

honest company headquarters renovation

Congratulations to Honest Company, Jessica Alba’s line of eco-friendly children’s products, for their new headquarters in Santa Monica, California.

With the help of CB2’s visual merchant Sara, the former toy showroom has been transformed into a warm, friendly and functional work space by mixing Jessica’s favorites—from CB2 and her own collection. For more on the story, visit lonny.com.

all photos: jessica sample for lonny

Sunday
Sep222013

10 favorites: jessica alba

There’s nothing more beautiful than a solid wood table with exposed grain and knots. The blox dining table captures my favorite elements of natural, warm, and modern design. I absolutely love how the belt shelf is elegant and rustic at the same time. The leather straps are such a cool detail that will catch everyone’s eye. And I think it’s equally rad that they’re made from sustainable wood.

I like that the peekaboo c table makes an instant work station or modern TV tray. Movable, multi-purpose, good for any size guest…I find that sitting on these knitted poufs during a meeting makes the exchange of ideas fun and inspired because one can’t help but feel like a kid again.

Lounging in the botao sectional by the Novogratz
instantly puts a smile on my face—it’s inviting, fun, and really encourages my co-workers to hang out. Even better, the sectional is perfect for large teams and heavy office traffic because it easily can be rearranged and
the fabric is super durable.
This sunny ixtapa chair—which we discovered in-season—is a versatile statement piece thanks to its shape and color, so it will get tons of use (and compliments) indoors or out!

The shape of the facetta chair is reminiscent of mid-century furniture, which I love and find surprisingly comfortable. Not to mention, the muted teal color feels almost like a neutral that can go with anything. Vintage meets modern in this vibrantly colored avec peacock apartment sofa that would look equally great in an industrial loft or Victorian townhouse. I really like the juxtaposition of the piece’s clean lines and its more formal retro tufting.

You can’t go wrong with a beautiful, elegant, and timeless smart round marble top coffee table
—it will elevate the look of your room.
The unexpected pop of orangey-red makes this sculptural, mid-century-inspired peel pendant a fresh addition to your space.

Friday
Sep202013

the novogratz in the berkshires

A sneak peek of The Novogratz Holiday Collection
With colorful bold modern pieces combined with vintage finds they’ve gathered, Robert and Cortney Novogratz transform their New England country home every Christmas. Designed exclusively for CB2, the Novogratz Holiday Collection celebrates our favorites—we hope you enjoy this sneak peek and check out the full collection soon at cb2.com!

What do the holidays mean the most to you?
Family.

Robert comes from a big family and ours obviously is too—seven in each—so gathering together for celebrations means a lot of family, friends, good food and fun.

Where’s your favorite place to gather for the holidays?
Wherever we can! Since there are so many of us, our country house in the Berkshires is perfect—we’ve come a very long way since our first tiny apartment when we used folding tray tables for dining.

Decorating the house for the holidays adds visual memories—and we enjoy creating new ones by taking elements of the past into the future. Raw materials like clear acrylic, brass and mirrors—all from the 70s when we were growing up. The mirrored disco gnome is surely the epitome—it’s a trippy ode to the era.

You also bring in elements of antiques…
As much as we can—we love reworking antique pieces and the inspiration they give us. For example, the frame of the acrylic trunk recalls heavy-duty steamer trunks, the ram’s head references iconic taxidermy, and the deuce bed was inspired by “the one that got away” at the Paris flea market.

…and playful elements that remind us of the circus.
When our families and all of our friends are together—it is a circus! The lucky 7 helps create the mood—as well as the flechette dart board which does double-duty by entertaining the kids… and the adults!

How do you keep traditions with so much going on?
Again, with lots of visual cues—like a traditional pattern done in a new way as a brightly colored, over-sized scale on the mod plaid rug.

The acrylic trunk reminds us of the many travels our ancestors experienced to get us where we are today—and the many travels we’ve shared as a large family around the world. Today we use it to organize just about any type of “stuff” we’ve collected along the way.

Tell us about your wreath.
Traditions start by introducing something meaningful and repeating it year after year—so we started a new one by hanging the inner peace wreath on the front door. The modern combination of the twinkling lights with the rustic twigs strikes just the right contrast—and we love sharing and welcoming friends and family with this message since it speaks from our hearts.

Friday
Aug232013

fall favorites: sandra

3-piece step up candleholder
set

I grew up in the 70s so I’m partial to
all things disco—and happy to see brass finishes on the modern scene since I prefer to mix metal finishes.
DGC mug
As a collector of coffee mugs, cups/saucers, it takes a few minutes to decide which one to use in the morning… but at work, this is a no-brainer… even though our coffee’s not that good.
french-belgian linen shale sheet set
These should have been in my summer favorites since they only get used when it’s super hot—but in this light gray I might have to reconsider.