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Tuesday
May252010

watch: neutrals with bold color

Everything’s calm, relaxed and sophisticated in all neutral rooms—then bold pops of color give energy. Whether it’s faucets or dining chairs in eye-popping reds, it’s like they’re on stage performing a solo.

The yellows went from a rich marigold to a faint fluorescent. And the neutrals—if you think they aren’t a color, look again.

Ever wonder why so much upholstery is neutral? Like a blank canvas it’s a chance to show your personality with a favorite accent color. If you’re looking for more fresh ideas, check out our virtual catalog at cb2.com.

Friday
May212010

watch: needlepoint

Crafts reflect the simplest of the arts—ones that we can all take part in. They remind of us less complicated times when we seemed to have more time.

But here, needlepoint’s taken to new heights by masters. Modern proportions blow-up the details so tiny pixels become bold graphic statements in themselves. New and unusual subjects and applications cause us to look twice. Is that really Jane Fonda on a unicorn?

Thursday
May202010

CB2 windows: sun spots

Come on in—the sun’s out, the water’s warm, and there’s a lifeguard on duty! Patrick, CB2 Berkeley

We love Airstream trailers! Jen, CB2 Union Square

We’re keeping our vertical garden hydrated by recycling raindrops! Kate, CB2 Lincoln Park

An urban oasis complete with cabanas. Vance, CB2 Soho

Inspired by the architecture of Palm Springs…

and just where are my shades? Todd, CB2 West Hollywood

Thanks to all the store designers who contributed.

Thursday
May202010

watch: multi-color

If you couldn’t find it in Milan during the week of the Saloni, it simply doesn’t exist—every color of the rainbow (ok the Pantone swatch book) was on display.

The spectrum reminds us of the beauty of nature that inspires all colors, and how our individual whims can be satisfied with just the right color. Or, by choosing multi-colored items, why settle for just one when you can have the whole palette?

Check out our abacus with its brightly painted wooden beads—or throw together a variety of solid color pillows if this look’s for you.

Wednesday
May192010

10 steps: outdoor rooms

Whether your outdoor space is small or large, take the comforts of indoor spaces out into fresh air—which can be much more relaxed and casual, perfect for long lazy summer days that lie ahead.

Plan a weekend to “move in” much like you would rearrange or redecorate a living room or dining room.

 1. Do some research. Tear photos out of magazines and catalogs for inspiration. But act quick, planting season is fast approaching and outdoor items may have limited availability.

2. Measure the space so you know what will fit and where. Create a floor plan if necessary. Take care of the big stuff first—lounge or dining furniture, umbrellas for shade, lighting—everything else will follow.

3. For daytime lighting, a mainsail umbrella casts a large shadow for UV protection but still allows sunlight to flood the setting.

4. Define spaces and add color with a pegboard reversible outdoor rug.

5. Think about accent tables—coffee, side and console. All are useful for cocktails, appetizers and serving. They also complete an indoor look.

6. As artful as nature is, sometimes it can use embellishments. A 3-D sculpture adds another layer of texture and interest. A vertical garden can also add greenery to small spaces that lack ground cover.

7. Adding accessories is the personal touch that speaks to your personality. For evening entertaining, lots of pillows and candlelight set an inviting mood. We love the natural beauty of the outdoors but smart candle technology is ideal since they won’t blow out in strong winds—and clean up’s a breeze.

8. When choosing dining furniture, take into consideration how much space you have for a dining area and how many guests can fit comfortably. Do you prefer a round or rectangular table for long, casual conversations? As for chairs, comfort is key since you could be lingering for hours. And do they stack or disassemble for storage?

9. Dinnerware can be either melamine if you’re concerned about potential breakage, or porcelain from the kitchen to contrast with a weathered wood tabletop.

10. Gift guests with seasonal blossoms at each placesetting in joyce bud vases. Their wider base adds stability and reduces the risk of tipping.