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Monday
Jun282010

10 essentials: adam

1. Not just for UV protection, sunglasses also allow you to watch your surroundings without anyone knowing you’re staring… my mother always told me not to not to stare at the sun… or people.

photo courtesy of: adtp

2. At the end of a long day, flip-flops are worth the fashion sacrifice—plus, they help take business attire to casual. Leave them in the car, a bag or at work.

3. An Adidas track jacket—the perfect, comfortable layer for late evenings and early mornings. I keep it handy on a dot wall hook.

botella wine set4. I once heard that a red wallet brings good cash flow into your life.  We all need red wallets!

5. My iPhone and MacBook—once you go Mac, you’ll never go back.

6. I was recently entrusted with a Barcelona chair—in brown.  This mid century iconic chair makes a statement from every angle.

7. A patio—aka “the parti-o”.  Alfresco dining means it’s summer—we live for summer in Chicago and the wine’s always sweeter shared with friends there.

8. Everything moves a little slower on Sunday’s and everyone’s just a little bit nicer.

9. Fresh hot coffee that’s ready when I wake up—thanks to Eric!

10. They can be a pain sometimes, but our cats Casey and Madison are not only our buddies, it would be strange to have one without the other.

Thanks to adam, store manager lincoln park, for this submission.

Friday
Jun252010

pride parades, 2010

photo courtesy of: terry6082booksWhat: Chicago Annual Pride Parade 2010
When: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
Where
: north on Halsted from Belmont to Irving Park, then south on Broadway to Diversey

What: New York City Pride Parade 2010
When
: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
Where
: south on 5th from 36th to 9th street, then southwest to Greenwich Street

What: San Francisco Pride Parade 2010
When
: 10:30 am, Sunday, June 27th
Where
: southwest on Market Street from Beale to 8th Street

CB2 Lincoln ParkWhether you’re staking a claim for a front row seat or in the lineup to show support, break out the SPF 30 for nationwide Pride Parades this Sunday, June 27th!

Chicago’s theme for 2010—suggested by InterPride, the international Pride organization—is “One Heart, One World, One Pride” while San Francisco’s theme is “Forty and Fabulous!” marking the 40th anniversary of their parade.

New York’s theme is closer to home: “Paint the Town Ruby—Stonewall 40”. This being the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and rubies being the gemstone of a fortieth anniversary— not to mention the signature shoes of Judy Garland who passed soon after the riots—it’s a match made in Pride heaven.

Since 2000, June’s been declared Pride Month, so celebrate diversity and March On!

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Thursday
Jun242010

recipe: white wine sangria

1 bottle of chardonnay
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup brandy
1-1/2 cups club soda
1/8 cup sugar
slices of oranges, lemons, limes and green grapes

Mix and chill everything—except the club soda—an hour before serving.
Serve over ice and add club soda right before serving—or put on the side to top off.

hint: Reserve some fruit to garnish and drink carefully—it goes down like fruit juice especially when it’s blazing hot!

Tuesday
Jun222010

in multiples: mirrors

Similar to assembly lines from the industrial revolution, repetition of the same object is synonymous with modern. Simple shapes create a geometry and attract the eye because of their linear flow.

To create drama, mirrors in multiples will give the biggest bang for the buck—not only do they enhance the energy in a room, they visually increase space and light.

Monday
Jun212010

designer profile: noël ashby

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’m quite happy where I am now so I’d have to say Chicago is my favorite place to live. It has character, grit, lots of trees, the lake, and it is a great place to make things.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room in my home is without question my studio. I spend most of my time there, surrounded by things and possibilities: visuals, tools, wire, fabric, and the like—to me it’s wonderful.

As a child I used to dig around in my Dad’s home office and I was amazed at all of the things he had—paper clips, a stapler, pads of papers, and there were specific places to keep all of this great bounty. I now have the same, just on a larger scale.

What are your interests outside of design?
I like people a lot, and most activities involving people… music, art, food. I’m also quite fond of tinkering around with things, walking my dog Hank, going to yoga, or going to see or do something that I’ve never done before. This latter usually involves snacks.

Who are your design icons?
There are so, so many both past and present, and across all disciplines: music, art, and fashion as well as design. I always love seeing what Hella Jongerius is up to or what the Bouroullec brothers are doing.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Spare but personal. Most things out in my home or up on the walls have meaning to me… be it hammer heads I found at a garage sale, artwork, my Grandmother’s ceramics, or a stack of washers that I know someday are destined to become something else.

Form vs. function?
One is reliant upon the other.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Just one?

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I’m quite attached to most of the things I surround myself with but home is never home to me until the hammer heads are up.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Besides color or a beautiful lack of color, almost anything hung up in multiples becomes interesting and if it happens to be something you really like, well, all the better.

To see all of Noël’s current designs for CB2, go here.