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Thursday
Feb112010

paint colors: spring catalog 2010

So many have requested information about the paint colors we use in our catalog photography that we keep a running list for quick reference. Below are the key colors used in our spring catalog—all from Benjamin Moore.

BM 2024-40 yellow finch, page 11

BM 2121-10 gray, page 16

BM 2124-50 bunny gray, page 8

BM 2013-20 orange nectar, page 31

BM 2008-20 claret rose page 41

Last but certainly not least, and since there are scores of whites out there, decorator’s white.

Wednesday
Feb102010

remembering our first store



It all started with a little buzz on January 15th 2000 when we opened the first CB2 store in a quiet neighborhood on the northside of Chicago.

Honestly, none of us knew what the heck we were doing—which probably made it easier than knowing the challenges we’d face as we grew. But on January 22nd, it ended with a little bash as we partied there for the last time. Word got out to previous team members who came to reminisce.

And for happily married couple Sandy and Joaquin, it was a chance to celebrate the moment where they met 10 years ago.

We congratulate everyone for their heroic efforts to get CB2 off the ground. To everyone who helped us test and experiment in our “lab”, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today.



We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and look forward to seeing you at our other locations!

Tuesday
Feb092010

10 essentials: sandra

forsythia

1. Growing and arranging flowers. Nothing is more lovely than nature.

2. Education, documentaries, museums, newspapers, teachers.

3. The original Prada store in Milan. The architectural details are spectacular and I love the modern interpretations of traditional in their collections.

4. Not just shoes—sandals, pumps, wedges, sneakers, boots…all 300 of them.

5. Aisles and aisles of antique malls where the possibilities to re-use are endless.

6. A weekend house in a small town. It’s been rewarding maintaining the charms of a post-war Cape Cod while mixing in modern like vincent, molto and silverado.

7. The first car I’ve ever driven off the lot is a Prius and I hope to have it until more advanced technology is just as readily available.

8. Sustainable, timeless, easy-care and affordable cork flooring.

9. Ray-Ban Aviators—with the wrap around wires—they go with everything.

10. A painting by Layne Jackson. I admired her art for about 10 years and finally commissioned a work of my family at a party in the 50s.

family portrait

Thursday
Feb042010

designer customers: david bromstad

We’re huge fans of David Bromstad and his HGTV show, Color Splash. Coincidentally we both “moved” to Miami recently and had the opportunity to meet at our store opening.

Following are a few thoughts he shared with us.

Who’s the most influential person to you as far as design goes?
My biggest influence in design would have to be Phillipe Stark. His innovative way of taking and combining styles and colors is absolutely sublime.

What are some of the aspects that define Miami’s design culture?
Miami has a design style all its own. It’s fresh and hip and not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries of design and color. The South American influences are undeniable. We are the only tropical city in the United States, its call the American Riviera for a reason. Hot, sexy and sultry.

What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Miami?
The beach has always been a place to relax and let the creative juices fly. Some of my best ideas come from laying in the hot Florida sun listening to my ipod. My new favorite place is my work studio. After years of working in San Francisco I was unable to have a work studio to create sculptures, lighting and artwork. I rarely leave. I think setting up a cot would be a wise idea!

What are some design trends you foresee?
If I had my crystal ball out, which I often do, and was looking to the next year or 2 of design trends, I would say that global influences will continue to make a mark in design. Going “green” with organic and environmentally products will bring in a more subtle, earthy design sense and color palette. On the flip side I see innovation with new and fantastic materials and colors. Consumers these days are savvy and smart and want to see amazing and inspiring products. The colors as well will be fresh. Purples, magentas, oranges, lime greens and yellows are those color splashes to complement the earthy base colors coming from the organic color influences.

Color is definitely your trademark—what color is your personal favorite for spring? I never thought I would say this would be my favorite color but magenta is my new obsession. I find it sexy, sultry and just plain happy! Combined with acid yellow!? YUMMY?

What’s a fast, inexpensive way to update one’s home?
The fastest way to update your home is to rearrange your furniture. This will cost you absolutely nothing but a little manpower and creativity. Top if off with new throw pillows and you have transformed your room for very little. Another way to give your home a new life is through paint. Instead of painting all 4 walls of your room, which is in an all day project, try doing a feature wall in a stunning color. Black, red, grellow, orange, purple, magenta, I could go on for days the possibilities of color. I prefer an earth and health friendly VOC free paint like Mythic. (In Chicago, see Michelle at the eco paint boutique Colori.)

You recently viewed the CB2 spring collection in person, any favorites?
That’s an unfair and evil question! The minute I walked in to view the new collection and store I was blown away by everything! The thought and love that went into each product was abundantly clear. I’m obsessed! Ok, if you’re going to put me on the spot I will narrow my store wide obsession to a few fantastic items. The parlor sofa in that yummy grellow is so fantastic I can’t even contain myself. Don’t be surprised if this ends up in my bedroom. Sexy, sleek and did I mention the color? Perfection! The knitted pouf in lime green! Its so textural and delicious and the price? Again genius! The grrrl rug. 80s fabulous personified! I’m loving this rug more than I love my car! The alpha floor lamp. So fantastic and stunning, and huge! I love the statement is suggests….”I’m not afraid of design!”

Can you give us any hints regarding the upcoming season of Color Splash? The upcoming season of Color Splash Miami will be sexy and fabulous! With a whole new cast and crew, we will be featuring local artisans and craftsman that make Miami one of the most creative places on earth. The new season should air sometime in July! We are still in the early stages of the series, but I have a feeling this will be the strongest season yet! Also look for the light sculptures in my studio - super colorful and utterly different from anything I have ever created.

Thank You David!

Wednesday
Feb032010

defining modern spaces: rugs

Lofts…wiiide open spaces…that’s what we’re talking about.

Usually they feel vast, airy, and full of possibilities. But other times they can look scattered and lack function.

The key is defining unique usable spaces within the overall space—without losing what attracted you to it in the first place.

To get the job done, rugs work especially well. Consider these examples: