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Wednesday
Feb172010

recipe: lauren's low carb sweet

Any morning you might mix these ingredients into a bowl and eat with a spoon. But why not surprise everyone by preparing them as a finger food for an office breakfast? Or a light and refreshing dessert?

apples, bite size sliced
Greek yogurt, a dollup on each
raw granola, sprinkled on top

Any variety of apples and granola will work, but the thicker Greek-style yogurt is key to keeping it neat.

Thanks to lauren, CB2 planner for this submission.

Tuesday
Feb162010

recipe: bloody mary shrimp

Shrimp cocktail meets everyone’s favorite Sunday-morning cocktail for a vodka-infused shrimp appetizer.

Shrimp:
1 pound medium shrimp in shell, peeled, deveined, pre-cooked
1-1/2 cups thinly sliced celery (3 to 4 ribs)
1 cup thinly sliced scallions (about 6)

Sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp/to taste un-drained bottled horseradish
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce

If frozen, thaw shrimp per package instructions
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
Spoon hors d’oeuvres sized portions into porcelain curve spoons (shown above)
Garnish with diced avocado (optional)

Makes about: 50 hors d’oeuvres
Takes about: 35-60min

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Thanks to chris at apartment therapy who contributed.

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