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Tuesday
Dec012009

10 essentials: ali

I do1. Weddings! My own wedding was incredibly special but I love all weddings. Its a time when everyone’s happy, laughing and dancing.

2. Holidays with family. I love being in Indiana with my husband, parents, my brother and sister-in-law…and all three dogs. Its the most comfy feeling to be there with all of them.

3. Giving gifts. I love sharing the anticipation and delight when they’re opened.

4. Shopping with girlfriends—whether on Melrose in LA, or on Damen in Chicago—pounding the pavement in search of something unique or essential that I can’t believe I’ve lived this long without it.

5. Vintage jewelry. Knowing that there’s a history to what I’m wearing means a lot to me. Sometimes I wish I knew their real stories.

cayman plates6. Parties at home. My husband Mike and I love entertaining and there’s nothing better than sharing our place with friends and family.

7. Orange cayman plates. We use them every time we entertain and they look so fun mixed with white dinnerware.

8. My iPod and finding new music I love.

9. Reading great books—like “The Help” which I just finished.

10. Sun, sand and surf. Whether its southwest Michigan or the Cinque Terre, Italy, I love being near the water—especially with our yellow Lab Rocky!

rocky at the dunes wide crop

Thursday
Nov262009

giving thanks

Once again this year we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the contributions made to local food banks during our can do food drive.

Because of your generosity, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, City Harvest, Lakeview Pantry, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the TNDC can continue feeding the hungry.

We sincerely Thank You and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday
Nov252009

CB2 goes mobile


We’re excited to announce our e-commerce site has been updated for better viewing on mobile phones. Simply point your mobile web browser to cb2.com as usual and the screen will automatically adjust for a better view.

Looking for product reviews? Read what other customers think before you make your decision. Looking for measurements or finish specs? Find all you need to know, just like at home. You can also view store locations and hours, track orders and much more, wherever you are!

So check it out—our whole site’s now in your hand.

Tuesday
Nov242009

lighting modern spaces

It’s just four more weeks until the days start getting longer again on winter solstice, December 21st.

Until then, daylight is brief and soft. All the more reason to focus on indoor lighting to enhance a space or create a mood for entertaining.

Start by picking a central location in each room and do a 360. This will help identify problem areas which the following hints may solve.

1. Floor lamps can add drama, brighten a corner, open up space and make a room feel bigger.

2. “Up” lighting can make a room feel taller and more airy. Consider small table lamps on top of low bookcases.

3. Create your own space within a space by positioning a conical floor lamp near your favorite reading chair.

4. When decorating for holiday gatherings, use strings of white lights in unusual ways—such as clustered in a glass cylinder vase and placed on a credenza.

5. Go big or go home—add drama to a dining area by installing an oversized equator pendant.

6. Dimmer switches are incredibly easy to install and allow your existing lighting to go from bright task-type lighting to warmer entertaining-type lighting in a smooth glide—or remote!—operation.

7. If you don’t have a junction box directly above your dining table, hard-wire a pendant lamp where you can and “swag” the fixture so it hangs above it.

8. As a last resort, consider placing an arc lamp near the dining table positioned so the light falls onto the centerpiece.

9. Guide guests throughout the house, to the bathroom or coat room, using directional lighting such as smart candles down a hallway. Bonus: unlike candles, they’re safe to leave unattended while lit.

10. Save energy and use CFL’s instead of incandescent bulbs when possible.

Thursday
Nov192009

10 essentials: the modern buffet

cylinder vases, white square plates, marta barwareYou’ve sent an open invitation for your party—so do you really know who’s coming to dinner?

For large parties, the easiest way to serve is buffet-style. Consider setting up early—even the night before so your day can be spent cleaning, cooking and getting dressed up without sweating the small, last minute stuff.

Following are 10 essentials for the modern buffet.

1. Create a festive mood with cylinder vases filled with Christmas ornaments in fresh colors.

2. Keep the setting clean and modern with stacks of white square dinnerware.

shadow bowl

marta and party cropped

3. Sleek marta barware is perfect for any cocktail, soda, juice or wine.

4. Scatter tealights for the warm glow of candlelight.

5. Have plenty of party flatware for each guest—and each course so you can be mingling instead of washing spoons for dessert.

6. White restaurant napkins are made for hungry crowds.

7. Water in beaker glass pitchers. Be sure they’re never empty since everyone’s drinking more of it.aluminum round tray solo

8. Shadow white porcelain serving bowls for pasta or green salads.

9. An oversized aluminum tray to serve cheese, fruits or breads.

10. Two corkscrews and plenty of your favorite wines. Open a few bottle early to let wine breath before pouring.

They’re all inexpensive—even in multiples. Isn’t that something to celebrate?

hint: Have plenty of everything so unexpected guests feel welcome.