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Thursday
Jan212010

furniture assembly hints

You’ve made the decision to buy a piece of furniture—which is a big commitment—even bigger if it requires assembly. Whether you choose to follow the enclosed instructions is a matter of choice but either way, these few simple hints can get you through it—hopefully happier and faster!

1. Start with a clean, clear work surface. There’s nothing more trying or time consuming than stepping over empty boxes, losing parts or damaging something you already own.

2. Work in a well lit area. Let’s face it, sometimes you have to crawl inside the case to tighten a cam lock. Avoid scratching surfaces by not having to search for them in the dark with a Philips head.

3. Start with the proper tools. Don’t waste time searching junk drawers for a wrench or trying to figure out if a dime or a penny will substitute as a screwdriver.

4. Make sure you have all the parts needed before you start. There is nothing more frustrating than getting it all done…except for the center support or the last drawer glide. We know, we’ve heard from you. If something is missing, call 1-800-606-6252 asap.

5. It’s ok—and sometimes required—to ask for help. Even though you were able to get both boxes of the dining table in your car doesn’t mean it wouldn’t help to have help putting it together. Attaching the legs is the easiest furniture assembly there is—but turning a table onto its feet by yourself is near impossible.

6. Allow plenty of time and patience. Like remodeling, it will often take longer than you think—but if you do finish fast, do a little victory dance. Even we, who assemble furniture on a daily basis, will sometimes have to unscrew and do-over a step because we put a panel in backwards, or put it in too soon, etc. etc.

7. Follow the instructions. We all want to do things our own way but—trust us, we’ve been through this—there’s a reason why step 2 comes before step 4.

8. Know what you’re in for before you buy. Ask our sales associates, or check out what “assembly required” really means by downloading PDF versions of the instructions on cb2.com.

Wednesday
Jan202010

one of a finds: singing bowl

On a recent buying trip to New Delhi, we ventured into Old Delhi, basically in search of a needle in a haystack. Other than walking, a rickshaw is the only way to travel so I and a guide hopped on and rode through narrow alleys until we found a metal shop they knew.

Inside we went through countless small rooms on four floors that were littered with lanterns, bowls, sculptures and puppets—there must have been thousands of metal items—my head was spinning like a kid in a candy store.

On the top floor we saw stacks and piles of beautiful brass bowls—all different sizes and some filled with wooden mallets. My guide explained the beautiful story of the singing bowl and knew instantly we had discovered a one of a find.

This bronze meditation instrument is hand-hammered and hand-finished of pure bronze in a centuries-old Himalayan tradition believed to date back to the pre-Buddhist 10th to 12th centuries.

Now almost a lost art, this Himalayan singing bowl is handcrafted by village craftsmen in the West Bengal region of India, bordering Nepal and Bhutan.

To experience the bowl’s mesmerizing harmonic overtones, hold the bowl with your fingertips and arm slightly outstretched. Hold the the tip of the wood mallet and slowly spin it around the metal rim a few times to release a magical frequency. Namaste.

Tuesday
Jan192010

10 essentials: sara

hannah1. Miniature daschunds. Our family dog Hannah is a short red hair. I love their quirky proportions, long snout and semi-sad faces.

2. Big chunky jewelry. Its fun when jewelry becomes a statement piece and adds drama to a basic t-shirt and jeans. And I love finding unique pieces while travelling.

3. Hockey. I’ve recently gotten sucked into the sport. It’s going to make the harsh Chicago winters a little more bearable.

4. Chips and salsa. My absolute favorite food—some nights its dinner.

5. The beach. I thrive in the summer and love traveling to the Caribbean. There’s no better feeling than being near the water and lounging in the sun on the sand.

6. White percale sheets. Basic and essential to the bedroom. There’s nothing better than climbing into white as white crisp sheets.

percale sheets7. Wide planked floors—either bleached and high gloss white. They’re a modern alternative to traditional wood flooring and I love how they open up a space.

8. Music. Absolutely essential to life.

9. Muji’s wall-mounted cd player. A simple, ingenious design by Naoto Fukasawa.

10. The Citroen DS, 1955–75. An elegant yet whimsical design that always makes me smile.

2730247314_1d82cce980 citroen cropped photo by andrijbulba, flickr.com

Thursday
Jan142010

opening day: miami

Hola Miami!

We’re extremely proud to announce the opening of our 7th store earlier today.

Do you know how many people it takes to open a CB2 store that was built from the ground up? Neither do we—exactly—but we have a pretty good idea.

It takes many hands and a lot of passion. It starts with the architects and construction crew. Inventory control, floor stockers and sales associates not only unload the trucks, they unpack the merchandise and display it. Buyers and store designers make everything look good from product to display details. And finally a PR team gets the word out so we can greet our first and last customer—and everyone in between.

Welcome—we’re thrilled to see you!

Wednesday
Jan132010

announcing cb2.com 2.0!

We’re very excited to announce that cb2.com has a new look—and new functions! Here’s a quick summary which we hope make for an easier, faster and more enjoyable online experience.

- better imagery gets you closer to the details

- more room view photography for added inspiration

- favorites can now be saved for later reference

- save time with express checkout

- a visual shopping cart (at the bottom of the screen) shows all items selected

- see estimated delivery charges and a running total—all before check-out

- move items between your favorites, gift registry and shopping cart

- register gift cards and check balances

- easier order tracking

- a new “stores and events” section includes maps and directions—via public transportation or your own wheels<

- the CB2 mobile website has also been updated—and optimized for smaller mobile screens.



It takes a lot of passion and countless hours to revamp our biggest “store”. Special thanks to everyone who contributed especially in direct marketing, MIS web development, graphics, and web merchandising.