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Thursday
Nov052009

mix/match modern dining furniture

whirlyhangingcandlehldrFC091. Forget matchy-matchy.
Tables and chairs that complement each other can be much more interesting than a dining set. When choosing a table with a raw, natural finish—like rivet or engineer—consider juxtaposing a sleek, very modern profile. The orbit chair is a great versatile option.

2. Go completely eclectic.
For a totally unique look it’s always fun to do a variety of different dining chairs. This will definitely show your personality and each can be a conversation piece. Consider a running theme such as all white or all wood to help pull off the look.

3. Keep the scale of the table in mind.
If the chairs are too small or too big in proportion to the table, they could look uncomfortable or awkward.

4. Consider your personal lifestyle.
Choose a polypropylene or metal chair if you have children that spill since these materials clean up well.

5. Dining vs. Kitchen
Eat-in kitchens tend to be more casual while dining rooms tend to be more formal. For a more luxurious look, go for the upholstered joe chair. This chair also stands alone well on its own as an occasional chair.

6. Small Space Options
If your room is on the small side, or if storage space is an issue, try an extension table or stackable chairs like the slim chair.

7. Think outside the dining room and consider all possibilities.
Another great versatile option for dining chairs are stools. They can be pulled from the living room or kitchen and used as extra seating.

Tell us, what’s your style? Your favorite mix?

Thanks to chris, store designer miami, for this submission.

Wednesday
Nov042009

the tennessee sparkler

libertini cocktail

Raise a glass to toast a new signature cocktail deliciously propping libertini in our current catalog. Created by Tom, our resident mixologist, he calls it the Tennessee Sparkler since it’s based on “the Tennessean”. Cheers!

1-1/2 oz rye or bourbon
1/2 oz maraschino liquor
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake with ice
Pour into a chilled glass
Add fruit garnish
Top off with champagne or prosecco

Tuesday
Nov032009

edit and repeat

tesso and mello

One of the key elements of modern is repeating simple, well-designed pieces for dramatic impact. Whether its bookcases, wine racks or wall art, making a statement in multiples is clean and easy.

When editing, choose pieces that are simple in design. This will allow the function or finishes to amplify.

For example, a tesso bookcase (above) on its own may seem “lightweight” with it’s clear glass shelves. In multiples they become part of the architecture of a room, much like a built-in. The final effect is that the eye goes to collected objects on display.

The texture found in print block panels is stronger when there’s simply more of it. And lastly, cellar wine racks are much more useful—and visually powerful—when rowed or stacked.

What items work in multiples for you?

Monday
Nov022009

"can do" food drive 2009

“can do” food drive, 2008

One of CB2’s goals is to ensure our stores work with local non-profit groups to make a difference in their community. Last year’s “can do” food drive was an enormous success to say the least. Customers and associates awed us with their generosity by bringing in literally tons of food stuffs. Some interrupted their shopping to go to the grocery store while others donated food without asking for anything in return.

Again this year, November 9th through the 25th, in-store customers are welcome to bring in 5 non-perishable items and receive a 15% discount on any purchase, for details see the “fine print” below.

Food stuffs collected will go directly to each local food bank. Following is information about each organization, all of which were chosen as a partner by their local CB2 store.

Berkeley, CA
The mission of the Alameda County Community Food Bank is to alleviate hunger in the community by providing nutritious food and nutrition education to people in alameda food bank logoneed, educating the public, and promoting public policies that address hunger and its root causes.

For more information, visit accfb.org.

Chicago, IL
Lakeview Pantry is a non-profit organization with the mission of eliminating hunger in the Lakeview community of Chicago by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of poverty and its solutions.

The pantry provides on-site food distribution, home delivery service for the homebound, distributes free clothing, and runs a case management program in order to help clients connect with other services they may need.

Lakeview Pantry is one of the few pantries in the city to offer food distribution to homeless people. The pantry purchases, or obtains donations of lakeview pantryspecially packaged foods that do not require refrigerator storage or can openers for the homeless population who seek out our services.

For more information, visit lakeviewpantry.org.

Los Angeles, CA
The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in the Los Angeles community.

LA food bankTo fulfill their mission they source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs. They energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief. They also conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger.

For more information, visit lafoodbank.org.

New York, NY
Now serving New York City for more than 25 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry.

city harvest logoCity Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City—through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week, City Harvest helps over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal. This year, they will collect over 25 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms.

For more information, visit cityharvest.org.

San Francisco, CA
Founded in 1981, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s mission is to be a leader in making the Tenderloin community of San Francisco a better place to live by providing safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the neighborhood.

tenderloin logoTNDC owns and manages 26 local buildings that provide homes for 2,500 extremely low-income seniors, families, low-income wage earners, people with disabilities, immigrants and many others.

In addition, TNDC provides support services to help residents stabilize their lives and develop a sense of community. Support services include a team of 17 on-site social workers, the free Tenderloin After-School Program (TASP) for neighborhood children, and a Community Organizing Program to encourage and empower residents to get involved in making positive change in the Tenderloin.

For more information, visit tndc.org.

CB2 food drive 15% discount is good toward in-person, CB2 store purchases only, November 9-25, 2009. Discount applicable only on the day customer donates food items at a CB2 store. FLOR tiles not included. Discount may not be applied against past purchases, toward the purchase of Gift Cards, toward any other promotions, or toward purchases by employees of CB2, Crate and Barrel, or Land of Nod or such employees’ immediate family members. Discount may not be applied toward shipping or taxes, nor is this discount cumulative.
Thursday
Oct292009

creating CB2 windows

Storefront windows have been a staple since the dawn of “shoppe” keepers. Over time they evolved into a form of entertainment and experimentation. Today they have to stand out from the competition, stop you in your tracks—and catch your eye between blinks—no pressure, really.

Developing a concept is the first and most difficult step of planning windows. After some brainstorming a strong idea emerges to suit the product selection. Next we’ll order the merchandise to stock it, buy supplies and schedule help.

carbon copy window

For these ‘carbon copy’ windows we were inspired by the movie “500 days of summer”. The lead character in the movie, an architect, had a chalkboard wall in his bedroom to sketch ideas—including a virtual headboard for his bed.

We incorporated this idea into the window theme—which became ‘grey, black, white and a single hit of bold color’—by drawing elements customers might have in their homes, like a flight of stairs and a vintage French mirror.

Erick's mirror 1 Mark-Austin stairsElliot To produce the windows we sought local (and hidden) talent within our store. Mark-Austin, Elliot and Erick created the chalk drawn interior spaces—the virtual settings for actual product.

In the end, the most successful windows not only display products in the best light possible, they’re created by a talented and enthusiastic team who participate in the creative process and contribute their skills to the execution. Many thanks to the Sunset team for all their support and hard work!

Are you inspired to DIY? How about hanging an infinity mirror and chalking your own frame? We’d love to see what details suit your personality.

Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, for this submission.