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Thursday
Jul032014

how to: create paint-bombed wallpaper 

Supplies: 
DYI self-adhesive wallpaper
wall paint
acrylic faux glaze liquid
sponges
bowl of water
containers for paint mixtures
drop cloth
rubber gloves
scissors
rubber bands

Directions:
1. Measure and cut sections of wallpaper that will fit the wall that you want to cover.
hint: be sure to mark which section goes where so the pattern flows accordingly.

2. To avoid paint drippings in the pattern, clear a large area of the floor or set up a long table and cover either with a drop cloth to best contain the liquids—then lay flat a section of wallpaper, DIY side up.
hint: the artwork we created is per panel so if a matching pattern is desired, use painters tape on the backside and join panels to create a mural effect.

3. We chose a look that required round/ball-shaped sponges. If this type isn’t readily available, or if another shape is desired, one can be made with a few scissor snips and rubber bands. For our project, we cut off about a third of the end of the sponge and formed the large part of the sponge into a ball by folding corners back and under, securing it with a rubber band so it stayed in a ball shape. Cut the remainder in half to use as secondary tools.
hint: a damp sponge is easier to shape than a dry one—just dip, squeeze, and then form it.
hint hint: if the sponge is large enough, simply use scissors to cut a ball, or other shape out of it.

4. Pour about a 1/2 cup of each paint color into separate containers. Ultimately the consistency of the paint mixture should be similar to milk so add about 1/4 cup of faux glaze liquid and a little water
hint: the glaze is optional but we found it was helpful to thin the color without making it too watery.
hint hint: disposable plates worked well as containers for the paint since they allowed the sponges to easily absorb the paint mixture and clean up took no time.

5. Immerse the sponge ball in water and give it a couple squeezes to make sure it’s saturated. Dip the end of the sponge into the paint mixture and with a little force, pounce the sponge against the wallpaper to achieve the paint-bombed/splatter effect.
hint: test the technique on scrap paper to know how much force is needed.

6. Cover the wallpaper with a desired pattern and layering colors as desired, then use a clean sponge to pick up any excess paint mixture.

7. Allow the painted wallpaper to dry for a full 48 hours—initially the paint may be fragile and easy to scratch off, this will allow it to cure fully and be more stable.
hint: set up a fan on low to help air circulate and speed the drying process.

8. Lastly, apply the self-adhesive wallpaper per the enclosed directions.
hint: to avoid cracking the paint, bend the paper as little as possible when peeling/adhering.

Wednesday
Jun112014

meet stylists: lauren lozano-ziol and mary collins

To create an eclectic look in her own home, CB2’s Senior Director of Marketing worked with Mary Collins to mix modern with vintage—bonus is she also met Lauren Lozano-Ziol!

What Alicia found most exciting about working with them—both personally and professionally—is how they took eclectic to a new level. By mixing sleek modern drinkware with cut crystal and bright orange plates with antique China plates—not to mention placing funhouse mirrors and gold pig bookends above a craftsman-style fireplace—it’s fun for us to see our modern furnishings in fresh and different ways than we typically feature as they get mixed in with very personal, even heirloom items.

For this shoot, Mary and Lauren hand-picked CB2 products that not only spoke to them, but that they were already recommending to their clients. Thank you Mary for inviting us into your home for this photo shoot—we’re thrilled we had the opportunity to work with you and Lauren!

Lauren Lozano-Ziol and Mary Collins Lauren Lozano-Ziol has been practicing residential interior design for 14 years and has received degrees in interior design and art history. Her education, her passion for travel, and experience of living abroad have inspired her love of mixing old and new design elements—along with the launch of her budding furniture line.

To create classic, timeless spaces, she blends traditional elements with clean lines, refined materials, and sophisticated colors. All my clients have different needs according to Lauren, and her portfolio reflects this versatility.

She feels like she can accommodate a vast range of styles from modern to traditional. Anything from urban residences to casual weekend retreats. Lauren has been Featured in Elle Decor, Chicago Home & Garden, NBC’s Open House and I4DESIGN magazines.

Upon Lauren’s recent return from Living in Paris, Lauren and Mary have teamed up to create timeless interiors with the vision to build a lifestyle brand with this new partnership.

Mary Collins has always had a love for all things style—from fashion to home decor. Mary took a detour from her passion to focus both on raising her young family and on working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Mary is a self-taught designer who graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in math and engineering and received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Drawn to vintage clothing and antique furnishings, Mary’s aesthetic of mixing these well-loved pieces with modern, well-edited elements makes a statement that is both fresh and personal while always remaining classic, chic and elegant.

The straightforward thinking from her educational background melded with her creative side enables her to create that custom, lux look regardless of budget or project size.

Tuesday
Jun102014

10 essentials: alicia

1. Every morning I make myself a vanilla latte—it’s like starting the day with dessert.

2. Coming from an apparel/fashion background, I love seeing new fashions, new styles. It’s fun to watch trends volley back and forth between interiors and fashion—and which trends make the shift. Designers like Mary Katrantzou take this to a whole new level while being so inspiring.

3. I’ve always been enamored with the idea of a signature piece. At home it’s a vintage settee we refurbished, designed a fabric for, and recovered—a labor of love that was worth all the work. On my person I always wear a black leather bracelet I picked up in Paris many years ago—I think it’s chic and adds a subtle edge to any outfit.

4. I’ve got a bit of a shoe fetish—I buy high heels on impulse, everywhere from traditional department stores to ebay. My heels have declined in height as I have increased in age but I’m still looking for a pair of turquoise suede super highs—a quest I’ve been on for years. Marc Jacobs made a pair 4-5 years ago but since I didn’t buy them, they’re my unicorn.

5. I am bordering on insanity with my love of acrylic furniture—the peekaboo coffee table actually makes our family room look bigger, the vapor barstools disappear under our island, and the vapor chair adds a chic element to the desk/office. At some point I have to stop or all of our furniture will be invisible.

6. Visiting family in the UK and India when I was growing up gave me a lot of opportunities to travel—so have always felt that experiencing other cultures is worth the investment in time and money. Even with kids we still keep going!

7. I love the idiosyncratic nature of some of the stories on NPR—and the way they vividly bring pictures to life through radio.

8. Being a multi-tasker, yoga is an important opportunity to be present and focused on just my own well-being—I treasure it as part of my weekly routine.

9. My current obsession is Instagram—I just love everything about it. It is so nice to be greeted by such creativity and inspiration every morning, yet it is also functional because it updates me on meaningful experiences happening to friends and family in a visual way.

10. I like the way music feels when its experienced live so I’m an avid concertgoer. Spotify has changed my life—how it enables you to switch from Yo Yo Ma to Vampire Weekend in a millisecond and on a whim. Makes dinner parties more fun and spontaneous for sure.

Thanks to alicia, director of marketing, for this submission.

Friday
May232014

summer favorites: sandra

rex chair aqua
I’m going with a CB2 classic modern outdoor chair—with good reason— the rex chair is incredibly comfortable, it stacks to save storage space, the aqua color is timeless and versatile and it’s a fantastic value.
edison string lights
after the harshest winter in decades, I’m looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible so I’m investing in this durable outdoor lighting to help keep everyone at the table just a bit longer—and the vintage bulbs are the perfect compliment to a 1940s summer cottage.
BSI mini surfboard
I’m thrilled that we found E-Tech Boards and Brett Whitacre to make this project happen—now if only I lived near surf! (btw, the bird was not Photoshop’d in!)

Thursday
May222014

summer favorites: sara

liora manne outdoor pillows
as always, designs from
Liora Manne are bold and colorful—these add a great pop to our
neutral furniture.
ray dining table
I think round tables are the perfect solution to a smaller space. This one is substantial in look and materials—and could almost live inside too.
sophia dining chairs
they’re dining chairs but I think they’re so comfortable that they could double as lounge chairs. The open weave is really fun and I love that the frame and weaving are the same color.

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