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how to: create a frame tree

The basic geometric shapes of a Christmas tree is an elongated triangle for the tree, and a smaller rectangle for the tree trunk.

Keeping this in mind, look for visual elements that work well together and that can fill both spaces. Whether it’s framed art, pages pulled from favorite magazines or typography from a computer printer—anything goes, even holiday greeting cards friends and family.

Supplies from top to bottom, left to right:
float frame 7x9”
float frame square 11.5”
format acrylic cube
float frame 7x9”
hi-gloss white cube
float frame 7x9”
shiny frame 4x6”
float frame 7x9”
gallery frame narrow 4x6”
walnut box frame 5x8”

hint: Notice multiples of the float frame in the 7x9” size? This repetition gives structure to the tree while allowing individual elements to stand out in the crowd. Also, substitute a format clear cube for the hi-gloss white cube since it’s no longer available.

Thanks to marcus, prop stylist on this CB2 catalog shoot.

file under: DIY, alternative tree


how to: create a chalkboard tree

Perhaps the easiest, most eco-friendly and versatile tree is one that’s sketched with chalk on a wall painted with chalkboard paint.

hint: think outside the box and embrace the holiday spirit by sketching a new tree every day…or, instead of an ornament party, host a design challenge and offer all types and colors of chalk to guests then vote for the favorite…or build a virtual tree adding elements on each of the 12 days of Christmas—the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Thanks to marcus, prop stylist on this CB2 catalog shoot.

file under: DIY, alternative tree


merry christmas!

To you and yours, warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas, from all of us at CB2.


holiday favorites: christmases past

Marta My favorite gift of all time? A Casper the friendly ghost doll—that talked—when I was 8. And last year my husband gave a shearling throw.
Judy A guitar and a madly mod outfit when I was 7. A Barbie convertible and playing “Santa” handing out all the gifts on Christmas Eve.
Anna A ‘crimp and curl’ Cabbage Patch kid.
Raymond A James Bond/007 briefcase—with all the spy stuff inside!—when I was 10, a red tricycle when I was 4, my 1st trip to Little Cayman, cards from my mom.
Joyce My sisters and I got a pinball machine to share…”Captain Fantastic Elton John and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”. We played it all night long and wouldn’t go to sleep..tilt city.
Sara I think I was in 4th or 5th grade and I got a teal blue 10-speed bike—a dream come true.
Sandy A dual cassette player so I could record my favorite songs from the radio and make mix tapes for all my friends and family. It was the gift that kept on giving.
Ryan The first Nintendo system ever—don’t remember how old I was, probably like a year ago—Transformers too…and maybe Pong…
Megan My play kitchen and Easy-Bake oven…seriously it’s been down hill since then!
Sandra Getting my ears pierced when I was 12, Christmas music mix tapes and an adopted Polar Bear—Pookie.
April Airline tickets to Amsterdam!
Curtis I remember being so excited about getting a tape recorder and a microphone when I was really little—I was sure pop stardom was in my future.

CB2 windows: christmas trees

Doing all your shopping on your laptop—how about getting out for a little window shopping?

Midtown Atlanta

Lincoln Park

South Beach

West Hollywood

Thanks to all store designers for their creative Christmas tree window displays.