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Tuesday
Mar312015

artist profile: deanna fainelli

Where was your favorite place to live?
Taipei. It’s a colorful, vibrant city with great food and relatively few westerners and the people are notoriously friendly.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room is any place where friends and family are gathered, which is usually the kitchen. I spend a lot of solo time in the studio so at home I savor time with people.

What are your interests outside of design?
Exploring and seeing places with fresh eyes, bike culture, flea markets, and food and wine with good company.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere, but I especially love rust and the decay of abandoned buildings. Recently I got permission to photograph the inside of an abandoned Naval hospital built in the 1850s. My friend cancelled so I did it solo. I was terrified and trembled for the first hour but I was determined to look around. I was not disappointed.

Who are you design icons?
Ray and Charles Eames created undeniably timeless, beautiful designs that are still relevant today. Also, I have a lot of respect for the bold and fearless fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rebellious spirit paved the way for current trendsetters like Marc Jacobs.

What is your personal decorating style?
Clean, modern design with pops of color (usually orange) and a touch of Boho to add personality and warmth.

What’s your favorite possession?
A Kay Bojesen teak monkey that belonged to my grandmother. It hangs in my office next to the computer where I see it every day. I’m looking at it now and smiling.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
I indulge my desire to get lost and follow my instinct.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A perfectly preserved 1960s Airstream trailer.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
There is no English equivalent for the popular Dutch word gezellig which loosely translates to cozy. A common and inexpensive way to make a room gezellig is with candles or multiple strings of white lights—they instantly make any room warm and inviting.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Don’t try to please or appeal to everyone. Find your niche and do it well.

To see all of Deanna’s current works for CB2, go here.

Tuesday
Dec032013

watch: gold

Friday
Sep202013

the novogratz in the berkshires

A sneak peek of The Novogratz Holiday Collection
With colorful bold modern pieces combined with vintage finds they’ve gathered, Robert and Cortney Novogratz transform their New England country home every Christmas. Designed exclusively for CB2, the Novogratz Holiday Collection celebrates our favorites—we hope you enjoy this sneak peek and check out the full collection soon at cb2.com!

What do the holidays mean the most to you?
Family.

Robert comes from a big family and ours obviously is too—seven in each—so gathering together for celebrations means a lot of family, friends, good food and fun.

Where’s your favorite place to gather for the holidays?
Wherever we can! Since there are so many of us, our country house in the Berkshires is perfect—we’ve come a very long way since our first tiny apartment when we used folding tray tables for dining.

Decorating the house for the holidays adds visual memories—and we enjoy creating new ones by taking elements of the past into the future. Raw materials like clear acrylic, brass and mirrors—all from the 70s when we were growing up. The mirrored disco gnome is surely the epitome—it’s a trippy ode to the era.

You also bring in elements of antiques…
As much as we can—we love reworking antique pieces and the inspiration they give us. For example, the frame of the acrylic trunk recalls heavy-duty steamer trunks, the ram’s head references iconic taxidermy, and the deuce bed was inspired by “the one that got away” at the Paris flea market.

…and playful elements that remind us of the circus.
When our families and all of our friends are together—it is a circus! The lucky 7 helps create the mood—as well as the flechette dart board which does double-duty by entertaining the kids… and the adults!

How do you keep traditions with so much going on?
Again, with lots of visual cues—like a traditional pattern done in a new way as a brightly colored, over-sized scale on the mod plaid rug.

The acrylic trunk reminds us of the many travels our ancestors experienced to get us where we are today—and the many travels we’ve shared as a large family around the world. Today we use it to organize just about any type of “stuff” we’ve collected along the way.

Tell us about your wreath.
Traditions start by introducing something meaningful and repeating it year after year—so we started a new one by hanging the inner peace wreath on the front door. The modern combination of the twinkling lights with the rustic twigs strikes just the right contrast—and we love sharing and welcoming friends and family with this message since it speaks from our hearts.

Thursday
Nov292012

an evening with houzz.com, vancouver

What: Connecting, Communicating, Collaborating—an evening with Houzz.com
When: Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Where: CB2 Robson, Vancouver

We invite you to join us and houzz.com Vice President Liza Hausman for the results of a new Houzz study on building, remodeling and decorating from the homeowner’s perspective.

Libations and hors d’oeuvres will be served—
to attend, RSVP here.