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Friday
Nov212014

domino pick: fringe with benefits throw

The editors at Domino magazine scoop their top CB2 finds for holiday decor, parties and giving—check out all Domino picks on cb2.com!

Fashion Editor Amanda Thompson’s pick:
fringe with benefits throw Domino Magazine Fashion Editor
Amanda Thompson

An amazing way to warm up any room this holiday season—give this textured, cozy throw as a gift to friends or family, or keep it for yourself!

Personally, I would pair this throw with neutral colored pieces to brighten up any space, as well as use it to balance any brightly-colored room.  Use it in living room for chilly nights, draped on a sofa arm, or as a throw for the foot of bed.

The best way to stay warm in the cold winter months, this throw can also transition into spring and summer months as a picnic blanket.

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!)

Wednesday
Dec042013

holiday favorites: sandra

jack black candleholder
whoever would have thought
opaque matte black glass would be so great looking!? plus the style is modern whimsical—reinvented Colonial-era candle holders from
a classic children’s story, simply brilliant!
stelton press coffee maker
chilly Sunday mornings there’s nothing better than a full pot of hot, black coffee—in the timeless Stelton design it’s definitely on my wish list.
pinch bowls
shiny pretty sparkly things—all year long.

Tuesday
Feb192013

open that bottle night 

What: Open That Bottle Night
When: Saturday, February 23
Where: Wherever!

How many times have you been gifted a special bottle of wine, or gone to great lengths to bring one back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip, only to open it after it’s too late?

Created by married wine critics Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, former contributors to The Wall Street Journal, whose column gave the everyday wine lover ratings they could relate to—such as: “delicious!”, just plain “good”, or so bad it’s “yech”—Open That Bottle Night, OTBN, reminds us that even excellent wines have a shelf life and life is too short to not enjoy them before their best use is paint thinner.

So plan a party—for this Friday, the last of the month and the traditional OTBN date—and work on the menu so the wine you’ve chosen compliments as it should. Check out these helpful hints, keep your fingers crossed, and enjoy creating a new memory for that very special bottle.

Hints:
1. Encourage guests to choose their bottle thoughtfully—and be prepared with ‘back-up bottles’ in case any have gone bad.

2. Be sure to share the story of the bottle with each other—and don’t forget to include the new memory of the evening’s events and those in attendance. Remember, good times with good friends are special events in and of themselves.

3. A bottle of red that’s “of a certain age” should be stood up a few days prior to opening to allow any sediments to sink to the bottom. This will ensure the best glass possible.

4. The corks of older bottles may be brittle or more difficult to remove so use a 2-prong corkscrew—which goes around the cork and not through it—and practice using it.

5. Slow down—and give proper consideration to the bottle’s temperature and the wine’s aeration. Older wines can be fragile so don’t jump to decant them or pour them down the drain at first ‘bad’ taste. Give them time to open up, try others in the meantime, swap stories, relax.

6. Create new memories with a collection of the corks marked with the date, or a scrapbook containing the bottle’s label and details of the evening—including recommendations for the wines that were worth the wait!

Friday
Aug312012

how we spent summer, 2012

Lauren… we spent almost every evening on the deck with family and friends listening to albums and deciding who had to get up to turn the album over—this is a true not-so-Hollywood story.

Anna… in June I had lots of wedding planning to do, in July I got married and honeymooned in Costa Rica—which of course meant lots of thank you notes in August—icing on the cake was exploring a new neighborhood with my new husband!

Ali… my husband and I spent our summer seeing the world through our 11-month old daughter’s eyes as she explores new things… and drinking lots of wine outside after she went to bed!!!

Emily… as a transplanted East Coaster, I made sure to cherish any and all ocean visits—Nantucket, the Outer Banks. Since we’re expecting in January, I’ll try hard not to sleep through our ‘babymoon’ in Belize this week!

Sandra… spent most Sundays with a dear friend hunting for bargain fashions—everywhere from Michigan Avenue to thrift shops in Wicker Park… a viciously hot summer meant very little gardening but lots of refreshing cocktails and no-bake dinners… then I was off to an even more sweltering place to spend precious time with my 88-year old parents.

Sara… chilled out on my new deck with good friends and good beer… went to California for the first time ever to visit a friend, had fun in Santa Monica and Venice Beach… will finally get to the family cabin in Michigan’s U.P. over the Labor Day Weekend.

Rina… sold our condo… moved in with the in-laws… moved into our new house… then spent a relaxing vacation at the beach in Michigan.

Jaime… spent my summer traveling, training for the marathon, and playing with our English Bulldog Georgie!

Sara… most weekends revolved around my kids’ softball and baseball games/tournaments followed by post-game celebrations with friends—win or lose!

Alicia… QT with family and friends out West was amazing! We started in Glacier National Park and worked our way to Jackson Hole—where we rode in a covered wagon, went fly fishing and snapped pics of the giant moose snacking on a tree in our backyard…for a city girl it was crazy good!

Brianna… weekend getaways filled the summer—several trips back home to Minneapolis, cabins, a few to California, and finishing with a trip to Knoxville. In between, time in the city was complete with good friends, eating good food and drinking good beer. Nothing can top that!

Kate… my husband and I worked on the curb appeal of our house—painted the garage, built a fence and window boxes, laid some sod—now we’re building a native plant garden that attracts indigenous butterflies and soon we’ll enjoy drinks by a new sunken fire pit!

Megan… most of the summer was spent on the deck with our dog, listening to music, watching movies late at night and drinking delicious home-brewed beer on our new havana sectional—not a plug, I seriously just bought it and love it! Sailing lessons will get squeezed into the last days of good weather and we can’t wait!

Lauren… my favorite part was one beautiful week on a houseboat in Kentucky with my family. We drank as many new craft beers as we could find and made up delicious burger recipes—gouda cheeseburgers with arugula were the best!

Joe… rocking in my band The Bright White around Chicago and Nashville.

Ryan… we spent most weekends taking our daughter to the beach in Michigan. This was especially great because she’s learning to walk on the sand for the first time—it’s one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life so far. Could not have had a better summer.