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Friday
Aug012014

animal rescue: maui

Nicknames: Snaggle-tooth, Falkor (from The NeverEnding Story), Baby Maui

Likes: Beaches and snuggling under blankets.

Pet Peeves: Being alone.

Favorite Toy: Up until last fall, my late 13-year old Cocker Spaniel.

Favorite Snack: Anything soft.

Guilty Pleasure: Hiding socks.

Talent Show: Prancing like she’s jumping rope.

Before she was famous: Maui was discovered near the boardwalk of Venice Beach, CA. Her owner, an older woman that called the beach her home, was trying to find homes for her and her brothers and sisters.
A well-intentioned teenage girl picked out Maui and took her home but unfortunately, she couldn’t keep her. So her friend, my co-worker at the time, offered to house Maui for a couple days until a new home was found. A week passed and no one adopted her. Before taking her to a shelter, she sent out a desperate inter-office email with Maui’s picture attached. Immediately after work I picked up Maui and brought her to her new, and permanent home.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…every year approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.
…25% of adoptable dogs in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

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.

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
May212014

summer favorites: april

cube table-planter
best use of space and super versatile. I think you could even flip
it on its side and use it a third way —with battery operated candlelight
in the open space!
bergama reversible outdoor rug
simple and graphic, just the way
I like it—plus the care is effortless!
sophia chair
flexible material is super comfy to spend an entire evening with friends tasting rosé wines.

Thursday
Oct182012

redefined: the rocking chair

photo by: Mark Wootenphoto by: Kai Hendry Dated to the early 1700s, but without any direct connection to its creator, rocking chairs range from simple to ornate in design—but they’re consistently built for comfort. By simply adding curved rails to the legs of a chair, a rocking chair creates movement and comfort beyond its original design.

Rockers comfort psychologically with their rocking motion reminiscent of cradles—quite possibly thoroughly inspired by them—and physically by centering one’s gravity and creating a natural, comfortable position in the seat. During the 1800s, doctors even prescribed rocking for its therapeutic benefits: to ease stress, focus the mind, work muscles and potentially reduce back pain.

The earliest examples were all wood—which made them affordable—and as leisure time increased, the chairs became more popular and more ornate. Wood spindles were turned on a lathe for greater details, painting details were added, and seats and backs were later—or consequentially—woven of wicker, rush, or cane.

For American settlers, they seemed a staple even with many chores and long days. Not surprisingly— and without entertainment in the evenings—many did handiwork such as whittling, knitting, or stitching.

As wealth, material availability, technology and worker’s skills increased, upholstered versions naturally came to the market. The curtis rocker, designed by furniture-maker Jason Lewis, takes cues from many elements of the evolution of rocking chairs—but starts where it all began with a sleek, solid wood frame.