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Monday
Apr042011

how did we get here: the tie-1-on sectional

What’s the story behind the tie-1-on sectional?

We started here, last year, in Milan…

got comfy thinking about it here…

then talked about it over a few of these…so we added a few of these…hence, the name.

Thursday
Mar242011

vertical woolly pocket herb garden how-to

During our summer catalog shoot, our stylists created a woolly pocket vertical herb garden
or pantry for a foodie!

We used fernleaf lavender ‘lavandula pinnata’ and two types of rosemary—‘rosmarinus tuscan blue’ and ‘rosmarinus prostratus’—but any preferred herb or edible flower should work
just fine.

For instructions on how-to create a large woolly pocket vertical garden, go here.

Thanks to curtis and april, CB2 catalog, for making us look so good!

Friday
Mar182011

vertical woolly pocket garden how-to

Like many urban spaces, space can be tight and like a concrete jungle, natural light can be highly diffused and outdoor water sources can be scarce—which is why a vertical woolly pocket garden can be a creative and rewarding solution.

For our summer catalog, the location was sheer brick and concrete so we added lots of greenery to the walls and transformed the space into a lush, almost tropical getaway with 28 pockets.

Made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles, the pockets are soft and pliable. They’re also modular and a breeze to install—just overlap the grommets and ‘wallpaper’ the space, which eventually will be completely covered with foliage. Grommet to grommet, they’re 22” across and 13” vertically—using these measurements, we recommend measuring the full wall to calculate how many pockets would be needed to fill it and to map the installation.

hint: to mount or attach them, hardware is included but we always recommend checking with a local hardware store for the best type to suit your walls.

The felt-like material is breathable—which, unlike container gardening, eliminates the need for drainage—but each pocket includes a moisture barrier to protect the walls that support them. Much like a self-watering planter, they’re engineered so roots feed from the bottom via a ‘tongue’ that wicks moisture to plant roots as needed and emulates natural conditions.

Once the pockets were secured, we planted 3-4 plants per pocket—the 6” pot size of Boston fern, creeping fig, and needlepoint ivy. All of these plants are great outdoors in the spring and summer—after all danger of frost—but are only hardy in zones 7-10. So if you live in a different zone and want to recreate this look, check with a local nursery to see what’s best for your area.

For a broader range of zones, following is a short list of optional plants—bountiful blue® blueberry, banana split® soft leaf yucca, adams needle, austral gem ‘bird’s nest fern’, holly fern, leatherleaf fern, gold fountains sedge, sparkler sedge, apricot queen New Zealand flax, compact sprenger asparagus fern, and creeping lilyturf.

hint hint: woolly pocket gardens also make great flower or herb gardens.

Thanks to curtis and april, CB2 catalog, for making us look so good!

Thursday
Jun102010

the hester street fair

The Hester Street Fair is a new weekly event that takes place every Saturday and Sunday in Manhattan’s lower east side from 10am til 6pm.

At the turn of the century, Hester Street was the site of the busiest outdoor market in New York City.

Today, it’s a small, fun mix of vendors—lots of delicious food, vintage goods and new jewelry/craft items.

Have a look around and watch for Vashali’s mini-terrariums in whirly candleholders!

Thanks to jen, store manager soho, for this submission.

Thursday
May202010

CB2 windows: sun spots

Come on in—the sun’s out, the water’s warm, and there’s a lifeguard on duty! Patrick, CB2 Berkeley

We love Airstream trailers! Jen, CB2 Union Square

We’re keeping our vertical garden hydrated by recycling raindrops! Kate, CB2 Lincoln Park

An urban oasis complete with cabanas. Vance, CB2 Soho

Inspired by the architecture of Palm Springs…

and just where are my shades? Todd, CB2 West Hollywood

Thanks to all the store designers who contributed.