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Catalog cover photo courtesy of cb2.com

Described as “affordable modern for apartment, loft, and home,” CB2 is Crate & Barrel’s younger, hipper furniture and accessories offshoot. The store’s urban cool vibe features minimalistic design elements spiked with color and a bit of humor, and its dining/entertaining section is one of my very favorites.

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Great entertaining/display ideas at every turn


I almost always go for plain white dinnerware for parties and get-togethers. The simple palette allows the food to stand out, and it’s a no-brainer to mix and match with other pieces. Look at those cute little mini spoons!

I love the idea of using tasting spoons – shown here in 2 different shapes – to serve small bites. These are definitely on my to-buy list.

Porcelain serving pieces

Bowls and plates in interesting shapes

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