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About a year ago, a little bird told the editors at House & Home that Crate & Barrel’s more modern sister store, CB2, would be opening up just around the corner from our office in Toronto. We heard it would open in March 2011. Well, look at your calendars, it’s finally March and still no opening. Still, rumour has it that it’ll be ready for customers at the beginning of the summer. While I patiently wait for the doors to open so I can actually set foot in one of my most favourite stores, here are a few items that I’ll be definitely adding (or wishing I could add!) to my basket:

This is an outdoor rug, but I’d put this guy indoors. I love the pattern and colours on this Casbah Rug, and being so durable, my little dog Stewie wouldn’t completely ruin it with his sometimes devilish behaviour!

The Archive Credenza is definitely on the wish list, and has been a personal favourite of mine for a while.

I’m a huge fan of oversized floor lamps. I like the combination of the high gloss powder-coated base paired with a fabric lampshade on the Alpha Carbon Floor Lamp. A little unexpected but totally appreciated — I would welcome this handsome lamp into my loft any day.

I’m a bit terrified of bringing colour into my space, but I think I could handle this Hatfield Grellow Rocker. This nod to the mid-century modern classic Bertoia chair is a clever combination of lines, function and colour.

Now for the (easily affordable) item that I’ll actually put into my basket and happily skip away with? I’ve blogged about this light before — the Utility Pendant Lamp. The plan is to do away with my bedside lamps and suspend two of these from my ceiling. Sounds easy enough, but the tricky part will be trying to convince my big brother to come up to Canada to do it for me…

For my colleague Gwen McAuley’s furniture picks from CB2, see her spring 2010 blog post.

Photo credits:
1. Casbah Rug, CB2
2. Archive Credenza, CB2
3. Alpha Carbon Floor Lamp, CB2

4. Hatfield Grellow Rocker, CB2
5. Utility Pendant Lamp, CB2

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