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  1. Mary Lee Kitchen: Gluten Free Night! Cisco Home 23-Jul-2016
  2. What Will You Score at Cisco Sample Sale? Beth Whiffen 12-Jul-2016
  3. Fruited Quinoa Breakfast Cisco Home 10-Jul-2016
  4. Green Goddess Cooking Class! Cisco Home 07-Jul-2016
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  6. Get the Modern Beach House Look Beth Whiffen 13-Jun-2016
  7. Healthy Cooking Class #1 Cisco Home 04-Jun-2016
  8. Peach and Strawberry Collagen Smoothie Cisco Home 03-Jun-2016
  9. Healthy Basics: Cooking Class in Pasadena! Cisco Home 03-Jun-2016
  10. Artesanos/Artisans: Our Furniture Makers Featured on KCET Beth Whiffen 27-May-2016

Mary Lee Kitchen: Gluten Free Night!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Last night we had a wonderful evening thanks to Elizabeth Eichhorn with Mary Lee Kitchen! Mary Lee Kitchen strives to help people with food allergies and dietary restrictions have a seat at the table and not feel left out! She’s been featured in numerous outlets such as: Darling, Pasadena Magazine, Blog Her, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Health Smart, and more.

Elizabeth hosted a fantastic class that was all about living a gluten-free life, from appetizers and main courses to specialized cocktails and desserts. We learned a ton, ate a lot and enjoyed every drop of the delicious Mary Lee Margarita.

We can’t wait to have Elizabeth back to teach us more and share her cooking techniques!


Here is the recipe for the drink of the night:

  • ·         ½ ounce orange juice
  • ·         1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ·         1 ounce homemade strawberry syrup
  • ·         2 ounces tequila (make sure it’s 100% gluten free!)


Pour all into a shaker. Put in a hand full of ice cubes, shake, strain and serve over ice and enjoy!!


we take our drinks very seriously here at Cisco.

What Will You Score at Cisco Sample Sale?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Los Angeles, you are in luck—this summer is the season to discover stylish furniture and home accessories at amazing prices, because Cisco Sample Sale has opened its doors. This pop-up at 8126 Beverly Boulevard offers something for everyone. Do you need new dining room furniture or a brand new sofa or chairs?  Cisco Sample Sale features all sorts of floor samples, including some of our most popular designs, at deep discounts. Looking for lighting? You could discover both one-of-a-kind upcycled chandeliers and hand-blown glass lamps. If you're crazy for chic flea market finds but don't have time to hunt for them, you've come to the right place. Cisco and team scour the best flea markets to find the very coolest one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces, and many of our favorites are at Cisco Sample Sale for flea market prices. You'll also find pieces from our Environment line, which includes tables, beds, bureaus and more made with beautiful and sustainable reclaimed wood. The offerings change by the day, so visit often!

To save even more on your finds, snap a photo of the new Made in LA wall we created outside, then post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MadeinLAbyCisco. We'll give you an additional 10% off of your purchase. See you at Cisco Sample Sale!


Fruited Quinoa Breakfast

Sunday, July 10, 2016
At yesterday's class with Vicki, we made this amazingly delicious breakfast bowl. Full of protein, fiber and heart-healthy ingredients. 
You can add really anything to this bowl that you want, but we stuck with the basics. 

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Makes 6 1/2 cup servings.

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup dry quinoa, well-rinsed
-1 1/2 cups vanilla rice milk
-2 tablespoons raisins
-1 cup chopped fresh peaches
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
-cinnamon to taste

How to:

Combine quinoa and rice milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a slow simmer, then cover and cook for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Stir in raisins, peaches, vanilla and cinnamon. Serve warm or chilled. 

We were all such a fan of this dish we could eat it for breakfast, lunch or a sweet treat in the evening!



Happy eating!

Green Goddess Cooking Class!

Thursday, July 07, 2016
We had a blast last Sunday with Whole Foods and Kelly Kearns, founder of Green Goddess Coaching, for an amazingly delicious raw desserts class!
Kelly is a certified nutritionist  in Weight Management, Personal Training and Life Coaching as well as over 10 years experience helping regular people combat health concerns, weight issues and improve their health. She offers professional corporate wellness programs, personalized nutritional & fitness programs and helps other health and fitness professionals to expand their business. Her athletic background and personal experiences have fueled her passion to continue to serve, learn and develop new programs toward healthier living.   If you weren't able to make it to this fun and informational class, don't be sad! We have another one coming up this Sunday, July 10th from 2-3. It is one you don't want to miss! RSVP is required & seating is first come first serve. 
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Gluten Free 101 at Pasadena!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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Spend your Friday night having fun while learning to eat, drink, and live a gluten free/food allergy lifestyle! Just because you can't eat everything in the world, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the food!  Elizabeth Eichhorn, CEO of Mary Lee Kitchen, will be leading this class. Her experience with food allergies is vast, because she has had to learn how to cope with Celiac Diseas plus a corn and avocado allergy. She began her company in 2013 after not finding adequate sources of help.  Through an allergy friendly blog, product line, and catering, Elizabeth has found ways to include all people, no matter their dietary restrictions, at the table.

Sign up for this amazing class at Eventbrite. 

                                                   


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Get the Modern Beach House Look

Monday, June 13, 2016



Now that it's summer we're all dreaming of the beach. Whether you're lucky enough to have a seaside home or just long for ocean breezes from your landlocked office, giving your home a bit of a beach house look can make you feel like you're on vacation every time you walk through the door. These are a few decor elements that can help:

Beach glass lighting: Clear glass lamps give a room a light and airy feel that says summer, and blue, teal or green versions of our Jug pendant lamp bring the color of the sea inside.

Modern slipcovers: White slipcovers are a go-to beach house style, because they make things look light and summery and stand up well to sandy feet and wet bathing suits since they can be easily cleaned. For a contemporary take on this classic look, consider less structured slipcovered styles like the Donato sofa or chair.

Rustic wood: Upcycled wood, like the reclaimed Douglas fir and oak wine barrels in our Vino Dresser, gives tables and bureaus an organic look that evokes driftwood.

Light and bright accents: Colorful accessories have a joyful, laid-back feel and really pop against white slipcovers and natural wood. Throw pillows in vibrant vintage textiles, or one of the globally-inspired fabrics in the Cisco Prints line, make a great punctuation mark for any room. The slightly faded quality of these fabrics gives them a soulful beauty that's in tune with those barefoot vacation house vibes.


 






Healthy Cooking Class #1

Saturday, June 04, 2016
It's Saturday! You know what that means, we are cooking up a storm here in Pasadena! We had the honor of having Vicki Woolman, PCRM Certified Food for Life Instructor, teach her first of three classes on healthy cooking here at the store. All of the recipes were budget conscious, time efficient and most importantly they all supported a low-fat, plant-based diet!  

Our favorite was the "Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili":

Ingredients:
  • 1 25 oz. low-sodium black beans, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 16 oz. jar of low sodium salsa
  • 8 oz. frozen corn
  • freshly squeezed lime juice
  • fresh cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • guacamole


Directions:
Mix beans, corn, and salsa in a 5 qt pot. Add reserved liquid to reach desired consistency. The more liquid, the "soupier" the chili will become. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add optional toppings just before serving. 


Peach and Strawberry Collagen Smoothie

Friday, June 03, 2016

After having Charles Chen host our last cooking segment here in Pasadena, we fell completely in love with his food style and delicious recipes! In preparation of summer, we are making  his Peach and Strawberry Collagen Smoothies! So get your glow on AND your protein! This recipe will help you stay lean, and your skin GLOWING!


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Peaches
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cup of Frozen Pineapples
  • 2 Cups of Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Tsp of Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon of Neocell Collagen Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Organic Goji Berries
  • 1 Tsp of Lemon Juice


INSTRUCTIONS: 

Blend & ENJOY

Healthy Basics: Cooking Class in Pasadena!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Happy Friday Everyone! We are extremely excited about our second cooking class that we are hosting here at the store thanks to Whole Foods! Join PCRM Certified Food For Life Instructor, Vicki Woolman, Whole Foods & Cisco Home for a Healthy Basics Cooking SeriesAt each class, 3 recipes will be prepared (including tastings!) with the final class being a store tour.  All recipes are budget conscious, time efficient and most importantly support a low-fat, plant-based diet plan that has proven to prevent, manage, and in some cases reverse, chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Class 1: The Power of Your Plate - Learn the general concepts behind healthful eating habits and try out a new way of eating!

Please arrive 15 minutes early to park at Whole Foods Market Arroyo and walk across the street to Cisco Home Pasadena. Join us back at Whole Foods Market Arroyo after for a free give-away!

Space is limited and RSVP is REQUIRED!

Learn more about PCRM: http://www.pcrm.org/

For questions please contact Vicki Woolman: vwoolman@yahoo.com / (661)917-7138

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT) 
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Artesanos/Artisans: Our Furniture Makers Featured on KCET

Friday, May 27, 2016
We proudly declare that our furniture is “Made in LA,” because our customers appreciate that local manufacturing is good for the environment and for the American economy. But what people might not realize is that producing our designs in Los Angeles is more than ethical and eco-friendly--it’s actually essential to the quality and beauty of our furniture, because LA is home to artisans and craftspeople as talented as any in the world.

That’s why we are so excited that some of the people who use their hands and hearts to create Cisco Home furniture are in the spotlight this month in the latest episode of Artbound, KCET’s program dedicated to art and artistry in Southern California. People like master glass blower Jesus Garcia, who creates our hand-blown glass lamps, Conan Castillo, the blacksmith and maker who transforms discarded materials into stylish one-of-a-kind furniture you find at Cisco Home, and upholsterer Jose Galvez, who tells the camera “Upholstery has given me everything” and “If I make a piece gladly with love, any person will know that it is 100% well-made.” All of them are migrants who brought a tradition of craftsmanship with them when they moved to Los Angeles from Mexico, and formed a skilled workforce that’s essential to the city's status as a creative capital and hub of high-end manufacturing.  


“Artesanos/Artisans” celebrates these craftspeople, and features interviews with our founder Cisco Pinedo. “Anything you want created, in LA there is a craftsman in the city who can produce it,” says Cisco, and he goes on to praise Cisco Home customers for sharing our values of local and hand-made. The whole episode of Artbound is streaming now online. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Cisco’s Favorite Los Angeles Food

Thursday, May 19, 2016



If our founder Cisco Pinedo hadn’t become a furniture maker he might have been a successful restaurant owner—he’s famous among friends and colleagues for the delicious meals he effortlessly whips up both at his home at on the road at interior design trade shows. But he often doesn’t have time to cook, and relies on some of the great restaurants around Cisco Home’s South LA headquarters, the design district and his Pasadena-area home. We asked Cisco to share a few of his favorite eateries in the city that he loves:

Eggslut:  This all-about-eggs eatery in Grand Central Market is Cisco’s go-to spot for a late breakfast/early lunch. “It’s not a hidden find anymore because it’s become one of the most popular places in downtown LA, but it is delicious and I love the casual atmosphere,” says Cisco. “Plus if the line is way too long you have great alternatives in the Central Market.”

Madcapra: When he’s near the Grand Central Market but isn’t in feeling eggs, Cisco hits this new-school falafel place, where the middle eastern staple is served piled with fresh and pickled vegetables. “Central Market has become LA’s hub for high quality casual food,” he says. 


Mi Casita: This authentic Mexican restaurant is one of Cisco’s favorites. “They make one of the best moles and it’s my favorite place to eat enchiladas! The food is fresh and rich with Mexican ingredients. Do not miss their Chia lemonade.”

El Compadre: “This casual Mexican joint on Florence in the heart of South LA is run by a local family,” says Cisco, and it's his favorite place for ceviche and maybe a beer to go with it.

Papa Cristo’s: One of the oldest Greek restaurants in LA, Papa Cristo’s is beloved for its to-go food. They have a great selection of cheeses and the best greek yogurt in LA. There is something for everyone here.” 

Lukshon: When he’s craving Asian food for lunch, “there is no place better” than this Asian-fusion spot in Culver City. “They have amazing options for vegetarians, and really great fish dishes,” says Cisco. “The lobster roll has a great twist and is to die for, and you have to order the black rice.”

Croft Alley: Tucked away in the design district, Croft Alley on Melrose Place is what Cisco calls a “hidden treasure.” “I love their spontaneous menu based on great produce and seasonal finds at the farmers market. If you are a risotto lover – do not miss it! “

Union: For inventive fine dining close to his Pasadena-area home, Cisco says “There is no better place than Union for the food adventurers. They have amazing pastas and the most delicious mussels!" 



5 Eco-Friendly Home Rules

Friday, April 22, 2016



At Cisco Home we believe every day should be Earth Day, but nonetheless when April 22 rolls around we use it as a chance to take stock of our actions and choices, both as a company and as individuals, to see if there are do-able ways that we can live more sustainably.

When you hear the phrase “green home” you might think of big improvements like solar panels and grey water systems, or small daily habits like recycling or turning off the lights. Because you don’t buy furniture all that often, and since your decorating choices aren’t reflected on your electric bill, it’s easy to forget that the furniture and décor you choose has a big impact on the eco-friendly factor of your house. To help you make the best choices for the planet, keep in mind these principles of green home décor:

Choose sustainable wood
When trees aren’t sustainably harvested and forests aren’t responsibly managed, ecosystems can be damaged and climate change exacerbated. That’s why we are very careful to use wood with minimal environmental impact. All of the new wood in Cisco Home furniture—from the alder frames inside sofas and chairs to the visible wood on tables and furniture legs—is FSC-certified. That means that it came from lumber sources that the Forestry Stewardship Council has approved as responsible in terms of environmental stewardship and impact on local communities. In addition to FSC-certified new wood, we are always look for ways to upcycle existing wood into distinctive and stylish one-of-a-kind furniture.

Nix VOCs
By choosing solid wood instead of engineered wood or particleboard, you prevent harmful chemicals from being released into your home and the atmosphere. Although those composite woods are usually less expensive than solid wood, they are generally held together by glues which release formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). You can also reduce VOCs in your home by choosing low-VOC paint for your walls.

Find beauty in the old
Nothing lends style and substance to a room like a one-of-a-kind vintage find. The Cisco Home team scours flea markets around the globe to find well-traveled, beautifully unique items waiting to be given new life in our stores and in your homes. As founder Cisco Pinedo says, “I’m not interested in design that is unique for the sake of uniqueness. I’d rather create with materials that are already out there waiting to be found.”

Rehab what you already own
There’s a saying we like: “The greenest thing you can own is the one you already have”—in other words, hanging on to a piece of furniture is often a more eco-friendly choice than buying a new one. If your sofa or upholstered chairs are looking shabby, get them reupholstered (maybe in one of our new Cisco Prints textiles) or have slip covers made. Take scratched wood pieces to a furniture restorer to see what can be done.

Buy quality, buy what you love
Investing in high-quality furniture and home accessories that you absolutely adore pays off over time.  Mass-produced products are bad for the planet, and they lack style and soul—two things your home should have in abundance!

Cisco Prints Launch Party

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Last week we celebrated the launch of Cisco Prints, which is a pretty big deal because it's our first line of fabrics available both for upholstery and by the yard, designed by our creative director Maurishka Pinedo. We gathered our closest friends, partners and fans at Cisco Home Melrose to toast Maurishka's debut as a textile designer with tequila cocktails. We nibbled on delicious appetizers from Cast Iron Catering and cupcakes from Susie Cakes Bakery and grooved to LA rock and bluegrass band DJ and the Greenleas while, out back, Lost Car Chef Apparel custom-embroidered the party favors (tote bags). 



Clockwise from top left: Cisco Home founder Cisco Pinedo with daughter Natalie Pinedo (left), Cisco Home's marketing director, his wife Alba Pinedo (near right) and daughter Maurishka Pinedo (far right), designer of Cisco Prints; the iconic "Made in LA" wall at our Melrose Location; Cisco and Alba with friends; party guests.


Clockwise from top left: The appetizer spread; Cisco Home's Jennifer Plake with party guests; DJ and the Greenleas; party guests; Maurishka, Paloma, Alba and Natalie Pinedo with Alex Makowka and Jessica Goodman; party guests.



Clockwise from top left: Party guests; Margarita Bar by Cast Iron Catering; Proud papa Cisco Pinedo toasts Maurishka and her Cisco Prints collection; Jolie Jankowitz and Brenna Griffiths of Fab Fit Fun with a friend; party guests; guests "feeling good."




Clockwise from top left: Cisco and friend; Maurishka Pinedo and friend; Morgan Stewart, Jessica Sutton and Laura Eckstein Jones; Matt Cowan, Ryan Malloy and Colin Thompson; party guests; Natalie Pinedo, Jessica Goodman and a friend. 




Clockwise from top left: Maurishka with blogger Anne Sage; Jennifer Plake with party guests; Lorena Ashby of Cisco Home, John Batchelor of Cisco Home and Yunnie Kim Morena of Cast Iron Catering; the store; Jolie Jankowitz and Brenna Griffiths of Fab Fit Fun with friends; Natalie Pinedo with Jenna Haggard.





How Cisco Home Gives Back

Thursday, March 31, 2016




Social and environmental responsibility have always been core values of our company. By using eco-friendly materials and creating job opportunities at our factory in South Los Angeles, we live these values every day. But Cisco Home founder Cisco Pinedo goes beyond that by supporting non-profits that advance these values. 

Making Education the Answer


In 2000 Cisco helped found Making Education the Answer (META), a Los Angeles nonprofit dedicated to providing mentorship and scholarships to Hispanic youth. “We noticed that too many Hispanic kids in Los Angeles either weren’t finishing high school or weren’t going on to college,” says Cisco. “And when people don’t get an education or learn a craft, you end up with a lot of people without a purpose.” Since then META has given out close to $350,000 in scholarships and provided mentoring and role models to urban students, and Cisco continues to serve as a Co-Chair of the non-profit.


Refoundry


On the opposite coast, one of Cisco’s causes provides opportunities for a different  group in need of them: formerly incarcerated adults. Refoundry, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that Cisco co-founded, employs former convicts to create one-of-a-kind furniture using discarded wood from urban construction and demolition projects. Upcycling these materials keeps them out of the landfill, while providing much-needed training and work opportunities for some of the 700,000 people who are released from incarceration each year. The lack of employment options for the formerly incarcerated is one reason that 75% wind up back in the justice system within three years of release. Refoundry is helping address this problem, and the result is hand-crafted, beautifully distinctive furniture which can be purchased at the Brooklyn Flea.

“My goal is that through our non-profits we can help people find their purpose,” says Cisco. “Supporting important causes is also a way to remind people that making money is great and being successful is great, but you cannot ignore what’s going on in your community, you have to participate.”

Visit the websites of META and Refoundry to learn more or make a donation.

 

Rice Salad with Fennel, Orange and Chickpeas

Saturday, March 26, 2016

We don’t always eat healthy, but when we do we love to try new things! Today we are creating a delicious dish with a mild anise-like flavor of fennel and is well balanced with citrus! 

What you will need:

  • 1½ cups brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and diced
  • 1 orange, zested, peeled, and segmented (zest and segments reserved)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley

How to:

Rinse the rice under cold water and drain. Add it to a pot with 3 cups of cold water. Bring it to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, covered, for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

While the rice cooks, chop the fennel.

Then chop up the parsley.

Combine the chickpeas, fennel, orange zest and segments, white wine vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well.

When the rice is finished, add the rice to the bowl and mix well!



Have a wonderful Easter everyone!

Tabletop Decor for Spring Entertaining

Friday, March 18, 2016


Spring is finally here, which means celebratory holiday meals. Whether you're hosting a lunch or dinner for Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day or no reason at all, a beautiful table will make the food taste even better. Creating a stunning tablescape doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and at Cisco Home we like to keep it eco-friendly.  Susie Ahern is a LEED-certified interior designer at Cisco Home Pasadena and an entertaining superstar, so we asked her for some of her best advice on dressing up your dining table this season.

Start with textiles

A beautiful tablecloth adds color and pattern to the scene. “But it doesn’t have to be a proper tablecloth, any fun or beautiful fabric works and you can buy fabric by the yard to save money,” says Susie. Our new Cisco Prints collection is available by the yard and gives a tabletop a beautiful dose of global style. You can also just use fabric as a runner down the center of the table to leave the wood exposed.

Bring nature in

Celebrate the beauty of spring by making flowers and greenery the centerpiece. “Bring in blossoms and branches from your own backyard! You do not need to spend a fortune on a floral arrangement to make the table look put together,” says Susie. If you don't have flowers for a big arrangment, “place small groupings of flowers in a few simple glass vases or even reclaimed wood logs that have the centers hollowed out,” Susie adds. “Use what you already own—favorite pitchers, cake stands, bottles, or really anything that can hold a pretty little element on your table.”

Don’t be afraid to mix metals

Gold adds a touch of luxury to your setting, says Susie, and mixing metals is a trend in interiors and fashion, so it’s no problem if you don’t have a big matching set of flatware and serving utensils.

Vary heights to bring the table to life

Floral arrangements and candles of different sizes and heights bring impact to the center of the table. “A scene is more visually appealing when the eye has to travel up and down to take it in,” says Susie. The Walnut Wood Cutting Boards at Cisco Home offer another way to bring height and visual interest to the table when used to serve cheese, antipasti or finger-friendly desserts.

Place cards add instant elegance

“It may sound a bit formal but place cards make your guests feel special, and help to avoid that moment where everybody fumbles about wondering where to sit,” says Susie. You can create nature-inspired place cards by taking a marker or paint brush to pieces of bark or small stones, or to easter eggs.

Don't hold back on votives
You know that candles add ambiance to a dinner table, but most people stop at two or three--don't, says Susie. "Place six or more votives in glass candle holders around the table," she advises. Keep in mind that unscented candles made of beeswax or soy are better for indoor air and your health than standard paraffin wax ones are (paraffin is a petroleum byproduct).

Make dessert part of the décor

From colorful candy to bright fruit tarts, spring desserts are a visual feast, so don’t wait until the end of the meal to place sweets at the center of the table or along the sideboard. “You can use dessert as a centerpiece by placing it on a gorgeous pedestal,” says Susie. No cake plate? “Buy a candlestick and plate from the dollar store and hot glue the plate to the candlestick. Voila!”



Cloudy with a Chance of Cookies

Monday, March 07, 2016

When the weather is misbehaving and it’s cold and overcast, there is nothing better than heading to the kitchen to bake up some warm and delicious cookies. Our flavor of choice today you ask? Double chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and a splash of peppermint! These cookies are so incredibly rich and tasty with just a hint of cooling from the peppermint extract! 

So join us in the kitchen and let’s getting started! 

What you will need:

1 cup butter, softened 

1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

How to:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended.

4. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set.

7. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Helpful tip: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

What do you guys think? Do you love them as much as we do??

4 Ways We Make Eco-Friendly Wood Furniture

Tuesday, March 01, 2016


What do we mean when we say that Cisco Home furniture is eco-friendly? It all starts with the wood. A lot of lumber goes through the doors of our factory, and we make sure that it has the most sustainable origins possible. These are four main ways that our wood furniture is good for the planet:

FSC-Certified Wood

New wood furniture by Cisco Home is made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified maple, white oak, and walnut, and the frames of our upholstered furniture are made of FSC-certified alder. The FSC is an international nonprofit that appraises commercial forests for sustainability—making sure that more trees are planted than are cut down, that forests are operated in harmony with local ecosystems, and that indigenous communities aren’t hurt by forestry. As Pepe Pinedo, who runs the LA workshop where most of our wood furniture is produced puts it in our video Crafting Wood Resposibly, “It gives you peace of mind” to know that new wood in our furniture isn’t damaging the planet.

Reclaimed and Repurposed Wood

At Cisco Home we are always looking for inventive ways to upcycle discarded wood into beautiful new pieces of furniture. We use wood from dying trees in urban areas and salvage wood from buildings that are being torn down, most often in our native LA, and are always on the look out for creative ways to upcycle wood. This means reclaimed Douglas fir in dining room tables, white oak from wine barrels in the Vino Side Table, and grape boxes transformed into tables (like the Grape Box Coffee Table). 






Nontoxic Adhesives and Finishes

Much mass-produced wood furniture contains glues and finishes containing formaldehyde and other chemicals that can be harmful, both to your health and the planet’s. But we use only natural finishes (such as beeswax and fruit vinegar-based finishes) and adhesives, making our wood furniture a safe and healthy choice for your home.

Quality Construction

The most eco-friendly wood furniture is the kind that lasts for decades, reducing the need for more resources to be used. We handcraft our furniture to last a lifetime, creating family heirlooms that can stand the test of time in both durability and design. 

Introducing Cisco Prints!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


We are excited to announce the launch of Cisco Prints, our new line of fabrics designed by Cisco Home Creative Director Maurishka Pinedo. Inspired by traditional textiles from around the world, every fabric in the Cisco Prints line is designed to add a touch of color, pattern and globetrotter style to your home. 

Maurishka and her father, Cisco Home founder Cisco Pinedo, have traveled the globe in search of inspiration for Cisco Home, and love to bring traditional vintage textiles back to Los Angeles to use as upholstery. This collection is Maurishka's interpretation of those textiles and an homage to the craftspeople who make them.

“For years we’ve been collecting vintage textiles to use as upholstery, so we decided to create a line of fabrics inspired by the prints and aesthetic of those gorgeous textiles from around the globe,” says Maurishka. “The textiles we drew inspiration from are traditionally handcrafted by women, and they are fabrics of the common people, so we wanted to celebrate the beauty of that.”

The Karima, Farrah and Medina prints were inspired by the delicately beautiful kilims that Maurishka discovered in the souks of Marrakesh on a recent trip to Morocco, while the Coco and Kayan patterns pay homage to the mud cloth textiles traditionally created by women in western Africa. Many of the prints showcase deep blues with a subtly faded, hand-dyed look, which evoke Burmese indigo textiles.

Printed on sustainable fabrics including organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, Cisco Textiles will be found both on Cisco Home furniture and pillows and available by the yard, so you can use them to create your ideal upholstery, pillows, curtains and more.

We can't wait to see what beautiful things Cisco Home customers create for their homes using Cisco Prints! See how we bring our new creations to life on furniture, pillows and more by following Cisco Home on Facebook and Instagram.






Birthday Brunch!

Saturday, February 06, 2016
 

Tomorrow is one of our dear friend and beloved leader’s birthday! We have asked him a thousand times what he would like to do to celebrate and this year he wants to just have a little intimate get together as oppose to an all-out event that ends with aspirin and a cold shower! Since being a hostess can sometimes be a bit costly, here are some great options for hosting a birthday brunch without making everyone bring a dish!

Let's start off with the main dishes:

Stuffed French Toast Casserole and doughnut bar

Yogurt Parfait Bar

Eggs

When you are making the egg bake and French toast casserole, it is a great way to serve a big group without spending a fortune!

With your yogurt parfait bar, purchase a large container of yogurt instead of individual packages and present it in a pretty bowl! Grab a box of granola cereal for the topping.  Put out some fresh strawberries and blueberries next to the other ingredients and the bar is complete! Make sure to lay out some cups and spoons and your guests will love being in control of making their own parfaits!

Moving on to the side dishes:

Fresh Fruit Bowls

Bagels with cream cheese, peanut butter, jams, and butter

Buying some fresh fruit and having it available next to various bagels and scrumptious toppings are a must for brunch!

And the best part, the drinks:

Bloody Mary Bar

Wallet Friendly Mimosas

Coffee and Tea Bar

Purchase some cheap champagne and a gallon of orange juice to give your party a delicious mimosa treat! You might suggest that each guest bring a cheap bottle of champagne just to make sure that you don’t run out of the booze!  For your coffee bar, get a big pot of Joe going and set out some fun creamers and sugar and let your guests make their own signature hot beverage. For the non-coffee drinkers, also set out some tea bags so guests can have options!

Happy Birthday David!!

xo, 
the pasadena team

5 Decorating Tips for Small Spaces

Monday, February 01, 2016



It seems like people are all about downsizing these days, Marie Kondo-ing their closets down to the bare minimum and channel surfing to TV shows like Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House Nation. We love the move toward less wasteful living, but there's no doubt that small spaces pose decorating challenges. Making a small space comfortable to live in, easy to navigate and not too cluttered takes some clever design. Here are a few strategies and key pieces that will help you live well with less square footage:

Focus on Flexible Furniture: Pieces that can play more than one role help save space. Our Pouf Round Ottoman can serve as extra seating, a foot rest or (with a tray on top) a coffee table. 

Fall for a Loveseat: Let's face it, three people almost never sit down on a sofa at once, so why not stick with a love seat? These elegant small-scale sofas seat two comfortably without hogging precious floor space. The Montauk Love Seat offers a whole lot of style in a small package.

Add a See-Through Piece: Accents made of a transparent material like lucite or glass (like the Cylinder Table Lamp) lighten the visual load of a small room. 

Go Mobile: Tables and chairs that are easy to move around are essential for the space-starved. Since the Miller Coffee Table is on wheels you can swiftly put it to the side of the room when you need to clear the floor for an exercise session or dance party.

Reflect Yourself: Mirrors are a tried and true way to add light and visually expand a space. The Wine Barrel Hanging Mirror adds style and sustainability—it's made of a recycled wine barrel!  






Stay Warm with Vegetable Lasagna

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy Sunday! On this cold and rainy day we love getting together with our friends and loved ones for a delicious and hearty home cooked meal! There is nothing better than a good lasagna to help bring us all together. So throw on your Cisco apron, grab a kitchen helper and let’s begin!

What you will need:

1 (16 oz) package of lasagna noodles
1 pound of fresh mushrooms, sliced
¾ c. chopped green bell pepper
¾ c. chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 (26 oz) jars of pasta sauce
1 tsp. dried basil
1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
½ c grated Parmesan cheese


How to:

Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente.

Rinse with cold water, and drain.

In a large saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and garlic in oil.

 Stir in pasta sauce and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Mix together ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and eggs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread 1 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch baking dish.

 Layer 1/2 each, lasagna noodles, ricotta mix, sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

Repeat layering, and top with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Hope you and your love ones enjoy this tasty treat!

xo,

the pasadena team

Our Favorite 2016 Home Trends

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The start of a new year is a natural time to take stock of your surroundings. If your home could use an update, there's no easier solution than adding a piece or two that reflect the top interior design trends of 2016. Here are five design influences that we expect to be big in the year ahead, along with Cisco Home's sustainable, made-in-LA takes on the trends:

"Old World" Style 


Furniture that might look at home in a grand estate a century ago will feel totally current in the coming year. While we’ll always love the clean lines of mid-century modern designs, we've also fallen for sofas, armchairs and ottomans with a romantic old-world element—think tufting, velvet upholstery or intricately carved legs, as seen on the Dromedary Sofa and Mandarin Ottoman, above.



Statement Pendant Lights 



More dramatic than ceiling lights, less attention-grabbing than chandeliers, long, hanging lights are having a big moment. Cisco Home pendant lamps come in a variety of eye-catching colors and shapes and are made of hand-blown glass by a local LA artisan. 


Dark Metals

Think beyond silver and gold, brass and nickel, in the year ahead, because inky dark metals are poised to be the next big thing. We have long loved dark metals such as iron and blackened stainless steel for their simple beauty and industrial edge. The Chain Side Table and the Pearl Sconce are two examples of this trend done right.

Globally Inspired Textiles



Upholstery and pillows in patterns inspired by cultures from every corner of the globe will continue to feel fresh in 2016. Our one-of-a-kind chairs and benches covered in vintage kilims have been incredibly popular, and next month we are launching Cisco Textiles, a new line of globally-inspired fabrics designed by our very own Maurishka Pinedo.


Unique and Upcycled Accent Pieces



We believe that every space needs an element that is completely unique—there's nothing like a vintage or upcycled piece to bring warmth and personality to a room. 2016 will see the design world passing over mass-produced accents in favor of one-of-a-kind pieces (like our Grape Box Side Table, each made with a unique box from a vineyard, and our framed Vintage Life Preserver) with their own special histories.

Which design trends are you looking forward to seeing more of in 2016? Let us know on the Cisco Home Facebook page.

Introducing Cisco Home Pillow Play!

Friday, November 20, 2015


 

Mastering the art of mixing throw pillows isn’t rocket science, but it can be daunting. That is why we are introducing Cisco Home Pillow Play! Whether you are working on a new space or you just need a little “face-lift” for a dreary room.  

Pillow Play is as simple as 1, 2, 3!


Step 1:
 email us a photo of your space



Step 2:

we will then hand select each pillow for your space


Step 3:
we deliver them to your home and arrange them within your space

Step 4:
sit back, relax, & enjoy your new and refreshed space!

Styled by:
Amanda Overton {amanda@ciscohome.net}
Susie Ahern {sahern@ciscohome.net}
Chen Chen {paws too meaty to have access to email}
check us out @CiscoHomePasadena for more ideas and to see what is happening at our store!

Thanksgiving: Jalapeno Cornbread

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we are whipping out some of our favorite holiday recipes. One of our favorites is a jalapeno cornbread! The mixture of traditional cornbread with just a slight hint of heat makes this the perfect combination, especially when serving with some butternut squash soup! We had to do some testing today, to make sure it was still as delicious as we remember!


{girl versus dough}

Ingredients:

  • -3 c. all-purpose floor

  • -1 c. yellow cornmeal

  • -¼ c. sugar

  • -2 tbsp baking powder

  • -2 tsp salt

  • -2 c milk

  • -3 large eggs-lightly beaten

  • -2 sticks unsalted butter (a little extra to grease your pans!)

  • -8 oz. aged extra-sharp Cheddar, grated & divided

  • -1/3 c. chopped scallions, white and green parts

  • -3 tbsp. seeded and minced jalapeno pepper


How-to:

1. Preheat oven to 350°

2. Grease a 9x12 baking pan

3. Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and your salt in a large bowl.

4. In another bowl, mix together your milk, eggs, and butter.

5. With a large spoon, mix the wet and the dry ingredients together till most of the clumps are dissolved. You don’t want to go too crazy and over mix.

6. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese, scallion and jalapeno mixture.


7. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.


8. Pour your batter into your pre-greased pan and then sprinkle the remaining cheese and jalapeno mixture on top.


9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until you are able to stick a toothpick into the bread and comes out clean.

10. Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Share with us below and @CiscoHomePasadena!

Meet Our Designers!

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Our designers here in Pasadena have experience working on projects all over the states and abroad. Having worked on residential homes, hotels, restaurants, and television sets, they have acquired a wide range of design skills. Each of our designers have their own style, aesthetic and design philosophy, which they bring to each and every project with great reverence and excitement. 

Meet our amazing Pasadena Design Team:



Holiday Ready!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to start making your home guest ready!
The first thing we do to prepare is to give our guest bedroom and bath a good cleaning! Who wants to stay in a not so fresh guest room? I know I don't, so I always make sure to change the linens, dust, and vacuum. 

(bedroom styled by our designer amanda overton)

Here is our little list to help make your guest room top notch! 

1. Have extra blankets and pillows

2. Laundry basket for guest's dirty clothes

3. Coat hangers

4. Cleared out drawers for your guests to use

5. Clean towels

6. Bottles of water and some snacks. 

7. Your wi-fi password

8. Side table with reading lamp

9. Extra toiletries

(bedroom styled by our designer amanda overton)

These simple steps are sure to create a nice and cozy atmosphere that your guests will be sure to remember! Let us help you create your perfect guest room with our complimentary design service! Pop in to Pasadena to get your home guest ready this holiday season! 

Tour the Tranquil Home of a Furniture Brand's Founder

Monday, June 15, 2015
Cisco Home has long been a designer destination for stylish, sustainable furniture in both classic and modern designs. It should come as no surprise then that the brand's founder, Cisco Pinedo, has brought the same sensibilities to his own Los Angeles-area home which is featured in this summer's issue of Naturally, Danny Seo. We love the home's tranquil spaces full of rich textures, timeless pieces, and thoughtful accents. Vintage furniture like the patio's worn dining chairs give the spaces life and character. Keep scrolling to see for yourself.







Earth Week Tips

Monday, April 27, 2015
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See all the tips here.

Pretty Pink Parties in Pasadena

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring is in the air and what better way to get your day started than by having hand-cut and delivered roses to your desk! Do we get spoiled by our boss here in Pasadena or what?!



To maintain the pink Easter-y theme we decided to whip up some strawberry cupcakes to go with our new flowers!

Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes 

Ingredients:

Unbleached All Purpose Flour : 1 and 3/4 cups
Sugar: 3/4 to 1 cup
Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon
Fresh strawberries, pureed or crushed 8oz (I used strawberry pie filling, cause that’s what I had)
Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
Canola Oil: 1/2 cup
White Distilled Vinegar: 1 tablespoon ( I used Apple Cider, still awesome

Yield: 12 tastetactical cupcakes

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F/Grease/line a muffin tin.

2. In a large bowl combine together the flour, baking soda and sugar.

3. In another bowl, mix the oil, vinegar and vanilla. Add the pureed strawberry also to the oil mixture and stir to combine.

4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir together but do not over stir.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins.

6. Bake for about 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. When cool, frost the cupcakes and top each with a whole strawberry!!


Shamrocks & Shenanigans!

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saint Patty’s Day is coming soon! So we're getting our Irish Pub Rock on here in Pasadena and helping our stomachs expand with delicious treats.   Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and sprouting from that it became a celebration of Irish culture in general. As far as the green color scheme goes, it started out being a blue orientation, but over the years the color green became the color of choice. Even in the 17th century, people were rockin out with the green ribbons and shamrock adorned sweater vests. Ok, maybe they weren’t wearing sweater vests back then, but I’m sure they were dreaming of some snazzy threads. Last piece of knowledge for ya today, the whole three leafed plant actually came into play to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Boom! Knowledge!
 

Now, to the good stuff. For this years St. P day we decided to make some nice Irish stout infused cupcakes
Ingredients:

For the cupcake part:
  • 1 ½ c all-purpose flour 
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 c stout beer (I use Trader Joe’s oatmeal stout)
  • ½ c canola oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
For the Irish Whiskey Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 c non-hydrogenated shortening (I use Spectrum Organics)
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 5 tbsp almond milk
  • 4 tsp Irish whiskey

Let the festivities begin!

Directions:
To make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line  your cupcake pan with shamrock liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together stout, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
Fill the cupcake liners about two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
To make the frosting:
Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the shortening until smooth. With the mixer running on low, add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tbsp of almond milk at a time, as needed, until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. Add whiskey, 1 teaspoon at a time. Beat on high for 2 more minutes until light and fluffy.
Now fill your frosting bag with the buttercream, throw on a fun tip and go to town!
Voila! These are super dense and very beer-licious! You might need to have a nice cup of black coffee to go with them and make it Irish!

Spring Fling: March 28th

Sunday, March 08, 2015
Join us for a day of "Spring Fling" shopping here at Cisco Home in Pasadena on March 28th. Delicious sips and bites will be provided by Whole Foods as well. 

LA Makers Market: Saturday March 28th

Saturday, March 07, 2015

On Saturday the 28th we are having a wonderful event highlighting local artists and their glorious products!

Designers include: ArtAsan, Caroline Blackburn, Debbie Bean, Echo + Air, Janjoon Jewelry, Jill Aiko Yee, J. Mason Leather-goods, Juniper & Fir, K A L I Alkemi, Nina Savill Jewelry, Olivo, O & M Leather, and Stranger Furniture.  These are incredible artists with a great passion for their craft, so join us for drinks, food and beautiful pieces on Saturday the 28th!

Susie Bakes Saturdays: Vegan Cookie Brownies

Saturday, February 21, 2015



Here is a recipe for a seriously indulgent dessert, and it's vegan!

Ingredients:

For the brownie layer

1 box brownie mix, prepared and unbaked OR

10 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups white sugar

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tbsp ground flax, mixed with 6 tbsp water

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the Oreo layer

1 package of Oreo cookies

 

For the chocolate chip cookie layer

1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter ( at room temp)

1/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 tbsp ground flax, mixed with 3 tbsp water

1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Liberally spray a cupcake pan or an 8x8 baking pan with baking spray.

Make the brownie layer per box instructions (without baking) OR: In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the sugar and cocoa powder.

Stir to combine and remove from the heat.

Add the salt, vanilla and flax mix to the batter and then whisk until combined.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour and then slowly incorporate the flour into the batter until it's all mixed.

Set the batter aside.

If making your own cookie dough:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with a hand mixer.

Add the flax mix and then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as you go.

Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and then set aside.

Now for the fun part:

Start by gently pressing the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan, making sure to create an even layer.

Then add a layer of Oreos on top of the cookie dough. Nudge them as close together as possible without overlapping.

Pour the brownie batter on top of the Oreo layer.

Use a spatula to make sure it's even.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Test with a knife to see if the center is done. It's OK if the knife has some brownie on it. It's easy to over-bake the cookie layer if left in the oven too long.

Serve and enjoy!

Whatever Floats Your Goat

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year! This year's lucky animal is the goat.

The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 


According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. For example 2015 is a year of the Goat.

  1. -Lucky Colors: brown, red, purple
  2. -Lucky Numbers: 2, 7
  3. -Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose
  4. -Year of Birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
  5. -and one of the Best-Suited Careers for a goat is interior designer! 

John Derian Gallery in Pasadena

Sunday, February 15, 2015
We've been reinventing our store again here in Pasadena. This time we have converted our front rooms into a John Derian Gallery! So come on over and take a peek!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

We're doing the big day up right over here in Pasadena! Celebrating with champagne, strawberries and a brand new look! So come  join in the festivities  and check out out our new sign and showroom!

Love is in the Air!

Friday, February 13, 2015


Love is in the air over at Cisco Home, with new prints, patterns, and fabrics! We have a ton of new pieces to helps us get ready for spring and to help brighten up your space as well!

Introducing: Complimentary Design Services!

Friday, February 06, 2015
Whether you are completely remodeling a new home, or you simply want to spruce up a room,  our experienced design team is here to help!

Rue Magazine Shop Spotlight: Cisco Home

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Thank you to Rue Magazine for mentioning our newest location in San Francisco in their Shop Spotlight this month!

"After opening their first showroom in San Francisco twenty years ago, followed by several years away from the city, Cisco Home has just opened a new showroom in San Francisco’s design district. We spoke with founder Cisco Pinedo about their seventh location.

Welcome back! Once you decided to re-open in San Francisco, what was the process for designing the store?

Our first steps were figuring out a way to get back in the design district and then find a building that had the right architecture for our brand. Our focus has always been to embrace the space and bring our DNA into it, not change the character of the space.

What is your inspiration as a designer?

My inspiration is definitely always nature and my curiosity to figure out what to do with materials and objects that others have discarded. I find beauty in materials that are not heavily engineered have somehow have been formed through the exposure of nature. I think my style is definitely focused on comfort and embracing a relax way of living. I believe that an over designed spaces creates too much chaos, when we already have enough activities in our day-to-day life.

Congratulations on the new location. Any other exciting projects in the works?

Our focus is to continue to develop product for the home that embraces sustainability and craftsmanship, while always making sure that we are using materials that are good for our health and environment!"

source: www.ruemag,.com

Saturday Baking: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Saturday everyone!  So today, trying to keep up with the Susie Bakes Saturday we’re making oatmeal raisin cookies! It’s been a little chilly out so what better way to warm up than with a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie and a cup of tea? Now before we get to it, here is a little story on how the oatmeal cookie originated. Oatmeal cookies are the offspring of the Scots and the British’s oat cakes, a plain biscuit normally served with cheese or salmon. Oat cakes made their first appearance when the Scottish began harvesting oats as far back as 1,000 B.C. Now we’re not sure exactly when the raisins came into play, but nuts and raisins have been welcomed in cakes since the Middle Ages. It was Ms. Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896 that wrote down the first oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. She labeled it as a “health food” and then BAM! Quaker Oats was placing recipes on the back of their containers!



This recipe isn't necessarily a “health food” since there is a cup of butter, however it can be easily substituted for applesauce.

Ingredients:

¾ c. butter

¾ c. brown sugar

¾ c. sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

¾ c. whole wheat flour

¼ c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

2 ¾ c. rolled oats

½ tsp salt

¾ c. jumbo golden raisins

½ c. walnuts

2 tbsp golden flax seeds (optional)


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375º
In large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until smooth
Beat in the eggs and vanilla
In another large bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt all together
Gradually beat flour mixture into the butter mixture
Mix in the oats, raisins, nuts and seeds
Bake 8-10 minutes in the preheated over, or until golden brown and delicious looking.
Let these babies cool a little before plopping them on a cooling rack
Place them on a plate or eat them straight from the cooling rack and enjoy with your London fog tea latte...or your Folgers, whatever is easiest.


Saturday Baking: Beignets

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Over the holidays, our lovely and dear manager decided to part from us and travel to the land of voodoo and good food. Luckily, he did not come back empty handed. This year's gift? Cafe du Monde coffee, beignet mix, and a voodoo doll. Now if you're not too sure of what a beignet is or where it started, they are traditionally prepared right before eating, you want them to be nice and hot! The origin is specifically French, so New Orleans is a hot spot for these bad boys. They were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists, from "the old mother country", and became a large part of home-style Creole cooking. These powdered sugared beignets are typically served with a chicory coffee. They even became Louisiana's official state doughnut in 1986!


Now if you are not lucky enough to have a premix from Cafe du Monde than you can easily make these tasty treats at home.




Ingredients


1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups bread flour
1/4 cup shortening
Nonstick spray
Oil, for deep-frying
3 cups confectioners' sugar


Directions

Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, salt and evaporated milk together. Mix egg mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure out the bread flour. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

Add the confectioners' sugar to a paper or plastic bag and set aside.

Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep-fry, flipping constantly, until they become a golden color. After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels, and then toss them into the bag of confectioners' sugar. Hold bag closed and shake to coat evenly.

WOO HOO! Winter Sale!

Saturday, December 27, 2014
WOOHOO! Lucky you! 

Your procrastination paid off and we are now having our winter sale! Everything in our store is on sale for 20%+ off and lighting is 10% off! So it's time to treat yourself to the jug lamps and vintage quilted chairs that you secretly wanted wrapped under that tree.

For even further discounts, head into our warehouse sale. Cisco marked down even more pieces and we have a ton of new items on the floor just waiting for a loving home to adopt them!

Cisco Holidays

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday parties have begun and at Cisco there were no exceptions! We had a little soirée last night full of holiday cheer and extraordinary company! Thank you to all that attended and check out our little holiday photo-booth set up!



vin de vieilles chaussettes (look that one up!) LA Gingerbread Ladies, Frosty Photo Booth


the beautiful Cisco girls!


anthony, liz, and ace with snowmen marketing; bella and deniro of holidays in hollywood ; david, lance and ryan with Delta Tau Chi; susie, ch'en and brandon with Susie Bakes Saturdays; bella, lance & jeff with  Buddy the Elf's workshop; natalie, abby, & maurishka with the cisco fashion design workshop

Cisco Home Donates More Than 100 Trees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cisco Home is proud to announce the donation and funding of over 100 trees to be planted in urban environments throughout Los Angeles urban areas. As part of their partnership with Tree Musketeers, the sustainable design brand pledged to donate one tree for every dining table sold during their Annual Dining Promotion, which ended on December 1st, for the charity’s tree planting event.

The tree planting event is being organized by Tree Musketeers. It will take place on March 7, 2015, and include hundreds of volunteers, including local kids, planting and caring for trees along Imperial Highway between El Segundo and LAX.
 

Cisco Pinedo, Founder of Cisco Home commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Tree Musketeers and to be able to donate 102 trees – one for each of our tables sold during November. Planting a tree for each product sold is something we have done in the past and it is amazing to be able to continue our commitment to the environment through the partnership with Tree Musketeers.”




Domaine: 100 Gorgeous Gifts under $200

Friday, December 05, 2014
Thank you to Domaine for including our Grain Sack Pillow in your "100 Gorgeous Gifts under $200" story! We love all of your amazing holiday finds!



source: www.domainehome.com

Cisco Home featured on Domaine

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Thank you to our friends over at Domaine for featuring Cisco Home in two recent articles! Click each title to view the original story as shown on Domaine!

Get the Look: A Simply Rustic Sitting Room

Before and After: Ellen Pompeo's Dramatic Trailer Makeover



Pasadena's Holiday Look in Home Tour

Monday, November 24, 2014

If you're like 99% of Americans, you like to know what it looks like inside your neighbors home. "What does their kitchen look like? What stereo equipment are they watching the game on? Are their mojito parties better set up than mine?" If you're not, then you should probably quit reading this...just kidding! You should still read this and go and help a good cause. The annual Holiday Look In Home Tour delivers visual delights and this year will be no exception! From tantalizing to elegant, inventive to endearing, this  enormously popular event has become an anticipated community celebration, offering visitors a chance to view four distinctive homes in the Pasadena area, decorated for the holiday season by prominent floral designers. 

This year’s designers include Drew Domenghini, Margit Holakoui, Ixora Floral Studio, and Jacob Maarse. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through these architecturally distinctive homes festively adorned for your viewing pleasure. Take advantage of this opportunity to get an early start on your holiday shopping as well! They are going to have a boutique set up, offering unique selections of gift items that appeal to all tastes and budgets.


Proceeds from this event support the Pasadena Symphony and POPS annual concert series, as well as the educational outreach and community engagement programs such as the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra, and Pasadena All-City Orchestra. These programs continually offer robust musical training and personal development for young musicians throughout the San Gabriel Valley, fostering music appreciation and aptitude in future generations..
So mark your calendars  for December 6th & 7th to not miss this opportunity to peak into some amazingly design homes!
You can get your tickets here:

tickets in advance: $35
tickets at the door: $40


Grab-n-Go Gifts from Cisco!

Saturday, November 22, 2014
It's beginning to look a lot like...holiday times! We just started unwrapping some of our gifts from Cisco here in Pasadena and we can't wait to share them with you! Make sure to take a peek at our generous selection of holiday grab-and-go gift options! These would make perfect hostess gifts, and are splendid little gifts for your wonderful co-workers, colleagues, friends and family. A perfect solution to your already busy day! 

beautiful hand made Cisco shopping bags and Cisco aprons

hand stitched linen napkins


freshly picked fruit napkins and linen hamper baskets


add a little sparkle to your dining room set with these gold threaded linen napkins!

Susie Bakes Saturdays

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Holidays are coming, holidays have gone and we just want to drink them all up in whatever red paper cup our local green apron-wearing barista gives us.  However, since bank accounts don't always allow us to consume soy-peppermint-white-mochas on a daily basis, we must resort to baking to get into the holiday cheer (while listening to Bing Crosby croon about Frost the Snowman no less) So here is a simple, classic chocolate chip cookie recipe to get us into the holiday spirit!

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Ingredients:
 1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
1. set your little tikes oven to 350*
2. mix all the best ingredients together; white & brown sugar and butter. Get those nice and creamy and then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla…add a little extra if you’re feeling spunky.
3. mix the dry ingredients together; flour, baking soda, salt
4. combine the dry into the wet slowing making sure that everything is nice and combined.
5. throw in those chips and nuts
6. now plop a good size spoonfull of batter on ungreased cookie sheets and make sure to give them plenty of space. These cookies expand and they do not like to be touched by other cookies!
7. let them brown in your oven for about 10 minutes 
8. let them cool a bit on the sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack
9. eat.
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Haute Living: Meet Organic Furniture Maker Cisco Pinedo

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Check out the amazing profile on Cisco Pinedo and his journey with Cisco Home by Haute Living!



source: www.hauteliving.com

New Clearance Items

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Our Pasadena clearance items are still going strong and we have added several new pieces this week! Therefore, we have had to mark down other pieces even more! Crazy, right?! So come and join us for the clearance room party!
 
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Refinery29: The Most Beautiful New Stores In L.A.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Our newest Cisco Home store at SOCO was included in Refinery29's "Most Beautiful New Stores in L.A.":

"We can't say anything about Cisco Home's new store without first mentioning its size. At 8,000 square feet, it's a space you could quite literally get lost in. And, considering we've been longtime fans of the made-in-L.A., eco-friendly furniture company, this news is pretty much music to our ears. Go check it out — you'll find us wandering in the back. Oh, by the way, there's also a working, antique carousel in the middle of the store."

source: www.refinery29.com

Olives & Ossau

Sunday, November 16, 2014



Thank you to all of the people that came out for our champagne and cheese event in Pasadena!! It was a great success! 



Our dining promo is still going on till December 1st, 20% off our best selling frames and tables. So make sure to get in your dining table & chairs order in for the holiday season!


Our clearance room is still going strong as well! We receive new items in every week and prices are marked 30-80% off!! We can help you get your home all gussied up for the holidays with gorgeous pieces and splendid prices!

Have a great weekend!

Champagne & Cheese Saturday in Pasadena!

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Join us this Saturday from 12-4 for champagne and cheese! We are celebrating the start of the holiday season with good food and awesome prices! So pop on in for a glass of bubbly and some fromage!
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Cisco Home: Pasadena
474 s. arroyo parkway
pasadena, ca 91105
626-584-1273

RackedSF: Cisco Home is Moving (Again) and Having a Warehouse Sale

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Thanks to RackedSF for mentioning our new home in San Francisco!

"Cisco Home closed its Hayes Valley location earlier this year, and moved into the SF Design Center. The space is only temporary, and come January, the sustainable furniture brand will unveil its permanent location (still within the SFDC). Once settled there, expect to find the entire range of a new furniture collection inspired by the 1930s' modern revolution."


source: sf.racked.com

San Francisco Clearance Sale!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pasadena Clearance Sale!

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Exciting news! We are now housing a clearance room in our Pasadena location! We have dozens of chairs, sofas, tables, lamps, pillows and everything else that you could imagine to help complete your space!




Everything is marked to sell and just waiting for you! So stop on by while we still have these amazing pieces up to 80% off!




Cisco Home
474 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
626-584-1273
Right across the street from Whole Foods

New Home Shopping Obsession: Cisco Home

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thank you to Orange Coast Magazine for all of the love and the feature of Cisco Home's newest store in Orange County!



source: www.orangecoast.com

Fall Dining Event!

Monday, October 20, 2014

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
 
William Cullen Bryant

 

And what better way to send it off than with the loveliest of dining rooms!

 

Last weekend we kicked off our 6 week Dining Tables and Chairs Promotion! We are doing 20% off of all dining tables (including Tarracea) and chairs and right now in Pasadena we have several dining room tables and chairs in stock and ready for the holidays! If you're not quiet sure what will work for your space, Susie and Amanda are here to help! We offer in-home interior design services in Pasadena to make sure your new pieces fit your space perfectly.

 

In addition to our sale, we have partnered up with Tree Musketeers and are committed to planting a tree in California for every dining table we sell! Not familiar with Tree Musketeers you say? Well, here are a few fun facts about this amazing company:

Tree Musketeers is based in El Segundo, California. They were the first youth-led environmental organization and have received numerous prestigious awards over the years including from 3 U.S. Presidents! Tree Musketeers currently has 1,800 local trees in its care. Once the trees are at maturity, they will remove 88 tons of pollution from the air each year. On a global basis, more than 1,914,066 trees by 1,047,361 young people have been planted under Tree Musketeers programs during the past 15 years.Your impact will be made by planting tree's locally in California. For more information you can visit their website at: http://treemusketeers.org/

"TREE MUSKETEERS has a vision in which children all over the world are planting trees and becoming leaders of social change. With full knowledge that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference, they are united in action to ensure a healthy future for Earth and themselves. Altering the course of global warming is a huge challenge and planting trees is a meaningful solution to this problem. Help the environment! Plant a tree in a metropolitan area in the US."

 

So let’s give thanks for good people doing good things and with a new dining room table to entertain those good people!

Cisco Home SOCO Grand Opening!

Monday, October 13, 2014
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our grand opening of the newest Cisco Home store in Costa Mesa!

Cisco Home is excited to become part of the SOCO community! Opening in SOCO is part of our vision to make the Cisco Brand more accessible to a every part of Southern California.

Relaxing in Robshaw

Saturday, October 04, 2014
October already? Well, that can only mean it's the beginning of plenty of delightful food on the table, holiday cheer in the air and oh, those lovely house guests that are eager to be snuggled up in your brand new Cisco bed!  Is there any better feeling in the world than being tucked into a set of brand new sheets, especially ones that are so charming from John Robshaw?  Just relaxing in a wing-back styled bed that just seems to be hugging you all through the night, who could blame your in-laws for never wanting to leave! So for you, or your guests, we have our beautifully handcrafted Francesca bed. Complete with antique nail-head trim, tufted back and finished all the way around.  All you need now is a good book and some lavender scented candles!



Francesca Queen Bed in Logan Oatmeal

John Robsahw Babur Chair

John Robshaw Bedding and Pillows

French Antique Wall Clock

Morse Sconces

Lonny: The Month’s Top Finds – Cisco Home Gunner Daybed

Thursday, October 02, 2014
"Whether you call it a divan or a modern daybed, the backless sofa is big again...."

Thank you to Lonny for featuring our Gunner Daybed in their list of top finds for the month!



source: www.lonny.com

C Social Front Spotlight: Cisco Home Mid-Century Collection

Friday, September 26, 2014
Thank you to C Social Front for featuring our Mid-Century Collection along with the mentions of our newest Cisco Home Stores in Costa Mesa, Palo Alto and San Francisco:

"Family-run sustainable furniture company Cisco Home looked to the past for their latest Midcentury collection fit for the likes of any vintage-style or Palm Springs abode. Designed as a wink to the 1930s, the new line features classic, clean-lined goods (all made with upcycled or eco materials) from platform beds made with reclaimed Douglas Fir, to industrial-inspired stools and pendant lamps made with recycled glass, and upholstered armchairs.
"



Mid Century: Clean, Classic & Timeless

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Over here in Pasadena we are starting to bring our Mid Century collection to our showroom floor! Highlighting the architectural and interior designs from the mid-20th century, Cisco has developed beautiful designs that will create elegant and design pleasing spaces. 


Alcott Chair in Grain Sack Fabric



Alcott Loveseat, Edwin Coffee table, Alcott Chairs, Edwin Ottomans




Edwin Ottomans




Ethan Bed in Walnut, Edwin Bench, Piston Side Table, Tray Side Table

OC Register: Cisco talks about journey to Orange County

Monday, September 08, 2014
Check out Cisco Home's multi-page spread in the September 6th edition of the OC Register! Thanks for giving our new home in Orange County so much love!






source: www.ocregister.com

Team Pick of the Week!

Saturday, September 06, 2014
Labor Day weekend is over and now it is time for the holiday planning to begin! This team pick of the week is: Dinner Feasts with Friends!

 

To help set the mood for holiday affairs we have the Isaac Console, available in 2 sizes: 
72"w x 33"h x 20"d ($3295)
96"w x 33"h x 20"d  ($3795)


Our newest member of the family is the Taracea dining table. This is a classic and contemporary dining table and it is enhanced by the use of warm Milpa burl veneers applied in random length planks on the tabletop. It is a completely jaw dropping piece! Retail $6865

For the perfect seat for your guests would be the Saratoga dining chairs, along with the Saratoga Arm Chairs. These classic chairs are highlighted with the antiqued nailhead trim and can be finished in any fabric that fits your space beautifully. 
starting price: $425
starting: $1070


So whether you are working on a beach house or a bungalow  

Cisco Home offers interior design services, with personal consultations with one of our experienced design team members to help you whether it is just a room or your entire home!  

 

RackedLA: Cisco Home Brings Stylishly Sustainable Furniture to the OC

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Thanks to RackedLA for mentioning our new home at SOCO!

''...South Coast Plaza, the sun-kissed city in Orange County is now home to Cisco Home's 7th location. The family-founded, made-in-LA, eco-friendly furniture company's 8,000-square-foot space resides at South Coast Collection (aka SOCO), a popular interior design-focused shopping center."



source: www.la.racked.com

LA Times: Cisco Home opens at South Coast Collection

Friday, August 29, 2014
We are excited about our new home in Orange County! Thanks to the LA Times for the recent mention about the newest Cisco Home store at SOCO in Costa Mesa!



source: www.latimes.com

Cisco Home @ SOCO: Now Open!

Monday, August 25, 2014
Cisco now has a new home in Orange County! Cisco Home is now open at SOCO in Costa Mesa, CA. SOCO represents what the Cisco Home brand is all about: good design, quality of life, and embracing the community in an open interactive space.

Cisco Home is excited to become part of the SOCO community! Opening in SOCO is part of our vision to make the Cisco Brand more accessible to a every part of Southern California. See below our first pictures of our new home!

Summer Sale Recipes #3

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Sale Recipes #2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Sale Recipes #1

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pasadena's New Items

Monday, June 02, 2014

Exciting news! Cisco Home has launched some new products that are rolling out onto our show room floors this month!  So pop in today and take a look at our new designs!

Our new Carson Daybed




Our new Edwin Ottoman



Our new Alpine Chair



Our new Montauk Chair

Cisco Metal Green Chair at: Girls Night Out with Nicole Richie

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Check out the Cisco Green Metal Chair featured in Domaine Home.

Girls Night Out: Nicole Richie’s Guide to Entertaining Alfresco

The House of Harlow designer stages an intimate dinner party for close friends—and serves up a garden makeover to start.


Read more...

Cisco Home: Summer Sale

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Cisco Home is having a huge summer sale event going on now! Everything from pillows to lighting is on sale! From 20-60% off. Also, if you haven't already stopped in to our Pasadena store, come check it out! We have redone the entire store and have a whole new inventory of items.



See you soon!

John Robshaw Party at Cisco Home Melrose!

Monday, June 10, 2013
Thank you all for making the event. 

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Cisco Home Melrose Opening Party

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Thanks to the 150+ friends and family who attended the grand opening of the new Cisco Home store on Melrose. Cisco, Jeff, and the whole team were proud to unveil our new 7,500 square foot showroom in the stylish West Hollywood neighborhood.


The party was catered by Patina and beautifully decorated with fresh field flowers by our friends at Dandelion Ranch.


Stop by Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm, or Sunday from 11am to 5pm and let us know what you think of the new space. See you there!


Next

New Arrivals!

Friday, April 05, 2013
It is that time of year again: time for new fabrics and new furniture to rejuvenate the store for the season!



We have redone the store and it looks fabulous! With several new pieces and even a wall taken out, we couldn't help, but be excited to let you guys know! On top of all of that, we are taking 10% off of all of our Inside-Green pieces!



So this season let us help you renew your home with our complimentary design services in our store.

Chemical-Free Furniture

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


In support of HB 1294 and Chemical-Free furniture.

There has been a lot of info and discussion in the news lately about Chlorinated Tris and  Technical Bulletin 117. TB 117 is an outdated list of requirements regulating the flammability standards of materials used in upholstered furniture. In short, it requires the use of a very toxic chemical treatment on cushions and filling materials in order to make furniture less flammable. The irony is that the supposedly ‘helpful’ chemicals required by TB 117 not only poison our environment and families, but have been linked to cancer, learning disorders, and reduced fertility. Recent tests have also shown that these chemicals become more flammable over time as they break down.

Senator Sharon Nelson proposed an act to modify TB 117 (SB5181, the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act), but it was shut down by the Senate Energy and Environment Committee. Now, a House version of the bill (HB1294) is making it’s way through the committee, hopefully and eventually making it through the Senate.

Cisco is passionate about the safety and health of our families and planet. We are strongly in favor of this new bill, and the lifting of the legislation that requires the unnecessary use of toxic chemicals in our homes. As longtime supporters of chemical-free furniture manufacturing, we have invested countless hours and dollars finding and perfecting new building techniques that allow us to craft safe, comfortable, naturally fire-retardant furniture without using any of these harmful pollutants. Our [Inside Green]® technology was designed expressly for this purpose. By using organic wools, cottons, latex, and other natural ingredients, Cisco can build furniture that will add beauty to your home, not dangerous chemicals and gasses.

Read more about [Inside Green]® at:  www.CiscoHome.net/Inside-Green
 *Every item in the Cisco catalog can be ordered and built using [Inside Green]® technology.





Join us on Pinterest!

Saturday, February 02, 2013
We have finally stepped into the world of Pinterest and have started adding all of our gorgeous pieces to the site. Here you can find all of our new products, as well as our one-of-a-kinds and unique items that only our location carries. We will update the site with items that continually come in to our showroom. If you haven't already taken a gander at Pinterest, be forewarned: it is addicting!


Enjoy!

What is "organic" furniture, and why is it important?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The dictionary defines organic as: relating to, or derived from living organisms, simple, healthful, close to nature, relating to or affecting organs or an organ of the body


Cisco's Acacia chair planted with herbs.


We’ve all come to understand and appreciate these terms when relating to food and medicine, but the same principles and awareness are rarely placed on the furniture that we fill our homes with. The beds we sleep on, the couches and sofas that our children play on, even the dining table that we eat at are commonly made with chemicals and materials that are harmful to our health and ecosystem. Our goal is to build furniture that is made from only the finest organic and sustainable sources, and is free of pesticides and chemicals. Cisco works exclusively with vendors who practice humane and fair trade business, and is extremely selective when it comes to choosing materials that offer the most in both style and comfort.

Cisco strives to create high-quality, comfortable, beautiful furniture, while honoring and protecting our planet and our families. We take every step to ensure that all of our products benefit our customers and our environment in as many ways as possible. Every aspect of the construction, sourcing, design and shipping is researched and taken into consideration when we introduce a new product. By using Natural Latex, organic wool, goose feathers and down, and properly stained FSC® woods, Cisco offers the peace of mind that the furniture you own is not only the best looking and feeling, but the best for your health and family.


In the upcoming weeks, we'll be sharing articles, information and links to help you understand how and why we choose to work with organic and sustainable materials.

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Fire-retardant law's back draft

Friday, November 30, 2012

  • The same warning label used since 1975 is visible on the bottom of a desk chair at the home Judy Levin, in Oakland, Ca., on Friday June 22, 2012. California has the opportunity to set the tone for a new national furniture fire-safety standard to replace the state's decades-old requirement that had led to the use of toxic flame retardants in couches, chairs and baby product sold throughout North America. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF
    The same warning label used since 1975 is visible on the bottom of a desk chair at the home Judy Levin, in Oakland, Ca., on Friday June 22, 2012. California has the opportunity to set the tone for a new national furniture fire-safety standard to replace the state's decades-old requirement that had led to the use of toxic flame retardants in couches, chairs and baby product sold throughout North America. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

 

Talk about unintended consequences: A 1975 law that was designed to keep Californians safe from furniture fires is exposing us to potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.

One study by UC Berkeley and Duke researchers released this week adds to the growing body of evidence that toxic or untested fire retardants have become commonplace in American couches - most likely a response to a California law that requires furniture foam to endure an open flame for 12 seconds without catching fire. It's the only such law in the nation, but the size of the state's market - and the cost and complication of altering a product for a single state - effectively make it a national standard.

Another study found significant amounts of potentially hazardous chemicals in 13 of the 16 Northern California homes it tested. The substances identified in the two studies have been linked to cancer, DNA changes, lowered IQ, hormone disruption, decreased fertility and hyperactivity.

Worse yet, even the most diligent consumers might not be able to determine which chemicals are in the furniture they buy, and at what level. That information generally is kept sealed as a trade secret.

These studies should add a sense of urgency to Gov. Jerry Brown's order for a revision of the 37-year-old standard. For years, the California Legislature had wrestled with a bill to outlaw certain fire retardants of concern, but the chemical industry always prevailed, even though some firefighters were among the most vigorous advocates of change. Their concern: The benefits of flame-resistant foam were more than offset by the elevated hazards of toxic smoke from a house fire.

A revision of the 1975 regulation, expected to take effect next year, could not come soon enough. It must include not only new restrictions on toxic chemicals, but clear disclosure for consumers.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Fire-retardant-law-s-back-draft-4075243.php#ixzz2DjUry0k2

Cisco Makeover

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Over here at the Pasadena location, great changes are happening! With a fantastic new paint job, an entire store rearrangement, and tons of new products, we can not wait to show it off to you! 

   

And don't forget, we do offer in-home design consultations. So if you are a little weary of how to beautify your space, we are here to help!

Newest Obsession: Over-Dyed Rugs

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Over in our Pasadena location we have fallen in love with over-dyed Turkish rugs! Each rug is a one-of-a-kind gem all on it's own. They are perfect for helping tie a room together, bringing in a little bit of color, and adding a gorgeous "world traveled" feel. So if you are looking for that final pop of color to finish off your space, stop on over to our showroom!


Note: limited quantity, don't miss out!

 

Trunkshow at our La Brea Store

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 

 TRUNK SHOW | August 17 & 18 - this Friday and Saturday

 

Visit us at Cisco Home La Brea! and discover great antiques

Uber Chic brings you antiques from Germany, Austria and Hungary!

 

Fri & Sat: 10am - 6pm 

440 N La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles 90036. 


We hope to see you there...

 

Made in La at Cisco Home in Pasadena

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Come visit us in Pasadena. We just received a truck full of vintage, one of a kind and new upholstery. The store is in the midst of a complete make-over. We're so excited!

 

 

 

 

END OF SUMMER SALE!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Runaway Runway

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Come and shop ...

at Cisco Home | Pasadena

hosting:

 

Vision House LA

Friday, June 22, 2012
Green Builder: Vision House® Los Angeles 2012

Cisco Home is a proud sponsor:
Located in the high-profile neighborhood of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, CA, VISION House Los Angeles (a joint project between Green Builder Media and Structure Home) will blend the vital aspects of green building and home performance with warm, contemporary design while addressing environmental concerns.

For viewing hours Click Here 



Brentwood Courtyard Event!!

Friday, May 11, 2012
Join us in celebrating the opening of our neighbor The Mini Shop

Starts today! Antique Trunk Show @ Pasadena Store

Friday, March 23, 2012
Antique Trunk Show @ Cisco Home Pasadena
Starts Today!
March 23 & 24

Parking permitted at Whole Foods Market across the street
474 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena CA 91105

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL'S NEWELL TURNER RALLIES FOR AMERICAN FURNITURE

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL'S NEWELL TURNER RALLIES FOR AMERICAN FURNITURE

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Home decor arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday, when Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will hold a Washington press conference to encourage consumers to buy American-made home products in order to stimulate the economy and boost job growth.

Though 227,000 jobs were added to the economy in February,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate still stands at a staggering 8.3 percent. Turner, Hagan and leading members of the furniture manufacturing industry hope to expand the American-made home furnishings business to create more U.S. jobs. Worldwide, home decor is a multibillion-dollar market.

The domestic furniture industry itself is relatively small, but Hagan says it has a notable impact on American jobs, especially in her home state of North Carolina.

"Our state has a rich history in the furniture industry, and I am working to do everything I can to support and keep those jobs here in America," Hagan tells Stylelist Home in an email. "Many Americans buy American products as a way to support our economy as it recovers, and furniture is no exception."

"There's no better time than ever to promote American industries," Turner says. Moreover, he adds, "There's nothing more important than creating a home that makes you feel good and safe."

To strengthen his call for American support of domestic products, Turner is planning to discuss the findings of a new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, which questioned 1,000 adults about their furniture preferences and shopping habits. Some 91 percent of participants said they would choose to buy American-made furniture over products manufactured abroad. However, almost half of those surveyed either had recently bought foreign-made products or were unsure of their purchased item's origin. These findings suggest there is huge potential for growth for the American furniture industry.

With international retailers like IKEA offering competitive low prices, we understand why buyers might still opt for non-American-made products. Plus, international retailers employ a substantial number of U.S. workers. But Turner says there are affordable options made right here in the United States.

Additionally, there is the "strong unquestioning level of quality" of American furniture ensured by federal safety regulations, Turner argues, noting that even the Chinese want American-made furniture "because they know the quality is guaranteed."

If the quality and accessibility of American furniture have not persuaded you, there's also the environment to consider. "From a green perspective, you're lowering the carbon footprint of things," Turner says because U.S.-made furniture doesn't have to travel as far to your home.

Turner's efforts for American-made furniture don't end with the Tuesday press conference. The April issue of House Beautiful features the growing furniture and design sector in Southern California, with brands likeCisco BrothersElite Leather and William Haines Designs (the company founded by a former silent movie actor) shipping products across the country.

Although we agree that buying American-made anything is important to our economy, we believe the largest obstacle to buying locally remains the price. Budget is often the single biggest factor when it comes to choosing furniture. So although we may want the gorgeous coffee table handcrafted in California and made with locally harvested wood, if our budget doesn't allow it, we may just stick to our $20 Ikea Lack table ... for now.

Have something to say? Be sure to check out Stylelist Home on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

2012 Factory Sale - One more weekend! February 23-26, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Don't miss our once a year factory sale!

40% to 70% off on Sustainable Furniture made in LA

One last weekend February 23-26, 2012


LA Design Center

 5955 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles CA 90047


Sale hours:

Thursday-Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-3pm

Sunday 11am-3pm

 

Lighting Event Feb.23 | Meet Cisco at La Brea Store this Thursday

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lighting Event at Cisco Home La Brea
2/23/12

Donato Sofa and Silvano Daybed in House Beautiful / March issue

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hello everyone! Check out the great feature in this month's House Beautiful issue. 

Our recently introduced Donato Sofa and Silvano Daybed are in there...


Go to http://ciscohome.net/press-1/house-beautiful-march-2012



Best of Pasadena Award

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I am pleased to announce that Cisco Home has been selected for the 2011 Best of Pasadena Award in the Furniture Stores category by the US Commerce Association (USCA).

 

Thank you for supporting Cisco Home! 

 

 

 

http://www.uscaaward.com/DefaultUsca.aspx? 

Many thanks to our friends from Design Patriot and Dwell!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Furniture Fresh from South Central L.A.

In our October 2011 issue we're spotlighting all of our favorite American-made design. To lend a hand, we've asked Michael and Ruth Storc of the great site Design Patriot to share their top Made in the USA finds with us. This week, they spotlight Cisco Home, a sustanable furniture company based in South Central Los Angeles.

 

When he was in his early twenties, Cisco Pinedo began making custom furniture for his neighbors out of his home garage in South Central Los Angeles. As his business grew, he started buying abandoned buildings on an industrial strip of Western Avenue in the downtrodden neighborhood where he started. Cisco Home still makes all their upholstered goods, case goods, and their welded and hand-blown glass lighting in Los Angeles (under the name Cisco Brothers), employing over 100 workers in their factories alone. Every item in the huge range of stylish pieces is made with an eye on sustainability and green practices.

  • Published on:09/28/2011

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Read more: http://www.dwell.com/articles/furniture-fresh-from-south-central.html#ixzz1ZNkHgQ00

Thank you to the LA Times! Please vote :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

L.A. at Home

DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, GARDENS, 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIVING

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California Look: Chairs by Gregg Fleishman, Cisco, Sidecar, Marmol Radziner

The California Look poll, Round 8: Indoor chairs

These days, how a chair is made can be just as important as how it looks. We continue our California Look 2011 poll by asking you to consider these four California designs. Vote for your favorite and tell us why you think it speaks to the idea of modern living. 

And the nominees are ...

Gregg Fleishman Lumberest chairA. Gregg Fleishman's Lumberest dining chair. Culver City architect Fleishman, no stranger to L.A. at Home, uses interlocking parts to create a chair that is cut from a single piece of 4-by-8-foot laminated plywood, reducing waste. It ships flat and unfolds for use. The intricately patterned design provides a springy seat and back for comfort. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco Home chairB. Katso from Cisco Home. Talk about modern times. The Los Angeles firm has made an admirable attempt to keep manufacturing local and in many ways symbolizes the challenges facing the furniture industry. Locally made, the Katso stool is a wonderful example of fashionable industrial design: a tractor-style seat carved from solid wood and set on a steel base. 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria BackC. The Maria chair from Sidecar Furniture in the Highland Park neighborhood of L.A. Owner David Johnson not only designed the chair but also builds them himself. He uses "urban forested" walnut for a frame constructed with mortise and tenon joinery, and he weaves the cane seat and back by hand. The result is exceptionally strong and stylish -- an example of classic craftsmanship that we think speaks to the desire for handmade work in a manufactured-in-China world.

 

00D. The dining chair from Marmol Radziner. The Los Angeles architecture firm's achievements include the restoration of Richard's Neutra's Kaufmann house in Palm Springs, the design and production of prefab homes and a line of furniture. The firm's Dining Group has a strong architectural presence and is made to order from solid walnut or maple. 

 

Which should take the throne? Cast your ballot below. We'll close voting in this category in three days, so share your opinion now about which chair best captures the spirit of home design today.

Brilliant Soil documentary screening at the Pasadena store

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Join us this Thursday, September 8th, from 7 to 10pm

Brilliant Soil Documentary Benefit Screening


RSVP at 626-584-1273 or rosie@ciscobrothers.com

Dwell on eco-luxe green living

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dwell on Design showed a range of green living design options — from energy-efficient LED lamps to gorgeously green modular homes.

Mon, Jun 27 2011 at 2:50 PM EST

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To get a sense of how chic and fabulous a greener lifestyle can look today, you need only attend Dwell on Design. The West Coast's biggest design event took over a chunk of the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend to showcase the latest in great design — much of it sustainable, green, and enviably beautiful.
 
Ecofabulous MODERN LIVING Showhouse at Dwell on Design 2011 in Los Angeles
 
Case in point: The Ecofabulous MODERN LIVING Showhouse, which tricked out one ofpieceHomes' eco-friendly modular houses with gorgeous sustainable furniture, energy-efficient appliances, and other green living accoutrements — down to pretty tableware made from natural and reclaimed materials!
 
Ecofabulous MODERN LIVING Showhouse at Dwell on Design 2011 in Los Angeles
 
If you saw the showhouse and want to live in it, you can actually own it — if you're the highest eBay bidder! The home will be auctioned off, so get your bids in between July 5 and 15 — with the extra bonus being that what you pay for the house will be donated to Global Green USA.
 
Cisco Homes at Dwell on Design 2011 in Los Angeles
 
Attendees also got to sit on Cisco Homes' sustainable furniture, look at big, all-paper structures from molo, learned about the humanitarian work of Architecture for Humanity, snapped up energy-efficient LED lamps from Koncept, and heard from speakers and panelists about green consumerism, eco-friendly design, sustainable transportation, and many other pressing green topics.
 
molo at Dwell on Design 2011 in Los Angeles
 
Expect to hear more about Dwell on Design in the coming days from MNN's Home blogger Matt Hickman, who hit the show on Friday, when author of "Cradle to Cradle" William McDough gave his keynote!

Thank you Apartment Therapy for visiting us at Spring 2011 High Point Market

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cisco Brothers 
High Point Market Spring 2011

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If you're willing to go off the beaten path at High Point, you find the best stuff. A few minutes from town, in an old mill, is the showroom for Cisco Brothers, from Los Angeles. A favorite with designers and ABC Home, Cisco Pineda and his family, have an amazing space and touch with furniture, all of which is made in LA in a sustainable, local way. Check these pics out!

 
 

>> Cisco Brothers supplies many retailers and has their own retail store, Cisco Home, in LA

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>> Cisco Brothers supplies many retailers and has their own retail store, Cisco Home, in LA

Images: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

Pop 5: Eco Shopping in San Francisco

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pop 5: Eco Shopping in San Francisco

For our newly minted Pop 5 list, we've found the five best places in San Francisco for eco-minded shopping. Thanks to everyone who chimed in with suggestions; we even got some great spots to visit in the East Bay now. In honor of Earth Day this Friday, here are the five best places to shop for eco-friendly goods in SF.

  1. For fashion: Eco Citizen Boutique (2255 Polk St., 415-614-0100) This stylish stop carries fair trade and organic fashions from labels like Prairie Underground and Marais shoes. Better yet, the new-ish space on Polk is actually next door to an eco dry cleaner.
  2. For furniture: Cisco Home (580 Hayes St., 415-436-0131) Specializing in eco-friendly furniture from names like Epoch, John Derian, and Habita, Cisco (pictured) is the ultimate destination for sustainable (if aspirational) pieces.
  3. For jewelry: Manika Jewelry (11 Maiden Lane, 415-399-1990) An alternative to its more traditional Union Square neighbors, Manika carries work by many artisans who work in eco-friendly gold and silver that's reclaimed rather than mined, and the boutique contributes a percentage of sales to local and international charities.
  4. For books and gifts: Green Arcade (680 Market St., 415-431-6800) When I first heard about Green Arcade, I thought, how can they fill a whole store with eco-topical books? The answer: by expanding the definition of eco to include natural and local history, travel and lifestyle guides, even mushroom foraging how-tos, plus a selection of stylish gifts.
  5. For everything else: Branch (345 Ninth St., Ste. 202, 415-626-1012) Even if it weren't earth-friendly, Branch would be one of the best boutiques in town. This gifting haven carries eco accessories, home accents, kitchenware and tabletop items, bed, bath, and baby products, and much more.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Join us at The Camp!
The official opening event at our newest location and home in OC
This Thursday @ 5pm | 2937 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626

Thanks to Standard Magazine for this great photo journal post

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Cisco Home has a similar philosophy as we do - sustainability being their standard.

They continue to be a leader, making beautiful creations that are also responsibly made.

While crusing by one of their stores recently, we caught a glimpse at their store window.

It bared our name. And made us blush...maybe even swoon for a second.


META Tequila Tasting - Saturday February 26 @ Cisco Home Pasadena

Monday, February 21, 2011
Cisco Home will host the META Tequila Tasting Fundraiser

Come and join us this Saturday for a Mexican night!
Tequila tastings, delicious appetizers and live music.

Your support at this event will benefit META - Making Education The Answer - a local non-profit organization dedicated to provide scholarships and mentoring to Hispanic youth in Southern California.

Tickets are $75 and include drinks and food
RSVP at meta_foundation@yahoo.com

Final Days - 20% off Upholstery Sale - Sale ends tomorrow

Monday, February 14, 2011
Cisco Home
*Valentine's meets President's SALE*

Sale applies to all upholstery special order and selected floor items


Cisco Home Once a Year Factory Sale | Save 40% to 70%

Monday, January 24, 2011
Cisco Home invites you to our Once a Year Factory Sale!

Great selection and lowest prices on sustainable furniture made in LA
40% to 70% off

When? Thursday Jan. 27th  thru Sunday Jan. 30th
Where? 5955 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles CA. 90047
(former Cisco Brothers showroom)

For more information call 323.778.8612

Sale hours
Thurs. & Fri. 9am-5pm
Sat. 10am - 5pm
Sun. 11am - 4pm

Girls Gone Green Event at our Manhattan Beach location | Tuesday Nov. 9, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010
Join us for an evening of Sip, Shop and Snack!
Tuesday November 9, 2010 | 6-9pm



RSVP to Girlsgonegreen@live.com
Have fun shopping for a great cause www.gradesofgreen.org 

ASID Pasadena's 24th Annual Home & Kitchen Tour | Kick-off party at Cisco Home

Friday, September 24, 2010
ASID Pasadena's 24th Annual Home & Kitchen Tour | Kick-off party at Cisco Home

Pasadena Magazine and Cisco Home invite you!



Friday, October 1st, 2010

5:30-9:00pm

474 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105

RSVP to rsvp@pasadenarose.com

Apartment Therapy - Marketplace

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thank you to our friends at Apartment Therapy for this wonderful store profile!

Cisco Home: Sustainable Furniture


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Cisco Home, where do I start? I could have stayed in their store all day admiring their unique furniture and furnishings such as the iron strap chandelier and glass jug lamps. Their furniture is known for their quality of materials and construction, which was evident when I tried to shift some of the furniture and needed a little help.

Turquoise LA

Monday, August 23, 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010

Cisco Home

I just received the August newsletter from Cisco Home. Check out these beautiful upholstered pieces covered in vintage Tibetan textiles that they are now selling, I just had to share them! 

Cisco Home can now be found at Helms Bakery in Culver City, Manhattan Beach and now San Francisco! Great news team, keep up the great work Cisco!

Green Day and e-Recyling event in Brentwood

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Join us this Sunday, August 22 in Brentwood from 10am-2pm and let's promote
sustainability in our community!

Green Tangerine presents the 1st annual Green Day and e-Recycling event

11973 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90049



Cisco Home in Hayes Valley!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

COCOCOZY

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SUNDAY, AUGUST 08, 2010

WEEKEND PHOTO: TIME FOR A BRIGHT IDEA!

Photo by Coco of Cococozy


I took this photo at Cisco Home in Brentwood awhile back. A blue glass jug pendant light and a large clock side by side.

I happened upon this photo in my archives yesterday and thought that this would make the perfect weekend photo.

Love the idea of time and light side by side...something metaphorical about this photo. The light symbolizes bright ideas and inspiration to me. The clock is a manifestation of the saying carpe diem (seize the day). Time does not stop so go pursue your bright ideas and your inspiration now.

Tomorrow, I'll write about nonsensical things that happen to me, dilemmas on how I couldn't buy something that I wanted, or some bad t.v. show...don't worry...you haven't lost the good old Coco...this post is just an aside.

Happy Sunday!

xo
Coco

P.S. My daily COCOCOZY FACEBOOK PAGE reminder. Please remember to "Like" me on Facebook. Making a big push so that we can start the next Facebook only giveaway sooner rather than later. 2000 followers on Facebook means another fabulous linen pillow giveaway. Last time only 50 people entered the Facebook giveaway so the odds are good. If you are already following there...please "Suggest to Friends"! Today, on Facebook, I'll put up a few extra photos from Cisco Home in Brentwood. Enjoy!

Handful of Salt

Friday, August 06, 2010

AUGUST 5, 2010...9:10 AM

Stores we love: Cisco Home

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Looking to buy furniture in the SF Bay Area? It’s just not that easy, is it? (And that’s even if you’re working with a designer).

There are the stores that do traditional, vintage, antique and all the wannabes in that genre. There are stores that do b-a-s-i-c modern (zzzz…). There are the stores that worship at the alter of Mid Century (ditto). There are stores that do clean, modern, minimalist Italian/French/Scandinavian (or aspire to). And let’s not even talk about that big warehouse of a store in Emeryville.

How ’bout some personality? Well, it took an LA store opening a high-profile retail branch here, but we think we’ve finally found it. The name’s Cisco. Cisco Home.

Where to start? It’s just great to look at…and you instantly feel good when you walk in. The look? Quintessential Californian. Laid-back, comfortable. Sophisticated, but organic-sexy. A little whimsical, a little flair, particularly in the form of vintage-like lighting (awesome, awesome lighting) and accessories. Sumptuous but not over-voluptuous. Scaled just right. The lines are moderned-up classic, with unexpected textures (think denim on a riff of a classic winged side chair). The shapes are strong, but don’t scream “look at me.” People coming to your home might actually want to look at you, you interesting, self-assured creature. Oh now there’s a concept.

The furniture would fit anywhere: Loft, Mediterranean, Victorian, Edwardian, Eichler, Craftsman, Mountain Cabin, even a Contempolonial (the name my friend Wendy Tabot gives to tract homestyle)….pretty much anything you’d find in these parts. And it won’t look generic. Crazy, but true. And, according to Cisco’s Robert Pintozzi (ex-Filamento and Mike, if you remember those fabulous, dearly departed stores), it’s furniture that also manages to bridge the gender and style divide. “Couples walk out of here happy. It’s a great thing to watch people start to trust and relax and have fun.”

And, if you don’t see what you want on the floor or on their website? There’s always the custom option. (They have in-house designers, too, if your head starts to spin.)

Then, of course, there’s the commitment to sustainable, natural construction. The company is FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The wood comes from sustainable resources. The upholstery is organic, grown without pesticides. You get the idea. Check out the site (www.ciscohome.net) for more detail.

And finally, there’s the commitment to craft and the people behind it (all in LA). It gives the furniture warmth, a little soul, and makes it all more human. And you know we love that.

Integrity. Great style. (And in the scheme of things, affordability.) It’s about time.

Details

Cisco Home

580 Hayes Street

San Francisco

415.436.0131

Winners of La Casa de San Gabriel gift drawings!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010



CONGRATULATIONS!
 to the winners of
La Casa de San Gabriel event gift drawings

PATINA GIFT CERTIFICATE:  Michele Carver
DANNY HUGHES 12" x 12" Giclee:  Grace De La Torre
CISCO HOME 26" Pouf Ottoman:  Rene Agurcia

We will contact you to provide more details, thank you!

Pretty Little Green Things

Friday, June 04, 2010

Cisco Brothers – Sustainable Luxury



The last company I’ll be showing you in this series of beautiful, sustainable and long lasting furniture is Cisco Brothers.  Based in LA, Cisco Brothers was founded by Cisco Pinedo, a furniture designer with an impressive commitment to quality and to the environment.  In fact, he has been making furniture for 20 years now and was the first to create 100% sustainable furniture furniture.  Here’s how: wood furniture and frames are FSC® certified (Forest Stewardship Council), adhesives are water based, and there are a variety of green cushion options including natural latex, down, feather or soy-based foams.  Upholstered items are made with natural and organic fabrics (which as I’ll describe in later posts, are not the same).  In addition, in an industry where many factories have been moved to China, Cisco Brothers furniture is proudly made in California.   For those of you who live in New York like me, fortunately you can find his beautiful furniture at ABC Home.

What I love about this furniture is its casual elegance.  Each piece is totally understated but the clean lines and unique design touches mean that they’ll be pieces you’ll love forever.

Since it would take pages for me to post every single piece of beautiful piece of furniture they make, you’ll have to jump to their website to take a look.  But I will leave you with a few shots of the interior of their showroom and some of their newer introductions.  Enjoy!

I love the combination of the crisp white sofa and modern lines of the chairs together with the rustic root sculpture

This is a perfect sectional to curl up on and watch a movie

This is a wonderful glamorous take on a traditional English sofa.  And as you’ll soon learn, I’m a huge fan of anything with nailheads on it!

These beds are beautiful.  I may have found the perfect bed for my bedroom!

Here’s a great view of their High Point Showroom.  You can see how big it is and how many different pieces of furniture they have.  I’ll be following up with a post on Cisco Pinedo’s house in later posts.  Suffice it to say, that his home is just as beautiful as his furniture.

Photos from Cisco Brothers

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Memorial 1-Week Sale | 3 days left!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


MEMORIAL WEEK SALE AT CISCO HOME

Friday May 28th thru Thursday June 3rd

ONE WEEK ONLY!

Don't miss this one week sale at Cisco Home honoring our American heroes. 

Furniture, dining, beds, lighting and beautiful accessories for any decor, 
including the John Derian furniture collection by Cisco Brothers and more!

Buy more, Save more

$200 off* toward your purchase of $1000+

$500 off* toward your purchase of $2500+

$1000 off* toward your purchase of $5000+

$1500 off* toward your purchase of $7500+

$2000 off* toward your purchase of $10,000+

Sale applies to floor items and special orders. No custom orders.

*Sale applicable only at our Pasadena, La Brea and Brentwood locations*
Sale code | MEMORIAL2010




Make a Journey Toward Sustainable Living

Handcrafted in LA since 1990

ASID Pasadena Annual Designer Parking Lot Sale

Wednesday, May 19, 2010



Cisco Home is happy to host the ASID Pasadena
Annual Designer Parking Lot Sale

Join us this Saturday May 22, 2010 from 9am - 2pm

French, Asian & European collectibles,
Fabulous finds & designer treasures at fantastic prices
Custom home furniture, accessories, lighting, fabrics,
rugs, mirrors, antiques & more

474 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena Ca. 91105
626-584-1273

Green + Vine

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Green + Vine; New Eco Luxury Living @ W Hollywood Residence (Part 1/5)

Monday, 10 May 2010 12:35 by May

Welcome to the W Hollywood Hotel and Residence, a newly constructed Eco Luxury Living for the green and gorgeous celebrity you! Featuring interview with Scott Rynders, VP of Gatehouse Capital and take a closer look at one of their unique model home Green + Vine with Nicole Landers, Sustainability Consultant of econnect grp. 

 

(Photo by Tim Street Porter)

 

econnect grp and Van Patter Design bring a new vision of eco-luxury living to the heart of Hollywood: VINE+GREEN, created exclusively for the W Hollywood Residence. VINE+GREEN was born from the W Hollywood Hotel and Residences’ vaunted LEED certification, the largest to date in Southern California.  Perched twelve floors high above the corner of Hollywood and Vine, the one bedroom residence enjoys inspired south facing views, making “green”, breathless. This eco haven combines urban loft sensibilities with an environmental theme that primarily utilizes local (from within a 500-mile radius) eco-manufacturers and artisans – qualifications compliant for LEED regional materials.

Topping the list of our eco-urban luxe collaboration is Cisco Home, an eco furniture designer; todosomething, artisans with a purpose; a new outdoor lifestyle line, HOM Escape in Style by Cisco Brothers; and LED HD flat screens from LG. To organize the space we incorporated The Container Store’s sustainable selections, Royal-Pedic’s organic mattress, LED custom light fixture with IOS LED 6W bulbs and Union Eighteen’s floor coverings made from recycled carpet remnants. Also featured in our urban sanctuary is Animavi’s new concept in refined, urban lounging, as well as exterior foliage design by Inner Gardens. You’ll find these and countless other uncommon offerings in this sanctuary amidst the clouds. Witness, our branding partner, developed the brand concept for this eco-luxe, urban home- VINE+GREEN.

May 2010 News + Specials + more!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cisco Brothers: Stylish Sustainable Furniture & Lighting - The Best of High Point Market Spring 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010
The gigantic Cisco Brothers showroom was one of my favorite stops at High Point. A former pantyhose factory outside of the center of town, the showroom is the perfect showplace for the Los Angeles-based company's collection — an artfully industrial backdrop for the entire range of sustainable furnishings that are made in LA.
 
 

Founder Cisco Pinedo was the first to create 100% FSC®-certified furniture — and they continue to improve upon that foundation:
• water based glues
• natural latex, down, feathers, or soy-based foam cushion options
• vegetable dyed leather
• made in Los Angeles

CISCO BROTHERS MUST-SEES
• Raw-edge leather slipcovers
• raw-edge leather chairs with nailhead trim
• new lighting collection
• extensive range of ottoman poufs

MORE INFO: Cisco Brothers

Images: Aaron Able

Remodelista Daily

Friday, April 09, 2010

Lighting: Handblown Glass Pendants from Cisco Brothers

From Janet

When I visited the new Cisco Home Studio in San Francisco last week, I was immediately drawn to the hand-blown glass pendant lights in jewel-like colors. The lamps are available in clear, aqua, emerald, amber, and rose glass at Cisco Home Stores in San Francisco, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and at ABC Carpet & Home in New York and Delray, Florida. Orders can be placed by phone.  

Glass Jug Pendant Lamps at Remodelista

Above: Glass Jug Pendant Lamps inspired by vintage wine jugs are available with a rounded or flat bottom. The small size (11 inches high) is $395 and the large size (13 inches high) is $495.

Oval Cylinder Pendant Light at RemodelistaOval Cylinder Pendant Light at Remodelista

Above: The Oval Cylinder Pendant Light measures 17 inches tall; $495.


April 9, 2010

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Energy.Design.Synergy at Cisco Home La Brea

Friday, March 26, 2010
Don't miss this wonderful exhibit going on at our La Brea store until April 18, 2010


Remodelista Cisco Home opens in San Francisco

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shopper's Diary: Cisco Home Opens in San Francisco

From Janet

This past Saturday, LA-based furniture makers Cisco Brothers opened a retail showroom in the happening Hayes Street shopping district in San Francisco. The tidy white storefront opens into a wonderfully airy space filled with Cisco's Belgian-linen-upholstered furniture, John Derian's line of elegant, small-scale furniture, and Cisco's own line of glass pendant lighting. Cisco's 100 percent FSC Pure sustainable upholstered furniture is made with FSC pure certified woods and water-based glues and the company's casegoods are made with reclaimed hardwoods.


March 23, 2010

Re-Nest

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cisco Brothers Sustainable Furniture

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Driving through the Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco this weekend, we saw a billboard for Cisco Brothers Furniture. We're always on the lookout for green furniture, so when we saw the word "sustainable" somewhere in the text of the ad, we looked a little closer and made a mental note to check the website when we got home.

Green Products

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Green Products

Ratings and Reviews for :

Cisco Home

Crafted in Los Angeles since 1990, Cisco Home embraces the beauty of construction through the use of natural, pure materials, such as wool batting, hemp, jute, cotton, and FSC®Certified and reclaimed hardwoods, creating elegant furniture that is environmentally friendly and built to last. Cisco Home, whose motto is “Built Locally to last Globally,” features collections with Inside Green™ Construction, furniture that is organically made and naturally upholstered and FSC® certified. Cisco Home founder, Cisco Pinedo is proud to be a part of a cultural evolution toward a sustainable future by producing custom, fully upholstered, hand-made furniture. Cisco Home is available in New York at ABC Home and in California at its San Francisco, La Brea, Pasadena and Laguna Niguel stores. Information about Cisco Home is available by calling 323-778-8612, or by visiting http://www.ciscohome.net/

Cisco Pinedo + Cisco Brothers

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Cisco Pinedo + Cisco Brothers

A couple of years ago I bartered with an interior designer client — my graphic design for two of her Cisco Brothers’ chairs. The beauty and comfort of those chairs made me an instant fan. Then I kept noticing blurbs about Cisco popping up in my favorite magazines... Exquisite, sweatshop-free craftsmanship, devotion to South Central LA neighborhood development, serious commitment to sustainability. I was am impressed. 

Cisco Brothers’ founder, Cisco Pinedo, arrived here at age 13 from Jalisco, Mexico. He learned to upholster furniture as a teenager and fell in love with the craft. Today, Cisco has a handful of retail showrooms including a design gallery at ABC Home Furnishings in NYC. Pinedo’s belief is that furniture should be made around the owner’s needs and that it should last a lifetime.

Here are photos of Cisco Pinedo’s home. The house is all about gathering. It’s a place to welcome friends and hang with family. Several walls were removed for a more open layout. Loads of crisp white combined with natural wood. It’s a peaceful interior, an extremely personal space, and very warm and comfortable. 

 

{ Interiors photos from Sunset magazine; Cisco Brothers’ photos from their website }


Style and Sustainability from Cisco Brothers

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Style and Sustainability from Cisco Brothers

Welcome to the final day of our  Soy Style: Did you KnOH? contest. To enter the contest, all you need to do is read the post below, leave a comment, and you’re entered to win $100!

Anyone who has visited a Cisco Brothers showroom knows that you don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainable furniture. From unique shapes, surprising textures, and bold colors, Cisco Brothers furniture is designed to inspire while blending with how people live. Hear from founder Cisco Pinedo about his design philosophy (and check out some fabulous blue chairs!)

Not only is Cisco Brothers furniture about great style, but it is also designed with sustainability in mind. They use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood in their upholstery frames and wood furniture. Cisco offers a variety of cushion options that incorporate natural latex, down, feathers, or soy-based foams. And they use water based glues. Environmental impacts are an integral part of their design process. Take a look at some of their great products.

Photo courtesy of Cisco Brothers

Eco Terric

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Cisco Brothers — Inside Green™

Cisco Brothers "Inside Green" Couch, inside view.In the fall of 2003 Rowena Finegan, owner and founder of Eco-terric, approached Cisco Pinedo, owner of Cisco Brothers Corporation, a furniture manufacturer in Los Angeles, California, with the idea of producing a totally clean and healthy line of furniture. After two and a half years of collaboration, Cisco Brothers was excited to share this first step in providing sustainable furniture for people who live responsibly and who are committed to protecting our planet—the Inside Green line. This has been a natural progression for Cisco Brothers, a company that has always been socially responsible, providing employment through apprenticeship programs to underdeveloped communities in South Los Angeles since the early 1990s.