Spotted… La Lune Collection on HGTV!

Who doesn’t love catching up on the great interior design tips and ideas from the experts and editors at HGTV?

We know we do at La Lune Collection, and we’re excited to share our very first feature on HGTV…presented on the HGTV DIY network, we think “Creative Genius: La Lune Collection” is a great read and we couldn’t be happier. Take a look and see what you think!

 

 

 

At La Lune Collection it All Begins With a Drawing (video)

At La Lune Collection we like to do everything by hand – “old school” – and creating beautiful new furniture designs is no different. It all begins with a drawing, just as it did with our newest addition, the Hanging Daybed #4519.

Watch this short video and see how La Lune Collection artist Jen takes this beautiful new piece from idea to reality!

At La Lune Collection it All Begins with a Drawing

 

 

Introducing Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: GREENERY

The color gurus at Pantone have done it again – this time, with their inspired pick for 2017 Color of the Year – and present us with GREENERY!

According to Pantone, Greenery is “a refreshing and vitalizing shade…symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is nature’s neutral.” Further, Pantone Color Institute’s vice president Laurie Pressman tells us that Greenery “is about unity and community—connecting to oneself and others and a higher purpose, Nature.”

 

At La Lune Collection, we’re all in favor of connecting with nature – and so, it is with great enthusiasm that we show off below a few La Lune beauties in their very own “greenery finery”.

Club Chair #1263 & Ottoman #1261 in Ebony Finish

La Lune’s fine wood craftsmen have meticulously created hand-notched designs on this Club Chair and Ottoman, using the same simple tools and techniques employed by furniture makers for several centuries.

La Lune Collection Club Chair #1261 & Ottoman #1263

Settee #1150 in Bone Finish

This charming Settee’s classic design is perfectly suited to grace many different room types and decorating styles.

La Lune Collection Settee #1150

Sofa #1179 in Natural Finish

The striking “diamond back” design on this Sofa is a stand-out design element, equally at home in traditional, rustic, and eclectic settings.


La Lune Collection Sofa #1179

Armchair #1200 in Whitewash Finish

Simplicity truly is beautiful, evidenced by the classic lines and uncomplicated comfort of this Arm Chair.


La Lune Collection Arm Chair #1200

 

Settee #1404 in Ebony Finish

Graceful and organic lines of nature are the design trademarks of this Settee, making it a La Lune Collection favorite!

La Lune Collection Settee #1404

 

Wishes for the New Year from La Lune Collection Founders, Cathy & Mario


As we look forward to a new year, all of us at La Lune wish to express our sincere gratitude to you for your support and patronage during the last 39 years.

To those of you who have specified La Lune Collection for your projects, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Without you, and without the trust you place in us, there would be no La Lune Collection.  We know that ordering furniture from a drawing, photograph, or website image – often without first seeing or sitting on it – requires your trust in us.  We value your trust, and in return we pledge to always deliver to you the very best rustic furniture possible.

We believe that our success has been built on creative and functional designs, on our incomparable quality, and on exceptional service to our customers.

If you’d like to share any feedback, we would love to hear from you at info@lalunecollection.com

We wish you a healthy and happy 2017!

Cathy + Mario Costantini

 

Custom Orders by La Lune…Easy as 1-2-3!

Ever fall in love with a piece of furniture, only to realize that it’s “not quite right” – size or design – for your space?  At La Lune Collection this is NEVER an issue – nearly half of our production is custom in one way or another, and placing a custom order at La Lune is as easy as 1-2-3!

STEP 1. You may have an idea of what type of customization interests you – perhaps you need a cabinet just an inch or two larger or smaller to fit a specific space. Possibly you need a chair in a specific finish color, or, maybe you’re dreaming of a unique, one-of-a-kind bed you’d like to see come to life. Whatever the case may be, step 1 begins with simply giving us a call or sending us an email to get the conversation started.

STEP 2. After we have a good understanding of your ideas, with step 2 our designers create a custom drawing of your special piece – we’ll forward it to you for your approval, listen to your feedback, and make any adjustments to the drawing that you or we see fit.

STEP 3. Once we know the custom drawing captures exactly what you have in mind, we have the “green light” for step 3crafting a distinctively unique piece of beautiful La Lune Collection furniture, just for you!

For an idea of what La Lune can design and create, take a look at the examples below of some exquisite custom pieces we’ve created for satisfied clients.

Custom Cabinet with White Birch Background & Bi-Fold Doors

This cabinet was designed with interior fittings to accommodate a flat screen television and its components, and features a White Birch background accented with poplar branches in Natural finish.

La Lune Custom Cabinet Drawing 1

La Lune Custom Cabinet Drawing 1

La Lune Custom Cabinet Drawing 2

La Lune Custom Cabinet Drawing 2

La Lune Collection Custom Cabinet w/Bi-Fold Doors (Closed)

La Lune Collection Custom Cabinet w/Bi-Fold Doors (Closed)

La Lune Collection Custom Cabinet w/Bi-Fold Doors (Open)

La Lune Collection Custom Cabinet w/Bi-Fold Doors (Open)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Bunk Bed with Shelves & Drawers

To accommodate the ‘toys and treasures’ of the client’s lucky children, this bunk bed was designed with pine shelving the width and height of the two beds. Ample out-of-sight storage is conveniently found in drawers underneath the lower bunk bed.

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed Shop Drawing 1

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed Shop Drawing 1

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed Shop Drawing

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed Shop Drawing 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed Installation

La Lune Collection Custom Bunk Bed Installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Double Chaise Lounge

If a chaise lounge is relaxing for one, then a chaise for two is doubly so! This Chaise Lounge was designed to comfortably accommodate two people.

La Lune Collection-cust-8571-drawing

La Lune Collection Custom Chaise Drawing 1

La Lune Collection Custom Chaise Drawing 2

La Lune Collection Custom Chaise Drawing 2

La Lune Collection Custom Double Chaise Lounge

La Lune Collection Custom Double Chaise Lounge (Front)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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La Lune Collection Custom Double Chaise Lounge (Back)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Dining Table w/Arrowhead Base Design

A La Lune Collection client desired a dining table that integrated a particular “arrowhead” design for its base component – this request was fulfilled by La Lune craftsmen, who artfully assembled poplar branches to create this sturdy and beautiful table.

La Lune Custom Dining Table Drawing 1

La Lune Custom Dining Table Drawing 1

La Lune Custom Dining Table Drawing 2

La Lune Custom Dining Table Drawing 2

La Lune Collection Custom 'Arrowhead' Dining Table

La Lune Collection Custom ‘Arrowhead’ Dining Table

La Lune Collection Custom 'Arrowhead' Table, #1295 Armchairs

La Lune Collection Custom ‘Arrowhead’ Table, #1295 Armchairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcoming the Colors of Autumn at La Lune Collection

If you’re anything like us at La Lune Collection, then Autumn would be one of your favorite times of year – the rich, warm, and vibrant colors of the falling leaves have us in awe of their wondrous beauty. With September 22nd being the first day of Autumn this year, it seemed like the perfect time, we thought, to share some of our favorite autumn poems and quotes – along with a few images of La Lune pieces wearing the rich golds, oranges, reds, browns, and greens of the season!

“Come, little leaves” said the wind one day,
“Come over the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
Summer is gone, and the days grow cold.”

Soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.

~ George Cooper

1. Counter Stool #1390 in Ebony finish, upholstered in RED leather

La Lune Collection Counter Stool #1390

“Designers want me to dress like spring. I don’t feel like spring – I feel like a warm red autumn.”

~ Marilyn Monroe

 

2. Loveseat #1014 in Natural finish, upholstered in ORANGE fabric

La Lune Collection Loveseat #1014

“October’s poplars are flaming torches leading the way to winter.”

~ Nova S. Blair

 

3. Club Chair #1174 in Kahlua finish, upholstered in GOLD fabric

La Lune Collection Club Chair #1174

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”

~ Jim Bishop

 

4. Twin Bed #4300 in Sage GREEN finish

La Lune Collection Twin Bed #4300

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

~ Emily Bronte

 

5.  Side Chair #1184 & Arm Chair #1186 in Natural finish, upholstered in hand-woven BROWN leather

La Lune Collection Chairs #1184 and #1186

 “It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”

~ Sarah Addison Allen

 

From “Demi-Lune” to La Lune Collection: Evolution of the (Rustic) Console Table

The console table – or “sofa table” as it’s often referred to today – exists in its present day form by way of an interesting evolution. Originating in France in the early 1700’s, console tables were small, half-moon shaped tables fastened to the wall at counter height with a “console” – or a little curved bracket – and featured only front legs which were added to make them appear to be free-standing. Appropriately enough, these diminutive tables were tagged “demi-lunes”,  literally meaning “half-moons” in French, and were used mainly for decorative rather than functional purposes.

Later in the 18th century, when the console table developed the rectangular shape we know today and “sprouted” four legs, its popularity spread to England and the rest of Europe, and subsequently to the Americas. The console table is now a staple in entryways, behind sofas, along hallways, and in myriad interiors in residential and commercial spaces, large and small, and of all design styles.

Today, La Lune Collection proudly features a beautiful collection of rustic console tables, and we’ve curated below a few of our favorites.

1. Console Table #3472 in Natural Finish

This Table features a charming rustic design of hand-notched branches – carefully constructed by our furniture artisans, using the same simple tools and techniques employed by furniture craftsman for several centuries.


La Lune Collection ConsoleTable 3472

 


2. Trapezoidal Console Table #3264 in Natural Finish

Classic rustic styling lends this Console Table its charming appeal – created by La Lune’s fine craftsmen, who travel the rivers and forests of Wisconsin carefully selecting and harvesting the woods to construct each piece.
La Lune Collection Console Table 3264

 


3. Console Table #3210 in Natural Finish

A graceful combination of angled branches makes the design of this Table exceptionally beautiful – a welcome sight in a foyer or entrance, or just about anywhere.

La Lune Collection Console Table 3210

 


4. Console Table #3284 in Natural Finish

This Console Table is a fine example of strong, simple and beautiful rustic design – demonstrating the natural beauty of the poplar branches of which it’s crafted.

La Lune Collection Console Table 3284

 


 

5. Console Table #3194 in Natural Finish

Classic rustic simplicity is the hallmark of this Table. Beautiful and functional with its storage drawers, it makes a striking addition to many design applications.


La Lune Collection Console Table 3194

 


6. Console Table #3427 in Natural Finish

This Table features a charming rustic diamond design motif – marvelously constructed by hand in La Lune Collection’s  Wisconsin workshop.


La Lune Collection Console Table 3427


 

 

7. Console Table #3298 in Natural Finish

Poplar branches are carefully selected – then individually cut and meticulously hand-applied by La Lune’s skilled artisans – to create the beautiful patterns on this Console Table.

La Lune Collection Console Table 3298

 

 

Taking the “Grand Tour” at La Lune Collection

One of our favorite things to do at La Lune Collection is to open our doors to tour groups.  Our furniture, factory, and company history provide ideal educational tools for  teaching others about entrepreneurship, eco-friendly manufacturing, and general “life lessons”.  Therefore, school and civic groups of all ages – from grade school classrooms to retirement home residents – regularly come for the “grand tour” of La Lune Collection, where they are treated to animated commentary provided by La Lune co-founder, Mario Costantini.

Recently, we were delighted to receive a visit from some enthusiastic members of Teens Grow Greens.  As the website of this Milwaukee-based organization explains, “Teens Grow Greens is a skill-building employment program fostering the growth of healthy, productive leaders”. We’re happy to share some photos of these wonderful high school students as they take the “grand tour” of La Lune Collection with tour guide Mario!

Mario greets Teens Grow Greens group in La Lune Collection Showrom

President Mario greets Teens Grow Greens tour group in La Lune Collection Showroom

 

Explaining the importance of the production schedule - shipping on time is critical at La Lune Collection!

Explaining the importance of the production schedule – shipping on time is critical!

 

La Lune craftsmen handcraft rustic furniture using the same methods, tools, and materials as those of the early artisans.

La Lune craftsmen demonstrate rustic furniture made with the same methods, tools, and materials as those of the early artisans.

 

Teens and tour director pose for a group photo at tour's end.

Teens and tour director pose for a group photo after a great tour!

 

 

 

How to Grow a Table: Custom Furniture Designs by La Lune Collection

It’s true – La Lune Collection is no stranger to custom furniture design requests.  In fact, approximately one-half of La Lune’s production is custom in one way or another. Our furniture is completely bench-made by our own expert artisans in our small Wisconsin factory, and is available in custom dimensions, designs, finishes, and options.

A recurring request that we receive at La Lune is for dining tables that are “made to grow” – in other words, for one of our beautiful rustic dining tables custom-designed with optional leaves which, when added, enable the table to lengthen and welcome additional friends and family members. Just recently we completed two of these custom dining tables “made to grow”,  both accommodating from six guests to seating eight or ten guests.  We think they turned out beautifully, and we’re pleased to share photos of them here!

#1 Custom Dining Table #3522 in Natural finish with Plank Top

This finely crafted table was planned with the added design feature of a precise “apron” of poplar branches, and with a cedar plank top, the latter addition making it suitable for use outdoors under cover as well as indoors. In its “closed state” it comfortably accommodates six people. With the addition of extension leaves the table seats eight to ten guests.

La Lune Collection Custom Dining Table #3522

 

La Lune Collection cust table A open 400

 

La Lune Collection Custom Dining Table #3522

 

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#2 Custom Dining Table #3091 in Natural finish

This table’s gracefully organic base of free-form branches presented La Lune Collection’s designers with an exciting design challenge when the request for extension leaves was made. We – and the happy clients – think that the result was a resounding success.  The table, which normally can handle six guests, now makes it possible for eight or ten people to join in the fun when the leaves are added.

La Lune Collection Custom Dining Table # 3091

 

La Lune Collection Custom Dining Table #3091

 

La Lune Collection Custom Dining Table #3091

 

At La Lune Collection we truly love creating beautiful custom furniture designs of all kinds, including not only tables, but also seating, beds, accessories and more. Almost anything in our line can be crafted to specifications, in custom dimensions, designs, finishes, and options – and we can even create furniture made to your very own design. Just tell us what you have in mind, and one of our designers will be thrilled to discuss your project,  create a quote, and generate a drawing for your approval!

 

Rite of Wisconsin Summer: La Lune at the Showhouse for a Cure

You know it’s finally summer in Wisconsin when the annual ‘Showhouse for a Cure’ – presented by WBCS, Inc. to raise funds for breast cancer and prostate cancer research – opens its doors during the first weeks of June. (Since its founding, WBCS, Inc. has donated over $5.8 million to the Medical College of Wisconsin for promising research and to endow the WBCS Professor of Breast Cancer Research.)

This year’s showhouse – which opens to the public on Saturday, June 4th –  is a spectacular beauty, commanding a magnificent view of the western shore of Oconomowoc Lake with its magical sunsets and pristine waters. This grand, renovated, turn-of-the century home boasts 8,100 square feet of breath-taking splendor; the Neo-classic Lake Country house has five bedrooms, five fireplaces, a guest apartment with sleeping porch, and five full baths.

2016 Wisconsin Showhouse for a Cure

 

For the sixth straight year La Lune Collection has made the decision to whole-heartedly support this important cause by creating a space in the ‘Showhouse for a Cure’. This year, all showhouse visitors will be greeted upon their arrival at the home’s front porch, which is paved with Savannah stone and Bluestone and bedecked with beautiful rustic furniture custom-crafted especially for the installation by La Lune.


La Lune Collection Rustic Furniture

 

La Lune Collection Rustic FurnitureAmong the pieces that La Lune Collection has created for this particular showhouse are a charming Chippendale-inspired settee, an armchair and ottoman featuring hand-notched details, a side table, planter, and a bench – all handcrafted of locally sourced poplar branches.

All furniture on the 2016 Showhouse for a Cure’s front porch is finished in La Lune’s Whitewash, to coordinate with the home’s wall and trim paint colors. Upholstery is done in Sunbrella ‘Stone’ fabric, the perfect foil to both the home’s exterior paint color and the Bluestone slate porch tiles. To complete the look, the installation is accessorized with rust colored pillows, throws, and a planter fashioned of poplar branches which is  finished in Redwood.

For more information about this spectacular home – and the important research for which it raises funds – please visit the WBCS, Inc. website.  And, for more information about La Lune Collection furniture pieces featured in this article, click on the listings below:

  1. 1. Settee #1292
    2. Armchair #1200
    3. Side Table #3530
    4. Planter #5064

We hope to see you at the showhouse, June 4 –  June 19, 2016!