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!

 

 

We’re in Full Swing – Introducing La Lune’s New Porch Swing Collection!

It’s been 85 years since jazz legend Duke Ellington first proclaimed that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” – and today, with the introduction of our newest beautiful porch swings, those words ring truer than ever at La Lune Collection.

To understand the indisputable attraction of the porch swing, we look to the history of the porch itself. Although evidence of the front porch can be traced to prehistoric times, it didn’t appear in the Americas until early in the 18th century – and even then not in large numbers. It would be another hundred years, in fact, before their popularity was widespread. By the Victorian era, porches were standard features on houses due to the increased availability of leisure time in the nation. A virtual outside family room, the porch encouraged a sense of community with neighbors, a place to stop and exchange the news of the day. And, the centerpiece of this “mixing and mingling” was – and still is – the beloved porch swing.

Today we are still charmed by the porch swing, which has worked its way so deeply into the fabric of our culture that it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t own one, or aspire to own one – and a beautiful handcrafted porch swing from La Lune Collection makes this aspiration almost irresistible. So, it is with great excitement that we present La Lune Collection’s newest porch swings – take a look, and be sure to check out the entire selection!

 

La Lune Collection Porch Swing 1558Porch Swing #1558

A striking pattern of angled branches creates the outstanding design feature on this delightful Porch Swing, shown here in Kahlua (peeled bark) finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Porch Swing #1560 Porch Swing #1560

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Porch Swing #1554Porch Swing #1554

A beautifully unique addition to your front porch – or even an indoor room, just for fun – graceful and organic lines of nature are the design trademarks of this Porch Swing.

 

 

 

 

 

As if our new porch swing introductions weren’t excitement enough, we’re also pleased to announce that we’ve added hanging daybeds to our line – we think you’ll agree that these two new additions are truly charming!

 

La Lune Collection Hanging Daybed #4636Hanging Daybed #4636

A Hanging Daybed is wonderfully relaxing – whether used inside or outside your home – this beauty, shown in Desert finish on bark,  features as its outstanding design element a striking pattern of angled branches.

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection 4632 kahluaHanging Daybed #4632

With its strong, sturdy, and classic lines, this Hanging Daybed shown in Kahlua (peeled bark) finish,  is equally at home in traditional, rustic, and eclectic settings – meticulous construction and attention to every detail ensure its enduring beauty and comfort.

 

 

 

 

Pantone Redux: La Lune’s Fall 2016 Color Picks

We had so much fun last year making our Pantone “color picks” for Fall 2015 that we jumped at the chance to repeat the project for Fall 2016.

The Pantone Color Institute, acknowledged as the world’s authority on color, has been inspiring design professionals with ‘products, services, and leading technology for colorful exploration’ for over 50 years’.  Recently Pantone issued its Fall 2016 Color Report – and here’s what they have to say about this Fall’s color picks: “The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism has inspired a Fall 2016 color palette – along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.”

Join us as La Lune Collection’s beautiful rustic furniture takes a trip down the color runway in Pantone’s top five Fall 2016 color picks!

Pantone Potter's Clay1. Pantone “Potter’s Clay”

“POTTER’S CLAY has an added degree of sophistication and layering. With elements of russet orange in its undertones, it gives a grounded feeling that’s anything but flat.”

 

 

La Lune Collection Club Chair #1175La Lune Collection Club Chair #1175

The striking “diamond back” design on this Club Chair is truly a stand-out design element, which makes it a perfect centerpiece OR accent piece in your design plans – notable for both its comfort and beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pantone's Sharkskin2. Pantone “Sharkskin”

“There’s an edge to SHARKSKIN, and yet it manages to remain neutral, pair-able with almost any fall color, bright or muted. It’s a color that the rest of the palette can literally and theoretically rest on.”

 

 

La Lune Collection Chaise #1231La Lune Collection Chaise #1231

With its strong, sturdy, and classic lines, this Chaise is equally at home in traditional, rustic, and eclectic settings – and it’s a genuinely comfortable lounging spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pantone Spicy Mustard3. Pantone “Spicy Mustard”

“SPICY MUSTARD is an exotic addition, bouncing elegantly off other colors in the palette. A spicier, zestier yellow than in previous seasons, it adds a splash of uplifting vibrancy.”

 

 

La Lune Collection Settee #1292La Lune Collection Settee #1292

This Settee features a lovely Chippendale-inspired design, along with a neat, tight upholstered seat. It’s a classic design perfectly suited to grace many different room types and decorating styles.

 

 

 

 

 

Pantone Aurora Red4. Pantone “Aurora Red”

“In contrast to the stable backbone of the Fall 2016 palette, AURORA RED adds a welcome punch. A bold Red that is warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye, it gets the metaphorical blood of the palette pumping.”

 

 

La Lune Collection Barstool #1139La Lune Collection Barstool #1139

Dining is a gracious experience, thanks to the sturdy, beautiful character of this Barstool – its removable back pad makes it an irresistible combination of style, strength, and comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pantone Warm Taupe5. Pantone “Warm Taupe”

“WARM TAUPE is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top shades of the Fall 2016 season; it suggests reassurance and stability.”

 

 

La Lune Collection Settee #1203La Lune Collection Settee #1203

There is plenty of room on this expansive Settee;  its classic styling makes it a most versatile decorating piece, an appealing combination of rustic sturdiness and elegance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything You Wanted to Know about La Lune Collection – and More!

(A CBS Sunday Morning Spotlight Story)

Every business has its own unique story to tell, and La Lune Collection is no exception.

Founded almost 40 years ago by Cathy and Mario Costantini, the story of La Lune Collection’s beginnings and subsequent development is punctuated with references to college romance, Italian opera arias, Ralph Lauren, urban renewal, Buenos Aires, and hundreds of beautiful school children ballroom dancing.

Want to get the full story? Recently, Cathy and Mario sat down to chat with Mike Strehlow from CBS Sunday Morning Spotlight – just click on the video below to learn everything you wanted to know about La Lune Collection – and more!

 

 

 

7 Beautiful Reasons for La Lune to Celebrate “The Wearin’ o’ the Green”

When the words “green” and “La Lune Collection” find themselves in the same sentence, it usually involves a reference to La Lune’s long-standing commitment to eco-friendly practices.  However, with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re inspired to highlight the beauty of our rustic furniture designs – all dressed up in various shades of the color green – to celebrate this special day for the Irish!


La Lune Collection Armchair #1156

 

1. Arm Chair #1156 | Natural Finish

The back of this Arm Chair features a subtle “fan” design, complementing many interior design styles. Timeless beauty and enduring strength are the hallmarks of this piece.

 

 

 

 

 


La Lune Collection Porch Swing #1091

2. Porch Swing #1091 |

Sandstone Finish

A carefree sway, to-and-fro, on this delightful Porch Swing makes the world a more beautiful place – plump up its pretty throw pillows and enjoy the ride!

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Chaise #1182

 

 

3. Chaise #1182 | Natural Finish

This Chaise is a truly comfortable lounging spot, as well as a classically beautiful piece of furniture – marvelously constructed by hand, using the same simple tools and techniques employed by furniture craftsman for several centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4300 larger4. Twin Bed #4300 | Sage Finish

An unquestionable masterpiece – graceful, freeform lines of natural branches form the unique design feature on this Bed’s headboard and footboard. Strikingly beautiful, it will most surely draw compliments from anyone who sees it or sleeps in it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Rocker #11905. Rocker #1190 | Kahlua Finish

A gently arched curve graces the back of this attractive Rocker – its understated elegance makes it a most versatile decorating piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 La Lune Collection Club Chair #1020

 

 6. Club Chair #1020 | Ebony Finish

Inspired by classic rustic furniture designs of the past, the striking “waterfall” lines of this Club Chair are equally at home today in traditional, contemporary, and eclectic settings.

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Loveseat #12447. Loveseat #1244 | Natural Finish

With its strong, classic lines, this Loveseat is equally at home in rustic, transitional, and eclectic settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunking in Style with La Lune’s Newest Bunk Beds

We’ve said it before – “At La Lune Collection we are big fans of the bunk bed, and we know we’re not alone” – and we now have 3 BIG reasons to say it again!

Everyone knows that bunk beds present the perfect way of hosting houseguests in a comfortable and stylish manner. But what about the question of where to put their stuff?  Two of the newest additions to the La Lune Collection Bunk Bed family handily address this concern with the addition of built-in drawers under the bottom bunk, all beautifully handcrafted and showing off their finely detailed designs of poplar branches.

Bunk Bed #4622, Twin-over-Full

A striking pattern of angled branches is the outstanding design feature on this handsome Bunk Bed, enhanced by the addition of generous, beautifully crafted drawers. Meticulous construction, kiln drying, special joints and finishes, and attention to every detail ensure its enduring strength and beauty. (Shown below in Desert finish on bark)

La Lune Collection Bunk Bed 45466L

 

Bunk Bed #4626, Twin-over-Twin

Classic lines, rustic styling, and superior craftsmanship combine to create the ultimate sleeping experience with this charming Bunk Bed. Enhanced by the addition of generous and beautifully crafted drawers, it’s the perfect blend of beauty, function, and comfort. (Shown below in Taupe finish on bark)

La Lune Collection Bunk Bed 45472R

 

 

And, what about those extra “last minute” guests?  The following new Bunk Bed, that boasts generous Queen-over-Queen or Full-over-Full proportions, charmingly assures that there is adequate room for all comers.  (For more information, or to see more beautiful rustic bunk bed styles, be sure to visit La Lune Collection’s complete collection of bunk beds.)

Bunk Bed #4526, Queen-over-Queen

With its strong, sturdy, and classic lines, this Bunk Bed beautifully provides generous sleeping accommodations –  carefully created by hand, using the same simple tools and techniques employed by furniture craftsman for several centuries.  (Shown below in Natural finish on bark)

La Lune Collection Bunk Bed 4526

 

 

New Year, New Choices – and La Lune’s New Features!

Who doesn’t love to start the year with something fresh and new? We certainly do at La Lune Collection, and we’ve got THREE new features on our beautiful website to tout – check out below the expanded options on our Fabric, Leather, and Finish pages.  And, be sure to click on the images to explore these newest options even further!

La Lune Collection Fabrics…

With the addition of ten (10) attractive new Sunbrella textiles to our fabric selection, one has the ability to choose the perfect color or texture to go with our beautifully handcrafted furniture.

La Lune Collection Fabrics

 

La Lune Collection Leathers…

We’re proud of our new leather additions as well as of the brand new images of our entire leather selection – take a look for yourself – one soft, rich rustic leather is prettier than the next.

La Lune Collection Leathers

 

La Lune Collection Wood Finishes…

The handsome new photography on our Wood Finishes page makes it easier than ever to choose just the right finish – why,  it’s the next best thing to touching the wood itself!

La Lune Collection Wood Finishes

 

 

La Lune Collection’s Top 5 of 2015

As we look forward to 2016, we’re excited to consider the new opportunities, experiences – and beautiful new rustic furniture designs – that the new year will bring. At the same time, what  fun it is for us to recall the full year that we have just left behind!

And so, in the spirit of reflection, we’re delighted to share here our most popular articles of 2015:

1. La Lune Collection Throws its “Doors Open”!

During one special weekend in September, over 100 buildings in Milwaukee allow their doors to be thrown open, much to the delight of the curious guests who take a peek at what’s going on inside…

La Lune Collection Factory Showroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Nature’s Color Palette: Wood Finishes from La Lune Collection

19th century American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once wrote that “nature always wears the colors of the spirit”.  At La Lune Collection we take these words to heart, and have made all of our unique rustic furniture designs available in a striking array of nature’s own various hues and textures …

Ebony Finish on BarkEbony Finish on Bark

A rich shade of black, sanded to reveal slight flecks of the natural bark underneath – this one almost beckons to be touched!

 

Settee #1404La Lune Collection Settee #1404

Organic lines of nature are the design trademarks of this Settee, which is created by hand, using the same simple tools and techniques employed by furniture craftsman for several centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. At La Lune it (Still) Begins with a Drawing…

At La Lune we’re very proud of our lovely website. However, many years before La Lune’s website even existed, our collection was accessible only via a catalog comprised entirely of hand-drawn pencil illustrations…

La Lune Collection Original Drawing | Settee #1150La Lune Collection Settee #1150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Pantone Color Picks by la Lune Collection

Pantone, recognized as the world’s authority on color, has been inspiring design professionals with “products, services, and leading technology for colorful exploration” for over 50 years…

 

marsalaPantone “Marsala”

“Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala is a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir faire. Rich and robust, Marsala incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

 

 

La Lune Collection Porch Swing #1233La Lune Porch Swing #1233

A beautiful and comfy addition to your front porch – or even an indoor room, just for fun – this La Lune Porch Swing is sure to bring a sense of pure joy to your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Sweet Dreams are Made of These: Canopy Beds by La Lune

Annie Lennox of the ‘Eurythmics’, who sang nearly identical words almost 25 years ago, could very well have been singing about La Lune Collection’s distinctively beautiful canopy beds…

La Lune Collection Canopy Bed # 4090

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Salutes the 2016 Color of the Year: Simply White!

The color gurus at Benjamin Moore recently revealed their pick for 2016 Color of the Year – announcing SIMPLY WHITE!

Benjamin Moore’s creative director Ellen O’Neill noted several observations about their choice – and about white in general – including the following:

  • “White is a perfect way to define a space in a beautiful and sophisticated way.”
  • “White doesn’t go in and out of style. It can be elevated to a design tool, especially when it’s texturized and layered with other whites.”
  • “Once you start to see the nuances of the color, the look is very elegant, very refined, very deliberate.”

At La Lune Collection we whole-heartedly salute this color pick. Our own wood finishes include a wealth of rich shades of white – and to get into the spirit of this ‘white inspiration’, we’re sharing a dozen of our beautiful rustic La Lune furniture pieces ‘wearing’ some of our magnificent white finishes, including Antique White, Whitewash, Navajo, Sandstone, Taupe, and more.

 

La Lune Collection Hutch w/Glass Doors #2066 Hutch with Glass Doors #2066 | Taupe Finish

With its welcoming traditional appeal and superb craftsmanship, this Hutch has the look and feel of furnishings from a bygone era. Our craftsmen proudly sustain the ancient tradition of hand-made rustic furniture, using the same methods and materials that were used by the early artisans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


La Lune Collection Upholstered Bed #4100Bed (King) #4100 | Whitewash Finish

With its clean, classic lines this beautiful upholstered bed is equally at home in traditional, rustic, and eclectic settings.  Masterfully upholstered by our craftsmen, it’s a perfect combination of style, strength, and comfort.

 

 

 

 

 


 

La Lune Collection Club Chair #1252Club Chair #1252 | Sandstone Finish

Simplicity truly is beautiful, as evidenced by the sturdy lines and uncomplicated comfort of this Armless Club Chair – the ideal seating solution for countless design applications.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

La Lune Collection Mirror #5052 Mirror #5052 | Whitewash Finish

An elegant “sun burst” is created for this Mirror by La Lune’s furniture artisans, who painstakingly apply perfectly measured and matched “sun rays” – a breathtaking piece of artwork.

 

 

 

 

 


 

La Lune Collection Dining Table #3104 Dining Table #3104 | Whitewash Finish

This octagonal Dining Table is a La Lune favorite! Its inspired rustic design, created by our master craftsmen,  features a precise branch “apron” and a gracefully organic base of free-form branches.

 

 

 

 


 

La Lune Collection 6 Drawer Chest #2190Six Drawer Chest #2190 | Antique White Finish

Our expert craftsmen have tended to every detail in the construction of this finely crafted chest, carefully cutting and applying by hand the branches that make up its handsome design.

 

 

 

 

 


 

La Lune Collection Bunk Bed #4254 Bunk Bed #4254 | Antique White Finish

A striking pattern of angled branches creates the outstanding design feature of this handsome Bunk Bed. Meticulous construction, kiln drying, special joints and finishes, and attention to every detail ensure its enduring strength and beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

La Lune Collection Armoire #2006 Armoire #2006 | Navajo Finish

Branches are meticulously cut and positioned by hand by our skilled artisans to create each individual pattern on this handsome Armoire – finely crafted, interior and exterior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


La Lune Collectin Arm Chairs #1042 Armchairs #1042 | Antique White Finish

This Chair’s rustic simplicity makes it a most versatile decorating piece, an appealing combination of sturdiness and elegance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


La Lune Collection Buffet #2536 Buffet #2536 | Sandstone Finish

This finely crafted Buffet is a beautiful place to store the finest dishes and stemware, and provides, as well, the perfect space for entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

 


La Lune Collection Canopy Bed #4090 Canopy Bed #4090 | Antique White Finish

Elegant and stately, this Canopy Bed lends a sense of drama to any decorating style – a stunning addition to traditional, contemporary, transitional AND rustic bedrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dining Table #3121 and Side Chairs #1400 | Sandstone Finish

With plenty of room for all, this Trestle Table features a base with a striking diamond design, and is beautifully accompanied by Side Chairs that exhibit the graceful and organic lines of nature. All pieces are carefully constructed by hand using the same simple tools and techniques employed by furniture craftsman for several centuries.

La Lune Collection Table #3121, Side Chairs #1400