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 Rustic 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 #4100Rustic Bed (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 #1252Rustic Club 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 Rustic 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 Rustic 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 Rustic 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 Rustic 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 Rustic Arm Chairs #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 Rustic 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 Rustic 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rustic Dining Table #3121 and Rustic 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

 

 

 

7 Reasons to Love a (Rustic) Loveseat

“Loveseat” traditionally refers a small sofa or couch, the term most likely stemming from the fact that its diminutive size will accommodate only two people for comfortable seating. First gaining popularity during the Victorian era, the upside of the loveseat then was that it allowed courting couples to sit close enough to each other to converse, and yet still not touch – making it the perfect answer to the need for “decency” as required by the social norms of the day.

Today, loveseats are the perfect answer to the need for beautiful, comfortable seating options in a smaller size, and La Lune Collection offers many reasons to love the loveseat. Below are seven such reasons, including one that swings through the air!

Rustic Loveseat #1177 by La Lune Collection small

 

 1.  Rustic Loveseat #1177 in Natural Finish

The striking “diamond back” design on this Loveseat is truly a stand-out design element. In addition to being beautiful, carefully handcrafted cushions make this piece the utmost in comfort as well.


Rustic Loveseat #1265 by La Lune Collectionl

 

2 .  Rustic Loveseat #1265 in Kahlua Finish

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


Rustic Loveseat #1014 by La Lune Collection

 

3.  Rustic Loveseat #1014 in Natural Finish

Flowing “waterfall” lines are the focal point of this Loveseat’s back and arms – it’s the perfect piece to either dress up with accent pillows or leave unadorned, displaying its elegant design features.


Rustic Love Seat #1244 by La Lune Collection

 

 

4. Rustic Loveseat #1244 in Natural Finish

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


Rustic Loveseat #1404 by La Lune Collection

 

5. Rustic Settee #1404 in Pecan Finish

Graceful and organic lines of nature are the design trademarks of this Settee. Strikingly beautiful, this piece will most surely draw compliments from anyone who sees or sits on it!


Rustic Love Seat #1168 by La Lune Collection6. Rustic Loveseat #1168 in Kahlua Finish

Clean and classic lines make are the hallmarks of this charming Loveseat – a perfect combination of style, strength, and comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rustic Porchswing #1091 by La Lune Collection7. Rustic Porch Swing #1091 in Sandstone Finish

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Off the Presses – There’s Something New at La Lune Collection!

We’re excited to announce that La Lune Collection’s brand-spanking new brochure has just rolled off the presses – and we think it’s beautiful, if we do say so ourselves. We’re guessing you will, too. If you’d like your own copy, so you can check it out for yourself, just click here and let us know where to send it – we’ll happily pop one in the mail to you “in two shakes of a lamb’s tail”!

Clare + Danielle 600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. The weekend event, dubbed “DOORS OPEN”, was inaugurated by Historic Milwaukee, Inc. in 2011, and La Lune Collection has enthusiastically participated in this architectural “show and tell” every year since then.

La Lune Collection Front DoorThis year on Saturday, September 19th, La Lune again greeted hundreds of visitors at its factory showroom’s front door, where company co-founder, Mario Costantini, led them on an extensive tour of the factory grounds, offices, and workshop facilities.

Why take the time to do this every year? There’s one simple reason – we are unreservedly proud of the beautiful buildings that La Lune Collection calls home. The complex’s original buildings were built over a century ago of the famed golden-colored ‘Cream City’ bricks – indigenous to the Milwaukee region – by local contractors H. Schmitt & Son, a company renowned for constructing exquisite churches and cathedrals throughout the Milwaukee area.

Mario and Cathy Costantini, founders of La Lune Collection, purchased the buildings in 1986 – they lovingly renovated the neglected buildings to their original glory, constructing several additional buildings on the property in the ensuing years. In 2009, La Lune Collection gladly welcomed the Florentine Opera Company to one of their warehouse buildings, creating for them a rehearsal space to house the company’s “Opera Center”.

Weren’t able to join La Lune Collection for this year’s “Doors Open”? No problem – we’ve assembled below a pictorial factory tour of some of the highlights to be seen at 930 E. Burleigh Street, Milwaukee, WI .

 

A bird’s eye view provides a good sense of the La Lune Collection “campus” – comprised of offices, a factory showroom, workshop buildings, and warehouses – which occupies a one-half city block of the trendy, artist-friendly, residential  Milwaukee neighborhood known as ‘Riverwest’.

La Lune Collection Aerial View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful awnings are a handsome contrast against the Cream City brick facade of La Lune’s offices and factory showroom buildings, which were originally constructed over 100 years ago. All visitors to the company will pass through the arched entry of this building, located on the corner of tree-lined, residential streets.

Showroom exterior 600W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few steps inside the building, visitors are met with the charming La Lune Collection factory showroom. Here one is able to view a changing display of furniture  from the collection, including chairs, tables, beds, chests, cabinets, armoires, and more.  (Company president, Mario Costantini, is always happy to show visitors around the showroom and factory – just contact us to schedule a visit!)

La Lune Collection Factory Showroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After visiting the factory showroom, a step outdoors and a short stroll through a lovely paved courtyard will bring visitors to La Lune Collection’s pristine workshops. In these beautiful sun-filled rooms – which are filled with century-old machinery and tools – skilled craftsmen, carpenters, upholsterers, and seamstresses create the wonderful works-of-art that are La Lune Collection rustic furniture.

La Lune Collection Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No trip to La Lune Collection’s workshop is complete without a greeting from Lucy and Rocky – La Lune’s trusty mascots – pictured here with Mario amid the stacks of poplar, willow, and cedar logs that await their transformation into beautiful furniture.

dogs + logs 600W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Front GateLa Lune Collection is also proud to host in one of its buildings the Florentine Opera Center, home to Milwaukee’s Grammy award-winning professional opera company. This delightfully flowered courtyard – with its decorative iron gate – serves as a welcoming entrance for all visitors to the Florentine Opera Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the day, when night has fallen and all of La Lune’s visitors and employees have returned home, the courtyard serenely awaits their return the next morning.  Good Night, from La Lune Collection!

La Lune Collection Courtyard at Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

La Lune Collection Artist, Jen

La Lune Collection Artist, Jen

At La Lune Collection we’re very proud of our lovely website, which features hundreds of photographs and a wealth of interesting things to read about our company and our people, as well as about our work “outside” of La Lune. And, of course, the highlight of our website is our beautiful and unique handcrafted rustic furniture!

However, many years before La Lune’s website even existed, our collection was accessible via a catalog comprised entirely of beautifully hand-drawn pencil illustrations.

Each illustration is a true work of art, and most were drawn by Jen, La Lune Collection’s gifted “resident artist” for over 18 years.

 

 

Today, the tradition of handcrafted artistry in the form of drawings done by hand continues at La Lune Collection. Company president, Mario Costantini, designs each piece in the collection, and Jen continues – even today – to render each beautiful rustic furniture item completely by hand.

Truly, at Lune Collection, it all still begins with a drawing…

 

La Lune Collection Sketchbook Original Drawing Settee 1150

La Lune Collection Settee #1150 | Original Drawing

La Lune Collection Settee #1150

La Lune Collection Settee #1150

 


 

Dining Table #3089 | Original Drawing

Dining Table #3089 | Original Drawing

La Lune Collection Dining Table #3089

Dining Table #3089

 


 

And so, it is with much excitement that we now make available again – this time on our website – the La Lune Collection Designer Sketchbook. We invite you to click the sketchbook below, and browse the many beautifully hand-rendered illustrations, just as you might have done over 35 years ago!

thing one La Lune Collection Designers' Sketchbook

 

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Choosing a Rustic Dining Table

dining tableThe question, “Who’s coming to dinner?” will invariably present another question: “What size table – and how many chairs – do we need?”

While the beauty of your dining table and chairs is of utmost importance, you’ll also want to ensure that your family and friends are comfortable when they sit down together to enjoy their meal. It’s important that your table is not only large enough to accommodate the number of diners you intend to seat, but is also a size that will leave adequate space for chairs, and for walking around the table itself.

 

 

Where to begin? Below are a few simple guidelines to consider while making your choice:

  • Plan a minimum of 24 inches for each place setting – if you have the room, 30 inches is ideal and much more comfortable.
  • Be sure that the chairs arms are low enough to slide beneath, and not bump into, the table.
  • Provide at least 24 inches of space behind each chair when someone is sitting in it. This is the minimum space needed for people to pass by when serving or leaving the table.

Finally, we’d naturally recommend browsing La Lune Collection’s comprehensive assortment of beautiful rustic dining tables in numerous styles, shapes, finishes, and sizes. Below are a few examples to get you started!

Seating for Four

Planning to entertain another couple for dinner? How about starting out with pre-dinner refreshments served at this distinctive cocktail table in a Natural finish – Table #3049 – surrounded by four Barstools #1298 with removable seat and back cushions.

La Lune Collection Table #3049 La Lune Collection Table #3049, Barstools #1298

 


Seating for Six:

A round table makes conversation easy for everyone seated, and Table #3093, shown here with an optional pine plank top, is a La Lune favorite! Its inspired rustic design features a delicate, precise branch “apron” and a gracefully organic base of free-form branches. Six Armchairs #1290 – with beautifully made removable seat and back cushions – complete this stylish dining arrangement.

La Lune Collection Table #3093La Lune Collection Table #3093, Chairs #1290

 

 

 

 

 


Seating for Eight:

Perfect for a small dinner party, this Trestle Table #3123 – customized here with an oval pine top – is a friendly centerpiece for entertaining, featuring a base with a striking diamond design in a Pecan finish on peeled bark. Arm Chairs #1402 and Side Chairs #1400, demonstrating their graceful and organic lines of nature, are beautiful accompaniments to this table.

La Lune Collection 3123 custom, pecan, med pine 400x250La Lune Collection Custom Table #3123, Chairs #1400 & #1402

Seating for Ten:

All ten players on the softball team are celebrating with a barbecue at your house! No problem – this magnificent Trestle Table #3123 was custom-crafted especially for outdoor use, featuring a cedar plank top to accommodate for moisture.   Arm Chairs #1206 & Side Chairs #1204 ensure that there is comfortable – and charming – seating for all.

La Lune Collection 3123 opt, natural, med 400x250La Lune Collection 3123 opt, 1204 opt, 1206 opt, natural, med 400x250

Seating for Twelve:

Assembling the entire family for holiday gatherings requires a generous table indeed. Custom Trestle Table #3494,  built with bold, exceptional craftsmanship, is perfect for lively get-togethers. Arm Chairs #1156 and Side Chairs #1154, done here in an Ebony finish, demonstrate rustic elegance at its absolute finest!

La Lune Collection 3494 custom, ebony, med 400x250La Lune Collection 3494 custom, 1154, 1156 ebony, med 400x250

 

 

 

Spotlight on a La Lune Collection Rustic Dining Chair

La Lune Collection features an extensive selection of rustic dining chairs, available in a diverse assortment of designs, sizes, finishes, and options. We are proud of all of our beautiful rustic dining chairs – however, if we admitted to any favorites, Side Chair #1400 and Arm Chair #1402 would be strong contenders for the honor.  And, it would appear that many interior designers around the country agree with us! We’re delighted to share here some of our favorite installations – from a few of our wonderfully talented design clients – all featuring these distinctive rustic dining chairs as their design centerpiece.

La Lune Collection Arm Chairs 1402

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1400 | Andrew Maier Interior DesignThis gorgeous dining area – framed with expansive “jewel box” windows – is designed by Andrew Maier Interiors in Locust Valley, NY.  What could be more inviting than a sunny breakfast gathering, seated in these chairs and mapping out plans for the day?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1400The picture-perfect example of an outdoor rustic porch is brought to us by Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors, Asheville, NC. We can almost hear the crackle of the flames in the fireplace, that beckon us to pull up one of the chairs and bask in its warmth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1400Designer Shazalynn of SCW Interiors in Alexandria, VA has created a room that appears to be made just for entertaining.  This dining room features La Lune Collection side chairs in a beautiful Antique White finish, and Shazalynn has chosen to anchor the dining table with comfy arm chairs upholstered in a playful fauna motif.  We can think of no better spot for  welcoming guests to Thanksgiving, Easter, birthday, or Christmas celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1400Laurie Waterhouse Interiors, in Jackson, WY  presents us with this cozy dining room, which we think is just perfect for rollicking family gatherings.  A warm, rust-hued woven rug adorned with ethnic patterns, and an impressive rustic light fixture overhead, partner with these chairs to create a welcoming rustic space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1400A spectacular skyline of soaring mountain ranges is the backdrop for this stunning outdoor room by Locati Architects, Bozeman, MT.  How fortunate are the lucky diners for whom this rustic table from La Lune Collection – with its La Lune side chairs – is so beautifully set!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These striking interior and exterior rooms are just a sampling of the inspired rustic living spaces created with charming dining chairs (and tables) from La Lune Collection –  check out the complete offering of La Lune Collection’s rustic dining chairs for more inspiration!

 

 

 

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

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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 – from an earthy Natural bark finish to a warm, rich Redwood finish, to a satiny-smooth, peeled bark Shell finish.

Join us as we look at a few of La Lune Collection’s seating selections “showing off” some exquisite colors from nature – introducing La Lune’s beautiful wood finishes!

 

Natural Finish on BarkNatural Finish on Bark

This finish is nature in its purest form – the natural bark of poplar branches is lightly sanded and then given a delicate coat of clear satin finish.

 

Side Chair #1400 & Arm Chair #1402La Lune Collection Chairs #1400, 1402

Graceful and organic lines of nature are the design trademarks of this Side Chair and Arm Chair. Strikingly beautiful, they’re sure to draw compliments from all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mushroom Finish on Peeled BarkMushroom Finish on Peeled Bark

Satiny to the touch, bark is hand-peeled from branches which are then carefully sanded to a silky smoothness, lending this neutral finish a certain sophistication.

 

Barstool #1122La Lune Collection Barstool #1122

The back of this Barstool features an attractive “fan” design, complementing many interior design styles. A favorite in the restaurant and hotel world, it has proven to stand up to even the most rigorous wear, all the while maintaining its gracious beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kahlua Finish on Peeled BarkKahlua Finish on Peeled Bark

A strong, coffee-colored finish on peeled bark, this finish is resilient and perfect for use completely outdoors, as indeed are all La Lune Collection peeled-bark finishes.

 

Porch Swing #1233La Lune Collection Porch Swing #1233

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sage Finish on BarkSage Finish on Bark

The delicate, calming greyish-green hue of this finish on bark is a wonderful complement to a multitude of other colors from nature.

 

Arm Chair #1214La Lune Collection Chair #1214

Tall and stately, this Chair lends a sense of drama to any decorating style – equally at home in traditional, contemporary, and eclectic settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecan Finish on Peeled BarkPecan Finish on Peeled Bark

This subtle, light amber-colored finish on peeled bark pairs wonderfully with fabrics and leathers in many colors and textures.

 

 Sofa #1179

La Lune Collection Sofa #1179

The striking “diamond back” design on this Sofa is truly a stand-out design element. In addition to being beautiful, carefully handcrafted cushions make this piece the utmost in comfort as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique White Finish on Bark

This beautiful creamy white finish on bark – often taken for bark from the birch tree –  complements fabrics and leathers of almost every hue.

 

Side Chair #1040 & Arm Chair #1042La Lune Collection Chair #1042

The rustic simplicity of these Chairs makes them most versatile decorating pieces, an appealing combination of sturdiness and elegance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redwood Finish on BarkRedwood Finish on Bark

Just as its name implies, this finish is a rich and warm red – bold, yet inviting.

 

Rocker #1195La Lune Collection Rocker #1185

One could be easily tempted to rock the day away in this sweet Rocker, which boasts a classically traditional design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandstone Finish on BarkSandstone Finish on Bark

This rich off-white finish is a shade darker and a touch cooler than other La Lune Collection white finishes on bark.

 

Club Chair #1252La Lune Collection Club Chair #1252

Simplicity truly is beautiful, as evidenced by the sturdy lines and uncomplicated comfort of this Club Chair – perfect for making a bold seating statement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see all of La Lune Collection’s standard finishes, simply pay a visit to our website, or take a quick look at the finish charts below. You are also welcome to request actual finish samples – just contact us, and let us know what you have in mind!

La Lune Collection Finishes on Bark     La Lune Collection Finishes on Peeled Bark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Hard, Play Hard – Partying with a Purpose at La Lune Collection

At La Lune Collection we’re proud of our hardworking team of artists, craftsmen, and sales professionals – it’s thanks to their dedication and skill that we’re able to create the most beautiful rustic furniture available anywhere.

However, as the old proverb goes, “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy” – so, we also know how to have good time at La Lune!  Several times a year we throw our factory doors open and produce some fantastic events to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Recently, on Friday, June 12th, La Lune Collection threw an exuberant party – called Pasta & Puccini – for Milwaukee’s Grammy award-winning Florentine Opera Company. The event took place in La Lune’s charming factory, a collection of beautiful cream-city brick buildings built over 100 years ago that we have carefully and lovingly restored. Delicious rustic Italian fare by Chef Scott Shully and his staff’s gracious service, radiant guests, dazzling performances by the Florentine Opera artists, and an incomparable sing-along, made this an evening not soon to be forgotten – truly a ‘notte fantastica’.

The event photos are in – with credit and great thanks to photographer Jeff Zmania – and we’re delighted to share below some images from this amazing evening.  There’s no doubt about it – “that’s amore”!

 

Florentine  Pasta & Puccini | FactoryWith stacks of wood logs, antique machinery, and seating prototypes as a backdrop, La Lune Collection’s frame department serves as a unique venue for around 160 Pasta & Puccini guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florentine Pasta & Puccini Dinner

Chef Shully supervises the staging of colorful – and scrumptious – salads before their presentation to guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florentine Pasta & Puccini | Happy Guests

It’s impossible to NOT have a good time at Pasta & Puccini, as evidenced by these joyous partiers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florentine Pasta & Puccini | Costantinis

La Lune Collection co-founders, Cathy and Mario Costantini – and their daughter, Cristina –  are caught in a moment of delighted appreciation.

 

 

 

 

Florentine Pasta & Puccini | Musicians

Strolling musicians Stas (accordion) and Mischa (mandolin) serenade seated party attendees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florentine Pasta & Puccini | Opera Singers

Talented Florentine Opera singers, expressing various emotions during their “Nessun Dorma”, demonstrate why Puccini was considered the leading figure in Italian opera of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florentine Opera Pasta & PucciniMaestro, and Florentine Opera Executive Director William Florescu, leads Pasta & Puccini guests in a rousing chorus of “That’s Amore!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florentine Pasta & Puccini | ChorusSinging guests brought down the house with their exuberant rendition of “Funiculì, Funiculà” – everyone’s an opera star at Pasta & Puccini!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection at the “Showhouse for a Cure”

At La Lune Collection we’re delighted to have created a space in the 2015 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, which opened to the public this month and marks the fifth straight year in a row of La Lune’s participation in this important project.

Wisconsin Showhouse for a Cure 2015The WBCS group of dedicated volunteers presented its first showhouse in 1998 to raise funds for cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Since then, these annual “showhouses for a cure”  have raised more than $5.45 million for cancer research, and have also endowed the institution’s recently established WBCS Professor of Breast Cancer Research. The promising breast cancer and prostate cancer research made possible by this initiative has led to more than $43.7 million in additional competitive extramural research grants to Medical College of Wisconsin by the National Institute of Health and other foundations. La Lune Collection couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this extraordinary and worthy endeavor!

This year’s showhouse, located on the east side of Milwaukee, is a dramatic Tuscan style home overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan. To create the home’s “outdoor living room”, La Lune Collection’s co-owners and showhouse space designers, Cathy and Mario Costantini,  utilized standard items from the line crafted with indoor/outdoor fabric, spindle decks, and done in a Kahlua peeled-bark finish, making the pieces perfect for use completely outdoors. Take a look at the photos we’ve shared below of La Lune’s finished outdoor room – we think it turned out beautifully!

Lush gardens serve as a perfect spot for breakfast with the family or friends. (Pictured: Dining Table #3520 and Arm Chairs #1295 in Kahlua finish)

Wisconsin Showhouse for a Cure 2015

 

A longer view of the elegant grounds reveals the home’s natural lannon stone fire pit; surrounded by stylishly comfortable club chairs and sofa, it’s certain to be the site of many pleasant evenings, spent sharing refreshments and stories. (Pictured: Sofa #1170, Club Chairs #1175, Side Table #3450 in Kahlua finish)

Wisconsin Showhouse for a Cure 2015