La Lune Porch Style: The Rustic Retreat

Whenever we come across an image of a beautiful patio or porch – or any space for that matter – showcasing La Lune Collection furniture we can’t wait to share it with the world!  And so, we are thrilled to reveal here a breathtaking porch overlooking the North Carolina mountain range that recently came to our attention.

This amazing installation, named the Mountain Air Family Lodge, comes to us courtesy of the very talented Kathryn Long, ASID in Asheville, NC and Platt Architecture, PA, in Brevard, NC.

Perched beside a lush, verdant mountain vista, this porch is a perfect place for family gatherings. It’s easy to imagine starting the day with breakfast at this table, seated on the charming La Lune Collection chairs. Designer Kathryn chose the creamy, warm “Navajo” premium finish for these Side Chairs #1154, and opted for removable seat cushions, for easy maintenance, in a cheery red plaid fabric.

La Lune Collection Rustic Side Chairs #1154

Mountain Air Family Lodge, North Carolina

If beginning the day with breakfast overlooking the mountains seems divine, then how about ending the day with the same view? Dusk couldn’t be lovelier, when rocking into the evening on these comfortable La Lune rocking chairs nestled around a rustic round fire pit. These particular Rocking Chairs #1190 feature a “Wheat” premium finish on peeled bark, which along with the removable seat cushions makes them ideal for use completely outdoors.

La Lune Collectin Rustic Rockers #1190

Mountain Air Family Lodge at Dusk

Do these delicious images have you interested in getting the look?  If so, we’d recommend that you start by visiting and viewing the extensive La Lune Collection seating section –  which includes the handsome chairs featured in this North Carolina porch installation, Rocking Chair #1190 and Side Chair #1154 – as well as many, many more!

Rustic Rocking Chair #1190 by La Lune Collection

La Lune Collection Rocking Chair #1190

Rustic Side Chair #1154 by La Lune Collection

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1154

La Lune Writes… National Haiku Day is on April 17th

We love holidays at La Lune Collection – the anticipation, the preparation, the celebration – but we admit to having a special fondness for the quirky, offbeat holidays.

Enter National Haiku Day! This special day is celebrated on April 17th, and according to the Haiku Foundation it was “registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation since 2012, and occurs in the heart of the United States’ celebration of National Poetry Month.” In the spirit of the day, La Lune Collection enthusiastically offers up three of our own compositions.

The beautiful Canopy Bed #4280 is a true La Lune fan favorite, repeatedly “tagged”, “shared”, “pinned” and “commented on” in social media platforms including Pinterest, Facebook, and Houzz. Surely it deserves its own Haiku tribute!

 

Rustic Canopy Bed # 4282 (King) by La Lune CollectionMagical site for slumber

In a bed made of branches…

Dreams of the forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren is an undeniable and celebrated master of style. It comes as no surprise, then, that he chooses La Lune Collection furniture to grace his homes, including this delightful porch at his Double RL Ranch in Colorado.  Pictured here are rustic Club Chairs #1006, Sofa #1002, and Porch Swing #1091.

La Lune Collection - Ralph Lauren 400Handsome rustic porch…

Comfy chairs, cheerful colors…

Ralph Lauren’s, of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This verdant image is from a beautiful estate in Wisconsin, the Manor House at Brittany Farms. What a gorgeous spot to spend a few hours with friends on a spectacular Wisconsin summer day! Pictured here are Rustic Club Chairs #1175 and Octagonal Table #3256, crafted especially for outdoor use.

La Lune Collection outdoorWilson11558 400Magnificent trees

Leafy, sheltering branches

Come, friends, and unwind

 

 

 

 

 

 

A La Lune Collection Tribute to “Trees”

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree” – so go the words penned by Joyce Kilmer in 1913 in his legendary work, “Trees”.

At La Lune Collection we, too, are great admirers of the tree, marveling at its beauty, dignity and strength.  Several of our rustic furniture designs pay special tribute to their source, the tree, by actually echoing and embodying it. We are pleased and proud to share some of those designs here.

La Lune Collection Dining Table #3091, Arm Chair #1290, Side Chair #1288, Hutch #2042

La Lune Collection Dining Table #3091, Arm Chair #1290, Side Chair #1288, Hutch #2042

Rustic Hall Tree #5060 by La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

Rustic Dining Table #3089 by La Lune Collection

Rustic Hall Tree #5060

Can a hall tree really be a tree? The answer is that it can be, if it’s from La Lune Collection!  A beautiful way to bring a touch of nature indoors, this design is as elegant as it is functional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Dining Table #3089

A round table makes conversation easy for everyone seated, and this round rustic dining table is a La Lune favorite.  Its inspired rustic design is created by our master craftsmen and features a delicate, precise branch “apron”, and a striking and graceful organic base of free-form branches.

 

 

 

 

Rustic Bed #4304 (Queen) by La Lune Collection

Rustic Bed #4304

A design masterpiece – graceful, freeform lines of natural branches are the distinctive design feature on this rustic bed’s headboard and footboard. Strikingly beautiful, it will most surely draw compliments and comments from all who see or sleep in it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tribute to “Trees” and its
author, Joyce Kilmer, would not be complete without enjoying the poem in its
entirety, and so we end here with a “reading” of it.

Joyce Kilmer

Joyce Kilmer

Trees

~ Joyce Kilmer, 1913

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree

 

 

It’s Spring! Time to Come Outdoors With La Lune Collection.

Have you noticed? Robins are intently poking the ground in search of a tasty worm breakfast, eager crocus buds are peeking up through the still cold black earth, and temperate breezes are wafting through our front porches, beckoning us outside. Yes, Spring is officially here, bringing thoughts of outdoor spaces adorned with beautiful furniture from La Lune Collection! Happily, most of La Lune Collection’s designs are perfect for outdoor use, whether for use Outdoors Under Cover, or Completely Outdoors.

Outdoor Furniture by La Lune – Outdoors Under Cover

La Lune Collection Porch Swing #1233

 

 

Planning to use La Lune Seating or Tables under a covered or roofed-in area? In this case ANY of the available finishes and fabrics shown with each item on its own website product page may be selected.

(Pictured: Porch Swing #1233)

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Chaise #1024 & Sofa #1030 - Haven InteriorsCushions on La Lune furniture intended for use outdoor under cover are constructed with our outdoor grade fabric and fill, the deck below the seat cushion is made of wood spindles, and all seating features removable loose seat and back cushions, rather than tight-upholstered seats and backs.

 

(Pictured: Chaise #1036, Club Chair #1032, Sofa #1028)

 

 

La Lune Collection Club Chairs #1174 -  Haven InteriorsLa Lune tables specified for outdoor under cover application are crafted with 1 ½” thick cedar plank tops,  1/8” gaps between the planks.

(Pictured: Club Chair #1174)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Furniture by La Lune – Completely Outdoors

La Lune Collection Chaise #1181

 

When using La Lune Seating or Tables completely outdoors, without any protection, any of our fabrics but ONLY peeled bark finishes may be selected – the finishes with the bark on are not recommended for use completely outdoors.

(Pictured: Chaise #1181)

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Chairs #1176 and Table #3260

La Lune furniture intended to go completely outdoors includes seat cushions made with outdoor grade fabric and fill, the deck below the seat cushion are made of wood spindles, and all seating is made with removable loose seat and back cushions rather than tight-upholstered seats and backs.

(Pictured: Club Chair #1175, Coffee Table #3256)

 

 

 

La Lune Collection Chairs #1204 & Custom Table

If tables are specified for completely outdoors their tops will be made using 1 ½” thick cedar plank tops with 1/8” gaps between the planks. All orders specified for “completely outdoors” will be made with peeled bark cedar.

(Pictured: Side Chair #1204, Custom Table)

 

 

 

 

With over 600 designs of beautiful rustic furniture La Lune Collection is sure to have something that appeals to everyone – so go ahead, take a look!

 

 

Finally. The Real Story of La Lune Collection’s Little Red Riding Hood.

La Lune Collection's Little Red Riding Hood

La Lune Collection’s Little Red Riding Hood

Long time followers of La Lune Collection are sure to recognize the memorable photo of Little Red Riding Hood sitting on a La Lune Collection canopy bed and reading to an attentive big, bad wolf. But what they won’t know is the story behind the image – until now.

This particular Little Red happens to be none other than Cristina, the 9 year old daughter of La Lune founders Mario and Cathy Costantini, photographed when she was in the 3rd grade. And the “big, bad wolf” was an actual pet wolf named Sheba, who belonged to an elderly neighbor couple residing down the street from the La Lune Collection factory.

The photo shoot is a story unto itself. Taken in the studios of Milwaukee photographer Greg Gent – La Lune professional photographer and long-time friend of Mario and Cathy (he even photographed their wedding many years ago) – the shot predates photo-shop and other graphic technology that we take for granted in 2014. Mario and Greg worked to make the set “just right” – a basket of ruby-red flowers, fallen leaves from the forest scattered on the “ground” – even the dove was real, Greg’s pet bird who lived in the photo studio. Grandma Yolanda Costantini lovingly sewed a sweet hooded Little Red cape, and after Cathy carefully braided her daughter’s long, thick hair Cristina daintily assumed her place on the bed, book in hands, a veritable picture-perfect Little Red Riding Hood straight from the story books. When all else was ready, wolf Sheba was led into the studio, ready for her close-up and destined for stardom. Coaxed to sit opposite Cristina, Sheba was an attentive, obedient model – at first. Cristina spoke to Sheba, and Sheba listened –  until, that is, Sheba caught a glimpse of the small, pure white dove delicately perched on the canopy bed’s headboard. Greg had just enough time to get off ONE shot, after which Sheba lunged for the bird. The little dove darted to safety, Little Red hopped off the bed, and that was it – no flurry of camera clicks, no subsequent clever photo-shop adjustments, no rescheduled studio time. Just one PERFECT shot, and that’s what is seen here.

And where is the La Lune Collection Little Red Riding Hood cast of characters today? Greg continues to operate his successful photography business, Mario and Cathy, and the beautiful Canopy Bed #4278, can be found in La Lune Collection’s factory showroom, and Little Red is a journalist in New York. And, “big, bad wolf” Sheba is forever merrily chasing birds with the rest of her pack, in the big Happy Hunting Grounds in the sky.

 

 

Bunk Beds and Trundle Beds from La Lune – Not Just for Kids Anymore

Bunk Bed #4255, Kahlua finish, by La Lune Collection

Bunk Bed #4255, Kahlua finish, by La Lune Collection

At La Lune Collection we are big fans of the bunk bed – and we know we’re not alone. In recent years bunk beds have demonstrated that they’re not just for kids’ rooms, dorm rooms, and summer camp anymore – as we, as a culture, downsize and recognize that smaller space can equal a better lifestyle, bunk beds are a proving themselves to be a stylish and functional answer to space saving concerns. Further, anyone who has slept in a bunk bed recently can attest to how much fun it is – a room full of bunks can be an entertaining place for the young, and the young at heart. Who wouldn’t want to tuck in for the night in the beautiful Bunk Bed #4255, which boasts a twin bed over a full-size bed?

 

 

 

 

Custom Trundle Bed #4038 by La Lune Collection

Custom Trundle Bed #4038 by La Lune Collection

Another time-honored solution for making the most of sleeping space is the trundle bed. The trundle bed itself has an interesting history, and was designed originally for servants who remained by a family member’s side during the night.  Today’s trundle beds are beautiful and practical, as evidenced by Trundle Bed #4038.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunk Bed w/Trundle #4256, Natural finish, by La Lune Collection

Bunk Bed w/Trundle #4256, Natural finish, by La Lune Collection

And what makes better use of space than bunk beds or trundle beds alone? Bunk beds with a pullout trundle underneath, of course!

The bunk bed with trundle, like Bunk Bed #4256 and Bunk Bed #4259 shown below, works especially well in vacation homes, or for families who like to have relatives and friends visit often.

For more information about these bunk beds and trundle beds, and to view even more beautiful rustic beds, check out the entire collection on La Lune’s website!

 

 

 

 

 

Bunk Bed w/Trundle #4259, Pewter finish, by La Lune Collection

Bunk Bed w/Trundle #4259, Pewter finish, by La Lune Collection

Bunk Bed w/Trundle #4259, Pewter finish, by La Lune Collection

Bunk Bed w/Trundle #4259, Pewter finish, by La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-Friendly? La Lune Has It Covered.

In recent years, the terms “going green” and “eco-friendly” have become buzz words in the media and in product packaging. The term “eco-friendly” has been used so frequently, and for so many different products and practices, that its meaning has quite literally been diluted.

Eco-friendly means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment – according to Merriam-Webster, “not environmentally harmful” – and the first known use of the term can be tracked to 1989.

However, La Lune Collection’s attention to this ideal precedes the term’s first appearance by about a decade. Since La Lune Collection’s inception in 1979, before eco-friendly became fashionable, we have been concerned about the environment – particularly about deforestation by the lumber and furniture industries. Many of our customers are surprised to learn that La Lune Collection is one of the most eco-friendly furniture companies in the world.

It’s true! And here are the top 10 reasons why:

1.  La Lune harvests only fast growing and invasive wood species such as poplar and willow for the production of all its products. La Lune harvesting is actually beneficial to the restoration of bio-diversity to forests which have been previously clear cut by the lumber industry.

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La Lune Co-Founder Mario Costantini – Logs and Dogs

2.  All harvesting is done by hand by La Lune employees in order to maintain complete control and supervision of the harvesting process. All methods of harvesting are low-tech and eco-friendly using only hand tools. No heavy logging equipment is used.

3.  All woods are harvested near the factory in Wisconsin, thereby reducing the negative impact   and inefficiency of transportation and eliminating any impact on the rainforests of the world where much lumber is harvested by the furniture industry.

La Lune Collection  eco-friendly forest

La Lune Collection Wisconsin Forest

4.  La Lune’s unique yet low-tech and low-processing manufacturing methods are eco-friendly and efficient. Most processes are done entirely by hand using environmentally sound and efficient manufacturing methods. These methods, although sometimes slower, use little energy and generate virtually no waste or pollution, just like a simple low-tech bicycle is slower but much more energy efficient and eco-friendly than any high-tech automobile.

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La Lune Collection Factory – Frame Department

5.  The turn of the century La Lune factory buildings and machinery have been carefully re-cycled and re-stored incorporating high efficient use of energy. The La Lune factory and most of its machines and equipment date back to the early 1900’s. Wood and other waste products are used to fire the kiln and heat the factory building. Even wood shaving waste is used by local farmers for animal bedding.

La Lune Collection tour roof view

La Lune Collection Factory, Showroom, and Offices

6.  La Lune carries no inventory of furniture and manufactures “just in time” as items are sold. This efficient “just in time” manufacturing process reduces the expense and the inefficiencies associated with the production and storage of finished inventory. La Lune markets and sells its products only in the US and Canada in order to reduce the shipping distance to its clients.

7All La Lune finishes are non-polluting, non-toxic, non-flammable, water-based finishes which are locally manufactured exclusively for La Lune. Finishes are applied in dip tanks in order to eliminate the airborne pollution, energy costs, and waste products which are generated with typical spray booth applications.

8.  La Lune furniture is designed and constructed to last for generations, will become tomorrow’s valuable antiques, and thereby will reduce negative environmental impact and landfill waste associated with cheaply made, disposable, non-degradable furniture. However, La Lune furniture is 100% bio-degradable, if it should someday be discarded.

La Lune Collection Factory Showroom

La Lune Collection Factory Showroom

9.  La Lune’s human sustainability is an important part of its environmental sustainability;  in 1986, La Lune relocated its operations to an abandoned factory building in a central city neighborhood now called Riverwest. La Lune has helped to restore the neighborhood by rehabbing the building, providing jobs, and opening a youth center for at-risk children near the factory in 1989.

10. La Lune’s furniture, factory, and company history provide a perfect educational tool to teach others about eco-friendly manufacturing. School and civic groups of all ages regularly tour the La Lune factory in order to learn the La Lune philosophy and process from its founder Mario Costantini. La Lune is also actively supportive of local environmental initiatives, including the Urban Ecology Center, located on the Milwaukee River a few blocks from the La Lune factory.

School Tour at La Lune Collection with Co-Founder Mario

School Tour at La Lune Collection with Co-Founder Mario

 

A Look at the Deacon’s Bench (and Other Rustic Benches from La Lune)

Not long ago we added an updated photo of the beautiful Deacon’s Bench #1149 to our website – which then led us to wonder “where in the world did the Deacon’s Bench get its name?”  This immediately sent us into research mode, and after a little digging we happened upon a bit of interesting history which we are happy to share!

Rustic Deacon's Bench #1149 by La Lune Collection

Rustic Deacon’s Bench #1149 by La Lune Collection

It’s widely known that some religious institutions identify certain respected church “elders”, or “deacons” of the congregation. Essentially, these are non-ordained lay people who assist the pastor, rector, or priest of the church – as the case may be – with his or her various spiritual duties.

It seems that at some point in our country’s early history it became customary for a simple bench with an upright back to be set aside in the sanctuary for ONLY the deacons to sit upon. Often set at a 90 degree angle to the pulpit or lectern, this bench was used by the deacons during services and for special church functions.  Naturally, the bench came to be known as the Deacon’s Bench – and so the term stuck – and subsequently wooden benches with very high and straight backs are today referred to as Deacon’s Benches and are now often used at entry points in a home.

La Lune Collection’s Deacon’s Bench #1149 is indeed a beautiful example of this historically significant furniture design.

 

 

Interested in seeing more beautiful rustic benches? Check out La Lune Collection’s wide assortment of rustic benches, in addition to the Deacon’s Bench, including Rustic Benches #1112, #1147, #1300and many more.

Rustic Bench #1112 by La Lune Collection
Rustic Bench #1112 by La Lune Collection
Rustic Bench #1300 by La Lune Collection

Rustic Bench #1300 by La Lune Collection

Rustic Bench #1147 by La Lune Collection

Rustic Bench #1147 by La Lune Collection

 

 

Baby, it’s Cold Outside – Pull Up a (Rustic) Chair Next to the Fire!

It’s a winter wonderland in La Lune Collection’s beloved Wisconsin, which means warm and relaxed fireplace gatherings are in order. We love fireplaces – they automatically add warmth to a room and a home, and not just in the physical sense but also in the emotional character of the space. However, a fireplace alone doesn’t bring true comfort into your home – the furniture and accessories you choose to decorate the space around the fireplace are what really give it that cozy feeling, and adding a rustic chair or two (or three) is a great way to start.

So go ahead –  pull up that rustic chair and join us on a photo tour of some of our favorite fireplace settings!

Colorado Ski Resort Living Room, Billy Beson, Minneapolis, MN

Colorado Ski Resort Living Room, Billy Beson, Minneapolis, MN

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, what could be better than sharing a bottle of wine in front of the fire in this charming room by Billy Beson, Minneapolis, MN? The La Lune rocking chairs and hexagonal side table are right at home in this rustic ski resort setting. (Rocking Chair #1072, Table #3440)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room of Arizona Senator John McCain

Living Room of Arizona Senator John McCain

This living room fireplace, which belongs to Arizona Senator John McCain and was featured in Architectural Digest, looks categorically cozy with its La Lune sofa and club chairs nestled up close. And, a nearby piano makes it the perfect place for family sing-alongs!   (Club Chair #1006, Sofa #1246 , Coffee Table #3218)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porch Fireplace – BlueStone Construction & Rost Interiors

It’s always porch weather next to this cozy North Carolina fireplace, just splendid with its La Lune Collection club chair, rocking chair, loveseat, coffee table and console table – courtesy of the very talented people at Blue Stone Construction, LLC, Hendersonville, NC and Rost Interiors, Janesville, WI. (Club Chair #1175, Loveseat #1177, Rocking Chair #1075, Console Table #3427, Coffee Table #3230)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrace Fireplace – Locati Architects, Bozeman, MT

With its majestic view of the surrounding pine forests, who wouldn’t enjoy relaxing next to this fabulous terrace fireplace with its handsome La Lune chairs and tables courtesy of Locati Architects, Bozeman, MT? (Club Chairs #1174, Table #3408)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Fireplace - The Picket Fence, Ketchum, ID

Outdoor Fireplace – The Picket Fence, Ketchum, ID

There may be snow on the ground in Wisconsin, but in some parts of the country there are lucky people who can still gather around an outdoor fireplace. The rustic rockers in this photo from The Picket Fence in Ketchum, ID look poised for the party to begin! (Rocking Chairs #1190)

 

 

 

“As You Like It” – Custom Rustic Furniture by La Lune

“As You Like It” is of course the beloved comedy penned by William Shakespeare in 1600, but it could also very easily be a tag line for La Lune Collection’s line of fine rustic furniture.  This is because the entire collection is completely bench-made by expert artisans in our small, pristine Wisconsin factory – and, all rustic furniture in the line is entirely customizable, just ‘as you like it’!

La Lune Collection is available in custom dimensions, designs, options, and finishes – and even furniture to the customer’s own design. Interior designers “in the know” across the country have recognized this for decades and appreciate La Lune Collection’s unsurpassed skill and versatility in the area of custom work – this, in part, accounts for the fact that fully one-half of La Lune Collection’s production is custom fabrication.

So, just how is a custom project handled, from conception to finish? Every custom project – whether a simple variation of an existing La Lune product, or a completely new item that either a La Lune artisan or the customer (or both) designs – starts with an idea and a conversation. After that first connection, the next step is a drawing. La Lune Collection generally creates several drawings, offering various options from which to choose. All drawings, as with all La Lune Collection furniture, are hand-done – in fact, La Lune artist Jen personally creates all custom project drawings! Finally, after a drawing is customer-approved, that very same drawing is  the “map” used by a La Lune craftsman to create the custom piece.

Let’s take a look at a few finished examples of the beautiful Rustic Buffet #2118 to better understand the extent of La Lune Collection’s custom capabilities:La Lune Collection 2118 natural

 

This first example shows Buffet #2118 in Natural finish, a rich, warm hue, on both its pine background and its decorative branch trim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection 2118 light pine-natural

 

For this buffet, the client desired a lighter custom finish on its pine background, but wished to maintain the trim in standard Natural finish – a beautiful contrast was the delightful result!

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection 2118 pine-redwood

 

Here the buffet displays Natural finish on its pine background, while Redwood finish was chosen for the branch trim, achieving an equally dramatic and elegant effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection 2118 white birch-natural

 

 

White Birch makes up the custom background on this buffet – combined with trim in Natural finish the result is one of pure and simple rustic beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Lune Collection 2118 cane-natural

 

A unique Cane background is distinctively set off by its Natural trim, which lends this buffet a truly distinctive textural effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel ready to explore some of your own custom rustic furniture design ideas? Contact us – we’d love to get the conversation started!