Alfresco Dining à La Lune

It’s certainly no secret that we’re big fans of outdoor entertaining – and in particular alfresco dining – here at La Lune Collection. Whether it’s dinner on the deck with friends, or cool refreshments in a screened porch nook with family members, we believe in making the most of the warm weather while it lasts..

Screened Porch

What could be better than spending a warm summer afternoon with a pitcher of fresh lemonade, poring over a good book while seated in this charming screened porch by Andrew Maier Interiors?

Discover: Stools #1142 & Octagonal Table w/Willow Top #3330, both in Antique White Finish (Photography courtesy of Andrew Maier Interior Design, Locust Valley, NY)

Andrew Maier Porch - La Lune Stools #1142 and Table #3330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covered Deck

With views of a soaring Colorado mountain range in the background, this covered deck by Locati Architects serves as a spectacular backdrop for a memorable dinner with good friends.

Discover: Chairs #1400 & Trestle Table w/Cedar Top #3121, both in Natural Finish (Photography courtesy of Locati Architects, Bozeman, MT)

Locati Architects Deck - La Lune Chairs #1400 and Table #3121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completely Outdoors

Tuck this sweet table and chairs in just the right space of the backyard patio – and presto – the perfect breakfast nook for morning coffee and newspaper! We can almost hear the birds chirping, can’t you?

Discover: Side Chairs #1204 & Custom Outdoor Table, both in Kahlua Finish

La Lune Collection Chairs #1204, Custom Dining Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 La Lune Collection ‘Al Fresco Seating’

The three “stars of the show” in our alfresco dining rooms are their beautiful, unique, and comfortable seating selections, shown below. Now, what are we waiting for? Let’s get outdoors and enjoy some warm weather!

(Discover: Side chair #1204, Stool #1142, Side Chair #1400)

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1204

Side Chair #1204

La Lune Collection Stool #1142

Stool #1142

La Lune Collection Side Chair #1400

Side Chair #1400

Upholstered Beds by La Lune – Guaranteed to Bring Sweet Dreams!

The perfect bedroom is more than just a place to rest, and there aren’t many things that generate a desired sense of tranquility like the elegant comfort of an upholstered bed. The feel of fabric on a headboard is soft and cozy – and also solves the problem of trying to position pillows in “just the right way” for reading and propping oneself up.

Another benefit of an upholstered bed is that it allows one to express his or her own individual style through the selection of fabrics and leathers. By choosing different colors, patterns, or textures, the same upholstered bed can go from sophisticated to playful, from masculine to “girly” – the design possibilities are truly unlimited.

La Lune Collection boasts a beautiful selection of upholstered beds and headboards, all available in La Lune’s ten (10) attractive and durable fabrics – or, if preferred, customer’s own fabric or leather may be sent to our factory for application. In either case, La Lune Collection’s master upholsterers carefully create an upholstered bed or headboard that is certain to bring sweet dreams for many nights, years, and generations to come!Rustic Bed #4243 by La Lune Collection

 

A luxurious shade of moss green suede graces the fine upholstery work on this Rustic Bed #4243 – and, two precise rows of poplar pegs “parade” across the top of its headboard and footboard to create a distinctive design feature.

(This bed accommodates a box spring and mattress. Its side rails, footboard, and headboard’s front and back are all upholstered.)

 

 

 

Rustic Bed #4098 by La Lune Collection

 

 

 

Sophisticated, wheat-colored textured linen fabric was selected to upholster this Rustic Bed #4098. Simplicity truly is beautiful, as evidenced by its clean, classic lines and uncomplicated comfort.

(This bed accommodates a mattress only – no box spring. Its side rails, footboard, front and back of headboard, and platform are all upholstered.)

 

 

 

Rustic Bed #4502 by La Lune Collection

 

 

Rustic Bed #4502 is upholstered here in a rich chocolate brown leather, and its headboard reveals the interesting poplar “peg” treatment in Ebony finish on bark.  Underneath, the masterful upholstery work of our exceptional craftsmen is evident, creating a clear example of style and strength.

(This bed accommodates a box spring and mattress, and the side rails, footboard, front and back of its headboard are all upholstered.)

 

 

 

 

A merry trio of twin rustic headboards – upholstered in various brightly colored, eye-catching Navajo design woven wool fabrics – is part of an order commissioned for a children’s camp in Texas.  Dreams of the day’s exciting adventures are sure to fill the heads of the very happy campers who sleep here!  To see even more beautiful headboard and bed designs, check out La Lune Collection’s rustic bed selections .

Rustic Headboard (Twin) #4102 by La Lune CollectionRustic Headboard (Twin) #4102 by La Lune CollectionRustic Headboard (Twin) #4102 by La Lune Collection

Finally, it’s June. Let the festivities begin at La Lune Collection!

There’s just no way around it – winters in the Midwest are a long, brutal business.  So, when June finally does arrive, the entire state of Wisconsin breathes a collective sigh of gladness.  June has an extra special place in our hearts at Lune Collection, as this is when we host several events at our factory to benefit Milwaukee area nonprofit organizations. Two of the more memorable of these parties – which continue to take place at La Lune Collection year after year – are Mad Hot Celebration and Pasta & Puccini.

Mad Hot Celebration

Mad Hot Celebration, which will be held this year on Friday, June 13th, benefits the Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program of Milwaukee dance company, Danceworks. This educational dance program engages greater Milwaukee area schoolchildren from 50 public and private schools in ballroom dancing and tap dancing, teaching them life skills, increasing their physical activity, and introducing them to the pure joy of dance.

Danceworks Mad Hot Celebration at La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program culminates in May at the annual dance competition – with over 2,500 children participating – at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Center. The competition winners then perform every June at Mad Hot Celebration to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience! La Lune co-owner, Mario Costantini, is the founder of the 8 year old Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program, and is a proud board member of Danceworks.

Danceworks Mad Hot Celebration at La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Pasta & Puccini

On Saturday, June 14th, the Florentine Opera Company will present its 4th annual Pasta & Puccini evening in the beautiful La Lune Collection courtyard.  For this perennial sell-out, a long table is set up in between the factory and office/showroom buildings at La Lune, and guests are treated to a delicious Italian meal served al fresco under a ceiling of sparkling Italian lights.  Add a selection of beautiful Puccini arias performed by the extremely talented Florentine Opera artists, and top off the evening with an unparalleled sing-along of old Italian favorites – molto magnifico!

Florentine Opera Pasta & Puccini at La Lune CollectionAll proceeds from this magical evening support Florentine Opera’s many – and diverse – programs. Founded in 1933, the Florentine Opera Company is the 6th oldest opera company in the nation, and has garnered 3 Grammy awards in recent years! La Lune co-founder, Cathy Costantini, is a proud board member of the company.

 

Florentine Opera Pasta & Puccini at La Lune Collection

Rock On! Making a Design Statement with Rustic Rocking Chairs.

Well, who doesn’t love a rocking chair?  While the earliest rocking chairs can trace their origins to North America and England in the early 18th century, today there is truly a rocking chair style for everyone. Not many furniture pieces can create as much of a sense of total relaxation as rocking chairs do, and the added bonus of rustic rockers is that they make a strong design statement, all the while soothing frazzled nerves. We’ve gathered together several examples of beautiful rooms that feature rustic rocking chairs in a dramatic, scene-stealing way – take a look!

Ski Resort by Billy Beson - Rustic Furniture by La Lune CollectionTo wit, the focal point of this Colorado ski resort living room by designer Billy Beeson, Minneapolis, MN is its pair of graceful La Lune Collection fan-back rocking chairs.  A tranquil  – and beautiful – rest awaits two very lucky skiers after a full day on the slopes.

Featured: #1072 Rocking Chair

Rustic Rocking Chair #1072 by La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Fireplace by The Picket Fence - Rustic Rockers #1190 by La Lune CollectionFor many of us, there is just nothing like rocking our cares away in the pure, fresh air of the great outdoors. This outdoor room, designed by The Picket Fence, Ketchum, ID boasts a “statement fireplace”.  Simply start a toasty fire, add a bottle of good wine,  some cheese, and rocking chairs by La Lune Collection, and the perfect place to spend some precious downtime with good friends has been created – what a great way to start to the weekend!

Featured: Rocking Chair #1190

Rustic Rocking Chair #1190 by La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patio by Blue Stone Construction - Rustic Furniture by La Lune CollectionWith the kitchen just steps away, this charming porch setting by Blue Stone Construction, Hendersonville, NC and Rost Interiors in WI, is both cozy and convenient. Elegant rustic furnishings from La Lune Collection, including a loveseat, club chair, console table, and coffee table – topped off with the sweetest rocker nestled next to the fireplace – make this a fantastic outdoor room for lively family gatherings.

Featured: Rocking Chair #1075  (Custom)

Rustic Rocking Chair #1075 by La Lune Collection

 

 

 

 

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