Thursday, May 26, 2011

ELLE Decor Lights Up Summer

We're such fans of ELLE Decor magazine. Editor  in Chief Michael Boodro and the brilliant Anita Sarsidi have made it so chic. With crisp, clean art direction and smart journalistic style, no wonder it's been winning award after award. We recently had a chance to spend some time with Parker Bowie, who selects new products for the editorial pages, when she visited our New York showroom. What a treat! She told us about some upcoming trend stories for Fall - we won't tell, but we will say those upcoming issues are going to be fascinating. In the June issue, Parker included Lazy Susan's Crystal Hurricane in a roundup on great candle holders. See it on the very last page, which the editors call "etcetera".
Shop here for the Hurricane in two sizes.

Parker's pretty etcetera page in the June issue.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Red & White and Fun All Over

What would you do with $750,000? We can only imagine what miraculous things the Red Cross of Greenwich will be able to do with the impressive three quarters of a million dollars they raised last Saturday night at the Red & White Ball. In a private jet hangar in White Plains, a group of designers, floral artists and other creative-types had gathered earlier in the day to fashion festive red-and-white themed tablescapes of all descriptions. The event was aptly titled "Help is Here," and we are so very honored to have been a part of this fundraiser.

Just in time for summer, Creative Director Renee Wightman and her team created a lighthearted table-scape entitled Tropic of Glamour. It offered a sophisticated mix of faceted clear crystal, hand-blown glass, white bisque porcelain and metallic silver elements with shapes, forms and textures from nature shells, pebbles and botanicals.

The table was chock-full of clever take-home ideas. Silver nautilus shells that served as napkin holders were a big hit with the design-minded crowd. White bisque porcelain trays in the shape of banana leaves replaced the standard charger plates, and chunky crystal candleholders of various heights were topped - not with the expected tapers - but rather with life-sized porcelain pineapples, an international symbol of welcome.

Red glass votives were the perfect vase for white tulips.

Silvered Nautilus Shells made great napkin holders.

We were very pleased to have gotten a prime spot right next to all the action on the dance floor and the live auction stage (those prizes!!!!). We were in the most esteemed company -- our neighboring tables were decorated by such design luminaries as Barclay Butera, Michael Tavano for MT Custom and across the room, Charles Pavarini III, who made sure to remind us that the always-marvelous Kips Bay Cruise is coming up in June!!

This is our first year at the annual Red & White Ball, and it has us all excited for decorating fun summer tables and entertaining beachside, poolside and if we must (gasp) inside! Click here to shop this look for your summer table.

And, by all means do let us know your best summer entertaining ideas using Lazy Susan USA products! Leave a comment, or post a photo or two on our wall.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to Decorate Your Mansion

If you have a massive mansion (or even a small apartment) and need a designer to give it that certain je ne sais quoi, you're in luck. It's Spring showhouse season, when you can shop for a designer or just discover the latest fine furniture, fabrics, finishes and accessories. Even if you're not planning a major renovation, there are quick decorating ideas galore, and each visit comes with the added bonus of helping a worthy cause.

From Sunday May 8th through Sunday June 12th, in the storybook-sounding town of Bedford Corners, New York, LS decorative accessories will be on display at an elite Spring showcase, the Westchester Designer Showhouse to benefit Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.

We were thrilled when Lara Michelle Feinsod of Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors in Rye Brook selected several Lazy Susan pieces for her room (above and below). The house itself (top) is quite stately, and we're sure with legendary showhouse organizer Tony Manning at the helm, the interiors will be equally impressive.

Lara is joined by other tip top design talents including Dan Barsanti and Pat Healing of HB Home, Catherine Cleare and Joseph Stabilito. Media sponsor Cottages & Gardens Publications is hosting the Gala Preview on Saturday evening May 7, so to see this house first and enjoy a lovely cocktail with the designers and the editors, do go and get your tickets.

Did you know you can now purchase LS Collections online? You can instantly get the look of Lara's room with Lazy Susan's mod-organic Perforated Porcelain Bud Vases and footed Vintage Root Bowls, Gold Mercury Glass Candleholders with their nostalgic hobnail details and our charming brass Scribble Birds. Have fun visiting Spring showhouses and adding a touch of Spring to your own home, and do send us pictures of the innovative ways you mix LS collections with your favorite things. Who knows, you may inspire our next design!