High Point, N.C. – Lazzaro Leather is providing a range of fashion-forward furniture for the much-anticipated One Room Challenge™ design contest kicking off this week.
Now in its ninth season, the One Room Challenge™ is a biannual design challenge sponsored by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home, a leading do-it-yourself blogger with more than 14,000 followers on Pinterest alone. Twice a year, in April and October, Calling it Home challenges 20 top designers to transform a room in their home, or a client’s home, and document their makeover process in a series of six weekly online posts.
Each Wednesday, the designers provide a detailed online update on their progress, sharing photos of their work, tips and advice and insights about sources with a large following of passionate design enthusiasts. In the sixth week, the completed makeovers of all 20 challenge rooms are unveiled in a dramatic “reveal” that occurs on all of the participating designers’ websites.
“As an active supporter and follower of the design community, we are super-enthused to be participating in this season’s One Room Challenge™,” said Lauri Cryan, president of Lazzaro Leather, a leading producer of stylish leather seating, accent furniture and other furnishings. “Designers are always at the front lines of our profession, scouting for new directions and sharing innovative ideas that keep our industry on trend and relevant. I can’t wait to see what this talented group comes up with in their redesigns, and how our products are used to add function and flair to these revitalized spaces.”
Lazzaro Leather is making a wide range of its products available to designers for use in the challenge. Designers will have a chance to view the company’s product line in person during the Oct. 17 – 22 High Point Market. Lazzaro is exhibiting in a new, expanded showroom this market (IHFC C-1003), where its entire line will be on display in a series of inspiring vignettes featuring travel themes. In addition to new leather seating and occasional models, Lazzaro Leather also is introducing a variety of new styles and product categories, including upholstered headboards and an updated dining and barstool program.
“The ORC designers are so fortunate to have the option to include gorgeous products in their spaces,” said Weinstein in a statement on her website about vendor participation in the program (www.callingithome.com).
Designers participating in this season’s One Room Challenge™ include A Thoughtful Place, Apartment 34, Arianna Belle, Because It’s Awesome, Coco+Kelley, Design Darling, Design Indulgence, Design Manifest, Christine Dovey, The English Room, Vanessa Francis, Hi Sugarplum, Honey We’re Home, Jojotastic, The Pink Clutch, The Pink Pagoda, Simplified Bee, Style Your Senses, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Zhush. The competition includes designers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
More than 510 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge™ since its launch. In addition to being available for viewing on the designers’ websites, and through related social media, ORC projects also have been covered in a wide range of leading print magazines, including House Beautiful, Country Living, Domaine, Southern Living and Good Housekeeping. The One Room Challenge™ program also includes an active program of online linking between designers and enthusiasts, sparking lively conversations about room makeovers and the various products featured.
About Lazzaro Leather
Lazzaro Leather is the exclusive distributor for the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica of Guangdong Lazzaro Sunton Leather Goods, a 26-year-old leather tannery and quality furniture manufacturer located in Shunde, China. The frames of Lazzaro’s upholstered furniture and other furnishings are constructed of kiln-dried birch hardwood indigenous to the Shunde area that is virtually knot free and bolted for stability. Lazzaro uses only 100 percent U.S. cowhide in its tannery – covers that are known for being larger and having fewer defects. Lazzaro offers solid-color leathers with a slight waxy hand for its more contemporary designs as well as vintage antiqued leather finishes for more traditional models. Since the company tans its own hides, it is able to monitor the quality in all facets of the tanning process to ensure consistency as well as quality finishes.