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Friday, April 27, 2012

10 Stool Styles

Deciding on a type of stool for your home can seem like a daunting task. There are many types available from metal, wood, upholstered, and plastic, four legs, a central stem, hydraulic or static. The list goes on and on. Many stools come in bar, counter, and dining versions or have hydraulic lifts to adjust between the two. Sizes can vary slightly to add to all the other factors you have to think about. But not to worry! PerLora and PerLora Leather designers can assist with this selection and point you to the perfect stool.

We've complied a list of some trending stools on the market today. Available at PerLora and PerLora Leather so stop in today!

1. Tailored like a custom suit, the contoured walnut veneer back, available in natural or in a java finish, embraces an upholstered inset. The functional peek-a-boo cut-out above the back cushion adds flair and easy handling, while the cloud seat cushion provides a fusion of luxurious comfort. The hydraulic lift column easily adjusts from counter to bar height, or anywhere in between. The frame is available in various durable powder-coat finishes. Choose a wood, powder-coat finish and the perfect fabric from our wide selection!

2. Revel in the pure fun and calm, supportive comfort of this sleek stool. The soft arcs of the back suggest a cheerful, carefree smile, which is reinforced by the broadly curved seat. Generously padded seat and back cushions are available in all Elite fabrics and leathers. The hydraulic lift column easily adjusts from counter to bar height, and sports a Polished Chrome footrest. Steel column, base, and back support are offered in Topaz, Onyx, Mocha, Pearl White, Bronze, Pewter, or Toffee. Companion dining chair also available

3. The simple but yet sophisticated barstool is the perfect combination of great design and functionality. The Polished Chrome metal frame creates a functional low back and then turns into a sleek integral footrest. The softly upholstered seat will ensure great comfort as well as good looks. The hydraulic lift provides easy adjustment from counter to bar height. The steel base is available in durable powder-coat finishes. The seat is available in all our microfiber, leather and Ultrasuede® Ambiance colors.

4. Designed to to compliment the matching dining chair, this handsome stool features a taller contoured Champagne-plated back for long-term comfort, with striking graphic cut-out detail for visual punch. The sturdy steel frame outlines the detail and then swoops down to support a Polished Chrome footrest. Hydraulic lift column easily adjusts from counter to bar height. Steel frame, column, and base are available in powder-coat finishes.

5. Clean, pure lines and simple forms are combined to create this animated, almost playful stool. Generous oval arms and softly sculpted solid maple back provide remarkable long-term comfort. Hydraulic lift column easily adjusts from counter to bar height.

6. This recognizable and popular bar stool has a chromed steel footrest and base, molded ABS plastic seat and gas lift. Base is 16 inches diameter.

7. Its shape conjures up stools of the 1800s. Charles Ghost is constructed from a single block of transparent polycarbonate, which makes it indestructible. It's available in three different heights and is suitable for interior and exterior use. Comes in a wide range of colors and matte or transparent finishes. Colors include crystal, orange, rose, light blue, yellow, green, smoke grey, glossy white, glossy black and Kartell red.

8. This stool is made of American Walnut with great clean lines and a contemporary rustic feel. Only available in American Walnut.

9. A classic design in polished stainless steel allows this stool to fit in with a variety of decors.

10. Made from 100% stainless steel and a plush leatherette seat, the Darwen is the perfect mix of comfort and sophistication.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chairs for Charity Event By: Katie Funt

This week's blog is all about philanthropy and art! We're showcasing our two upcoming events for Chairs for Charity.

Join us for an evening of amazing art, gourmet cuisine, and charity!
PerLora is holding their first ever, Chairs for Charity Event.

This exclusive event will showcase beautiful hand painted chairs by 7 local artists.
These functional works of art will be displayed around the city at major venues such as Oxford
Center, USX, Larrimors and the Andy Warhol Museum, prior to our Pre-Party and limited dinner engagement. They will then be auctioned off during the dinner, at PerLora Southside. Proceeds benefit the Warhol children's education, outreach, and collaboration programs.

The Pre-Party will take place at the Warhol Museum on April 19th from 6-8 PM. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. Meet and mingle with the talented artists and some of Pittsburgh's most design savvy individuals. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from our event site, 
The main event- A gourmet sit down meal, will take place on May 7th from 6-9 at our Carson Street location in Southside. Guests will be served a three course meal along with Hors D'oeuvres and cocktails from some of Pittsburgh's finest Chefs. Each table will be served by a different restaurant or caterer and table's will be designed by PerLora's design staff. The chairs will be auctioned at this time. Tickets are $150 and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased from our event site previously mentioned. 

The artists who have graciously donated their time and energy are...

Michael Loternero, Stephanie Armbruster, Rick Bach, Alexis Covato, Allison Hoge, Mia Tarducci Henry, and Dave Klug. Bios, chair photos, and links to the artists' pages are listed on the event site here,


The restaurants and caterers participating in the event are Avenue B, Spoon, Penn Avenue Fish, Tamari, Rania Catering, Nine on Nine, Legends, Luma and Ibiza.

Premier sponsor is Rosen, Louik & Perry.

Additional sponsors are PerLora, Larrimors, Whirl Magazine, and The Pittsburgh Tech Council.

Links to Sponsors, Restaurants, and Artist's pages are listed on the event site.
Questions can be directed to Or call 412-431-2220.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Inspirational Outdoor Spaces By: Katie Funt

In collaboration with last week's blog we're taking a look at some amazing and inspirational outdoor spaces to get those creative juices flowing. These pictorial samples are just a few examples of how to beautify your exterior environment. Outdoor areas should flow cohesively with some relativity to your interior and not be overlooked; this is an area you can use to create an atmosphere of relaxation or entertainment (or both!). If you're feeling overwhelmed by spatially challenging yards, patios, or balconies stop by or call and speak with a PerLora or PerLora Leather designer today. They have the knowledge and expertise to take an exterior space from mundane and ordinary to gorgeous, multifunctional, and fresh with space planning, furniture and finish selection and more.

Pergolas and other exterior structures are a great way to create interest and break up the monotony of a large yard, plus they provide a sheltered area for a plethora of outdoor activities. Outdoor structures also provide shade from the sun and a barrier from wind and rain, making your space functional even in non-ideal weather conditions. Hanging lights, lanterns, or torches are other ways to make your structure function from daytime brunch to drinks at midnight. They also and add sparkle and pop to the design. Even city dwellers with small outdoor spaces, balconies, or terraces can bring the outdoors in and create a garden style atmosphere. It's all about maximizing your space for functionality while making it visually appealing.

Incorporating eco-conscientious pieces into your garden makes you feel good about helping the environment and they look great! Solar lit flower pots, recycled plastics in furniture, and urban gardens are a fantastic way to go Green. These flower pots charge during the day with a small solar panel for luminous LED lights at night.


 When choosing fabrics and finishes make sure to choose items which are durable, weather and insect resistant. Using outdoor furnishings made of polycarbonate and polyethylene have these qualities and come in playful and trendy designs to spruce up your space. Before designing and laying out your space make sure you've determined how you want the space to function. Is it for relaxing, entertaining, small or large gatherings? How will the elements affect its functions? Choose foliage according to your interests, do you want to attract birds or butterflies, keep garden pests away, or have a lush sensory geared garden? Know your dimensions, choose durable finishes, and make room to store the furniture inside to preserve its life during poor weather months. The better you've planned and determined what you want out of your space, the better it will function for you when completed. Once you've addressed the functionality you can focus on the style and look you want to convey!