High Point, N.C. - Lazzaro Leather, a leading producer of stylish leather seating, accent furniture and handbags, applauds the creative uses of its products in the recently concluded One Room Challenge™ design contest. 

Living Room by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
Photo Credit: Kelsey Foster Wilson 

Playroom by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips | The English Room
Photo Credit: Mekenzie France Photography 

"These talented designers created some amazing new rooms, and several used our diverse range of products to fulfill their creative vision," said Lauri Cryan, president of Lazzaro Leather. "The results prove something we all believe at Lazzaro: quality leather looks great in any setting."

Now in its ninth season, the One Room Challenge is a biannual design challenge organized by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home, a leading do-it-yourself blog 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 and document the process in a series of six weekly online posts.

Lazzaro Leather made a wide range of its products available to designers for use in the most recent challenge. Many of the participating designers were able to view the company's premium products in person during October's High Point Market, where Lazzaro exhibited in a new, expanded showroom. Those designers who could not visit High Point, could survey Lazzaro's full line on the company's recently launched website at www.LazzaroLeather.com.

The latest installment of the One Room Challenge ended last week, as participants made their final reveals to the millions of followers on their various blogs and social media channels. Lazzaro Leather proved to be a versatile option in two finished rooms by designers Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Holly Hollingsworth Phillips.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, a Dallas-based TV and radio personality, author, blogger and lifestyle expert, featured a pair of Lazzaro Leather Peyton ottomans as the focal point of her redesigned space, which was inspired by a checkered room with an English countryside motif.

"Kimberly's choice to place two of our rectangular ottomans together to create the square shape she desired was brilliant. It proves how flexible our products can be when paired with a can-do designing attitude," said Cryan. 

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, co-owner of Charlotte, N.C.-based interior design firm The English Room, used two Lazzaro Leather chairs to anchor her colorful redesign of her house's playroom.

"Holly made many exceptional choices in redesigning this room. She could have gone over the top with her whimsical mix of colors and shapes, but our white leather Savoye chairs give the room a natural, yet stylish base for the colors to play off of," said Cryan.

Another participant - designer, published stylist, decorator and artist Christine Dovey - was unable to finish building and designing her master bedroom in time for the challenge's official reveal date due to construction delays. However, she did purchase two black, ruched Verona chairs she discovered on the brand new Lazzaro website to complete her room in the near future.

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.

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