Event Anywhere! Blofield by CORT

Hello Sassies! My friends at CORT have unveiled a fabulous new collection that will quite simply change the way you celebrate! Their European-designed Blofield collection is durable, high-style and inflatable, making it appropriate for the beach, boardroom and beyond! The collection’s next-level engineering can handle sand, snow and most any environment.

I know who I’m calling next time a beach party is in the plans! For more info, click here.

CORT Event Furnishings Takes Emmys Spotlight!!

Hey sassies! You know I was all about the Primetime Emmy Awards – The fashion, the colors, the drama! I could just yammer on about the best dressed celebrity, but my vote for the classiest, sassiest and most luxurious outfitting of the night goes to… The greenroom! It was furnished by my friends at CORT Event Furnishings with their fabulous Lounge 22 collection!!

Just thinking about furnishing and designing an event as exciting as the Emmys makes me giddy, but meanies are always looking to criticize even one hair out of place. Luckily CORT makes red carpet appearances look as effortless as Lea Michele in that red Marchesa dress. I know y’all were torn between watching the fab Emmys clothing and the “Emmys.com Backstage LIVE” broadcast with all that trend-setting CORT furniture.

Now, I’m aware the greenroom isn’t actually green, but I’m green with envy looking at those sofas, chairs and tables from CORT’s Lounge 22 Bali product suite. Don’t those modern designs just exude the upscale cool associated with the Emmys?!?!

Y’all know I don’t like to get into the nitty gritty that can sometimes go into furnishing an event, but when I am wearing my Emmys best, hello, GOODBYE – I am NOT doing any heavy lifting! Who wants to get sweat on the red carpet?! With CORT, I know that the Emmys producers didn’t even have to glisten, from pick-up to drop-off and everything in between; CORT takes care of every detail for the sassiest of events!

Bye bye y’all!

CORT Event Furnishings and Richard Carbotti throw a SASSY party!

Hey sassies! Don’t you love it when two things you love go together? Peanut butter and jelly, Prince William and Kate Middleton, pink and… PINK?! That’s why I was GIDDY when I found out that my friends at CORT were working with my BFF Richard Carbotti to design a fantabulous event.

Event professionals were lined up like ducks in a row at the Forty One North Hotel in historic Newport, Rhode Island to check out the latest offerings from Lounge22, powered by CORT such as the Essex Collection and the Jettison lighted tables. I’ve gabbed to y’all before about my LOVE for CORT’s furnishings, but CORT Event Furnishings at an event designed by Richard Carbotti? Now that’s an unbeatable combination!

Richard’s eclectic design featured Asian inspired décor, supplied by Perfect Surroundings and complemented by red lighted bars from CORT’s Luna Lighting Collection. These bars were perfected with CORT’s Luna Transformations in the sassy Dynasty pattern!

So sad I couldn’t attend this fierce event, but hopefully CORT and Richard will be friends forever!

Bye for now sassies!

CORT Takes Home a Fabulous Gold Medal!!!!

Hey Sassies!

Let’s give our biggest, SASSIEST congratulations to my friends at CORT. Their fabulous Lounge22 Powered by CORT booth won Best Booth Design at the Exhibitor2011 conference in Las Vegas.

I know I’m repeating myself like a tropical parrot, but CORT’s Lounge22 collection is classy enough for Audrey Hepburn and comfy enough for my afternoon siesta. Exhibitor judges looked at more than 200 prominent trade show exhibit companies at the conference, but they only had eyes for CORT.
Were you unable to hop across the country to see CORT at Exhibitor2011 in Las Vegas? Don’t fret! CORT’s attending BizBash Florida tomorrow, April 12, at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. CORT will be displaying their Luna Transformations, which easily adhere to Luna Lighting columns, tables, pedestals and bars and can even use your company’s logo as the illuminated design! Say, do you think they could put a Steve Kemble original sassy design on the side of their fantabulous Luna Lighting furniture? Guess I’ll have to call CORT to see!

Come See Me at 2011 BizBash Florida Expo!!!!! TOMORROW!!!

Alright Sassies! GET EXCITED! It’s time for the 2011 BizBash Florida Expo!!! at the Ft Lauderdale Convention Center next week!!! Happy 10th Anniversary!!!! Now here is my run down of MUST DO events!

First of all you will NOT want to miss my Keynote Speech!!! NO WAY!!! It’s going to be really fun and exciting! That is at 10AM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011!!! The topic is “Secrets from the Red Carpet” — OH MY!!!

Here are the events that are NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!! at the Tradeshow, which kicks off at 11AM!

You must stop and see my friends from IMPULSE! Enterprises! They will be showcasing some Sassy Picks that I have approved with the highest level of SASSY!!!!! See them at Booth #322 — I will be making appearances there, so stop by often!!!

You must also stop and see the fabulous Quest Drape team!!! You can see them at Booth #303 — of course I will be stopping by there a lot too! Just look for all the fun!

So thrilled that my fabulous friends at CORT are one of the Expo sponsors!!!

BizBash Florida Expo
BizBash 10th Anniversary
A Decade of Celebrating Ideas
Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SEE! YOU! THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CORT Makes a Splash at Event Solutions!

Hey sassies! If you missed CORT’s fabulous booth at The Special Event Show in Phoenix, be sure to check them out this week at the Event Solutions Idea Factory/Catersource show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 1-2.

I already told y’all about CORT’s enticing Luna Transformations, the translucent applications that create visual interest and bring your Luna Lighting furniture to life; well now is your chance to take a peek at this sassy new product in person! Don’t forget your sunglasses though, because you’ll be staring at these lighted designs for quite a while!

Y’all will also get to see spanking new items from the Lounge22 Design Lab. Super cool new barstool designs, the classy Bali sofa and a cocktail table with red snakeskin top. Cool, classy and snakeskin? CORT definitely has my event checklist down pat with products I’ve never seen before!

CORT should really get a prize for making my design dreams come true! Look for new items in CORT’s Lounge22 and Essex collections at the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards at MEET Las Vegas. CORT’s making a big splash with new items in their Lounge22 collection including the mid century cool Bali Sofa and the totally unique Essex collection and Jettison Lighted Tables. These are the hottest new looks of the season and you absolutely cannot miss out on the prestigious awards ceremony.

When you’re ready to kick back with a cocktail after a long day of conferencing, check out the Lounge22 Powered by CORT- sophisticated and modern furniture in the uber trendy Nolita Ballroom at the new Cosmopolitan hotel. This funky, hip space will host the Event Solutions attendee Lounge and is the place to see and be seen throughout the conference. If you haven’t seen the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, you’re missing out on the hippest new hideaway in Vegas!

Bye bye y’all!

CORT’s Sassy New Styles for 2011!

Hey Sassies! My friends at CORT are at it again, bringing you super sassy furniture for your next event.

And do y’all know what rhymes with sassy? CLASSY. And that’s what I HEART about CORT’s Lounge22 Collections. The new Essex collection is a sophisticated two-tone sofa and chair with a black ultra suede trim. These pieces are so much more than somewhere for guests to plop their tushies! They are the freshest spin on that Hollywood glamour trend you’re seeing at events!

Or maybe you’re going for more of a mid-century cool theme at your event… Don’t fret! CORT still has you covered, covered in style that is! Check out this upscale Bali sofa. That’s hot!

CORT’s also expanding the Lounge22 brand nationwide throughout the year, so look for it soon in your area! Lounge22 is currently available in Southern California, Las Vegas, Boston and New York.

And Sassies, I know that all of this style is no good if you’re in the dark! That’s why CORT has introduced Luna Transformations for their Luna Lighting collection. These translucent adhesives come in four patterns, creating visual interest that will have your guests swarming the lights like flies!

Y’all have probably seen the Luna Lighting collection, but in case you’ve been hiding under a rock to avoid the backlash of your latest scandal, Luna Lighting is battery-powered LED furniture line that offers a green and flexible alternative to plug-in lights and those OBNOXIOUS cords.

Bye bye y’all!

2011 Event Design Trends from CORT and Steve Kemble

CORT Event Furnishings, the nation’s largest event furniture, lighting and accessories rental company and me, Steve Kemble, “America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru,” share some of our top event design trends for 2011. With the economy recovering, companies are spending more on events and trade shows to market their products and train their employees.

“Event designers are still doing more with less, but they’re challenged to give events a fresh look by being more creative,” says Kevin Dana, Director of Marketing for CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings. Steve Kemble agrees creative design will be critical for 2011. “Designers need to dig deep and dream big to find new ways to create fabulous décor on a budget. Mixing textiles and patterns with rich colors, surprising accents and floral will make spaces feel new while echoing the past.”

What are the hot colors to watch in 2011? Says Kemble, “Purple is my new go-to color. It’s modern, hues range from blue to deep violet, and it pairs well with grey. Don’t forget orange as its importance continues to grow, while blues and greens round out the palette. White is still the most important color as it complements and transforms any color with lighting and accents.”

Patterns and Textiles
Event planners are introducing themes that fuse world patterns with modern Hollywood glamour to reflect clients with a broad world view and diverse cultural backgrounds. Varied textures, color and patterns create a layered effect that enhances the event experience. CORT’s new Luna Transformations provide a seamless solution for incorporating patterns into décor to add visual interest. Transformations are available in four themes and can be added to any Luna Lighting furniture. The Luna Lighting collection is a battery-powered LED furniture line that offers an energy-efficient and flexible alternative to plug-in lights and cumbersome cords.

Creative Seating
Designers are moving past the traditional sofa and chair by customizing seating to fit the event space and theme. “The best events incorporate seating with surprising and unusual configurations,” says Kemble. Modular seating enables event planners to design seating with curves, serpentines, squares and circles. CORT’s new Endless seating collection, designed specifically for event planners, has been a runaway success at parties and events across the country from the reopening party of the Gaylord Hotel in Nashville to high profile events for Salesforce.com, Nike and Oracle.

Technology at Events

A continuing trend is the use of technology at events. Whether through touch screen monitors, LED lighting or video games, clients are integrating technology into their exhibits to provide an engaging experience. CORT’s Gamer Collection, launched in 2010, provides relaxed seating options to support the growing niche of gaming and interactive events.

Top of the Line

Despite the soft economy, there remains a demand for luxury events and this trend will continue to grow. “There’s a market for sophisticated designer furnishings that make a statement. Certain clients demand the best and appreciate that good design reinforces a luxury brand,” says Kemble. Lounge22 Powered by CORT is a complete line of modern furnishings, made in America, that push the design envelope. Available in New York, Southern California, and Las Vegas; it’s the only choice when image matters.

Corporate Branding with a Conscience
Corporate responsibility will continue to be important to the consumer, and businesses are using events to support fund raising efforts and ensure customers associate their brand with community stewardship. “Companies use events to communicate their good works,” says Dana. “We work with each company individually to assess their goals and then provide branding solutions based on those needs.”

About CORT Event Furnishings
CORT Event Furnishings is a nationwide provider of furnishings for the exhibit and events industry. From high-profile events to corporate events and wedding receptions, CORT provides the rental furnishings that make events possible. CORT also provides rental furniture to the majority of trade shows and conferences in the nation, including shows and events in Canada. With distribution centers located across the nation, CORT Event Furnishings guarantees “Style & Service Delivered.” Earlier this year, CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings introduced the industry’s leading easy space planning tool, accessible for free through CORT’s Web site, allowing clients to design accurate 2D floor plans in minutes. All of CORT’s products are available in 2D and 3D CAD files free to all clients. For more information, visit www.CORTevents.com

About CORT
For the past 40 years, CORT has been a leading provider in rental furniture and has provided services to more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. CORT is a Berkshire Hathaway company and has offices in every major U.S. market and a global furniture rental network of affiliates in more than 50 countries. For more information about CORT, visit www.cort.com.

Get cozy with CORT in 2011!

Hello Sassies!!!!

I know it’s hard to see past your piles of wrapping paper and bows, but 2011 is right around the corner. Let’s make a New Year’s resolution to have more fun with 2011 events! Get rid of stuffy, uncomfortable seating and give your guests the opportunity to plop down on something cozy.

My friends at CORT are always on top of the latest trends in event planning and will make sure you are ready for 2011! CORT offers fun seating options such as ottomans that facilitate gabbing and socializing. Place ottomans throughout your event or configure them into circular or serpentine seating. Actually, why not create your own design with the ottomans? A company logo or perhaps the sassy face of yours truly?

And sassies, even though 2011 is all about F-U-N, I know y’all are in budget meetings talking about dolla dolla bills. Luckily, CORT’s flexible seating options work with events (and budgets) big and small!