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.

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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, 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

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

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!

CORT on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Hey sassies! If you’re looking to get an awesome Hollywood bod, look no further than CORT Event Furnishings and Ellen DeGeneres. That’s right! Ellen used CORT to get a sassy workout on her show this week!

Sheila Kelly, designer of the S Factor work out, showed Ellen how to get fit using CORT’s Marrakesh Chairs and a stripper pole. Don’t fret sassies, there’s no scandal here. Just great bodies and even greater furniture from CORT!

Check out this clip for great tips on how to get the body and furniture you need for your next fabulous party. And remember, you don’t have to be a superstar like Ellen to receive CORT’s unbeatable customer service! CORT delivers and picks up your furniture to ensure a hassle-free event… or workout!

Sassy News from my friends at CORT Event Furnishings!

Hey Sassies! Exciting news for all y’all in events industry – CORT Event Furnishings has acquired the Lounge22 rental business and is now offering the Lounge22 Powered by CORT collection in Southern California and Las Vegas. They’re opening in the New York and Boston areas on October 1st! Of course, CORT has planned to take it nationwide in 2011.

If you like the stylish Lounge22 look (and I know you do!), you’re going to L-O-V-E Lounge22 Powered by CORT. You can rent Lounge22 furnishings and CORT’s other fabulous products in one marvelous shopping experience! The sophisticated American design that made Lounge22 famous is now paired with CORT’s unbeatable customer service. CORT always ensures your event goes out without a hitch!

What makes me go gaga for Lounge22 furniture anyway? You’ve seen their luxurious furniture featured at big name events like the Academy Awards and G-20 Summit! Lounge22 is original modern furniture made in the U.S. that is the first choice of all the biggest event designers, and now, it’s offered exclusively by CORT. To find out how to get your hands on this amazing furniture, go here!

Introducing… the Endless Collection by CORT Event Furnishings! Available NOW!

Hey sassies! Exciting news for decor at your fall parties… CORT’s new Endless Collection is now available nationwide!

For those of y’all who were at the NACE conference this year, I know you remember that unusual serpentine configuration of white low back seating paired with CORT’s Luna pedestals and martini bars designed by Travis Lee. That over the top seating arrangement was made possible by CORT’s Endless Collection!

With the Endless Collection, your party’s design can be more flexible than those So You Think You Can Dance contestants! It’s the perfect solution for challenging spaces large and small. Create distinctive modular configurations that make your fall parties more memorable.

Check out the new collection right here!

Who’s Ready to Party with CORT and NACE next week in Austin?!

It’s time for NACE Experience!

Sassies, it’s time to see and be seen at the NACE Experience 2010 in fabulous Austin, Texas. Come to my home state from July 25-28 to be schooled by leaders in the events industry.

Seriously y’all, everyone who is anyone from the catering, special events and wedding industry is going to the NACE Experience! This is the best way to get the scoop on all of the trends you’ll be seeing at events next season.

On Tuesday, July 27, be sure to stop by and visit my friends at the CORT booth, #303 in the NACE marketplace. They’ll have their new Endless Collection and Luna Lighting on display, complete with CORT water bottles and “endless” refills to help you beat the Texas heat! The water bottles are made from recycled plastic, and you know being green is always hot!

You’ll also see CORT furniture at the NACE Welcome Party on Sunday at the Driskill Hotel and then later that night at the NACE Foundation Funraiser party at Max’s Wine Dive. The theme is Denim, Diamonds and Disco, so bring your bling and get ready to dance for a great cause.

Remember, NACE members always get a 20 percent discount from CORT!

Will you see me there? Obvi! How do you think I always know what’s hot in the event industry?

Visit the NACE website ( to register and the CORT Events website to learn more!

I love CORT, Obama loves CORT and SO SHOULD YOU!

Hello Sassies!

Before our world’s leaders heated up the discussion on nuclear energy at the recent Global Nuclear Summit, CORT was busy heating up the décor. Check out President Obama with the CORT espresso meeting chair and cubix table. Now that’s welcoming the world’s leaders in style!

Nuclear Conference

Washington called CORT last minute with a furnishing emergency and, lucky for them, CORT and their fabulous customer service rushed in to save the day. Y’all must know that if CORT can pull that off, they can bring the same fantastic style to your event!

what a SASSY! deal! CORT offers NACE members discount!

Hello Sassies!

I have some absolutely fabulous news for all y’all members of the National Association of Catering Executives!

CORT Event Furnishings has just announced a 20 percent discount for all NACE members. For 40 years CORT has been a go-to in the exhibit and events industry – they really are the best for providing specialty furnishings and lighting for events nationwide.

Now is the perfect time for NACE members to take advantage of CORT’s services! Why not try out their flexible, lighted furniture in the Luna Lighting Collection?

Or for a brand spanking new option, check out their modern glamour Kiss collection. This collection is a so-stylish solution for any of your catering events, and the new black leather Harley Wingback Chair is gorgeous and works in any environment, from old world cigar bars to modern lounges.