Some Western New Yorkers visit Walt Disney World over the winter or spring school breaks. This weekend and next, a bit of Disney comes to Western New York Or, more precisely, to the Buffalo Home Show, where Mickey-inspired home furnishings will be on display.
They are all part of the new Ethan Allen / Disney collection being showcased at the Design Home on the second floor of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The 1,400 square-foot home was custom-built and designed by local companies, including landscapers.
But back to Mickey.
Among the highlights in the collection:
- The Bravo wing chair upholstered in Mr. Mouse fabric. Think large black silhouettes of Mickey Mouse set against a white background.
- A nesting table with a large round center and two smaller ones that can be pulled out and positioned in such a way to mimic you-know-whose ears.
- The Animator's Chair, a swivel lounger that sits on a round brushed stainless steel base.
"What's cool about this chair is that it goes along with the whole concept of the 'hidden Mickey ' " said Ken Slomovitz, managing partner of Ethan Allen of WNY.
In this case, the hidden Mickey is found on the chair's functional hardware.
Certainly, when people initially hear about a Disney collection, certain images pop up.
"People think they know what it is - the Screaming Mickey - and there is some of that. But it's not all that," Slomovitz said.
Besides the Animator's Chair, the subtle touch also comes into play in pieces including the Icon Orb Table Lamp with white shade and brush-nickel finished base. A silhouette of Mickey's head is found inside the inner swiveling ring. The online description of the lamp speaks to all grown-up fans: "On the outside, you've got this adulting thing down. On the inside? Your heart belongs to Mickey Mouse."
Of course, the Buffalo Home Show offers much more, including celebrity guests. Chris Lambton, host of DIY Networks "Yard Crashers" who also appears with his wife, Peyton, on HGTV's "Going Yard" is scheduled to appear Saturday and Sunday.
Scheduled for next weekend: Tyler Wisler - described as "one of New York’s most influential and dynamic designers" and a Pinterest "Pinfluencer." Wisler has been featured on HGTV’s “Design Star’’ and NBC’s “George To The Rescue.’’
The convention center is full of close to 300 exhibitors, of course, presenting goods, services, advice and ideas for everything inside and outside of your home - from appliances and awnings to windows and wellness products. Visit buffalohomeshow.com for a list of exhibitors, as well as the stage schedule for celebrities and speakers, ticket and parking information, directions and more.
Details: The Buffalo Home Show runs two weekends only – Friday through Sunday and next Friday through March 12 – in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Adult admission is $11 at the door, $8 online. Children ages 6 to 12 years, $3; free for ages 5 and younger.