Donny Osmond scores another hit at Walker Furniture with his new line
Written by Wendy Gelbart and photography by Kate Gelbart
Call it “Puppy Love” at Walker Furniture as Donny Osmond greeted fans during a ribbon cutting ceremony and meet and greet to celebrate the grand opening of the exclusive Donny Osmond Home Gallery at the local furniture superstore on May 7.
Fans were lined up to meet the entertainment icon, who has established himself as a member of the Las Vegas community during the past eight years with his residency in the “Donny and Marie Show” at the Flamingo Las Vegas. During the event, many excited fans broke into tears as they hugged the seemingly ageless teen idol. Donny took photos and signed autographs for over three hours at the grand opening, which included show ticket and merchandise giveaways, in addition to an exclusive preview of the latest pieces of his 2016 collection.
Donny and his wife Debbie originally came up with the idea of a home furnishing line as they explored their options beyond Donny’s entertainment career. The concept seemed like a natural extension of their focus on family. It also gave Donny an opportunity to work on a project that was detail oriented.
“As an entertainer, I like all of the detail work: the lighting the staging, the dialog. There are so many details in this (the home furnishings) business and it never ends. It is non-stop work, but Debbie and I love it,” he told the Las Vegas Informer.
The Osmonds launched the Donny Osmond Home Collection in 2013, with initial offerings including lighting, bedding, rugs and dinnerware. The line quickly expanded to furniture with an emphasis on wood and metallic accents, clean lines and neutral tones. The couple is planning on launching an outdoor furniture line in the near future. When asked what his favorite piece of the collection is, Donny chuckled as he compared it to asking which of his children is his favorite. His response, the large dining room table, is not surprising coming from a man who built an entire career based on the importance of family.
When asked who are some of the designers who inspire their creations, Donny stated that his wife Debbie spends hours on the Internet researching design trends around the world. “She has the best eye,” he bragged as he described how Debbie creates Pinterest Boards to share those inspirations with their team of designers. Of the design partnership he shares with his wife of 38 years, “We have similar tastes, plus we found that if you surround yourself with successful people, like we have with Walker Furniture, that they know how to do it and be successful. Getting involved with Walker is just a thrill,” Donny explained as he described the collaboration with the Alterwitz family. Moving forward, Donny stated he is “so happy about this relationship with Walker Furniture” noting how Donny Osmond Home plans to follow the local retailer’s lead to give back to the community “in a big, big way.”
For more information on the Donny Osmond Home Collection, visit donnyosmond.com.
Walker Furniture is located at 301 S. Martin L King Blvd. For more info, call (702) 384-9300 or visit walkerfurniture.com.