Friday, June 25, 2010

Caring For, Cleaning and Keeping Your Genuine Cowhide Rug

Now that you've got a gorgeous new cowhide rug for your home - you need to keep it clean; and care for it the way you would any other home accessory. While they are a super-durable rug (that adds TONS of style to any interior, we might mention) genuine cowhide hair-on-hides need to be cared for.

If you fold your cowhide rug - this is fine; as it's a durable natural skin/hide. However, to get the creases out, you should simply let the cowhide lay flat for a few days - and the creases should resolve. If you need to, place a few weights (like books, or heavy, flat items) on the creases to help them flatten out.

One thing you can do to protect against stains - is visit a shoe repair shop or cobbler - and ask if you can purchase some suede waterproofing spray, and confirm beforehand whether it will effect your hide's natural color scheme. This should be a safe protection for most light colored hides, but either way - confirm that it won't discolor your natural hide coloration. This will help protect your cowhide rug against stains, before they occur.

It's also safe to vacuum your cowhide; or take it outside and shake it off. Sometimes - if there's an odor associated with your rug, you can also let it air outside.

Here's to a long, lovely life for your cowhide rug.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer Patio Style

Across the country, people are spending more time outdoors when at home, in their backyard, or on a patio.

Americans spend millions of dollars each year building decks, laying tile, custom paving or staining concrete, building wooden awnings, and landscape designs to accent the space with fresh plants and foilage - all in the effort to enjoy the open air when at home.

Many design a backyard or pool area, or patio specifically for entertaining. More and more - interior designers are being hired to build outdoor kitchens and eating areas, luxurious sitting areas with fireplaces or fire pits, stand-alone bars - in people's BACKYARDS.

So if you're going to spend money on a backyard oasis, why not ensure it's super-fashionable and the talk of the town - by accenting your exterior design with a cowhide rug?

It's important to make sure your patio or outdoor sitting area utilizes durable and high quality furniture and accessories. Common materials used in outdoor furniture steel, teak wood, cedar wood, aluminum and other durable materials. Why not couple these hardy pieces with a cowhide rug? A cowhide accent rug is an easy way to bring a pop of color, as well as texture and pattern to an exterior design - and it can be minimal & modern, wild, traditional, western - whatever the style - it'll be COOL. Plus, a cowhide rug will look simply spectacular with these woods, metals, concrete and other elements of exterior design.

Certainly - if you have rain - you'll want to bring your cowhide rug indoors. But utilizing a cowhide rug outdoors will keep it fresh and clean; it's durable and beautiful - bringing a serious sense of style to your patio or exterior space.

Keep your patio or exterior living space HIP and COOL with a cowhide rug!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Who wants a COOL KITCHEN?

A kitchen is usually a smaller space, many times with a “food” themed décor. With this ongoing pattern of traditional décor, kitchens are becoming extremely out of date, with many of the old-school trends landing on the interior decorators list of "Do Not’s"! Don't be on the wrong list; instead - we offer some "decorator DO'S" for your kitchen!

One great idea to add texture, color and a sense of style to any culinary space - is to utilize a cowhide rug. There was a beautiful cowhide rug featured on the Pioneer Woman's website and again in Southern Living magazine. Located at the ranch in her "LODGE" project - Ree Drummond (Shown left at "the LODGE") used a small rug in her open design. It adds texture, pattern and color to her space and couples nicely with the wood floor and cabinetry, as well as the other 'rustic' and 'western' accents but retains a look that is high-end, elegant and clean.

If your kitchen is large, without an island, a regular cowhide sized rug might be the focal point of your kitchen. If you have an island/bar, a large cowhide rug is probably not your best option because the rug will overwhelm your kitchen. The best rug would be a “small” rug, which is about 3.5X3.5. This size rug would look good in front of your stove or in front of your sink area.

Since kitchens are small areas, sometimes a decorative rug won't work for your design plan. If your kitchen is small, but has a counter - consider a rug under your bar area, or even as a wall hanging.

If a rug won't work at all in your kitchen, and you just need to add some pattern or texture to your kitchen space - why not just put an 'accent' of cowhide in your kitchen? You might use cowhide chairs, or other accents with cowhide.

COWHIDE IDEA! We have samples (small squares) and small hides that are often used in crafts. The samples might be a perfect coaster, or patches put into a frame on the wall or fashioned into a mosaic for the kitchen. These small patches are perfect for that added 'something' that will not take over your kitchen. When using the sample patches you could even line your canisters with the patches. Cowhide canisters can be just the perfect hint of color and pattern in a kitchen.

Cow hide in the kitchen. Just remember, when using cowhide in the kitchen, be creative, pick your colors wisely, and go “small.”