Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Efficient Cycle Of Life

We know it's hard for some people to purchase a real, hair-on hide for use as a rug. For many, it seems very inhumane, that a gentle creature such as a cow would be skinned just so it's beautiful coat. But that's not the case.

As you know, many people have no hesitation eating beef, or carrying a leather handbag. A cowhide rug is really no different - it's important to emphasize that in nearly all situations where hides are harvested (and definitely with our line of rugs) the cow was to be slaughtered anyway - for it's meat.

Anytime a cow is slaughtered for meat, the hide/skin is removed. The hides are then sorted, salted and tanned for added longevity and durability. Other, smaller or less-than-perfect skins are often used in the custom designed cowhide rugs (i.e. - a patchwork cowhide rug), or cowhide pillows to be used as an accent.

So next time you're considering spicing up your space, and have a hesitation about purchasing a beautiful cowhide rug because it feels 'inhumane'... look at it a bit differently. It's actually a way to really utilize all parts of the animal - bring it's beauty into your home to provide real purpose and style to your room for years to come.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Elegant Gameroom

When one thinks of a game room - it's easy to think immediately of that dark and sporty 'man-cave' - with brightly-lit beer signs, a 70" LCD flat-screen television looming over the space - and sports team banners adorning the walls.

Sound like a dream- sports fans?

Many don't expect to see quality furniture and accessories, a beautiful lamp and decorative rug in this stereotypical sports-bar theme idea - but let it be known - all game rooms are not the same!

Most game rooms, in fact - are way more traditional or conservative - leaning towards a more elegant mix than the description above; mirroring the decor in other parts of the home whatever that may be.

In this example from a Dallas interior designer - you'll see the floors are hardwood; and with regard to wall color - they are using warm traditional tones of brown. Layer in elegant and distinctive pieces of furniture, and unique accessories and finally, a timeless trunk as a center table - and you've got classic decor. You'll also see a more casual touch - but beautiful color, shape and texture added to the space immediately with the addition of a beautiful cowhide rug.

The game room in this example also has a large television, but it is certainly not the focal point. There is also a bar, and a card table. So while the typical 'game room features' are there (card table, bar, huge television) - the look and decor is more in line with the design of the home.