Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A little cow goes a long way....

So this week I ordered my first hide rug. Yipee! I have huge expectations for this rug. I really think it is going to change my house. (Though I still don't know where I am going to put it) Hooper encouraged me to not go to 'cow'. So instead of big brown and white spots I chose salt and pepper brown.

Isn't she lovely.....

Of course I go to read Lonny and hides are everywhere. Now I am more excited because dare I dream my room could be this delicious....

I was thinking it could go under my dining room table. I hear they are indestructible. I wonder what they do when they test a product to say it can withstand anything. Do they put it in a house with a dog, 10, 7, 5, and 4 year old. They should. I am  a little nervous. Sometimes I turn mean when I get something new. I yell at the whole family until the new thing gets it's first stain or scratch. Then I  am over it.

Anyway, I'm totally psyched!
How about you...Anyone else have a hide rug? Where did you put it?

Bye, bye Birdie,

Credit: Lonny Mag.


bluehydrangea said...

Ann, you're going to love it!! I have one and it is fabulous! Everything wipes right off and the more worn they get the better they look!! Wish you could say the same about me!

My Interior Life said...

I've always wanted one but don't have a great spot for one right now. My friend got one recently and put it under her dining room table. It looks fabulous, she's in love and I'm jealous!

Anonymous said...

We have a few...and I adore them. I use them everywhere, bathroom, over banisters, under coffee table in living room and under dining room table. I have 3yr old and 1 yr old, and I have found them to be very cleanable. Basically liquids just bead on them and wipe off. Same with food and such. The only thing we have noticed is shedding. Our kids have blankeys with satin and the hair tends to collect on it via static cling. Never noticed any on socks or clothes, just there. And no bald spots on hide yet...and have vacumned numerous times...and have had the same one for over 6 years! Enjoy and have fun decorating!!

Suzie Salmon said...

I have two black and white salt and pepper hides layered together to make one large rug in my living room and one brown and white classic cow rug under my kitchen table. I love how well they wear with two dogs and a hubby who almost never removes his shoes!

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Ann- Have fun with your new find. And let us know where you put it!

I'm awarding you and Hooper the Stylish Blogger Award. See the latest post on my blog!


Anonymous said...

Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

kim@antiquesiowa said...

Last week I bought a great antique mission oak chair with cowhide upholstery. Help! It sheds! Can I do anything to stop the hair loss of this 100 year old chair? When I typed in this question your site came up. Anyone have any experience with old cowhide? Thanks!

Unknown said...

Dear Kim from Antiques Iowa, thanks for your question. I looked into by speaking with my rep from Saddlemans and she suggested brushing the hide to get rid of shedding. She said any hide will eventually shed. As far as care, (she was referring to rugs, but perhaps some of this could apply to your chair?)

She said: a cowhide will give years of beauty and durability with minimal care. With light wear you can shake out the hide to remove dust or simply vacuum as you would any other rug without the brushes running.
The hide's natural oils resist staining, just wipe up any spills. If a stain should occur, use mild soap, warm water and a soft brush and rub with the grain of the hair. The recommend rotating your hide every 3 months in high traffic areas and not placing your cowhide in direct sunlight. Hope that helps!

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