Cleaning Leather Rugs: How To Care For And Clean Cowhide Rugs & Other Animal Skin Rugs

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If you have a log home, chances are you have at least one accent piece made of leather or animal hide. And at some point, it will need cleaned (or at least freshened up a bit). Here are some of the ways that leather rugs (cowhide rugs, animal skin rugs, etc.) can be used as a focal piece in your home decor: Cowhide and other leather rugs are often used to warm up cold floors -- like stone, tile, and hardwood. Leather & hide are also used on upholstered furniture to create a … [Read more...]

Rug Tips: A Rug Buying Guide To Help You Make The Best Choice

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Rugs are a long-term investment for your home and its appearance, so taking the time to pick the best one for you can determine whether you’re still satisfied with your choice as the years go by. To help you in choosing the best rugs that will meet your needs now and in the future, consider these helpful tips to narrow down your selection and determine the quality and style that you need.   Rug Patterns … [Read more...]

Cork Floors: The Pros & Cons Of Natural Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is very popular right now. Not only is it very resilient, but since cork floors are made only from the bark of the cork oak tree (and the tree itself doesn't have to be cut down) cork is also a renewable material. This is one of the many reasons that cork flooring is such a favorite in American households -- especially among those who are environmentally conscious. It's a renewable resource, harvested every 9 years from trees at least 25 years old in a method that does not harm … [Read more...]

Travertine Tile: The Pros & Cons Of Travertine Flooring, Countertops, And Backsplashes

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Travertine is a type of limestone. It is also called calcium carbonate.Travertine is created when minerals have dissolved in the ground water and then get moved by natural springs and rivers above ground. It is taken from quarries in large blocks and then cut down into smaller blocks.It has been used for thousands of years in Italy and Turkey, and today Travertine used all over the world for flooring, countertops, backsplashes, and other surfaces where tile is preferred.  photo … [Read more...]

Dustless Hardwood Floor Refinishing – Pros & Cons

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Dustless floor refinishing is a low-cost alternative to refinishing your hardwood floors. While hardwood floors definitely have the advantage of being easy to clean up after a spill, just like carpeting, hardwood floors can get dirty, damaged, and rough looking over time if not taken care of properly. Not everyone has the money or inclination to completely strip and refinish their hardwood floors. Because of this, a new process has been developed that can yield the same or similar … [Read more...]

Looking For Green Log Home Products & Building Supplies?

Finalists for the "Green Log Awards" were recently announced. The GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle Awards were created in response to the growing demand for green building solutions. The goal of the awards is to locate and shine a spotlight on those companies and individuals who are enabling healthier homes and lifestyles. -- GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle AwardsWhat this means for people like you and me is... a great list of environmentally-friendly log home products and suppliers!So, … [Read more...]

Rug Shopping: The Best Online Sites For Area Rugs and Throw Rugs

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Looking for a rug to place on the hardwood floors in your new home or log cabin? I know I am. I've always leaned toward Cost Plus World Market for rugs in the past, because they have great prices. But Lorraine's question has prompted me compile a list of other places to find unique rugs for a log home. Here are my favorite places to browse for area rugs online... … [Read more...]

Important Tips Before Placing Rugs On Hardwood Floors

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Lorraine wrote in recently: I have been all over this site and can't seem to find a answer on what I should use in front of the doors when you enter my log home with pine wooden floors. Here's what I've learned about rugs and hardwood floors...   Rug Pads & Other Ways To Keep Rugs In Place … [Read more...]