Leather Furniture in Home Decor

You can find some of the most durable and sophisticated furniture options in leather, and although it’s popular in classy office settings, it’s also a great choice for a prestigious living space. However, leather furniture isn’t all the same and there are a good deal of differences in the quality, texture, sturdiness and intricacy in creation. We had a little discussion with our collegues in Upholstery Minneapolis MN who told us a couple of interesting facts about these leather types. Here we’ll list a couple of the types we learned from the professionals so any of you aspiring home decorators out there can familiarize yourselves with them.

Full Grain

If you’re looking to get as close to pure, authentic leather as you can, then you’ll want to go with full grain leather. The only things done to treat this type of leather is the hari removal and soaking in natural dye. Zero addition treatment is applied to full grain leather.

Top Grain

Here the leather takes on a little more polishing than full grain which makes it a little softer, although this is just a tiny step lower in purity and boasts the same longevity and durability. Top grain is even more popular than full grain leather, simply due to the comfort factor and how well it performs as furniture upholstery.

Split Grain

This type of leather is definitely less expensive, yet also harder to maintain than the higher quality sorts mentioned above. Split grain leather is made by removing the outer layer of leather and using the section of hide remaining.


Bonded leather is a great deal cheaper than the top teir types of leather, but gets you a very close “high-quality” leather look nonetheless. It’s made by fusing together leather scraps with adhesive material and actually contains only 17% actual leather, making it far more affordable than pure, top quality leather.

In addition to these types you’ve also got Nubuck Leather, Bi-Cast Leather, Faux Leather and more. But these types will give you a headstart in your understanding of leather furniture types.

Choosing a style for your Kitchen

You interested in styling your kitchen? Well we’ve got a couple of tips for you that many professionals use when choosing the right style for their kitchen. You’ll be able to craft your own personalized kitchen style without having to pay an arm and a leg.

Scrolling through kitchen pictures online, you’ve likely come across many that caught your eye as being “the perfect kitchen” and you couldn’t exactly put your finger on why. Well here are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind.

First off, try to go for a mix of textures in your kitchen. If all surfaces and cabinets are the same color or texture, or even something too similar, it makes the space feel hostile and unpleasant on the eyes.

Another important piece of the puzzle is the countertop vignette. Find something that contrasts the rest of the colors but doesn’t fight them for attention. Earthy wood, cold granite, the options are endless.

Kitchen backsplashes can be used as a great styling element, so don’t forget to pay attention to exactly how the tiles are laid and what color they are as you can make or break your kitchen’s aesthetic with your backsplash.

You probably don’t want to go for any over-the-top or excessively intricate accessories, as that can tend to crowd your kitchen and make the whole place feel overwhelming. Keep it clean, keep it simple.

Art is always a welcome addition, but as in all other aspects, make sure to match your colors and don’t go to0 busy with the style!

Dark paints can set a nice tone for your kitchen, mossy green, or granite grey. Don’t get everything dark at once, but even just dark walls, window frames and other accessories can make a naturally dark room seem light.

And last but not least, coordinate colors and textures with your kitchen towels. This was a neat trick I picked up from Kitchen Remodeling Springfield MA. Every little detail counts, so don’t rush through the process. Take your time and the outcome will be rewarding.

Setting Up Your Basement Game Room

Billard is a popular game to add to your game room.

Got a basement that you’re looking to repurpose into something a little more interesting? Why not turn it into a room for games and recreation? Of all the things you could use a basement for, a game room is one of the most popular and interesting choices. But where would you start? Most people aren’t familiar with what you’d need to do to get it done, but don’t worry! In this article we’re going to go through a few of the things you’ll want to do to get that game room up and cracking and ready for use.

The first thing you’ll want to get on top of is the insulation. If you’ve got the patience and the know-how, then you can do it yourself. Hiring a professional is always a safe bet if you want to get the most out of your space. Proper insulation and air conditioning will keep all the gaming equipment in good condition and safe from getting damp and damaged.

Another thing you’ll want to think about is soundproofing. With a soundproofed game room you won’t have to worry about disturbing the neighbors, waking up your kids or disturbing anyone while having fun. You’ll be able to enjoy your game room completely without worrying about noise levels.

With all the game equipment, computers, PlayStations and/or Xboxes you’re going to keep in your game room, there are bound to be lots of cables and wires. Setting up a good system for keeping those cables covered and out of the way will not only leave you with more space for activities, but it’ll keep the cables safe and in good condition.

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Getting Our Floors Done

We absolutely love our new house, however the floors were in pretty bad shape. Turns out there was some decent hardwood flooring under the carpets once we ripped out the old shag rugs from our 1964 Ranch. Many times I’m sure this situation has come up for people when renovating or flipping a house, making the decision to either take out all the flooring and put brand new flooring in, or instead to try and restore the existing floors. Stylistically, people may have preferences especially when some of the flooring from the 60’s was very much from that era, and the current trends tend to lean towards wider sized long floor planks, and less cross-bone hatch patterns. Luckily our floors were your standard 3 inch wide planks that are found in countless homes in New England. But the issue here was that there were some holes, gaps, staples, as well as dark staining from moisture damage. We weren’t sure that it was even possible to get these floors refinished, but we decided to at least get a professional’s opinion on them before we ripped them all out to install new flooring, which was probably going to get very expensive if we went that route. The benefit to new flooring of course is that you get to pick out the style you want, as well as the stain or color. And there are many options for materials as well, such as tile that looks like hardwood.

But when we discovered that it was in fact very feasible to get our current old hardwood floors refinished, at a fraction of the cost of installing new floors, we decided that it was a better use of our money at that time. We search for the best hardwood floor refinishing Boston company around, and booked them. The job only took a few days, with dustless sanding, multiple rounds of fine ground sanding actually, which took off all the old polyurethane layers as well as stains, wear and damage, and took it down to the raw unfinished wood. Then a few coats of stain and polish, with a few days of drying time, and our floors looked really incredible! We couldn’t believe the transformation.