Posts Tagged ‘leather’

Etsy List: Hell for Leather!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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'Hell for leather!' Etsy List by H is for HomeLeather is one of the few materials – much like denim – that looks better with a bit of use & wear. It’s a great material for use in the home. It’s warm tactile and beautiful. We’ve blogged before about our bargain pair of vintage leather club chairs – one of our best buys ever!

We also have a leather sofa – essential when you have a big (often muddy) dog who thinks it’s his own personal piece of furniture. A fabric-covered sofa wouldn’t be able to cope with the beating!

Leather homewares – especially if it’s vintage leather – can be pricey. But so long as it’s kept waxed, polished, buffed and loved, it will last you a lifetime.

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Heaven for Leather

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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Our pair of vintage leather club chairs in front of the fire

These two vintage leather club chairs were one of last year’s best buys – they’re wonderfully aged and so comfortable.

detail of an arm of the leather armchair showing cracking

We’ve been on the look out for a good conditioner to feed the leather & enhance the beautiful patina.

bottle of Chamberlain's Leather Milk No. 5 with applicator pad

We were sent a bottle of Chamberlain’s Leather Milk 8oz Furniture Treatment No. 5 to try out.

Justin applying Chamberlain's Leather Milk to one of our leather armchairs

It was quick and easy to use. We applied the milk with the pad provided. Let it dry for about 10 minutes – then buffed it up with a clean cloth. Our chairs soaked it up – you could almost sense the relief from the old leather! Chamberlain’s milks are all made with natural ingredients and smell very nice – like almond essence.

leather armchair after applying leather milk

The results are brilliant – just what we’d hoped for. The leather has softened & looks superb – a colour like autumn conkers.

detail of an arm of the leather armchair after applying leather milk

Since Fudge arrived, we’ve insisted on having leather chairs & sofa because he’s under the impression that they were installed primarily for his use. Seating of any other material wouldn’t last 2 minutes with the mud & dirt that he traipses into the house under his paws.

Fudge laying on our vintage Danish leater sofa

Up until now, the cleaning regime for Fudge’s Danish leather sofa has consisted of a quick going over with leather wipes – much like those ones you can get for babies bottoms! This piece of furniture has really benefited from the milk’s restorative magic. It gives the leather a boost without taking away any of its character.

leather seat before using leather milk on it leather seat after using leather milk on it

There are 5 different recipes from which to choose, each suiting a different application. Whether it’s a quick clean & refresh for leather shoes and handbags; a deeper clean for more ingrained dirt; a protectant & water-proofer for walking boots; cleaner & conditioner for leather car seats or a cleaner & conditioner for leather sofas and armchairs. There’s a tailor-made treatment for the job. To find out which one (or combination) does what, go to the Chamberlain’s Leather Milk website. You’ll also find videos with advice & demonstrations.

bottle of Chamberlain's Leather Milk No. 5 with used applicator pad

Chamberlain’s is very proud of its products and you’ll find lots glowing reviews from satisfied customers online – you can add our names to the list. They’ve also been a great company to deal with – give them a try!

If you’re based in the UK, Chamberlain’s Leather Milk products are only available via Amazon from Leather Care UK

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Wednesday Wish: Leather Chesterfield

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

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view of our sitting room showing our now flood dameged leather sofa

We’ve blogged a couple of times in the past fortnight about our flood. One of the water damaged casualties was our leather sofa. The current seating arrangements in our sitting room are a bit sparse, consisting of the circular wicker chair pictured and a vintage Ercol rocking chair we bought at auction recently.

The building work hasn’t even started yet, so we’re weeks away from being able to buy new things for the house – but we’re already dreaming of lying on a comfy sofa in front of the fire or TV.

By way of  a replacement, we’ve got two options in mind. We might go for a Danish mid century modern style sofa similar in look to the one we’ve lost – long & low with simple lines.

Heaton Leather Chesterfield sofa from the Chesterfield Company, Manchester
3-seater Heaton Leather Chesterfield, from £810.00 – The Chesterfield Company

We also love antique leather Chesterfields, particularly beautifully aged ones with that rich chestnut colour. These are hard to find and can be very expensive. We’ve just been checking out some of the new models on offer. The one above would be welcome – we’ll just have to age it ourselves!!

Wednesday Wish: 2 November 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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Marc Jacobs "Bianca" leather cuff

Pink leather “Bianca” leather cuff by Marc Jacobs: Zappos Couture: $98.00

What’s not to love about this? It’s pink, it’s leather, it’s a cuff! Unfortunately this pink version doesn’t seem to be available in the UK (PLEASE let me know if I’m mistaken!) but you can get the brown version from Selfridges for £85.00.

Wednesday Wish: 10 August 2011

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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purple leather satchel from Cambridge Satchel Company

Purple leather satchel – Cambridge Satchel Company – £93.00

We bought a friend the black version of this satchel for a friend last Christmas. It’s beautiful, and the lovely leather smell… amazing! It’s available in lots of great colours – yellow, green, red, pink and more – but I want this purple one!