How to clean Leather furniture & accessories

Leather should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Leather should be cleaned regularly. First, use a soft cloth or micro-fiber cloth to dust the surface. Saddle soap works beautifully on leather.

Another option for cleaning leather is to take a damp cloth, wipe it across moisturizing soap and lather the leather. Don’t rinse — buff for a nice shine.

Remember: When removing spots from leather, always test any cleaning method on an out-of-the-way spot first.
One tip for removing spots from leather is to dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub the spot. This can work for removing ink spots as well. If this doesn’t work, you can use non-oily cuticle remover. (Note: That is cuticle remover, not nail-polish remover.) Leave it on overnight and wipe it off with a damp cloth.

To remove normal spots from leather, use the following Royal homemade recipe:

1 part lemon juice
1 part cream of tartar

Simply work the paste into the spot with a soft cloth, and if soils remain after working it in, let it sit for a few hours. Come back and apply a little more paste, work it in and wipe clean.

Water spots can be removed from leather by moistening the area again with a little water, then letting it dry or gently blowing dry. Never place leather in the sun to dry.

To remove road salt from leather (could be on shoes, coat, etc.), try this simple recipe:

1 part water
1 part white vinegar

Take a cloth and dip into the solution, then blot over the shoes or coat lightly to remove the salt. This may have to be repeated several times to clean the entire surface. When you finish they should look almost like new. Be sure to wipe leather shoes with a damp cloth frequently, and keep them well polished with a paste.

To keep leather supple, use the following homemade recipe (a Hide Food concoction) from Spacio:

1 part white vinegar
2 parts linseed oil
Jar with a lid

Pour the solution into a jar with a lid, shake well and apply to the leather with a soft cloth. Let it sit for 12 hours and buff. If the cloth starts to soil, be sure to change it often. Store the leftover solution for future usage.

Removing spots on suede is a whole different problem. For suede shoes, try an art gum eraser first and if that doesn’t do the trick, use undiluted white vinegar on a soft cloth, and be sure to blot — never rub when cleaning suede. Once the spot is gone, take a shoe brush and rework the nap of the suede. Let dry.

Make you own Tiered Hanging Pots

When you collect many things, floor and table space can quickly become precious commodities. Having shelves full of plants is just not feasible in the home, but let it not stop you from pursuing you dream of building a little greenhouse. If you have an interest in going vertical with your greenery, you could whip up this tiered hanging planter in a day. You just need a tiny bit of scrap wood, some rope and a few basic woodworking tools. The best part is that the system makes watering a breeze. All the runoff from the previous pot drips into the plants below, so you only need to place a little dish or bucket under the bottom. Enjoy!

Materials

  • scrap wood
  • jigsaw
  • terracotta pots
  • rope
  • 3/8″ boring bit
  • paintbrush and paint
  • drill
  • plants
  • metal ring

Instructions

1. Measure and mark the plank of wood to create a square with at least 3/4″ to 1″ of space around the pot.

 

2. Trace the lip of your pot onto the face of the wood. Trace a circle within the circumference of the one you just drew but spaced 1/4″ from the outer circle, or use a circular template that is approximately 1/4″ smaller than the radius of the pot to do the same. You will end with two concentric circles, one with a radius 1/4″ smaller than the first. Repeat with all four squares.

 

3. Clamp the first piece of wood down to a stable surface and drill a hole into the center of the circles with the 3/8″ boring bit. This will provide a space for your jigsaw blade to enter the wood so you can begin your cut. Working slowly and in sections, use the jigsaw to cut out the shape of the inner circle. You may have to unclamp, reposition the wood and reclamp in order to get a good angle for cutting out the entire shape. Repeat with all four squares.

 

4. Once all the inner circles are cut out, clamp a single square down to a piece of scrap wood and use a ruler to make a dot in the four corners of the squares, 1/2″ in from each side. Use the 3/8″ boring bit and drill holes completely through the wood at each of those four corner marks. Repeat with all four squares.

 

5. As an optional step, you can paint the sides of your squares for a pop of color, or paint your rope a different color. I chose to paint my rope navy blue, using acrylic paints slightly watered down. Only paint the two cut edges on each square, and position the squares on the ropes so that the unpainted and painted edges will alternate when hanging.

 

6. Now your squares are ready to hang. I chose to space my plants 12″ apart, but this can depend on the type of plants you’re using. Cut four lengths of rope and tie them all together in a knot about 6″ from the top. Use the 6″ strands to secure the ropes to the metal ring.

 

 7. Hang the ring in an open area and slide the first wood square onto all four strands, about 12″ from the top knot. Tie a knot directly underneath the wood square on all four ropes, place the plant into the opening and check to make sure the piece is level. If the plant is not hanging level, you can adjust the knots up or down.

8. Repeat step 6 with the remaining three squares: Slide the square onto the ropes, measure about 12″ (or you can place your potted plant inside and eyeball the distance) and secure a knot underneath on all four ropes. Always make sure to check if the pieces are hanging straight, and adjust the knots as needed. After the last square is on and the knots are tied underneath, snip off the excess rope with scissors.

 

 You’re done! Fill the squares with your planted pots, and find a nice sunny home for your new plant

Painted Metallic Baskets

We discovered this nifty idea via Pinterest and thought of sharing it with you. The image and concept are originally from Martha Stewart Living, but we knew immediately this was a quick and easy way to transform your stash of mismatched country-style old baskets that were piling up here or there at your home or probably waiting to be trashed any day.

Armed with a can of spray paint, (which dries super quick), leftover flat paint from your ceilings and wide painter’s tape — with all of these you can quickly get to work. Unless you’ve never painted anything, this project doesn’t really need instructions. Make sure the surface is dust free, tape off what you don’t want painted and head to a ventilated and protected area where you can get to work. Our only word of advice would be to make sure you rub over the tape a few times to make sure it really adheres to the basket.

 

Create The Right Effect Of Your Home Décor Accessories

One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when designing their home is how they arrange their accessories. There are a few important steps in making sure that your home decor accessories are arranged in a way that will best compliment your home, your style and your space. Spacio designers have suggested 3 ways that can help you to maximize the effect that your home décor accessories have on your home design and the space.

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Accenting your Accessories

What do you think will stand out – Tan mug on a white counter top or a black mug on white counter top? The answer is a big yes to black mug on a white counter top. Everybody today needs that their home/ spaces should have a somewhat uniformed look, but “be careful not make it boring” says Navin Kanodia, Product Designer at Spacio. You can definitely buy a tan sofa to complement your beige flooring, but throw some red pillows on it. Get the wenge or expresso colored end tables, but accent them with a bright colored vase or other accessory. “It is all in the details” says Navin.

 

Size Does Matter

It is a common practice to want to display certain items, so you just find a spot for them. Try to avoid putting something small in an area that will drown the accessory, or placing something large or oversized on a piece of furniture that really cannot support its size. Have you ever been to someone’s home and there is that one vase that is top heavy with flowers balance on a small accent table just asking to be knocked over? This is a big no, no. Try to leave large objects for the large pieces of furniture such as a large coffee table or dining room table. The opposite is also true. Do not place a 3 x 5 photo frame in the middle of a large coffee table.  Using the common sense is something that will usually help with your interior design efforts.

Find a Nice Balance

Two things to avoid are over-decorating, which means that your area looks cluttered, or under decorating. You want to find a nice balance that will allow you to display your objects in a manner in which they will not get lost in a large amount of leftover space or among too many other objects. Color is important. Use color to accent your accessories and draw attention to them. Selecting a nice bright accent piece to break-up a bland background is a great way to draw attention to an area. You may have a plain tan couch, but selecting bright colored accent pillow or a brightly colored accent pillow with an attractive design can do wonders for an otherwise boring plain sofa.

Keep in mind that just because you have it does not mean you have to display everything at the same time. This is a very common mistake. A lot of people get excited about the little treasures that they find. “It may be something that they picked up on a trip to Europe, or something great find from a little antique shop” –  Navin. Just because they are great pieces does not mean that they all flow well together. Too many pieces can make the home or area look cluttered. You need a little bit of space to help draw out the unique pieces, and too many pieces can lose the effect. Try to select the pieces that flow well together, and then set the rest away for another time. It can get boring to look at the same décor all of the time, so refresh your living space by swapping out your accessories a few times a year.

 

We have got the blues!!!!!

 

Spacio Furniture brings you a collection of chairs in blues!  We present a roundup of ten blue and white patterned chair designs for all who love the hues of blues and whites together in various patterns and designs.

If you are thinking as to what do with them or which part of the room or the interior you put it in, of course, is entirely upto you – as this would surely be a stunner in any space.