How to Add Rustic Charm to Your Child’s Room

Fortaleza nightstandAdding a bit of rustic charm to your child’s bedroom can be a great way to create a cute space while also matching the theme of your home. Rustic furniture and décor is perfect for both boys and girls and can create a warm feeling in any bedroom.

You can easily transform their room into a cozy cabin or Western-themed room with rustic design pieces. Rustic furniture will also help you achieve a woodland fairy look for your little girl’s room. Subdued color palettes are also a great way to add a touch of color to their room without going too bright or bold.

You can create a cool Western theme by adding rugged pieces composed of dark woods to give it an authentic cabin feel. Incorporate some Western-printed bedding, and you will have a room fit for any cowboy or cowgirl.

Adobe Interiors offers a variety of Western and rustic furniture for all rooms of your home. As one of the best furniture stores in Fort Worth, we also create custom pieces for clients who are looking for that perfect dresser, bed frame, or décor for their child’s room. Shop with us today to see all of the fantastic products we have to offer. If you have any questions about our furniture, please contact us at (877) 594-7093.

The Difference between Primitive, Rustic, and Country Styles

Western décor from Adobe InteriorsIf you are new to the decorating scene, you may not quite know the difference between primitive, rustic, and country styles. Though they all sound similar on the surface, each style has the unique elements that make it different from the rest. Below are examples of how each décor style is different from the other.

Primitive Style

Primitive décor styles are a more subtle resemblance of the term’s formal definition. Many pieces are handmade by a person without formal training on the process. These items are also generally very old to where they could qualify as an antique.

Rustic Style

Rustic décor has a tie-in with nature, whether it is made from natural materials or appears weathered and distressed. Rustic furniture is meant to give off an old-fashioned vibe and the feel of a warm and comfortable home. As one of the best furniture stores in Fort Worth, Adobe Interiors sells a variety of elegant rustic pieces for your space.

Country Style

In the world of décor, country tends to describe many different styles. French country, cottage, American country, and coastal décor can all fall under this category. The common element of all of these sub-styles their casual vibe and natural materials.

Furniture Shopping Tips

3 Dimensional Horse Sculpture

Single Horse Body Jumping

Shopping for furniture can be an exciting, yet stressful time. Though the idea of a new sofa or bed frame is excellent, there are many things to consider when purchasing a new piece of furniture. As one of the best furniture stores in Fort Worth, Adobe Interiors will help you find the exact item you are looking for when it comes to any room in your home.

Below are some furniture shopping tips to utilize when looking for that perfect piece:

Use blue tape for measurements: The last thing you want is for that perfect new sofa or armchair to be too big for the space it will be residing. Get the dimensions from the website or retailer and use blue tape to measure the area it will be placed in. This will help give you a better idea of how the piece will look within that space and if it will be too big or just right.

Don’t worry too much about matching: Though everyone wants their furniture to create a cohesive look, getting too caught up about everything matching can have the opposite effect. When shopping for elegant rustic furniture, there are a variety of fabrics and textures that can pair well together.

Plan how the furniture will get inside: Every home is different, and you want to have a clear plan on how you will be getting your new furniture inside. If your front doorway is very narrow, you may want to consider bringing the furniture around back or purchasing pieces you can build inside.

How to Utilize Western Décor in Your Living Room

Leather Wing Chair with Buffalo Hide

Jackson Highback Chair with Buffalo Hide

If you are looking to decorate your home in Western-style décor, the designs available at Adobe Interiors are second to none. If you love the look and feel of Western living room décor but are not entirely sure how to use it in the space, below are some decorating ideas to create a cozy, classic look.

Combine natural and dark colors: If you are after a rustic Western look, try combining natural wood tones with deep and vibrant reds, golds, and browns. You can also incorporate rich leather or suede sofas with stone floors and rustic detailing. Adding a few indoor plants to the room can create a brightness to balance out all of the darker colors.

Merge modern touches with Western themes: If you love the look of Western décor but want something a little more modern, it is easy to balance the two. Adding Western accents such as animal print rugs, leather sofas, or mounted animal heads to a room can add an alluring touch to a more 21st century-styled area.

Mix wood and leather furniture: For a Tuscan-inspired theme, find leather and wooden furniture pieces to pair together in your living room. A deep brown leather sofa next to lighter wooden coffee tables and entertainment stands can create a great Western-look without going too over the top.

What Leather Type is Right for You

When purchasing leather furnishings, it’s importation to know what kind of leather you are purchasing. Below is a break down of different leather types to help you understand what you are buying and how to spot the different leather types.

FULL GRAIN LEATHER

Full Grain refers to leather that has not been altered by sanding or buffing. Full Grain leather retains the grain layer, original texture and markings that naturally occur during the lifetime of the animal and create a one-of-a-kind look for each upholstered product. The vast majority of Adobe’s Leather Furniture are designed on Full Grain hides.Full Grain is often confused with Top Grain, but “Top Grain” leather simply comes from the uppermost portion of a hide – the term “Top Grain” is refering to the layer of the hide from which the leather originates. Leather is split into layers and sold as two different products: Top Grain and Split leather. From the Top Grain portion of a hide comes both Full Grain and Corrected Grain leathers.

CORRECTED GRAIN LEATHER

Corrected Grain is also Top Grain leather. Corrected Grain leather undergoes a light buffing process to better absorb dye and minimize the appearance of blemishes and natural leather markings on its surface. Corrected Grain leather is often preferred for use in projects where uniform color desired. Nubuck, a Corrected Grain leather, is Top Grain leather where the top hair cell layer has been removed by sanding, resulting in a luxurious nap and velvet-like surface. Split leathers are often sold as suede. They originate a few layers down from the grain.

ANILINE VS. SEMI-ANILINE

Aniline leather is colored by immersing hides in a dye bath with transparent, aniline dyes that fully penetrate the hide. These leathers are the most natural and often the most pristine hides are used. All surface imperfections and flaws (or beauty marks) will be visible in aniline dyed leathers.

Semi Aniline leathers are aniline dyed with an added layer of pigment or surface coating to enhance durability and color consistency. Imperfections and flaws are still visible.

VEGETABLE TANNING VS. CHROME TANNING

Vegetable Tanning is the oldest method of tanning. It utilizes vegetable tannins and extracts from trees and plants for use in the tanning process. Today, vegetable tanned leather is still utilized by boot and saddle makers.

Chrome Tanning is the most widely used process of tanning leather, accounting for approximately 90% of leather produced globally today. Invented in the 19th century, chrome tanning uses the minerals of chromium salts to tan hides and allows for a softer hand and a broader range of color.

 

How Leather Is Made

Tanning

Leather tanning is the process of converting cleaned, perishable raw hides or skins into leather to preserve their natural beauty and inherent characteristics. The most common methods of tanning are Chromium and Vegetable Tanning. Chro­mium-Tanning is the most prevalent form of tanning.

Chrome-tanned leather is tanned using chromium salts. It is softer and more supple than vegetable-tanned leather and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned leather. Chromium-tanned hides are also more receptive to color.

Traditional trimming of the hides in the early 1900's

Traditional trimming of the hides in the early 1900’s

Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other natural ingredients found in trees and plants. The result is leather that has greater body and firmness than chromium-tanned leather. The majority of Moore & Giles leathers are chrome-tanned.

Hides are often treated several times during the tanning process with agents that will enhance the leather’s physical strength and ensure various characteristics desired in the end result. This is known as Retanning. Many of our leathers undergo a retanning process using chrome tanning agents or a combination of both chrome and vegetable tanning agents prior to being dyed and finished.

Dyeing

The majority of Adobe Interior’s Leather choices are dyed in drums using pure aniline dye.

Drum dyeing is the process of immersing the leather in the dye and tumbling it in a rotating drum to ensure maximum penetration of the dye throughout the hide.

Aniline dye is a translucent water-based dye without any added pigments. As aniline dye is absorbed, natural markings and inherent characteristics such as scars and wrinkles are brought out in each hide. Since absorption of dye may differ from area to area, slight variations in color are usually exhibited throughout the hide, much like wood varies when stained. For example, loose areas of the skin typically accept more dye and appear darker. These distinctive markings and nuances in texture and color should be considered natural beauty marks and are a testament to its authenticity.

A few of our leathers are tanned with a semi-aniline finish. Semi-aniline dye has a small amount of pigment or finish added to it to allow the natural characteristics of the hide to still show through while offering some of the benefits of color consistency and increased cleanability. For example, lightly pigmented leather won’t show a mark if you scratch it with your fingernail, like an aniline-dyed leather will.

Finishing

In general, finishing involves any process performed after the dyeing stage such as embossing, milling or waxing to achieve a desired result in terms of appearance and feel for the leather.

Certain leathers are naturally milled to enhance the leather’s grain or soften its hand. Hides are tumbled in rotating drums and sprayed with a combination of heat and misting of water during the milling process.

Many of our leathers receive a combination treatment of wax and oil which completely permeates the hide and provides inherent resistance to moisture. These treatments are designed to bring out all the attributes that make leather a truly original, natural product.

Similar to the grain of fine wood, leather has a myriad of nature’s signatures incorporated into it that are unique to each hide. These signatures can be found in the form of healed scars, wrinkles and differences in grain. Since most of our leather does not have any artificial finish applied to the surface, any inherent variations in texture are not masked or concealed. As each year passes, the leather will acquire a rich and beautiful patina that has a wealth of charm and character all of its own.

We employ a variety of techniques during the tanning process to enhance the natural appearance of our leathers. For ex­ample, ironing with heat and pressure creates a clear and glossy surface in leathers such as Absolute and Parliament with the added benefit of even more moisture resistance.

For clients, looking for uniform color consistency and maximum protection against wear and scratches, we offer a number of leathers that have been finished with a protective pigment or topcoat coating.  Our goal is to ensure consistent color but still offer a soft supple leather.

Leather Guide

When purchasing leather furnishings, it’s importation to know what kind of leather you are purchasing. Below is a break down of different leather types to help you understand what you are buying and how to spot the different leather types.

FULL GRAIN LEATHER

Full Grain refers to leather that has not been altered by sanding or buffing. Full Grain leather retains the grain layer, original texture and markings that naturally occur during the lifetime of the animal and create a one-of-a-kind look for each upholstered product. The vast majority of Adobe’s Leather Furniture are designed on Full Grain hides.Full Grain is often confused with Top Grain, but “Top Grain” leather simply comes from the uppermost portion of a hide – the term “Top Grain” is refering to the layer of the hide from which the leather originates. Leather is split into layers and sold as two different products: Top Grain and Split leather. From the Top Grain portion of a hide comes both Full Grain and Corrected Grain leathers.

CORRECTED GRAIN LEATHER

Corrected Grain is also Top Grain leather. Corrected Grain leather undergoes a light buffing process to better absorb dye and minimize the appearance of blemishes and natural leather markings on its surface. Corrected Grain leather is often preferred for use in projects where uniform color desired. Nubuck, a Corrected Grain leather, is Top Grain leather where the top hair cell layer has been removed by sanding, resulting in a luxurious nap and velvet-like surface. Split leathers are often sold as suede. They originate a few layers down from the grain.

ANILINE VS. SEMI-ANILINE

Aniline leather is colored by immersing hides in a dye bath with transparent, aniline dyes that fully penetrate the hide. These leathers are the most natural and often the most pristine hides are used. All surface imperfections and flaws (or beauty marks) will be visible in aniline dyed leathers.

Semi Aniline leathers are aniline dyed with an added layer of pigment or surface coating to enhance durability and color consistency. Imperfections and flaws are still visible.

VEGETABLE TANNING VS. CHROME TANNING

Vegetable Tanning is the oldest method of tanning. It utilizes vegetable tannins and extracts from trees and plants for use in the tanning process. Today, vegetable tanned leather is still utilized by boot and saddle makers.

Chrome Tanning is the most widely used process of tanning leather, accounting for approximately 90% of leather produced globally today. Invented in the 19th century, chrome tanning uses the minerals of chromium salts to tan hides and allows for a softer hand and a broader range of color.