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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / some useful tips to maintain leather furniture on: March 02, 2009 12:11:03 AM
1. Like other furniture, upholstered or wood, try to place your leather furniture in locations where it will not be exposed to excessive sunlight that causes the color to fade. Use shades, blinds or draperies to help block UV rays. Window tinting often helps.

2. Maintain a safe distance between your leather furniture and heat sources in your home.

3. Keep sharp objects away from the leather furniture. Pens, pencils, pets with sharp claws can create scratches.

4. Newspapers or magazines printers' inks can leach into the leather if kept in contact for a long time.

Cleaning (Finished Leather):

1. Place a small amount of a gentle, moisturizing soap such as Dove on a damp cloth and bring it to a light lather.

2. Rub the damp cloth on the leather without putting too much water on the leather.

3. Wipe away lather with a fresh damp cloth. Don't rinse the leather in water.

4. Polish leather with a dry towel.

5. Treat leather with a leather conditioner after it has dried completely.

Cleaning (Unfinished Leather):

1. Use a damp cloth or sponge to rub saddle soap into the leather; work soap into a light lather.

2. Wipe away lather and allow to air dry.

3. Oil leather with a leather preservative such as mink
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / General furniture care tips on: March 02, 2009 12:08:36 AM
Upholstered furniture adds function and beauty to every room in your home. The
choices are many with a wide variety of fibers, fabrics, colors and styles readily
available.

1. Re-arrange the furniture occasionally to ensure even use of the cushions and
wear areas. Reverse loose cushions weekly. Vacuum often to remove grit
that can cause abrasion.

2. Caution those wearing clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans,
that the dye could transfer onto light-colored furniture.

3. Protect fabrics from the sun. Ultraviolet light (sunlight) will cause fiber
degeneration and color fade. Fabrics should not be placed in direct sunlight,
as this may cause fading. Occasionally, dyes can fade from impurities within
the air.

4. Keep pets off the furniture. Pet urine and pet body oil can be difficult to
remove. Use proper care with structural weave fabrics (design created by the
weave) to protect against snags.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / role of furniture in interior decoration on: March 02, 2009 12:06:44 AM
Interior Design is a profession concerned with anything that is found inside a space - walls, windows, doors, finishes, textures, light, furnishings and furniture. All of these elements are used by interior designers to develop a functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing space for a building's user.Furniture plays an important role in interior decoration.
 
Furniture can be a product of artistic design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture's functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose. Domestic furniture works to create, in conjunction with furnishings such as clocks and lighting, comfortable and convenient interior spaces. Furniture can be made from many materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.
 
Furniture in fashion has been a part of the human experience since the development of non-nomadic cultures. Evidence of furniture survives from the Neolithic Period and later in antiquity in the form of paintings, such as the wall Murals discovered at Pompeii; sculpture, and examples have been excavated in Egypt and found in tombs in Ghiordes, in modern day Turkey.
 
The first three-quarters of the twentieth century are often seen as the march towards Modernism. Art Deco, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Wiener Werkst?tte, and Vienna Secession designers all worked to some degree within the Modernist idiom.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / hello friends on: March 02, 2009 12:01:18 AM
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My name is Jenna Butala, a new member of this forum and hope to have great experience here.
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