Saturday, July 26, 2014

My First Cowhide Rug

Hello Everyone,  Well I finally jumped on the cowhide wagon and got myself a
"MOO MOO" cow for our dining room. You might remember my plans for a new
Dining Room Look ? Well it's coming along slowly but surely!

On my  IKEA Shopping Trip last weekend, I purchased this brown cowhide
with a few little white spots on it.

Truth be told, I had previously purchased a brown 
cowhide from World Market, but the ones at IKEA 
were on sale for $200 and the one from Word Market 
was $350. So I returned the World Market rug...
Need I feel guilty now????

I know not everyone approves of cowhides or other types of
animal skins for clothing or decorations. But it's like I told 
one of my vegetarian friends when accused of 
supporting the industry: 
So this could be considered an up-cycle, right?"

Well, that's what's new around here this week. I will be taking a blogging break
for a few weeks for the summer. Before I go here is a little cowhide
eye candy for you to drool over.....

Decorating with Cowhide Rugs

Source Unknown

Want to see more pics? Check out my Pinterest Board on Decorating with Cowhides and Furs

How about you Peeps, do you like cowhides 
as much as I do?

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  1. Your cowhide rug looks so good! I bet it feels good under foot too. Glad that you were able to save some money on that one too.

  2. It looks great Christine! I have a leopard print rug in my living room that I just love, but can't pull the trigger on the real thing, it kinda creeps me out~ that said, I do love yours and the photos from other sources, especially Dimples and Tangles, so maybe I need to re-think!

  3. Christine, Love the look! You should NOT feel guilty--just being a smart shopper :) Blessings, Cecilia

  4. I just recently jumped onto the cowhide bandwagon myself. I bought mine from a thrift shop in town that gets them home-made of course. I really do love it! It takes your place from just "ok" to fab!

  5. You go girl! I've been wanting to jump on that bandwagon too but haven't had the guts! I admire you!! Looks fabulous!!! Have a nice break....see ya soon?! Hope so!!~~Angela

  6. I have yet to jump on that bandwagon-but yours looks FABULOUS! Never feel guilty for saving some KA-CHING! You did outstanding! Can't wait to see what you do with the dining room! Wishing you a whole lot of relaxation and fun on your well deserved break!

  7. GORGEOUS rug!!! Love it and now I want one.

  8. Christine, I like the cow rug.LOL. Hope you have some nice summertime fun. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  9. ahaha I love that idea, it is totally an up cycle- nothin on that cow goes to waist!

  10. The cowhide is not for me, but I really love the way your room is turning out. The rug layering looks great!

  11. Oh I love it, looks fabulous in your dining room. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  12. You're so funny with the upcycling the I would love to do something like that one day when the kids are out of the house and I don't have to worry about huge spills on it. Have a great summer break and can't wait to see what you come back with.

  13. haha, an up-cycle! The new rug looks great.

  14. On the second photo from the last you have it as "Source: Unknown" That is from the Nesting Place blog. I love your rug by the way. I am wanting one in zebra print. Can't wait to save up my pennies for it.

  15. Love, love, love! Will be featuring you this week at Sundays at Home!

  16. I love the animal hyde trend... I feel bad about it too but I just try not to think about it :( I'm actually kicking myself because I found a zebra print rug at a garage sale for $75 and I didn't get it! DOH (forehead slap)! I was just so set on cowhyde for some reason and I also didn't have that much money with me at the time. Oh well, another will come along!

    Yours looks great!


  17. Christine, I live "fairly close" to you (in Elk Plain, just off Highway 7). We have an Old West master bedroom/bathroom. The bedroom has a huge buffalo hide on Dave's side of the bed (I knew how large buffaloes were; somehow that didn't transfer to how large a hide would be). Bought at auction for around fifty dollars.

    My side has an elk hide, bought at an online Montana auction for $65. And, yes, it feels wonderful on my feet when I have to get up in the middle of the night.

    Further up Highway 7 in Parkland is a Tandy Leather store (right next door to another auction company!). Tandy has a large assortment of hides and other leathers and I think they might even beat Ikea's prices. And I LOVE Ikea's prices.

    Erlene, Dave was concerned about damaging the hides if we put them on the floor. I figured that, if they could live outdoors, they could live on the floor. So far, one cat erped on the elk hide. I let it try and easily wiped up the erp. It didn't soak into the hide.

    A couple years ago, I was at Victorian Country Christmas in Puyallup. One of the vendors had a cowhide on the floor of her booth. I mentioned that I wanted to reupholster our 1895 double-round barber chair in cowhide. She told me to make sure the underside of a cowhide is gray, not yellow. Had something to do with the quality of the tanning...or something.

    1. Hi there Sooze, thanks so much for the sweet comment and all the tips for cowhide stores. I tried to reply to your comment but you come up as a non reply blogger and I don't have your email. Not sure if you will come back here to see my reply.

    2. Not sure if Blogger allows me to post my email address (I've actually been getting your emails for a few months) so I'll try to "hide" my yahoo address (sooze98148-at-).

      I encourage you and your readers to try auctions. They can be intimidating at first but, eventually, auctions will be an addiction...wait a minute! Is that a good thing?

      For example, last Thursday, Dave won THREE PALLETS of bi-fold doors. For twenty dollars. TWENTY DOLLARS!

  18. Love your new cowhide and the layering!! You are my hostess pick this week come by the Inspiration Monday Party today at 11:00am to party with us!!

    xoxo, Tanya

  19. HI Christine~ Love your new rug. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

  20. Never thought a cowhide rug would be my style, but now you've got me thinking twice. lol! Looks fabulous Christine. Thanks for sharing it with SYC and enjoy your break!

  21. Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  22. I saw this post a few days ago and now I'm inspired to get one for our house!!! Thanks for sharing with us on What You Wish Wednesday!!! Join us again today!

  23. I love your new cowhide rug - they're so great for under dining room tables because there's pretty much nothing you can spill on them that you can't clean off. Thanks for sharing on Best of the Nest!

  24. Fabulous! I love the way it looks in your room! The room is coming along nicely, can't wait to see the finished space! Enjoy your summer blog break...

  25. Your new chair looks perfect in your room. I think you made the right choice leaving the original fabric on the cushions. The room is beautiful from every angle!
    Decorate your Dining Table

  26. I love your Dining Chairs and the rug is great!!

  27. Wow!nice article and containing allot of information about the Fur blanket well done.


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