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Say it with leather
Here, in the land of Harley Davidson, leather is taking on a whole new meaning

By ANNE WANGMAN

 

Leather floors can even be used in the kitchen. www.torlys.com.


On the walls, covering the floor and even as pulls on cabinets and drawers, leather is fast becoming a major trend in residential design.

Made from hide or recycled leather materials like belts, scraps and remnants, Maryland-based EcoDomo offers natural textures as well as other options like crocodile, plain, patterns and top stitching. ProSource, which carries the EcoDomo line to the trade in their Milwaukee, Frankin and Madison showrooms, has seen a boom in the leather trend.

"With green products becoming prevalent, our clients are increasingly asking for leather floors and wall tiles," says Julie Taylor, an account executive and interior designer with ProSource. "EcoDomo is an innovator. Their lines are made from 65 percent recycled materials. We recommend leather floors and wall tiles in almost any room of the house except the bathroom because of the high humidity."

These EcoDomo leather wall tiles have decorative stitching and keep the noise down. Available at ProSource.


"Our recycled leather plank floors are very popular with United States customers," says Karen Deel, brand manager for TORLYS, a Canadian manufacturer. "And there’s no need for an underlay because they come with a cork backing made from 100 percent recycled wine stoppers. Leather really cuts down on noise, which is especially good for homes with an open concept. The planks are easy to install and if you want a change, can even be moved to another room up to three times."

For a fine finishing touch to cabinetry, Turnstyle Designs offers leather pulls. "The leather is the kind used for saddles," Steven Roberts, founder and company principal explains, "so it is remarkably durable even when grabbed by sticky, greasy or wet hands, making them an attractive choice for any room of the home."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Made in England, Turnstyle Designs Square Strap leather pulls are available with or without stitching in three lengths and a variety of colors. Prices depend on length, color, end cap finish and stitching. Colors can be custom ordered. Available at Neus Hardware Gallery in Menomonee Falls.



This floor from EcoDomo has a textured finish. Available through ProSource.



TORLYS leather floors are made from recycled materials and work well with traditional or contemporary interior design. www.torlys.com