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CAUTION: When cleaning leather upholstery of any kind always perform a sample test of the products performance on an inconspicuous area of the leather. DO NOT use these cleansers or conditioners on unfinished leather or suede.

Tanners Preserve leather creamTanner’s Preserve Leather Conditioning Cream is my favorite leather care product. I use it on all my leather furniture and recommend it to my client’s as well. It's extremely easy to use to safely cleans leather surfaces. Tanner's is made without harsh chemicals or ingredients that could harm and/or discolor many leather finishes. Tanner's Preserve contains emollients which feed and bring back supple leather surfaces, reviving their rich luster. Investing in leather furniture for your home can last a lifetime if cared for correctly. They can look beautiful and serve their intended purposes for well beyond the intended usefulness of furniture upholstered in other textiles. Authentic leather furnishings are designed to soften with age. With that

Investing in leather furniture for your home, is a practice in good finance. Leather surfaces can protect expensive desktops and leather upholstered seating can last a lifetime (and beyond) when cared for correctly. These furnishings look beautiful and serve their intended purposes for well beyond the intended usefulness of furniture covered in other cloth or natural fiber textiles. Authentic leather furnishings are designed to soften with age. With that age, these pieces become part of our most treasured moments. Still, many of my clients are hesitant to make fine leather furniture part of their spaces.

Leather is sometimes perceived as difficult to care for, delicate and almost always expensive. Potential owners of leather furnishings fear damage caused by children, pets or guests. These views are simply without cause or warrant. Caring for leather furniture is really no harder than caring for other types of upholstered furniture. The advice below will help keep your leather intact, fully functional and looking its best for years to come.

  1. Wipe the leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth. This basic care routine for leather upholstery is simply wiping the furniture down with a dry cotton cloth. Regular dusting, just like vacuuming will keep excess dirt from drying and wearing the leather and seams.

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When I design a home's interior, I select fragrances that compliment the aesthetic of the space, as well as the client. In my opinion, every home should have a signature fragrance. Home fragrances can be achieved in many ways, but my top three are:

Candles          Room Diffusers         &          Room Sprays

buy joe malone diffuser“An understated style. Defined by an unconventional sense of sophistication. With a classical taste that is rarified, yet just a touch audacious. Timeless and elegant…but always infused with a charming dash of wit and whimsy.

My personal choice for my home and office is from Jo Malone of London.

It is exactly these distinctly British qualities that are the heritage, and heart, of Jo Malone London. Since its inception in 1994 - when our founder created a handful of scents revolutionary in their discerning simplicity - Jo Malone London has become a name internationally synonymous with all that is most coveted in British style.

The Jo Malone™ Studio orchestrates a world of bespoke luxury that is inspired by, and immersed in, modern British culture, curating collaborations between world-renowned master perfumers and London’s leading creative talent, from Savile Row to Sloane Street. In working with the most forward-thinking style mavens, Jo Malone London is enduringly at the forefront of perfumery.Lime Basil and Mandarin is my fragrance of choice. It is the luxury brand’s signature fragrance. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic. To uplift, to wind down, or simply to add an air of luxury.

You too can have your own candles, diffusers,and sprays from Jo Malone.

Lime Basil and Mandarin is my fragrance of choice. It is the luxury brand’s signature fragrance. Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic. To uplift, to wind down, or simply to add an air of luxury. Transform the atmosphere with luxury and opulence.

 If you would like AARON B DUKE to personally select a home fragrance just for you, consider booking one of our

Luxury Design Concierge Services.

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ios bathroom scale apple healthI have a love/hate relationship with this “smart scale

I love it cause it provides more than just a number to obsess over via Bluetooth Connectivity on iOS & Android Devices. (I hate it for the same reasons!) Plus, I absolutely love the sleek, clean lines and low profile, OH and did I mention it’s Bluetooth compatible and connect to your phone (apple ios or android) via blue tooth.  

So this handy bathroom gadget gives you so much information! By keeping track of your muscle mass, bone density, water weight, and fat levels and showing in great detail what progress you are making.  It definitely gives me a better idea of what's going on, was it water weight, fat or muscle?   

I learned quickly that one must take off their socks for the measurements to work correctly. Otherwise, the scale will just measure weight. The digital numbers are clear on a beautiful back lit oval display or you can see all your numbers on the app, including Apple Health that works in sync with my watch (or your fit bit) after it transmits.

 

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premium shirt staysMy newest wardrobe favorite is these Hold'em premium Shirt Stays.  Made in the USA with soft elastic, I barely notice they are there. They never rub at my legs or tear at the hems of my shirts like some other brands.

Worrying about your shirt coming untucked might seem like a small problem. However for busy professionals whose workday can vary minute-to-minute from high profile client meetings to construction site visits; in and out of chairs, cars and the office to well, wherever the workday takes me. No matter what, staying put-together is a requirement.

A must have for workday luxury, if you wear button down shirts, a high-quality waterproof metal clip is a necessity to keep your shirts in place.  The lever design, with quality elastic that is soft to the touch makes Hold'em's easy to use and comfortable against your legs.  So important for long work days!

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wurkin collar stays 1I like to look professional and polished even when I am not wearing a tie.  Magnetic stays by Wurkin allow me to keep my collars from going spread eagle on warm Los Angeles afternoons. 

Every man should have a set of these stays in his dresser.  I love how these little guys keep my collar right where I place it the morning and I look just as put together at 5 pm cocktails as I did at that 9am coffee meeting!

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