After a year of ordering samples, visiting showrooms, dragging wood pieces everywhere I went and accosting every friend I have with a spec of taste for advice, I have chosen a floor. (Thanks Laura and Kevin!)
Many people don’t realize that design, as well as fashion, has trends. A big style in flooring these days is “pickled” and I don’t care for it. Reclaimed wood is hot as well and while it is gorgeous it just doesn’t fit my retro modern “rad with bling“ style (see March 10 “What’s Your Style?” post). Dark and gray flooring are both hip now and every designer I’ve come in contact with over the past year tried to steer me in this direction. I know they would both look amazing and that I would hate them.
I did find a couple lumbers that I really liked but they need to be oiled. OILED. Who in their right mind would buy floors that need to be OILED? Maybe not annually but regularly every stick of furniture in the house would have to be moved so that the wood could be oiled. No thank you!
For six months we had the 9” wide “farmhouse” oak floors laid out for daily viewing. The workers moved them around, shoved them under the fireplace hearth stacked under trash, walked on them and an inch of dust covered them but still, I gazed at them, hoping a moment of clarity would show itself and give me inspiration.
We were in LA yesterday finalizing our cabinet hardware purchase at Liz’s Antique Hardware (thanks for your help Paul! and we even got a peek at Liz) and I stopped in a store called Croft House specializing in beautifully handcrafted custom furniture made from reclaimed lumber. The pieces were beautiful, tactile and intriguing but they just don’t fit in with my design. The salesperson/budding designer beamed when I told her how beautiful I found them and I lingered longer than necessary.
I finally decided that stained maple was the only solution and carried around a piece of the farmhouse board to match the color, hoping that we wouldn’t have to commission a custom stained product (custom means expensive!) I visited several showrooms and then on a whim Lewis and I visited a store and voilà, there it was, a stained maple, 3 1/4” wide plank light brown, yes brown, (who knew?) floor. The manufacturer is Lauzon in Canada of all places, the color Sahara in hard maple. Let’s hope the wood is as beautiful covering the living room as it is on the 11” x 18” sample!
Did we order flooring??? No way. Really? Which one are we getting? You mean it’s not from one of the samples all over the house?? It must have been in your car, right? Well I guess we can move on then. What? I will take three weeks to get here? From Canada!! WOW! So all we need to do now is level and seal and put in the radiant heat tubes. Oh and let the wood acclimate to the climate for a week or two before it is installed. We are almost there. The floors will be sealed so we won’t be able to walk on them for 15 hours. It’s a good thing that Janelle is a monkey and can climb up the scaffolding…..