Reclaimed or salvaged lumber has been all the rage for years now, but sometimes architects, designers, and homeowners are looking for an option that's a little more streamlined and easy to work with. That's where Timeline comes in. This brilliant option can be used for all sorts of home applications, from your floor to your ceiling and more, and offers the same color depth and texture that reclaimed wood does, but avoiding all the problems that are often associated with working with reclaimed lumber. And it's also a great eco option. How does Timeline do it all? Keep clicking to find out and get inspired.
White painted floors are a trend I'm fearful of. First and foremost, it's a semipermanent look that may go out of style in no time. Secondly, while plenty of hardwood floors are trashed after years of wear and tear, that's not to say they can't be repaired with some TLC. Thirdly, dirt and scuff marks are magnified against the white background.
All that said, these floors do look magnificent, don't they? (Admittedly, they've been shined and perfectly well-lit for a shelter magazine shoot.)
How do you feel about the trend? Would you consider painting yours white?
When it comes to carpeting, sometimes the simplest way to save is to turn your head. Vogue.com writer Lauren Santo Domingo did just that when she decided to have the carpet in her Flatiron, NYC loft laid at an angle. "This was a regular striped carpet," she writes, "but we had them lay it diagonally, which I think makes for a very cool effect." From the looks of it, there wasn't much of a decor budget for her apartment, which is punctuated with works by Claude Lalanne, Salvador Dalí (yes, you heard that), and Andy Warhol. But for the rest of us, a tip like laying affordable striped carpet on a diagonal may be our saving grace — literally.
I know you're all dying to know what we did with our floors. Did we install new floors? Did we paint? Did we whitewash? Did we stick with the natural color? Did we stain them darker? What did we do?! Well the wait is over. But first let me explain . . . Once we pulled up the 50-year-old vinyl flooring, and some old-timey pressed fiber board type thing, we found this.
WOOD! Read on.
With parcels of land and crops hand-crafted of New Zealand wool, Florian Pucher's Land Carpet represents an aerial view of farmland in Europe, Africa, the Netherlands, and the USA. Each region (or rug) offers variations in colors and patterns. The Netherlands, famous for its bulb exports like tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, narcissus, and crocus, features the hues of bright florals and more rigid, rectangular plots of land. Meanwhile, with agricultural products like olive oil and wine, the Europe rug features more greens, browns, and irregular plots of land. What do you think? Love it or hate it?
Zebra and cowhide rugs have been a big topic of discussion over the last few years. Some of you — and dozens of celebs! — can't seem to get enough of the trend. Others oppose them on moral grounds. And others don't take to them from a style perspective. But now Horchow's debuted these colorful Hides Rugs ($500) which have been dyed in brilliant colors for a striking effect. I just know you've got something to say about these statement-making rugs. Do you love 'em? Or would prefer your hide rugs to remain au naturel?
Life works in peculiar ways. I've had the Jonathan Adler Helix Rug ($795 for 5'x8') on the brain, ever since I saw it in his Summer Sale yesterday. Even with the discount, it's still out of my budget . . . and now I realize that it's already sold out. But lucky for me . . . I just spotted another rug with a similar diamond, pennant-style pattern and a much friendlier price. Wondering where you can pick one up? Then keep reading!
Jonathan Adler has kicked off a fabulous Summer rug sale that can't be missed! Through Aug. 15, all rugs, custom or in stock, are marked down 20 percent. The only catch is that all sale items are final sale. But when can you really go wrong with Adler? I am borderline obsessed with this Turquoise Herringbone Rug ($128). The color offers the perfect amount of punch for any room, and it feeds my chevron craving! Here are some more of my favorites from the sale:
If you're looking for a small accent rug, it's not too difficult to find a budget-friendly, stylish option. But when it comes to large area rugs, it gets trickier. I have a friend who's been on the hunt for an affordable rug for his living room, and he's realizing it's not an easy task.
You can always try your luck at discount stores like Home Goods, go on a treasure hunt at vintage stores and flea markets, or scope out department store sales. To help you out, I've rounded up some of my favorite five-by-eight (or similar) floor coverings that are $250 or less, from seagrass to tufted, ethnic to modern. Some, like this Jungle Carving Rug ($250, originally $500) from Anthropologie, are deeply discounted — so grab 'em while you can!