Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

 Our dear friends David and Rebecca (I owe David my career) have lived in many different houses in many different states – Vermont, California, Massachusetts, and New York – and in every house they always had beautiful, old, dark wood floors… and in every house, I have admired and envied them these beautiful, old, dark wood floors.

So when it came to choosing floors for our house in Colorado I knew what I wanted, but I also needed to go with a company that is responsible to its workers and to the environment. As usual, the talented Lonni Paul came to the rescue. She found Armstrong Flooring. They are committed to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The flooring we selected is engineered wood; they make both engineered and solid hardwood in every color, size, and shape you can imagine, which means it’s durable, ecological, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

But of course, the most important thing is that the floors are beautiful and look like historic planking. We went with wide planks to give the house an old Colonial house feel. A lot of discussion went into the direction of the wide planks for each room and how to design a place where they would all meet. Lonni and Bill came up with a beautiful pattern. It turned into the lovely four points of a compass, and it feels serendipitous that a “compass” is at the center of the house. I looked up the symbolic meaning of the points and there are many, but I picked this one:

East: Future

West: Present

South: Present

North: No time (infinite possibility)

To go with that wide plank flooring, we wanted fixtures to match, to feel like they had been there a long time. Lonni knew what we were going for: not to lose that old-world feel. But she also understood that kitchens and bathrooms have to feel clean and fresh. She found the Artifacts line by Kohler. Bill has always been a fan of Kohler because of the quality and the design options, which fit the house perfectly.

Lonni and I spent hours and hours poring over the Kohler website, cherry-picking our favorites. The fixtures look like they are from the last century, and yet they are fresh and new. In the utility room we found a sink so cute and antique looking, I kind of want to adopt it.

Even the whirlpool tub, which internally is super modern, has beautiful old-world fixtures.

Bill and I have decided with Lonni Paul in your corner, who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

This post was sponsored by Lonni Paul Design, Kohler, and Armstrong Flooring. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.