Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Walking Surfaces

Every time I start a project, big or small, I make a list o what needs to go into a space starting from the bottom up. The list is important as you start brainstorming how you are going to tackle the project step by step.

For the residential project I will be working on, I have already started with the first element, the floor. Currently, the apartment is covered with a thick carpet {typical of places like Home Depot} in color white that over time has changed into a muddy shade.

When selecting your floor material the first thing you need is to measure the space and figure out how much material you're going to need. Then you add about 30 percent more so you can account for any waste caused by corners, small spaces and any other unforeseen details around the rooms.

When you have a good idea of how much you need, then you call a friend who can refer you to a good contractor or two. Word of mouth in this case is essential as you will be able to go a see a contractor's work before they come to work for you.

Once you have a good contractor, ask him about all the legalities of the project {like permits}, timing, material you need to provide besides the flooring, and all the things that will make the space look amazing. Now, you can go a shop for the perfect flooring... and next week I can tell you what we are doing on our project.

Have a great day!


  1. wonderful inspiration! love the first one!
    following you via gfc and bloglovin now. hope you'll follow me, too!
    happy day!


  2. This is great advice! I look forward to the day when I get to make decisions like flooring… until then the nomadic life is a renters life :)

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  3. That first one is fabulous. Great inspiration. xo, Julie

  4. Such an interesting perspective, one I've never thought of. I have zero inspiration when it comes to decor, so this is quite enlightening. And that rug is fabulous!

  5. Ha, I just read this with serious focus as I am getting ready to redo the flooring in my entire house and bathrooms. Ugh, kind of dreading it, but can't wait to have it finished. Want to see what you did when you have pics!

    xo Mary Jo

  6. Thats blend of printed tiles is such a unique flooring idea, I love the bohemian theme of it. Thanks for sharing your opinions with me :)

  7. I love all the creativity here! So much inspiration!

  8. The first image is just brilliant!!


  9. I love the tiling that continues onto the wall - just beautiful!

  10. That makes so much sense! I didn't think about starting from the floor up. Definitely will do that with my next home project.

  11. I'm saving that first picture and the last for inspiration when we build our home. What a lovely way to add colour and detail. I'm madly in love with wooden floors but perhaps there will be places around the house I could work in either of those two styles. Thank you so much for sharing lovely xoxox