From Top to Bottom

This post highlights some of the wood we’ve added in the home.  There’s a quick video below showing the installation of the wood floors and the tongue and groove ceiling in the front living room.


We added 2 1/4″ wide solid white oak flooring (less expensive than wider planks) with a water-based matte clear coat finish.  We had dark espresso stained floors in our last home, and I learned the hard way that dark shows EVERYTHING!  I wanted to do something different, but also I wanted to incorporate a bit of Scandinavian design influence.  Commonly in Scandinavian modern design things are bright, light, airy, simple, and natural.  Lots of white and light natural woods.

The tongue and groove ceiling boards we added between the front beams are pine and will be all painted white.  The main purpose of these are 1) to add texture (making the space feel cozy and full of character despite being white), 2) to cover up some ceiling cracks from settling that aren’t worrisome, but also will keep reappearing even if we patch them, 3) most importantly to mimic the authentic look and feel of a common trend seen in KC Drummond contemporary homes built in the 50’s/60’s.  Matt helped install these to cut some cost and more importantly time!

In future posts I will highlight some other wood touches we are adding.  One is Walnut cabinetry in the kitchen; my absolute favorite species of wood.  The natural color that has brown, but hints gray, and movement that is so pretty always makes me swoon.