Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fire Island Notebook: Painted Floor Dilemma

Citizens of Humanity LA Pop Up shot by Peggy Wong

Apologies for the radio silence. Busy few months, with good stuff to unveil soon. But in some ways I am right back where I left off, trying to finish our little house on Fire Island, yes a year and a half later, post-Sandy. Though most is complete, we just ran out of steam at the end of last summer and said basta to any more decisions, and closed the door and took off for Italy for 2 weeks for a much needed restoration of our own.

Our last lingering design decision is what color to paint the kitchen floor; white, grey or black? Then this week's visit to Montauk's Surf Lodge got me thinking about turquoise again....

These are some of my favorites, starting with the ever so chic Citizens of Humanity LA pop-up  designed by Rene Holguin of RTH Shop in collaboration with Amy Williams, CoH president,  and shot by Peggy Wong, ( more about that dream team  here.

Surf Lodge, Montauk
Surf Lodge, Montauk
or  all white...
lovenordic blog 

Tricia Foley At Home in the Country
Emma's blogg
or shiny black....
NYC LOFT via Automatism
NYC LOFT via Automatism
or glossy grey...
via La maison dannag 

Naja Munthe's Copenhagen flat on Coco Cozy

We were originally going for raw, stained slightly grey and distressed:

via Greige Design blog
Andrew Corrie's by Ditte Isager
A hundred years ago, back when our house was built, they used whatever materials they could get their hands on, and it turns out that one side of our kitchen floor is oak and the other half, hard pine. No amount of  sanding, bleaching, staining, will give us a consistent color as we now have a grey color blocked floor. 

The whole house is so simple and white, perhaps I should follow my friend Mary Morant's advice and go for oversized painted diamonds...  

                                                                 What do you think? 


  1. Deep warm grey. Or black. Either with a soft gleam finish, not hard gloss.

    1. great suggestion about the soft gleam finish. Thanks!