Beneath My Feet

Beneath My Feet – Flooring Design

When I think back on the house that I grew up in, one of the things that stands out most in my mind is the flooring. I am a child of the 70’s, and even though my house was built in the 1920‘s, the owners kept up with the current home trends of the time. The grand staircase and hallways that led to each apartment were the original hardwood from when the house was built. In each of the three apartments contained in the brown-stone like house, there was gold carpeting in the living and bedroom areas, and linoleum flooring in the hallways and kitchens.

When the house was updated in the 80’s, and all the flooring was removed. We discovered beautiful hardwood flooring underneath all that gold and linoleum. However, the new owners chose to replace the linoleum with vinyl sheet flooring and the gold carpeting with plush mauve wall-to-wall carpeting.

Each decade ushers in new trends in home decor. Each owner wants to leave their mark on their home. Today’s flooring trends pull from previous decades. Shag carpeting has made a comeback in the form of Flokati and shag area rugs. Wood flooring has never really gone out of style. There are several options from bamboo and other renewable sources, to reclaimed wood and the traditional plank style. Today’s homeowner has many different choices and styles to choose from, so thankfully, we are not trapped in an era of gold carpeting any longer!

And, just in case you were wondering, the photo shows my best friend and me dancing on that gold carpet. And, yes, we are doing the Hustle!


Maple strip flooring is still a popular choice for today’s homes. This is a reclaimed-wood plank.

Wood flooring comes in all types of finishes so you can get the perfect look for your style home.


Using traditional plank flooring but laying it in an unexpected pattern can be a beautiful option.

Wood flooring even comes in tile form. These Moroccan floor tiles are a beautiful example of the versatility of wood flooring.

And just in case you’re craving that feeling of shag between your toes, here are some current wall-to-wall and area rug options. Today’s shag comes in many different colors and fiber lengths.


By Alicia Paley, Alicia Paley Home Interiors

Creating a Decorating File

Create a Decorating File

If you’re readying for a design project, it’s a good idea to start gathering together the things that inspire you, the pictures that excite you and perhaps even the ones you want to avoid! If you’re going to be working with an interior designer, this file will help you engage in conversation with your professional in a very visual way!!

Although the web is great for browsing (Houzz and Pinterest are two great spots for online inspiration), there’s something about breezing through shelter (home decorating) magazines that is just so satisfying! Here’s my technique: Go through it once with all the ceremony you like. For me it’s a clean, quiet room with a fresh cup of coffee. I read the interesting articles, skim the gorgeous ads and drool over the pictures. The second time I go through it I rip out everything I want to save. I am a firm believer in keeping it all together. But what to do with these “tear sheets”?? I am a firm believer in keeping it all together. I just completed a bathroom remodel in my own home and followed my own advice. It was a huge help! Below are some options to keep you organized as you prep for your next project (or just dream!)

Your Decorating File can be any style of file that works for you. Here are a few examples from The Container Store:

These have great little pockets that hold a bit.  Think of one per room or per project.
Pretty File Folders are always handy!


Magazine Holders are an interesting option.  While they hold bulkier items (tile/fabric samples), they don’t travel as well.


This set up is awesome.  Not as ‘pretty’, but each divider can accommodate a separate space.  Use color coded files INSIDE of this to coordinate with your room decor color!


What else to include?
  • Magazine clippings of rooms the inspire you.
  • Pictures from your camera phone when you’re shopping or carry a small digital camera. Take pictures of hotel lobbies, retail stores, your neighbors table vignette….whatever inspires you. Print them and include them.
  • Samples of fabrics, trims that move you.
  • Paint swatches
  • Notes on resources

I am a firm believer in keeping it all together.  I just completed a bathroom remodel in my own home and followed my own advice.   It was a huge help!

Happy Decorating!

by Pamela Sandall,    Pamela Sandall Design


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Teen Scene

Teen Scene - Hooks for personal accessories

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Exploring New York Design Center

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