Floors

Classic Checkerboard Floors

A few days ago, I saw Vermeer's The Art of Painting  at the Kunsthistorisches Museum museum in Vienna.  It got me thinking about checkerboard floors, and how they are timeless.  

These floors are both casual and formal, classic and contemporary, simple and bold, and on and on.  They work in your garage, in a ball room, and in your grandma's house.  They even look good in linoleum.  

You can do them in tile, marble, wood, paint, carpet....sky's the limit.   

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Designer Mary McDonald via  Chinoiserie Chic

Designer Mary McDonald via Chinoiserie Chic

The Nanny Diaries:  Fancy New York apartment entry way.  Designed by  Andrew Baseman

The Nanny Diaries: Fancy New York apartment entry way.  Designed by Andrew Baseman

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 4 - Miss Fisher's 1920's home

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 4 - Miss Fisher's 1920's home

LAX: Unexpected Terrazzo

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When I was at the LAX International Terminal two weeks ago, I snapped this picture of the floor.  It was a jewel tone terrazzo, and something about it really grabbed me.  

I would love to use it as a subtle accent color somewhere.  Maybe someplace with white walls and lots of natural materials (wood, fiber, etc).  If it was paired with colorful walls and furniture, the whole thing could go in a bad direction (i.e. 90's arcade )

Terrazzo  is a composite material, poured in place or precast. It consists of marble/quartz/granite/glass/etc and mixed with something cement-like. Terrazzo is cured and then ground and polished to a smooth surface.  It is extremely durable, and that is why it can be found in airports and malls, but it also looks great.  

Hillary and I first got into terrazzo when we visited the Virginia Robinson House and Gardens in Beverly Hills.  There is a terrazzo veranda. The home is one of the original homes of Beverly Hills and has an incredible garden.  The tours are free with a reservation.

 

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