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Reclaimed Wood Walls and Floors by Reclaimed DesignWorks

Reclaimed DesignWorks is my latest obsession for gorgeous reclaimed wood walls and floors and more.  They offer an amazing selection of beams, wall tiles, wine barrel wood, barn wood flooring and more.    Gorgeous finishes and even custom furniture production make Reclaimed Designworks a one-stop shop for your wood needs.    Here are just a few of my favorite products.


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Timber Tile – Meldrun Pattern


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Timber Tile – Lemay Pattern



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Timber Tile Wall Planks



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Barn Siding



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Timber Tile Wall Planks



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Antique Wormy Chestnut Flooring



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Reclaimed Beams



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Reclaimed Fireplace Mantel



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Antique Prefinished White Barn Siding



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A Visual Guide to Wood Flooring Trends

Wood flooring has changed tremendously in recent years. Manufacturers in particular have increased the range of color and texture in a bid to make wood flooring suitable in a greater number of interiors. In this visual guide we take a closer look at the most recent trends.


There are in fact two types that fall under the definition of real wood flooring. One called solid wood because it is made from whole wood and one called engineered wood because it is made from wood and synthetic materials. Both look the same and cost the same.

Solid Wood – The use of complete wood makes this type especially strong. It is suitable in most interiors, particularly commercial interiors due to the floorboard’s strength. It does not suit wet areas such as the bathroom or kitchen, nor on top of under floor heating (due to expansion from heat).

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Engineered Wood Flooring – The use of wood on the top helps ensure equal look when compared to the previous type. The use of synthetics in its core (ply, mdf and softwood) means that you can fit this floorboard across the entire interior, even in wet areas and even on top of under floor heating.

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The color of the floorboard often comes from the species of hardwood. There are a few common species of hardwood that are used for flooring. The list includes:

Walnut – Available from Europe and from North America, Walnut flooring tends to display darker shades. Walnut is considered a great long-term investment because of its durability.

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Oak – Oak is the most common material for hardwood flooring. The color can vary from light grey to deep brown. Oak floors are considered stylish due to attractive grain pattern and equally strong.

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Ash – Ash typically grows in Europe but also in parts of Asia. The wood is particularly strong and features almost white heartwood. It is a great option.

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Maple – Another popular choice comes from the Maple tree. The wood that comes in shades of honey is incredibly strong, which can make working with the wood time-consuming (and therefore expensive to you).

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The finish of the floorboard was traditionally used to protect the floorboard from minor damage (e.g. dragging items on the surface, contact with shoe sole etc.), however nowadays it is used in conjunction with technological processes to alter the texture of the floorboard. Popular trends nowadays are black, white and grey texture options.

White – White wood flooring is popular in areas that get limited natural light or when you wish to make the room look bigger using an optional illusion. The whiteness is achieved by using special diluted white color in a process that is called ‘white-washing’ or ‘lime-washing’.

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Black – Black and darkwood flooring is popular to create a stylish interior against white furnishing. The black color is achieved by thermo treating the wood in a stove until the required degree of dark is achieved.

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Grey – Grey wood flooring have only come to light in the last few years. The traditional color of wood furnishing (i.e. brown / honey) would often clash with natural color wood floors, so manufactures developed the grey color which seems to sit well with traditional color of wood furnishing.

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Thanks for reading. For information on interior design and to discuss your project in detail, contact Design Theory Interiors.

 Information by Jonathan Sapir, CEO of http://www.woodandbeyond.com/ Follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook.



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Mid-Century Doors by Crestview

So you’ve found the perfect mid-century home.  You have the Sputnik Chandelier,  the Herman Miller chairs and the starburst clock.  The interior is falling into place.  But the eye of the home is the front door and yours is stained oak with a floral etched glass insert.  Oh, it’s still an eye….it’s just black and blue and swollen.   So where does one find an authentic 1950’s or 1960’s door?  That was a tricky question until 2007 when Crestview Doors and Millwork was founded, offering a number of great styles available in interior and exterior and in wood finishes or vibrant colors.  

Enjoy some of the great work done by Crestview below and then take a look at their website.  They have a wonderful piece of software that allows you to upload pictures of your own home and play with different door styles.

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The New Look of Tiles

If you’re in the market for tile, the world is quite literally your oyster these days.  While I still love a beveled subway tile and a marble basket weave, sometimes a girl likes a little bling and manufacturers are meeting that need with tiles that can quite literally stand alone as artwork.   Whether you like a 3-d texture, an oversized graphic or modern shapes, there is a tile solution for every palette.

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Modcraft Modern Handmade Ceramics offers the Modcraft Valley 6″x6″ dimensional tile that is raised in the center and slops on each side.  This particular shade is quite dramatic.

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I love the same tile in the white finish as well.  Keeps a space simple and clean but adds some really interesting movement.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 5.31.39 PMModcraft also offers some really interesting shapes like this 4″x12″ interlocking tile.  This has some really cool installation options.  The tile can be run in one direction or in oppposite directions and it can be installed vertically or horizontally.  So much fun!

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This is one of my favorite products for floors or walls.  This is from the Uonuon collection by 14oraitaliana, called The Warhol Pop Wood.  it’s a really bold and modern take on the faux bois porcelain tile.

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These are so many glaze, finish and color options with the 14oritaliana Uonuon tiles that it can go from bold and playful to sleek conteporary.

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Also by 14oritaliana is this stunning pattern from the iGattipardi collection.  This pattern is a modern interpretation of the graphic designs of the grand Italian palaces.  Also part of the Eco Vision collection.

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The Chevron stripe is still alive and well and Modwalls is offering ceramic mosaic tiles with the option to mix and match some eye-popping colors so you can customize to your own color palette.

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Also by Modwalls, this is called the Rox Lunar and it’s interesting because it’s a ceramic tile but it’s face mounted with plastic and it can be used indoors or outdoors, dry areas or wet areas.   This is a really fun mid-century shape that could be ramped up with contrasting or colored grouts

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SO elegant!  But what would you expect from Walker Zanger?  These are actually stone tiles a with large repeat and a metallic finish.   This pattern is called Circolo from the Tracciato collection.

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This is another pattern from the Tracciato collection by Walker Zanger.  Each tile is 24″x24″

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Above and Below are two patterns from the Studio Moderne collection offered by Walker Zanger.  These are large patterns with 15″-20″ repeats so really best for larger wall areas versus an under-cabinet backsplash.

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Gutsy Wallpapers

by Jamie Kern,ASID, ARIDO

President, Design Theory Interiors
Wallpapers are back! I can’t believe
I’m saying that with such enthusiasm. I have never
been a fan of wallpapers. Unfortunately homeowners
have shown a tendency to over do it in the home. And
while options seemed limitless on the
surface all of the manufacturers were doing
the same thing. The end result was so
boring that beige paint would have been an improvement. I’ve had my fill of stria, 1 1/2″ stripes, the color-washed look, tone-on-tone patterns, roosters, ladybugs and everything in between. And what was the point of a mostly solid color wallpaper?

But I love what’s going on with wallcoverings right now. In a return to the glamor days, it’s all about large scale pattern, color, contrast, and hints of metallic. In a word, wallpaper has gone bold.
The Stacy Garcia line of wallcoverings (above and left) is one of my favorites. Her color palette is adventurous with oversized graphics often reminiscent of the deco, nouveau and Hollywood regent eras. But the overall effect is quite sophisticated and regal.
The trick to using these papers is to do it sparingly but do it big. In other words, find a place or two in your home where you can make a statement and then say it loudly. But then remember that old cliche “less is more” and fight the urge to take it into the next room, and the next, and the next.

Another line that takes me to my happy place is the Moda line of wallcoverings (left and below) and these have “FUN” written all over them. One has to be a bit more open minded and gutsy for this line but the end result is stunning! These papers are nothing short of works of art so please enjoy them on their own save the photos of kids and dogs for a quiet spot.

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