Designer Ana Donohue created a living room beyond compare by using a floating floor plan with beautifully designed furnishings that add texture and color to the room. Feast your eyes on the contemporary art that lines the walls while you admire the careful planning, selection and placement of each piece of furniture and decorative accent. The look is unique yet comfortable and inviting.
This winding staircase wraps around an ornate hand-blown glass chandelier before reaching a glass floor, which covers an indoor pond. LED lights illuminate the space with a soft blue glow for an underwater feel.
To avoid a messy demolition, a floating cork floor was installed directly on top of the existing tile. When updating bathrooms, designers stress the importance of choosing materials which fit the era and architecture. Cork was a popular material used in the 1950s, the decade in which the property was built. Should the home be put on the market, the historically accurate materials will help with resale.
Linoleum is made with renewable, biodegradable materials including linseed oil and cork. Mineral pigments are added to produce rich, vibrant colors. Linoleum produces no harmful vapors and is considered a top environmentally friendly flooring choice.
Linoleum comes as sheet goods designed for glue-down installation and as laminated planks and tiles that install as a floating floor system. Some manufacturers provide a protective coating that prevents staining and helps the product stand up to foot traffic. Linoleum without this coating should be refinished every two years.
Expect to pay $2 to $5 per square foot and $7 to $12 per square foot installed.
A large mirror reflects the white subway tile shower walls in this bright, contemporary bathroom. A gray and white marble floating vanity surrounds double sinks with stainless steel faucets. Built in drawers and wicker baskets provide storage space over the black hexagon floor tiles.
The floating white marble vanity includes two sinks and attached drawers underneath for built in storage space. Black hexagon tiles create a sharp contrast to the white surroundings. Wicker baskets add a nice texture and provide extra organized storage.
Windows, colors and steam-punk detailing make this small master bathroom work. A high window over the sink area allows light to wash across the ceiling. A low window in the shower allows light to wash across the tile floor. Custom-fabricated lighting on fabric-covered power cords (wrapped around painted galvanized iron pipe) works well with the gridded shower stall enclosure. Yellow brightens the mood.
Using marble and other architectural elements to evoke one single view of the space without separate lines of vision was key. The enchanting brightness of the room is reflected off the marble floor, large vanity mirror and decorative tile accent wall. A crystal chandelier sparkles over the unique floating bathtub.
This living room was subdivided to create a bedroom, and a floating staircase was added to the newly extended second floor. The stair treads and landings were made from local reclaimed heart pine, and milled from 15" deep beams. Designer Heather Garrett custom mixed the stain so it would match original flooring.
This airy, contemporary entrance is lit by several chic wall sconces and features a dark brown wood floor and floating stairs. Psychedelic, multi-colored artwork adds a pop of color to a minimal space.