Painted Floors

Who has the guts to paint their hardwood floors?  Plenty of people do.  I’m not sure I could bring myself to paint my own, but I’d paint someone else’s any day.  I would be more likely to paint my own floors if I had a beach house or a big porch.

My infatuation with painted floors began when Mary McDonald painted her client’s floor in an episode of Million Dollar Decorators.   {Side note:  I cannot wait for the next season of that show!!!!} I wish I could find a video of that episode, but here is a picture of the finished product. 

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If I remember correctly, it was a little dramatic because Mary did exactly what her client did not want her to do.  But that’s how Mary McDonald is and I don’t blame her because it turns out fabulous every time.  It’s hard to tell in the picture but the chevron stripes are three different colors: black, white and tan. 

Anyways, here are some more painted floors:


via Fifi Cheek


via Things that Inspire




Jeffrey Bilhuber


via Brabourne Farms


 via Fifi Cheek


Jeffrey Bilhuber


Mona Ross



 via House of Anais



Jeffrey Bilhuber


via Amber Interiors




 Thomas O’Brien


All other images via Pinterest.


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Defining Luxury: Jeffrey Bilhuber

Defining Luxury is the other book I have by Jeffrey Bilhuber.  Like I said, it’s very different from The Way Home.  The rooms are “done up” a little more for the pictures (but not too much!).   I love his use of color and details in this book.  Lacquered finishes, tape trims, high impact artwork, over the top window treatments, nailheads and layered textiles on every page.  But he is also all about function.  He designs spaces based on how the client is going to use it.

Details + Details + Details = LUXURY.  Jeffrey is a rockstar at details in this book.  And I love it.  These pictures do NOT do it justice.  Buy the book, people!  :)  Even if you don’t like it, it will look gorgeous on your coffee table.  Defining Luxury is available on Amazon for $40.95.

The above sitting area is in his son’s nursery.  He’s one lucky two year old.  Those upholstered stools and that artwork are so chic!

Check out that enormous painting in the dining room above.  Gorgeous + over the top.  LOVE it.  And those bright green dining chairs with the contrast yellow buttons and piping.  Obsessed.  Jeffrey Bilhuber is fearless and genius.

The Way Home: Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber is one of my favorite interior designers.  It would be very difficult to choose my all time favorite designer, but Jeffrey is definitely in the top five.    I have two of the books that he has written:  The Way Home and Defining Luxury.  I love both of them, but they’re very different.  The Way Home can be purchased on Amazon for $37.80.  When you look at the pictures, you’ll notice that it’s not like most interior design books…

The rooms are not “done up” for the photographs.  The furniture and accessories are a little bit disheveled, as if it were any other day and they were not being photographed for an interior design book.  It looks like Jeffrey threw the pillows around the living rooms and a group of teenagers just stood up from eating at the dining room tables before the pictures were taken.   The rooms don’t look cold and delicate like they do in most interior design magazines and books.  I love that he set them up this way because it makes the rooms seem more realistic – because they are real!  He is all about the reality of a space.  You can see in the cover picture above that there are leaves all over the living room floor.  After looking at the book, it made me think “why don’t all designers photograph spaces like this?” It is the way the interiors were meant to function, anyway.

Yes, that is a camel in someone’s living room that was decorated by a renown designer.  Veryyyy realistic, right?

Tune in for some highlights of Jeffrey’s book Defining Luxury