Our Flooring Choice

We, well let’s be real here, I have been on the hunt for the perfect flooring for about 2 months now. Justin probably would have been fine with the first ¬†sample we ordered ūüėČ The amount of samples I have collected is probably a bit excessive, but I was waiting for one to arrive and the “aha moment” to follow. There were many that I liked, but I wanted to love our flooring because it is quite an investment.¬†

I’ve had this photo from House of Jade Interiors saved for so long. It is one of the main photos I have been pulling inspiration from for our house. I have been searching for an engineered White European Oak hardwood that has bold knots throughout and gives off almost a Lake house vibe to it, finished with a matte look. Not specific at all, right?!

The white oak is pretty trendy right now, and I did have to really ask myself if I loved the flooring color because it is “in” right now or if I truly love the light oak finish itself. Light flooring has always been a popular choice for Scandinavian homes and that is a look I have also loved for a long time. To be sure, I grabbed some classic wood flooring in a medium tone.¬†

And I do love it! The flooring samples on the far left are gorgeous. It is Rustic Nature from Build Direct’s Baltic Oak Collection and it’s only $4.09 a square foot. It’s a beautiful classic flooring that you really can’t go wrong with. The more I looked through photos on my inspiration board, I knew I wanted the white oak. Now, the problem with wanting White Oak flooring while it is trendy, is that the prices definitely reflect that and several options were simply just too much money. I did find some great choices through Hallmark Floors, but we didn’t have a dealer nearby to order samples through. So the search continued!¬†

Photo from Studio McGee. Flooring pictured is Alta Vista Laguna by Hallmark. 

My friend Brooke from Plank and Pillow  (who has the most amazing home!) has beautiful floors too! She has Padua by ADM Flooring Design and they are stunning. I called them up and ordered three samples in Padua, Picano, & Vicenza. They were at my doorstep in 3 days which was incredibly fast. 

Photo by Plank and Pillow

My heart skipped a beat and the ‘aha moment’ happened as I pulled out the last sample because it was perfect! It’s gorgeous and everything I have been looking for! So we ended up selecting the Vicenza from ADM.¬†The online photo of it is quite a bit lighter than it is in person, which always seemed to be my problem. There were so many samples I had ordered based off the photo online and they came in completely different. Thankfully this time it was for the better!

The knots are dark and still subtle throughout. They are matte with a slight wire brush texture to them and they are finished with a UV Lacquer. They were also within budget at $4.49 a square foot at even included free shipping. They will be here next week and I cannot wait to start laying them down!

If you want more behind the scenes on the flooring and our projects on the house, you can follow along over on Instagram @havencomforts! This post is not sponsored and these are just personal opinions from a long two months of searching for the perfect flooring! 

Interior Tour

As promised here is a tour of the interior on our new fixer! I posted a video tour in our stories over on Instagram so you can see it in a walk through setting as well. It is saved under the highlights so you can come back to it whenever! The house was an estate and had a ton of stuff left when we got the keys. We have been working on clearing everything out and this weekend we are finally getting to some more demo, starting with the atrium below!

The exterior door you see here will be the main entry to the house. This view is from the atrium looking towards to the dining and kitchen area. These sliders & the majority of the wall will be removed. The dining area is huge! My heart is so happy thinking about all of the parties & holidays we will be able to host here! 
Dining area + endless flooring samples 
Here is the kitchen! It is a funky shape and definitely the hardest spot in this house to design, between the angled ceiling and load bearing beams we are going to do our best to work with the current foot print. The island will be squared off and the side cabinet here will look a little different. We are keeping most of the cabinet bases & purchasing new doors. We will be painting them white & the island will be a wood tone. 
Inside the Atrium. This will be extended living space to the current space on the right. The windows are coming out this weekend, I think! And then we will be putting up a wall in here. The wood stove will be enclosed and centered against that back beam with benches on either side for wood storage and extra seating. 
Looking down the hall from the kitchen. The kids rooms & the main bath are to the left. I started pulling the trim off (hence the trim still at the top of the doors) & found some black mold so we will have to replace some of the drywall between Hadley’s Room & the bathroom.¬†
Outside the entry to the master on the opposite side of the hall. To the right is huge doors with a covered porch that will eventually turn into an extra bedroom for Lo. To the left is the main living area. 
The current Living area. The wall between this & the atrium will be coming down to make it one open area. 
Standing in the master looking out. The closet here will be turned into an office nook. 
Master Bedroom. Simple fixes in here. Flooring, paint, new trim, & replacing those french doors.  
Master walk in closet & Vanity
Shower & tub in the master. 

The things we are fixing in the house are mostly cosmetic. It has really good bones and more than enough space for our family of five. The outdoor space and privacy that comes with the house is a huge plus. Every time we are here, I am still beside myself that this is ours. And thanking God for bringing us this home for our family. We have worked really hard to get to this place and it feels so good to finally be able to work on the home our kids will grow up in, make memories, & spend holidays in. 

Below are some inspiration photos for the new house!

I hope you are enjoying everything so far! If you have questions or want to know something specific, leave a comment here or over on instagram! You can follow us here so you don’t miss a post by clicking the follow button to the right of your screen. We are on Instagram (@havencomforts) with more behind the scenes saved to our highlight if you want to tune in over there too!¬†