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Interiors: 22 Rooms With Herringbone Floors

I was a tiny bit obsessed with flooring options for a while, back when I was contemplating an affordable means of replacing the white wall-to-wall carpet in our Florida condo. I gathered all sorts of photos and resources, including all these images of rooms with herringbone floors, which I’d finally like to share.

I ultimately chose cork flooring, which I really love. (Here’s a finished photo plus 24 rooms with cork flooring.) It’s so hard to figure out where to go if you don’t have a personal recommendation. If only there was a mobile showroom like this one by (StyleCarrot partner) Conklin Bros. in San Francisco. Who doesn’t love a rolling restaurant or boutique after all.

Herringbone floors connote a distinctly Parisian style. You know the look—tall skinny windows with a view of the Eiffel Tower, sky-high ceilings trimmed in fanciful (but not overly prominent) molding, glossy black doors, gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers paired with modern furnishings. Ok enough. Let’s look at these spaces with herringbone floors, from living rooms and kitchens to bedrooms and bathrooms.


Pale Wood Herringbone Floor In Home of Ferm Living Founder Trine Anderson

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt
Ferm Living founder Trine Anderson’s loft has an expansive entry hall with oak herringbone floors and modern furnishings. I adore that wood and leather cot under the abstract painting, plus that little Ferm Living geometric rug in unexpected pastel hues.

Herringbone Floor In Entry of A Townhouse

Photo by Francesco Lagnese for New York Magazine
Noho loft designed by Jenny Wolf has what looks to be original herringbone wood floors that match the live edge wood bench in the entry. I love the tall black entry door and black chandelier. That brass sconce is suspended with horsehair.

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Modern Green Chairs In Sunken Living Room With Herringbone Floors

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt
Interior design by Natalia Sanchez Echevarria of Spatial Code
A sunken living room in a villa just outside Copenhagen with a pair of green Ro lounge chairs by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen.

Earthy Artsy Living Room With Herringbone Floors And Modern Furnishings


This living room has an earthy vibe that channels an Upper West Side psychologist’s office, but with more polish thanks to the herringbone flooring. These don’t look particularly old; there are many flooring experts that can help achieve a similar look.

Parisian Style Interior With Herringbone Floors & Crystal Chandelier


Dark and pitted, these herringbone floors look like the real deal. The tall skinny windows tell me this could be Paris, plus there’s that divine crystal chandelier.

Living Room With Pink Wall and Navy Wall


An eclectic mix of furnishings, plus a funky paint job—who would imagine a black wall works with a half pink wall—along with unfinished wood herringbone floors.

Parisian DIning Room With Statement Photographs And Herringbone Flooring

Photo by Brigitta Wolfgang  for  Bo Bedre
A spare dining room with white oak herringbone floors with extra high ceilings and original moldings is made all the more spectacular with the industrial pendant light, modern dining chairs, Ligne Roset sofa, and statement artwork.

Neutral Modern Dining Room With Herringbone Wood Flooring nd Gallery Wall

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt  for RUM Magazine
Another spare dining room with herringbone floors. Interior designer Natalia Sanchez Echevarria of Spatial Code chose mid century modern bentwood chairs around a modern live edge wood dining table. Clear glass pendant lights keep things airy.


Kitchen With Black Cabinetry Wood Flooring In Chevron Pattern

Photo by Christopher Sturman  for  Elle
Brooklyn brownstone of One King’s Lane VP of Merchandising Day Kornbluth
The kitchen has original 19th century wood floors in a herringbone pattern. The square white tile backsplash adds a utilitarian vibe while the black cabinets dress it up.

Paris Kitchen With Pale Wood And Marble

Photo by Olivier Amsellem
Paris apartment by Rodolphe Parente Architecture & Design designed for a young family with a contemporary furniture collection.

White Kitchen With Moroccan Style Tile Backsplash

Pacific Palisades home with interiors designed by Kishani Perera has a classic white kitchen with herringbone floors and a Moroccan style tile backsplash.

Contemporary Kitchen With White Oak Cabinetry And Marble Island

Apartment in Barcelona restyled by Katty Schiebeck has an open kitchen with pale  herringbone floors, sleek white oak cabinetry, a sculptural marble island, and brass accents.

French Home With Grey Kitchen And Open Shelving

Photo by Felix Forest
Apartment in Lyons  with well-worn herringbone flooring. The open kitchen has sleek white cabinetry and a marble island with an adjacent dining table.

Kitchen In Stockholm Apartment With Grey Cabinets & Brass Faucet

The galley kitchen in this Stockholm apartment has herringbone floors, clean lined grey cabinetry with polished brass knobs, and a brass gooseneck faucet.


New York Apartment With Black Wall Mounted Trough Sink

Photo by Francesco Lagnese for  New York Magazine
Jenny Wolf  designed this New York apartment. The herringbone floor in the bathroom looks to be wood rather than tile. I love the black wall mounted double vanity.

Herringbone Floor In Bathroom WIth Black & White Wallpaper

The black and white floral wallpaper stands up well against the herringbone floors with a medium brown stain. The black toilet seat is a nice touch.

Black Powder Room With Gold Accents


This moody powder room with dark grey green walls features a Corian sink that resembles marble. The French styling of the brass fixtures is perfect with the dark herringbone flooring.


Cozy Bedroom With Traditional Styling And Painted Black Flooring

A cozy bedroom with rustic herringbone flooring painted black and a black iron bed.

Parisian Style Bedroom In New York City

Photo by Jason Busch
French furnishings and herringbone floors in a townhouse in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Amsterdam Loft Bedroom With A Swing

Photo by C-More
This Amsterdam loft seems like the real deal with its slightly damaged herringbone floors and tall windows plus skylight.

Bedroom With Pale Wood Floor & Green Accents


Pale oak flooring sets the stage for bright green furnishings.

New York City Apartment Dressing Rom With Fireplace

Photo by Willliam Waldron for Elle Decor
Fashion designer Giovanna Randall hired interior designer Fawn Galli to do the interiors of her Greenwich Village apartment. The white oak herringbone floors have a smooth sheen. The dressing room features vintage ’70s sconces by Philippe Lambert flanking an 1820 Austrian gilt mirror above a Louis XVI fireplace. The walls are upholstered in a floral fabric by Abigail Borg.

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Montage: 47 Bedrooms with Upholstered Headboards

As I’m wrapping up the details on Meredith and Daniel’s apartment, I’m also sorting through my overabundance of images in iPhoto. In the mass cleanup are a multitude of upholstered beds. If you recall, the design process started with the master bedroom, because Meredith had a specific look in mind. Said look revolved around a great upholstered bed. We opted for a silhouette with gentle curves, white canvas upholstery, and nickel nail heads. As you can see from these rooms, there are so many different variations on shape, pattern, color, and detailing. Tomorrow I’ll round up specific styles for you to shop.

Anthony Baratta

Tom Scheerer

Susie Sarlo – Beau Monde Interior Design

Katie Leede – Digs by Katie

Amy Lau Design

Photographer Eric Roth

M. Design

Jen Ramos’ bedroom – Made By Girl

Martha Stewart Living

Fawn GalliDomino Magazine

Elle Decor 

VT Wonen

Serena & Lily

Lonny Magazine

 Cole & Son ‘Palm Leaves’ wallpaper
via House of Turquoise

Living Etc.

Frank Roop – Photographer Eric Roth

Palmer Weiss – TRADhome

via All Things Thrifty



Photographer Toby Scott

Piet Boon


Vanessa de Vargas – Lonny Magazine

Lotus Bleu Design

Mary McDonald – Domino Magazine

Photographer Carolyn Barber – House to Home

Celerie Kemble Interiors

Fawn Galli

Jonathan BergerHouse Beautiful


Burnham Design

Greg Natale

Delphine Krakoff – Pamplemousse Design

VT Wonen

White Webb

Firmdale Hotel

Elle Decoration Norway

Photographer Brian Park


Canadian House & Home

Photographer Carolyn Barber – House to Home

Atlanta Homes Magazine


Annie SelkeHouse Beautiful

Kevin Hart Interiors


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Scheming: Meredith and Daniel’s Master Bedroom

If you read my blog post about gray sofas earlier this month, then you know I have sashayed into the realm of decorator. To recap: A friend asked me to decorate her new four bedroom apartment in New York City. There’s no construction, kitchens or baths involved; it’s the paint and wallpaper, furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories. There are a few pieces making the move that I’ll need to integrate, and the toddler’s room is pretty much set, leaving the master bedroom, nursery, guest bedroom/office, playroom, living room, and dining room.

The master bedroom seemed like the easiest place to start. Meredith is really drawn to this bedroom, particularly the jade color, designed by New York City designer Fawn Galli.

Designed by Fawn Galli

I’m a huge fan of Fawn’s work. In this room, I  love the dramatic green headboard and wallpaper with surreal  tree forms. However, the bedroom that really spoke to me for this project was the one I wrote about for TradHome, by San Francisco designer (of whom I am equally enamored), Palmer Weiss.

Designed by Palmer Weiss

Some of the differences between the two rooms reflect how my tastes and Meredith’s can differ. She tends to favor curvier, more feminine styles, while I really like more spare, hard-edged lines. Luckily, blue and green are both of our go-to colors.

She knew she wanted an upholstered headboard. After sifting through styles and swatches from Jonathan Adler, Dwell Studio, Serena & Lily, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ballard,  Williams-Sonoma, Oly, Cisco, Vanguard, and Lee Industries, we chose the Serena & Lily Pondicherry trimmed with nickel nailheads. We haven’t confirmed an exact fabric yet, but it will be white.

For wallpaper on the bed wall, we ordered samples from Walnut Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, Burke Decor,and indie designers’ sites. I didn’t find a jade green—most were sea foam or pale sky blue. She liked several, and we narrowed it to two choices: Grow House Grow! ‘Mme. Jeanne’ and the new Timorous Beasties ‘Butterflies,’ which we have yet to see IRL (in real life).

Master bedroom floor plan

Which decorating scheme do you prefer?  
Feel free to leave feedback. Remember, I’m new at this.

Scheme #1

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Scheme #2


Scheme #1
Grow House Grow! Mme. Jeanne, Grow House Grow!

Serena & Lily Pondicherry Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.
Bungalow 5 Jacqui Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Jonathan Adler Preston Side Table, Jonathan Adler.

Suzanne Kasler Oria Flower rug,  Safavieh.
Jill Rosenwald ‘Fallon’ flat weave wool rug,  Hayneedle.
Surya Spectrum wool rug, RugStudio.
Suzanne Kasler Athene wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Martha Stewart Ikat Marsh wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Frontier Moroccan flat weave wool rug, Zinc Door.
Bowron vintage shearling rug, Burke Decor.

Arteriors Caviar Staggered Pendant, Candelabra.
Calais Glass Chandelier in Aquamarine,  Z Gallerie.

World’s Away Studly Lacquer Dresser, The Well Appointed House.
Jonathan Adler Channing 6-Drawer Dresser, Jonathan Adler.

Scheme #2
Timorous Beasties Butterflies,  Timorous Beasties.

Serena & Lily Pondicherry Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Bungalow 5  Jacqui Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.

David Easton Paro Grid wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Shabati Paxi wool & acrylic rug, Zinc Door.
Surya Spectrum ivory rug, Hayneedle.
Thomas O’Brien Deco Garden wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Surya Thom Filicia Griffith Park wool & viscose rug, Buy.com.

(Existing) Five-Light Coral Branch Chandelier, Ballard Designs.
Arteriors Caviar Chandelier, The Well Appointed House.

Bennett Lowboy Dresser, Zinc Door.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay 12-Drawer Dresser, Zinc Door.
Vanguard Mirrored Chest, Horchow.


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Designer Spotlight: Timorous Beasties

Yasumasa Morimura “Dialogue with Myself 1,” 2001
on  Timorous Beasties, “Glasgow Toile ” printed linen, 2004.

Last fall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opened the new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. We went with the kids, in a fit of “let’s get them some culture.” 

Turns out one of them had a serious fever by the time we got home. But anyway . . .

I was thrilled to turn a corner to see an entire wall sheathed in Timorous Beasties’ “Glasgow Toile.” I knew that the Scottish designers, Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, were talented guys, but I hadn’t realized they had reached such sophisticated levels of recognition. Turns out, their work is also at the V&A in London and the Cooper Hewitt in New York.


I have been meaning to look into how the “Glasgow Toile” fit into the larger exhibition as a whole, as well as the relationship between it and the  Yasumasa Morimura painting that hangs on it.

(Yasumasa Morimura, by the way, is a Japanese painter who borrows images from historical artists, ranging from Edouard Manet to Rembrandt to Cindy Sherman, and inserts his own face and body into them. I just read the article in New York Magazine about an African American superstar artist working in Japan who has a similar schtick, but I shan’t digress any further.)

Although many of the works in the gallery have been moved around  since my visit, including the Morimura, the fabric is still there, and will be through the fall. What’s on it today? Interestingly enough, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #282, in which she portrays herself as Medusa.

My own simulation: The Cindy Sherman photo that hangs on the wall of “Glasgow Toile” at the MFA.

This morning, I talked wtih Edward Saywell, Chair Linde Family Wing, Head of Department of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs. He was charming and informative, with an appealing  British accent. Although he doesn’t know the TB designers personally, he went to college in Scotland at the time they first set up shop in 1990, and has always been a great fan.

He told me that the theme of the gallery is “Quote Copy Update,” so all of the works in the space are about artists reacting to or emulating prior works of art, sometimes breaking traditions. Some look to the past to create something fresh with new technologies. Saywell says, “The Timorous Beasties ‘Glasgow Toile’ fits beautifully in that context. They looked at the old toiles of pre-Revolutionary France, and effectively created a toile for the 21st century.”

Like Morimura’s work, which is based on Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits,  Sherman also looks back into history for inspiration. Saywell points out what now seems obvious: Sherman’s work looks back to the Old Masters. Making it even more fun, he told me that it was photographed for Harper’s Bazaar. He says, “She looks like a sexy centerfold, but has cast herself as Medusa.”

Seywell explains that they wanted to show the Timorous Beasties fabric as something that belongs in the museum in its own right, but they also wanted to get across the idea that since it is commercially available , one is likely to have something hanging on it in a domestic setting. He says, “We could have just displayed the roll of it. . .   but we wanted to underline the drama and the excitement of the fabric by covering the entire wall.”

Why am I blogging about this today? One, Timorous Beasties has been on my brain. I just ordered a few samples of their papers—“Butterflies” and “Thistle”—for a design project I’m working on.

Top: Butterflies   |  Bottom: Thistle and Thistle detail

Two, I was asked to write a blog post about a London store I’d like to visit as part of the launch of the new Shopikon London site and app.  Shopikon is a very well-done shopping guide (I know, having written a number over the years myself!), with summaries and photos of the best stores in Barcelona, London, New York, and Vienna (Paris and Berlin to follow).

Timorous Beasties, 46 Amwell Street, London

Obviously, Timorous Beasties is my top choice of London shop. As if I don’t want to get my eyes on this stuff already, Shopikon further lures me in with: “Part showroom and part art gallery, you could spend hours gazing through the collection.” Yes, please.

Designers Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons

The papers are hand-screened and printed. I would love to have them do a “Deconstruction” column for Design Milk. We did one with Brooklyn wallpaper darling Flavor Paper that was a lot of fun.

London-based design blogger (maybe we’ll meet!) Katie Treggiden of Confessions of a Design Geek sent me these images of Timorous Beasties “Thistles” concrete tiles that she spotted at Clerkenwell Design Week. They would be fantastic in a powder room, or in a kitchen with gray-grouted subway tile, installed behind a stainless steel range. These would be especially satisfying to experience IRL (in real life).

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If you’ve made it through this somewhat text heavy post, you deserve a visual treat: Interiors with Timorous Beasties wallcoverings.

New York interior designer Fawn Galli paired Timorous Beasties “Butterfly Hand-Print”  on the wall with Mod Green Pod “Butterfly Jubillee” on the chair.

 Stefan Boublil, co-director of New York interior/graphic design company The Apartment, chose Timorous Beasties Euro Damask for his five-year-old son Zoel’s loft bedroom. (via Little Big Magazine)

A living room done in  “Edinburgh Toile” featured in Living Etc.

A horizontal application of “McGegan Rose” featured in House to Home. Love that velvet sofa.

It’s Carrie and Mr. Big in Sex & The City, looking miserable in front of their Timorous Beasties damask.

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This post could go on forever, but I’ll save an in-depth look at Shopikon for another day. If the folks there love this post, I may just get to report back to you from London.

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Montage: 53 Rooms with Spectacular Windows

With the weather moving towards spring, all I want to do is stare out the window, and wish I were outside, somewhere . . .

Photographer Alan Kaplanas

Elle Decor

Architects Kengo Kuma & Associates

via Habitual Bliss

via theBERRY

Hey Home

Meyer Davis Studio

Ken Linsteadt Architects


Photographer Mark Williams

Aqua Vitae Design

via The Brick House   |   via The Aestate

Dwell Magazine   |   Fernlund + Logan Architects

California Home+Design

Diana Kellogg Architects

Photographer James Merrell

via Zillow, NYC   |   via I Need a Guide

Photographer Simon Watson

Photographer Gaelle le Boulicaut

John Douglas Eason Interiors

Fawn Galli

Photographer Ellen McDermott

Fernau & Hartman Architects

Lundberg Design

M. Design

Pretty Space   |   Lundberg Design

Spruce Design and Decor

via Etoile Legere   |   Walker-Warner Architects

Photographer Jason Martin


Photographer Marc Gerritsen

via Kikette Interiors   |   via Cape Cod Islands & Home

Tim Clinch Photography   |   Hotel Iturregi, Spain

Photographer Simon Watson

photographer Lincoln Barbour


via Inspace Locations

via Marie Claire Maison

via theBERRY

Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design


Photographer Greg Segal   |   Photographer Julien Oppenheim

Shelton, Mindel & Assoc.   |  Fernlund + Logan Architects

via Automatism   |   via Houzz


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