Room Transition

Variations on themes.

SHOP OWNER: Ellis Walentine
LOCATION: Bucks County, PA

    I happened to visit a couple old clients last month and thought I'd share a couple variations on flooring themes that I used in their houses between 1978 and 1987. It was nice to see how the colors of the contrasting woods have mellowed over time.
    There were quite a few more themes in both these houses, among them a mahogany kitchen floor pegged with satinwood, a cherry floor with morado feature strips, and a red oak floor with Indian rosewood feature strips. (That was an interesting lesson in the problems of urethane varnish drying on rosewood.)


    The transition at left is between two main rooms on the first floor of one of the houses. The main flooring in both rooms is solid mahogany in 3", 5" and 7" widths, the feature strips are curly maple, the field is cherry and the diamond details are ebony.
Wenge, Curly Maple, Mahogany


This little detail is of the floor in a cozy little "inglenook" off the main living room. The woods are mahogany, curly maple and wenge.
Inglenook: Wenge, Curly Maple, Mahogany
Hearth Transition


The detail around the marble hearth consists of a cherry shoe molding on top of the mahogany border strip. Looks like the miters didn't quite line up. Oh well.
Ramped Passageway


Here's a little passage from the older part of the house, which I originally renovated in 1980, to the new addition, built in 1987. The woods again are mahogany and ebony with curly maple feature strips.
Inlaid Parquet Floor


This inlaid parquet flooring, in the other house, is made of maple and walnut, set in a red oak strip floor. The stylized tree design appears elsewhere in the house--in the laminated balustrade in the foyer, in the raised carving on the front door and in etched glass lanterns, hanging fixtures and door panels.

. . . Ellis Walentine




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