Since my post a few weeks ago on bedside lighting, I have been considering the existing lighting in my own apartment. Although the apartment has walls of windows and gets amazing light throughout the day, I need to start thinking about the types of lighting I want to have in each room. I don't want the lighting or fixtures to become intrusive or distract from the views in any way, especially at night. Right now the existing lighting is pretty minimal, as you will see in the photos. I set up a meeting with my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors , to talk about some of my options. Together, I'm sure we will come up with some great lighting solutions for my apartment.
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Wood Floors are valued for their beauty and durability, but that doesn't mean they're exempt from everyday care. In fact, they are subject more hard wear than any other surface in your household. If you tuned into my weekly radio segment last Thursday, you heard me going over the basics of sweeping and mopping. I touched on it a bit in last week's blog, but my radio show was so well received, that I thought it would be a wonderful idea to share some more tips. I got most of them from Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, but I've also picked up some tricks of the trade from the professionals at BC Interiors, who always leave my apartment looking spotless. How do you keep your wood floors in top shape? Here are my rules:
- Avoid kicking up dust by holding broom at an angle, bristles flat on the floor
- Start in one corner and sweep outward without lifting the broom from the floor
- Work toward center of the room, sweep away from body, push dirt into a pile
How often to Sweep:
- No set schedule, like other household tasks
- Sweep as needed – it is a great quick-fix for small messes and spills
The sturdier the mop, the better!
Types of Mops:
- All-in-one (like a Swiffer)
- Sponge mop
- Rag or string mop
- Dust Mop aka dry mop (Swiffer also makes a version)
- plastic bucket (easier on floors than metal; choose one that fits your mop head)
- rubber gloves (to protect your hands from dirty water & mop heads)
- light duty scrubbing pad (useful for removing scuff marks the mop can’t budge)
How often to Mop:
- Weekly: High-traffic areas such as the kitchen, baths, hallways, and entranceways
- Bi-weekly/Monthly: Infrequently used rooms, such as formal living areas or guest rooms
- An all-in-one mop is an easy way to touch up floors in between “moppings.” It will allow you to clean small messes w/o going thru the trouble of dragging out a bucket.
Check out William Sonoma's Wet/Dry Floor Cleaning Collection - it is a great value for a complete set of mops:
Now that my floor is done and looks fantastic, it's time to think about base molding. While the apartment's floating walls create a more modern aesthetic, the edges have not been wearing well and dirt has been getting trapped in the gap. It's a problem and I want to eliminate it. I called my friend, William Clukies, who works at the firm MR Architecture + Décor here in New York. Check out their website, www.mrarch.com to see some of their work. I asked his advice as I have always admired his clean, modern look. He suggested trying a detail that they have used before at the firm that approximates a “gallery reveal”. It's simply a ¾” by ¾” square toe bead. He said they usually try to match the toe bead to the floor finish so it is made from the same wood as the floor. In my case, Wenge. However, a paint grade wood could also be used to create different look. William also recommended having a few pieces of the molding mocked up first to see if I liked the proportions. I contacted Craig, my flooring expert at Haywood-Berk, and asked him to make up some samples of molding in a few different sizes, both paint-able and in the same finish as the floor. I decided to try the 3/4" x 3/4" size as well as a 1/2" x 3/4" size. Now, I just have to decide which one works best.