The New Timeless Hardwood Floor

The article that everyone keeps asking me about is basically the answer to: Which Hardwood Floor is the Most Timeless?

So, here is the link to the newsletter article I wrote. 

So many people are still installing espresso brown flooring and while it's certainly dramatic, keep in mind it shows every spec and will give you a life designed around a swiffer. And I know a woman who doesn't care and loves to clean it almost daily. That might be you, if it's not, just follow my advice.

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And it's Daylight Savings time. One month early. When it used to arrive in April it was already light at 4:00 am, that was fine, we barely noticed when it happened.

Here in Vancouver, it makes no difference to have more evening light one entire month early, it's not warm enough to sit outside. So here with the mornings back to darkness, it just feels like one more month of winter and I'm not happy about it.

Tell me that you are, because it works for where you live.

And maybe I'll feel better.

ps. Speaking of light, here's a fun article about the Mystery of Metamorism.

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24 Responses to The New Timeless Hardwood Floor

  1. Hi Maria.

    It's nice to have the extra daylight here in Denver in the evenings…nice and sunny here most of the time and we get to take the dog out for walks later in the evenings. But thanks for the warning, since we're moving to Washington in a couple of months- I'll consider myself warned for next spring! Not sure how I'll survive my first winter up there, aah!

  2. Coleen says:

    Yes, it makes a huge difference. I have kids and my husband works. Instead of my husband coming home in darkness and being stuck in the house, he can come home from work and we can go for a walk with the kids. Or play outside. HUGE difference. Very excited about the change.

  3. Cyndia says:

    Maria, at least the next month will pass quickly and then you'll get to enjoy the morning light as well as the evening.
    Here in Alabama I am thrilled. I'm not a morning person at all, and really love to sit outside in the early evenings if the weather is nice. Having this extra hour of light in the evening means that my husband I can putter together in the yard before dinner, and get a project or two done. This afternoon he finished installing the basement windows after work, when normally he might have had to wait till the weekend.
    The downside to the nice weather is that the darned mosquitoes are already buzzing. Hubby is sporting four huge bites on his face (he's terribly allergic)!

  4. Debbiecz says:

    Here in Illinois the extra hour means we get extra time to look at the mud and dirty snow. Not the best time of year. Yesterday I met a woman walking her dog down our street. We said hello and I learned she & her husband were transferred here because of work. They would be spending winter and spring here in grey, muddy, cod Illinois before they returned to Savannah just in time for the humidity. I feel bad for her visit to our dismal spring.

  5. Pamela says:

    I'm not thrilled about an early daylight savings time. We have young children so we are up early and we go to bed early. It's hard to convince everyone it's time to get up with it so dark outside and at night it's so light out.

  6. BillP says:

    I got up at 7 this morning in darkness, on the west coast of Florida. Ugh.

  7. Julie says:

    Hi Maria

    Not too thrilled here in New Brunswick…got up at 6:30 in total darkness…and believe me, if it's not warm enough to sit out in the evenings in Vancouver it DEFINITELY isn't warm enough in NB!

  8. Jennifer Smith says:

    I live in Kentucky and agree with your other readers. It is nice to have some time outside because it is still light. I do not enojoy the adjustment period of losing that hour, though. Thanks for the article on timeless wood floors. I guess that I will keep the honey oak color that I already have. I will have my new wood floor in my den stained to match.

  9. Mia Staysko says:

    Personally I'd leave daylight savings time all year. Even though I'm a morning person, I'd rather have the extra light in the evening. I'm going to get going in the am dark or not, but when it's dark at 4:30 pm your evening is shot too. Bring on spring!

  10. Denise says:

    Think positive everyone! Here in Boston, we LOVE the change to DST. How fabulous to have that extra light at the end of the day to do whatever and not feel like the day is already over before the evening has even begun. We still have plenty of snow (and slush and mud) outside, but every harbinger of spring and summer lifts me up and makes me HAPPY with the promise of budding trees and flowers, fresh air through open windows, and long, warm days. I heard that we gain almost 3 minutes of light each day in March for a total of 86 extra minutes of light by the end of the month … now there's something to celebrate :-)

    Maria, come visit us in Boston! We'd love to have a True Color Expert workshop here!

  11. Marcy says:

    On the plus side, the days are lengthening more quickly now so we'll actually catch back up in a couple weeks instead of it taking a whole month.

    I live in Portland so the days are pretty short for us too, but I get off work before 4 and I like to walk my dog after work so I'll enjoy the extra evening daylight while I'm at it, but I'll miss going to work in the light for now.

  12. Maureen says:

    You're right Maria, I thought it was dark enough in the mornings, now one more month of winter! It might look like spring once the sun comes up but it's 7:41 a.m. and I can barely see across the yard….I don't know why allowances can't be made for a one hour time difference north of the border; we make them for states and provinces across the continent!

  13. susan says:

    Love the extra daylight in the summer once we get over the 'hump' of the dark mornings.
    Question: I had no trouble switching over to your new blog format – just deleted the old one when I started receiving duplicates. However I'm
    not sure how to find the "Cheat Sheet" that comes along with the new sign-up: I don't think I received it. As I love everything you have to say about color, I'm very eager to read this! Can you please resend it to me? Thanks!

  14. jennifer says:

    The Spring time change is my favorite day of the year! Of course the fall change back is my least favorite day of the year. I'm just not a morning person and love the extra light in the evening.

  15. Kay says:

    Oh Maria, a place to vent!!

    I despise daily savings time–the way it's done, anyway. The first time they bumped it forward (from the end of April to the beginning of April), I put my head down on my desk and sobbed. The only time it really makes sense is when, as you said, it's getting light at 4 a.m., when almost no one is up. All we need is four months of DST, two before and two after the summer solstice. Going on and off would then be barely noticeable, whereas now it is a huge deal. Now that I'm retired I can ignore the time change, but when I was working I really suffered from light deprivation in the mornings.

  16. Jan v says:

    I love love love daylight savings time! I'm a night owl (and not an early riser) so it makes perfect sense to me to have a longer day. I'm in Southern California, it's sunny and will be in the 80's this week, rather perfect.

  17. Connie says:

    Re: wood floors. Is traditional honey oak floor timeless? What about new strand bamboo in a med. brown like you show in photos?

  18. Sharon says:

    I live up the road with you and totally agree.since I am a night person somehow the evening darkness does not bother me, but I need the morning light to get going!

    I have the same issue as Susan, i switched over and don't seem to have the "Cheat Sheet". Am I looking for or in the wrong place it would have downloaded because it isn't in my downloads. I just remember starting to het your new Newsletter.

    Love getting your "mail"!

  19. SandyCGC says:

    Here in Arizona we don't have daylight savings time so only difference I note is if I call someone in Texas or Oregon or California. Happily I have a little clock app on my computer that clues me and I know now my TX family/friends are two hours ahead so don't call late and my OR/CA friends are the same as me so call whenever. As far as the light goes, I need it desperately. I'm a morning person and eagerly await sunrise but still don't want it to turn dark until absolutely the last minute (at least 8:30 pm) (happened in TX but not in AZ). I feel for all who are suffering from the change.

  20. Jerlynn says:

    I enjoyed this daylight savings change, because I know we are that much closer to warmer weather here in Illinois. I'm sure I'm not speaking for myself when I say I am sick of the cold at this point. Spring here we come.

  21. Coleen says:

    Of interest. I saw this house on the Wall Street Journal website that used a colored sheet of glass instead of tiles for a kitchen backsplash.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2013/03/12/high-gloss-low-maintenance-in-melbourne/#

  22. We are coming to the end of our Summer daylight savings and we LOVE talking about the weather here, in Adelaide, South Australia. It was 38 degrees today and yesterday. Average March temperature for us this year has been 34 degrees (usually 26 degrees average). Desperate for some Autumn weather.

  23. Lorraine says:

    Love your floor suggestion, however I have cherry wood coloured cabinets with black granite counter. Currently my floor is white ceramic, hate it, and would like to change all the floors on lower level to wood but not sure of appropriate colur of hardwood due to the colur of the cabinets. Does anyone else have this issue?

  24. Amanda says:

    RE: Daylight Savings Time: I like it. My babies wake up a few minutes later because it is still dark outside in the morning, and after I put them down at night, I still have an hour of light to enjoy. Plus, it means Spring is right around the corner (regardless of snow/rain/chilly temps)…

    RE: Timeless HW floors: Just refinished mine in Minwax's Jacobean. It has a green undertone and compliments the grain of the oak flooring superbly! It also looks great with our light walls, white trim and a variety of wood pieces (red and green undertones). I believe it reflects the color that Maria refers to in the post.

    Cheer up, Maria! Spring is almost here…

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