Now that I'm feeling the brisk chill of a Saskatchewan winter (but it's a dryyyyyy cold!) I don't know if I have it in me to come home from work, have dinner and go back outside to drag my butt to the gym. That said, I've been thinking the basement would be a great spot to set up a little home gym. Nothing too fancy - just a treadmill, some weights and a TV to watch. "And a Bowflex," Josh adds.
The rest of the space would include a bathroom, guest bedroom, office and a small unfinished utility room.
The other day Josh asked what I'd want to use for the flooring.
A simple question, he thought, that would be followed by a simple answer.
He forgot who he was asking. I had been thinking about flooring recently as my friend Mary wrote a great post weighing the pros and cons of various flooring options.
Josh thought my answer would be either: A. broadloom, B. hardwood or C. laminite.
What he didn't expect to hear from me was, "leather, herringbone-pattern tile."
via: Donkee House
How warm and luxurious is this? Or, as my Kiwi friends might say, "flash as."
Leather would be easy on the feet, simple to spot clean and would absorb noise well.
I'm not sure I necessarily need the hides of several cows to grace my floors, so if there was a faux-leather option that would be fantastic. Or even a repurposed, environmentally friendly leather option, such as Ting's flooring below which is made of antique leather belts.
via: Apartment Therapy
According to an article on Apartment Therapy, the belts are hand-selected to guarantee a high grade leather is used. The belts are then cleaned by hand, and shaved to ensure they are all the same width. They are then laid out on reconstituted leather backing and attached with glue. No two tiles are alike. The whole process from start to finish is completed in-house in the UK - where Ting is based.
At $75 per square foot, they are out of reach for me, but a girl can dream.