THE PROBLEM: ugly floors & walls
The previous owner had left behind dark and uninviting exposed brick walls and heavily polyurethaned pine floors (read: orange!). Lemieux, eight months pregnant when the renovation began, favored a flooring material that would be durable and child-friendly yet still attractive.
THE SOLUTION: antique wood & skim-coat plaster
On a trip to Amsterdam, Lemieux visited a vintage-wood dealer and fell for some 300-year-old oak flooring salvaged from a factory. "People think it's original, which I love," she says. For the walls, Meyer and Davis suggested a thin coating of plaster that would cover the red but preserve the texture of the brick underneath.
Left: An existing brick fireplace was refaced with plaster for a clean, modern finish.
FLOORING (similar to shown) Reclaimed oak $14 to $15/square foot, antiqueandvintagewoods.com for information WOOD MORTAR Antique rice pounder $690 Andrianna Shamaris (212) 388-9898 STOOL (similar to shown) Moroccan from $36 shopleekan.com