Editor's Note: Eddie Ross, designer and author of , will be sharing his discoveries as he renovates his historic Philadelphia home in our new column, Edgewood Hall. To catch up on Eddie's home renovation journey, check out his previous columns. for more behind-the-scenes looks at his project.
The first time we set foot in Edgewood Hall, we knew the floors would need some serious work. (Mismatched woods, a concrete slab in the porch-turned-sunroom — you get the idea.)
Our goals: Stay true to the historic era, preserve the room-to-room flow, and try not to break the bank!
These Eddie-approved picks preserve his home's history.
1. Aria Stone Gallery Onyx in Green
The sunroom needed to feel more formal but also take some wear, so in went honed black-and-white marble with accent tiles cut from a single 12″ × 12″ piece of this green onyx. The polished onyx makes the off-the-rack marble seem more special, and we love how it pulls in the color of the foliage outside.
2 and 3. Eldorado Stone Viabrick in Cortona and Ms International Slate Tile in Montauk Black
We’re adding antique-style brick stairs with a dark slate stair cap outside the sunroom. Even though these materials are new, they’ll look like part of the original house. and
4. Stanton Plaza Carpet in Autumn Gold
For the office, we’re going with a wall-to-wall sisal. I love it layered with an Oriental carpet on top.
5. Miniwax Wood Finish in Jacobean and Walnut
We mixed two stains for a shade that seamlessly blends the old and new hardwoods. I think a dark floor feels rich. People use lighter wood because they think it doesn’t show dirt, but to me, it just looks like new construction. If your floors get scuffed? That’s called living!
6. Artistic Tile Polished Marble in Ming Green
We opted for onyx instead, but lots of people recommended this celadon stone for the sunroom.
This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of CQ.