'I love the natural glow of my new hardwood floor'

'I love the natural glow of my new hardwood floor'

Marianne, interior blogger

Interior design is my passion, it has been a passion since childhood. My job is to inspire other people, and it is essential that I am proud of the interior design in my home.

An expression of nature

Interior design is my passion, it has been a passion since childhood. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work in this field. I started early using social media and 10 years ago I created my own blog on interior design. Five years later I opened my Instagram account, which is now one of the biggest in Norway with 140,000 followers. My job is to inspire other people, and it is essential that I am proud of the interior design in my home.

More importantly, my home needs a holistic design approach. We moved four years ago into a brick layered house from the 1950’s and decided to renovate it throughout. Choosing our flooring was the hardest, as I believe the floor gives the finishing touch around here. Flooring is an important aspect in a home.

There is an expression that the floor is the fifth wall, and I completely concur with this statement.

I chose a lightly coloured flooring that gives a sense of open space in the house, and it fits well considering the darker elements in my style. Darker floors can be lovely too, but it all depends on personal preference

For our floor Oak Andante white Live Pure was chosen. I use our home for my work, the kids play in the house and our dog runs around here, so the flooring needs to be hard wearing and long-lasting.

I like to mix different styles in my interior design, so I guess you can call it a classical bohemian style. I like the classical touch that is slightly sophisticated, mixed in with darker colours. I love the sense of bringing history into our home by adding in some old furniture.

I found the most beautiful rug I have ever seen on a market in Marrakech. Due to its large size the plan was to have it shipped home in a container; however, I could not leave behind such a beautiful item. A good friend of mine working in the carpet industry, agreed to place it in a 25 liter bag so I could bring the rug home with me. This rug really means a lot to me. It is made out of 100% wool and fits perfectly with the warmth and the glow in our hardwood flooring. 

Wooden flooring is an expression of nature and it brings nature into your home, which I personally find very important. I love seeing the wooden texture in our floors. By laying the same parquet throughout the house, we achieved a sense of completeness in our home. The skirting boards are the same as our flooring, which frames the room nicely and gives a sense of larger floor space. Additionally, we used floorboards with greater width, 209 mm, to increase the feeling of space.

I am amazed not puzzled by how the flooring changes with the seasons. The floor is of a live material, and its appearance changes throughout the day depending on how the light falls on it. 

It is unbelievable that the floor is almost maintenance free. Our hardwood flooring is coated with Live Pure lacquer. This is an environmentally friendly lacquer, which does not emit any hazardous gases or substances. 

The Live Pure lacquer improves durability of the flooring. In the past year, I have only once needed to clean my floor with water; however, limiting the amount of water is important for a great result when cleaning wooden floors. Shortly after we installed our new flooring, I heard a loud bang when one of my larger frames fell to the floor. I was amazed to discover there was no marks on my new floor, and from then on, I have the impression that our floors can withstand a lot and there is no need to be afraid to step on it or be worried to carry on with our normal, daily lifestyle.

Why Live Pure?

'It is unbelievable that the floor is almost maintenance free. Our hardwood flooring is coated with Live Pure lacquer. This is an environmentally friendly lacquer which does not emit any hazardous gases or substances.'