The Ashland House: White Oak Flooring is Installed

On Thursday I met with the flooring guy (who fled communist Romania by himself when he was 17, walked through the mountains for 4 days to Yugoslavia then spent a month in a prison camp – somewhere along his journey he had to swim 90 minutes across a daunting body of water too – made it to the US, learned to speak English, worked hard and now runs a successful flooring business – I LOVE THIS GUY!). I know this doesn’t have anything to do with our update but I think it’s a life story worth repeating.

You want to hear about the house, right? There’s a lot to tell so let’s get started!

The first thing the guys did is sand a patch of floor where the kitchen cabinets will go.


The different stain patches were put in an area that will be covered with cabinetry in the event one of the colors shows through the selected stain. Genius.

Then they showed me 4 different stains to choose from:


Hmm.  Which one will I choose?

Let’s take a closer look…

Natural-Stain-White Oak-flooring

This is a natural stain on white oak. It would be so lovely in a beach or farm house.  Look at the beautiful wood grain.  The color will match anything.


Dark Walnut Stain on White Oak.  Meow.


Ebony Stain on White Oak.  Even darker in person than in this picture.  It would do a great job of showing EVERY dust bunny, wouldn’t it?  Mr. OPRFLife can’t recall seeing me vacuum.  In my defense he does work a lot.  Maybe I only vacuum when he is away?


Jacobean Stain on White Oak.  This looks more yellow in person.  It’s nice.

Yesterday and today the flooring guys will sand. The day after that they will stain and seal. NO ONE can walk on the floors for the next four days.

So what color did I pick?! You’ll find out in a few days. 😉

Here’s a picture of our fantastic crown moulding and picture rail:


Finally I get to live in a house with crown moulding!  Yippee!  The house wanted crown moulding BAD.  It also wanted picture rail.  The house wants what the house wants!

The shower tile in the Jack and Jill is finished except for the grout…


Lucky for me I like subway tile.

Here’s another view:


It wasn’t until I saw the tile around the window that I realized how big that window is.  It seems big, right?

Remember yesterday when I updated you about the tile in the powder room? Here’s the reason we had to take the tile up the wall to the height it’s at now:


The outlets look fancier with the tile behind them (in my not-very-humble opinion).     Sore-ey but I’m American.  U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A all the way!!!

Could it be that this post has come to an end? It is true dear reader.

Thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

Edit:  I picked the stain of my dreams here!

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      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Jim! I new within less than 3 minutes which color was The One. I was told and also suspected the choice would either be torturous or a no brainer. Luckily for me the color “had me at hello”. As for the shoes, in my opinion, most shoes look best from the wearers perspective. I’m not likely to turn down a complement on a piece of attire that I picked out so thanks!

        1. Jim Noonan

          That’s good news about the color! As a writer, I’m always relieved when my characters tell me how the story goes and I imagine it’s sort of the same thing with decorating!

          And I agree with you on the best perspective for shoes. Boots, on the other hand, are an entirely different matter!

          Footwear, flooring, and plumbing… Oh, what a silly mess I am!

          PS: More Jerry Maguire references? The force is strong with this one!


          1. Whitney Parchman Post author

            Since starting my blog I have discovered that writing and design are very similar. As for Jerry Maguire (I wrote McGuire in another comment but don’t have the energy to change it.) I like to keep the pre-couch-jumping-Tom Cruise in the forefront of our culture’s collective consciousness.

    1. Dr Meg Sorick

      Oh, swooning! How to choose? I am guessing that you picked one of the two in the “middle” not the blonde or the last one. Crown moulding looks fab! The tile, too. The trim pieces are the perfect touch. Also, I think you should interview that flooring contractor and tell us more of his story – that’s amazing!! Have a fantastic day and an even better weekend! xo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Dr. Meg! You’re guess is a wise one. You know what the flooring contractor said to me at the end of his story? “People complain about the US but even when things are bad it’s still a great place to live. There is work here for people that want to work.” Love that guy! You have a fantastic day and better weekend too! It’s warming up here and windy. You? xo

    2. kfroehli

      Looks great. The Farming Canucks both pick number 2! However, Tony thinks he knows which one you are picking. 😉

    3. Mauri

      OK, I must be a dumb blonde…which stain did you pick??? The Parchy house is really coming together – you’ve done an amazing and difficult job. So when’s the move in date? :}

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        No such thing as a dumb blonde. Maybe a crazy (In my case, crazy LIKE A FOX) blonde but not dumb. I didn’t say. You’ll have to wait and see. 😉 We move in the end of March. Yippee!!! XO

    4. livefromtimeout

      Soon, we’re going to have to decide on a color for our floors. They’re carpet now, but we’re putting in hardwoods within the year. I can’t even think about it without getting stressed! Can’t wait to see your choice!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        It can be overwhelming. My unsolicited suggestion to you would be to start looking at pre-finished samples to get an idea of what colors you like and don’t like. If you get a custom stain you can show the sample to your flooring person. Bring those samples home and set them in different places in different light. My Canadian cousin-in-law suggested putting salt and pepper on our samples so we could see what color would hide dirt better. I told her we might have to go on a low-sodium diet. 😛 Good luck! xo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Hi Tania! I chose Dark Walnut. It was a no-brainer when I saw the samples in the space, however, the idea of picking the wrong color was stressful. What did you choose?