Shibazakura Hill, in Hitsujiyama Park, Japan becomes a surreal, real-life candy land every April and May. The hillside is covered in nearly 400,000 moss phloxes, whose tiny blooms envelope the...
Ok, I’ll admit it, I long thought linoleum was a cheap, silly flooring material. Great for elementary school cafeterias, sure, but a home? Never! However, after a bit of research into flooring options for our basement (aka, asking my architect friends if there was a more eco-friendly alternative to vinyl tiles), I discovered, and fell in love with linoleum. Affordable, yes, but certainly not cheap. Linoleum is made primarily from solidified linseed oil, pine resin, cork dust and wood flour. It’s commonly backed with burlap or canvas. Pretty awesome. Originally developed in the 1860s, it was extremely popular for nearly a century, until it gradually became replaced with the much more chemical-laden PVC (and for many years, the nasty asbestos adhesives commonly used to apply it). Evidently, PVC lends itself to a bit more color translucency and is somewhat less expensive.
Thankfully, linoleum continued to be manufactured in Europe by Forbo flooring. It’s currently sold under the trademarked name, “Marmoleum.” I ordered in black and white and can’t wait to see it installed in a checkerboard pattern in the new house. In addition to being affordable, green, and resilient (great for kitchens, where plates and glasses sometimes land squarely on the floor), it’s quite period-appropriate for a 1930s house. Win, win, win. I love you, Linoleum!