Smith loves pale wood floors for the ethereal, handcrafted quality they lend to interiors, but a fresh-from-the-warehouse uniformity would have smacked of new construction and ruined the effect. Her solution was to dye and refinish planks in different lots to achieve subtle variations in hue and tone and then mix them together for the install. She didn’t want the finished product pristinely level, either. “I asked the carpenters to leave bits and bobs of wood under the boards as they were laying them out so the floors would have dips and raises,” she says. “If you walked in here and didn’t think they’d been here forever I would have failed.”
Smith also deployed different flooring patterns to subtly cue each room’s purpose: wide vertical planks for the utilitarian, workhorse parts of the kitchen, and a more delicate herringbone design for the spaces meant for gatherings and repose.