From the Heart

  • Carlisle white oak flooring in a charcoal stain
  • Carlisle white oak flooring in a charcoal stain
  • J. Crew’s store on Madison Ave., New York features Carlisle's chevron flooring made from hickory wood with a whitewash fence stain

Earlier this month, flooring manufacturer Carlisle added two new collections, Oyster Bay and Sunapee Lake, to its selection of wide plank floors, which are crafted from the heartwood of large, old-growth trees. The use of heartwood in American homes—an uncommon occurrence today—dates back 400 years to the time of the first New England colonists. The mature wood, located deep within the center of a tree, is not exposed to the elements, making it less likely to splinter and warp. The old growth also produces longer, wider planks than younger trees do, and its characteristic tight vertical grain looks beautiful in numerous types of wood and stain (Carlisle offers more than 20,000 combinations of wood species, textures, and finishes), adding a refined sense of nature to any decor. Both of the new collections were inspired by picturesque towns on America’s Eastern Seaboard and offer popular charcoal and gray color options that still allow the natural brown hues and grains of the wood to shine through. Sunapee Lake, which is 11 inches wide, is crafted from Eastern white pine and retails for $13.99 per square foot. The 8-inch-wide Oyster Bay is made from hickory or American ash and retails for $17.88 per square foot.

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, 603.446.3937, www.wideplankflooring.com

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