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Sunday
Oct022011

Walls of wood

I was thinking about doing a blog favourites post today as I typically do on Sundays but I am a bit too distracted to spend the time blog surfing. You see, back in April I mentioned (ok, bitched about) a French oral test I had at work. Unfortunately I did not get the grade I needed, and since then I have had no French training (due to lack of a training budget). All of a sudden on Tuesday I found out I am permitted full time training for the month of October, then I have to take the test, and once again I need to pass the freaking thing or potentially lose the position I have been working towards for the past 8 years. No pressure or anything. So if I have any spare time for the next several weeks, I need to have my nose buried in my French notes. *insert expletives here* The joys of working for the government of a bilingual country.
I was trying to figure out what post I could do relatively quickly, and realized I had some photos saved of "wood walls" - inspiration for my house when it finally gets renovated (on that note, we're now considering tearing it down and rebuilding, which has thrown me for a loop, as that was never the plan when I bought this house). I want a rustic touch to the place, and what better way than a wall covered in wood slats...or maybe panels, but I'm leaning towards slats. Here are some photos with walls of wood that I really like. (See also this post on wood panelling)

House To Home
H&D Homes
Le Journal de la Maison
Design*Sponge
Avotakka
Design*Sponge

Yatzer Apartment Therapy
Deko Katarina Malstrom Brown
Design*Sponge KITKA design toronto

Dwell
Twig Hutchinson
Design*Sponge
Style At Home
La Vallée Blanche
RUM
Dana Meilijson
MESH Architectures
Design*Sponge
Design*Sponge

Reader Comments (21)

I love wood in a house; it brings a feeling of warmth. The first image is a real inspiration for my bedroom. Love the wide planks. I wish you success for your French test. Louise

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoulou Ste-Adele

the first photo is my favorite. Bonne chance avec le francais!

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentercinzia allocca

I love the look of these...and, with the others above, that first bedroom space...ahhh, wonderful.
Good luck with the studying & test Kim. Listen to French radio all the time. It helps 'absorb'. :)
Side note: Have you noticed that it's OK if you're a government worker that speaks French but knows little/near zero English? No test for you! Totally fair, yes? Ah, bien sûr.

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

So gorgeous! It makes me realize this is the modern turn to the same feel you get from a more traditional log cabin interior, but you don't have to dust nearly as much! Love it!

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNSM

Oh I love the rustic and warm feel of those images,

of course made possible by the wood walls.

Lovely... ♥

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Good luck! or Bonne Chance! (I know, maybe, 11 words in French...and I took french all through school! I know the names of some farm animals, colours, how to count and peanut butter...it really wouldn't help me at all in business)

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentershannon8foot6

wow, attitude adjustment! i never liked wood walls, they always make me think of bad paneling. this, however is a whole nother animal. (hence the attitude adjustment.)
thanks.
sometimes when you look at one thing in a different way it helps to open your mind to possibilities for other things.

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpriscilla

Such gorgeous interiors! I love the lighter wood wall paneling. I never thought lighter colored wood would look great but you have definitely shared some great examples. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the French!

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel Y.

I'm just not a fan of wood on walls...floors, yes....walls, no. Definitely not that mdf toxic crap.
Choosing wood floors is challenge enough with finding wood that is not treated with chemicals. I chose Kahrs hickory for my floors because it has practically zero formaldehyde.

Would not want to have to breathe in possible carcinogens on my walls as well. AMF Safecoat paint for the walls, Kim. Oui and viva la france!

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentersue

Best wishes for your exam and an excellet result.

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKERRY

Tear it down!!!!! Is the city giving you such grief that you are considering that? Deborah

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Peets

I think as long as it is used as an accent, it looks great. Otherwise, it can be a bit overwhelming. Btw, good luck with the training/testing!

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhomestilo

Great post. Thanks.

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLin

Thanks for all the well-wishes!

Deborah, the city giving us grief is only half of it. Turns out our architect was not very knowledgeable on city rules, and because we will never get approval to park in front of our house, we now have to redo the plans and include a garage. So if we've got to redo the plans we might as well rethink everything, and maybe get a new project manager/builder since ours doesn't really seem interested in working for us.

2 Oct 2011 | Registered CommenterKiM

Je suis aussi en train de apprendre le francaise. C'est une belle langage.
Les bois sur les murs sont une bonne idee.
Bonne chance!

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharmaine

very inspiring place. I love the details from the pictures. Very simple but elegant.

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCes

I love it, the perfect warming foil to cold minimalism.

2 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOur Old House

i LOVE these!!

3 Oct 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryam

ugh, rethink plans, buy some shoes and do your own city research!

3 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpriscilla

At least you work for the government. Try applying when your English is not great, same thing...
Love your blog

3 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarianne

An idea for an 'easy' wood wall might be to try something similar to our staircase I designed last year.

The photo might not be that great, but I back-screwed all the 2"x2" red cedar slats on to a sheet of 1/2" particleboard, which was wrapped in black landscape fabric.

The result means no screws show through the wood, and the landscape felt provides a nice textured black background in the voids between.

See attached photo....I can send more if you like. The whole stair is done in kiln-dried red cedar strips.

[IMG]http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk65/prodham/new_stair1-1.jpg[/IMG]

9 Oct 2011 | Unregistered Commenterneko

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