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My New Favorite Flooring Find

Flooring is the basis for every room in your house, ground zero if you will.  We want it to be a flattering backdrop for our decor, cabinetry and rugs BUT it’s also got to be durable and easy to take care of.  Wood flooring is all the rage and, to be sure, nothing equals the warmth and richness of a real wood floor.


If you love the look of real wood but don’t want to worry about finish, maintenance or potential water damage (leaks happen), this may be the product for you.  Meet Crossville, Inc.  Not only is it possible to get that “real wood” look in porcelain tile, but now you can even get that “weathered barn” look with SpeakEasy, their latest porcelain tile collection.


Gray seems to be the new neutral.  Silver Screen from Crossville Inc.'s SpeakEasy Collection
Gray is the new neutral. Silver Screen from Crossville Inc.’s SpeakEasy Collection


Sometimes my clients are afraid to use real wood in the kitchen or bath so this is a great alternative.  I also like the fact that the weathered finish is not slippery like polished marble.  I love pairing the distressed look with super modern design as in the photo above.  Then again this look always blends with traditional or rustic design.

If you're craving shades of brown this could be a great option.
If you’re craving shades of brown this could be a great option.

The collection features five colors that mimic stained wood.  There’s even a color called Sweet Georgia Brown!  Planks are 36″ long and you can choose from 6″, 8″ or 12″ widths.

SpeakEasy is Green Squared certified and contains a minimum of 4% recycled pre-consumer content.  For more info  about this collection and all the other offerings over at Crossville visit


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.


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