The Perfect Black

Elizabeth Bolognino exploring design & environment.


November 2012

Sexy, Sophisticated Leather Floors

Leather flooring is so sexy.  It’s silky but tough, & gets better with age.  Leather flooring is like a good looking man; it’s sophisticated & rugged but sensitive to the touch :). Leather floors patina with memories. They truly serve as a great alternative to hardwood flooring/rugs. My soundtrack for this post is the legendary Miles Davis, Spanish Key from Sketches of Spain.  Somebody bring me my slippers and a cocktail so I can put my feet up!

London & LA based Ting that makes gorgeous leather flooring & rugs. They recycle belt straps and can cater the color selection based on what reclaimed inventory they have in stock.

Ting London Leather Rug

Ting Black Belted Floor

Ting Multicolored Belt Flooring
Ting Multicolored Belt Flooring

Torly’s is an affordable, go-to source for leather floors. Below are a few images from their website:

Source: via Allison on Pinterest

Torly’s Black Leather Floor
In other news, you can now find me on’s Interior Designer Directory. I love looking at their blog and am very happy to be included in their recommended designers listings. xoEB

Black Friday’s Search for the Perfect Black Mirror

On this Black Friday, instead of braving the holiday gift mayhem – I am searching for the Perfect Black Mirror for a formal entry foyer.  The project is in the Toronto neighborhood of Rosedale in a home with beautiful bones.  I recently purchased an 18th century French console from Toronto boutique Boj Decor. The base is mahogany and has water gilded 24K gold leaf details.  The original marble top is still in tact.

Water Gilded 18th Century Console with Marble Top
Water Gilded 18th Century Console with Marble Top

The mirror will sit above the console – Here are a few options I am considering:

Courtesy of Quintus Studio
Courtesy of Quintus Studio
Courtesy of Quintus Studio
Courtesy of Quintus Studio


Flair NYC's Black Leather Mirror with Brass Trim
Flair NYC’s Black Leather Mirror with Brass Trim
Courtesy of Baker
Courtesy of Baker
Barbara Barry's Starlight Mirror
Barbara Barry’s Starlight Mirror

If you can’t find a mirror in the right size/frame style, visit your local custom frame shop.  You can choose a style frame and have it cut to your specifications.  All you have to do is add mirror and you’re done!  For a more traditional look, specify a 1.75″ bevel in the glass.  For a contemporary look, no bevel.  Choosing the right mirror for a room is like choosing the right lipstick for your outfit – it will make or break the overall look.  xoEB


Queen Anne Style, gilded with antique black panel (corner blocks and recessed rosettes optional)

A Moment Between – 10 Steps to Creative a Successful Creative Agency

Check out this story that ran on my husband Justin this AM in Complex Magazine. The feature profiles the success of his two sister companies, the Meta Agency & Learned Evolution.  Got to give credit where credit is due 😉 Happy Friday! xoEB

Flooring Sourcing with Jolene

Our Southern girl here is missin’ her roots this rainy November day.  I’m on my second cup of coffee, deeply involved in search of the perfect living room rug for my Canadian project.  Of course, my researching fingers begin to think outside of the box… why don’t we do something different and forgo the rug?! Musical inspiration aiding the search comes from the One and Only Dolly Parton.  Click below for a soundtrack to today’s post:

Isn’t that better?  A little Dolly will brighten any room. Here are some well-healed examples of how to approach flooring design:

Patterned Wood Cuts

Stone Striped Foyer

Lace Patterned Stenciled on Concrete

Source: via Ashlynn on Pinterest

Traditional Parquet Patterned with Untreated Barnwood

Source: via Erin on Pinterest


Chevron Stenciled on Grey Painted Floor

Source: via Li on Pinterest


Glossy Black Painted Floor

Source: via Xena on Pinterest


Or Matte Black Floor!

Palais Royale, Ann Sacks Flooring
Palais Royale, Ann Sacks Flooring

I love the Palais Royale Stone Pattern from Ann Sacks. The scale is amazing! What an impact. Enjoy your day – enough procrastinating and back to the rug search 🙂 xoEB

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