Love That “Old Dirty Goat”

Submitted by Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Old Dirty Goat 2A few weeks back, I posted a blog about new directions in wood products.  Well, this blog dovetails with that subject beautifully.  I’ve always been fascinated by reclaimed wood products, where they came from, their history, and their future.  Companies that take the time to search out, harvest, and rejuvenate reclaimed woods should be commended.  What an excellent example of reusing resources and promoting sustainability.  Authentic Pine Floors in Locust Grove, Georgia is definitely one of those companies.

Started in 1984, Authentic Pine Floors can cater to the customer looking for a custom-finished solid wood floor that fits an “Olde World” profile, or the customer searching out unique pre-finished wood stains.  They describe their product as “recycled, antique in origin, hand-rubbed with oil; and custom stained”.  Now that certainly stirs the imagination.  Sources for their solid hardwoods are concentrated throughout the Southeast part of our country. Beautiful heart pine, aged wide-plank oak, and wide-plank walnut each tell a story of their own.  From old bridges to small town churches, their woods have a rich history. The Southeast, it turns out, is a treasure trove of aged woods waiting to be assigned a second life.  The antique heart pine collection was reclaimed from massive beams of distilleries and warehouses built in the19th century.

Prefinished, site finished, and engineered wood floors are all part of the offerings from Authentic Pine Floors.  That’s where Old Dirty Goat comes in.  Yes, it is one of the custom finishes used on the reclaimed heart pine.  The claim to fame of Old Dirty Goat lies in the light to dark tonality it gives the hardwood floor.  Its got character and sass, and so much intensity, the principals of this company said that “no other name would do…”  Love it—both the name and the look.  Weathered gray wash on solid pine is another finish I want to draw to your attention.  Warm gray tones are hot, hot, hot, and here’s a floor that will underscore that trend beautifully.  Heart pine is harder than the pine we are familiar with, so no worries about these floors living up to the use of an active family.

I spoke with the local distributor for Authentic Pine Floors here in Southern California, and I was amazed at the affordability per square foot of these floors.  That’s pretty astounding given the uniqueness of the product.  I encourage you to go online yourself at to investigate further and find a distributor in your part of the country. Plus, I know you want to get a look at Old Dirty Goat—admit it. And I do want to mention that you can install any of these floors unfinished too.  I cannot tell you how huge the trend of using wood floors in their natural state will upsurge over the next few years. It will become HUGE as we turn towards that which is real and as close to natural as possible.  Design is now all about authenticity (you’ve heard that a time or two from me) and back to basics. 

FloorTalk has an important job to do, and one that I take very seriously.  That job is to steer you towards unique design products. But also to provide you with a working knowledge of design trends that are here to stay. Those two elements in combination will help you create a timeless design, impervious to fads that come and go.  Hopefully I’ve accomplished both of those goals in this blog, and you have my promise I will continue to do just that.  Stay tuned…

For more information on flooring visit the World Floor Covering Association’s Consumer Carpet & Flooring Guide.

What’s New? Interlocking Rock Tile

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID

Dunes, waves, drifting sand—these were the inspiration for an unusual new product from Modular Arts, Inc.  Designers and architects have long searched for a product that incorporates green design, organic forms, and fire safety all into one, and this is it.  These interlocking tiles are made ti_07of high grade industrial gypsum.  Each tile is 16” x 16” with a 1” maximum carved relief.  That’s what I like the best about these tiles.  The sculpted look adds dimension and character to any wall application.  They come in pure white but can be painted any color you choose.  My recommendation, after seeing the pristine beauty of the tiles, is to leave them white.  If you are installing them on a large wall, use down-lighting with colored gel filters to give them a subtle (and changeable) wash of color.  Now how’s that for creative?

These new small-scale tiles are designed for residential applications and more intimate spaces.  Modular Arts, Inc. is known for their large-scale panels made from a similar material.  They are highly specified in the world of commercial design, and you’ve probably seen their product in many hotels and restaurants.  Simply stunning, but the size of the panels was prohibitive for residential use—until now.

Consider how unique these tiles would be as a high-definition kitchen backsplash.  The rock tiles are interlocking which makes installation even easier.  Great rooms, home theatres, and especially master bathrooms can be dressed in style with these elegant tiles.  If you are considering something like this for new construction, both the panels and tiles need to be installed over drywall.  Although they are a good fire barrier, these products are not intended to substitute for the code requirements of drywall, and they are suitable for interior use only.  The wave-like designs are smooth and ceramic-like to the touch.  Since they are constructed of all natural materials, they are totally Green products with no VOC emissions. 

Several carpet manufacturers have introduced patterned carpets similar to these designs.  What a great option to be able to repeat a design form in your wall treatment or backsplash!  Continuity and repetition are two of the key elements for a successful design.  ModularArts has a wealth of information on their website, and under the “Interlocking Rock Panels” tab, you will see an inspiring gallery of their installations.  Remember, although these products were born in the commercial sector of design, the new tile introductions make them a viable cross-over for residential.  Yes, this will take a little ingenuity on your part to research the right product and learn more about proper installation.  But this can take your interiors to a whole new level, and the results can be magnificent.