Bringing the Outdoors into our mountain home with our New Flooring

Before and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooringDum, da da dum! Oh, you guys, I’m so thrilled to reveal the new flooring in our house. It’s been a long time in coming and there’s so much to say about it. We partnered with Pergo flooring to make it happen and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. Here’s how the story goes.

Our new flooring with Pergo

Before and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooringWe moved into our house almost five years ago now (gah! Where does that time go!) from Copenhagen, Denmark, where my husband is from and where we lived for the first few years of our marriage. As you might know based on all the Scandinavian images you’ve seen in every magazine over the past decade, they don’t really do carpet. Like, I can’t think of one situation where I walked in on wall-to-wall carpet. It just doesn’t exist. On the other hand, I bet you have noticed the hardwood floors with the lovely white walls and the sparse furniture. You know the look, right? Paul also lived in London for a couple of years and became rather, shall we say, grossed out, at the idea of carpeting in specific room, like bathrooms because, well, it doesn’t make any sense, right? He became a staunch supporter of hardwood floors. He loves the feel of it, the look of it, and the clean-up aspect of it. And frankly, I do too! The Danes have a custom of removing their shoes as soon as they enter a house and putting on slippers to keep cozy against the hardwood floors. It’s quite quaint.Before and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooring

Prior to our new flooring, our house contained wall to wall carpeting in all the rooms except for the kitchen, laundry room, storage room, and bathrooms and because our landlords, who are more like family at this point, are carpet cleaners (and they’re the very best in the west!) they maintained it meticulously. It was 30 year old carpet that looked good as new. But I think they started to sense our love of hardwood flooring–I guess we must have dropped some hints–and so when Pergo asked if we’d like to partner, it was a resounding, YES PLEASE!Before and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooringBefore and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooring

As you might know, Pergo’s new TimberCraft laminate floors replicate wood in a super realistic way. Their printing techniques highlight every realistic feature of a unique piece of wood, including their flaws, which I love. There are realistic knots and grains giving it great, authentic character. In fact, I’ve had a number of people walk in and comment on our “wood flooring” and they are each shocked when I tell them it’s a laminate. Beautiful.Before and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooringBefore and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooring

Bringing the outdoors in!

One of the reasons I was drawn to Pergo‘s TimberCraft is the maintenance factor. Because we live in higher altitudes with a lot of crazy winter weather and we have a non-existent foyer in our small place, it was important to have something that was immediately durable and easy to clean up as soon as you walk in. Snow and rain and lots of dust are a bad combination for keeping your place clean I’ve come to learn. Plus, I’m always so nervous about high heel marks and moving furniture around on on real wood floors, but a lot of my worry has been eased with our new floors. As we’ve been moving back in, I don’t feel as nervous to move furniture around by myself because the laminate is super forgiving and hello, scratch-resistant.Before and after transformation using Pergo laminate flooring

Specs and where to find it

We used the Wheaton Oak from Pergo’s TimberCraft Collection sold at Lowe’s. The floor is made to look like bleached oak, which worked perfectly because we wanted something lighter to compensate for minimal amount of light that we get in our walk-out and they nailed it! The tone is perfect for the place. It’s the right amount of lightness without showing marks and it provides the Scandinavian vibe we were going for. Though I’m more drawn to maximalist interiors, I wanted to keep our place lighter in walls and colors because it all tends to be just too much in smaller spaces. The flooring replaced the 90s laminate flooring we had in the kitchen and bathrooms and down through the hallway and into the living room where the carpet was. It immediately changed the feel of our house and we felt so happy….It also happened over Thanksgiving weekend, so our gratitude meters were also really high 😉

How to clean it

Let’s talk about cleaning for a moment. Do you need any solvents? NOPE! You just need is a damp micro-fiber mop and everything comes off so easily. With winter on the way, I’m really thrilled about this part of it.

Clearly, I can’t recommend this product enough, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, or look on the Pergo TimberCraft website for more information. You can even order some floor swatches here!

This post is sponsored by Pergo. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow us to make awesome original content for you! 

Photography by Clara Sumsion Jones


  1. Hello, your floor looks amazing! We are considering the exact same product. How has it held up since you installed it? Do you have it installed in a laundry or bathroom? Have you had any problems at all? Thank you

  2. Hi, your website inspired me to purchase the exact flooring from Lowes… Wheaton Oak Pergo. I absolutely love my new floors and everyone that comes in thinks they are real wood. I couldn’t be more pleased. Glad I found your website!


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