decor & inspiration

{eco chic: cork}


{photography by Max Kim-Bee for Domino September 2006 }

I used to have a rather large cork inspiration board above my desk, filled with the things I liked to gaze at while working and daydreaming. And while it has since been replaced with a picture wall, I’ve always missed the versitility of the cork . . .

Perhaps I could find a little cork lamp {above}, similar to Jessie Randall‘s, who adds a personal touch with photobooth strips and a brooch from her father’s antiques shop.

{photography by Joshua McHugh for Domino March 2007}

Seamless-looking cork floor is as durable as hardwood also cushions tired feet and works well in high-traffic areas.

{photography by Paul Costello}

Jodie Patterson Becker, publicist for Zac Posen’s foyer wall, covered with a sheet of corkboard and personal photographs.

{photography by Justin Bernhaut for Domino, March 2007}

This beautiful, tile-like floor is cleverly made from wine bottle stoppers.

{cork tables via automatism}

{photography by John Coolidge for Domino January 2008}

Former interior designer Suzanne Donegan’s cork walled studio in her L.A. apartment.

{photography by Justin Bernhaut for Domino March 2007}

Make a huge impact with wonderful graphic patterns of peel-and-press cork tiles.

16 Notes
  • I told my husband that when we build our house-we’re having cork flooring!

  • Oooh, I love cork! We used cork flooring in one wing of our client’s home and it’s held up soo well!

    My favorite is the lamp! Great finds!!

  • Love the cork lamps…what a clever idea!

  • funny, i just decided to post some cork panels in my spare bedroom, and finally transform it into the home office i desperately need. think i’ll try painting it though, as cork in it’s natural state is just a just a little to earthy for my current decor.

    thanks for the inspirational post!

  • Katie, Peter Dunham’s lamps are great–thanks for the link.

  • nice post! Peter Dunham has some cork lamps for sale which you can see at Peter Dunham’s shop Hollywood at Home:

  • I replaced my cork board with a painting by my grandmother, and while I treasure it, I really miss the cork! It housed everything from my favourite inspirations to my next dentist appointment. Such a cool post!

  • I especially like the cork on the lamp, that is really cute how you can put photos and other things on there! Great post and selection of photos!

  • Fantastic post Glamorous – original & great pics.

  • Great post hon! I would love one of those cork bedside tables – that’s such a great idea if you have a small table with no space there for frames.

  • Wow, these photos offer a lot of different options for cork. The floor in the last photo is too cool!

    Great post, very inspiring:)

  • ooh, what a lovely post! i love cork, be it vintage or new…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Love this post – so many ideas! And thanks for the mention, too!


  • I never would have imagined so many uses for cork. I just love the desk cork for photos. Just perfect for a small desk like mine! :)

  • I really love cork. I almost put cork floors in my kitchen, but ended up with Bamboo. Now I can’t remember why. But anyways, I do love the options these days with cork flooring.

    Great post, dear!
    Hope you had a terrific weekend!

  • Never been a fan of cork. But your post convinced me it can be really beautiful, and totally functional :-) Thanks!

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