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LLStyle PRO Spotlight: Kay Volmar of Once Upon a 1912

From an abandoned structure to a cozy, modern Southern cottage, Kay has put her savvy design skills to the test while getting creative to stay on a budget.

3 min read
Published on July 22, 2022

Designer Kay Volmar resided solely in New York City until 2013, when she and her husband bought a home in Florida after a fateful trip to Disney World brought them to the quaint community of Mount Dora.

Since then, Kay has been carefully renovating the home, which was in need of some major TLC when it was purchased, sight-unseen. From an abandoned structure to a cozy, modern Southern cottage, Kay has put her savvy design skills to the test while getting creative to stay on a budget.

With that project well underway, Kay turned to her mother’s home, which was in need of a major design refresh. With help from LL Flooring, Kay installed over 1,400 square feet of Amherst Oak Solid Hardwood in the home’s hallways, kitchen, breakfast area, dining room, living room, foyer, stairs, and laundry room, as well as the Costa Bella Marble Porcelain Tile in two bathrooms.

We caught up with Kay to hear more about the inspiration for this project and what drew her and her mom to those floors.

kay volmar smiles as she sits in a home's stairway
Designer Kay Volmar shares inspiration for style and living on Instagram @onceupona1912

LL: Could you give some background on your recent flooring projects with LL Flooring?

Kay: My recent flooring project involved transforming my mom's existing flooring into one cohesive look. The carpet, vinyl and ceramic tile she had before has been replaced with sleek, modern Amherst Oak Hardwood and Costa Bella marble-inspired porcelain.

What made you want to donate flooring to your mom for Mother’s Day?

My mom has always worked tirelessly to help others. She has raised six children, and is a doting grandmother to her grandkids. On top of that, she currently cares around the clock for my stepfather who is bed bound. With everything she’s done for our family, I wanted to take care of her for a change.

image of new flooring in the corridor with chandelier
Kay's choice of a traditional finish solid hardwood floor with a 5 in. plank width gives a designer touch to a classic look.
The flooring pops with the sleek contrast of gleaming Colonial Baseboards and trim.

What drew you to the Amherst Oak Hardwood and Costa Bella Marble?

I loved the rustic and warm qualities of the Amherst Oak Hardwood flooring. My mom's style leans more classic, so I thought the 5-inch width would be perfect—a nice, modern update that still feels traditional. For her bathrooms, we went with the Costa Bella Marble because it just has an organic feel with beautiful movement.

image of new flooring in the remodeled bathroom
The remodeled bathroom, with the clean, modern look of marble. Featured floor: Avella Ultra Costa Bella Waterproof Porcelain Tile.

How would you describe your design style?

I would describe my style as both vintage and modern cottage, with a wink of coastal.

What’s been your favorite (or your mom's favorite) aspect so far of both products?

Oh goodness…too many to name. The staircase transformation from carpet to wood was tremendous, and the custom stair treads and risers feel so clean, modern and warm. She also loves the porcelain tile—with that new flooring, the bathroom now has a spa-like feel. We are truly obsessed with it all!

What’s been your experience with the products since installation?

It’s been surreal. We are highly impressed with the quality and variation in tone of the flooring. Due to the beautiful products, my mom feels like she has a new home.


Kay and installer while the new wood floors go down. Featured Floor: Bellawood Artisan Amherst Oak Solid Hardwood Flooring, 5-in. width.

Follow Kay for ideas and inspiration on Instagram @onceupona1912

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