RMS Flooring, a family-owned and operated boutique flooring company that has been serving homes in Montecito, Santa Barbara, and beyond for over a decade, now has a storefront and showroom on North Milpas Street. Owned by Ryan and Kim Schmitz, the store is the exclusive west coast carrier of several flooring lines, and the Schmitzes source much of their wood flooring directly from wood mills, providing truly custom hardwood flooring.
Ryan Schmitz grew up in the Napa Valley, helping his family with custom woodworking jobs in wine caves. He and Kim married 13 years ago, and since then have been building their wood flooring business all over California, eventually settling in Santa Barbara about ten years ago. They’ve partnered with renowned designer Rose Tarlow, among other notable interior designers, and have provided custom wood flooring for many celebrities and real estate influencers both in town and in Los Angeles. Despite that, the Schmitzes say their work is affordable and accessible to homeowners at any price point. “Our prices are competitive, and we offer a variety of different brands,” explained Kim, who runs the operational side of the business.
RMS, which are Ryan’s initials, carries such brands as Provence Flooring, Legno Bastone, the Swedish brand Kahrs, the French line Parquets Protat, and others. The couple also carries their own line of flooring, sourced from Amish communities, which allows them to access a wider-planked walnut and oak floor, which Ryan stains himself. “We are one of the few who still stain our own wood,” explained Ryan, saying the process can be time consuming and complicated to get just the right look. RMS does the staining either on site or in a warehouse facility in Ventura.
The Schmitzes say they are proud of the fact that their business provides local jobs for Santa Barbara-based tradesmen; they never sub-contract out any aspects of any job. “We live here too, this is our home, and we feel good about giving back to this community,” Kim said. From the first conversations regarding design concept, to picking out plank size and colors, to installation, refinishing, repair, and custom staining, the Schmitzes consider themselves true craftspeople. Their wood duck logo, which they say symbolizes craftsmanship, is part of their branding and signage, and is easily recognizable from Milpas Street. The showroom space used to be home to a vitamin and supplement store, and the couple completely renovated the shop earlier this year. With a clean, light, and simple pallet, the space shows off the wood floor offerings, and provides a sitting area for designers and homeowners to discuss ideas and look at swatches. RMS also installs concrete and tile floors, and offers a small selection of quality carpets. RMS can also polish, stain, and repair concrete flooring, install tile floors, and handle commercial projects.
For more information, visit www.rmsflooring.com. The showroom is located at 635 North Milpas Street.
(originally published in Montecito Journal, July 22-28, 2016, written by C&H team member Kelly Mahan)