Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Inspired by: Stairwells

I have been collecting images of stairwells for quite a while, now.

I need to re-do ours.

Ideally, I would like to remove the wall on the left--at least as far back as the closet and put up balustrades and a newel post. That would certainly help with the claustophobia.

Instead of something like this:

It would sort of be like this. (Though my little wall is only 21"--about two steps!)

But, of course, I would lose the arch and I'm not sure how I would feel about that. (Though getting furniture upstairs would be easier!)

Anyway, here are just a few images that have caught my eye. I really am a classicist when it comes to stairs.

So, so gorgeous: wood with white risers.

Basic and classic.


I like these--but I wonder if I'd get tired of them. Besides, they seem too "folksy" or kind of "country farmhouse" to me now.

Of course, there's my most favouritest ever:

Black and white.

If I can't stain the treads, then I'll do black and white. I know I'm probably asking for trouble as far as dirt goes, but if we stained, I'd probably have to use a dark one anyway.

We'll have to see how it goes.

Step by step.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a job, but knowing you from your blog, you'll do a great job.


Alana in Canada said...

It is quite the job! Thanks for the vote of confidence.

MMarie said...

I love your dream of how to change your stairs. Maybe a project for spring One Room Challenge?! The arch would be gone, but you may gain another bookshelf to style, at the top of the stairs.

C a i t l i n said...

I really like the arch as it matches with all the other arched doorways in your house (including that cute little nook). It's a nice architectural detail and I would embrace it. Black and white will look very clean, classic and crisp. I would also stain or paint the handrail the same dark color -but you've probably already thought of that.

MMarie said...

Alana, this is a little random but have you tried Crate & Barrel for home decor, rugs, etc? I have heard they are in your area.

Alana in Canada said...

MMarie--Yes, I was in Crate and Barrel just the other day. I am looking at one of their throws--the Humphrey, I think.

Caitlyn--thank you so much. I am not sure if I should paint it--or stain it dark (probably ebony.) I am going to get a quote on removing that bit of wall, and we'll see. If it turns out to be more than I want to spend, then I shall gladly embrace the arch!

Btw, I am reading through your blog at the moment. I'm at Spring 2013.

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