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Staircase decor
Samphy E.
January 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I have been fussing over what to do with this staircase since we moved in almost a year ago. I've bought vases, tried color schemes.. But nothing seemed to work! I realized that I want something decorative but nothing fancy/ formal. I feel like whatever is on the shelves should have a general theme? Color? Should I go with vases?? The style of our house is contemporary rustic, although still very much in progress. I've attached pictures of the rooms that lead to the stairs.. Please help, I'm open!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I like the combination of items you have in photo 3. I would not put anything on the next ledge. Less is more!
January 13, 2013 at 2:23PM     
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Perhaps hanging a big family pic or a few smaller ones on the wall above the banister ...
January 13, 2013 at 3:02PM     
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I love the dining room... Very nice! where did you find the furniture and the wall art.. I love the wall art!!
January 13, 2013 at 3:04PM     
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I like the vases and Carolyn's advice.

The only different thing I'd suggest is doing one vase with some branches on the way up the stairs (the ledge to the left of the window)

Like the ones featured in this bathroom.
Dallas, TX: Lyndsey & Steve

Hey! Here we go. Bainbridge Island Residence
January 13, 2013 at 3:18PM     
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Samphy E.
Ah! Ok I was doing something right and don't have to get rid of the vases! Amn thanks for the suggestion, I will now be on the hunt for a cool vase to fit the second ledge.
January 13, 2013 at 7:21PM   
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I like the little round thing on a stand on the first ledge. For the next, something wood and sculptural and TALL on visible ledge would be fabulous. The wood would relate to your handrail. Nothing else. Let the piece be the "star". Something like one of these..maybe you can create something? : )

January 13, 2013 at 7:26PM     
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Samphy E.
Blndlizzie thank you, the table is the Pottery Barn benchwright table that I absolutely love love! Bench is from Cost Plus World Market - napa bench. Chairs ikea. The artwork, believe it or not, I made. Bought a few primed mdf boards from Home Depot. They were 6ft. pieces, I had them cut to 3 ft. Bought sample paint and took a regular paint brush to it and took a sponge to give it a distressed look. Took me less than an hour to paint! Very easy and cheap, you should do it!
January 13, 2013 at 7:29PM     
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Samphy E.
Darzy that piece is beautiful! I wouldn't know where to begin to make my own... But wait they do sell the wood decor swirly pieces and cost plus, maybe I can glue all of them together somehow? Just need to figure out how to make a stand for it???
January 13, 2013 at 7:34PM   
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You'll be fighting that dated banister no matter what you do. If you want to amp up the rustic contemporary vibe you could go with some reclaimed wood or, if you think you can pull it off, a beefy rope with some interesting metal brackets. Then redo the carpet. Check out the pic for inspiration and tell me that you do not LOVE THIS!
January 13, 2013 at 7:40PM   
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Samphy E.
We actually plan to change the banister in a dark wood. In the meantime, keeping it simple... Found a large vase, went out to my back yard and cut a branch (we have lots of trees)... Love it and how dramatic it looks with the huge branch. Thanks for the suggestions! Photos don't do it justice!
January 20, 2013 at 2:19PM   
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