I thought I'd start a series that shows how the staircase in our house gets decorated as we go through the year. Actually, I suppose the first installment was the post from last fall featuring all things autumn on our stairs (click here to see this 'prequel').
So, for this almost-inaugural staircase post, let's have a quick review of the backstory for this part of our house....and then I'll show you what early spring style looks like on my stairs these days. We started off with the totally uninspired builder-grade staircase that came with the house, which I've shown below in a couple 'before' photos. Remember the mysterious black monolith from '2001: A Space Odyssey'? That big block of drywall you see below between the first and second flight of stairs was it's cousin. A big, white, Thing that loomed over and dominated the front hall and the stairs and made anyone standing in the front hall feel like they were standing at the bottom of a deep, white, featureless well.
Lowering the stair-stepped top of that central feature and removing the half walls that extended along the second story halls and replacing them with elegant white balusters opened the whole area up.
We also re-did the stairs themselves by removing the old wall on the first flight, so that we could see profile of the risers and treads.
Adding molding and wall frames, along with the little bookcase/display area and decorative stair brackets gave the space some much needed character.
Adding character and architectural flourishes was my goal back when we were re-designing and renovating the stairs. I love the quirky little details and unique, custom features that one sees in older homes and wanted to add that to our stairs. I saw this renovation project as an opportunity to create fun little nooks and crannies for display and decorating.
It's become such a fun space to decorate....
......and never more so than when I have a pretty bunch of flowers, such as this bunch of stock that I bought to celebrate the arrival of early spring.
Every time I walk up or down the stairs past this little display area or through the front hall, I smell the spicy, fresh scent-- perfect reminder that spring has arrived.
I have a lot of old dishes and ceramic ware that I have collected over the years, especially red transferware. But I do have some blue and white things and this little bookshelf-on-the-stairs is a great place to display them.....
.....much of it from my mom, who loves blue and white. That oval blue Furnivals Denmark serving platter is part of my mom's old collection that she gave to me-- I grew up eating on these plates.
I love my little bird with his acorn hat. For the time being, the staircase has become his permanent habitat...so far, he hasn't migrated to any other part of the house. He could have very well flown right out of that pretty field of lavender depicted in the pastel artwork in the background....
.......something that I bought from an artist at a street fair in Santa Barbara a few years ago. This blue plate is also from my mom, and as you can see its been mended a few times. It doesn't matter, it still has sentimental value for me, and I love the open, informal pattern and the pretty fluted edge.
The upper shelf on the modified 'monolith' is a challenge to decorate, since it is viewed three different ways: when standing below and looking up, from the second story hall, or from the landing.
Nothing is prettier than bright flowers combined with the gleam of silver. I'm getting a lot of mileage from this old silver pitcher.
Stay tuned as the seasons continue to unfold on my stairs and thanks for stopping by!
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