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Reader request - stairs

Today's reader request comes from Anna of from bali with love: "I have a question maybe you and your readers can help me with. I plan to renovate a one story house to a two story house. The front door/main floor opens into the living area (rectangular shape). I'm thinking the living space is the best place to add the staircase to go to the second level but I'm having a hard time deciding what type of stairs to use and a good location for them? By the front window/door? Along the long wall on right side of room? etc?  Ideas, pictures, advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!" My initial thought is to place the stairs by the front window/door. That way all that stuff that will take up space will be in one location and the rest of the space will be free. I went digging through my photo stash and found all sorts of ideas that may help - although I didn't find too many photos that clearly showed stairs situated in a living room. But I think these will help....and thank gawd stairs aren't quite as boring as they used to be!

John Donkin Andrej Kopac
Sköna hem Paul Cha
David Mikhail Décormag
Indenfor & Udenfor Hus & Hem
Evan Joseph Sköna hem


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Reader request - stair runners

This reader request comes from Melinda: "My partner and I are renovating our 130 year old semi in Sydney, he wants carpet on the stairs (because apparently I 'clunk'... which to be perfectly honest I do) and I want to stain the original timber. I'm thinking a stair runner may be the perfect compromise. I would be very much appreciative if you could dig into your amazing picture resources for stair runners." Here are some photos of inspirational stair runners for you Melinda, the first being my absolute favourite EVAH. (A bunch more are after the jump).

Bill Kingston

Frank Roop Amanda Martocchio
Lucyina Moodie Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
Country Living Kwinter & Company
House Beautiful New York Spaces Magazine
Living Etc. Steven Gambrel
House & Home Design*Sponge

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At Kim's house

Things are a little nutty at my house, as I'm trying to get some projects finished before the kitchen renovation work needs to start. I had 2 things I was determined to complete, the renovation of my staircase to the second floor, and my basement.

I took Friday off from work to start the stairs and I managed to get them pretty much done. A couple paint touch ups and a few nail holes left to fill but I am too tired to finish it. I thought I'd show some before photos first so you can see what I've been living with since December. This first photo is what the stairs looked like for about a month after I moved in.

I ripped the carpeting off because it was so dirty (from moving in a snowstorm) and not installed properly - I almost took a tumble down them a few times. This is the horror that was underneath. Linoleum tiles, aluminum trim and lots of paint splotches.

I am dying to paint all the floors in my house white, so the stairs were no exception. I painted them white, and the staircase is now so much brighter than it was. Now if I could just figure out how to get them to clean themselves...

Here is why I am too tired to finish the stairs. Below are photos of the remnants of what was on the floor in my damp and leaky basement (there's more that has to come out but I'm too tired and need help with the rest). I am so pissed off that someone was stupid enough to decide to hide leaks by putting down layer upon layer of plywood on a damp floor. The smell once the top layer of linoleum was removed was so disgusting. The wood in some places was BLACK and crumbly. I am afraid my cats and I will get sick from the mold. I wore a mask while I was working down there but the smell was so bad I can still smell it, and I feel kind of nauseous. There are alot of annoying and poorly executed things I keep finding around this house, but this one definitively tops the list of bad judgement.


Flickr finds - stairs

This is a 4 day weekend for my boyfriend and I, so I roped him into helping me redo my staircase. I'm refacing the existing totally gross stairs with new wood treads and risers that I bought unfinished, and I'm painting them white. Smart me, I'm painting them BEFORE we attach them because OMG, what would I do with 6 cats and a wet staircase. So hopefully this week or next weekend I'll have a finished product to show you. In the meantime, here's a before photo, and some other stairs I found on Flickr to get me in the mood to go give them a second coat.

Nicola Pohl Daveybrodenem
Edinlinkfor Joke!



Ashley emailed looking for some inspiration for a new banister in her home. I dug through my photo stash and thought the following photos of staircases might get her creative juices flowing, and mine too for that matter. (In conversations with Jo about what to do with my new house, she thought I should take down the wall going up the stairs and do something funky to open the stairs up a bit). So Ashley, hope this leads to a fabulous banister (which of course you've got to send us before and after photos of).

Chicago Home + Garden30e design
Christoff:Finio ArchitectureTsao & McKown
Alchemy ArchitectsMurray Fredericks
1100 architectSalon Interior
Alexander GorlinGuard Tillman Pollock/Mark Guard
1100 architectBKSK Architects
Alan TanksleyThis Old House
1100 architectD'Arcy Jones Design
DécormagThom Filicia