Making the most of every nook, the landing at the top of the stairs is turned into a simple home office. A round graphic area rug adds style underfoot, and a classic armchair is paired with a traditional desk.
This home features an indoor sports area complete with paneled ceilings and recessed lights, a full court in red tiles with a basketball hoop, target practice for hockey and metal and wooden stairs leading to an above landing with storage below.
The oak staircase is finished with wool carpets specially woven to seamlessly wrap up the stairs and around the landing. A captivating chandelier beautifully illuminates the high, wood ceiling. A black tile floor creates a lovely contrast against the wood elements.
All eyes go immediately to the striking gallery wall in this sophisticated living room that is filled with compelling art. The paintings wrap up and around the stairs and second floor landing, adding a sense of movement and dimension to the space.
Palest blue walls act as a neutral in the foyer, while adding a hint of color and depth to the space. At the foot of the stairs, a built-in bench is a handy landing pad for putting on shoes or dropping off bags.
Views of the living room and beyond can be enjoyed from the landing on the stairs to the upper level. "The furniture compliments the view and it recedes so the two can live harmoniously without fighting," says project interior designer Brain Patrick Flynn.
In this functional upstairs landing, various areas provide spots for dining, working and entertaining. At the top of the stairs to the left, floating shelves and a built-in desk create a cozy home office nook. Nearby, dark cabinetry and dark floating shelves characterize the built-in bar. Meanwhile, a loft-like landing offers space for a modern bistro table and four chairs, creating a fun area for dining or playing games.
This landing comes to life with large pieces of contemporary art and a coral-and-teal striped runner. As guests ascend the stairs, they'll also be able to admire the wall of windows, a gold chandelier and wood banister -- the last of which was lovingly restored.
Natural light floods this modern white staircase, making the space feel bright and breezy. Glide down the stairs and enjoy pops of color from eight small squares of art. Light bounces off the tile floor at the landing and catches the slender statue and pair of mustard yellow armchairs.
Beach-blue walls create a bold first impression in the foyer of the home. A powder-coated aluminum stair rail system visually expands the home's usable space. A decorative clock, displayed in the landing, is permanently set at five o'clock—relaxation time. A blue limpet shell mirror, flanked by candle sconces, greets guests in the foyer.
To create an open feeling throughout the home, the second floor landing and staircase were left open for a clear view between floors. Upon descending the stairs, guests enter the foyer of the home, which is half contemporary, with hardwood floors and an oriental rug, and half traditional, with patterned tile and large pots filled with bamboo shoots for dramatic effect. The neutral color palette and slope of the stairs help to anchor the space, creating a pleasing blend of the two styles.
As guests descend the stairs, they'll pass by garden beds of tall cacti and small succulents. By including these plants around the yard, the Pascale Land Design team added color and texture to the setting.
Another strategy Olaniyi employs throughout her home is to design every space. This design moment occurs as guests climb the stairs to the home’s second floor. A small landing between stairways becomes an oasis of color and pattern. Here, palm frond wallpaper and a Moroccan-style mirror pair with cowrie shell necklace and a basket of dried foliage to create a distinctly African-inspired look.
A wide view of this modern home's backyard reveals its extensive landscape and hardscape. A retaining wall frames the edge beside a grid-like patio, and stairs from the porch descend beside sections of grass and mulch. The levels follow the slanted flow of the land for a natural look.
This living room was subdivided to create a bedroom, and a floating staircase was added to the newly extended second floor. The stair treads and landings were made from local reclaimed heart pine, and milled from 15" deep beams. Designer Heather Garrett custom mixed the stain so it would match original flooring.
This custom project was built as the clients' "forever home." The uniquely designed entry system leads the visitor to four separate landings as the stairs wind around and turn from concrete to "floating steel" stairs towards the top. The concrete was formed to give it a unique detail, and there are two integrated planters along the way up as well. Inside, the home offers a three-stop elevator, two-sided fireplace, 26' exposed steel I-beam, spa-like master bath and hand fabricated custom perforated steel handrails.
Landscape architect Steve Martino tried to exploit every opportunity he could find to make this sculpture garden an extension to the house. This small land-locked garden in Arizona had been separated into two levels by two sets of stairs and dominated by boulder retaining walls. Now, features such as a water channel create a visual axis from the entry door to the prized Kaneko ceramic sculpture.