This beautiful archway leads to a grand Italianate staircase and hallway. An iron lighting fixture and banister present an ornate style against the more simple surface of the interior walls. Arched walls continue in the upstairs hallway and on the first floor.
At the top of the staircase, guests get a bird's eye view of the beautiful Old World living and dining rooms. Exposed ceiling beams add to the style, while Venetian plaster walls create an elegant yet textured backdrop to the space. The cozy seating area is centered on a Mediterranean-inspired fireplace, while a pair of iron chandeliers light up the dining area.
This wide view of the kitchen highlights the open layout and the beautiful stairwell with custom-made railing. The stairwell connects the home’s three levels and replaces an existing staircase enclosed in dry wall. “It was like a big dinosaur in the room,” says project manager Scott Branscom. “The stairs also separated the kitchen from the living room and blocked your view.”
Claire Paquin carefully blended her design ideas with the unusual architecture of this home for a stunning look. For example, in the hall at the top of the staircase leading to the master suite, she placed colorful modern art facing each other on two blank walls to balance the weight of a large slatted half wall that otherwise commands the space.
Making the most of every nook, the space around the staircase doubles as as sitting area and office. The Asian-inspired secretary house decorative items, but pulls down as a simple desk that combines with a cowhide armchair. Black-and-white abstract art makes a bold statement on the creamy white walls, while a more traditional area rug grounds the space.
As seen on Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis restored the powder room off the grand staircase to period appropriate style after it had been completely gutted. The wainscoting from the hallway and has been replicated and given four coats of lacquer for a classic feel. 1970s fixtures on the sink were replaced, and the gold painted basin was stripped back to the original porcelain.
Architectural salvage can make for excellent tabletop decor. Here, a baluster crafted from an old Victorian staircase is given new life as a traditional candleholder. To outfit it for holding candles, a small wooden plaque is used as the footer and a pillar candle plate is added to the top.
A trio of pendant lights featuring mixed 3D shapes are layered at varying heights to fill the space of this two-story open staircase ceiling. Wire railing secures the space while keeping with the open feel of the design. Black metal balusters and hand railing fit the contemporary style with a touch of industrial influence.
Intertwine fruits, feathers, pine cones and mini glass ornaments throughout garland for a designer look. For the holidays, Britt Scripps Inn in San Diego, Calif., runs an intricate garland up the grand staircase, which is original to the house, built in 1887. Photo courtesy of Britt Scripps Inn
In a Hong Kong villa, trees take over a stairwell via luxury hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay. The wallpaper is made using the grisaille technique in shades of gray. The scenery shifts from trees to clouds as the wood and marble staircase continues. The villa's interior design is by Pamela Babey of BAMO.
A spiral staircase connects the bottom and top floors of this stunning porch. The bottom level has retractable Phantom Screens and the top level is screened. The stairs are made of matte black wrought iron and exotic ipe wood, selected by Eric and Jenny Rothman of Atlanta's Rothman + Rothman Design.
A small, Scandinavian-style writing desk tucks neatly into a corner of a staircase. The slim profile of the desk and the chair -- a dining chair instead of traditional office chair -- keeps the setup streamlined enough that it doesn't feel out of place in this foyer. The white desktop provides a nice contrast to the dark wood beadboard paneling.
The most imposing aspect of Brian’s design is probably the golden, hand-crafted cherry blossoms that hang all the way down the staircase to form a 30-foot suspended mobile. In the midst of admiring the mobile, it’s easy to miss the smaller details: Grass cloth wallpaper, hand painted faux paneling and the baby blue custom carpet, which—when looking down from the top floor—“looks like a fan,” Brians explains to HGTV.com.
The home is divided into upper and lower levels by this short stairway in the middle of the space. Originally an entirely different room, homeowners Tze and Geoff had the extra walls removed and expanded the staircase. Tze took the opportunity for a beautiful DIY project by wallpapering the stairs in this fun pineapple pattern by Rifle Paper Co. which is only visible when heading up from the downstairs area.
This view is of the front hall from the entry door toward the family room, which has glass doors - currently opened. The staircase was pushed to the side so as not to call too much attention.
At 11,000 square feet, the challenge was to create spaces that were gracious, but not overwhelming. This home is large, but each room feels personal, and the residents do not feel dwarfed by the space.
Alex Ray, of Five Senses Art Consultancy, was inspired to illustrate a move away from technology back to the basics of communication through an installation of hand-cast bronze letters and ancient symbols, as seen at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014. An overhead view from the staircase shows the letters tumbling down a white wall where dark brown hardwood floors are accented by a yellow carpet runner.
A modern white grand foyer designed by Melanie Turner Interiors for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens in Atlanta features paneled walls and contemporary artwork, of faces, by Sally King Benedict. The staircase has a sisal stair runner. The entryway also has a settee, a twig cocktail table and a screen with fabric in a Cubist design.
Separated by a breezeway and outdoor space, the two-level tower that adjoins the Pinewood Forest Idea Home by Atlanta designer Sherry Hart suggests a hip grotto custom-made for a visiting artist or a cool getaway for the teenagers of the family. A space-saving spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom.