Thursday, October 25, 2012

French and European Inspired Staircases

Greetings everyone!  I hope today finds you doing well! 
Before I go too far today I have to say that there are a lot of HomeGoods fans out there!  Our last two posts have featured some of our own HomeGoods finds.  You all must enjoy seeing HomeGoods finds because the posts have been visited at a staggering rate.  If you missed either one, you can still see them here:  Ralph Lauren Canisters  and our Ralph Lauren Lamps.
Today's "Which is your Favorite"; Staircases.  Like so many other things, it's all in the details.  From the railing to spindles and steps, each gives a staircase its own unique character.
I have to say that we have become a huge fan of Phoebe Howard's work.  She pays so much attention to details.  Everything feels so simple and elegant.  Favorites on this staircase are the iron triple spindles and the simple black iron railing with scrolled ends.  We also prefer seeing individual steps when looking at the staircase from the side.  Can you say put me in our new home?

This staircase features beautiful double iron spindles.  Love how the staircase curves down into the foyer. This space has several European features from the half circle roman arched front door, to a quarter circle arch opening leading down the hall.

These next two photographs are of the same staircase.  Really like the warm feel of this curved staircase.

Again looking down from the above staircase.  Such a grand staircase with a variation of curves and platforms.

We want to have a unique staircase going down into our basement.  Again one goal we have for our new home is that we want it to feel old world.  To do that, we want to incorporate stone on the staircase leading down into the basement.  This spiral staircase would be perfect for descending down into an old basement.  So interesting to see the individual stone steps pivoting on a central point.

We have had this photograph in our "inspiration" file for some time.  Highlights of this photograph are the stone walls as you descend down into the basement.  It gives the feel of walking down into the foundation of an old home.  The wood beams and stone floor makes it look like you have entered a basement hundreds of years old. 

Beautiful curved staircase with iron spindles. 
Favorites of this photograph include the stone arch wall over the entrance to the staircase.  Like how the fireplace has also been integrated into the same wall. 

This colonial inspired staircase is just gorgeous.  Love the simple wood spindles and "floating" appearance of the staircase.

Do you see one of these in your home?  Which is your favorite?

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On Saturday we will be in Chicago to tour the Bentwood Kitchen Showroom.  Can't wait to share what we find!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Tonya and Rob


  1. we just did our 2nd staircase and believe's so hard to decide just the right thing. These are all wonderful examples!

  2. All beautiful choices...with charm and character.

  3. I, too, am a Phoebe Howard fan and I love #1. The gallery wall is a nice feature.
    Have a good weekend,

  4. Faith - Interiors UniqueOctober 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Choice #2

  5. The last one is nice but I'll have to go with #2 :)

    Have a nice weekend!


  6. Number 2 !! But the most beautiful one is in one of my Elegant Homes magazine and even better version of that is at Tina's Enchanted Home! Enjoy the weekend! Ciao z

  7. Alas! My staircases are orangey builder's oak. Nothing like these! *sniffle*
    Once we paint them they shouldn't be too bad.
    I love the stone steps leading into the basement. It reminds me of Heathcliff and Catherine!


  8. All beautiful but really loving number 2....very elegant, great lines, perfect curve. Who could ask for more!

  9. Number 1 has to be one of my all time favorites! Love a good entryway with a staircase! M.

  10. I love both of your Choice 3's!;) However I prefer the white kick board instead of a wood kick board or whatever they are called. I like to break up all the wood with the white. We are hoping to redo our stairs in the near future! Cant wait to see what you decide on!

  11. My most favorite staircase ever is at Shaker Town in KY.
    Thanks for your comment, I work in micron pen, archival ink and then apply the water color wash.
    Love to create one for you of your home.


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