Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Staircase Before & After

This gorgeous new staircase is part of the 1920's home that I, along with Shelly Home Company, have been restoring over the past year. It is such an amazing home that just needed some TLC and boy did she get it! We are in phase 2 of the decorating part, now that all of the construction has subsided. I can't wait to show you this wonderful project :-)
...But for now, this is just the staircase...
In the image below, you can see what the staircase looked like in it's former glory :-/


I designed all of the ironwork and my contractor sent it off to be fabricated. We couldn't be happier with the result!

We updated that icky, shiny brass lantern fixture for a stunning, antiqued mirror Moravian star pendant.

The antique brass medallions are my favorite part!

The landing at the top of the stairs, seen in the 'before' image below, was an awful pony wall that wasn't even close to meeting code. It was, like 2 1/2' tall!!! Besides being aesthetically dated, it was extremely unsafe, especially for the homeowner's two small children. So, we opened the space up with the new railing and brought it to a little above code height for some extra safety.

We ripped up the heavy, wool carpet and stained the treads and painted the risers for a fresh new look.
The whole space just feels like a breath of fresh air now.

Lots more to come from this home soon...


Karen said...

What a beautiful update!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you Karen!

have a lovely said...

Gorgeous update!!! Thank you for the inspiration! I just found your oh so lovely blog!

Maria@Live Beautifully said...

Thank you! You have a lovely blog as well :-) Thanks for reading!