Have you ever been to party where there is plenty of good food, drinks, and entertainment, yet all you want to do is walk up stairs and tour the rest of the house? Frankly, I have been to my fair share. It is uncouth to ask for a tour, yet it is even more brazen to give one to yourself. I am not going to blame myself for this curiosity…it is completely the stairs fault. Often times there are pictures lining the wall or an interesting wallpaper, even really cool railings that just make me wonder what more design fun must be on the second floor.
If a home tells a story, then stairs are the ultimate transition. Wouldn’t you want to break the rules and climb these luxe stairways?
What an effective wallpaper choice. The black, gold and white is refined, yet very current. Photo source: Elements of Style
1931 Charles C. Auchincloss House Stairway. Timeless in every way. I bet it will look just as elegant many years from now. Photo source: Pinterest
This spectacular Fort Worth entry was designed by Joesph Minton. Photo source: Emily Minton Redfield
High-gloss black panelling around the stairs looks so very sharp. Photo source: Greige Design
Speaking of high-gloss black…what an entry! Photo source: Pinterest
This is one way never to have trouble reaching the top of the bookshelf! Designed by Ferguson & Shamamian architects.
Evelyn Lauder in her Palm Beach estate. The stairs face the entry instead of being the actual focal point of the entry. Also, look at the detail on the railing. She had exquisite taste. Photo by Douglas Friedman.
Perfect for a lake or beach house. I find it interesting how they used the small railings on the top of the landing. Photo source: House Beautiful
Not sure on my opinion of the paint color, but you can do no wrong with a gallery wall along a straight-up staircase. Photo source: Pinterest
Oh what fun! The runner really adds a pop of energy in this understated hallway. Photo source: La Dolce Vita Blog
So much light and sophistication in this hallway by Mark D. Sikes. Photo source: Mark D. Sikes
Miles Redd creates such a distinguished, yet playful staircase. Look at the incorporated colors. Photo source: Elle Decor
I know this is a rather small and grainy image, but please tell me you recognize this? “Annie, is that you?” Shed a tear for Lindsey Lohan’s innocence, for the passing of the chic Natasha Richardson, and then take a moment to remember how many Hard Candy nail polishes you would have traded to live at 7 Pinprick Lane (The Parent Trap). I may have lost some of you here, but if you know good design then you know a Nancy Meyer’s movie when you see one. More to come on her fab film decor.
Somewhat similar with the orange, but notice how they used black to line the wall panels. So smart. Photo source: Pinterest
Now these are some of my all time favorite stairs designed by Phoebe Howard. I love the dramatic structure of the stairs and the leopard runners.
Because who doesn’t want stairs in their kitchen? This may not be the most practical concept (think up and down for dinner parties, cheerios in the Jute runner, missing a step with china in hand), but it sure adds an element of surprise and interest to a kitchen. Photo source: Houzz
Bunny Williams designed this long island estate. Very polished and stately.
I really like this wide-open entry with the stairs off to the side. I just want to grab a coffee table book and take a seat on the bench. Photo source: Pinterest
A tufted chair on the landing, a collection of black and white prints, and a BEYOND tasteful zebra runner- I’m in love. Photo source: Pinterest