This weekend as I was putting away the kids' new Halloween costumes (they've been running around in them all week so excited for Halloween) I suddenly flashed back to this week last October. Around this time one year ago we moved into our new house. I truly can't believe we have been in the house a year! I still feel like we just moved in. I use that excuse all the time when people come over to explain away the state of my home. Ignore the mess and the empty rooms! We just moved in. A year ago! Ha! Might have to come up with a new excuse. :) I decided in honor of our one year house anniversary I should finally show you our stairs! (If interested you can see the beginning stages of these stairs here.)
I don't know why I have such a fascination with stairs but I do. I had almost every detail of this staircase already designed in my head before we even met our architect (Coastal/Craftsman with a modern twist!). First of all - that runner! Chosen by some of you! I love it. So thank you to all of you who voiced your opinion in this trendy vs. safe post and helped me make this decision. I'm so glad I listened to all of you! (And to my husband who likes to remind me that he chose that runner too - I just didn't really listen to him until all of you agreed.) :) I love this view of the stair runner because it ties in so nicely with the mudroom baskets you can see down the hall. Not really planned but I'll take it!
I wanted to do something unique that I hadn't seen before so we came up with this fun detail on the side of the stairs. I worried that it might be too busy, but everything else is so clean and simple that I think it works. I'm excited to dress these stairs up for the holidays!
Simple inset panels that match the molding throughout the house. My favorite look. :)
This is a view of the hallway with the formal dining room on the left.
Then my office (dutch door you can see on the right). The main living areas (kitchen and family room) are across from the stairs.
I decided to stain the top of the molding to match the treads and railing.
Sorry. Just realizing now I took way too many pictures of the stairs.
One of every view from every angle apparently.
Obviously they take me to a happy place. Mostly happy that they are actually finished and we can enjoy them. When you're building it feels like you'll never reach that point!
I think it works with all of the clean lines in the stair case. And I love how pretty it is at night! It really lights up the staircase.
I'm planning on bringing more black in the upstairs hallway at some point next year when I get around to finishing the upstairs. I've made a lot of progress in the girls' rooms! But at the rate I'm going I'll have pictures ready to share with all of you around 2016.
You'll have to cut me some slack because after all,
we did just move in.