As we plunge into 2015,
I am contemplating stairs.
Here, a meditation on stairs
to accompany your journey
in the year ahead.

Onward to grand things!


 • • • Rhythm• • •

Street art.
Musicality.
A lilting step.
They’re all here,
and aren’t they lovely?

 photo courtesy of theplumednest.com

photo courtesy of theplumednest.com


• • • Scroll • • •

An ordinary set of stairs —
— well, ordinary until you factor in
the shape of the wall holding up the balustrade,
and the way that shape is echoed and reinforced
by the tufted banquette.
It’s like a giant headboard meets a stairway,
and this is what they wrought.

   photo courtesy of thestudioentourage.com

photo courtesy of thestudioentourage.com


• • • Measured • • •

Same concept, different execution.
Button tufted velvet walls.
With a crisp white dressmaker-detail border.

I like.
I really really like!


• • • Walk On Water • • •

An ordinary stairwell, but wow!
Look what the swishy floor covering does.
Oh, the power of graphics,
combined with the power of color.

Yes, please!

 photo courtesy of decordesignreview.tumblr.com

photo courtesy of decordesignreview.tumblr.com


• • • Dynamo • • •

On the topic of color and stairs,
how’s this for dynamic?

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• • • Quiet Descent • • •

Simpler execution.
Minimalism at its poetic best:

 photo courtesy of  Lauren Jolly Roberts  at flickr.com

photo courtesy of Lauren Jolly Roberts at flickr.com


• • • Supporting Scene • • •

Even a typical stairway
can be a beautiful backdrop
with thoughtfully-placed wallpaper.

 photo courtesy of annesage.com

photo courtesy of annesage.com


• • • Rooted in Nature • • •

For the Pacific Northwest,
what could be better than
an organic stairwell that hugs a tree.

In my book, it’s a tree hugger.

 photo courtesy of impressiveinteriordesign.com

photo courtesy of impressiveinteriordesign.com


• • • bathing beauties • • •

On the wood theme,
how about these bathing beauties?

 photo courtesy of cargocollective.com/jocelyncostis

photo courtesy of cargocollective.com/jocelyncostis


• • •  Trans-Ascendant • • •

Finally, for those moments of exhilaration,
when you are floating on air,
surely this is the staircase to carry you there.

 photo courtesy of themost10.com

photo courtesy of themost10.com

Wherever your journey takes you in 2015,
I wish you inspiration, great design, room to breathe,
and color inside & out.

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