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Friday, February 6, 2015

A Chair By The Stairs

I’ve been feverishly working on the living room at Storybook Cottage as I have family members who are arriving this Sunday for a much anticipated visit.

From trash to treasure! Decorating with things from your home. DIY wall art + vintage finds @Thistlewood Farm

One of the areas that looked particularly empty was the half wall next to the stairs.


With the French hutch sitting on the full wall right next to it a table didn’t really make sense.

Farmhouse Renovation by Historical Concepts- I love the chair, painting, and chest of drawers

I had seen a darling chair at HomeGoods, brought it home, set it next to the stairs and loved it.

Mr. Décor took one look at the unfinished space and said “The chair makes no sense at all.”

Photo by injekt, via Flickr - another surviving chair at the long abandoned Steinert Hall underneath Boylston in downtown Boston.

But does design have to make sense to enjoy it?

The Yellow Cape Cod: Client Project~Foyer~Before and After --- lovely.  Add drama by adding height to open spaces and high ceilings.

So I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and even though Christmas is the LAST thing on my mind I really loved this vignette.

glam gold via styleathome

Love strikes again.

Give the traditional staircase evergreen swag a burst of fresh color and style by adding a bright green layer of bells of Ireland and complete the cheerful package with big red bows.

Totally swoon worthy.

Festive Holiday Staircases and Entryways - Traditional Home®

This shot, with it’s squatty settee, made me smile and think about what artwork I could use to fill in the wall. 

The reupholstered settee in a New Canaan entryway is a treasured family heirloom. Photo by Michael Partenio

The space is starting to come together and I hope to share it very soon.

The stairs I want by gigi zhang @}-,-;--

In the meantime I shared the above images with Mr. Décor and saved the best for last.

He admitted defeat.

Charming House Tour filled with fabulous ideas like this chalkboard entry wall!

What is your favorite thing to place next to a staircase?



Kelley said...

Lol: I LOVE the last one. Wonderful inspiration for your "makes no sense" space. Can't wait to see the reveal!

Hugs and happy weekend,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I am sure it will look totally amazing. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I love the idea of a chair.

Auntie Em said...

You have found so many great photos for inspiration. But be careful. While a little table and settee or chair are so sweet and inviting as a place to set down to remove your shoes...if your house is anything like ours, it becomes a constant battle to keep it clear. It's such an easy place to drop the mail, a parcel to be tended to later, jackets, sweaters, scarves...well, you get the idea. It can so easily becomes a place where everything lands, especially if it's close to the door everyone usually uses. And it becomes even worse, for some reason, if it's on the right side of the door. I don't know why. :(
Rest up and just enjoy your company. The decorating will happen when it happens! :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

My cane! :)

Stacey said...

That's what happens at my house. :)

Stacey said...

I love your inspiration photos! A chair in the entry or by the stairs is a great idea if you have space. It's inviting. :)

Auntie Em said all the junk lands in that kind of spot....we have cubbies at our garage door entry and mercy do the shoes pile up! If you put a chair by your stairs, just make it clear that shoes have to go somewhere else.

Linda said...

Those all look so pretty. : ) I don't know, because we've never really had a staircase.

Sandi said...


That twisty spiral staircase second from the end is somehow disturbing. It doesn't look like it should be able to bend like that! :-)

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Beautiful looks! I have a chair that was my mother-in-law's that sits in our foyer by our staircase. I love how it looks and it's so handy to have there.

Blessings, Edie Marie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, now I want to see it, Laura! At our old house I had my road side rescued French dresser, but a chair would have fit as well. I love the inspiration pictures you've shown here, especially those with the Christmas trees. Although, I wouldn't have had that much room next to our staircase.

Lorrie said...

Great inspiration photos. Sometimes we really have to convince our husbands about design choices. I have a narrow dresser against my stairs - no room for a chair.

Sarah said...

No place to "place" something next to our stairs because we have wrapped stairs. If I did, I'd like a bench with seasonal pillows. ;-)
Crushing over New England Home image.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

My staircase doesn't create a half way like yours because it turns right away, so I hide a closet under it for coats, but I want to change the wall that is opposite the staircase... and can you guess? I want to add a chair there, to I pinned some of your inspiration!

Rita C. said...

Can't wait to see what you ended up with, and you know I can totally relate to Mr. Decor's first reaction!

Karena Albert said...

Ha, I love that last one Laura!! A chair in the entry always makes sense to me, to sit and take off ones boots, coast whatever and sit down the for me!!

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Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Love this! You are right- sometimes a design choice doesn't always seem sensible but looks darn good! I gained some incentive for a corner that I want to change from one of your pictures. Love the last picture and hubby's reaction!