I’ve slowly come to realize that I will probably never have the historic home staircase that I’ve always dreamed of. I yearn for a graceful stairway that draws the eye and captures the heart. You know – the type of staircase that’s perfect for hanging garland at Christmastime.
I’m not exactly sure when my passion for stairs began. Perhaps it started when I watched Scarlet O’Hara glide down that grand staircase in “Gone with the Wind.” Or maybe it’s from all the beautiful historic home staircases I saw when working at my dad’s decorating business.
Sanding, staining, or painting the handrail and newel posts was always given to me to do. No one else liked the detail work, but I loved it. Trim work was my specialty. Curving banisters are a favorite of mine to this day.
Even a simple staircase tugs at my heart strings.
I like the tread treatment on this set of painted stairs with its dark gray wainscoting.
This historic home staircase isn’t ridiculously grand, but it has a nicely curved handrail at the bottom along with a pretty stained glass window. Did you notice the books between the balusters?
How about this charmer? Don’t you want to open the doors underneath the stairway to see what’s in there? It’s like what you’d see in the home of the three bears. A door for papa bear, mama bear, and baby bear!
So the reason that I think I will never have a gorgeous staircase like these is because my next home is likely to be a one-story house. I’ve never enjoyed lugging a vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs! Maybe I should get a second vacuum – one for upstairs and one for downstairs.
When a home has an impressive stairway – it immediately becomes the focal point of the house. Whether it’s painted or stained wood, you can’t deny its architectural beauty.
Here’s what my staircase looks like today. I suppose it’s charming enough, but I wish it were a little bigger and had a graceful banister. Really though, I can’t complain. At least I have a roof over my head and a few kitties to love!
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