Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stairway to Heaven

I tend to get my inspiration from projects on which I am currently working or from things about which I am daydreaming for my own home.  As we have just had our stairs installed (they are still fresh wood with no paint or stain), it is time to focus on what I want to do for my runner. Here are a few  inspirations I have in my (bulging) daydream folder, as well as from some recent client installations. Be inspired, and enjoy!
As seen in  Kelly Wearslter's book HUE

 Although my stair case is not as grand as this one at the Hillcrest Estate, I love the look of the custom black and white runner. Kelly custom designed this through Patterson, Flynn  & Martin.

Still love the black floors and the zebra printed hide.

One of my favorite geometric carpets by Rosecore.  The Cite Square Pattern is unique with its high/low texture.  It mimics sisal while offering the allure of wool.  I have used it for area rugs and runners for several clients.

Love this simple horizontal elegant stripe as seen in Elle Decor.  The silk-like texture, which is normally wool and viscose, is a huge hit this year.  Just have to make my clients aware that just like silk, it will lay down. To me, this makes it look like a luxurious antique runner.

From Jonathan Adler's book ON HAPPY CHIC COLORS

This original design by David Hicks is one of my all time favorites. There are now several manufacturers that carry similar less expensive versions, but I adore the wilton by Stark and Prestige.  My staircase looks similar to this one with a foil-like paper.  I might try this in black and white.

 Speaking of Happy Chic...look at this colorful staircase that we just installed a few months ago.  The homeowner (who should be a designer in her next life) wanted something fun and bright on her steps leading to her basement. We discussed stripes but with the many turns on her steps, we settled on a fun, less expensive version that looks amazing!

The owner contemplated which color she wanted on each step to give the most pleasing look.  I think she succeeded! 
As seen in Glamorous Rooms

Another geometric runner makes a statement when you walk in the front door. 

I still think sisal looks great as a runner. This herringbone design was used throughout
a Raleigh home with multiple sets of stair cases.

As seen in New Classic Interiors
Striped runners can be traditional and classic like the one above.

As seen in Defining Luxury
This pinched leopard product - similar to a Langhorne we have on the showroom floor -  is gorgeous. Timeless and beautiful, it goes with all types of decor.

More animal prints.  Beautiful zebra runner as seen in House Beautiful