Let’s Talk Stairs

Art and Chic-Design Crush
Art and Chic

Let’s call staircases what they really are: a functional sculpture. If you live in a multistory home you’re lucky enough to have your very own. And while you might be thinking my staircase is definitely not a piece of art, there are plenty of ways to turn that on its head. Grab a can of paint – the most budget-friendly way to change most parts of your space – or lay down a rug for starters. Check out these ten traditional and modern flights for a dose of inspiration.

 

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archilovers

 

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sfgirlbybay

 

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Home Adore

 

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Kelly Sauer

 

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Home Adore

 

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ishka designs

 

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Home Adore

 

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Cabbages & Roses

 

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archilovers

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Lorena Marañon

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Something about January makes me feel like I should be hunkered down embroidering next to a roaring fire. The problem is I haven’t done so much as cross-stitch since elementary school, so the end results would be nothing as spectacular as the work of Lorena Marañon. The Cuban-born artist is inspired by the landscapes of her youth – northeastern coastlines, rivers, and plants – and the colors that surrounded her. The result is a beautiful body of work that’s full of embroidery, patchwork, and jewelry.

 

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Hay Mini Market

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You might be familiar with HAY, founded in 2002 to provide quality, contemporary furniture at a democratic price point. The company has been collaborating with international designers for years, but recently brought HAY Mini Market concept to the United States via MoMA Design Store. It’s basically a shop-within-a-shop collection that features over 230 objects you’re sure to find worthy.

 

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Paper Porcelain Vase // Feather // Polygon // Paper Carpet // Cord Hanger Fade //
Everyday Objects // Cap

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Rebecca Atwood’s Wallpaper Collection (+ a Quick DIY)

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This fall one of my favorite designers, Rebecca Atwood, released her first wallpaper collection. It features three designs  – Marble, Dashes, and Petals – in several color options and I’m smitten with every single one. Much of Rebecca’s inspiration came from her childhood growing up on Cape Cod, crisp fall days with swirling ocean waves and petals falling in the garden that mark the end of summer.

 

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I was especially taken with the Marble Clay Blue pattern and decided to use it in a simple fireplace update. This design started when Rebecca experimented with marbling papers using India ink in the suminagashi technique. The irregular marbled designs reference the coastal elements – small rocks, swirling ocean pools, and the landscape itself. I just love everything about it!

 

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My fireplace needs a new liner to make it usable once again, so I fill it with prayer candles. When lit the result it warm and bright, which makes a decent stand-in on cozy nights. To give the box an update Rebecca sent me a length of her new wallpaper in my favorite pattern. I measured the back of the box up to where it narrows into the chimney and down along the bottom and trimmed a piece of paper before cutting it to the proper width. It was a bit of trial and error in finding something that would attach to the super old painted over masonry, but after a few tries double-stick strips from 3M did the trick nicely. I attached three on the top edge and three on the bottom edge and applied. Voila! Yet another super versatile way to use wallpaper. I’m quite happy with the results and am even more convinced that I need to paint those tiles black asap.

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Louise Gray

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Way back in August I met the ladies behind Louise Gray – Alexandra Gray Bennett and Jocelin Johnson. So now not only do I want to find one of their amazing geometric quilts under my tree Christmas morning, I also want to go to happy hour with them the day after. Through Louise Gray they reinterpret the art of quilting using modern design to keep the traditional craft alive. Each one is handcrafted in the USA from 100% cotton, and looks just as good on your bed as it does adorning a wall as art.

 

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Lindsay Stead / Collection Quilts

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Lindsay Stead’s Collection Quilts are made in small batches, maintaining the quality and integrity that her work is known for. Lindsay works closely with a group of quilters in rural Ontario to produce these heirlooms. Each quilt is designed personally by her then made by a group of women who have handed down, through generations, their knowledge of quilting. The result is a collection of modern quilts with traditional roots that you’re sure to love and cherish. You can grab your own in her shop, at Steven Alan’s home store, or in Toronto’s Mjölk.

 

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Fireclay Tile

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I’m generally drawn to safe neutrals when choosing the more permanent features in a space. Hues that help to create a blank canvas to build out a room upon, ones that have legs beyond my current style preference. But then I learned about Fireclay Tile and their incredible, brilliantly designed products that are made by hand in their factory just outside San Francisco. Their expansive collection of designs, shapes, and colors has got my creative engine turning and I’m thinking that maybe I need to take a walk on the wild side!

 

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