Friday Fun: Bookish Delights Under the Stairs

Under my stairs I have the cat’s litter tray, but if you set such prosaic realities aside, stairs do seem to offer an extra opportunity to store some books, especially if space is somewhat tight.

Bookshelves with a good light and even a chair to peruse properly, from
Scandinavian flair for this studio with a mezzanine in Luberon, France, from
I’m always a bit nervous about stairs with no balustrades, but maybe if you are Italian, you are never in danger of falling down them. From Porta Ticinese.
A modern reinterpretation of tradition, plus comfy armchairs, from Country Living.
The very British traditional take on home office and bookcase, from Neville Johnson.
This looks more manageable and affordable, although you might bump into things and make books fly. From

Friday Fun: Staircases to Heaven

You know by now how obsessed I am with beautiful hallways and staircases that entice you upstairs with the promise of heavenly delights to come…

Champagne and … is that pot to tempt you? From
Bit of a mish-mash of wallpapers going on there, but that parquet is to die for! From Elle Decor.
Tiles and intricate metalwork – my idea of heaven! From
Perhaps a little too classical, but I love the colour here. From
Almost monochrome simplicity, from
Last, but not least, this relatively unrestored chateau has a staircase in very good nick, from

Friday Fun: Staircases

What I liked instantly about the house I am living in now was the generously proportioned hallway and staircase with gallery. This is a rarity in the UK, where hallways tend to be narrow, dark and cramped. Although I never got round to renovating the hallway, here are some ideas for when I do have that time and money.

Simple but effective ascending shades of colour, from
The colour on the walls might be a bit too dark, but you can’t deny the strong statement this makes, from
I love patterned tiles, although I’ve taken a tumble on tiled or marble stairs and cannot recommend them. From a house in Bordeaux, from
Now for the more aspirational, looking like a 1930s film set, just waiting for Greta Garbo to waft in. From ArchitectureArtDesigns
Another chateau-inspired effort, from
A lot of staircase for a relatively small amount of space, from Behind Closed Doors.
More of a museum or public building statement staircase, but I wouldn’t mind the intricate  metalwork, from ArchitectureArtDesigns