This beautiful stairwell was designed by my friend, Debbie.
Notice the pretty Reggio register and
the striking wainscoting and seagrass runner.
There is an open upstairs landing with a Lantern and skylight.
Here are two unusual stairwells designed by Phoebe Howard.
I like the horizontal planking and light fixture below.
In my friend, Claire's mid-century beach house, she painted the banister black
and added the zebra runner and an antique French mirror.
Incidentally, it's a good idea to dress up a honey oak builder's grade banister by painting it all
black, like Claire did or paint the hand rail black and the spindles white.
When we were renovating our 1950's beach house, we tore down a wall to open it up.
In this above before photo, there was a door at the bottom of the stairs.
We added a custom banister designed with a modern cottage feel.
What about a runner?
Acanthus and Acorn has a helpful post regarding stair runners here.
I think a striped runner would be in keeping with the coastal theme.
Or seagrass or a tight sisal might be good. What do you think?
here's a "vintage mid-century" (ha! sorry guys) banister featuring my cute "Arizona"cousins.