Monday, August 30, 2010

Transforming a lifeless space

Often homeowners overlook hallways and staircases as being spaces to decorate. Many times these spaces are thought of as passage from one space to another when they could (or maybe even should) be decorated. I always look at these spaces as opportunities to create either art or photo galleries. I'm currently transforming my staircase. Up until now I had a photo gallery with all the same size frames, but I was lacking the "wow factor" that I desired. Recently while I was in the D & D Building (design building in NYC) I came across this chocolate and white striped wallcovering and immediately placed an order knowing it would be the perfect compliment to my staircase.
Before
In transition
Once completed I will share the final results. Do you transform your hallways and/or staircases? If so, what do you do with the space? Have a great Monday!

21 comments:

Karena said...

Lisa I have painted my entry and hallway a deep blue and hanging art to brighten the space. I am also considering a silver vine going up the staircase bt the railing.

Karena
Art by Karena

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Looks great so far....I'll admit my stairways got painted but that is about it.....the halls got some decoration but not the stairs. I am so envious that you know how to hang wallpaper and are so good at it!

Kathysue said...

Lisa, I LOVE!!! your chocolate stripes, you know me and stripes I am kind of obsessed with anything striped. How stunning it looks on your stairwell. It makes such a great backdrop to the staircase and you gallery. Happy Monday!! Kathysue

Style Chronicle said...

Love a stripe and the chocolate and white is fun and chic!!

Carpet Guy said...

Hi Lisa! Love your staircase transformation, looking good with the brown stripes complimenting the carpeting. I agree with you 100%, staircases and hallways are often overlooked from the design standpoint. Adding beautiful artwork or wall accents can really make that space shine :) thanks for sharing!

Style Attic said...

Voila! I totally agree and I'm glad you found the perfect treament :) My staircase is also chocolate brown and white....hmmmm...you've got me thinking that a want may quickly become a need! Are the frames custom? Have a great day XO, Kel

Hamptontoes said...

Style Attic,
The frames are 14" x 17" and they are from Pottery Barn. The cost was $29.00 per frame. The clean lines are perfect for creating the gallery look I wanted to achieve.

Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

looks chic, cant wait to see the complete look.

bluehydrangea said...

Loving the wallpaper, what a difference!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I have huge plans for my boring staircase, unfortunately, it's going to cost big bucks too. Someday!

Ann said...

The hall / landing looks fab with the stripes! I admire your daring, but then again, you have exquisite taste.

I painted a barely there landscape mural in my teeny-tiny hall. You almost need to really look before you see it.

-Ann

Debby said...

This is just way too cool!! I love it... it's so fun and interesting and just pops! xo

FrenchBlue said...

Wow! The stipes add so much! It looks so cheerful and rich all at the same time! I can't wait to see it all finished:)
XO

pretty pink tulips said...

Lisa, that definitely says WOW! Great choice on the wallpaper. My front staircase has me stumped....it has a gentle curve to it - so I'm not sure if I should wallpaper all the way to the 3rd floor, leave it, or try and put some interesting art on it. Sadly, I'm in a state of paralysis for now!!! This gives me a nudge to try something though!
xo Elizabeth

Kate from Party Resources said...

Love the impact of the paper - fabulous!!! xx, Kate

Cara said...

LOVE IT!!
<3 cara
PS. come on over and enter my fun giveaway!

The Zhush said...

Amazing transformation Lisa, just love the wallpaper! Like you we have a family photo gallery (and stripe wallpaper too!) :)

Ahmed said...

You have done a marvelous job! I am really inspired with your work.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Lisa,
It looks fantastic! I see from previous posts you have been REALLY busy...it's all wonderful...so jealous of your banquette seating!

Kelli said...

LOVE the work!!! GREAT JOB!!!!

SHERRY HART said...

LOVE the black and white stripe. Now that hallway sings!