I'll take the stairs.

Boxed, spiral, curved, circular, vertical, open,
sweeping & grand.
 In early New England homes, space was tight and the boxed staircase, literally boxed in between a closet & bookcase seen here, was the solution.
American Farmhouses 
The houses and farms of older New England demonstrate that Yankee thrift.
American Farmhouses 
 Stairs aren't simply used for getting from one level to the next these day's.  Some are grand, spiraling works of art!
Eric Roth
And they are often the center of attention right as you walk through the door. The inlaid wood, carpeting & oriental runner above is interesting...wonder why so many surfaces?
I much prefer the simple sisal runner below.
Lucyina Moodie 
One thing in modern homes that is very different than a few decades ago is that long stair runs are now separated by landings. This looks like a lovely spot to sit & try to remember what I came upstairs for...
Barnes Vanz Architects
 Older homes were small and so long stair runs were necessary, but not anymore. This sunny stairwell reminds me of a conch shell. Just look at that banister!
Eric Roth
How beachy is this staircase column with it's nauticle inspired cap! This epitomizes the fun-loving spirit of Diamond & Baratta.
Diamond Baratta Design
I also adore how the unfinished curvaceous spiral below, tells the history of this American farmhouse.
American Farmhouses
I say eliminate the wall covering and appreciate the craftsmanship!
House and Garden Book of Style
More dizzying heights in black & white! Good grief, what is up there?
Eric Roth
Was it me who said I prefer a simple sisal runner?
 I take that back!
House and Garden Book of Style
 Race you to the top!

14 comments:

shiree segerstrom said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful post Lisa! I knew you had taste! Shiree'

LPC said...

Beautiful. Really nice series of images. Richly detailed.

Francine Gardner said...

My first house was built in 1668, outside of Boston, with 3 stairways....steep they were !! I love staircases, I think that there are such an intricate part of the architecture of a house. My current house is on one level as it actually was a horse stable and I do miss having a stairway....well, I do have a modest one only leading to the attic

Jacqueline said...

I can just feel that sisal runner under my bare toes!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Dreamy!
I love stairs :)

A Country Farmhouse said...

I'll take the stairs with you! Our farmhouse has stairs (originally the attic stairs) that resemble that good old Yankee thrift. BUT I dream of having the spiraling works of art kind! And I agree, the landing must be where one can sit an try and recall what you're going upstairs for (I could use one of those for sure).
x Trina

JMW said...

I love staircases, especially ones with lovely curves or runners that add classic or even unexpected touches.

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

Isn't that lighthouse cool! I love my old "New England" staircase!!

My Notting Hill said...

Your post reminds me of the cool back stair case in the House of the Seven Gables in Salem. The Aerial Rios federal building in DC has the most beautiful 7 story marble stair case with an Art Deco chandelier that descends the whole way down. The first time I saw it, it took my breath away. If you're interested, there is a picture here:

http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/29976/

Also - thanks to the link for my porch post. I added a link to yours in a later post.

teaorwine said...

Love the deep stairwell landing complete with sofa and gorgeous window! This would be my favorite spot, for sure.

Renee Finberg said...

i love the landing shot with the settee.
and all the stair images are too gorgeous.
i think the worn stairs are super too.
xx

Greet said...

Lisa, just a great post! Gorgeous images!!!Ohhh!!!
xx
Greet

Linda Merrill said...

What a great selection of stair cases. As I've trod up and down my share of the New England farmhouse stairs, I am always amazed that when those houses were built, women were wearing long skirts, petticoats, etc. How did they navigate the steep stairs, with babies and laundry, while holding up their skirts??? Amazing.

Staci Edwards Design said...

My favorite is the stair case with the sisal runner. Classic and lovely!