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!
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