Statement Staircases

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today I  put together a post for you that is small on words but big on pictures - all of them featuring beautiful staircases.
Interior design by Steven Gambrel

The catalyst for this post came up on my Instagram feed courtesy of this gorgeous staircase by C Brandon Ingram, an architect out of Atlanta.

I absolutely love the way he used such ordinary materials in a unexpected way.  It feels classic but fresh, which seems to be a recurring theme in his work.

Image from Pinterest - original source unknown
This appears to be an older home, but can you imagine how surprised you would be to walk in and see that bold coral pink runner?  This really works for me.

I think the staircase above is so crisp.  I t has a perfect mix of modern and classic design elements. 

And I don't think it would be possible to post about statement staircases without including these beauties (above and below) by Kelly Wearstler

Here's another brass staircase from Greg Natale below

This staircase by Suzanne Kasler has been at the top of my list of favorite staircases for years.  

as well as this stunner from Melissa Rufty -  which is really about what she did with the space rather than the staircase itself.

 Do you have a favorite here?

The Green Room Interiors provides interior decorating and design services in Chattanooga, TN .  If you'd like to discover the joy of living in a well designed home, contact Kim Lemmon at 423.653.3186 or email

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Favorites from Wisteria

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I don't often get to look through all of the home decor catalogs I get in the mail - and there are lots of them! Even when I'm sourcing things for a particular project I don't always have the time to browse everything that is offered by online retailers.  It could have been the colors on the cover that drew me in to this particular catalog.

In any case, I'm glad I decided to have a look because there are so many things I would love to have in my own home or use in other projects.

Like the Bonswara side table.  The beauty is in the simplicity of its form and that honed marble finish.  Mind you, it's not inexpensive but this is a piece you'll buy and keep forever.

A work of art.  I'd love to flank a console with a pair of these in an entryway.  

This mirror has a Dorothy Draper-esque feel to it.  I can see it over the sinks in a simple white bathroom.

Only about a thousand things you could use these for: a collection of blue & white porcelain, foo dogs, blanc de chine, agates, brass animals, porcelain birds, celadon pottery - anything you can think of.  They hold up to 30 pounds.

What do you think? Any favorites here or have you seen something else I need to know about.

Happy Monday!! 

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Client Entry Before and After - in Neutrals

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hello out there readers of design blogs!  Today I have a postlet to share with you of a recent foyer makeover.  This is one of the "afters" because I think it best to open things up with some pretty.

So now we'll back up to where it all began.

The thing is my clients' home is at the top of a mountain on the most gorgeous wooded lot, and we didn't think this particular arrangement honored the natural loveliness of its surroundings. Although the console table was a step in the right direction, the three shelves with the two mirrors and chairs felt busy.

My clients wanted something rustic and sophisticated.  And they did not want to repaint the walls.

Sorry for this horrifically blurry shot, but its the only one I have the shows the "before" of the feature art piece painted by my client's son.  I immediately knew we should make this painting the focal point of the long wall of the entry.  I had the painting reframed with a wider creamy white mat and a simple black frame for a cleaner, more updated look. (see below)

Here's what else.  We added some whitewashed planks to the aforementioned long wall, hung that pretty painting, put a long chunky console table under it and styled the whole thing up. With some nature-inspired stuff like those twigs I got out of their side yard. And, to keep the look from going all Cracker Barrel on us, we added some modern glam with that amazing Drexel Heritage glass prism lamp and crisp white accessories. 

We also painted the French Doors to the outside living area a rich charcoal gray, which we repeated in the family room on the book cases and exterior doors.  It gives them such presence, doesn't it?


 In this slightly wider shot, you can see we also replaced the fussy wool rug with a black & white cowhide.  Oh how I love it!  And we replaced the generic chandelier with something a little more whimsical. A tall leaner mirror further simplifies the look and is perfect for checking out your head to toe look before heading out the door.

And that's the end!  Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  And did you know if you were following me on Instagram then you would have already seen it? Follow me on InstagramPinterest, and on Facebook!