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Design Decisions: Stair Railing Design

Are you remodeling or building a new home?  If so, does that home have two stories?  Have you considered the type of stairs and railing design for your remodel or home?  These are just a few questions a designer asks at the very beginning.  When it comes to the stair design, the railing and material selection and stair material selection are very important.  More times than not, especially in new construction, the main stairs are in the entry.  The main stair design is a very important since it is one of the first architectural elements your guest see in a home.  I have posted before on stairs and railing design (here and here), but today I thought I’d share with you more stunning stair rails that will inspire.

 

There are so many different designs and materials to use for stair rails.  I have seen rope, glass, metal, iron, and wood, and don’t just think you can only use one!  A combination of materials is always nice.  What material(s) do you prefer?  When designing stair rails with my clients, I often refer to iron railing designs from centuries ago to get inspiration.  Designing custom stair rails is always fun, looking from past to present designs.  Another design consideration is the architectural style of the home (exterior and interior).  This will help determine what design direction to head.

The main stair tends to be more of a formal look, but it all depends on the style and feel of your home.  Also, some houses have more than one set of stairs and the ‘back staircase’ has a more casual design.  But this does not mean that your main stair has to be formal.

Donna's Blog: Design Decisions: stair railing design | Dungan Nequette Architects

 

There are a few things to know when designing your stair railing.  The diagram below shows the different pieces we need to consider when designing the overall stair railing.

 

Enjoy more beautiful stair railing design!

Donna's Blog: Design Decisions: stair railing design |  Jeff King & Company

 

 

Donna's Blog: Design Decisions: stair railing design | BAR Architects

 

Donna's Blog: Design Decisions: Stair railing design | Marie Meko, Allied ASID

 

 

Donna's Blog: Design Decisions: stair railing design | Photographers ibi designs

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Baby Nursery Love

Now that spring is here, many of us are gearing up for friends and loved ones that are either having weddings or are getting ready for a new addition to the family.  The baby nursery tends to be a room that women dream about designing, visions of blues, pinks, greens, gray, etc.

 

We all know the essentials that are needed for a nursery: a crib, a dresser/changing station, a rocking chair, and some storage.  Of course, there are other little accessories and accents that we all want to include in the nursery design, but depending on the size of the room, will determine what other items can be included.  When designing your baby’s nursery, the color scheme is important.  Today we are seeing more neutral color palettes, most in the gray tones, with pops and accents of color.  But that does not mean we are not seeing nursery designs using bold colors and patterns either.

Donna's blog: Baby Nursery Design |  Ray Interior Design

 

Some design decisions to consider when designing your baby’s room is to use materials that are soft to the touch.  You do not want to use abrasive materials, this could potentially hurt them.  Also, if you have wood floors, put down a rug, so when your baby begins to crawl, etc. there is a soft place for them to do so.  Consider a color palette and furniture that your baby can go grow with.  Babies are expensive and considering a transitional design is a great money saver.  Today many baby furniture companies offer cribs that can be turned into a baby bed, etc.  If you have the space, create a designated play space for your baby.  Remember this room needs to be functional not only for you but for your growing baby.

Donna's Blog: BAby Nursery Design | AFK Furniture

 

Get creative when designing your baby’s room.  Use a fun wallpaper print, or painted patterned wall, or paint a mural.  Alos, make sure there is ample storage for the baby clothes and toys that they will accumulate.  Baskets and bins are for pretty ‘hidden’ storage.

Donna's Blog: Baby Nursery Design | designer Steven Schlaroff, House Beautiful, photographer Francois Dischinger

designer Steven Schlaroff, House Beautiful, photographer Francois Dischinger

 

 

Donna's Blog: BAby Nursery Design | Dvira - Interior Design Toronto

 

 

 

 

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Palm Leaf Design for Palm Sunday

Can you believe it?  Easter is almost here!  This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and in the past two years the palm leaf has become popular again!  Think Dorothy Draper’s Greenbriar Hotel design.  The palm leaf design has been used throughout centuries, whether designed abstractly or not.  We the palm leaf motif in many colors and patterns.  We use palm leaves in the natural state as a floral arrangement and an artistic approach in art, fabric, wallpapers, lights, etc.  There’s something so calming and peaceful about a palm tree.  I think it might have to do with what we associate a palm tree with, the beach–a serene place.

In honor of Palm Sunday, I thought I’d share with you interiors featuring the palm leaf motif.  Are you a fan of using palm leaf motifs in your home?  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and Happy Palm Sunday!

Donna's Blog: Palm Leaf Design for Palm Sunday | Michelle Workman Interiors

 

Donna's Blog: Palm Leaf Design for Palm Sunday

designers Ashley Sharpe & Mimi McMakin, House Beautiful

 

Donna's Blog: Palm Leaf Design for Palm Sunday | Tamsin Johnson

 

Donna's Blog: Palm Leaf Design for Palm Sunday |Reiko Feng Shui Design

 

Donna's Blog: Palm Leaf Design for Palm Sunday | Design-OD

 

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