Thursday, March 1, 2012


     Last year we remodeled our home.  We considered buying a new house but concluded that we love the location and neighbors too much to leave.  We decided that updating and remodeling would be a worthy investment.
     One thing that my husband and I had trouble agreeing on was whether or not to remodel the staircase.  I remember when I first walked into this home 11 years ago during an open house when we were house-hunting: the first thing I saw was the staircase and I fell in love instantly.  Over the years, as designs and ideals changed, I grew tired of the oak banisters and wished for the "new" style of staircase with wrought iron balusters and large wooden newel posts.  After much deliberation, I won we finally agreed to redo the staircase.  This is the finished project:

     Now, when we sit in the living room and look up at the new staircase we both agree that changing it was a great decision!

     One structural change that we made to the staircase was at the top of the stairs.  In the photos below you can see that at the top of the stairs was a little rounded nook.  We had that completely removed which not only opened up the upstairs hallway area, but also allowed for a wider railing at the top landing (which is easier to detect in the very first photo of this post).  A side note: that oak cabinet in the hallway upstairs?  We had that painted to match the baseboards/trim!

     I am participating in Fat Mum Slim's Photo-a-Day Challenge for March and today's prompt is "up". I really wanted to photograph the house that we have here in Utah that is modeled after the house in the Disney-Pixar movie, Up.  It's such an adorable house.  It was purchased by a couple who are self-described Disney fanatics.  How fun is this?
Source: The Disney Blog
But, alas, the weather outside is frightful today so I will submit this "up" photo instead:

     Thanks for stopping by!  Check back tomorrow to see what I've come up with for the photo prompt: "fruit".  Have a fantastic day,


  1. I like the broad landing on your stairs. And this idea of doing the Up prompt is very interesting.
    Warmest regards,

  2. I love your staircase and your entire remodel...your house is so beautiful!! We keep meaning to go and see the UP house we have never seen it, but we want to.


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