Our magical stairs

When I first started planning this house I identified 3 things that were extra important. 3 things I either wanted to put extra time or money on and the stairs being one of them. The kitchen + porch where the other 2 things.

A reminder to my new followers, we are building a summer house and even though we are building a pretty good sized house for a summer place (according to Swedish norms”) I knew I could not get too carried away due to space and that boring thing called budget ;(. My goal was to upgrade just enough where I kept majority of the standard package and then added a little extra without increasing costs too much.

A few drafts back & forth before we settled on this from Drömtrappor.

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This wrap around balcony on top and opening all the way up to top ceiling as you walk in felt like a great American detail to ad to our Swedish summer place.

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In the original floor plan the stairs faced the other way, meaning you would access the stairs immediately as you walked in through the main door. I wanted to avoid that, avoid having to step on the doormat and shoes every time you needed to go up & down the stairs. Instead I was hoping that it would be nice walking down in the mornings and face the social area and kitchen.

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Here is a first peak of the stairs.

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We decided to make storage underneath the stairs. We also have a little space opposite that, to the right – a space for coats n shoes as well as a guest bath.

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I love this view, seeing the stairs and balcony!! Of course I would have preferred to see it without all the paper covering the floor. Super duper curious to see what is under it all..

At first I imagined the stair railings all in white, but I made a last minute change to gray *extra cost of course. Some have already asked why I did not make it black and go with the windows … I understand why you ask – but for some reason I believe the warm light gray fits better in to a summer house, plus it connects with the kitchen cabinets (exact same color) and for those who know me, know that I have painted a lot of our furniture in that exact gray as well …so this time, I am going with da gray!

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Here is a view of the entrance and as I mentioned to the right as you walk in is a space for jackets and shoes as well as guest bath. I changed the original floor plan a bit because I preferred having the coats and bath a bit off to the side, to give it more privacy and not having to see all shoes as you sit in the open social area…

Oh yes, realize I forgot to mention that the actual steps on the stairs will be as the floors upstairs = white stained washed pine. Keeping my fingers crossed it will all come together nicely. Time will tell, soon we will know + and soon time to set the BIG COUNTDOWN!

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Stairways to heaven…

The entry really sets the tone in a home and welcomes the guests.  Its sort of an important first impression, and I personally like creating the “wow” feeling as much as possible as you walk in! Obviously creating that effect in an entry comes with paying attention to details such as color, wallpaper, decor etc etc… but today I´m focusing, craving in on stairs, since that is typically the big piece that greets you as you enter a home.

I am and always will be a big fan of beautiful stairs, regardless how big or small they are. There are so many ideas out there, different styles and options.

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There is something amazing about the huge massive staircases but they do require space and as I have learned – space costs and we don´t always have the space nor the budget. For our coming summer house in Mölle, we are a limited to space but it doesn´t stop me from craving, dreaming away and getting all sorts of inspiration.

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I still have not really started on the details of our stairs, shapes and colors but hoping to get that first draft from our builder soon.

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One little detail I wanted to share in regards to our own entry. I decided to create an opening in the hallway ceiling. We came up with the idea of opening up the ceiling all the way to the roof on the 2nd floor to make it more spacious, so I was thinking it would be fun, my “wow” detail to see all the way up from the hallway as you walk in.

This means I changed the stairs so they phase the social area on main level instead of directly to the left as you walk in (avoids you stepping on the door rug each time). This also creates a nice wrap-around balcony upstairs (perhaps easier to see sketches below).

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As you know we are in the construction phase but you can already get a small taste of what the opening would look like here.

Below is the image that inspired me to create the wrap around balcony and opening in the first place. Still totally in love and attached to the idea and layout. Now I just have to figure out what colors, shapes and forms will look best.

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I have a habit of painting my stairs in black & white, but this time I think the summer house will go more in the white or gray tones…

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That´s all for today. Can´t wait to start finalizing our stairs.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Majority of the Pics I found as usual on Pinterest, searching for beautiful stairs. I also borrowed one pic from Skonahem.se and Denvitadromgarden.se

Update on Options & Decisions

For my new readers, we are building a summer house in Sweden, while living in Seattle. We chose Fiskarhedenvillan as our builder. We have built before but this time we are doing it from a distance. Just waiting for our building permit to go through.

While waiting for the “go or no go” I am playing detective, searching for ideas and trying to make the different choices for our house. Let me just say how much easier this work is when there is a whole world of blogs and Instagram accounts to get inspired by, learn from and share information with. Extremely helpful, and especially for me sitting far away on the other side of the Atlantic ocean (by the Pacific Ocean to be precise).

In my process I start big, pick the things I really want and once I see it all in my excel sheet along side with the cost – that is my wake up call 🙂 and I compromise to get the bottom line number to match our wallet. I know, a boring detail ….

So far, we have decided on the house design, floor plan, window sizes & placements and where to place our house on the lot. Next on the list to decide;  Outside panel – Roof – Floors – Doors – Windows – Stairs

Outside Panel
We have different wood panel options. I like both options below. The wider one to the left gives a more modern look which is super nice but I still feel the more classic style to right suits our house and especially our area more.

Roof
For the roof we are down to 2 colors, granite and black. I was afraid the black roof on top of having black windows would be too much but after seeing a few homes I might end up choosing the black tiles after all.

However, I want to mix materials so for our main roof we will have tiles but for the front entrance and maybe back porch roof we will go with metal roof (similar to below).

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Windows
We have chosen black windows (inside + outside) but the last part was choosing the grids (hope that´s what its called in English/spröjs in Swedish). We started with the right side option, but felt more grids in black might be too distracting for the eyes. We ended up choosing the window option to the left, its simple and lets in more light.

Another detail we chose for the windows is not having any trims around the windows on the inside. We think choosing plaster/white walls all the way in will go better with the black windows. Hopefully you can see the idea on this right bottom image above.

Door
For the front door we chose a solid double door (no windows), however we will have small windows on each sides as well as over the door but nothing on the actual door. I have seen the black color and I like it. I obviously love gray doors but am picky when it comes to the gray tone and getting that just right. Therefore, black doors will most likely be ordered.

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Floors
As you know this is the one thing I still haven´t decided on. The options are basically 1. Limestone/tiles in entry, powder, bathroom, laundry and wood floor in the rest of the house. Option 2. Limestone/tiles in the entire main floor and upstairs bathroom but rest of upstairs wood flooring. Obviously it comes down to cost but also the overall look and feel we want. I wrote a post on floors a few days ago if you want to read that but for now I am still contacting suppliers and checking prices.

Stairs
Beautiful stairs can really make a statement and difference, and you can of course spend a fortune here as well but I am leaning towards a fairly classic style stairs like below. It will be in gray and white (steps and parts of trim in my favorite gray color).

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Doors & Trims
I love having crispy white walls with gray trims, and I particularly want it for this summer house. Being a new built house, I think painting the stairs, built-in book shelves, bunk-beds, trims and doors are details that will help “age” the house. I prefer the look from painting with a brush rather than the factory spray painted look. We decided to get solid pine wood for our details that we will paint ourselves (for those who know me, know I love the paint brush).

We have decided on plaster ceiling and painting everything white, not adding any ceiling moldings. Again, trying to keep the look simple, make the ceiling feel higher and letting the windows be the eye attraction. The spaces where we will have wood details, we will paint them in a gray color – a warm gray code I share with my best friend E.

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That´s all for today (hope I didn´t bore you ;)). Also hope to have a decision on flooring very soon… cross my fingers!

I am heading out for a run right now – usually a great time for me to think things through and make decisions. So running is certainly a win win for me!

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Images a mix of Pinterest, Fiskarhedenvillan, Kristofer Johnsson, Alcro Trend.

 

Welcome in!

Keeping track of what I want to create & chose for each room requires multi tasking, which is a quality I think I possess (at least used to). Just to be safe I will write it down, room for room. So, I came up with the idea of a “house tour”. Well, let´s call it an “imaginative tour” since we haven´t started building yet :)) Pretend you are coming over for dinner and today you will see what I picked for the entry.

Welcome in & grab a drink!

As usual I will pick a warm gray color for trims, stairs with crispy white walls (can´t go wrong with that). To make my brother extra happy, I will ad a Sandberg Wallpaper on one of the walls, think it ads a nice pop. I want to believe I will be brave and chose a big pattern but we´ll see…

I am placing big dark gray tiles as floor, it ads a masculine touch + can handle kids running in & out. Wouldn’t mind it in the entire bottom floor (note to myself to check price).

I have always believed that the key is mixing materials and styles, I just think it makes a home more interesting. My dad who has been in the antique business got me hooked on auctions sites early in life so I have collected and “won” some good pieces over the years. I feel like I finally get to bring the furniture to life and give them a nice spot in this new house.  I can’t wait to carry in my old butcher bench, put up some modern art and statement pieces in this space. I envision it already!

The left picture is the closest I could find on Pinterest that resembles our plan when it comes to stairs, the balcony above & around the opening. Just picture it slightly wider, gray trims and big gray tiles! To the right side of the foyer, we have a powder room and a built in closet with my nice hooks from Anthropologie.

That my friends, is the end of today´s tour, hope you liked it.  Have a great week!
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Pics above borrowed from one of my favorite stores in Sweden; Artilleriet. Tile pic; Konradsson.