Stairwell slats

IMG_7810_2It’s all tying together. This week Billy finished the wood slats measurements, drilled holes to dowel in the slats and cut angled rectangles into the staircase to safely house the slats. It took two days to organzie, but it looks amazing and is super safe. It ties in the midcentury modern feel but is also fresh and modern. Have I mentioned Amber can design like a genius and Billy can do anything? I’m glad glad they are on our team.

The stairwell slats are below and are looking mighty fine. They mirror the slats in the living room and complement the floor. They also form a little boundary between the stairs and the dining room but  are open enough that the eye can travel trough and flow from room to room. I quite like it. Now to pick a paint colour for the walls… 


Staircase Reveal

We decided to leave the main piece of glass and the wood slats off until we get our heavy bedroom furniture moved up the stairs. The last thing I want to do is to break a newly finished slat and have to go back to the wood shop and finisher. That will really set us back time wise. So instead we will just need to be a little careful with the kids for a day or two until the final touches are placed. I think it’s a good compromise.

In the meantime, here are the pictures of the hardwood on the stairs. We decided to pick out the walnut in our multicoloured wood for the nosings and I think it looks great!

After the wood was placed, the upper loft area and upper landing got it’s glass wall.


This lets in so much more light and brightens this area as well as the dining room downstairs. I can’t wait to see it with the final aluminum touches and the glass in the middle.

Upper Loft area

Upper Loft area

Then the last step will be to put the ash wood slats on the bottom of the stairs. Not too much longer now. 😉

The Stairwell is open

Well the stairwell is progressing very nicely. I can’t believe the difference in light that comes across now that the wall is removed. Take a look for yourself. I can’t wait to see the hardwood on it next week!

Lighting Update

This weekend we finalized our lighting fixtures for the bedrooms and the stairwell. I’m so excited! One step closer to seeing how things are actually going to look in the new house.

Amber and I went to Robinson Lighting to get some ideas of what was out there. I’m glad that we went in knowing what style of lighting we want to have in our house. It can truly be overwhelming. So many chandeliers, so much sparkle and baubles and glitz. We are keeping with the midcentury feel, so staying away for almost all of the above, but we got a little hooked for glitz in the girls’ room 🙂

For the stairwell, I wanted something with great geometric style but still practical to light the stairs safely. At the store, there were two beautiful wooden carved chandelier pendant lights, but they really didn’t give off enough light. In the end we went with a grouping of three pendant lights that were very different but complementary in shape to give the retro feel but still had great light. Amber is also introducing me to a cool new lightbulb that is bright but has silver on the bottom, so when people are walking up the stairs, they don’t immediately miss the fixture and just see the light bulb. Very cool ideas that woman has!

Here is the stairwell light fixture grouping:

We wanted something a little more simple for our bedroom. We will have reading lamps on the walls, but wanted something for the overhead light to find our way to the back wall without stubbing our toes in the dark. Since I couldn’t get the wood chandelier for the stairwell, I thought this walnut circular drum light would work with our walnut bedroom set really well. Here is the light I picked for our bedroom:

This one I never would have picked myself, but it is perfect for the underwater theme the girls want for their shared room. It looks like bubbles rising to the surface and reflects lights on all the walls. The girls are tickled pink for their underwater adventure.

Stairwell Magic

This was definitely a domino effect of the reno. We never intentionally thought about changing the staircase. We liked the open aspect of the glass on the bottom, though it wasn’t necessarily our style of glass/wood combo. I did think the solid wall in the middle was a bit funny, especially with the wall at the top. I kept thinking it could be a great place for a person to hide which sort of stressed me out. And do I really want to be afraid of my staircase when I am coming home at 4am from the hospital? I said no.  Plus, Billy and Amber came up with very different ideas for the staircase, on their own, without us ever asking to change the staircase as well. That made me believe we needed to change it.  All four of us thought about it. It needed to be fixed.

Billy wanted to change it to this type of glass:

Amber wanted to change it to add this wood framing:


I wanted both of course. We came to a compromise. We would tie in the wood in the living room fireplace and ceiling to the first portion of the stairwell and we would have glass for the middle portion and the top of the stairwell. This lets in so much more light and no more crazy places for shadows to hide in the middle of the night. We hit a few small snags in the process. Like the sprinkler goes right though that wall but, everything is movable 🙂

Here is the progression so far:

Billy also has the ceiling in the stairwell framed for our new “chandelier” here. So exciting to get rid of the wall sconces for more modern lighting.

Do you remember the sconces? I’m not sad to see them go.