“Away from the world and its toils and its cares, I've a snug little kingdom up four pair of stairs.”

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How's that for a blog post title? It's a quote is from Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, and it's always spoken to me.  My friend posted a gorgeous staircase on Pinterest the other night (don't you just LOVE Pinterest???), and instantly inspired this post.  Stairways can often be ignored, especially in houses that were already built, like mine.  I would love the chance to choose a staircase style if I ever build a house.  Check out Tina's stairway at the home she is currently building...isn't it AMAZING???  you'll love her blog, The Enchanted Home, too -- it's one of my favorites. Here is her new staircase:

I remember as a child, when my parents returned from a trip to Europe, they talked a LOT about the Spanish Steps. I didn't really get it, seeing as how they had seen Paris, Italy, the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo's David, etc....why were they so impressed with STAIRS?? Now I get it!

Here are some others that I find really interesting. I wouldn't put all of them in my own home, but they are down right works of art:

Jennifer Lopez' stairs. I have to accept that she is going to have the most beautiful of everything, and just be happy for her :)

This was the photos that inspired my kitchen paneling project.  I hope to do my stairs like this someday, but I literlly cannot even imaging how hard this would be:

I love this idea maybe going up to an attic or third floor playroom:

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