This is what the window seat looked like when I walked up the stairs for the first time after we bought the house.
You can see more before pictures here.
You can read the story of the window seat cushions here.
You can see the before and the story of the entire house here.
That was a lot of Reader’s Digesting the last seven months of my life.
I always had a picture of what the staircase could look like and might look like and should look like.
Now the staircase and the window seat got a little love.
Here’s what the staircase looks like now.
Here’s the view going up the staircase.
Here’s the view when you round the corner next to the window seat.
Here’s the view from the top of the landing.
And here’s the view going down.
There have been a lot of chhhhanges.
The walls were painted SW Sandbar.
The gray and white runner was installed (there are brass stair rods with the cutest pineapple finials that we still have to install left over from when my mother owned the house).
I added the roman shades to the top of each window. It helps with the sunlight in the afternoon.
New, fluffier window seat cushions were made for the window seat that fit the area perfectly and I took off the pink velvet chain cover from the chandelier.
I made the pillows for the window seat from two contrasting fabrics and filled them with 24″x 24″ down inserts from IKEA to make sure they were extra fluffy.
But my favorite new addition to the space?
These typewriter patent pieces of art.
Remember when I was looking for art for these walls?
I found this idea that’s going to be installed on the other wall. But I wanted something with a story on it for the wall going up the stairs. Then one day I was watching Fixer Upper. And randomly pausing the television screen and taking pictures of the television screen with my phone because she is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT when it comes to ideas and I want to remember them and sometimes I forget the idea 10 seconds after the episode ends.
Can I get an amen?
And in this episode, she had a local artist transform patents into artwork.
Patents into artwork? What a brilliant idea.
I like patents.
I like artwork.
I’m a writer.
What could be better for the staircase than a series of typewriter patents showing how the typewriter has evolved over the years?
Like this patent from 1885.
So I reached out to one of my favorite sign makers Vintage 450 and asked if it could be possible to transfer the patents onto wood?
And then frame them like this.
Could it be done?
Was it even possible?
THEY SAID YES.
Why, yes, KariAnne, it can be done.
And so several weeks later these showed up at my house.
Here’s the first patent from February 12, 1878.
And the next patent from August 12, 1878.
And this patent from August 27, 1898.
And this patent from December 10, 1878.
And this patent (which looks way more like the typewriters I’ve seen) from August 18, 1885.
These patents were created before my house was even built in 1908.
A little piece of history for the walls of the staircase.
I cannot even put into words how perfect they are for this space.
Who knew patents could be so beautiful?
Vintage 450 you all are ROCK STARS.
And the best part? If you know a writer or just like patents or prints or signs with typewriters on them, Vintage 450 is offering these signs for sale in my Painted Fox shop.
You can see all the signs here.
PS The staircase was so happy, look what it gave me for Mother’s Day.
Extra sparkles. 🙂