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Design Details // Metal Stair Rails with a Twist

My love for stair details is true. I have written about spiral staircases here and hereand about interesting stair risers here and here. Now let’s talk about stair rails – necessary for safety, and a huge opportunity to make a design statement!

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The part you hold onto is called the handrail. The part that keeps you from falling out the side is called the balustrade. It’s made up of balusters, and this is where the fun can be on a set of stairs. There are so many ways you can go other than wood spindle. These are my favorites crafted in metal.

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rectangles

 

iron lace iron lace detailAll the images above can be linked back to where I found them via my Pinterest page on the “Stairs” board.

 

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Show Me 3 // Moravian Star Pendant Lights

Mathematics has never been my forte, but I have a weakness for geometry in design! Apparently the Moravian star started out as a geometry project at a boys’ school in Germany. It came to be produced as a decoration symbolizing Advent, Christmas and the Epiphany. I think one or a grouping can add a festive touch to a hallway or dining area at any time of year. I just put one in a nursery!

HIGH // Moravian Star Pendant // Lumens Light & Living // $1050

MID // Superior Moravian Star Light // Shades of Light // $330

LOW // Glass Moravian Star Pendant // The Mine // $200

All these pendants are around 19″, and are available in various finishes. Let the magic begin!

Show Me Three // Alabaster Sconces

Alabaster is a translucent stone. When back-lit, its swirling bands of cream and brown are accentuated. Naturally, it lends itself beautifully to lighting fixtures. Here are three sconces, all round in shape, but each one accented by a different metal. Each sconce could skew traditional or contemporary in design, but the overall effect is definitely glamorous. 

HIGH // Iveala Single Sconce in hand-rubbed antique Brass // Aerin // $630

Alabaster Sconce MID

MID // Melange Sconce in Brass // Kelly Wearstler // $530

LOW // Ingram Alabaster Stone Wall Sconce  in Nickel // Hudson Valley Lighting // $180

 

Show Me 3 // Copper Bell Pendant Lights

Copper is the new brass, and since I’m always looking for special lighting pieces, I I keep running into fantastic pendant fixtures like these. Whether it’s a hammered texture, an artful mix of materials, or a sleek and simple finish, the bell shape keeps it timeless. Just line a few up over an island or a bar, and you’ve got yourself a design statement.
35045004_028_bHIGH // Stanley Pendant // Anthropologie // $750

MID // Copper Lamp // Steve Banken // $325

 

LOW // Lumi-R Pendant // Interiors Online  // $225

Show Me 3 // Tolix Chairs

A Tolix chair, also known as a Tabouret chair, is an inexpensive way to add some Industrial Chic to a dining space. In steel, copper or brass, I like them teamed with a rustic wood table for an organic contrast. In one of a multitude of fun powder-coated color finishes, the iconic chair looks great with a range of dining table finishes.PD_15034_MAINHIGH // Marais A Chair // Design Within Reach // $275

 

763e5594a1472bc987e1808c38f474adMID // Redsmith Dining Chair // Anthropologie // $170

 

8837bf832ec1c7de74c034045e200e1dLOW // Café Side Chair // Retro Furnish // $65

In one of my favorite dining spaces I have designed, I gave my client’s grand and beautiful trestle dining table a modern edge with some armchair versions of a Tolix chair. You can take a look at it on my Pinterest.

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