decorating interior design

Design School: Stair Runners

It often difficult to convince clients that have spent a fortune on hardwood floors to spend more installing a stair runner on top of them.  While aesthetic is a great reason to invest in such an endeavor other important reasons are safety, noise, and protection.

Bare floors create a slipping hazard especially for children and pets that don’t hang on to a hand rail.

Runners muffle noise and reduce the echo effect many open plan homes have.

Wood floors are protected from the heavy traffic of daily use.

Achieve drama on an otherwise boring flight of stairs

Style options range from the most delicately patterned Persian to simple solids.

                     Photo by Alderson Construction 

Tips on stair runners:

Reveal four to six inches of bare wood on either side of the runner.

Dash and Albert

Staple the carpet under the bullnose of the tread for a clear step definition

Ridgefield Carpet

The stair runner and hallway rugs Do Not have to match.  Coordination is best.

        Photo by TMH designs 

Step pads can be used as long as they are secured to the step for safety

Sisal carpet stair treads

Pick a design you will love for years

                     Photo by Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects 

Mr. H says: Life is like a staircase, sometimes you are going up and sometimes you are going down-Enjoy!

fabric furniture interior design

St. Louis Style

I was excited to get these photos from my friend and client on her recent living room installation that we assisted with.  Not professional photographs but some nice snaps of our finished work.

J. Rhodes Interior Design St. Louis

J. Rhodes Interior Design St. Louis

It all started with the Kravet botanical print with the pale green background and the cozy chenille damask from Duralee

Kravet "Wynmoor" Fabric

Duralee Damask fabric

We chose the Masland carpet as a bound area rug for its budget friendliness.

Masland Tangier Carpet

Lamps were selected from Uttermost and the occasional pieces are from Stanley Furniture We particularly loved the name of this table from the City Club collection-Five O’clock Oval Cocktail Table.  Happy Hour anyone?

Stanley cocktail table

We embrace all our out-of-town projects and are thrilled when the clients want us involved.  Great design can happen all over the country!

Mr. H says: The combination of a client with definite ideas of living and a good designer make for the best projects-Enjoy!