This is not a reveal post. We did that yesterday. But I couldn’t wait another day to update you on the staircase and herringbone floor progress. Remember when it looked like this??
I redesigned this entire staircase and entry before we moved and shared all about that process here. And it looked like this when we moved in:
And today it looks like this:
We’ve come so far and I’m so incredibly happy with how it’s coming together. Just last week we shared a list of 7 renovation projects we’re finishing before the end of the year and at the top of that list? Finish the front entry. Is today the day? Nearly. Of course you can see there’s plenty of touching up and painting, and trim work that needs to be done, but I’m calling this a win today. We do have a few tweaks.
There’s one minor error we’re having fixed with the stairs. It’s a classic case of which comes first, chicken or egg? The herringbone floors couldn’t be installed until the front step was in. They needed to know where to start and stop the floors. especially since there was a curved border around the bottom step. The stair guy needed to know where the floors would be in order to make the bottom step flush to the floor though… I realized once the floors were getting finished that ohmygosh they’re planning on putting shoe molding trim to fill in that gap.
This is not what I had envisioned at all. I really wanted the bottom riser to be flush with the floor. Clean lines please.
In our original designs, we sent along inspiration photos you can check out in this post here. I didn’t include anything with shoe moulding at the bottom, however I didn’t specifically say I don’t want trim at the bottom.
It’s kind of a tricky thing because there were so many different contractors working on their different projects and it comes down to a little communication error. No problem, and our contractor came up with a simple solution. Simply add a wood veneer on the face of the front tread to jut it out and down. So that’s why the bottom riser isn’t sealed right now.
The other little fix we’re making is switching out the wood plugs at the bottom of the newel post. They’re necessary in keeping it reinforced, but I’d like them to match the wood tone more.
It’s honestly a mix of emotions. Just a few days ago the staircase and herringbone floor was covered in wood filler and I could hardly picture what the end result would be. To see it all finished and especially comparing it with the herringbone inspo photos I shared in this post, I’m over the moon.
The gap and the plugs were honestly the only disappointment. Can’t wait to update you on those with time!
I’m 99.5% sure we’re painting the balusters black. Tricorn black to be specific. I thought white would do it for me, but I firmly believe every space needs a touch of black and this would be the perfect place for that. I also keep thinking back to the stair railings in our last house. We swapped out the balusters and painted them and the railings black. I’m not over it. Note: We’re keeping the wood railing to match the stairs and floor to be clear, but don’t you agree we should paint the balusters black??
Here’s another photo for your viewing pleasure. Walking down these stairs feels like such an experience. Now imagine all those balusters painted black (insert heart eyes emoji). Tell me what you think of the staircase and herringbone combo in the comments!!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop.
Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!
Make yourself right at home