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French Door/Transom Design + Stair Railing Half II



Hey Everybody,

Hope you’re all doing nicely. I’m on a airplane flying to Nashville! I’m going to satisfy my darling son, Cale, after which we’re happening a highway journey to:

Evansville, IN – the place I used to be raised till age 15.

Chicago, IL, the place I used to be born

And, only a smidgey north of Milwaukee the place my sister and cousin stay.


This was all Cale’s concept, however it gave the impression of enjoyable, so right here we’re.


Within the meantime. Oh my! I’m a bit overwhelmed by your entire sort ideas for the brand new staircase railing and French doorways in my Boston front room.

And once more, the overwhelming majority of you might be completely unimaginable, and your enter is vastly appreciated. Nevertheless, just a few feedback weren’t sort. Continuously, primarily based on the remarks, it was obvious that the submit hadn’t been learn. In any case, please keep in mind that inflammatory remarks should not allowed.

You don’t need to agree with me, however please learn the submit earlier than raking me over the coals for one thing I didn’t say!


A few of your concepts are fantastic in concept, however received’t work within the scheme of my total design.


As well as, the lounge is the house’s unique formal eating room. There was by no means meant to be a staircase IN this room. Alas, now, this residence is a duplex, and there should be entry to the decrease stage inside the residence. The place the stairwell is, is the ONLY chance.

I’ve already had intensive conversations with the contractor about this. Whereas not a licensed structural engineer, he studied it in school and in addition has intensive expertise working in these previous brownstones in Boston.

Nevertheless, and sorry to need to put this in caps, I need to be sure that everybody sees that we ARE GOING TO BE USING A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER who can be devising a sound structural plan to help the brand new stairwell. Sure, we should reduce right into a beam, and that load supporting the ground, AND the fireside will must be redirected, however really, the gap can be shorter.


Now, to deal with what one or two individuals criticized me for, which isn’t having issues centered.


I couldn’t agree with you extra. Nevertheless, the room on the staircase facet (not the fireside facet) is already wackily off-center.


dining area looking into the den

There may be about 32″ to the left of the door going into the den. (Please see the picture above.) However on the alternative finish of the room, not solely is there no wall, the door casing is reduce off by about an inch.


living room staircase April 2022

I do not know why it’s this manner or why the opening into the room (on the perpendicular wall) is 5.5 inches longer on the kitchen facet than it’s on the entry facet.

Nevertheless, the fireside wall, in addition to the bay window wall, are completely symmetrical.

The location of the steps is one thing that I spent a minimum of 200 hours pondering and refining.


Let’s get again to the brand new staircase railing and transom design. And, BTW, I’m in Evansville, Indiana now!


I learn your entire feedback and a few of you had some unbelievable concepts. Please know that there isn’t one concept that I hadn’t already seen or considered myself. However, I so respect your enter. And sure, most of you might be extremely sort and respectful. This was a terrific train and HAS helped me hone in on creating the optimum resolution for my imaginative and prescient, the residence and finances.

The subsequent difficulty I need to deliver up is the wainscoting.

Sure, the containers are too small, and there are too many. And sure, they’re ALL totally different sizes all through the room. The containers vary from as small as 6.5″ to as massive as slightly below 11″.


Due to this fact, it’s vital to keep in mind that the room is already quirky and filled with hideous errors.


bad spiral staircase

I imply, have a look at the shitshow happening proper now.

That is clearly fallacious. It juts method out into the room AND overlaps the entry. Plus, it’s sorely not secure!


Okay, a few of you need me to imitate the wainscoting.


Whereas I perceive your pondering, it received’t work. That’s as a result of all it’s good to do is transfer one inch, and due to perspective, what’s mimicked will now be askew and even BUSIER than it’s. The wainscoting is on each wall, and I’m ignoring it.

I may take the wainscoting down, however within the scheme of issues, the cash that quantity it might value can be 1000’s and isn’t value it. Plus, I would wish to switch it with one thing which wouldn’t go along with the remainder of the room. It’s the proverbial Pandora’s field.


Okay, now I’m going to toss stuff else at you, and it is a component that I inadvertently forgot about.


In November 2020, I did a submit that talked primarily in regards to the flooring stain. However, I additionally included some furnishing potentialities. I feel it’s all the time a good suggestion to contemplate all the things.


Back Bay Boston Brownstone apartment hardwood floor stains - cognac finishNow, please be relaxation assured I’m not going to do each the trim on the Roman shade and hem. However, I’m leaning on doing simply the trim on the shade. I LOVE it!

Greek key trim taffeta Roman Shade - traditional living room - source unknown

I copied the design from right here. I’m sorry, however I don’t know whose room that is. If you recognize, please inform me and I’ll add the data.


Back Bay Boston Brownstone apartment hardwood floor stains white floor

(No, I’m not doing a white flooring.) :]


I additionally thought-about doing a extra typical colonial picket white railing as a few of you’re feeling that the railing must disappear.


That’s undoubtedly a sound design alternative. I went as far as to create a brand new mockup that provides a good suggestion of what that might seem like. Would you prefer to see it?

Okay, let me go and fetch it for you. I’ll be proper again. ;]


living room white wooden railing railing transom design

Now, I do know that a lot of you’ll love this, and I’ve to say that I don’t hate it, however I don’t adore it, both. I imply I don’t adore it for my place.


I feel because of this, if potential it is very important have an total imaginative and prescient.


lynne stair entry Hudson Valley via Veranda

Lynne stair entry Hudson Valley through Veranda

Above is a beautiful staircase railing. Sure, that is a lot better.


I additionally thought-about doing one thing like this in wooden. Nevertheless, whereas I feel it’s beautiful, I do know I might get sick of it in time. Plus, this type of Chippendale-style railing has gotten fairly stylish in recent times.

The picket railings don’t make my coronary heart sing because the X railing does. I’ve cherished this type of railing perpetually.


black-windows-wrought iron balcony railingThis one.


And, this one, too. I actually love the extra easy x design that might not be to code.

That’s– until I put up plexiglass. And, sure, it ought to be high quality to do this. And sure, I’d be capable to take the glass down after the constructing police do their run-through. (shhhhh…)


Nevertheless, I’d prefer to current one different choice that a lot of you’re feeling is the perfect.


And, that’s to repeat or coordinate the circle and curvy line within the stair railing.


Italianate Victorian + wrought iron railing - Evansville, IN Spring 2022

As a matter of reality, I noticed such a railing at this time whereas strolling the historic district in Evansville, IN. There can be extra about my journey arising.


wrought iron fence design Evansville, IN historic district

Above is a extra detailed view.

I adore it in entrance of this ornate Italianate Victorian residence in Evansville. Nevertheless, I don’t suppose I’d like to see it in my front room.


Windows Newbury St and Clarendon Boston, MA transom design
This beautiful sample can also be across the nook from me on Newbury Avenue in Boston.


However, right here’s the factor.


In all of those exterior photographs, there aren’t any different competing patterns.

That is one purpose why inside design could be so troublesome. There are 4 partitions. There must be balanced and curiosity.

However, not EVERYTHING could be the star of the present.

So, is the transom design the star? And if not, what IS the star of the present in my residence?

For my part, it’s the dramatic kitchen cupboard doorways that can be clearly seen from the lounge which can be the final word star.


kitchen mock-up March 14, 2022 white marble counter schoolhouse light

Please ignore the sunshine fixture, and give attention to the doorways AND flooring.

That is what I’m planning on doing. I like this design and spent numerous hours refining it.

On the alternative finish of the room are the very plain Victorian home windows and the Roman shades with stunning trim.


living room simple x railing railing - undivided transom design - no muntins

That is the railing I actually love probably the most. And look how fantastically it enhances the kitchen and entry flooring.

Okay– SOLD!


All that’s left is the transom design.


I positively do really feel there must be a transom.

And whereas I like the Georgian transom design, it’s not working with all the things else.

Additionally, please keep in mind that I can incorporate it downstairs.


transom design - master bedroom mockup

Bear in mind my Again Bay bed room design submit? There may be already a transom window within the bed room. I may do the circle transom design right here as a substitute of what you see.


living room simple x railing railing - divided transom design - x muntins - two styles

May I do considered one of these designs above?

I choose the one on the left.


living room simple x railing railing - undivided transom design - x muntins

It’s not horrible, however I’d relatively that the railing and transom design don’t match like this.

One final level earlier than I drive this child residence.


There are additionally two design motifs within the door casings.


  • The square-ish cross
  • And the sq. with the aid sample.

Given all of this, I’m ending as soon as once more with the identical consequence as I did final Wednesday.  I do really feel that the plain, divided gentle transom design is the perfect, most elegant resolution.

At the very least it’s for me. It doesn’t imply it’s important to prefer it or that it’s your favourite. However, within the scheme of issues, it makes probably the most sense to me.


living room simple x railing railing with divided transom design

The 90″ tall doorways with a repeating motif transom design don’t want additional adornment. More often than not, they are going to be open. And, I feel they’ll be beautiful of their simplicity. That’s echoed within the exterior home windows and the glass and mirrored kitchen cupboards.


This railing provides the sort of refined classical sample I am keen on, and I adore it with the Huntington sconces.


Yow will discover the Huntington Sconces right here.


Bear in mind “Mrs. Laurel builds Her Parisian Dreamhouse?”

Please have a look, and you will note an analogous staircase railing within the bed room.


William McLure- Georgian fireplace mantel sketch
Lastly, we have to look once more on the fire mantel.

Sure, for me, it’s excellent.

There may be some black on each wall. There may be curiosity, however there should not too many competing motifs. Principally, there are squares and diamonds. And, sure, there are additionally some circles within the frieze.

I need to shut by saying I so respect your sort concepts. A few of you even despatched me drawings or images.

Inside design shouldn’t be straightforward.


And it’s straightforward to get in our personal method.


Nevertheless, there may be seldom one proper method. However, the take-away from this submit that I’d prefer to stress is the phrase – restraint.

Restraint is remembering that there’s one, star or possibly a star and co-star of the present. The remainder of the inside parts help actors who’re there to propel and fill within the story. Nevertheless, I don’t really feel they need to be copying the celebs however complementing them.


It’s additionally vital to keep in mind that a two-dimensional drawing shouldn’t be the identical as actual life.


Our eyes have a far narrower vary of focus than we see in a photograph or rendering.

Thanks as soon as once more, and please know that I thought-about every of your concepts earlier than deciding if they might work for the railing/French door + transom design. And, the design as an entire.



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PPS: I’m having a beautiful break with Cale and have loved being in Evansville, once more. Tomorrow we’re driving to Chicago!



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