Before & After

No, this is not an interior design blog; it’s an engineering business website.  But who can resist a good before and after?  I was wanting more drama in my foyer.  The plan?  New paint,  new lighting, new artwork, and a showstopper stair runner.

Yeah, you see what I mean.  Boring, blah.Stairs BEFORE

While perusing Pinterest, I fell head over heels for Stark’s antelope.  Being Stark, though, I knew it would be pricey, so I searched for alternatives.   I plodded along, researching many brands and price points of antelope- Stark, Glen Eden, Couristan, Karastan, and Kane carpet to fill this bland space.  All the brands had beautiful options, but sometimes there is no substitute.  I really wanted the original.

I chose the Stark AX, which is 80% wool and 20% synthetic for added durability.  I wasn’t loving the feel or the higher pile of the synthetics and while the 100% wool was beautiful,  Frank at Carpet Concepts recommended the blend.

I am slow to make financial commitments.  It took me  months to bite the bullet and go with the Stark Antelope AX.  Seriously.  In the time  I was mulling over carpet Doug decided he needed a new car, researched cars, scoured the country for what he wanted, and after one failed inspection, found another car, flew to Texas, and brought home this.

photo

Back to carpet.  It was installed this week, and  I love my new antelope stair runner!  It adds pizazz without screaming for attention.

stairs AFTER

New paint (love the white walls with a slightly darker trim), new vintage lighting (below),  photo copyand my sweet runner!   I’m still on the hunt for greenery and artwork to finish the space.  But I am patient.  Clearly.

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