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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Stairway to Heaven

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Would you rather have a circular staircase built of iron and stone?

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Or a staircase lit by windows?

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Or a staircase lined with books? (Or all of the above!) Another beautiful dilemma.

Comment from the lovely Jonathan Gold: "As the custodian of a grand staircase lined with books, I can attest that it feels less like aesthetic triumph than it does like a major organizational failing - I wasn't sure how to react when a friend told me this afternoon how much the house reminded her of the Please Don't Eat the Daisies set, which I suppose makes me David Niven. It does photograph well, though."



(Photo credits: Urban ChillStewardesses and Abracadabra.)

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Miranda said...

I'll take any spiral staircase, but as long as we're dreaming, I'll take on with windows and books. Spiral staircases are the backbones of dreams.

February 15, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

windows!

February 15, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Yes. That's all. Just yes.

I was swooning over a spiral staircase earlier on Sunday: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_C5ec5rz5Xyc/SYNzPWKpjBI/AAAAAAAAI2o/x3HSR3CsUrk/s1600-h/letras%20010%5B4%5D.jpg

Don't know if you can see it, but trust me, it's dreamy.

February 15, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Anonymous puglyfeet said...

Truly, you find the most whimsical images. I'm torn between the 1st and the 3rd.

February 15, 2009 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I would love to know what sorts of books are on the staircase in the third photo! Maybe Yeats or Neruda...

February 15, 2009 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Sydney said...

I love the book lined staircase, it reminds me of one of the stores in San Francisco. All three photos are beautiful.

February 16, 2009 at 5:48 AM  
OpenID thesixkents said...

Gorgeous shots!
I would love any stair that's open and full of light.
Although I must admit my dream house would be a Rancher ;-).

February 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger porter hovey said...

Wow! Wow! WoW!!! These are just too amazing!

February 16, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger naturally nina said...

i have to go with windows, but i wouldn't say no to any of them! :)

February 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger random moments said...

Oh can't I please have all of the above??

February 16, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

If it's Neruda on the stairway--and it should be--I hope its a collection of the love poems. They're among the most wonderfully romantic verse from a century that appreciated romance far too little. Those poems read like they were meant to be punctuated with your sighs.

February 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Pastiche said...

Hi there
I noticed that you said you are new to blogspot and so am i....but even more importantly I noticed that you had mentioned Domino in your posts and dedicated a whole post to the last magazine! I am so depressed that its gone!!! I dont know anyone else who loved it like I did though haha. Im adding you to my roll!
Take care
Martel

February 16, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Books! Love your blog!! IT's great. Have added you to my blog roll :-)

February 17, 2009 at 3:17 AM  
Anonymous j gold said...

As the custodian of a grand staircase lined with books, I can attest that it feels less like aesthetic triumph than it does like a major organizational failing - I wasn't sure how to react when a friend told me this afternoon how much the house reminded her of the Please Don't Eat the Daisies set, which I suppose makes me David Niven. It does photograph well, though.

February 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM  

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