HGTV Green Home 2012: Stairwell Pictures

The home's "light well" climbs three stories to a dramatic cupola.

  • A vertical circulation referred to by architect Steve Kemp as the home's \"light well,\" the three-story staircase draws light into the home.

  • Turpentine pitch pots, upcycled as light fixtures, flank a series of oil paintings by Jeff Surace.

  • The upper-floor landing leads to an open crafting area, a laundry room and a kids' bedroom.

  • A tobacco stick chandelier crafted by Atlanta artist Jeff Jones features six dropped sockets suspended from colored fabric-covered cords.

  • A remote control, located at the top of the stairwell, opens cupola windows to exhaust hot air.

  • Interior windows, which allow light to pass from one space to the next, contribute to the home's open design.

  • To enhance light circulation, hickory wood railing is paired with metal cable.

  • A dividing wall separates two flights of the switchback staircase. Interior windows open up views as one ascends the tower.

  • A stainless steel rod below each floating white oak step ensures safety and security as one ascends the steps.

  • A galvanized light fixture designed for outdoor spaces looks right at home in the stairwell, where contemporary and rustic accents pair successfully.

  • The work of award-winning photographer and Serenbe resident Greg Newington graces the walls in the stairwell.

  • LED light strips, inset in hand rails, illuminate the staircase at night.

  • A birds-eye view of the retreat from the stairwell showcases the room's saturated color palette and intriguing mix of materials and furnishings.

  • Glass corners erase boundaries that would separate indoor from outdoor spaces. The illuminated stairwell is clearly visible from the barbecue courtyard.

  • Baseboard molding in a rich mocha color pops in the bright and airy space. \"I liked the high contrast; the color set off the stairs and grounded them,\" says interior designer Linda Woodrum. \"We needed a good dark color to counter the stairwell's volume.\"

  • An oversized wicker-framed mirror at the staircase's first landing adds a pop of interest.

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