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.

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

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

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

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

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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.