World's ugliest entry
My house is a split entry. That means you open the front door and look inside at stairs going up and stairs going down. As you look up the stairs all you see is the opening to the kitchen. You are standing on a little landing pad that is only as wide as the two staircases. The right size rug in there is about 2'x3'. Above the stairs going down is a blank very tall wall. There are no pretty railings or spindles; just a half wall with a flat piece of wood on top of it, and two plain hand rails on one side of each staircase.
I've looked for/at entry pictures till I'm blue in the face, and they never, ever picture my type of entry because it's ugly as sin.
What do you do with it? Split entries are fairly common -- can any of you post pictures of what you've done with yours?
Here is a pic of mine looking down from the top and up from the bottom before I moved in -- sorry, you'll just have to imagine what it looks like if you just walked in the door.
MAYBE I could convince my son to replace the hideous hanging light, but I don't have much money and that light is very hard to access. I can just hear him whining and arguing about it now. I hate the greyish-beige carpet and can't afford to replace it either. Whatever I do has to be on a shoestring budget.
I've already done something but I don't like it, so that's why I'm picturing it as it was before I moved in. As you can see, there is no room for any type of table on that little landing pad by the front door.
The window by the front door is frosted, so I can't do Gallery Glass on it. The window above the door is almost impossible to reach because a ladder quickly runs into the stairs and you can't lean it against the glass. I've thought about doing GG on an old window and then asking my son to hang it there in the transom, but I don't know where I can buy that old window. I know of no salvage yards around here, and I have looked. Ideas?
I already made my grumbling son hang up a big heavy framed print on the wall above the stairs leading down and now I don't like it there (I can't remove it; he'd have to). Besides, we're in earthquake country and if that thing ever fell on you it would cut you in half. Prior to that I tried a quilt/runner up there and it looked stupid.
Looking down from the top:
Looking up from the bottom:
What would you do if this challenge were yours?