One of the things I was most excited about updating in this house was the stairway. It greets you as soon as you walk in the front door, and 30-year-old carpet (topped off with a good two years of abuse from the Clark kids) just wasn’t saying “welcome.”
As part of our upstairs renovation, we had the carpet pulled up and replaced with wood treads and an antelope stair runner:
When I went to the carpet store, I had my heart set on a natural fiber runner like sisal or seagrass. But, once I got there and spotted the antelope, I was pretty smitten. (It’s kind of like going to get your hair trimmed but when you get there, you get braver and come home with a short bob.)
It’s made by Karastan and the pattern name is “Savanna Scenes”. We went with the more golden colorway, and I think it’s the perfect fit for disguising the dirty that’s bound to happen in this very busy spot. It’s nylon but gives me the look of wool–at a much better price point. The saleslady was very reassuring about its durability.
A couple of quick details to point out, in case you’re installing a new runner at any point. We had it inset at 4″ from the wall on each side, starting at the top. And, we ended the runner right under the first tread. I’ve seen it done other ways but this is my favorite finished look.
We also had new railing installed and stuck to classic black and white.