Erin’s back hall, right, is a typical but awkward 1930s stair that leads from the kitchen down to either the basement or out the back door. She needed the tiny space to work harder. Her solution? A Shaker-style peg rail atop wainscoting that wraps around the stairway. Painted in Kilz International Gray, the zone is now a colorful welcome and useful entry that’s made special with a vintage portrait of Erin’s mother when she was 5.
ERIN MADE THIS TOTEUSING WASHABLE FAUX-LEATHER PAPER, FABRIC PAINT, COTTON ROPE, AND CURTAINGROMMETS.