Front staircase overhaul

When buying an old home you go into it knowing that there is no way it’ll be move-in ready and that most likely it’ll be years before your house looks as though you imagined it would. In our case, it’ll be many many years before we finish all the projects in and outside our home to meet all of our needs. This was something we were more than ok with because we love the character of older homes and love the opportunity to make it our own. We do one project at a time and celebrate each one no matter the size to keep the excitement and the tenacity moving forward.

This time around it’s a small project but in our opinion, it has a big impact. We have two staircases in our home – the front and the back. We took on the job of our front staircase months ago and have finally wrapped it up. We started with painting the stairs (believe me – the wood wasn’t salvageable – and then we wallpapered the stairs wall. We also shiplapped the surrounding walls to add some character and texture to the space. Lastly, we added a beaded boho light fixture that I am obsessed with! I added a few decor pieces which are always my favorite part!  The pieces I chose helped to tie in the very farmhouse/boho vibe. Now, I can finally say we are done! We certainly toasted to this project!

Choosing a fun wallpaper

I knew I wanted to choose a fun wallpaper… but I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go when it came to color or pattern. Check out my post here with how I installed the wallpaper! The staircase is right in the middle of my dining room and our family sitting room. Ultimately, I decided because both rooms were very traditionally designed with lots of shiplap I wanted a bold wallpaper.  If you’ve been following along you know that I love farmhouse/ boho themes. So I decided to go in the farmhouse direction for the wallpaper and what can be more farmhouse than buffalo check?

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way

As I said before – the stairs were in rough shape. They were in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. I decided to go black not only for aesthetic reasons (i didn’t want the dirt to show if I painted them white) but because I love the way it looks with the black buffalo check. The walls all around are white shiplap so It also adds a nice contrast.


Shiplap can add so much character and texture to your home. I’m so drawn to it! I think it’s the perfect backdrop to farmhouse design. The problem can be that it’s so expensive. Our first shiplap project was tongue and groove for our kitchen fireplace – and boy was that a pricey project! We knew we needed to go another route for our two large front rooms and decided to order rough cut lumber from our lumber yard. My husband cut to size and ran each piece through a plainer before hanging. This was much more affordable. But we had run out before our front staircase was done and we weren’t able to order another load in time. So for our staircase, we ended up using thin paneling and cut each piece to size. We were really unsure of how it would turn out and didn’t want it to look cheap. But after a few coats of paint, it looks great and you’d never be able to tell!

choosing the right light fixture

Choosing the light fixture for me was so challenging and took way too much time. I wanted to offset the very farmhouse wallpaper with some lively color and some natural wood to add some boho to this space. I loved the beaded chandeliers in boho dining rooms and wondered if I could pull it off over a stair landing. I was so nervous – but I went for it! And I’m so glad I did! We hung it over the bottom stair landing which allows for the most clearance overhead. I didn’t want to chance any tall friends bopping their heads. That’s the thing about old homes.. they sometimes have low ceilings… and mine is as low as they get! Were people shorter in the 1700s???

The finishing touches

The main themes in this space are very farmhouse. Shiplap and buffalo check are again as farmhouse as it gets. To help balance out this space I went with a lively color runner and a natural wood light fixture to add a little boho to this once very traditional space. I also added a few hanging plants and a buffalo print to really bring the boho theme home. You can go wrong with hanging plants and a buffalo print!

Designing your home can be an expensive task – but it doesn’t need to be! I try to pick timeless pieces that can help the longevity of my space. Then I add cheaper decor pieces that won’t break the bank when I want to interchange them season to season.

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I’m Kori and I’m so glad you’re here! Home design has always been a passion of mine. I love to find new ways to make my home feel and look beautiful. I’m a DIY girl who loves farmhouse style with a twist of boho. And let’s face it…a room that reflects your style can boost your mood and make you feel happy! Join me and my family on this journey as we move from city life to farm life renovating our 1700s abode one room at a time. Here you’ll find design tips, DIYs, inspiration boards, tips on organization and cleaning, and so much more!

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