This photo appeared several years ago in Country Living, back when the magazine was heftier and meatier. I loved this display style then, and still love how it resonates. An oak church pew would substitute for the pricey Windsor bench.
Speaking of entryways, (or back entries, in the case above) maximize style in small spaces with stenciled or papered walls in a large pattern. This overscale wall covering (Michael Devine's Fretwork) is reminiscent of latticework.
Walk a stylish line with dressed-up stair risers embellished with paint, wallpaper, or decoupage. The vertical stripe motif is sure to take an often-overlooked portion of the home from boring to soaring. Watch your step!
How To Add Interest to Long Narrow Hallway without Feeling Claustrophobic?