Interior decorator Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay says of designing a home: 'What you want to achieve is a look you're not quite able to pin down, something that is fresh and contemporary, but might have been there forever.' As far as her work on the west London home of Steffanie Brown, owner of jewellers Laviandbelle, she got this balance right. Walls 'Hardwick White' gloss by Farrow & Ball; carpet Häggå by Kasthall, beautifully accented by the tile floor. December 2013 House & Garden.
Interesting solution if the house you buy happens to have a solid style staircase and the tear-down and addition of a full-on wrought-iron design would be cost prohibitive. Not that this looks inexpensive, mind you...but it could serve as an alternative.