This staircase to our 70's ranch basement is steep. It also was a blah wood color with indoor/outdoor carpet. My kids didn't like going down to the basement by theirselves...so this is what I have been dreaming up over the past year and a 1/2 of living here and last week I am happy to my dream has become a reality! Oh the joy of creating a warm, vibrant home for my family to live in, to be inspired by, to find joy & comfort in. We watched a Little HOuse on the Prarie re-run yesterday- a harvest of friends- and the scene where Pa has finally finsihed building their house & Laura and Mary go up to their own room to make the bed & Laura is awed by "our own window" then Pa comes up to check on them & Laura tells him that "home is the best word there is" was espically poinent for me as I have put down stakes in this land & home we have bought & worked so hard to make it simply beautiful & life-giving.