By Rose Bennett Gilbert Sunday, September 25, 2011, 07:51 PM EDT
Q: We have an odd configuration in our entry hall: The stairs split left and right, leading up to the landing into the living room. It's the first thing you see, so I'd like to make it attractive, but the space is kind of small. Any ideas?
A: Any space, however small, can pay big decorating dividends. Generously sized stair landings are comparatively rare in contemporary architecture, so you must have an older home and -- let's hope -- the architectural detailing to go with it.