Having been awarded two of the main staircases at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House I saw a unique opportunity to express what is not only an aesthetic, but personal vision of mine. Using the metaphor “The Path to Enlightenment,” I sought to carry people from floor to floor with beauty, while creating an uplifting experience. But, along the Path there are many beautiful and seductive distractions. Illustrating their allure, we chose a gorgeous DeGournay intricate patterned wall covering on the stairs and landings, and then selected furniture with exquisite elements in the fine workmanship. On the 4th floor landing, where we placed the almost dark and intimidating, but stunningly seductive Gothic side chairs, paired with a very contemporary burled wood cabinet trimmed with blue lacquer. Incorporating Anglo-Indian elements let us contrast the very traditional against the very contemporary – the swooping sculptural balustrade, which we painted in a strong, dark, reflective navy blue, emphasizing the flowing curves of the stair. Moving higher up the stairs, the wallpaper loses all complications and becomes a soothing, quiet sea green, a signal that we’ve reached our ultimate destination – Freedom—the end of the Path.