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Would love to knock down the walls that divide my kitchen and dining room, but the basement stairs lie between those walls. If I did something like this, I could have an open staircase and still have my open plan first floor.

Would love to knock down the walls that divide my kitchen and dining room, but the basement stairs lie between those walls. If I did something like this, I could have an open staircase and still have my open plan first floor.

Half wall with cap trim and board and batten -- traditional staircase by Dirsa Construction

Half wall with cap trim and board and batten -- traditional staircase by Dirsa Construction

California Beach House with Transitional Interiors - Beautiful cabinet - love the upper cabinet with open space and 'x' glass doors, under-mount lighting.

California Beach House with Transitional Interiors - Beautiful cabinet - love the upper cabinet with open space and 'x' glass doors, under-mount lighting.

built-in hutch - i really prefer this to traditional kitchen cabinets. i want a wall of this so i can do no uppers everywhere else.

built-in hutch - i really prefer this to traditional kitchen cabinets. i want a wall of this so i can do no uppers everywhere else.

Craftsman built-in window seat

45 "All In White" Interior Design Ideas For Bedrooms