For my next beach house :) Instead of a wood or iron hand rail , use a thick jute rope if you have a nautical style home. Thom Filicia Lake House - Rustic Lake House Decor - House Beautiful. I would use rollocks as brackets.
Line Your Stairway with a museum-worthy arrangement - Great SFA (Small Format Art) displays for your decor - 18 slides. Look for "SFA" on selling sites to collect wonderful small works of art. Become a collector. It's a great way to enjoy art, and displayed it becomes a conversation starter and even enjoyed by non-art friends. http://www.countryliving.com/homes/decor-ideas/how-to-hang-pictures#slide-8