Ages ago I fell in love with this image which has a really unique balustrade. It perfectly mixed modern simplicity with a bit of old world charm. My heart was set. I was even able to find the manufacturer online. Unfortunately, it will not work because of code here on the island. And yes, if we did ever have kids, those sharp corners might not be the best (the sacrifices that we make for imaginary children). :)
So we kept looking and looking for something to "wow" us. This week, we were pretty excited to find these stair rails and balustrade. The oblong circles mimic the front windows of the house (you can see them two posts down) and all of the arches that continue to be a theme throughout the house. We met up with the local metal worker to show him our inspiration and he's hoping to come up with something similar (within our budget) in the next two weeks.
The good thing about this option is that it could be used for the interior and the exterior of the house. We're keeping our fingers crossed that he can come up with something really close. Budget (mind), fancy (heart), budget (mind), fancy (heart). Here's to hoping that he'll be able to marry the two. :)