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One book lover has turned her staircase into an homage to literature

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Bookshelving is already a soothing art form - do you arrange alphabetically? By colour, book height or shape? Did you know that you can turn an impressive stack into a side-table? - so news that one woman has taken things a step further, comes as nothing but pure joy to our book loving hearts.

Pippa Branham, from Liverpool, has won the Internet over in the past few days with her hand painted staircase dedicated entirely to her best loved books.

Shunning comparably boring carpet and polished hardwood for something altogether more interesting, Branham has decorated her staircase to replicate the spines of classic pageturners by the likes of Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, Ernest Hemingway and J.R.R Tolkien.

Book lovers staircase

Unveiled by her husband on Reddit - and later by Branham herself on Facebook - the pair have revealed that the idea was originally a way to cut the cost of having a carpet fitted.

“My wife decided to decorate our stairs with all our favourite books, inspired by a post she saw on Pinterest (personally I think my wife's are way better than the inspiration),” reads the Reddit post.

“It took her quite a while and was a project initiated out of a money saving venture to avoid having to splash out on carpet money/fitting money (didn't trust me to lay carpet on stairs). I think this looks 100 [times]better than any carpet.

“The part of the stairs you walk on was painted in black matte gloss with fine grain sand mixed in, it is holding up really well to wear and tear.”

book lover staircase

Naturally, the literary staircase has been a hit online, with book lovers everywhere swooning over both Branham’s creative talent (she did it all free-hand, no stencils) and her choice of reads.

One Reddit user writes: “As a working artist of 40 years I have huge respect for someone who can letter with a brush-especially sideways! Please tell her I said great job!”

While another adds: “They look amazing! At first I thought they must have been stenciled. I can't imagine trying to letter sideways like that, let alone so many times with different fonts. Beautiful!”

book lover staircase

Click through the various stages of Branham's project below.

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