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Room Therapy: I Need Help With This Stair Railing!

Hi CasaSugar,

I moved into a new apartment seven months ago, and for the life of me I can't figure out what to do with this entry railing. When you enter our front door, you are greeted by a staircase that goes downstairs to our roommate's room. The staircase has this trough-like railing . . . and I have no idea what to fill it with. I don't care for fake plants, which is what I believe was its original purpose when it was built in the '60s.
For reference: the trough is barely too small to hold the width of a CD, but it wouldn't make sense to have a small collection of CDs and DVDs right by the front door. What on earth would fit in there?? Or should I cover it somehow? Any ideas from you or anyone else would be much appreciated . . .

Thanks,
Details

To see my ideas, and to add some of your own,

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Hi Details,

What a conundrum! My first suggestion is to try a modern take on this railing's original purpose. First, buy a bunch of small earthenware or ceramic planters that will fit in the space. My suggestion for a cheap one is the Billig, which is only $.49 for each white, earthenware pot. Since the pot is only four inches tall, though, if you decide to use this one, I would have a piece of wood cut that will raise the depth of the box by at least an inch. Then, choose low-light house plants and fill every other pot with a plant. Use the empty pots for key storage, mail, or other front-door, small-item needs.

Anyone else have other suggestions? Leave them in the comments.

Good luck,
Casa

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