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Dear AT,

This is what you see as you enter our house [through our front door].

We want to cover it up somehow so we could draw our guests' attention towards the sitting room and not the stairs and not the go-thru-the-whole-house-pathway.

But we can't put the door here, as there's a door to the left of the opening that opens towards it (there are stairs to the basement behind it)...

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We were thinking about some kind of the curtains, beads perhaps, they would need to be durable as we use this doorway a lot.

Any ideas?

Thanks! Alia