I had just told Marc we should use zipties!-Mary Installing a Baby Gate Without Drilling Into the Banister . Just cut the zip ties when finished! I've been wondering how I was going to put a gate up with a banister like that!
Jen of IHeart Organizing used a Home Depot stair tread cap and riser kit to transform the look of her staircase. (New wainscoting and paint, helped, too, of course.) See the staircase makeover reveal (Entry Step Basement Stairs)
for the next house you build - Pocket gate for kids or pets. One of the best ideas I've ever seen. I could see doing this instead of a baby gate between the kitchen and living room area or the basement stairs etc. Such a cool idea!