When the Branhams moved into their new home, they were a little nervous about the slickness of the staircase. Mom Pippa and dad Jonathan thought the slippery stairs could prove dangerous for their kids. Carpeting them was going to cost some money.
So they painted them, mixing the paint with some sand in order to give the treads texture and grip for little feet. And not only that, Pippa painted the risers with the covers of her favorite books.
The only wrinkle, of course, is that the George R. R. Martin riser is likely to turn into an escalator to match the ever-increasing number of books in his series, and that there's a real possibility that it would never actually get anywhere.