The upstairs landing's showstopping capiz-shell chandelier from Z Gallerie provides a dose of glamour amid more simple touches.
Mirrors stand in for ancestral portraits in a sly reference to the majestic staircases of 19th-century English country houses.
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The trompe l'oeil on the walls leading up the main staircase was inspired by paintings at the Château d'Ancy-le-Franc.
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Designer Thom Filicia chose heavy rope in place of a traditional railing and angled the runner to reveal a hint of bare floor in the staircase of a Manhattan apartment. The runner has a subtle stripe.