Photo by Neil Grabowsky of Through The Lens Studios.
Here is part of my grand front staircase.  I hand the steps sanded but the risers need to be painted.  The entire foyer up to the second floor landing needs to be painted but the foyer will be the last area of my house that I will finish.  The base of that thingy in the wall is actually marble.  People took exceptional pride in building homes back in the 1800’s.  They were not just builders; they were artisans.
My back staircase which now is holding paint cans and other stuff temporarily until the restoration is over.  This area also gets loads of light.  I wonder if servants used to walk up and down those back stairs.  I painted the area country white and the trim is some type of lime greenish color.  I forgot the name of it.  I wanted my back staircase to be bright and cheerful.   The wicker chair that you see in the photo is a street find.  Someone put it out on the curb.  One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  My friend Trish put it in her car for me.  It will be cleaned up, painted and put out on my back porch as soon as I put on a back porch…LOL  The house originally had a back porch.


  1. Fatima ghiassi says:

    Hi Xenia,

    Your name is very unique like your home and how you decorated. I am married with two daughters. All my single and married life have been trying to make everything beautifull around me which helped me see diffrent side of who I am.any how , lately for the past 6 months I let go of everything and I felt like I lost my touch and desire, but looking at your website I got inspired again. Thank for sharing and if it is possible tell me where is this beautifull home of yours. I don’t mean to have your private address. Just what city . Because I am looking to buy a house myself and I am intrested with old houses with car tortes. Thank again . I hope to hear from you . Fatima. My english is not that good. Plz bare with me

    • Xenia says:

      Hello Fatima,

      Your English is pretty darned good. I live in Troy, New York, and that is how I came up with the name Collar City Brownstone for my blog. Troy is known as The Collar City. I love older homes because of the character and quality that went into building homes long ago.

      I hope that you find an older home with character that you love.

      Thank you for stopping by Collar City Brownstone.

  2. Ann Marie says:

    I love your home. Its you. each room has charm in them as if to say. I was loved
    by Xenia who made this room new again. And now I can show my special kind
    of light. To the one who gave back my charm……

    • Xenia says:

      Hi Anne Marie, I love your name because it reminds me of the character Anne Marie that Marlo Thomas played in “That Girl”.

      Thank you so much for such kind words about my home. I am so appreciative that you visit my blog. I was just thinking to myself that I have to slow down and reply to your comments when I saw this one come up. I am so touched by the time you take to visit Collar City Brownstone.

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