The everlasting silk blooms reach all the way to the top of the stairwell:
On the other hand, we could have taken the elevator instead which, believe it or not, is vintage 1910, original to the house, along with other cutting edge conveniences of the day like the laundry and trash chutes.
This wondrous little jewel box is decorated with verre églomisé walls by artist-designer Jane Richardson-Mack.
She ingeniously used gift wrap paper for the wall covering…
…and conveniently displayed all the tools for the task out in the open:
Directly across the hall is the Puppet Theater by Jurow Design Associates:
I especially like the men’s newsprint suit:
How nice it must be to have sufficient closet space to dedicate one entirely to whimsy and fantasy.
Please enjoy the puppet show, wrap a few gifts, or take that beautiful elevator for a joy ride while I prepare the next post. We will actually enter the rooms of the second level next time.