Discovered on Remodelista, New York's Elizabeth Roberts Architecture took on the renovation of this 5-story, 1866 Brooklyn Brownstone. Noted as one of the few remaining original architectural details, the character of the black painted stair case caught my eye immediately. What doesn't look better with three coats of glossy black paint on it? And the an impressively modest kitchen, sparsely furnished rooms, and loads of light do well to keep to avoid New York's cramped-and-cluttered trap. More at Elizabeth Roberts.