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Brooklyn Brownstone House Tour

If you lived here, you’d be home already. It is no big secret that I have always dreamed of living in a brownstone. All the best fake (and real) intellectual, creatives do: The Royal Tenenbaums, Carrie Bradshaw, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Jenna Lyons, Liv Tyler, Sofia Coppola, and more.

Brooklyn Brownstone Tour / Fort Greene

Here’s a glimpse into a Brownstone in Fort Greene, Brooklyn that I visited a few weekends ago.  Located on a beautiful, tree-lined block replete with a row of the classic facades, the block is postcard-pretty.

Brooklyn Brownstone Stairs

The space (indoor and outdoor)! The light! Those things are a premium in New York City. Here’s a glimpse into one floor:

I am particularly excited to show you the vintage bar set, including gilded mirror, fifties era “Bar Guide,” goldplated shaker  and the seventies arc floorlamp. Brooklyn Brownstone Tour / Fort GreeneI love the look of a fireplace, once brick or marble, painted over with a crisp coat of white paint. How chic are those empty frames as a mantlepiece? And you you spy the Eames Lounge Chair? Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. Their iconic Eames Lounge Chair began with a desire to create a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” In continuous production since its introduction in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century.Brooklyn Brownstone Tour / Fort Greene

The contemporary space doesn’t fear mixing a houndstooth area rug, with rainbow-striped pillows, an old medicine cabinet turned TV stand, or a patriotic American and French flags as artwork. The eclectic mix of goods somehow works.

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Prospect Heights Brownstone

Ever since seeing The Royal Tenenbaums, my desire to live in an historic Brownstone skyrocketed. The history with which every Brownstone is imbued constantly has me wandering, “If these walls could talk…”. It also helps that I much prefer bricks, copper, stained glass and wrought iron to today’s building materials. I introduce you to a hidden gem, on a tree-lined, historically designated street in Brooklyn, built in 1893 and designed by Swedish architect Magnus Dahlander.

Prospect Heights Brownstone

Born in 1861, in Orebo, Sweden, Dahlander practiced turn of the century designs in his native country and in the United States. Trained in architecture at the University of Technology in Helsinki, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, his homes in Brooklyn feature meticulously carved ornamentation, leaf-trims, arched doorways, copper clad roofing, gargoyles, and other splendors of Renaissance Revival and Romanesque Revival frameworks. If you ever wanted to live in a 19th century castle, now’s your turn!

Walkup Spacer Line

Prospect Heights Brownstone

Anyone up for reading a leatherbound book on this daybed, with light pouring in from three angles?  If you love decorating a mantle, Everything about this space has the patina of important and stateliness. The Victorian details lend themselves to sitting rooms, salons and parlors.

Why not treat your staircase like a glamorous, red carpet runway?

Prospect Heights Brownstone

 I can easily imagine the Epsom salts, dried lilac petals, and body oils I would use in this classic bathtub. 

Magnus Dahlander

Is anyone else fretting over this fretwork? The sheer amount of precise carpentry that went into the foyer is startling. Even the radiator covers radiate. Why did I feel it necessary to place not one, but two, decorative puns into this paragraph? Who knows…

Prospect Heights Brownstone

When in doubt, throw a Persian Rug on it!

Would you like to inherit a vintage, ‘slightly used’ home? Or do you prefer to buy new? I know my answer!

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Tour de Brooklyn

Just as the Tour de France stops in many locations, so too, will this post feature a tour of many rooms I adore in various neighborhoods of Brooklyn!

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Neon pillows, shag shams, clean white sheets, rustic wooden armoire, photographs leaning  and a paper lantern give this guest room a minimal, zen feeling. One could easily meditate on the wooden floors.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

The devil is in the details, they say. The small, meticulous accents here include Wooden Birds by artist Kristian Vedel, a Rubik’s cube, a framed, vintage ACE playing card, milk-ware ceramics and more.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Bibliophiles take heed – even if your bookshelf isn’t towering and in need of a rolling ladder, use one anyway! And let a Maneki-neko (lucky, waving Cat) protect it all.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

A decidedly mid-century modern lounge area is accented by a jute rug, mismatched but tonal pillows and tons of wooden details.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

A hanging, circular mirror serves as a focal point and does double duty by expanding the small space through illusion. 

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

 Chihuly style blown glass becomes a centerpiece when stack like fruits in a bowl. Someone’s guitar is both a decorative item and utilitarian gathering point when company is over that can play. Finally, the kid;s third grade art project looks deceptively like collected African masks

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

The fifties accents – from the Calder mobile, to the oblong table, from the record player, to the artichoke, beige colored lounge chair – let the room live in a fun, yet updated timewarp.

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