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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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