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The Walkup

Room: I have been majorly smitten with this  Zebra print wallpaper ever since Wes Anderson introduced me to it in the Royal Tenenbaums. Years later, I still cannot get over the Scalamandre design.  The eclectic, vermillion, safari-inspired foyer was created by Rikki Snyder. 

Artwork: Zebra Bandits by Andrea Wan by the Working Proof. This piece was originally illustrated to accompany a short children’s story published in Nido, a German parenting magazine. The story is about a small lurch who saved the smell of the circus from a group of Zebra bandits. The giclee print also serves a humanitarian purpose – 15% of  of the gross sale of this print goes to: Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.

The Walkup

Room: Designer Elizabeth Dinkel’s choice of twin beds for Her Guest Room have a mystical yet feminine quality.  The room’s teal design veers towards a fashion-forward approach – with detailed tailoring and velvet textures punched up with exotic Moroccan trappings. The colors are seaside, but the style is exotic. Room found at The Great House at Greystone Estate, an unoccupied mansion which recently blossomed under the care of some of the most distinguished interior and landscape designers in the industry via Veranda.

Artwork:  Artist Mario “nerosunero” Sughi explores biking’s introspective powers in this archival, bamboo print titled, Escape/Blue Landscape via UGallery. Mario explains  that he sees his chic biker in the midst of “crossing an abstract landscape both physically and mentally.” She moves from chore to chore with shopping bags in tow and a mind buzzing with activity.

I thought of that while riding my bicycle. — Albert Einstein (on the Theory of Relativity)

The Walkup

Room: Leather edges and a lift-out tray let the Tray Chic Ottoman multitask as table, bench, and footstool. The Nailhead Sofa is in solid velvet, so patterned throws and pillows can easily change its look. All textiles by BeeLine Home. Curtains made of Indian bedspreads frame an urn from John Rosselli Antiques & Decorations. The room is verdant, lit and very 1970’s in its color palette. Avocado mixes nicely with caramel brown and orange peel. Image by Thomas Loof, via House Beautiful.

Artwork: A reproduction of Jules Olitski’s Purple Golubchik from1962 via Artriver. Olitski was an American abstract painter, printmaker, and sculptor. His modern art is known for its brilliant colors, dynamic movement, unexpected harmonies and chromatic shifts. The print almost seems to be moving, tumbling, spinning.

THE BEST PART of modeling an entire room after the aforementioned artworks? They are all affordable prints at under $100 each! 

Greetings From…

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Before I had a dime to my name, postcards always seemed like an inexpensive way to pay homage to places I had been, artists I have loved, and ideas I wanted to emulate. The small, cardstock templates were often priced 2 for $1.00, and were just as beautiful as prints. I have amassed hundreds of postcards, each serving as a reminder of my past, a small glimpse into an entire world. There were 3 ½” x 5” cards, sent to me, from a friend in Paris. There were 4 ¼” x 6” images I absolutely needed to own from the National Gallery of Art. Want to own a Warhol, Monet or Hirst? Buy a postcard! And yet, what to do with them all….

Postcard Wall Display

Photography by Felix Forest via homelife.

Framed Postcard Display

A DIY Framed Postcard Display via The Harpster Home

Postcard Gallery Wall

The slow diagonal stacking of postcards highlights the funky ceiling of this small bathroom space via Tui Benjamin

Postcard Wall Display

A display of a boxed set of 100 vintage Penguin book cover postcards found on the clearance table at Anthropologie via How About Orange. The obvious theme creates an automatically curated collection. 

Postcard Wall Display

Instead of wallpaper, why not decoupage the entire wall? Want a less labor intensive route? Thumbtacks are always easy via Mr. Kate.

James Merrell / The Walkup

A postcard gallery wall, above a mantel place, fits right into the eclectic decor of this bright living room. Image via Jeams Merrell. 

A Postcard Lampshade

Not a fan of an old lampshade? Rip the fabric away, expose the wiring, and create a postcard carousel! Idea via Almodeus

Postcard Wall Display

Photography Kristiina Kurronen via Susanna Vento.

Postcard Wall Display

An impermanent postcard wall using laundry lines via the Homestead Gallery in London.

Postcard Archway or Doorway Display

 Molding over an archway does double duty as a shelve in which to display favorite snippets from past travels and travails, from Boila.

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Fort Greene

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I am having a love affair with Brownstones. This isn’t the first time inanimate objects have caught my eye.  The building materials used in such homes are a brown Triassic or Jurassic era sandstone which was once an extremely popular building material. The term. “brownstone”, is also used on the East Coast (particularly Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland) of the United States to refer to a terraced house or rowhouse clad in this material. The stone is extremely durable, it also carries with it years of history and the connotations of another, quainter time period.

Fort Green Brownstone

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An office filing cabinet plays double duty as an entry table.
Fort Green Brownstone

Natural light in spades.
Fort Green Brownstone
Fort Green Brownstone

Fort Green Brownstone

Fort Green Brownstone

The low, stainless steel industrial table allows the space to feel historic yet contemporary. The mantlepiece is filled with vases ala Italian artist Morandi.

Fort Green Brownstone

Tonight’s cultural activeities in the salon include a rendition of the Metropolitan Opera’s version of Elektra, Op. 58, a one-act opera by Richard Strauss.

Fort Green Brownstone

According to color theory, an alizarin crimson red room gives the room sophistication and warmth. Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s affect is usually stimulating – raising heart rate or stimulating conversation. Fort Green Brownstone

As the esteemed author, poet, philosopher and muse, Jorge Luis Borges, once quipped, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

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