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Copycat // Jenna Lyons

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Jenna Lyons, J. Crew president and creative director, and all around well-dressed woman, sold her Park Slope, Brooklyn town-home in 2012. She moved back into Manhattan, into the downtown, abandoned-factory rich area of Tribeca. Prior to selling, we voyeuristically got a peek inside the trendsetter’s digs, thanks to Sotheby’s. In a wondrous tight-rope act, the space is modern yet antique, glamourous yet minimal.

Step inside, and learn to recreate this renovated 1880’s Brownstone.

J. Crew Meets a Park Slope Brownstone

Jenna Lyons Brownstone Items

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Where woodsy, lumberjack and animal-fur viking decor meet elegant, ballroom chandeliers and gilded mirrors.

J. Crew Meets a Park Slope Brownstone

J. Crew Meets a Park Slope Brownstone

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Where polka-dots dance upon high contrast black and white accents, wire rimmed chairs, wood pallets and glossy floors. 

J. Crew Meets a Park Slope Brownstone

J. Crew Meets a Park Slope Brownstone

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This closet has a limestone mantle. Yes, I am jealous of the myriad shoes, but a fireplace in a closet puts me over the edge! 

The Great Gatsby

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Opulent, decadent, grandiose, modern, symmetrical and drenched in deco inspired geometric flourishes. Welcome to Mr. Gatsby’s world ala Baz Luhrmann’s new period cinema.

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Home Decor Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

ChandelierMirror / Decanter / Pen / Side Table / Chair 

Home Decor Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

Art Deco Ad / Tea Kettle / Napkin / Cutlery Set / Dinnerware

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Inspired by a post found via Fabulous K Style.

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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