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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! 

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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Fort Greene

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Fort Greene is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a New York City-designated Historic District. The neighborhood is named after an American Revolutionary War era fort that was built in 1776 under the supervision of General Nathanael Greene of Rhode Island. Poet Walt Whitman, who was influential in the creation of Fort Greene Park in 1843. The viscinity contains many examples of mid-19th century Italianate and Eastlake architecture, most of which is well preserved. It is known for its many tree-lined streets and elegant low-rise housing. Fort Greene is also known for its many shout outs and mentions in songs and lyrics by RZA, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Notorious BIG, Raekwon, Fabolous. Artistic types from all walks graviate to the cool community, check out past notable residents HERE.

Let’s take a sneak into the secret world of a quirky yet classic brownstone townhouse!

The Walkup

The Walkup

The Walkup

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

The WalkupAn American flag, corduroy couch, cow-skin rug rug, marble fireplace, dark credenza, thrifted gold frame and wooden crate coffee table all intermingle easily thanks to the calming white walls.
Cumberland Street Marble Fireplace

Cumberland Street Living Room

Cumberland Street Living Room

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

A vintage Canon TL (released in 1968) in front of vintage mod photographs? How meta!Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Vaguely color coordinated books help to keep this cluttered bookshelf from looking messy.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Small details, such as an asian inspired jewelry box, tone down the cabin-style deer head mount. Who needs to hang prints when they can just as easily be leaned against a wall?

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Postcards are not just for sending, use each one collected as a mini print, art-piece and relic.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

The butcher, baker and candlestick maker would all get along on this dresser because of the varied accouterments.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Teach your children well.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Wax, rusted iron, bowling pins, tackle boxes, bird cages, house plants, exposed brick and Aztec printed doggy beds, oh my! A kitchen straight out of an “I SPY” book definitely feels eclectic yet comfortable.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene
Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Pez dispensers are candy, candy is a food, so they belong on the kitchen, right?

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Essential oils and vintage Erlenmeyer Flasks and clamps elevate a space from a monotonous ecru room to a cool chemistry vibe.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

The historic townhouse pays homage to its vintage past with small knickknacks, antiques and first editions.

Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene
Cumberland Street Classic Townhouse in Historic Ft. Greene

Collect and display! Embrace disparate flea market finds and unite each by time period, color, style or any defining characteristic to give your house a unified but assorted sensation. Above all, surround yourself with things you love.

K.V.

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