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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

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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! 

North Park Slope

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The oft’ snickered about move from the isle of Manhattan, to the largest borough of NYC, is usually “caused” by the ticking of one’s biological clock. Babies mean Brooklyn, and in one particular area, it means stroller wars, marsupial moms and single-drip coffee cafes. “The Slope” is the antidote to many Manhattanites’ who are sick of squeezing into too-small rental apartments. The North Slope, which takes its name from its location on the western slope of the park, is filled with charming brownstones and historic architecture.   Let’s explore a hidden gem on Sterling Place in The Vermeil, a mortar and brick building attached to a pre-existing brownstone, steps away from Maggie Gyllenhaal’s townhouse:

North Park Slope

North Park Slope

The area is nestled adjacent to Prospect Park and the neighborhood is relatively affordable: case in point a swanky cocktail which runs me $16 in the city, is $10 on Flatbush Avenue. Known for its preponderance of families, serious couples, aging hippies, LGBTQ  hotspots, writers and other humanities driven types, the streets have a communal vibe. The location was even named one of the “Greatest Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association in 2007, “for its architectural and historical features and its diverse mix of residents and businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active and involved citizenry.”

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The natural light coming in from the large windows lends itself to shadow play. A sun drenched living room is perfect for lazy afternoon reading.

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North Park Slope

The details of an angled globe, chinoiserie chair, moroccan tuft, midcentury credenza, B & W Photo and paper lantern give the space a simple, east-meets-west vibe.

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