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In Greener Pastures

May 3, 2010

Good morning! I hope you had a lovely weekend!

My mom, aunt, 11 year old cousin and 83 year old grandmother visited New York for the weekend. We had a really great time: matinee of Billy Elliot, lunch at Landmarc, carriage ride through Central Park… And I learned something important: if you have a grandmother in a wheelchair you can get in the front of ANY NYC line. 🙂

On Sunday, I was excited to attend to the Fort Greene House Tour (tickets courtesy of Wendy & Paul, thanks guys!).

My neighborhood may have been rated most livable by New York Magazine, but I’ve got to tell you, I’m always a little enchanted by Fort Greene. It has a fabulous park, great restaurants (No. 7 is a personal favorite), the always awesome Brooklyn Flea… On a beautiful summer (80 degree spring?) day, it was the place to be.

The Fort Greene House Tour featured about 11 homes, all very unique and interesting. Most homes on the tour did not allow photography, but in the few that I could shoot, I found some inspiring, Salvaged Grace worthy, ideas.

I made a beeline for the first house solely because of this chandelier. I’ve posted about this before… I adore the idea of using old letters or pages from a favorite novel for chandelier lighting.

paper chandelier

Since most of the homes on the tour were renovated brownstones, there were a lot of great details: crown moldings, tin ceilings…

tin ceilings

I especially loved the bright color added to the ceiling of artist Motti Lerer‘s home.

crown molding

I also enjoyed seeing doorways and other little nooks with historic features fancied up with some modern accoutrements.


closed doorway

The home owned by Jonas and Ursula Hegewisch was simply amazing, with an assortment of great collections (birds, gnomes, hangers… more on that tomorrow!) displayed in all manners.

collection cabinet

As well as this vibrant painting on wood artwork displayed at center in the breakfast nook.

wood painting

BC joined me for some of the tour and noticed this little half painted dresser in the home of educator and furniture-maker, Chris Cavallaro and his family.

unfinished dresser

Sometimes the best way to finish a piece, is to not finish it.

unfinished dresser closeup

Many of the homes were in the process of being completed. Again, I like unfinished. I thought these stairs had a certain je ne sais qois of their own, even if the look wasn’t intended.

unfinished stairway

Artist Motti Lerer‘s brownstone was especially creative. He made this little bench out of his old bed!

Motti was also incredibly gracious and super friendly. He lamented how pieces of his brownstone had been sold off over the years by former owners: original pocket doors, classic marble fireplaces. Motti’s renovation was a testament to salvaging where possible and marrying old to new.

Motti was the perfect example of the Fort Greene resident; welcoming, creative, engaging, and dynamic, with a lot of soul.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. psmalera permalink
    May 4, 2010 3:23 pm

    Wow, you made the most of the tickets. Looks awesome! Next time we’ll all go together!

    • ew32766 permalink*
      May 4, 2010 6:17 pm

      Yeah! It was really fun, I hate that ya’ll missed it (but glad that I got to go!) 😉 Thanks again!


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