FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

New York Style

SPACES | Homepolish Featured Our Apartment!

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The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

Back in October I had my apartment photographed by Homepolish's talented photographer Claire Esparros. She spent several hours in my home capturing every nook and cranny, because there are quite a few! We munched on donuts and bonded over being vegetarians. I was excited because this is something I've been working towards for such a long time. I've taken pictures of our home but never had it professionally photographed until now. 

After 4 years of working on the apartment and documenting it here along the way, I can finally say, it feels 'done'. Which is great because we're now in the midst of moving to Seattle. In less than 3 months the entire home will be packed up a shipped and across the country. It's bittersweet, but I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to properly document it. 

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

Old New York. It's a style just as much as it is a feeling. Every once in a while, when walking into a Manhattan space, one is overwhelmed with the sense of history. Dark oak-paneled walls, cheetah-print plush carpets, saturated drapery, and antiqued mirrors. All things bright and beautiful from brass to gold are the accents. It's a sense best captured by those ladies who lived through the 60s and 70s, Upper East Side Mad Women. But half a century later and a borough away in Brooklyn, Homepolish designer Lauren Caron has brought that eclectic mix to her 1-bedroom apartment. 

Reading the that intro written by Homepolish's senior editor Matt Powell, gives me chills. It's funny that I didn't intend to have my apartment feel like Old New York, yet it's definitely a compliment considering I'm in love with all the above mentioned.... My goals for the space were for it to be the perfect mix of old and new, collected and curated, and of course to be a reflection of us. 

I think back to my interviews with Bergdorf's when who was soon to be my VP asked, "If you could have your dream home in New York, where would it be and what would it look like?" My answer: An apartment that you might find on Park Avenue, filled with treasures, collections and glamour but set in Brooklyn, so it's not too serious. For this home, I think I've accomplished a hint of that, I'd definitely take one or two more bedrooms and perhaps a dining room, though for the most part it's the perfect mix of what I was dreaming of and what was possible. 

These sorts of projects don't have a start and an end date. Lauren and her husband Jack have lived in the space for four years. Over time, they have amassed a collection of heirlooms and vintage items to fill what was once an empty, blank room. The step back in time begins right upon entry with a wall covered in prancing gilded zebras and arrows. An Indian heritage rug leads you inside to the living room with brass-framed mirrors and a cheetah-upholstered chair. In the kitchen, copper cookware glints a la Julia Child, and farther in the bedroom, a Chinese screen evokes Coco Chanel. It is a perfect reflection of Lauren and Jack, and perhaps of New York life in general. 
The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

It'll be a year in March that I've joined the Homepolish team as a contract designer. It's been a fun ride, taking on a couple dozen clients, remote and local, and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful people! If you have any questions about Homepolish please feel free to ask! If you'd like to read the whole Homepolish feature about our apartment you can [here].

All photographs were taken by Claire Esparros of Homepolish | Interior design by: Lauren L Caron

SPACES | Beautiful Decay In Brooklyn

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Have you seen this place? It's a town home in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn owned by Karl Kipfmueller that has a beautifully decaying facade. The decay creates a tonal look that adds to the gorgeous French Empire architecture. The interiors, are surprisingly more refined with a nice mix of traditional and modern. 

Photography By William Abranowicz/ Produced By Anita Sarsidi

 

Post Fashion Week Wish List: for an NYC Gal

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Living in New York I'm surrounded by fashionable people everyday, especially during the fall when all anyone talks about is NYFW. Each year, to keep up with the rest, I gather a wish list of my must haves to get me through the season. This year is seems to be a collection of classics. I don't know what's in the air but I'm loving dots, stripes and black & white with pops of red.  

Unlike many of my peers I'm actually happy that New York Fashion Week has ended. Unfortunately, being in the visual industry I don't get to reap the benefits of the fashion world like others do. Fashion week to me means several weeks of major installations and stress both before and during. Not only do I have to ensure my floors are looking gorgeous for the crowds of fashionistas entering the store, but I also have to work on my Holiday Loft during the time. It's tiresome and I spend the entire week in less than chic outfits and unpainted nails because for the most part I'm doing manual labor.

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There are benefits to working so closely to the fashion world however. I get to see and hear about the latest trends and looks that are walking down the runways. I also manage to get just as excited about shopping as the rest of them. With that said, there are few things that I'm surely going to spend a little $$$ on this season, as well as other pieces that I will make the quick trip to Forever 21 for. To keep things short and sweet, below are the pieces that I'm putting on my wish list for this fall. And yes, in my opinion, they're very New York.

 

  1.  "Leather" Moto Leggings - Zara $49.90
  2. A pop of red, ballet flats - Dolce Vita, Amazon from $23.50
  3. A chic satchel - Madewell $268
  4. Fit and flare dress - Nordstrom, Felicity & Coco $88
  5. A smoking blazer - Helmut Lang $595
  6. City chic moto booties - Sigerson Morrison $595
  7. Camo skinny jeans - Madewell - $135
  8. An overcoat with an oversized lapel - Zara $159
  9. A polka dot blouse - Anthropologie $88

To stay up to date on my weekly obsessions follow along my Pinterest boards and track me on Instagram.

 

As always, thanks for reading.

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