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Color in the City Brooklyn Palette

If you'd asked me before my trip to Brooklyn about my impressions, I'd say that it's a quiet suburban place with brown and gray dominating the landscape. Turns out, the people and places in Brooklyn are anything but. This vibrant locale is a pulsing thriving community where ambition meets art meets expression meets roots. Barbara Streisand, Michael Jordan, Rudy Guiliani, and Marisa Tomei are just a tiny cross-section of the talent that Brooklyn has produced. And this color palette is just a sampling of the richness and diversity you'll find here. To create the Brooklyn look in your home, keep the walls and furnishings simple and comfortable with unique meaningful pieces to fill in the gaps such a bench from...

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Color in the City, Brooklyn Part 3

[caption id="attachment_5650" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="It's Spring and the flowers have sprung here in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn."][/caption] And I'm feeling right at home with my new friend, Ed Roth, founder and creator at Stencil 1 (which, by the way you, have to check out at www.stencil1.com). Although I've admired his urban and playful stencils and books for years, we've only recently become acquainted. But, I know we're going to be fast friends when he guides me to our first stop, an adorable vintage shop on Roebling Street called RePop: [caption id="attachment_5652" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Ed's already making a purchase- man, this guy doesn't mess around!"][/caption] We saunter down a quiet old block of homes... to another quaint little shop, Brooklyn...

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Color in the City Brookly- Part deux

Still a Decorative Painter at heart, I can't help but smile at the amazing creations that can come from these three basic elements- paint, brush, imagination. And soon as we hit the street, I'm smiling from ear to ear. Of course, there are shops, restaurants, etc. But it's the art on the buildings that catches my eye... The streets are still very much singular in their brick and stone structure, but that hasn't held anyone back from making their own unique statement. Even simple touches like the hand painted transom windows in this coffee shop add a comfy touch Next is the Flea Market in the Fort Greene area... where the vendors are as colorful as their wares... [caption id="attachment_5627"...

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Colors in the City Brooklyn

As I pull up to my friend, Ariella's, building in Park Slope- a quiet little borough in western Brooklyn- I can't help but feel like I'm walking onto the set of Sesame Street with it's rows of brownstones and corner shops. The classic kid show is set on a fictitious street in Manhattan, but still, I wonder as I climb the steps and ring my friend's doorbell, if Big Bird and Gordon will come singing around the corner, "Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood?..."  At first glance , the monochromatic blocks of brick and stone seem strict and static, but I quickly notice bold bursts of color emerging from the sameness of it all... Shadowed...

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Taxi!!!

As I get ready to dash off to New York today (no fooling!) I've been thinking of this painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie, by Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian. If you haven't heard of Mondrian and don't remember the Partridge Family bus (which makes me feel painfully sad AND old), then here's a quick recap about this inspired piece: Mondrian spent several years in Paris and London, but his final years were spent in his favorite town, New York City. He'd been developing his style for much of his career, but it was in Manhattan that the rhythms of jazz music came to life on the streets below his apartment as he looked out the window and saw the quick staccato movements...

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