BROWNSTONE VOYEUR: All the Details in Boerum Hill

IMG_0263BROWNSTONE VOYEUR is a joint project of casaCARA and Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn. Look for it every Thursday on both sites.

THIS HAS BEEN MY comfortable home away from home for the past two weeks. It’s my dear friend Nancy’s brick row house in Boerum Hill, and it’s classic.

Built around 1870, the house retains many of those coveted Victorian “details,” including spectacular plaster work in the dining room (painted an historic blue-gray), original pocket doors with etched glass, an over-the-top pier mirror, right, between the front parlor windows, a black marble mantel in Eastlake style, long four-over-four parlor windows, and wood floors so old and thin if they’re sanded one more time they’ll turn to sawdust.

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Nancy bought the house in 1987 – it was the first house she looked at – and furnished it with a mix of found and inherited antiques. Particularly intriguing (and sort of useful) is the piece she calls “the chest of 1,000 drawers,” a cabinet used for fittings by a jewelry maker. It had been left in her previous home, a loft on Fulton Street in Manhattan.

All the paintings on the wall are the work of David Fisch, a close friend of Nancy’s, who died in 1993.

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IMG_0248Nancy travels frequently to Amsterdam, and there’s something of a European feeling about the place, I’ve always thought – the velvet textile used as a tablecloth in the dining room, the collection of old copperware on display throughout, the enormous glass-fronted cabinets full of art books.

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I could live here quite happily. Oh, right – I have been.

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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6 Responses to BROWNSTONE VOYEUR: All the Details in Boerum Hill

  1. Astor C. says:

    Great, effortless style. With an inviting, lived-in look that’s too absent in most of the places you see in the shelter mags. I particularly like the painting of Puck (from the eponymously named building on Lafayette) whose spirit seems to inhabit the place.

  2. Nancy says:

    Thanks Astor! When Cara told me she wanted to feature my home, I thought it wasn’t sleek enough. She assured me people would respond to my “homey” style and I guess she’s right…

  3. What an exquisite home. It has all of the lovely details that make me swoon yet it doesn’t give me the sterile museum feeling. It looks like a home that’s comfortable and inviting. One that’s decor has developed over the years. Just lovely.

    Now we know why it’s been so hard for Cara to find other accommodations! I’d certainly be dragging my feet if I had to leave!

  4. Mary-Liz says:

    Makes me want to move to Boerum Hill…….

  5. veets says:

    Yes… it is the “I am living here” look that adds charm to the home. the photo of the Parlour with coffee table and books under, in that just read this one clutter told me people really live in this space. I loved the paintings? Who is the artist?

  6. cara says:

    David Fisch is the artist, veets. There’s a link to his obituary in the post.

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