Entries in brooklyn (3)

Wednesday
May062015

truman capote + the paris review

"Truman Capote lives in a big yellow house in Brooklyn Heights, which he has recently restored with the taste and elegance that is generally characteristic of his undertakings. As I entered he was head and shoulders inside a newly arrived crate containing a wooden lion.

“There!” he cried as he tugged it out to a fine birth amid a welter of sawdust and shavings. “Did you ever see anything so splendid? Well, that’s that. I saw him and I bought him. Now he’s all mine.”

“He’s large,” I said. “Where are you going to put him?”

“Why, in the fireplace, of course,” said Capote. “Now come along into the parlor while I get someone to clear away this mess.”

The parlor is Victorian in character and contains Capote’s most intimate collection of art objects and personal treasures, which, for all their orderly arrangement on polished tables and bamboo bookcases, somehow remind you of the contents of a very astute little boy’s pockets. There is, for instance, a golden Easter egg brought back from Russia, an iron dog, somewhat the worse for wear, a Fabergé pillbox, some marbles, blue ceramic fruit, paperweights, Battersea boxes, picture postcards, and old photographs. In short everything that might seem useful or handy in a day’s adventuring around the world..."

Excerpt from a 1955 interview with Capote as published in The Paris Review. Read the interview in full here. 

(photo of Capote's home via)

Tuesday
Feb252014

chez adam charlap hyman

Simply put, Adam Charlap Hyman's brooklyn flat knocked me off my feet. The fairly recent graduate of RISD currently works as a furniture, textile and interior designer and his apartment shows it. Adam installed the apartment's molding and wooden fireplace (which he painted to look like marble), and even made the iron "Cocteau" chair we see in photo four. I love his use of color and texture and have spent quite a bit of time analyzing the content in these photos. I'm incredibly inspired and impressed! If you have a moment, you've got to see rest of his space here and here. ACH, you're my new hero. 

(photos by André Herrero)

Monday
Nov142011

want of the day

Without discussing the “whys” of Jenna Lyon’s recent (and very public) split with husband Vincent Mazeau, can we all take a moment to enjoy these last photos of their shared Brooklyn townhouse? The space is currently listed by Sotheby’s for a cool 3.75 million. But to live in a home once inhabited by the already-legendary president of J.Crew? I’d say it’s a steal! One can only wonder where Ms. Lyons will find herself next (…and if it will be published soon). I feel bittersweet about posting these photos - divorce, in any case, is awful. I can only hope that it brings the couple peace and happiness. I'm sure my sweet readers feel the same :)