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Brooklyn Flea Market

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This summer two interns, Ashley and Rachel, worked with me in the home design and decorating department. As part of their assignments for their last week, I asked them to visit the flea market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The girls took many pictures of the one-of-a-kind items they found at the market, and I wanted to share their finds with all of you!

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The entrance to the market.

1 The entrance to the market.

What a great antique! This piece is truly a unique find, and would provide excellent storage.

2 What a great antique! This piece is truly a unique find, and would provide excellent storage.

An entire area of the flea market was cleared to make room for this white, distressed furniture.

3 An entire area of the flea market was cleared to make room for this white, distressed furniture.

New and old brown leather belts.

4 New and old brown leather belts.

Hand-painted denim!

5 Hand-painted denim!

These frames are vintage and wonderful.

6 These frames are vintage and wonderful.

The guitar would be beautiful on display in a music-lovers home.

7 The guitar would be beautiful on display in a music-lovers home.

A vintage game set in excellent condition.

8 A vintage game set in excellent condition.

I really liked this wooden kitchen set for salads.

9 I really liked this wooden kitchen set for salads.

Ashley and Rachel found lots of letters in different shapes, sizes, and colors. I think they would make a nice addition to bedrooms or offices.

10 Ashley and Rachel found lots of letters in different shapes, sizes, and colors. I think they would make a nice addition to bedrooms or offices.

These ones in particular are great, and are made from enamel on tin.

11 These ones in particular are great, and are made from enamel on tin.

Old wine cases–ideal for storage.

12 Old wine cases–ideal for storage.

I've always loved glass jars, and a flea market is the perfect place to find them in bulk! You can use the jars as candle holders, or to store spices or oils.

13 I've always loved glass jars, and a flea market is the perfect place to find them in bulk! You can use the jars as candle holders, or to store spices or oils.

What a great color for the dresser! Only at a flea market can you find a piece like that.

14 What a great color for the dresser! Only at a flea market can you find a piece like that.

The interns particularly liked this vendor. He had an interesting collection of nature-inspired items for the home.

15 The interns particularly liked this vendor. He had an interesting collection of nature-inspired items for the home.

Here's another shot. Horns, skins, shells–this vendor really has everything!

16 Here's another shot. Horns, skins, shells–this vendor really has everything!

I know my colleague Yvette would love these gilded lobsters.

17 I know my colleague Yvette would love these gilded lobsters.

The light fixtures remind me of globes. They would look beautiful in a kitchen or dining space.

18 The light fixtures remind me of globes. They would look beautiful in a kitchen or dining space.

Not only did the girls find great jewelry at the flea market, but they were excited to see all of the interesting ways the vendors displayed it.

19 Not only did the girls find great jewelry at the flea market, but they were excited to see all of the interesting ways the vendors displayed it.

I particularly like this stand. The hand crafted pillows are fantastic.

20 I particularly like this stand. The hand crafted pillows are fantastic.

The pillows come in animal designs.

21 The pillows come in animal designs.

I also liked this pillow with a bicycle design.

22 I also liked this pillow with a bicycle design.

Painted, vintage milk bottles make beautiful vases.

23 Painted, vintage milk bottles make beautiful vases.

Rachel took home the burger salt shakers on the top level of this shelf! Very cute.

24 Rachel took home the burger salt shakers on the top level of this shelf! Very cute.

The instruments are made from cigar and coffee boxes.

25 The instruments are made from cigar and coffee boxes.

An old set of silver spoons.

26 An old set of silver spoons.

Vintage soda cases would look great stacked up like this in a kids or play room. (brooklynflea.com)

27 Vintage soda cases would look great stacked up like this in a kids or play room. (brooklynflea.com)

Here's a wider view of the flea market.

28 Here's a wider view of the flea market.

Some of the market's delicious food.

29 Some of the market's delicious food.

This vendor sells fresh squeezed juices: mango, watermelon, and papaya, just to name a few.

30 This vendor sells fresh squeezed juices: mango, watermelon, and papaya, just to name a few.

The girls' lunch at the market consisted of this corn, tomato, and zucchini salad, and an Asian-spiced hot dog. All ingredients were fresh and local.

31 The girls' lunch at the market consisted of this corn, tomato, and zucchini salad, and an Asian-spiced hot dog. All ingredients were fresh and local.

I love the way this vendor has displayed his products. He clearly has an eye for style.

32 I love the way this vendor has displayed his products. He clearly has an eye for style.

As you can tell from the photos, there are some great finds available at the Brooklyn Flea Market. Antique furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, hand-crafted jewelry, artwork, and delicious food are just some of the market's treasures. Rachel picked up a pair of ceramic, cheeseburger-shaped salt shakers, and Ashley bought herself a vintage striped top!

I've always loved flea markets–the crowds of people, the fresh food stands, the wide assortment of unique items for purchase. They are great places to find gifts for friends and family, and even better places to browse for quirky, interesting pieces for the home. Mixing store-bought products and flea market accents can create a really beautiful room. Here's a list of the great flea markets in New York. I hope you have a chance to visit one soon!

Brooklyn Flea Market

176 Lafayette Street in Fort Greene (10 am - 5 pm Saturdays)

East River Waterfront in Williamsburg (10 am - 5 pm Sundays)

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

W 39th Street Between 9th and 10th Avenue (9 am - 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays)

The Antiques Garage

112 West 25th Street (9 am - 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays)

West 25th Street Market

Between Broadway and 6th Avenue (9 am - 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Camp Style

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When decorating a room, sometimes it's helpful to envision a particular setting—a place that has specific textures and colors to inspire your creativity. For me, one of the most memorable settings is camp. Rustic and playful, wooden and airy, and definitely inspired by summer, a camp style of decorating can create a naturally beautiful living space.

I've found many examples of rooms that clearly take their design inspiration from camp. All of them look comfortable and chic. Please have a look!

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I love the way the bright colors complement this casual furniture. 
(marthastewart.com)

1 I love the way the bright colors complement this casual furniture. (marthastewart.com)

Decorating Editor Rebecca Robertson created a beautiful living space in the design studio at Martha Stewart Living. Her coffee table, pictured here, made from an old cot and several trays, is very camp-chic. (marthastewart.com)

2 Decorating Editor Rebecca Robertson created a beautiful living space in the design studio at Martha Stewart Living. Her coffee table, pictured here, made from an old cot and several trays, is very camp-chic. (marthastewart.com)

What a hybrid between indoors and outdoors! The setting is so serene. 
(remodelista.com)

3 What a hybrid between indoors and outdoors! The setting is so serene. (remodelista.com)

This is truly a fabulous interior. I love the white painted beams and large map print. (houzz.com)

4 This is truly a fabulous interior. I love the white painted beams and large map print. (houzz.com)

Positioning the beds so close together give this room a camp style. And the big windows provide air and atmosphere. (marthastewart.com)

5 Positioning the beds so close together give this room a camp style. And the big windows provide air and atmosphere. (marthastewart.com)

The long wooden table and benches remind me of a mess hall. (remodelista.com)

6 The long wooden table and benches remind me of a mess hall. (remodelista.com)

So many different camp-inspired products come together in this room: a trunk, a rustic lamp, a lawn chair, and lantern sconces. (blueprintmagazine.com)

7 So many different camp-inspired products come together in this room: a trunk, a rustic lamp, a lawn chair, and lantern sconces. (blueprintmagazine.com)

Thanks to mix-n-match chairs, lanterns, and bandanna place mats, this room screams camp.(blueprintmagazine.com)

8 Thanks to mix-n-match chairs, lanterns, and bandanna place mats, this room screams camp.(blueprintmagazine.com)

This is one of my favorite camp-inspired rooms. The designer re-vamped the conventional bunk bed in a very stylized, fashion-forward way. (melledesign.com)

9 This is one of my favorite camp-inspired rooms. The designer re-vamped the conventional bunk bed in a very stylized, fashion-forward way. (melledesign.com)

Look at the drapes in particular in this room! They roll up and snap into place, just like in a tent. (kingandgrove.com)

10 Look at the drapes in particular in this room! They roll up and snap into place, just like in a tent. (kingandgrove.com)

As you may be able to see from the rooms above, creating a camp style does not have to be difficult. A handful of products or pieces placed around a room can go a long way in establishing an atmosphere that calls camp to mind. Here are some great product ideas to give you an idea of where to start with your camp-inspired decorating.

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The square shape of this trunk is unique. It would make a great side or end table, while providing hidden storage.
(trunkoutlet.com)

1 The square shape of this trunk is unique. It would make a great side or end table, while providing hidden storage. (trunkoutlet.com)

These State-Fair edition field notebooks feature different facts and trivia. They are a cute accessory for sketching, writing, and drafting. Little items like these remind me of camp.(canoeonline.com)

2 These State-Fair edition field notebooks feature different facts and trivia. They are a cute accessory for sketching, writing, and drafting. Little items like these remind me of camp.(canoeonline.com)

This hamper has a woodsy, country feel. Its a versatile piece that can hold anything from laundry to kids' toys. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

3 This hamper has a woodsy, country feel. Its a versatile piece that can hold anything from laundry to kids' toys. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

These are fly swatters made the original way, and meant to last. I think they would make a fun seasonal gift.
(garrettwade.com)

4 These are fly swatters made the original way, and meant to last. I think they would make a fun seasonal gift. (garrettwade.com)

I remember staying up late reading in bed at camp, under the type of lights that clip to the wall or a drawer. This would be useful in a child's room for a little extra light. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

5 I remember staying up late reading in bed at camp, under the type of lights that clip to the wall or a drawer. This would be useful in a child's room for a little extra light. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

This chair combines modern design with a traditional, rustic finish. It's an interesting piece that would stand out indoors or outdoors.
(urbanoutfitters.com)

6 This chair combines modern design with a traditional, rustic finish. It's an interesting piece that would stand out indoors or outdoors. (urbanoutfitters.com)

I love the color and traditional pattern of this rug. It reminds me of Native American inspired camp style. 
(Martha Stewart for macys.com)

7 I love the color and traditional pattern of this rug. It reminds me of Native American inspired camp style. (Martha Stewart for macys.com)

I love the simplicity of these wool blankets. They look so cozy!
(brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

8 I love the simplicity of these wool blankets. They look so cozy! (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

This pewter oil lamp is so elegant.
(canoeonline.com)

9 This pewter oil lamp is so elegant. (canoeonline.com)

This bench feels like it belongs on the porch of the dining hall. At home, it would make an interesting and functional bench in a mudroom or kitchen.
(jaysonhomeandgarden.com)

10 This bench feels like it belongs on the porch of the dining hall. At home, it would make an interesting and functional bench in a mudroom or kitchen. (jaysonhomeandgarden.com)

I've included several lanterns in this post, but this one in particular draws my attention. The combination of leather and brass is very attractive. 
(chelseagiftsonline.com)

11 I've included several lanterns in this post, but this one in particular draws my attention. The combination of leather and brass is very attractive. (chelseagiftsonline.com)

I couldn't resist these linen napkins.
(brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

12 I couldn't resist these linen napkins. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

Neutral accessories, like this lamp, are suitable for a wide variety of rooms. 
(anthropologie.com)

13 Neutral accessories, like this lamp, are suitable for a wide variety of rooms. (anthropologie.com)

It is very easy for the bathroom to look untidy, with soap dishes, containers, cups, etc. everywhere. This set of bathroom necessities will help keep the room looking sleek and unified. 
(Martha Stewart for macys.com)

14 It is very easy for the bathroom to look untidy, with soap dishes, containers, cups, etc. everywhere. This set of bathroom necessities will help keep the room looking sleek and unified. (Martha Stewart for macys.com)

The color palate of this plaid throw is great and very camp-inspired.
(shopterrain.com)

15 The color palate of this plaid throw is great and very camp-inspired. (shopterrain.com)

Twig embellishments are really trendy now. This twig frame is a beautiful accessory to a camp-style room. 
(horchow.com)

16 Twig embellishments are really trendy now. This twig frame is a beautiful accessory to a camp-style room. (horchow.com)

And this twig spoon!
(shopterrain.com)

17 And this twig spoon! (shopterrain.com)

The wicker wrap around this pitcher gives it a unique style. It would look fabulous filled with water or wine! (shopterrain.com)

18 The wicker wrap around this pitcher gives it a unique style. It would look fabulous filled with water or wine! (shopterrain.com)

A camp-style post would not be complete without bunk beds! I like this one in dark wood. 
(ikea.com)

19 A camp-style post would not be complete without bunk beds! I like this one in dark wood. (ikea.com)

This extra long skewer is perfect for making s'mores. 
(surlatable.com)

20 This extra long skewer is perfect for making s'mores. (surlatable.com)

These colorful plate sets are hassle-free (like they would be at camp). Perfect for dinner with kids or picnics outdoors.
(llbean.com)

21 These colorful plate sets are hassle-free (like they would be at camp). Perfect for dinner with kids or picnics outdoors. (llbean.com)

Decorating with Art

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Many people assume that adding fantastic, eye-catching art to their walls is a decorating splurge. They associate art with abstract Picassos, museums, and most of all...astronomical prices. They fear filling a living space with art as intimidating and unattainable.

Yet the real truth is that decorating with art does not have to be a daunting proposition. The decorating team found several online sources for buying art -- including paintings, sketches, prints, and posters – that would make an striking impression in your home and finish off a room perfectly.

I want to share these finds with all of you to illustrate how simple it can be to adorn your walls with the fabulous works that will become as treasured as any museum collection.

Enjoy!

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I love the geometric design and colors of this work. Its varied palate makes it suitable for a wide range of rooms. 
 'White Framed' by Paul Klee. 
(artriver.com)

1 I love the geometric design and colors of this work. Its varied palate makes it suitable for a wide range of rooms. 'White Framed' by Paul Klee. (artriver.com)

A decorating piece for more contemporary art fans, 'Three Notes from Salalah' by Cy Twombly is simple and beautiful.
(artriver.com)

2 A decorating piece for more contemporary art fans, 'Three Notes from Salalah' by Cy Twombly is simple and beautiful. (artriver.com)

Still life paintings are classic and relaxing images to have in the home. 
'Vases, Candle, and Tangerines', painting by Bernard Victor. 
(zatista.com)

3 Still life paintings are classic and relaxing images to have in the home. 'Vases, Candle, and Tangerines', painting by Bernard Victor. (zatista.com)

This playful silkscreen print would suit a child's room or more casual setting. Its simple color and shape is very easy on the eye.  
'Toparie' by Wayne Pate.
(waynepate.com)

4 This playful silkscreen print would suit a child's room or more casual setting. Its simple color and shape is very easy on the eye. 'Toparie' by Wayne Pate. (waynepate.com)

Photographs as decor can lend a modern sensibility to a living space. I absolutely love the unique vantage point the camera takes over the beach in this digital print. 
'Praia Piquinia' by Christian Chaiz.
(20x200.com)

5 Photographs as decor can lend a modern sensibility to a living space. I absolutely love the unique vantage point the camera takes over the beach in this digital print. 'Praia Piquinia' by Christian Chaiz. (20x200.com)

This is a reproduction of Ellsworth Kelly's 'Brushstrokes Cut into Twenty Squares and Arranged by Chance.' A large and bold work of art is a smart way to punctuate a neutral space.
(Artriver.com)

6 This is a reproduction of Ellsworth Kelly's 'Brushstrokes Cut into Twenty Squares and Arranged by Chance.' A large and bold work of art is a smart way to punctuate a neutral space. (Artriver.com)

If you are leery of a bold painting, look for nature-inspired pieces. 'Sea Coral in Denim', watercolor print from Driftwoodinteriors. 
(etsy.com)

7 If you are leery of a bold painting, look for nature-inspired pieces. 'Sea Coral in Denim', watercolor print from Driftwoodinteriors. (etsy.com)

The heavy texturized surface of this canvas reflects the romantic and elegant styles of Impressionism.
 'Reader #8', painting by Darren Thompson.
(Zatista.com)

8 The heavy texturized surface of this canvas reflects the romantic and elegant styles of Impressionism. 'Reader #8', painting by Darren Thompson. (Zatista.com)

I love the idea of using fabrics or signs as wall art. This is a vintage framed UK trolley sign! 
(roomandboard.com)

9 I love the idea of using fabrics or signs as wall art. This is a vintage framed UK trolley sign! (roomandboard.com)

Watercolor is a light and delicate medium, making it perfect for a subtle accent. 
'Sea Fan in Charcoal' from Driftwood Interiors 
 (etsy.com)

10 Watercolor is a light and delicate medium, making it perfect for a subtle accent. 'Sea Fan in Charcoal' from Driftwood Interiors (etsy.com)

The way the artist displaces a fruit against a patterned background adds a whimsical touch. It would look great paired alongside the next slide. 
'Persimmon', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. 
(hadleyhutton.com)

11 The way the artist displaces a fruit against a patterned background adds a whimsical touch. It would look great paired alongside the next slide. 'Persimmon', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. (hadleyhutton.com)

'Together', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. 
(hadleyhutton.com)

12 'Together', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. (hadleyhutton.com)

A frame within a frame, within another frame -- great color and design to this piece.
'Homage to the Square' by Josef Albers.
(roomandboard.com)

13 A frame within a frame, within another frame -- great color and design to this piece. 'Homage to the Square' by Josef Albers. (roomandboard.com)

There is just the right amount of excitement in this work for it to stand out and look artistic on a wall. 
An untitled still from 1953. 
(roomandboard.com)

14 There is just the right amount of excitement in this work for it to stand out and look artistic on a wall. An untitled still from 1953. (roomandboard.com)

I fell in love with this work once I saw it was a photograph. Truly amazing what a camera can do! 
'River Abstraction No. 1' Keith Dotson.
(zatista.com)

15 I fell in love with this work once I saw it was a photograph. Truly amazing what a camera can do! 'River Abstraction No. 1' Keith Dotson. (zatista.com)

The shapes and palette of this print make it as suitable for a living room as it is for a kid's space.
 'The Distance is Closer', print by Ky Anderson.
(20x200.com)

16 The shapes and palette of this print make it as suitable for a living room as it is for a kid's space. 'The Distance is Closer', print by Ky Anderson. (20x200.com)

Surely a Pollock inspired work, this splatter-paint piece would add amazing energy and brightness to a white wall. 
 'Beige 1', painting by Daniel Houston.
(zatista.com)

17 Surely a Pollock inspired work, this splatter-paint piece would add amazing energy and brightness to a white wall. 'Beige 1', painting by Daniel Houston. (zatista.com)

The repetition of urns here make quite an impact. 'Urns', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate.
(waynepate.com)

18 The repetition of urns here make quite an impact. 'Urns', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate. (waynepate.com)

Framed or unframed, Wayne Pate creates sketch-like prints that are straightforward and fun works of art for your home. 
'For the Birds', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate.
(waynepate.com)

19 Framed or unframed, Wayne Pate creates sketch-like prints that are straightforward and fun works of art for your home. 'For the Birds', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate. (waynepate.com)

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Similar to some of the work sold on these sites, two paintings in my own home are inspired by the masters. I had a friend create canvases in the style of Mark Rothko. I absolutely love Rothko’s work, and am able to appreciate it every time I walk by these fabulous interpretive pieces. (Created by Eric Beare, ebeare.com)

1 Similar to some of the work sold on these sites, two paintings in my own home are inspired by the masters. I had a friend create canvases in the style of Mark Rothko. I absolutely love Rothko’s work, and am able to appreciate it every time I walk by these fabulous interpretive pieces. (Created by Eric Beare, ebeare.com)