Stroll Through the Hood

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains a picture that leads me to make a joke about drugs maybe also one about farting (ooops sorry “tooting”) – some might think of it as totally inappropriate , if you have a problem with this, you might be better off looking at something else  . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again and for sure do not let your kids look at this !



A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live . This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!


Jersey City and Manhattan Skyline …I loved seeing this when I placed a water glass on our window sill in the living room.



I love all the fun carved pumpkins on the stairs…I figure the squirrels do too- the go nuts chewing on those pumpkins 😉



I walked past this store so many times during the night- but never realized that you can buy Pharmacy AND Liquors until walking by at night. LOL. In fact you have to walk through all liquor aisles in order to get to the pharmacy. I mean I get it…It is ALL drugs 😉



I love the colors and the motif on this one- BEAUTIFUL and the black makes it pop perfectly!



How some extra strokes on a garbage can can make you laugh out loud!



Another amazing Mural in my hood- it is so detailed…love it!

I hope you enjoyed this stroll through my hood here in J.C. and I for sure will keep them coming ;)

have a beautiful day!





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Comments (10)

  • Kirsten Alicia


    Great photos, love the reflection in the glass of water.


  • Jean A Marmo


    Love seeing your hood! Makes me want to do this in my hood!


  • Sue Clarke


    I always enjoy a walk through your hood Nat.
    The reflection in the glass is priceless!
    Drugs and drugs in one spot…funny.


  • Kathy P


    So interesting when you look at a place with an artist’s eye! Many see it as run-down, but you show the real beauty under the layers! Great perspective, and thanks for sharing it!


  • Madeline Rains


    I love your strolls through the hood! Especially the liquor/paharmacy store! Crazy! And the farting dude. I am on my way up north to R.I. and then to the hood across the river from you! I can not wait for some NYC culture, sounds and even smells!


  • Amante del papael


    Fantastic post and amazing photos!!!


  • Carmen Lucero


    There was nothing that bothered me from this post – I actually had a few giggles! Thanks for posting your walk through your new home!

    Carmen L


  • Kim Bright


    what a great and fun new twist on the advent calendar! 🙂


  • Profile photo of APGJamie



    the thing that I like best about inspiration is the Surprise

    I mean I never know when it will happen and what the tiger will be, but it is usually a few different things that puzzle around in my head, unaware, and then Bam . . . OOOOO I need to write that down OOOOO I wander it that would work OOOOOO yes Yes YES

    the Surprise of it all

    loving the CJS2014



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