Stroll Through The Hood

Stroll Through the Hood – September 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Lots of House pictures this month – as we are still working on a lot of stuff. Here is the bathroom floor – pretty much the only nice thing about our main bathroom which is a Frankenstein of DIY throughout the decades …and believe me…it is not good and not shown are the holes in the floor that I patched temporarily. I love the pattern though – I always think about which stamps I should take to recreate it – and maybe I should just tackle this ;)

And yes there are still boxes – but I am happy to report that they are now finally unpacked. Mingus was caught like this judging the mess …it was all fun for him on the ladder until he decided to jump down and the ladder tumbled …then it was a scaredy cat for a little bit …but don’t think he learned from this ;)

(no cats, windows, floors or else were harmed in the cat flight)

We finally got our wonderful home commission artwork by Natalya Khorover back from the framer and now it hangs in our dining room. I loooveee it.

Pretzel loves the Fainting Sofa

Always love this row of houses downtown! The iron work is so beautiful.

Wallpaper hung, walls painted and trim painting in progress.

I love our floors- it is simple but beautiful! I am actually thinking of using the border pattern for the bathroom when we redo it next year or so. Imagine a black tile border like the darker wood and the rest in white tiles …still adding to my little idea board.

My studio while filming the new Artful Adventures with Matisse Class – it was hot hot hot in that room- but I love my studio so much.

In the bathroom which will not be touched as long as we are in the house is this contraption which I think I never showed you. It is actually a common thing in old bathrooms on the east coast still – but we had no clue what it was when we bough the house, until we ran the water in the bathtub and we couldn’t figure out how to drain the water LOL. It is a Standing Waste and Drain Tub Tower – pull on the top or push it down …mystery solved.

Speaking of gorgeous floors, we had dinner at our friend’s house which is close by and look at this gorgeous pattern on the floor.

And I may have serious radiator envy …it is a thing …trust me.

They also still had this crazy antique breaker box in the hallway …

This made me laugh hard at our local music store

I leave you with a little wavy glass love – the reflections of our 130 year old window glass are just my favorite thing.

Hope you enjoyed this stroll- until next month! See you

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  • Jen

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    Thanks for sharing all the very interesting pics just proves there are cool things to see everywhere if one just looks!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I have never seen a standing tub tower and I’ve lived in the north east my whole life. Although I also haven’t been in many older homes.
    I love all the natural light in your studio. As always, thanks for the neighborhood stroll pics. It encourages me to see my own hood differently.

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Stroll Through the Hood – August 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

It always amazes me ..and not necessarily in a good way…how the cable jungle transpires. On that note on my way home from the gym last week I saw a truck had snapped off low hanging cables and people came running out of the house because they lost power, internet, cable…who knows what. If you like for some line inspiration in your artwork …well there you go.

Sunset a gorgeous look of Jersey City, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

My friends Dan and Alicia and their band -Forget the Whale had a great concert at Lincoln Park. it was a wonderful treat to see them there – they are really good.

A building that is abandoned and dear to my heart – you can see pieces of the floor – makes me really sad. No I wasn’t in the building but a friend did a tour where you could look through a side window. I am sure next time these pieces are gone – either broken or stolen – like the rest of the building.

Another gorgeous view of Manhattan – it is summer and so there is a lot of biking and hanging out in parks.

I was super excited that we finally got our custom made pocket shutters. They were missing in our front windows and they are so practical and amazing. they fold back into a pocket of the window trim and are hidden and look like part of the paneling. It was so sad that they were just open gaps. Little fun snippet: The company who made them for us also did some staging of shutters for The Gilded Age on HBO. Such a small company!

Looks so good!!! The wood will darken a bit of course. It took a whole day to fit them in because nothing is straight in an old house – and that’s why we love it ;)

Little street art action in Jersey City

I took my friend Sandra to see some of the murals

Amazing, isn’t it?

Speaking of my friend Sandra, she came from Germany for 10 days – a trip that had been postponed for the past two years and it was such a great time. And because she is rocks wallpapering …we wallpapered a wall in her guest room. It was super fun…and super hard…again …no wall in our house is straight. LOL. But the result is awesome.

Do you see the hidden message? “Be a better human and spread love”

Awesome exhibition at Deep Space Gallery- we called up and were all by ourselves seeing some really cool artwork including those gems by Citty Kitty who finds the always super confusing NYC Metro Service posters and creates commentary art on them …sometimes even hangs them back LOL.

We bought 5 for our long hallway and are still laughing – it is hard to grasp I think if you do not see them close up but here are some.

The one on the right that says Update was just an empty poster and the cats say “Uhh…There’s no Update” and ” I hate Updates” . Check his instagram out – love the humor.

That was it for this month – see you next month again for another stroll through the hood.

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  • ARHuelsenbeck

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    The shutters are beautiful! And so is the wallpaper!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I loved The Gilded Age and those shutters look wonderful!
    Those murals are incredible as well.

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  • Rae Missigman

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    I’m in love with all of this. I want to come visit and take this tour 😂🥰

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Stroll Through the Hood – July 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

We found this astounding instrument made in our neighbor city Hoboken in an Antique Store – it is a Ukelin – a mixture of violin and a ukulele. “Ukelins were sold to people under the impression that the instrument was easy to play, but this was not the case.” (No joke man.. I can tell from just looking at it LOL) “They were also quite limited as to what they were capable of playing because they were designed as diatonic instruments. As a result, many instruments were returned to the manufacturers, who ended up with piles of instruments that they couldn’t sell. Salesmen misrepresented the instruments to customers, who felt as if they had been tricked into buying a worthless instrument.”

Well – we give it a home …it is fun to look at

When you sit on your stoop you sometimes have to look up

I found this cute little glass bottle on the right in our yard it is from around 1890-1900 and was a glue bottle – so interesting LOL- and of course…also a keeper.

succulents …this red one is so pretty- let’s hope it will survive me

My friend Chelsea and I got lucky recently and got a private tour of this Historic Cemetery. The Speer Cemetery is tucked away in a side street and there is no access to the public as it is taken care for decades now by private groups. It was established as a Burial Ground in 1850 but used as a cemetery extension of the oldest Church in the City since the 1640s.

Wherever you look you find some little treasures.

And this sign made me really laugh “They earned eternity in a little hour and are not dead” TROLL…I mean, if this is not the original troll I do not know.

This is one of the few know remaining gas street lanterns now on a private property. Very cool.

We found a really nice art deco spice jar set for our old possum belly bakers cabinet in the kitchen- love it.

And I finish with the obligatory view from Liberty State Park. Until next month for a new Stroll my friends!

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  • Barbara

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    Very nice, great finds this episode. Never heard of the Ukelin, very interesting history. And the spice jar set? Priceless. Who needs that much space to store prunes? I love cemeteries. Must stop and look when we visit small towns. Thank you again for sharing.

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Stroll Through the Hood – June 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

I love my new art deco floor lamp – the colors just make me happy – also green and yellow- a combination to use a bit more often for me.

We found an overmantel that fits great onto our fire place and I love it.

This is one of the oldest houses here in Jersey City – it is from 1740 – it is a little gem.

Lovely view of Manhattan from Riverview Park – we went up their for the Farmers Market and I always love having a little bite for lunch while sitting on a bunch and taking in the view and then do some veggie shopping.

Look at this magnificent facade!!!

Love this little colorful house – the muted green, pink, rost red, and yellow is a fun combination.

Of course Liberty State Park is back on the after-work-bike-ride

As you can tell Lady Liberty is exhausted and needs a bit of a rest – I cannot blame her

This street is just lovely with all it’s brick buildings but I also really love the blue stone-brick sidewalk!

Old Cigar manufacturing building with some graffiti.

Bobby Pretzel and Mingus enjoying our new stair runner. We had this one made by a small company in Pennsylvania – Family Herloom Weavers . What an amazing company! From dying the yarn to the yarn entered into the loom and then being woven, we received videos and photos along the process. The family owned business is doing all kinds of period carpets for museums (for example the Emily Dickinson Museum) and has done work for a lot of TV shows too (think The Guilded Age). I cannot overstate how amazing the quality and customer service was and the price was more than reasonable.

We joined 4000 other bicyclists for the annual Ward tour through Jersey City. It was super fun!

Picked up some art work at Mana Contemporary- always love this building.

And attended an Open House at the Apple Tree House – also from 1740 – which is hopefully becoming the new Jersey City Museum. Look at the amazing medallion! The house may have been the site of a meeting between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette in 1779 and has been used for decades as a funeral home, then fell almost apart and finally was restored in 2006. I really hope the Mayor will keep his promise and we will have a City Museum again and in this building.

That was it until next month – hope you enjoyed the little stroll :)

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  • ARHuelsenbeck

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    I love the new mantel, and the mirror is gorgeous. I, too, am a fan of all your strolls. I used to live in New Jersey, but only passed through Jersey City, never really got to see all the beautiful spots except Liberty Park.

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  • Pat

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    The Ward tour looks great! A way to return and visit my hometown at a pace to take it all in. Thanks for the photos of lovely old buildings.

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  • Jenny Sawyer

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    What great photos – so much history & that view of Manhattan! Thanks from the other side of the world.

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  • Robin

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    Such a very cool town. I really need Tom one and see for myself!!!!

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  • Barbara

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    Thank you for another stroll. I love every photo and the lamp is so cool. R ppl using that 1700 house? Does someone live there. Here in the Bay Area stately homes have been saved and r now offices of lawyers.

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  • Sue

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    Always love your strolls. I enjoy everything and yes, even the graffiti pieces, it’s the tags that I don’t like, but the artwork they can do out of a spray can! Your fireplace looks amazing as does the rest of your amazing house. The stairway, just lovely. I am very partial to the old woodwork and sometimes I cringe when people paint over it. Enjoy your day!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    The resting Lady Liberty is super funny. The first little house you posted is wonderful. Green and yellow are colors that I never use, I’ll have to try them out. Your cats are just too funny. Thanks for another fun stroll in your hood Nat.

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Stroll Through the Hood – May 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

It is a late spring here but we are enjoying some time on our stoop with the newly restored banister. I love sitting on the stoop- you meet all kinds of wonderful neighbors including Alvin how walks up and down the block every day to collect trash because as he says “You gotta stay human and we have to be good to ourselves.” Thank you Alvin- you are a treasure!

Loving this Queen Anne house and the magnolia tree – icing on the cake. The soft colors of blue, yellow and pink …yum!

Meanwhile in the studio – someone is really helpful …

Those two Queen Anne Houses on our street are also amazing – I love the right one for all its amazing wood shingle applications – the wavy pattern in the triangle is my fave. The Blue house on the left has an open Turret – so fun!

Such a great building and brick work and my favorite thing about it of course is the old shop sign and the font.

Hello texture and hello gorgeous! The color combo is also intriguing …the different shades of grey and white and the muted red – very inspiring.

How cool is this iron work and also …it is the most beautiful and smart protection guard i have seen so far! Safety but not for the price of making it look like a prison.

I feel watched!

The Liberty Park Nature Center finally reopened after it was basically destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Loved seeing those Kindness Stones all around it in the park.

Low tide – always gives the illusion you could just walk over to Manhattan

We took a little bike tour through the park and explored the old Bay View cemetery as well. It was established in 1848 and holds the graves of many mayors and important historic family members of the city and it also holds a Jewish Burial ground. It is in really rough shape which is pretty sad.

Some people might find it weird but I have always found cemeteries very peaceful and beautiful places …

Finishing the stroll through the hood with this magic picture …I love spring :)

Hope you enjoyed the little stroll – see you next time!!

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  • Barbara

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    Great photos and observations. The last is the best, but I loved them all. Cemeteries are my thing as well. New city? Check out the cemetery. And doors, I love doors. Thank you once more.

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  • Andrea R Huelsenbeck

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    I love to stroll through the hood with you, Nathalie. (Almost as good as walking it together in person.) I love the things you pick out to photograph.

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Stroll Through the Hood – April 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

The front yard got spruced up… it was a bit of a mess with a ripped tarp all over, roots and garbage and some prickly sad plants. We planted our Maple tree PJ2 which hopefully will thank us for getting out of the pot after two years and we left some space for the plants to spread out …The birdbath was left from the previous renters and is plastic…I am on the hunt for a nice new one…but one step at a time.

Also happy to hang those vintage treasures for the Easter Holiday. In Germany it is tradition to Easter eggs form branches…those are fake pussy willows I have to admit though …I find it hard to find them here in the city …I guess because it is not such a big tradition to have them in your vases around spring.

I am so excited that this poor house is being restored and it is getting a new beautiful fence …I will def. walk by often to check on the progress.

Not my poop – in case you were really wondering hahaha. I am curious about the story here …so much to unpack I think LOL. I also need to walk by again to see if that is a continuing story …

I love these simple art deco apartment buildings with this really beautiful blue decoration on top.

Left over gate part from a long gone house I guess…I love that someone decided to leave it at least ..it is like a little nudge to find out what came before right there.

Another interesting renovation project- this old house facade is nice but in a really bad shape, it made me wonder that someone would tear down the hole house behind but go to lengths to keep the facade …and then I learned that you get a renovation loan if you just keep the facade in the front …it is not a new building …go figure…well…at least it will have a beautiful restored facade I assume alas the rest of the house is probably another box without any charm.

And if you do not know it by now…I am in Jersey City …aka Jersey City Tough …aka Peacock Nation. For my international readers- sorry – it was March Madness which is a time in March when Collages are playing Basketball single eliminating against each other in a short period of time . Our tiny St. Peter’s University team which was given no hope or chance beat some pretty tough teams and went further than any team ranked that badly before. The University itself is a Jesuit University with about 3000 students, here in my neighborhood and it was a huge deal for them and a huge deal for our city. I have never seen our city so united and happy about something.

The guys got a parade and all the neighboring schools participated. It was wonderful to see all the school kids being so happy …we needed this after the pandemic. It was a great afternoon.

This guy was super sweet- his siblings both went to St. Peter’s and I forgot how the Wrestling was connected to his siblings but he want all out and asked us very nicely if we could take a picture of him in his gear in front of the Sign and well known Student Pub. Not all heroes wear capes but some do.

Spring in the dining room. I really love how this room turned out- it is an eclectic mix of time periods and colors and had fun putting it together.

Love this sign and the font – I wonder how old this is. In any event …it is a sign that this has been a corner store for a long long time.

Hope you enjoyed the little stroll, see you next month for a new neighborhood walk :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the color of your dining room walls!

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  • Barbara

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    Loving your stroll once again. These are timeless photos to be revisited years from now to compare with the changes of time. I have snaps in my head of where I lived as a child, few actual photos. The ones that exists are viewed by my sisters and I and help us remember our neighbor. Thank you for letting us see your world.

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    • nathalie-kalbach

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      I know what you mean- I wish I had more photos of my old neighborhood as a child as well – I have some vivid memories but some seem weird when I look at google street view for example of my street I grew up in. LOL- I guess I will never know :)

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  • Diane T

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    Just love your eye for details. The block walk is always so special. And Love the way your new/old house is turning out. Thank you too for the history lessons. Enjoy the spring season.

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  • Robin

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    I love your strolls. The last sign is so cool! You MUST, after all, have butter with rolls!

    I have a picture of a sign that I took in CA a long time ago. It says,

    Apple butter
    Rabbits
    Wedding cake

    We thought was quite the combination!

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    • nathalie-kalbach

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      hahah that is indeed an amazing sign Robin …LOL- what a great sign!

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  • Bonnie Kurz

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    You probably think I am stalking you. Absolutely adore your around the hood pieces. Having grown up in Jersey city I see a lot of the old neighborhoods and buildings.. Many of my friends went to St. Peters Collage so I was so happy to see them get to go to the playoffs. I love your new house and of course your kitties.
    Keep up the good work!, Bonnie (also known as Evelyn)

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    • nathalie-kalbach

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      Awee- I am so happy that this brings back some memories and yeahhh go peacocks!!!

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Stroll Through the Hood – March 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

This is it…my studio all packed and wrapped up on the day before moving to the new house just about 3 blocks away.

I loved the “Lady Office” labeling LOL. The guys were great in packing but let’s say I would not again have someone else handle my art supplies. I would have them pack anything but the supplies. Part of it was probably because they had no idea what they were packing. Having for example oil sticks loosely thrown in with charcoal and then have the box sit next to a radiator …I think you might have an idea how unpacking went.

I mentioned in my newsletter yesterday that even though I am so happy about our new house, it was a bit emotional to say good by to our little pandemic cocoon. We left like many people before us a not in the basement.

But then there is this little breakfast nook which makes me happy every morning – the window is just so beautiful and it is a magical little place to start the day. You can see our mini fridge on the right …we left our cool SMEG fridge in the old house and ordered a new one and well..it was stuck in container hell.

This little beaner was our companion (as I am writing this we finally got the new fridge delivered) for a couple of weeks and it is actually very interesting how much food you can tetris into this fridge.

Here is my new painting studio …taking form …I love this room, the light is amazing. Don’t get fooled this was at a later time of the day. I cannot wait to start painting again.

Lot’s of papers and boxes

which smoothed out waited for several people to them up . It is so much waste during a move it felt good to know that at least 5 different people will be able to move with our stuff …also embarrassingly tells how how much stuff we have in art supplies and books.

This was the living room pretty much on the evening we moved in … all boxes gone, and bang …yes that is Citron on the wall … you either love it or hate it but I am cool if you hate it …not your living room lol- so that should make you feel better than ;)

I took some time as soon as I had my paints and journals out to do some art journaling and as you can see Mingus was very helpful. The cats are doing great btw – if you are a cat owner you know that is a bit of a traumatic thing for cats but apparently the cards were newly mixed and Bobby Pretzel is now the king of the castle and they bonded through the move even sharing the cozy spots in the house.

I am ready for spring now – well right after we have some warmer temperatures and this railing at our stoop is redone …I cannot wait to take to through some strolls through my new old hood :)

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  • Robin Seiz

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    It looks amazing! I love the citron! Enjoy your new space, can’t wait to see all the opportunities it opens for you. Enjoy your new home!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    So much work and so beautiful. that breakfast nook is a delightful place to read and have a cup of tea.
    Here’s to many happy years in your new home and I look forward to walks in your new/old hood.

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Stroll Through the Hood – February 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

When I say Stroll Through the Hood it was mostly a stroll through the hood to our new home and that is where I spent most time as we are moving in one week – wwahhhhh.

The fire place above is my favorite one – the color is just making me so happy!

The inserts of the fireplaces are also not too shabby- isn’t that a gorgeous pattern? And practical too as the plates store the heat and reflect it to the room – things you learn while renovating and talking to different contractors- I love it!

Speaking of pattern – StencilGirl Products was so sweet to make a Wall Stencil out of my Art Deco Summit Stencil and I stenciled this wall in my future office. I would do a lot of things different in the future- there are mistakes but can live with that for now and will fix the oopsies later :) Also …if you are here for perfection, you are at the wrong place LOL

The Color scheme was pretty much inspired by this fireplace and the wall we painted purple :) Left over paint is a nice thing.

We went all color this time- which is really unusual for us – we are usually very bland white wall person but this old lady as we call our new house screamed for some colorful oomph and I think she can wear it.

BTW- this is my new Fainting Sofa …I mean…you gotta have a Fainting Sofa, no? I love it so much and it is actually very comfy – I cannot wait to faint ..eh …read on it …I wonder if this will become the cat’s favorite spot.

Other than that most of my days nowadays are consumed by cleaning or running last minute errands. Even though we did big renovations in serval of our former homes, I seem to be still caught off guard by how much construction dust is clinging around forever.

I have been MIA for the past couple weeks and will probably be another 2 weeks until we moved and unpacked most stuff, but I see light at the end of the tunnel and I cannot wait to live in our new sweet home. Wish us luck for a smooth move :)

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  • Andrea R Huelsenbeck

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    I love the wall stencil! (And the fireplace and the fainting couch.) Wishing you lots of happiness and love in your new home.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    That first fireplace is gorgeous! The “fainting couch” is also pretty special. Best wishes for your move to your dream house Nat!

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  • Robin Seiz

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    Oh my gosh!!! I love everything about it! The fainting sofa is to die for!!!! Congratulations! It’s amazing what happens when we put our dreams out there!!!!

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Stroll Through the Hood – January 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

I love a good fire escape view :) This one is actually from our new house – nothing speaks American City more to me than a fire escape…I know I know …Europeans LOL

Ever wonder what is underneath those boxed in houses? When you are in our city you might be deceived as to how old this city really is …a lot of houses are from around 1890 but they just look as if they are from the 50s 60s 70s because they have siding on top. On this house which is from 1890 you can actually see several layers of siding going down to the old wood siding with shingles, you can also see the windows used to be bigger ..there is a super cute house underneath the siding …but fear not …the aluminum siding is back on … This house is just an example why I always stroll through the hood wondering how the houses look underneath that stuff.

Playing around with kitchen tile – we bought some antique tiles for our new kitchen and I was playing around how to best arrange the new subway tile with the old ones. I am excited …I am in love.

And speaking of green, well I didn’t really speak of green but here you go …this is the color of our new living room…I feel so bold hahaha. See the funny thing is that even though I am bold and colorful in my artwork and art journals, I am actually usually a kinda white wall person. Maybe because as a child I helped taking off landfills of wall paper and painting several times over colorful walls (that is what you get when you move several times to old apartments and houses). But …well…the color bug took over since we are convinced these rooms need a bold color statement. Let’s see how I feel living in it LOL- I will keep you posted.

How can you not love this wonderful window handle with a greek key pattern but also some pattern inside the handle.

Speaking of Tiles …I am jumping around here- I love the architectural salvage place here in Jersey City- it is mostly totally out of our budget ..but we have been here several times for antique tiles and I am always in awe by the stuff they have.

This Possum Belly Baker’s Cabinet is moving into the hood – we saw it several months ago in Pennsylvania and we decided it will will be a wonderful addition to our new kitchen. So we had a fun little road trip.

Love our current deck and the tree with snow …It wasn’t there too long …but it was pretty

When you try to convince your husband of the color choice you already made but you humor him and yourself by putting all kinds of other colors on and then the color you really want ;) – Can you guess which one “we” picked? I will reveal next time ;)

A while ago I saw a house that was restored in the neighborhood and they had wonderful wooden shutters placed inside the windows. I squealed with delight when I actually realized that this is an historic feature we used to have in our house as well …pocket shutters. To be honest I wouldn’t have put 2 and 2 together if it wasn’t for those strolls. They vanish into the pockets on the sides of the window. Ours are unfortunately gone but you can still see the holes where they were hinged on. I am inquiring about having them back as the horrible plastic blinds and the old curtain need to go (like yesterday)

And there I leave you with a picture of Pretzel who jumps onto me when I am here and work on CJS22 – he misses having me around all day but we just have so much to do with renovating etc. right now- his cuddle time is a bit more limited when he is used to the last two years.

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  • Eunice Wallace

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    wonderful photos and the commentary pulls it all together. Thank you for sharing. Love the results of your walks.

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