Friday, October 12, 2012

Guest Post: Flea Market Finds in Brooklyn

Image Credits: (left to right) Fall Table | Wingback Chairs & Fabric Finds | Lamps

Today's post comes to you from New York blogger Alexandra Jacobs. She offers her advice for perusing Brooklyn flea market finds for the perfect autumn touches for your home.
Follow her New Yorker lead into flea markets near you for some creative touches to your fall decor!

 Having an abundance of home decorating resources at your fingertips gives you a wealth
of ideas for creating interior decor that is tailored to your lifestyle and personality. When
decorating your home, you want to take some of the ideas you see and reinvent them to
complement your personality and design style. There's a good possibility that during the
process of reinventing ideas, you will come up with some magnificently awesome, totally unique
decor ideas of your own.

Autumn decor doesn't have to revolve around muted colors. An interior idea can be built around
bold, bright colors, such as orange- the ever popular autumn color. Pair an energizing orange with a dramatically deep purple and you have an excellent color palette around which to build your autumn design. Turquoise has gained popularity as an autumn color and choosing one or two amazing shades of green (like the sea foam green pictured below) is also a great beginning.

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 Fortunately for design enthusiasts, autumn is the time of year when festivals abound. Stroll through some of the New York street fairs (or flea markets in your area) to find inspiration for decorating a home for fall. You will quickly see that brilliant colors are quite appropriate for fall decor. The art displayed at street festivals can ignite your own creativity. Don't be afraid to expound on design ideas displayed by artists at events such as the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Spend some time seeking treasures at Brooklyn flea markets and stoop sales to find items that
are just waiting for you to come and unleash your creativity. In Brooklyn, residents stroll several flea
markets weekly. To name a couple popular ones, Fort Greene Flea along Lafayette Ave is held
every Saturday through November. In addition the Williamsburg Flea Market, along the East
River front, is held each Sunday allowing residents to make a weekend out of collecting. Be
sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea Market site for more inspiring places to stroll in the

Decor in New York features trend-setting designs, which offers an abundance of inspiration for original design seekers at these flea markets. You may see a DIY project involving the restoration of vintage items to use as home decor and immediately think of yet another way to re-purpose that same item. Vintage mirrors and picture frames can
easily be painted to complement your decor. Autumn themed pictures can be displayed in
them. And as a bonus, when seasons change, you can change the pictures to coordinate with your frames.

Paint can transform almost any second hand find. If you fall in love with a unique accent table that has seen some use and abuse, buy it, paint it and proudly include it in your decor. Stay in high alert mode at a flea market. You never know what you will find. Vases are generally a good investment.
You can add arrangements to theme to coincide with each season. Feathers, seed pods, dried
grass and fall flowers make a wonderful table display.

These goodies are just waiting for a good eye and chic touch of some new paint and upholstery. Image credit 

When so many great ideas abound, the one thing I like to keep in mind when decorating an apartment or home for any season is to keep the decor simple. Choose a few new autumn touches and
tuck them in to your decor to avoid clutter.
It's the perfect weather and time of year to get a move on autumn inspiration and you might be surprised at how much there is to be found at your local flea market! 
Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about fashion, beaches, food, and the
wonderful things in the world. She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere. Learn more about her and follow her on Twitter @alexsjourneys or visit her blog,

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