A Love of Art and Design Come Together in This Hip NYC Home

Online art gallery director Tze Chun brings her artful taste home.

By: Jeanine Hays
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Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

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Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Photo By: Genevieve Garruppo

Artful Details

It’s not surprising to find that art features heavily in this home, a unique loft-style apartment in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. In the living room, a single oversized piece by painter Erin Lynn Welsh stands out against the exposed brick wall, taking full advantage of the home’s industrial stye. A mid-century modern side chair in pale pink and brass was a vintage find that helped to bring the look of the space together.

A Picture-Perfect Interior

Tze Chun is a woman of many talents. She is the visionary mind behind Uprise Art, an innovative online gallery that makes collecting art easy and affordable. A former dancer, Tze’s creative energies extend in many directions, a fact which becomes clear with just once glance at her stylish Brooklyn home. In it, art, culture and design come together beautifully for one picture-perfect home.

Stair Style

The home is divided into upper and lower levels by this short stairway in the middle of the space. Originally an entirely different room, homeowners Tze and Geoff had the extra walls removed and expanded the staircase. Tze took the opportunity for a beautiful DIY project by wallpapering the stairs in this fun pineapple pattern by Rifle Paper Co. which is only visible when heading up from the downstairs area.

Custom Kitchen

Before Tze and her husband, Geoff could move in, the home needed a complete makeover. The kitchen became a sleek, modern affair in a colorful mix of light blue, warm woods and cool white. The open shelving was a DIY touch added by the couple once they moved into the space.

Defining the Open Plan

Throughout the open-plan home, Tze uses rugs to create separation between different areas. Art also helps to reinforce the idea of distinct spaces. In the dining room, a large photograph by artist Adam Ryder defines the space. Contrasting the very modern look of the building in the photo, the dining table itself is a vintage find surrounded by a mix of chairs that Tze discovered, creating an eclectic look.

Bedroom Retreat

An in-home oasis, this bedroom is a private getaway separated from the rest of the house by only a thin curtain. In another moment of contrast, the bedroom is filled with soft, flowing elements, such as the upholstered headboard, bedding and jute fiber rug, all in juxtaposition to the brick wall that defines the back of the room.

Plants As Accessories

Plants are a constant in this home. Fresh stems by the bed give this room a feeling of life while adding a welcome element of color to the space.

Displaying Art In the Bedroom

According to Tze, the bedroom, “feels like a cloud,” a fact which played heavily into the couple’s decision to forgo adding art to the brick wall there. Instead, the bedside table stands in as the main artistic canvas, featuring pieces that are changed out regularly in keeping with Tze’s philosophy that “art is not permanent.”

Bar Cart Beauty

Bar cart style continues to be the epitome of cool in interior design. And nothing celebrates the classic style better than the warm metallic sheen and fetching design of this piece. Another vintage find, it’s perfect for everyday use.

Standing Desk DIY

Like the rest of the home, the office is filled with art to keep Tze inspired on the days when she works from home. This raised desk was a DIY gift to her husband who, at 6’5”, is too tall for most standing desks.

A Focus on Mid-Century Design

To complement as well as contrast the style of the living room upstairs, the family room was designed to to be the “mid-century modern moment” of the home. For Tze, the purpose was to avoid having a space where every item appeared to have been bought at the same time. To help accomplish that, pieces like the Moroccan rug help to break up the uniform feel of the space.

Room for a Home Office

The home office has a minimalist look, with a simple black and white color palette sandwiched between the brick wall and wood floor. An emphasis on stylish storage helps to keep things organized while avoiding a boxy, overly functional look.

Gallery Wall

Downstairs, the family room is a space for relaxation. A gallery wall curated around the television turns the focal point of the room into a work of art. At the top of the wall, a photo of Tze’s grandmother brings a note of family and history to the space.

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