(Source: Photographed by Genevieve Garruppo for Lonny.)
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We have been big fans of online gallery Uprise Art since its launch five years ago. You can imagine our excitement when we got a peek inside the art-filled Brooklyn home of the brand’s founder, Tze Chun.

“I just knew,” recalls Chun, of her love-at-first-sight reaction to her now home in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights. This instant affection is a credit to her trained eye, as the 1200-square-foot walk-up was not a looker. A previous renter had cut into the apartment’s open floor plan with temporary walls donned in hospital green and stacks of storage boxes, so it was difficult to get a sense of the home’s flow. Existing windows were obscured with old tapestries leaving the chopped up spaces feeling gloomy. Chun looked past these eyesores and saw the industrial building’s charming exposed brick, lofty ceilings, bright skylights, and inherent potential to be the eclectic and inviting home for her, her new husband, and their ever-growing art collection, into which it's been transformed. 

After tearing down a few walls, the newlyweds called on Homepolish designer Casey DeBois, a frequent collaborator of Uprise Art, to help them tackle the now wide-open interior space. “It was important to designate areas that preserved the welcoming feel Tze and Geoff really wanted,” notes DeBois. Her savvy solution was to create a series of living spaces, to be used for specific purposes, which she defined using area rugs, artwork, and furniture silhouettes.

The vibe? An open and airy pad with a heap of architectural charm, that hosts a covetable collection of museum-quality artwork and found furniture pieces. “One thing I always tell collectors is that, ‘art tells a story,’” reasons Chun. “For my home, I looked for pieces that told a story, whether it be about Geoff and me, or about the different paths that we’ve taken to arrive at this place.”

Read on to see the eclectic interior for yourself, and be inspired to expand your own gallery wall. And, if you happen to be in New York City, stop by the West Elm Collection store in Chelsea to see Uprise Art’s curated selection on display – you won’t leave empty-handed.
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