Home Tour: An Art-Filled Apartment in DUMBO
When Milwaukee-native Taylor Ross moved into a new three-bedroom home in DUMBO, Brooklyn, with her husband Dylan, she had a pretty strong vision for the space. “The view of Manhattan is so beautiful, and I wanted the interior to complement that, not compete with it,” she said. With the invaluable help of interior designer Bryn Schuyler of Haus Interior, and Tze Chun, founder of Uprise Art—an online gallery that connects upcoming artists with the next generation of collectors—she was able to bring her vision to life. Keep scrolling for the full tour of this breathtaking Brooklyn apartment.
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Though very specific with her ideas for the space, Ross says she couldn’t have pulled it off without her designer. “Bryn was incredible (and fun!) to work with. She challenged me to get outside of my comfort zone design-wise, and I learned a lot from her,” Ross tells us. Favorite pieces like the silk Ikat rug and the Madeline Weinrib pillows add color to the space while the bulk of the décor is kept subdued and neutral.
“My design style is definitely contemporary,” says Ross. "I like everything to feel minimal and clean, yet I always want to make the space cozy enough to feel inviting.” Her favorite spot in her home is the Knoll Womb chair. “I make a fire, curl up, and read there for hours,” she says.
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“They are a young couple that found us at an art fair three years ago,” says Tze Chun at Uprise Art. “They walked into the booth and I've been advising them on artwork ever since.” Through their extensive online gallery, Chun and the Uprise Art team are able to advise collectors—novice or seasoned—free of charge, and connect them with some of the most promising emerging artists.
As a young but avid art collector, Ross was looking for pieces that felt playful and colorful. “My art collection is quite contemporary, [but] I tend to take more risks with my art purchases,” she shares. “I love it when a piece brightens a room and makes it feel young and fresh.”
The couple was delighted to find a quiet home in DUMBO (short for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”) in a historic building overlooking the Manhattan skyline. “The building is very old, but it was renovated and turned into condos about 10 years ago,” says Ross.
Because of their love for entertaining, and their appreciation for quality down-time, the open-space living room suited them perfectly. “When we are home we just want to hang out and relax, so we wanted pieces that were actually comfortable and not too fussy,” shares Ross. “I love the quaint atmosphere of DUMBO,” she adds. “The cobblestone streets and small shops give the neighborhood a certain charm.”
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“We also love to entertain so it was important for the space to feel open and be able to accommodate guests appropriately,” shares Ross. The B&B Italia sectional visually separates the living from the dining area, creating separate areas where guests can mingle and linger.
“When designing a room, the art is either my inspiration or my finishing touch,” says Ross. She admitted that Anna Beeke’s Windfall I and II inspired the entire vibe of the dining room.
With the help of Tze Chen, the couple had collected art for their previous NYC apartment, as well as their summer beach house, before moving into this apartment. “They collected Anna Beeke's Windfall I in 2014," says Chen. “And when they moved into this new DUMBO apartment, they realized they had room to hang Windfall II as well. I'm so happy to see those works side by side with the same collector.”
The earthy Windfall pieces connect the sweeping views out outside to the welcoming home inside, giving the space an organic feel. A natural wood console by Lawson-Fenning serves as a bar area, while a Restoration Hardware dining table in tones similar to the floor anchors the space. Ross, who loves to cook, is delighted to entertain in her new showstopping dining room.
By looking at the sleek minimal kitchen, you could never guess that the apartment is located in a historic building. “The previous owner bought two apartments, combined them, and did a lot of renovations,” says Ross. “We did not make any structural changes prior to moving in.”
The guest bedroom is where the history of the apartment gets really interesting. “This bedroom is actually a wood-paneled soundproof room,” shares Ross. “The previous owner was a DJ.” As a testament to the home’s musical past, a soundproof panel from the previous owner hangs above the bed. Ross and Schuyler had it upholstered in Osborne & Little fabric.
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