This Bright Brooklyn Loft Has Gorgeous Gallery Wall Inspo
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Name: Gwendolyn Rahn and husband, Ron
Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New York
Type of home: Apartment/Loft
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband, Ron, and I share the most beautiful art-filled penthouse loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We live in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1200-square-foot penthouse apartment with 14-foot ceilings and tons of natural light, and there isn’t a single wall that isn’t covered in artwork.
We’re big wanderlusts and world travelers and we wanted to bring our infatuation with the rest of the world into our home. Over the years, we have collected artwork from our travels and we’ve slowly built up a collection of pieces that reflect our favorite places. Now, we’re able to cover our apartment with photo mementos of our travels, which makes our loft feel not only inviting and inspirational but very unique to us. My husband’s favorite game when we have guests over is to ask our friends to guess where in the world each one of our photos is from.
Our penthouse loft is also in a famous old factory building that has been renovated, so we are surrounded by exposed brick walls and beautiful wooden beams that give it a charming feel.
Gwen is a creative director in advertising who recently left the corporate world (formerly of Vogue, InStyle, and POPSUGAR) to scale her brand, Heads Of State Hats, which is a custom made-to-order hat company. Ron is a financier. Our loft is colorful and warm and filled with dozens of plants and exposed wooden accents — we call it “cozy opulence.”
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Colorful, modern, warm, artistic, worldly
What is your favorite room and why? Our living room with the 14-foot floor-to-ceiling gallery wall of our world travels. It is impossible not to feel connected in that room. The living room also has a gorgeous exposed wooden beam from its factory days that has been turned into a built-in bookshelf of sorts. These are the kind of unique details that make this loft so special.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We just worked with Framebridge to finish another gallery wall in our bedroom that is filled with photos of our week-long wedding celebration in Ravello, Italy from this past September 2021. It’s become one of our favorite parts of our loft because it truly tells the special story of our COVID marriage journey — from our elopement on the beach in Montauk to the epic celebration we had on the Amalfi Coast with our closest friends and family (despite being postponed twice because of COVID).
We also just bought these gorgeous rattan bar stools from Crate & Barrel that bring such a nice texture into our kitchen space.
Any advice for creating a home you love? My biggest piece of advice is to make it your own and create a space that you love being in. Don’t obsess over trends too much and leverage some of your favorite pieces to make unique statements throughout your space. Oh, and always have a gallery wall!
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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