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In Brooklyn, the Home of Jonathan Adler’s Director of Interiors

by Garrett Fleming

My life’s about to change in the most exciting way. This fall, I’m packing up and moving in with a very special guy. You know what that means: redecorating time! While we’re on the same page on most furnishings, I’m definitely much more bohemian than he is, and he is more contemporary than I. We’re not sure how long it will take to merge these styles, but we’ve been secretly hoping to be done in month or so. That might seem a little ambitious, but after we took a look at Benjamin Brougham’s Brooklyn, NY loft, we have renewed hope it can be done.

Benjamin, the Director of Interiors for Jonathan Adler, put together his Williamsburg rental from scratch in only two months. All it took was a keen eye for unique finds and a direct line to his favorite brand. To make the move-in quick, he scoured shops for intriguing, vintage pieces every weekend. It was a bit exhausting, but the encased butterflies, giant soldiers and neon sign he scored all work together to create the comfortable and eclectic vibe he was aiming for. Benjamin then anchored the home and these accessories with Adler pieces he’d had his eye on. Velvet chairs, a sleepover-friendly sofa and Jonathan’s iconic ceramics are just a few of the pretty designs he’s plucked from the brand’s collection.

Without a doubt, all of these furnishings are stunning, but my favorite aspect of Benjamin’s rental is its strategic use of color. When you enter, warm reds and oranges welcome you. Then it’s off to the living room where grey and cream Adler furniture shines. In a final shift, grey gives way to the bedroom’s calming blues, altering the mood. Overall, the entire spectrum gives the home a steady flow while also making the open-concept loft feel as though it has more distinct rooms than it does. Don’t take my word for it, though. Click through to see for yourself how easily one glides through this inspirational home. It’s a stunner! —Garrett

Photography by Maura McEvoy

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Benjamin proudly stands by the products he works with at Jonathan Adler and used them to decorate his living room. From lighting and chairs to decor, the brand can be seen in all of the space's corners. This area of his home is so large and open, he even had to utilize the Baxter sofa in its largest size to fill it. He isn't complaining. The size makes it perfect for movie nights, friend sleepovers and parties alike, he tells us.
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Benjamin moved to New York 10 years ago -- nine of which he has spent working for Jonathan Adler. Looking to escape the madness of Midtown, he snagged this high-ceilinged loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and had it fully decorated in two months.
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Atop the Kittinger coffee table he found on eBay sits Benjamin's eclectic mix of tchotchkes he's collected over the years.
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His Bacharach chairs can be swiveled around when it's time to watch TV. The TV itself is mobile, too, and extends on an arm, making movies in bed a breeze.
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"Growing up in the UK, we visited a lot of stately homes that opened their doors to the public, and I used to see the grand beds and long for one!" Benjamin gushes. To bring the look into his own home, he doused his IKEA bed frame in Farrow & Ball “Railings” and added a padded headboard. The throw pillows are by Jonathan Adler as are the nightstand and lamp.
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It was the pattern and color of this rug in particular that caught Benjamin's eye. Its flat weave makes it both perfectly durable and ideal for the entryway, a space with a lot of foot traffic.
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Benjamin's "much-loved" collection of vintage portraits greets guests as they enter his Williamsburg loft. They sit on top of a brutalist dresser holding all of his cold-weather essentials. To the left of these portraits is a door that leads to an over-the-top bathroom.
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He removed the bathroom's typical shower curtain mount and draped groovy, outdoor fabric from the ceiling instead. The Alan Campbell print raises the height of the space visually and adds a "sense of theatricality" to his rental.
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Since most people don't spend that much time in their bathrooms, Benjamin says it's the perfect spot to push the envelope and experiment with over-the-top styling. This campy piece was a gift from a friend.
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Across from the bathroom is Benjamin's home office, a space decked out in more vintage finds. The desk -- for example -- is a vintage Paul McCobb piece.
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This note from Benjamin was typed on custom stationery from Smythson using a refurbished typewriter from the Pier Antique Show.
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Behind the desk, a Curtis Jere tree stands next to a bookshelf full of all manner of inspirational texts.
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Luckily, a landlord-driven kitchen renovation has proven to be the perfect backdrop to Benjamin's collection of mid-century decor, such as this table from Other Times Vintage, accompanying chairs from Two Jakes and light fixture from House of Troy.
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A framed Hermès scarf, a vintage Italian lamp and some of Benjamin's Jonathan Adler favorites in the newly-renovated kitchen.
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He's had these 1800s-era carnival posters for nearly a decade. "I like to think they stand guard over me!" Benjamin says. They hang near a Jonathan Adler dresser and mirror.
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Benjamin's Williamsburg home is situated in a building that used to craft rocket and airplane engines. It's 750 square feet.

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