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Like many other New Yorkers, as soon as author, journalist, and entrepreneur Julia Chaplin had a child, she saw the allure of family-friendly living in the borough of Brooklyn. “I outgrew my space,” Chaplin says of her former West Village apartment. Finding her dream property on a special block in historic Carroll Gardens, where houses tend to be only two stories high — “they’re like mini brownstones” — Chaplin accepted the challenge of a gut renovation in a landmarked building.Related: Peek Inside Bon Appétit's New Dream Kitchen
Chaplin says her neighborhood reminds her of Venice Beach or Montauk (she spends summers in the latter), where big skies and artists dictate the scene. Traveling constantly for work, she needs her home to be her sanctuary. “It’s incredibly zen and quiet, a place where I can think and process all the stuff I’ve picked up running around the world,” she says. “Nothing is jarring, loud, or too distracting.” This serenity sets the backdrop for unique global finds that promote the gypset lifestyle she’s worked so hard to share with the world. It’s a home that’s as much about comfort as it is about showcasing the importance of travel to the soul.