“I think Clinton Hill has a lot of flavor and cool characters. Once we started looking, we liked what we found,” said Brad Farmerie, chef/owner of PUBLIC and Saxon & Parole in Manhattan. He and his wife Jocelyn were living in a smaller place in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, but needed more space for their son Bruno and daughter Scarlet. The previous owners had started renovating, and the Farmeries continued to chip away at the house, designing the kitchen, adding hand-painted Spanish tiles in the bathroom, and filling the rooms with colorful furniture, art, and souvenirs from their travels. They got some design input and a custom light fixture from Brad’s brother Adam, a partner at the hospitality design firm AvroKO. It’s no surprise that for a chef, the kitchen is the focus, and they set up the living room so Brad can be cooking and still interact with the kids, who make art at the big table set up in the bay window. The kids invite their friends over, but Brad and Jocelyn love hosting grown-up parties too, like their annual Christmas cocktail party, dinner parties, and backyard BBQs. They spend weekends in Prospect Park and Kensington Stables, where Scarlet rides ponies.

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All photos by Seth Caplan.

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