Maritime Home Makeover

A Stone Harbor, New Jersey cottage with maritime roots gets a carefully curated look, using lots of flea market finds and a red, white, and blue color palette.

Staircase and American Flag
Photographs: Peter Murdock, Styling: Erin Swift

At First Glance

When designer Michael Murphy first set foot inside the outdated home his clients had purchased on the water in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, he admits he was skeptical. Not content to merely judge a book by its cover, however, Murphy pressed on—looking past the ashy paneling, bad wallpaper, and cramped drop ceilings to see the true soul of the home.

Murphy found the vintage flag while shopping at flea markets in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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