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.

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Living Room
Photographs: Peter Murdock, Styling: Erin Swift

History Lesson

As for the storied Coast Guard board, that hidden treasure that started it all? Murphy had it turned into a coffee tray that now rests in its own place of honor atop an oversize ottoman in the living room. “This house can sleep up to 17 people, so the homeowners always have guests,” Murphy says. “And that piece always sparks a conversation. There’s something special about saving forgotten things and giving them a second chance.”

The living room chairs are from Crate & Barrel. Brooklyn carpenter David Siegel (917/776-6952) turned a Coast Guard sign into a tray.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.