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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Dining room
Photographs: Peter Murdock, Styling: Erin Swift

Inside Scoop

Murphy insisted that everything he brought inside had a story to tell, much like the house itself. The dining room table, for example, was born when a woodworker friend propped an old sewing table up on hairpin legs; the cheerful red rotary wall phone once made its television debut as a prop on the set of CSI; the rope railing was constructed from old parachuting lines employed by the U.S. Air Force; the stools in the kitchen were salvaged from a defunct diner in New York’s Bowery district.

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