Vintage Cottage Style

The Murphy family traded city slick for coastal comfort when they moved into a lovingly restored 1785 cottage in Rowayton, Connecticut.

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Eclectic Cottage Style: Living Room
Photographer Jeff McNamara

Living Room

Metallic pieces in the cozy space add a touch of glam to the farmhouse feel.

Antique gilded chairs: The gold chairs have lived on at least three continents. They were commissioned in France circa 1900 for a posh Egyptian hotel, where they sat in the lobby for nearly 100 years.

Rumford fireplace: The hearth is original to the house, and modeled after an 18th-century style developed by Count Rumford. His design called for a wide, shallow firebox to direct as much heat into a room as possible.

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