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