The Murphy family traded city slick for coastal comfort when they moved into a lovingly restored 1785 cottage in Rowayton, Connecticut.
Photographer Jeff McNamara
Checked slipper chairs: Tom and Julie found the Candy Land-hued chairs in Ellis’ room at a neighbor’s tag sale. Because they were originally designed to be small fireside seats, they’re perfectly sized for a child’s sanctuary.
Clever storage: With their low ceilings and ample windows, the kids’ rooms have little space for storage furniture or artwork display. Instead, large glass canisters hold toys, and colorful books are propped above the window frames.