The Murphy family traded city slick for coastal comfort when they moved into a lovingly restored 1785 cottage in Rowayton, Connecticut.
Photographer Jeff McNamara
Vintage fixtures, plus exposed original architectural details, create a warm, comfortable mood.
Wide-plank floors: Rough-sawn oak planks that have been sanded down and lightly whitewashed are a nod to the house’s age but give it a lighter feel. “They make the house feel cohesive and open,” says homeowner Julie. “I love how unexpected they are in a bath.”
Exposed beams: Designer Barbara Garfield stripped the house down to its bones, uncovering beautiful original hand-hewn beams that she left as-is to pay tribute to the hardworking artisans of the past. Horizontal beams mark the height of the original 7-foot-tall ceiling.
Antique tub: Barbara found this vintage fixture in a friend’s attic and had it re-enameled and painted a pretty seafoam green. The tub overlooks a small creek; views from the larger window extend to Five Mile River, which flows into the greater Long Island Sound.