Carolyn Murphy's Long Island Home Is Basically Our Dream Summer Retreat

Updated 05/02/19
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When model Carolyn Murphy first laid eyes on her 18th-century home on Long Island, it was love at first sight. "My mind went creatively wild. I was already painting and rearranging it," she told Martha Stewart Living in the September issue. She wasn't in a position to buy the property, though, and it wasn't until she drove past the home a year later that she moved forward with the sale. The owner told her, "'I knew you'd come back!' It was like a love story," Murphy recalls. 

Restoring the historic 18th century home—which was actually two buildings joined in 1987—became her passion project. "Some people like shopping for clothes; I like shopping for lamps," she says. That labor of love is certainly clear when you see the home's interior. From the lovingly restored Shaker-style kitchen to the serene blue bedroom, it's the kind of retreat New Yorkers dream of. Take a look inside. 

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Murphy wanted to honor the home's history while giving the kitchen a fresh, new look. She removed the dark cabinetry and replaced it with open shelving. A coat of blue from Benjamin Moor's Historical Collection grounds the space. 

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"I'm enchanted by the idea of farmland and beaches in one place," says Murphy. The home overlooks the water and is a 10-minute drive from local farms. 

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See the September issue of Martha Stewart Living for Carolyn Murphy's full home tour. 

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