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