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sneak peek: julie murphy of jack and lulu

by Amy Azzarito

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shortly after we peeked into the pelam, new york home of julie murphy, founder/designer of jack and lulu, she packed up the house, the kids, husband tom and moved the crew to rowayton, connecticut! they’ve only been in their new home for 6 months, but julie invited us to see how it’s all evolved. her home is filled with pieces she’s collected over years and it’s fun to see how with a little tweaking, they can work anywhere! {thanks julie!} amy a.

[We live in a shingled house in a lovely seaside village about an hour outside of Manhattan. The house dates back to 1785—the interior was designed by Barbara Garfield who combined a modern, open floor plan with a rustic flair. We love the simplicity, wide paneled oak floors throughout, and the beautiful light in the house.]

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[The kitchen opens onto a dining area.  The cabinets are a very simple, shaker style, painted a greyish-blue. The countertops are honed marble. We placed the Ancestor Painting along the back wall as the single piece of artwork for the room. The yellow Tolix chairs around the table are extremely child-friendly–you can literally hose them down after a messy meal, and they add a great splash of color. The dining area is surrounded by floor to ceiling french doors on both sides which floods the room with light.  We used to have these Eames chairs in our playroom, but they found their way into the dining area for extra seating and color in such a white space.]

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[This room has two over-sized dutch doors which we keep open in warm weather for a nice salty breeze and a view of the river across the street. Here you see the front door open with a view into the living room.  My Dad made the bookshelves which house a collection of vintage pottery and other objects.]

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[The fireplace is very simple, plastered wall. We kept the palette/furnishings quiet in this room in keeping with the feel of the whitewashed oak planks and white walls accented by the original handhewn wood beams. An old brass boat propeller sits in the fireplace. I change out the pillows on the faded tapestry chairs depending on the season. The french-inspired striped pillows are from IKEA. The lanterns mounted on the fireplace are from The Brass Exchange in Charlotte, NC.]

CLICK HERE for the rest of Julie’s peek and all the images on one page!

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The bathtub in our bathroom was found in the listing agent’s attic. The tub was refinished and painted a lovely greenish-blue, and then set at an angle.

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The sink fixtures are from Klaff’s in Norwalk, CT, and the mirror and other accents are from Restoration Hardware. The bird print is from one of my favorite places, Sandwich Antiques on Cape Cod.

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[The corner armoire was a recent gift from my grandmother. She had it made for herself many years ago, and it fits the style of our guest room very well. The old iron bed was one of our first purchases years ago when we lived in Chicago. The palette is very quiet in this room as well—we wanted it to feel like a retreat for our guests.]

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[My grandmother’s armoire has become a museum for souvenirs of our trips–the soldiers are vintage from Argentina, the whale is from Herman Melville’s home  in the Berkshires, and the books once belonged to my Mom’s college classroom when she taught botany. A little reference to the nearby sea with coral.]

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[Lots of white accented with a little black.  We have a Raymond Pettibon print which resembles a sea urchin on the wall between the windows.]

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