I’m a prolific gardener, an avid collector, a hearty cook, a warm hostess, an energetic ally of the classics, and above all, an experienced and nuanced designer. My story brings together my passions for interior design, the classics, and great new ideas.
I launched Nora Murphy Country House in 2011. After decades as an executive in the furniture industry, it was time for me to put my own style out there. I did what people do — I pinned things on Pinterest and I started a blog. With its focus on decorating, gardening, and entertaining, connecticutcountryhouse.com was all me, out there—and it was a thrill to realize people were listening. In 2013, we added a new domain, noramurphycountryhouse.com, and an e‐magazine.
Interior design has always been part of my life. I studied it at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, after which I founded Balogh Murphy Renderings studio. We specialized in residential interior design and product drawings. Lillian August was one of our clients.
My career in the furniture industry has been invaluable. I’ve been a Design Project Manager for Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection. As Executive Vice President of Style and Advertising at Ethan Allen—the position I left to build my own dreams—I was responsible for the brand’s global style, image, and creative content. Even now, we have an excellent relationship. As a consulting Creative Director, I oversaw the creation of EA’s 328‐page Muses book in 2015 and I’m currently in charge of style development and branding for the Ethan Allen/Disney collaboration.
My own country house is an antique saltbox in Newtown, Connecticut, which I happily share with my husband, Rick; son, Conor; dog, Fiona; and cat, Martha Luther King.