Posts by Nora

Set against a sparkling clear sky, a Saucer Magnolia in full bloom is a spectacular sight. One of the earliest trees to flower at Connecticut Country House, it’s covered in romantic blossoms in shades of
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I’ve never met a tartan umbrella I didn’t love. Popping one open to fend off raindrops is a surefire way to brighten a dreary day. To keep them at the ready, I have my collection
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I woke up a bit disoriented this morning. Not quite awake, I heard the wind whipping around as loud as a freight train. I mustered up the courage and peeped out of hooded lids. The
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In Redding, CT, one of the most beautiful sights that I look forward to seeing each spring, is a local landmark, a large field that perennially brims with gorgeous, blooming daffodils. After years of doing
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Now’s the perfect time to get your garden beds going. Tackling one bed at a time, here’s my routine: Clean out debris and cut back dried stems. Lightly spread compost (our homemade “Black Gold”) and
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As a designer, Connecticut Country House is both home sweet home and my design lab. It serves as my canvas, a place to experiment and to try out new ideas. It’s ever changing, always evolving
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Pulling out all the stops, and using cheerful colors and patterns is a wonderful way to set a joyful Easter table. When I do, I like to keep the flowers simple, so that they don’t
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When I think of a springtime dessert, I think of something light, fresh, and homemade. This Angel Food Cake is just that. Simply filled and frosted with freshly whipped cream, and topped with a crown
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The saying goes, give what you like, so this gardening gal gives flowers. Bright, cheerful, velvety pansy blossoms, arranged and given by the basketful. Perfect for gift giving, and so easy! You’ll need: Small plastic-lined
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One of the first trees to break bud in winter, usually in February around here, pussy willows are iconic harbingers of spring. At the market, buckets of branches appear and beg to be taken home.
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Contrary to the fact that I woke up to a fresh blanket of fluffy white stuff this morning, as far as I’m concerned, spring kicked off yesterday and I’m ready to welcome her with open
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My Irish farmhouse table is hardworking and humble. Its simple lines, unpretentious waxed wood finish, and mellowed with age hue, are the perfect combination of form and color. Any odd chair pulled up to this
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I adore John Derian paperweights. They’re colorful, graphic, captivating, and always so difficult to choose a favorite! From his amassed collection of antique and vintage prints, images are reproduced, then skillfully cut and collaged onto
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Legend has it that St. Patrick planted an apple tree in Armagh County – also known today as “Orchard County” – an area recognized for its apple blossom tours and festivals. This cake, made from
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This just in . . . . Connecticut Country House has been awarded the 2016 Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Award for Best Overall Blog! The competition was close; there were so many wonderful,
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I’m counting the days until spring, when I can throw the windows wide open and let all the glorious fresh air inside. I’m definitely a fresh air kind of woman, but when the New England
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This weekend, when you’re out and about at the supermarket, don’t just do a drive-by of the floral department. Stop. There’s a lot of affordable pretty to be found! Pick up a pair of cyclamen
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My kitchen is our hub. We’re either knee deep in it, or passing through. It needs to work hard and look good. What are the parts that make it so? 1. A good work surface.
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Our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House, has arrived! We’ve created 200+ pages (274 to be exact!) filled with our original, beautiful photography and smart, new decorating, gardening, and entertaining tips that I hope
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We are big Jamie Oliver fans. Catching him on PBS years ago, we found his cooking style and demeanor both inviting and irresistible. Any dish he concocts seems so easy to make, and we get
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January is a great month for kicking back by the fire and pouring over seed catalogs. By February, their pages are soft and dog-eared. I’m full of inspiration and chomping at the bit to get
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Before the days of virtual pinning on Pinterest, I learned the technique of actual pinning during my days at Ralph Lauren. Twice a week, my team met with Ralph to present new lifestyle ideas for
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When you walk into the foyer of Connecticut Country House, one of the first things you’ll notice is my beloved eighteenth-century corner cabinet. Within it (and now also around it) is an ever-changing, mini natural
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About four years ago, dear friends of mine gave me this wonderful pair of myrtle topiaries. Now double their original size, they’re thriving nicely. I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets: I keep
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It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m reminded that what really makes Connecticut Country House a wonderful place to be, isn’t what’s on the walls, placed underfoot or collected from an antiques shop. It’s a vibe. A
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