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Add a little “pop” to your dinner or buffet table this 4th of July (or any occassion for that matter!). Simply roll up your flatware in an ironed cloth napkin and tie a bow around it!
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Summer Anniversary Issue Is Here (Again!)


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I started the Nora Murphy Country House emagazine for 1 simple reason…my “blog shoes” were too tight. I loved my little blog, Connecticut Country House, but in the state it was in, it was limiting
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Whether it’s to indicate to Mama that’s she’s intended to sit next to Aunt Ann, or to personalize a nature inspired Easter basket for a gardening friend, be sure to click here to download our
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While you’re busy juggling the timing of the eggs Benedict and hash browns, I say let’s get the party started with a simple self-serve brunch bar for your guests! Nothing elaborate here, just an offering
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I’m thrilled to announce that Nora Murphy Country House Style, Winter 2017 is here! Within its pages, take a tour of my dear friend’s, Valerie and Tim’s, wonderful, woodsy Adirondack-style country house. Shot over two
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We are taught that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Well, I think creating ice hurricane lanterns is the frosty wintertime version of what to do when the temps dip below freezing and
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Build A Beautiful Party Cheeseboard


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I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like to see and help themselves to a beautifully presented cheeseboard. A collection of delicious nibbles – cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts and wafer thin slices of cured
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Wrapping Hostess Gifts


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Wrapping up hostess gifts couldn’t be simpler as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. With a few common items you may already have on hand,
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Greetings friends, and welcome to the holidays at Connecticut Country House! Our online magazine, Nora Murphy Country House Style, Holiday 2016 is finally here! I never know, year to year, what exactly that’s going to
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With so much focus going into food prep for tomorrow, here’s a fabulous last minute holiday decorating tip that I swear by. If you have bittersweet growing wild in your neighborhood like I do, a
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For my latest segment on WFSB’s Better Connecticut, as their new Lifestyle contributor, I had a great time designing a holiday table with a beautiful autumnal look that’s just perfect for Thanksgiving. I think it’s
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Over a year ago on Cape Cod, I stumbled upon Sea Bags’ Anchor placemats. What a fabulous surprise that was! I had been a Sea Bags lover (and proud owner) of their recycled sail handbags
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Here’s a little something from our Nora Murphy Country House library that I thought may just help put you in the spirit (ha-ha) today! Click here and enjoy! Happy Halloween! Love, Nora

During the course of Project Refresh, I edited, pared down and simplified, with my mantra being, less is more. But, I have to admit that sometimes, when it comes to setting a table, I just
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As I sat with my seed catalogs in the bitter cold of January, my thoughts were of warm late summer days and reaping the rewards of my carefully crafted orders. Now that it’s mid-September, my
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A while ago, we watched an episode of Jamie Oliver’s TV show, Jamie’s Food Escapes, that featured him visiting Italy, kicking back and preparing this mouth watering dish over an open fire. It. Looked. Amazing.
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One of my most cherished collections, these vintage fish plates are pure joy to build a table setting around. Each one, hand-painted and unique, depicts in beautiful detail, assorted fish, coral, seaweed and nautical-scapes. Antique
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Weekends are just the best! I hope that you’re able to carve out some time for yourself and sit down with our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House. Brimming with our favorite photography and
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Skip the platter at your next shindig and reach for a glass! A pretty way to present and serve up crudités at your next gathering is by putting your juice glasses into service. Place a
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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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When the snow is covering the ground, and the plows haven’t been through, sometimes it’s the best time to get cozy, kick back and catch up on a little light reading. If you have a
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A cheeseboard is the perfect thing to help kick-off a party. As a diversified work of art, it’s not only a collection of tasty nibbles for wine pairings, but also serves as a wonderful icebreaker!
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