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Connecticut Country House Blog
I love using place cards for the holidays. And here on my site, I can go to ‘Goodies’ and print out all the cards that I need…and so can you! It’s free! Just load your printer with card stock, print, cut, and fold. That’s it! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! Love, NoraKeep Reading
Summer tomatoes…nothing like them. We anxiously wait all year for the real deal. Here in Connecticut, the best tomatoes start their glorious ripening in August. We can’t get enough of the saturated rich red color and juicy sweetness. So here we are in October, hoarding the last of this year’s beautiful harvest. How to change…Keep Reading
A most beloved Murphy family member is gone. Fiona was our “Sweet Fi(Fee)” We adopted this little then-feisty Cairne Terrier on 7/7/7. As we were driving her home, Rick, Conor and I were tossing potential names around. I thought “Lucky” would be an appropriate name, but as the boys groaned, that turned out not to…Keep Reading
It’s gardening season, and I’m always looking to be inspired! So on my last visit to Charleston, South Carolin a couple of weeks ago, my sister knew just what would make my heart sing…a stroll through the South of Broad neighborhood. May you be inspired too…enjoy. Love, NoraKeep Reading
When my dear friend Holly called and asked if the Murphy’s would like to join them in St. Thomas and St. John on their 45-foot Catamaran, The Orion, in April, I was quiet. This was nothing I had ever dreamt of doing. And as amazing as this sounded, my brain immediately went to motion sickness…Keep Reading
Merry Christmas dear friends! Where did the last 6 months go?! After 18 years, we left our beloved Connecticut country house in Newtown, and started a new chapter at our now beloved Connecticut country house in Hadlyme. We’re calling it ‘River House’. Actually our friends were calling it that way before we were! Our 1820…Keep Reading
Well, it’s official. Two weeks from today, we will have sold our beautiful 1767 Connecticut country house in Newtown to a lovely couple from New Jersey, and moving to a newer (1820) Connecticut country house on the Connecticut River in Lyme! This big change started when Murph and I came to the clear realization that…Keep Reading
Being homebound, I’m gazing at the gardens outside our windows that are ever so slowly coming back to life. This is what I look forward to each year. But this year, with all that we are dealing with, these gardens mean more to me than they ever have before. They represent life, as well as…Keep Reading
Spring is literally around the corner next week, and even though my long bank of Forsythia at Connecticut Country House is not yet in bloom, the faux forsythia wreaths and bouquets at my entrances certainly are! The way I look at decorating my doors is to follow what’s flowering each season. This makes my doors…Keep Reading
Over the years, it’s always been quite a hearty shindig of dear friends and family at Connecticut Country House for Thanksgiving. But this year we’re keeping it to an intimate gathering. Large or small, setting the holiday table is one of my favorite things to do. I always say that we don’t just show our…Keep Reading
This was no easy decision. Actually it was a really, really tough one…something I kept turning away from and putting off for over a year now. My sweet and beautiful beloved muse, my Connecticut country house, is now listed for sale. I stepped foot into this wonderful old house 17 years ago, and instantly fell…Keep Reading
Let’s get personal. A basket filled with mom’s favorite breakfast treats, wrapped and presented with great care, and delivered in person, would make any mom feel loved and extra-special. So when WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host Scot Haney came over to Connecticut Country House to see what we were planning for Mother’s Day, my basket was…Keep Reading