It’s New Year’s Eve, and we’re keeping it simple.  This month has been a blur – a real emotional doozy!  And as far as I’m concerned – it’s out with the old (oh – the door is hitting you on the butt 2012 – oh well, good riddance) and in with the new.  Welcome beautiful…

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The lyrics of this song have always been uplifting.  And just the melody by itself – well it’s one of those tunes that gets stuck in my head and I find myself humming.  Last week, when I was thinking about what I was going to write about for Christmas – I was a little stuck.…

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It’s the night before Christmas, and on the old stonewall in front of the house, not a creature was stirring – just the twinkling of twenty-six candle filled mason jars. Christmas Eve Candles for Sandy Hook When: Monday, December 24th at 5:00 P.M. Where: Your home Please join me in lighting a candle tomorrow night,…

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What a tough week.  Mega understatement.  Here in Newtown, everything has changed.  But the overwhelming outpouring of love and good will on our little community has been, and continues to be, of the utmost importance to all of us.  Honestly, it’s probably the glue that is helping to hold it and us together. I personally…

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Late Monday I shared a posting that took a long time to compose and took a lot out of me.  I was hoping it would be a cathartic moment.  And as much as I wish it were, it wasn’t.  I was so hoping it would make me feel better – it didn’t.  I guess I…

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Hello my dear readers. I write today’s posting with a very heavy heart.  Here I sit staring at my monitor, writing, re-writing, staring some more, and wondering if this 245-year old country house has ever been hit with such profound sadness – maybe, maybe not – maybe not since the Revolutionary War. I think I’m…

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For all my friends in the midst of celebrating a joyous week of Hanukkah – Happy Hanukkah! This elegant little cookie my Hungarian cousin, Judith, taught me to make earlier this year on Homemaker2words.com. is a play on the classic Linzer Cookie recipe and has become one of my all time favorites – my go-to cookie recipe – that…

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I know we’re all in more of a holiday frame of mind, and I do hate to bum out the holly jolly vibe, but just for a moment, I need to get an urgent message out to all my gardening buds – don’t forget to plant your spring bulbs!  I think this may be our…

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My boy turns 16 today, and I say , “Yikes! How’d that happen?”  Every Thanksgiving weekend is Conor’s birthday weekend.  This year, as part of the Thanksgiving/Birthday celebration I planned on baking him a cake – a very vanilla cake.  But you see, Conor doesn’t like cake.  Yes, I can’t believe it either.  All these…

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I love to decorate for the holidays as naturally as possible.  And finding just the right mix of planted and cut foliage and flowers is my well-balanced decorating solution. Every year, one of my absolute favorites is the Narcissus Papyraceus – a part of the Daffodil family, also commonly known as Paperwhites. They grow to…

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Found the early cinnamon brown chintz quilt – with the allover pheasant pattern – folded in a basket at the bottom of the linen closet.  I thought it would bring a lot of charm as an unexpected tablecloth for the old farmhouse table. I cut fresh bittersweet from a tree on the side of the road and…

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A “Happy Thanksgiving” e-mail yesterday from a really lovely lady, Julia, inspires today’s posting. We met a year ago, just before Thanksgiving, when I showed her the blog I was then working on – Homemaker2words.com – and the posting titled “Oo-la-la!”, featuring the step by step recipe for a fabulous French apple tart inspired by…

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About a year ago, I took a good hard objective look at my dinnerware – especially my serving pieces.  They were all over the place in color and style.  Quite honestly I felt like the food we were creating and plating was not showcased in the best way it could be.  Here’s all this hard…

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Azaleas blooming in Connecticut – in November?  That’s right. And in my powder room, to boot! I have a pair of freaky miniature Azalea topiaries that bloom twice a year – late spring, and fall. This sweetest pair of Mother’s Day presents from the boys is truly a gift that keeps on giving.  I’ve nurtured…

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As a rule of thumb, I love to use nature – in some form – in decorating throughout my home. And the beauty in decorating with nature is that I can create a very natural ebb and flow attitude in my home, so there is always a nice natural transitioning from one season to the…

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On the 6th day there was light.  Hurricane Sandy packed a huge punch, but fortunately our loss of power was the very worst of it.  So needless to say, I am so very grateful.  On Monday, during the thick of things, I paced around the house like a caged animal – very anxious and worried…

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We’re ready and waiting!  We’ve got firewood and board games at the ready, as well as a big pot of freshly simmered spaghetti sauce. Here at Connecticut Country House, we spent all day yesterday preparing and battening down the hatches – and at this point are as ready as we’ll ever be for the uber-high…

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This was no ordinary day trip to Manhattan.  One of my best friends, Erin (yes, this is the same Erin of Erin’s Zucchini Bread fame, July 19th posting) and I met at the information desk at Grand Central, jumped in a cab, and off we went up to 82nd and 5th – The Metropolitan Museum…

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Pumpkins and mums – the expected and ordinary fall fare that can be used in an unexpected and extraordinary way.   As you come inside Connecticut Country House, I’ve created a fall vibe using pumpkins and mums in a palette of creamy whites. I’ve created an environment inside that has a feel for the season…

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It’s a gray rainy day here in Connecticut.  I was just about to put my finishing touches on my autumnal decor story, when I decided to switch gears to something just a bit more comforting for a day like today – Smashed and oven roasted potatoes.  Why the change in plans?  Maybe all this rain…

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Whether you’re a fan of fanciful curlicues or crisp uniform lines – there’s a monogram out there for each of us.  I guess, depending on my mood, and the nature of the event, I can go either way. And the funny thing is that the initials don’t even need to be mine! I have found…

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My thinking of dressing for fall goes way beyond my love of chunky sweaters and nubby tweeds – it’s more about dressing up my home; inside and out. And just like my love of layering those sweaters and tweeds, I love to layer color and texture that best honors the architecture of this old house.…

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This morning starts with a word association game.  Here goes: When I think of Christopher Columbus, I think of Italy. When I think of Italy, I think of fabulous food. When I think of fabulous food, I think of the ambiance. When I think of the ambiance, I think of soft candlelight and richly colored…

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There is an on-going brainstorming session going on within a party of three  – that would be me, myself and I.  I have a lot of creative ideas, and I consistently need to get them out of my head, keep track of them, and evolve them.  What works for me?  My inspiration boards. Inspiration boards…

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I think I cut the largest bouquet ever this weekend – it stood almost 4 feet tall!  In a teeny-tiny way, it reminded me of a wee smaller (and wilder) version of the fabulous bouquets in the main hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  As the gardens are winding down, there are some late…

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