To me, decorating is about storytelling. And nothing tells a story better than a collection.  A collection immediately communicates who you are, and how you like to live.  It adds a lot of depth and interest to your environment, not to mention personality.  Here at Connecticut Country House we’re all about collecting, whether it’s antique…

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Our mid-summer garden tour is full of perennials, like our many varieties of day lilies, that keep blooming like crazy – heat or no heat!  The roses are stressed right now, and after much needed deadheading are taking a rest and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a late summer second burst. To make up…

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I’m always looking for new ideas for my kitchen garden – and planting raspberry plants a couple of years ago was a good one.  It was mid-summer, and I was walking through a local nursery when I came upon a group of unassuming raspberry shrubs.  Knowing it was way into the planting and growing season,…

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Years ago, before we moved to Connecticut Country House, we lived in a sweet little English cottage-style house – our first house.  There we created our first rose, herb, and perennial gardens. In the spring and summer we were always outside trying our best to make the most of our tiny property.  Each and every…

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I love to collect recipes.  I think it’s an addiction with me.  When I was nine years old, I got my first cookbook – Betty Crocker’s – from Santa.  Ever since, I have an insatiable appetite for collecting cookbooks, and tearing out recipes from newspapers and magazines.   I am proud to say that I…

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This is no ordinary potato salad.  It’s light, and served chilled – very refreshing.  I like that it has no dairy ingredients, so it holds its own at any hot summer BBQ.  It makes for a great side dish that you can make ahead of time, and a perfect partner for grilled steak, chicken, or…

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This house was built in 1767 by British citizens (probably poor farmers) and this parlor must have been “the best room” in the little house.  To me, it’s authenticity has always made it so.  Tradition has it that every winter, my husband Rick and our dear friend Mike claim a wing chair by the fire,…

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For the past two months, Connecticut Country House has been a big work in progress.  Our “resident” craftsman and friend, Mark Kornhaas, has been plugging away at a punch list that was created by a natural domino effect of projects throughout the house.  One key project that started out quite simply with fixing a small…

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Today at Connecticut Country House it’s all hands on deck in decorating the exterior with our collection of flags.  Each area around the house gets its own unique flag – traditional flags hanging from a pole or mounted hanging flat with nails, long antique buntings – hanging down straight or swagged, and semi-circular buntings that…

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