It’s one of my secret weapons in my arsenal of decorating tips – small old Oriental carpets. They’re true classics – with a relaxed attitude. Keeping my eyes peeled at flea markets and estate sales, these old faded beauties are the perfect ‘welcome mat’ at any door in my house, especially on a rainy day…

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“You can create the most beautifully designed room, but if you don’t light it properly, it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is – no one can truly appreciate it.”  I’m paraphrasing one of my FIT Interior Design professors, who was trying to teach us the importance of good lighting, and what a difference it can make.  Now,…

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Happy Fall!   Well we’re into the third day of the new season, and I have to say that on a crisp day like today – New England is the place to be.  But I do have a confession to make.  Speaking as a crazed gardener, I’m looking at the glass half empty today. I’m…

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There’s something about a deep inky blue that really speaks to me.  Maybe it’s the depth of the hue.  Maybe it’s how it pops pretty much anything – an outfit, a table setting, the decor of a room, all the while keeping the whole look grounded. I’ve always loved the graphic crispness and versatility of…

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Earlier this week, I changed my profile photo on face book to our latest family photo.  I couldn’t believe all the great feedback that generated!  It really made me think. Had I let twelve years go by since our last family photo shoot?  Maybe thirteen?  Yup, it’s been too, too long. Our dear friend and…

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So what if we were to hook up ‘Flower Power Monday’ with ‘Quotation Therapy’?  Well maybe it would help us kick-off our week with a bouquet of beauty for our eyes, and a little dash of food for our souls!   “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”   –  Neale Donald Walsch…

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Happy Friday!  I was thinking that if you’re picking apples this weekend, and you liked my last posting featuring really good pie crusts, then you may want to try this wonderful time-honored apple pie recipe that originated from the Shakers at the Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts.  I found the first recipe over 20…

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This week on Facebook, my friend Stacy (a self-proclaimed forager of fabulous vintage “finds” and shop owner of  Meadowsweet Vintage in Philadelphia – a must-stop – online or in person), asked me if I had a favorite pie crust recipe.  I thought it was a great question with impeccable timing –  since ’tis the season…

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Happy Monday!  I think flowers are one of my favorite things in the whole world.  And come to think of it, I really do believe that they possess more power over us than we’re even aware of; let alone give them credit for.  Whether they’re cut from the garden, or picked from a bucket at…

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Happy Friday!  Last minute change in plans on Wednesday opened up my day yesterday to take a run up to the Brimfield Antique Show, in Brimfield, Massachussetts.  In less than 4 hours, I cruised through a good portion of the show, and ended up snapping shots of details that had that ‘country house’ vibe –…

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Here at Connecticut Country House, we’re sad to see summer go – but have to say that we are really excited to kick-off the new fall season ahead!  We’re transitioning our lives from the long, bright days of summer and its glorious outdoor living (where we’ll still continue to garden and cook until the bitter cold…

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