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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