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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To me, corn and lobster say “summer”.  No actually, the more I think about it, they yell “summer”!  They are at the height of their delicious goodness all on their own – but marry the two in one stock pot and you truly have a marriage made in “stock pot heaven”!  Meet our amazing  ‘Corn and…

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“Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris (1834-1896)

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She was the first piece of “real art” I had ever acquired.  She was a gorgeous nineteenth century little girl beautifully painted in rich pastels – and at the time she was living in a barn that doubled as an antiques shop.  You see, I was fresh out of college visiting my best friend, Suzy,…

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Back from our annual pilgrimage to our beloved Cape Cod – the place where our family really kicks back and relishes every minute of keeping it simple.  Lots of beach combing, kayaking, and just plain wandering around.  This year we wandered from our bungalow named Barnacle in Eastham, to the preppie village of Chatham, and…

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Approximately every six weeks, Connecticut Country House has become a destination meeting place for a beautiful group of Mary Kay consultants.  The ladies have officially, and affectionately, named it “The Tea”.  They love coming here.  I think this place creates a much needed time-out from their hectic lives; a local “get away from it all”.…

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One vegetable from the kitchen garden that always gets rave reviews, especially from our teenage son Conor, are the string beans.  Now that’s saying something!  He loves them freshly picked, but sauteing them with garlic and herbs takes them to a whole new level and has become one of our signature dishes! In the garden…

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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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