It all starts with the love of fishing. And for Murph, that LOVE is spelled out in all caps. At the break of dawn, with two of his best buds, Murph was off to Niantic to fish on board the Blackhawk with Captain Greg. The trip was a great success with plenty of fluke fishing…

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This weekend celebrate with a tasty red, creamy white, and purpley blue. The ingredients of this quick and easy-peasy dessert may differ just a little bit, but the cooking technique is the same for both. All you have to do is wash, hull, cut, add, mix, heat, boil, stir, simmer, cool, scoop, spoon, drizzle, share…

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James I hope the new summer issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style will help you get into Mr. James’ frame of mind…enjoy! www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Happy summer! Love, Nora

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The time has come. Plants that have wintered indoors and are now in summer residence outdoors (on the other side of their  window) need a little sprucing up. All the potted topiaries got snipped. Easy enough, just follow the shape and with a pair of clippers or sharp scissors – snip! You can’t snip off…

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The very best things I remember about my dad were the littlest things. My parents came to America during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Like so many refugees, they arrived with one small (carry-on size) suitcase. Before the ripe age of 30, they found themselves reinventing their life together. And so the little things began. Over…

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If you’re looking for a very special gift to make for a bride-to-be…something she’ll cherish forever…this is it. My God daughter Aileen’s bridal shower is featured in the current spring issue of my e-mag (https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/spring-2014/country-house-wedding). As the shower was winding down, one gift (and probably the most personal) was saved for last – a homemade…

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I was counting the flower buds on my Peonies…43 and counting! (Yippee!) The Lady’s Mantle beds, right outside the kitchen door, are growing fuller, taller, and more chartreuse by the day, while the wild roses have re-seeded themselves in droves behind the house. It’s June, so that means it’s “showtime” in my  cutting gardens! It’s…

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Just got back with a beautiful batch of organic tomato plants (their names and descriptions were so intriguing, I had a tough time walking away without buying one of everything). Murph added our home-aged compost we call ‘Black Gold’ to the soil, and tilled to incorporate it well. We pulled lines for each row, leaving…

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This weekend unofficially kicks off summer, so let’s make an event of it and make some ice cream sandwiches! The idea of dedicating an afternoon to ice cream sandwich-making with kids (or sweet-toothed adults) is a lot of fun…and let’s face it, it’s hard to beat the combo of fresh cold ice cream and home…

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It’s Brimfield week, and you know what that means…fabulous finds are calling my name. But once I’m there, a little later in the day when I need that second wind to kick in (I’ve been going since 5 a.m.), a secret little vice (or voice) takes over and calls my name. The secret little vice?…

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“Moss it!”, is my favorite expression these days. I’m talking about beautiful natural green moss that has become one of my go-to styling secrets. Moss gives any potted plant more  of a finished look. It also helps keeps plants from drying out too quickly. The beauty of moss (other than the color) is that it’s…

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One of the options for pizza toppings that always gets rave reviews is pesto. Every summer and fall we harvest our basil from the kitchen garden and make batches of pesto to freeze for the year ahead. I find that the best way to highlight the pesto on pizza, is to keep the pie white.…

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This isn’t really a recipe…it’s a little story about a ‘moment’. And how sometimes, the very best things in life are the simplest. I’m a convert. I simply adore a fresh egg. It all started a few years ago when two of my fellow colleagues who raised hens ended up with more eggs than they…

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You know Easter’s near, when you’re at the market and see the Paas point of sale display parked right beside the egg case. And every year, I can’t resist sticking with one of my favorite traditions and grabbing a Paas box. Good Friday’s the day we’ve always dyed eggs for Easter. After years of playing around with…

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I love decorating the entrances of the old house with what’s flowering at the moment.  And just in time for Easter, it just so happens that the humungous, wild bank of Forsythia behind the house is starting to burst into the most intense yellow. Our main entrance to the old house is in back, on…

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I believe the secret to styling magic is to always add an unexpected twist. For my Easter table, I wanted to create something very pretty, joyful, and almost playful using a mix of what I had on hand – my collection of antique Moss Rose plates and some newer finds. Exclusively using antique pieces can…

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Nora Murphy Country House -The Hunt Club at the Fairfield County Antiques and Design Center in Norwalk, Connecticut is now in full force and ready for spring. This season we are featuring our best finds from and for the garden. As obsessed gardeners and passionate designers, we are in our glory hunting, finding, curating, and styling…

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My humble collection of mis-matched vintage pitchers, cups, and sugar bowls are just the right mix for any seasonal flower displays. My love of the pretty little details is what makes up this sweet little collection. The beautiful curved handle of a Victorian pitcher, the hand-painted rose on a child’s cup, the charming shape of…

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If you’re looking for a dessert that can be described as enticing, colorful, heavenly, tasty, simple, cheerful, pretty, refreshing, light, playful, classy, charming, happy, jazzy, showy, and just a little different – then you’ll love our Hamptons Sorbet. My dear friend Holly came up with this sweet idea for her daughter, and my God daughter,…

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That is, Nora Murphy Country House Style – Spring 2014 is here.  It may not feel like spring here in  Connecticut today, but our newest issue sure does – and is now live!  It’s so saturated with springtime inspiration, it’ll help you get all fired up and ready to officially kick-off this cold (but soon to be warm) season. So please stop…

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A few weeks ago I sent a dear friend a care package – a big box stacked full of chocolate chunk cookies. She wrote me the sweetest thank you telling me how (with a little help from her friends) the cookies didn’t make it through the night. I believe it. The “broken and little more well-done”…

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I am proud to announce that Nora Murphy Country House – The Hunt Club Shop, has opened in the new multi-dealer Fairfield County Antique and Design Center (http://www.fairfieldantiqueanddesign.com), on Willard Road (right off the Post Road on the Westport/Norwalk Line) in Norwalk, Connecticut. The Antique and Design Center’s Grand Opening Party a week ago, kicked off a…

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“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” – Oprah Winfrey Happy International Women’s Day to all you amazing women! Love you. Nora

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In most cases, I believe less is more. And when it comes to photo shoots, less in front of the camera is so much more impactful. The camera may be working with less, but behind the scenes it’s just the opposite…there’s a whole lot more going on than meets the camera’s eye! This past Valentine’s…

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For all the last minute lovers of beautiful quotes (like me), here are some of my favorites that may come in handy: “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – William Shakespeare “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” – Leigh Hunt “On…

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