If you were to ask me what one of my favorite plantings at Connecticut Country House is, I would have to start with the forsythia. I think my love of forsythia started when I was growing up on Melville Avenue with my dad planting a long row of them as a natural fence between our…

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A walk through the gardens of the Governor Stephen Hopkins House is well worth it, even if it’s early in the season. On a recent trip to Providence, Rhode Island, we stumbled upon this beautiful little historical gem nestled into the campus of Brown University. The eighteenth-century landmark is beautifully preserved on a postage stamp…

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The way I celebrate Earth Day is to take care of my neck of the woods. And I mean that literally. I live on a beautifully scenic road in Connecticut, filled with protected woodlands, streams, open fields defined by mossy old stonewalls, and some really beautiful 18th-century country houses. And even though my road is…

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The Country House lifestyle is all about comfort and joy, and one of the most comforting things I can imagine is a beautifully handmade quilt made up of something very personal – your child’s favorite tees. The idea of their life up to now documented in a blanket is an amazing thing. One look at…

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Nothing tastes better (and more comforting) than a bowl of homemade chicken soup served up really hot. A couple of weeks ago I was as sick as a dog, so Murph got busy in the kitchen and created the most amazing pot of chicken soup I had ever tasted! (If you know my mom, please…

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One look in my clothes closet (and around Connecticut Country House) and you’ll see that I have a thing for gingham checks. So when Country Curtains (who are simply crazy for checks) asked me to be their guest blogger for their Home & happiness blog site – and talk about what’s hot this spring – how…

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This weekend, all our Easter festivities will be based in our hub, the kitchen, where we’ll be initially gathering, while enjoying nibbles and sips as we’re cooking. The keeping room (a.k.a. dining room) will be set for 15 (!), and with the chilly temps in the forecast, I’m sure Murph will have a toasty fire…

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