Moving furniture around at Connecticut Country House is an indoor and outdoor activity. Depending on what’s going on in the various gardens around the house, the whitewashed Adirondack-style chairs get hauled all-over to sit where the action is. Creating the most peaceful and beautiful surroundings for these mini seating arrangements literally takes a few minutes….so…

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Marrying two simple things…is almost too simple! The perfect springtime marriage for my doors is made up of large wicker or rattan hanging baskets and hanging potted petunia plants from the nursery. Keeping petunias in their original pot, I add some filler (old plastic containers) inside the basket to lift the pot and keep it…

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A real go-to recipe of mine is a simple (simply delicious) Blueberry Bread, that is perfect to serve with coffee in the morning at Connecticut Country House. Give it a try and enjoy! Love, Nora Blueberry Bread (Yields 1 loaf) 1½ cups fresh blueberries (washed and dried) 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1-cup sugar 1/3 cup…

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…Lodge – my term for “a mess”. My hanging spice shelf embodied that term big time! You know, it’s one of those spots in the kitchen that truly ends up becoming a catch-all (just like my island!). New herbs and intriguing spice blends all continued to get tucked into the shelves, only to be dug…

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There’s a relay race going on right now at Connecticut Country House, with one (or 2 or 3) woody-stemmed shrubs blooming at the same time. Their volume, color, and scents make the gardens truly come alive, and the opportunities for cut bouquets abound! (Hard to take advantage of them all!)   For bouquets that’ll last…

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Collecting woven serving trays is a great idea. Anything you serve on one instantly says naturally casual. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles, colors, materials, and sizes. Nesting a stack of them where they’re in sight and easily at hand will keep them in good use!   Love, Nora

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Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla Mollis) is one of my favorite perennial cottage garden plants. These low maintenance plants are a perfect solution for edging your garden in a full sun to lightly shaded spot. About 10 years ago, I started planting them by my kitchen door as filler in front of the row of boxwood and…

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“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” – Oprah Winfrey (I hope you’ll walk with me!) Love, Nora

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Roses are always a good idea – in any shape or form. Here’s a fabulous new recipe my friend Holly shared with me. One look at these absolutely gorgeous apple pastry roses and I knew this was one very special dessert that I would have to pass along and share as well. Just perfect to…

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