Every summer, and into autumn at Connecticut Country House, we turn out batches and batches of wonderful (if we do say so ourselves!) pesto. While we love our tried and true classic recipe, sometimes we like to be adventurous by swapping out some of the ingredients. The experiments that we’ve developed in our pesto making…

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This ancient armoire was our very first antique. We purchased it as a freshly married couple, in celebration of our first wedding anniversary. I spied this piece at a consignment shop in Westport, CT. The shop owner advised that it was early 19th c. and French. Its finish a deep green, hand-painted in a primitive…

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The chartreuse flowers of my bed of lady’s mantle, have been in all out, full bloom, fluffy mode for a while.  Time to encourage new growth by cutting a bunch, or two.  Oh, if I must! Deciding to go monochromatic, my vessel of choice is a vintage, hand blown, bottle green vase.  (A score at…

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“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” – Thomas Jefferson Take off your shoes today and walk in the cool grass! Enjoy summer! Love, Nora

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I love to stroll across the lawn, open up the kitchen garden gates wide, and poke around to see what’s new. Change happens so quickly this time of year.  There’s always something to discover with each passing day.  Everything is growing by leaps and bounds.  Tomato plants are getting taller and stronger.  Ripe raspberries dangle…

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Nothing hits the spot on a scorching hot day like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. In this take on a summertime classic, syrup made from sweet, juicy blueberries, is combined with the tang of fresh lemon juice. Delicious. Refreshing. Simply blue-tiful! Finn’s Blueberry Lemonade (Serves 4-6) 1 cup fresh blueberries ½ cup sugar ¾ cup freshly…

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I just love the classic style of these paper sacks that I found at our local dollar store.  Replete with hot, salty, buttery popcorn, these retro striped bags deliver a bit of nostalgic charm, whenever serving this timeless treat. Go ahead.  Make a batch.  I know you want to. Happy popping! Love, Nora

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A few years ago, I discovered a pair of large, unframed, insect engravings at the Paris Flea Market.  Large in scale, the illustrations were stunning in their symmetry.  The intricate pattern of their layout was just beautiful.  Needless to say, that it was a very short conversation that I had with myself, before deciding to…

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When we added on our master bedroom, a relocated and repurposed chicken coop, its backside wall was an unremarkable canvas. Flanking one side of the stone pathway that serves as the thoroughfare to our main entry, the back door, I wanted to add visual interest.  Knowing that I didn’t have a tremendous amount of space…

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“The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.” – Proverb Wishing you a sweet Monday! Love, Nora

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Admittedly, I have a container addiction.  I don’t think it’s a problem.  Yet.  (Though some that are close to me might disagree.) Whether it’s an oversized vessel to hold my largest, most lavish bouquets, or something small to hold just a blossom or two, I’m infatuated. Standing at just over 3 1/2″ tall, this diminutive…

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When I was at FIT, my dear friend Erin gave me my very first LL Bean Boat and Tote bag.  With a body of creamy, natural white cotton canvas, contrasting forest green straps, and my initials monogrammed on the front, it was, and remains, a thing of utilitarian beauty.  The bag that started it all…

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Holly’s been one of my best buds since middle school.  A wonderful hostess, she has a lovely way of making you feel special and welcome the minute you step into her home.  Also an amazing baker, this delicious and beautiful Blueberry Pie, with heart cutouts, is a perfect example of her loving and giving nature. …

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Decorating and styling a home goes beyond the focus of an individual room.  It’s important to stand back, and at various points, look ahead to see what’s in your line of sight as you enter a space. Sightlines are very important to address when considering the visual flow of a design.  Whether it’s the view…

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Children’s artwork and handwriting always makes me smile. I love to display it where it can be seen everyday.  This piece, simply framed in antique red and displayed in our kitchen, was penned when our son Conor was about 5 years old. One of his favorite pastimes when he was a little boy, was to…

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There’s very little that compares to the camaraderie of working side by side in the kitchen.  It’s cozy.  Intimate.  You’re slicing, you’re dicing, you’re julienning . . . .All the while you’re talking.  Sharing.  Catching up.  In our nutty lives, this is one of our favorite ways to relax and stay connected as a family. …

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The gardens are just exploding with color at Connecticut Country House!  Everywhere you look, something is in bloom.  Whether making a bouquet to brighten someone’s day, or putting together something for the house, these casual arrangements are overflowing with nature’s bounty. Here’s what’s in my bouquet right now: Day Lilies Feverfew Wild ‘Lipstick’ Roses Fairy…

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While the dog days of summer are upon us, nothing lightens up the look and feel of a bed, like a bleached white matelassé coverlet.  I just love the look.  Crisp.  Clean.  Summery. Matelassé, from the French word matelasser, which means to pad, cushion or quilt, is actually a single layer of fabric.  Through the…

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Mmmmm. . . . I can just smell the briny air when I set the table with my collection of seashells and coral.  It’s like bringing a bit of summer vacation to the farmhouse table.  Serving as the centerpiece, coral takes center stage.  Clamshells, souvenirs from beachcombing forays on Nantucket Island, are placed in pairs,…

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I’m always on the lookout for unique and versatile containers.  While browsing around the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, in New Milford, CT, I came upon this rustic beauty.  One look and oh my . . . the creative juices were flowing. And, for just $20.00 bucks?  No need to haggle.  No need to wrap. The…

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“The gesture and the tone, the entrance and the exit.” – Sri Sathya Sai Bab The moment you walk into Connecticut Country House, the season has only one chance to make a fabulous first impression! Happy styling! Love, Nora

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A few years back I signed up to be a chaperone for my son Conor’s middle school field trip to Philadelphia.  Our mission, with hundreds of kids in tow, was to walk the Constitutional Trail.  There’s a first time for everything, and this trip was certainly chock full of them.  Our first time to Philly. …

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Very Berry Ice is the perfect red, white and blue addition to your summertime bar. So easy, and so pretty. Fill ice trays with water. Add fresh blueberries and cut strawberries. Pop filled trays into the freezer for a few hours. Freeze until solid. Remove cubes when ready to use. Cheers! Happy 4th! Love, Nora…

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I love, love, love how the downy plumes of astilbe brighten up the borders at Connecticut Country House. Rising above their beautiful fern-like foliage, their feather duster blooms are just so dramatic. They make me smile. Gorgeous in the garden, yes, but these plants can also pull double duty. As a cut flower, astilbe adds…

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When you live and love a house that was built in 1767, it’s hard not to take advantage of any opportunity to deck it out in The Stars and Stripes. But, as we get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s the perfect time for me to proudly pull out all the stops. Glorious red,…

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