“Wind chimes in your yard will serenade garden creatures – squirrels, fairies and angels.” – Unknown Who needs music playing outside when you’ve got a simple capiz shell wind chime tied to your patio umbrella – keeping the magical feeling of summer fresh with every little breeze. It’s music to my ears. Happy Monday! Love,…

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It’s a bittersweet time for me as a die-hard gardener. I love autumn, but I have to be honest that I have a hard time letting go of summer! It’s that time of the season when the flower gardens are in their final burst (that is until the asters debut!). Weeding, pruning, staking, and watering gives…

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For me, the bigger and wilder the topiaries – the better! Here, a mature pair of Myrtle topiaries add weight, scale, and a whole lot of attitude to this understated, yet elegant space. I love the impact of such a pair set against the antique gilded mirror and the eclectic collection of nature’s curiosities. A…

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“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to garden, and the whole neighborhood gets tomatoes.” – Unknown Ain’t it the truth… Happy gardening! Love, Nora

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I love sunflowers; they make me happy. When cut and used for decoarting a table or a room, this flower can project 2 very different looks depending on the season. Summertime I love the bright whimsical vibe it adds to my table when using solo. While in autumn, when mixing with other flowers they bring…

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Just a few well chosen accents, in soft golds, adds a touch of warmth and elegance to the serene bedroom of my dear friend and designer, Marta Eriquez. Flanking a gilded mirror, 18th century candle sconces, were a find from the Paris Flea Market. Their worn patina echoes the gold hang up detail found on…

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Whenever given the opportunity to go out and about, I like to keep an eye out for English transferware. Whether poking around an estate sale, flea market or antique shop, it’s one of those collectibles that you just know it when you see it, but wonder how it was made and why. The method for…

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“And the potter said unto the clay, ‘be ware’, and it was . . . . .” – George E. Ohr Smile and have a beautiful Monday! Love, Nora  

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My stomach is rumbling as I write this recipe. I need this. You need this. Everyone does. Give me a hearty helping of succulent, melt-in-your mouth shredded pork, served on a soft hamburger bun, topped with a dollop of crunchy cole slaw. Mmmmm. . . . .Add sides of snazzied up baked beans, buttery sweet…

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There’s something very charming about putting together a place setting using mismatched antique monogrammed silverware. I love mixing up different patterns with the odd pieces that I’ve collected over the years. Each special guest gets their own unique combination, making the table that much more welcoming! Happy collecting! Love, Nora

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The shrubs and perennials that spill onto the pathway to our main entry, the back door, are a delight to the senses. Springtime greets you with the sweet scent of viburnum. Frothy blooms of white azaleas, brighten the path by day, and seemingly glow by night. Summer’s show along the path, offers up the refreshing…

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” – Mark Twain Follow your heart. Love, Nora

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A few years ago, we had yet another rough Connecticut winter. Our kitchen garden took a major hit. The wobbly chicken wire fencing that, in better days, served to keep the hoodlums (deer) at bay, had been mangled and rendered useless. Decision time. Go with cheap and easy, keeping the same footprint and replacing the…

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Flanking the back gates of the kitchen garden, I have large patches of nasturtium. They didn’t start out that way, and I’m partially to blame. Some plants have decided to happily re-seed themselves, while others I’ve planted anew. Admittedly, I’m not immune to falling prey to the allure of the seed racks at the garden…

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Growing up on Melville Avenue in Fairfield, Connecticut, my best friend Suzy lived right across the street. Our houses were of a 1920’s vintage, and as was custom of that era, both yards were taken up by gardens. Suzy’s mom, Mrs. Bona, was a very talented painter, who also had an amazing green thumb. The…

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Sometimes a little spot that you pass by every day needs a simple touch that reflects the season. The soft color palette of this entryway is reminiscent of warm sand and smooth sea glass. A very narrow whitewashed primitive bench, simply styled with antique corals and shells, evokes the lightness of a summer’s day at…

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The summertime ritual of picking and eating warm, luscious raspberries right off the bush, without fail, returns my mind to fond kidhood memories of growing up in Connecticut. For what I can’t fit into my hand, I always bring a bowl into the garden, so that I can take some back to the house to…

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“Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” – Unknown Here’s to a never-ending summer! Love, Nora

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I can’t believe it’s August! It feels like we were excitedly greeting June just the day before yesterday! So much going on at Connecticut Country House inside and out – I promise to keep you updated as we sail through August! Click on the link for your new desktop image for August! It’s free! https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/winter-2015/calendar/#.Vb0Qc4vODWc…

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