Archive for August, 2015

“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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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  

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
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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
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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
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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.
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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
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