I love to dress both the front and back entryway doors at Connecticut Country House, to reflect the beauty of each changing season. Taking my cue from the still flowering (yay!), potted lavenders that have flanked the doors all summer, I decided to replace the traditional warm hues associated with autumn, with a purple, gray-blue,…

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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”  – Lauren DeStefano, Wither It started as a humble hanging plant. A thoughtful Mother’s Day present from The Boys, this once small fuchsia has grown into…

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“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton Either way, it’s a great visual to help kick-off the week… Wishing you a bright and happy day! Love, Nora

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The cucumbers in the kitchen garden are growing out of control! So you know what I’m doing this weekend…cranking out jars of Jack’s Pickles. I’ve shared this recipe before, but with each scoop of spices I’m reminded of how outrageously delicious these pickles really are. So if you’re inclined to dabble in some easy-peasy pickle-making…

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Like every American, I remember exactly where I was on that clear, bright blue morning of Tuesday, September, 11, 2001. I will never forget. My heart, thoughts, and prayers, go out to all the dear family and friends, who forever lost loved ones on that day. Love, Nora

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The season is changing, and the blooming is beginning to wind down in the gardens of Connecticut Country House. Instead of relying on flowers for an arrangement, I often will gravitate towards using the rich colors, wonderful textures and sculptural beauty of produce. Taking one of my larger harvest baskets, I’ve layered in a variety…

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Wow. That was quick! While not the official, official end of the season, Labor Day signifies a close to a lot of activities that I associate with the carefree style that the warm weather and long days of summer bring. Tending, harvesting and just meandering around the gardens. Refreshing Connecticut Country House – wait until…

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To put our kitchen garden’s haul of ripe tomatoes to use, my intent was to whip up batch of salsa to bring to a family picnic. Just before pulsing the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor, inspiration struck. Hmmmm. . . .If I skip the jalapeno and cilantro, and roast the tomatoes to…

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I’ve been dreading this week for some time now. My boy, my one and only, beautiful, sweet boy, is leaving the nest to head off to college. This rite of passage is a tough one. I’ve been taken by surprise by the gamut of emotions that I’ve been going through. My brain is screaming at…

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I looked at my calendar today and just stared. Holy moly. It’s September 1st! When did that happen? It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I’ve been following school buses for a week and scrambling to get Conor ready for his freshman debut on campus. I guess it’s because it’s been crazy busy at Connecticut…

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