One of my favorite Connecticut Country House photo shoots was a children’s Halloween party we hosted outside in front of the old house. Every moment of this shoot made me smile, from the cutest babies all dressed up to make you coo, to the splashiest good old-fashioned apple bobbing contest at the end of the…

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Collin Robison and Trent DeBerry’s home is nothing short of a most gracious eighteenth century Connecticut country house. They share their story, as well as decorating tips, in the current autumn issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style – www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Today, Collin shares his thoughts and styling tips for creating his beautiful autumnal tablescape: “Let…

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“Clothes makes a statement. Costumes tell a story.” This Halloween, go tell your story… Love, Nora

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With Halloween just around the corner, sugar comes to mind. I’m absolutely in awe of the most beautiful kind of sugar that is hand kneaded, cut, and ever so delicately created by the Associate Instructor, Jean-Luc Derron and his pastry students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Last weekend was Parent’s Weekend…

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The humble designs and tactile appeal of Treenware has made me and my fellow design guru, Marta, dedicated hunters of these highly collectible pieces. We just love the lustrous patinas that these pieces have developed over years of daily wear, and like to think that we’re adding to their beauty with each time we put…

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Brisk air and that first bite of a freshly picked apple…now that’s fall! Wishing you a beautiful fall day. Love, Nora

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My friend Marta’s beautiful kitchen is full of thoughtful details, fabulous craftsmanship and unexpected touches. On the day of our shoot, we were welcomed by a warm, wonderful smell coming from a stockpot simmering away on the stove. Bubbling away was Marta’s Chicken & Green Chile Stew. For my hungry crew and me, just the…

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Perennial Sale – Up to 70% Off! My Volvo can’t escape the gravitational pull of a good plant sale. Must. Pull. The car. Over. The time is now. Despite the fact that the garden is showing signs of winding down, there’s less daylight to dig in the dirt by, and a need to scrape away…

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“The season for enjoying the fullness of life – partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.” – Denis Wattley When I read this quote it summed up perfectly how I’m feeling this season…grabbing hold and squeezing every beautiful moment…

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I think that weekends should be like mini vacations; a wonderful opportunity to kick back and relax with family and friends. While country house hopping in Canada last summer, we visited our dear friends, Holly and Bruce, at their family retreat on Downie Island, in Ontario, Canada. An amazing time was had, and you can…

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As I was shopping the aisles of my local garden center a few years back, searching for flowering plants that would keep my cutting garden going until frost set in, I spied this lovely variety of Boltonia asteroides, ‘Pink Beauty’. Named after the English botanist James Bolton, boltonia asteroides, is also sometimes referred to by…

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Yippee! The brand new, Autumn issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style is here! I’m so excited to share with you what you’ll find inside. To meet the wonderful people, and to be inspired by the beauty of the change in the season, click here: www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Enjoy! Love, Nora

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“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” – Humbert Wolfe It’s time to dig out the wooly sweaters and blankets…Don’t you just love sweater weather? Happy October! Love, Nora  

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Leaves are beginning to put on their annual show of colors at Connecticut Country House. The slanting afternoon light has taken on a different glow. The crunch of scattered leaves adds a different note to the gravel drive. Sadly, the days are getting shorter.  Evenings are becoming chilly. And now, there’s that wonderful autumn smell.…

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