Thanksgiving dinner is always pretty amazing, but, I have to say, the leftovers from the feast are just as highly anticipated. The same goes for recycling the floral elements from my holiday table. The post Thanksgiving centerpiece can be just as wonderful. This year it was dressed with creamy white pumpkins entwined with bittersweet and…

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The table’s all set, the turkey’s in the oven, and it’s time to get busy on all the fixin’s! I just love this day. Wishing you and yours a wonderfully relaxing (or spirited!) eat, drink, and be merry kind of day! Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Nora

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Our Holiday issue is here (Yay!!) — www.noramurphycountryhouse.com is the start of something wonderful! Holiday 2015 is a whole new look for us and a whole new experience for you. It’s our biggest issue ever, loaded with inspiration, tips, and more pages of the NMCH photography you’ve asked for – plus an absolutely fabulous new layout and,…

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Our newest and biggest Nora Murphy Country House issue is here tomorrow! This new Holiday issue is loaded with inspiration, tips, and pages of the NMCH photography you’ve told us you love– and our most exciting news yet: a whole new look for us, a whole new experience for you…now downloadable! Enjoy the snippets, and…

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“Here and there one sees the blush of wild rose haws or the warmth of orange fruit on the bittersweet, and back in the woods is the occasional twinkle of partridge berries. But they are the gem stones, the rare decorations which make the grays, the browns and the greens seem more quiet, more completely…

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While shooting at Trent DeBerry and Collin Robison’s beautiful home for the Autumn 2015 issue of Nora Murphy Country House, https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/autumn-2015/country-house-style/#.VkSqiaQzTtA, we got to talking about two of our shared loves; family and holiday traditions. Originally both from Texas, where Trent’s family can be traced back for many generations, food is a large part of…

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I realize I’m scooping my weekly Foodie Friday, but with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I figured you wouldn’t mind if I sprinkled in a few of my faves – like Julia’s Mashed Potatoes. I think that you’ll agree. Thanksgiving deserves the very best mashed potatoes – fluffy and buttery! The secret’s in using russet…

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“Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the…

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Decorating for Christmas wouldn’t be the same at Connecticut Country House without containers full of fragrant, blooming paperwhites. It takes about 4 to 5 weeks for these papery beauties to flower, so now’s the time to start potting them up. It’s easy. Choose a container – I love to set them into an assortment of…

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While shooting the fabulous home of my new friends, Trent DeBerry and Collin Robison, for the Autumn 2015 edition of Nora Murphy Country House, https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/autumn-2015/country-house-style/#.VkTOUaQzTtA, we were treated to the most glorious popovers I’ve ever had! When Texas natives Collin and Trent met, Collin was working at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, and the two would…

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We’re putting the finishing touches on our Holiday issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style online magazine. In it, I’ll be giving you a tour of my newly painted and re-styled home, Connecticut Country House (our summer long project), all decked out in holiday style. Here’s the back story… Last winter was not kind to…

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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis Our Connecticut Country House family honor all who have served or are serving now to keep us and our homes safe. Thank you so very much! Love, Nora

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“Reds, yellows and oranges conjure up sunlight and fire, while the blues and blue-greens evoke snow and ice, sea, sky and moonlight.” – Anonymous Autumn in Connecticut is always amazing, but this year I would vote it Best in Show! To keep the richness of the season going through to Thanksgiving, I decorate a favorite…

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Potting amaryllis bulbs is a perennial item on my getting ready to decorate for the holidays to do list. Depending upon the variety planted, it can take from five to eight weeks for the gorgeous flowers to emerge. So, if you want stunning blooms to add big, bold pretty to your house this Christmas, pot…

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Brighten the landscape for next spring by planting cheerful daffodil bulbs now! Choose a sunny spot. Areas that are normally shaded by deciduous trees are fair game. Freshly immerging leaves are too small to decrease the sunlight the growing plants crave. This opens up a lot of possibilities in the gardens of Connecticut Country House.…

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“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa I love this quote. It puts things into perspective for me, as I begin to think about preparing for Thanksgiving and Conor’s birthday this month. Whether I’m polishing silver, buying candles, ironing linens or ordering one…

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This was no ordinary shoot. Since the summer, we’ve been prepping Connecticut Country House for her debut in the November issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. The big push was on to finish up all of the painting and re-setting of the summer’s biggest project, Project Refresh, as I called it. The morning of the…

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