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 Connecticut Country House. Ice dams caused extensive damage to the walls and ceilings of our dining room, gallery and kitchen. We needed help. In addition to the interior work, the roof also needed to be repaired and re-shingled. It was the perfect time to add, the often dreamed about skylight, that would allow more glorious sunlight into the kitchen. Our mission to have our home simply repaired, quickly snowballed into Project Refresh.

To be honest, I’ve had the itch to do something like this for a while. Whether it was because Conor was going off to college, or because I’m a designer and crave reswizzling, I just felt that it was time for a change.

A clean slate, really. It had to be light and bright. “Paint it out white!” I sang in my head.  The chalky white of my seashell and coral collections kept drawing my eye, so we chose Benjamin Moore, Cloud Nine for the walls and ceilings, and Benjamin Moore, French Canvas for the trim and doors. Admittedly, the names sealed the deal for me!

And then, when the painting was done, I felt that the last thing I wanted to do, was to clutter up these light, bright spaces again. It took some time to edit, but only our most beloved pieces made the cut.

Now that the dust has settled, I step back and I’m incredibly happy. It looks really good, and it feels really good. It’s as if we’ve created more flexible and functional spaces to live and entertain in.

I can’t wait to show you how I decorate my fresh Connecticut Country House for the holidays!

Love, Nora

  • Nan, Odessa, DE says:
    November 12, 2015 at 9:07 am Reply

    And we are waiting breathlessly to see!
    So enjoy your post.

  • I’m sure it’s even prettier than before. I’ve been on the same mission. I’m not sure what exactly brought on my change. The desire for calm? Can’t wait to see the big reveal!

  • It’s kinda silly how excited I am to see your Holiday issue and your beautiful home. You inspire me so much.

  • You are such a tease Nora! We want to see more! Looking forward to the Holiday issue.

  • Gayle Schneider says:
    November 26, 2015 at 12:08 am Reply

    Have just seen your new & improved NM Connecticut Country House Holiday Issue – Worth the Wait! Thank you for sharing such wonderful, genuine joy filled inspiration, truly. Be Blessed this Thanksgiving & Christmas!

  • Maryann Steffe says:
    October 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Your country house is beautiful and filled with so much inspiration. In your recent reveal post you indicated you painted the coop in BM French Canvas. Is that the same color used in the new family hub and other areas of the house? If not, can you provide the color used?

    ]Thank you.

    • Hi Maryann! Yes, the Coop is all Benjamin Moore French Canvas, as well as the Dining Room. The other rooms of the house is BM Cloud Nine for walls, and BM French Canvas all trim and doors.
      Hope this helps! Thanks very much Maryann! Love, Nora

  • Debbie Francis says:
    October 31, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Thank you. Can you share information about the black Windsor chairs. LOVE them. House looks beautiful.

  • Beautiful. Would love to know where I can find this light above the table.

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