I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like to see and help themselves to a beautifully presented cheeseboard. A collection of delicious nibbles – cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts and wafer thin slices of cured meats, is a wonderful way to get a party started. It isn’t difficult to get gorgeous results. It’s just a…

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From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at Nora Murphy Country House wish you a most beautiful holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Love, Nora & the Country House gang

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Thanks to my beautiful French friend, Bernadette, we had the great pleasure of indulging in her freshly baked New York Times version of classic (and decadent) Toffee Bars! While these bars have nothing to do with her French heritage, I mention it because when it comes to anything delicious and special, it seems to me…

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How great is this wine bag from Sea Bags! Handcrafted from re-purposed sails in Portland, Maine, I just love the bold and festive CHEERS graphic and the very clever recycled gift tag/travel log to keep track of where the bag has been. Our friends at Sea Bags are generously allowing me the opportunity to help…

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You’ve got your packages all wrapped, tied ‘em all up with festive ribbon, and now’s the time to add the perfect finishing touch that’ll let everyone know who love’s them! To get you started, click here to print out our Nora Murphy Country House exclusive FREE holiday gift tags from our Christmas Country House Style…

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Wrapping up hostess gifts couldn’t be simpler as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. With a few common items you may already have on hand, it’s easy to create beautiful packages perfect for bringing along to your next holiday party. Happy gift giving! Love, Nora

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When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer for WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me what I thought viewers might be interested in watching in December, I immediately thought of two things that I know are at the top of my brain this time of year: decking out the house with fresh greens and gift-wrapping. My next thought…

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I was thrilled to welcome, as was Martha Luther King, our far from camera shy cat, Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut to Connecticut Country House! I had a wonderful time showing him just how incredibly easy it is to embellish basic, store bought greens with snippets from the garden to create lush garlands and…

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Greetings friends, and welcome to the holidays at Connecticut Country House! Our online magazine, Nora Murphy Country House Style, Holiday 2016 is finally here! I never know, year to year, what exactly that’s going to look like – that’s part of the fun! So please enjoy! Love, Nora

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I’m honored to be a guest blogger for Country Curtain’s Home & Happiness blog, and to be part of their Home For The Holidays Giveaway! Since every room at Connecticut Country House is getting decked out for the holidays, and as a lover of matelasse and buffalo checks, dressing my bed in Country Curtains classics…

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December is here and I just want to say that we’re in full-blown, getting ready for the holidays mode at Connecticut Country House! I’m happy to say that over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing all kinds of goodies with you. Until then, to get your computer spiffed up for the holidays (or have…

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I love spicy scents for the holidays, and making clove-studded orange pomanders is one of my favorites. For some of us who have a hard time sitting still watching TV (that would be me), poking cloves into an orange is the perfect way to keep my hands busy and get another “to-do” checked off my…

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Thanksgiving Day is all about being grateful. Thank you for joining me on this Country House journey, and sharing your passion for family and home. It means the world to me. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving! Love, Nora

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With so much focus going into food prep for tomorrow, here’s a fabulous last minute holiday decorating tip that I swear by. If you have bittersweet growing wild in your neighborhood like I do, a couple of long branches go a long way. Just snip a few viney branches to be as long as you…

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Two fabulous Cranberry Sauce recipes from two different regions of the country: The first is a quintessential New England Cranberry Sauce I make every year that’s inspired by a beautiful restaurant on Nantucket, 21 Federal. As I’m cooking up this sauce, I can’t help but be in a Nantucket state of mind. The second is…

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Some traditions are hard to improve upon, and our Thanksgiving Day turkey with dressing happens to be one of those things. Why mess with a really good thing? Connecticut Country House Roasted Turkey One turkey; brand and size of your liking (we here at Country House prefer a fresh, organic bird if at all possible;…

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For my latest segment on WFSB’s Better Connecticut, as their new Lifestyle contributor, I had a great time designing a holiday table with a beautiful autumnal look that’s just perfect for Thanksgiving. I think it’s one of my new favorites! In the studio, the Ethan Allen Cameron Dining Table was the perfect size to accommodate…

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I love setting a table. I love setting a table with beautiful collections. My table settings range in style and substance – anything found in nature mixed with the beautiful craftsmanship of Simon Pearce’s tabletop collection and Ethan Allen’s Cameron Table. Handmade, classic forms are always a pleasure to work with! Here’s my second Better…

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Over a year ago on Cape Cod, I stumbled upon Sea Bags’ Anchor placemats. What a fabulous surprise that was! I had been a Sea Bags lover (and proud owner) of their recycled sail handbags for years, and had no idea that they had branched out to making tabletop goods. The Anchor placemats were the…

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It seems like the most vibrant fall foliage is in November. Here at Connecticut Country House, we’re surrounded by woods, so every woody plant from maples to shrubby spireas are at their gorgeous peak of color. Cut a branch or two and bring that dramatic color inside! Remember to smash the ends with a hammer,…

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A quick and easy lesson from “Slipcover Sally” Newhart demonstrates just how simple it is to tie bows that are consistent for all my freshly cloaked upholstery. To see more about the beautiful slipcovers we collaborated on for Project Refresh, visit the Nora Murphy Country House Design Issue 2016. Have fun practicing your bow-tying! Love,…

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Autumn leaves still clinging to their branches, offer a golden cast to the trees as the sun dips down earlier and earlier each night. The kitchen garden, after giving us her blessed all, is a work in progress in getting her cleaned up and finally put to bed. Evenings, I now crave soul-satisfying comfort foods like…

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Here’s a little something from our Nora Murphy Country House library that I thought may just help put you in the spirit (ha-ha) today! Click here and enjoy! Happy Halloween! Love, Nora

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Whether getting the gardens ready for spring or prepping for the holidays, now is the time to get planting for gorgeous blooms! I had a great time in the WFSB 3 Connecticut studio, with the hosts of Better Connecticut, Kara Sundlun and Mark Zinni. (They are just lovely!) As their new contributor for ‘Better Living’…

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My Connecticut Country House is a house for all seasons—quite simply because we keep in time with the rhythm of the seasons. It’s a good way to live. Harvest gives us a good reason to celebrate and decorate with what’s in season now. A great big bowl, basket, and platter filled with just picked apples…

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