Our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House, has arrived! We’ve created 200+ pages (274 to be exact!) filled with our original, beautiful photography and smart, new decorating, gardening, and entertaining tips that I hope you’ll be inspired by. Please go to noramurphycountryhouse.com and view our fabulous new magazine! Welcome to the Connecticut Country House…

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We are big Jamie Oliver fans. Catching him on PBS years ago, we found his cooking style and demeanor both inviting and irresistible. Any dish he concocts seems so easy to make, and we get such a kick from his wonderful Britishisms. Forget exact measurements with Jamie, as his “two glugs of olive oil,” or…

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January is a great month for kicking back by the fire and pouring over seed catalogs. By February, their pages are soft and dog-eared. I’m full of inspiration and chomping at the bit to get started, but, in these parts, Mother Nature isn’t quite ready for me to dig in the dirt yet, so I…

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Before the days of virtual pinning on Pinterest, I learned the technique of actual pinning during my days at Ralph Lauren. Twice a week, my team met with Ralph to present new lifestyle ideas for The Home Collection. Armed with a full box of T-pins, up went magazine tear sheets of fabulous, faraway places, articles…

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When you walk into the foyer of Connecticut Country House, one of the first things you’ll notice is my beloved eighteenth-century corner cabinet. Within it (and now also around it) is an ever-changing, mini natural history exhibit of treasured finds. What started as a love and appreciation for the form and beauty of natural objects,…

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About four years ago, dear friends of mine gave me this wonderful pair of myrtle topiaries. Now double their original size, they’re thriving nicely. I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets: I keep them in a cool spot with bright, indirect light. I try and place them in the same sun exposure all…

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It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m reminded that what really makes Connecticut Country House a wonderful place to be, isn’t what’s on the walls, placed underfoot or collected from an antiques shop. It’s a vibe. A good, warm your heart to the core, welcoming, soul hugging feeling. It’s my hope, that whether you physically walk through…

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My cousin Judy is famous for her baking skills. A while back, she taught me how to make her rendition of classic Linzer cookies. A favorite at Connecticut Country House, this recipe was the perfect choice to bake in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Little heart cutouts offer a peek at the sweet red raspberry preserves…

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Using white plates is standard fare at Connecticut Country House. White forms, in all various shapes and sizes, adds a fresh and modern POV to any table setting. Whether used as a foundation, or as a layered accent alongside patterned plates, these simple yet graphic attention grabbers are far from boring. Having a good variety…

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Conveniently located at the end of the gallery of Connecticut Country House is a small bathroom. Despite its petite proportions, it’s a full bath that has everything you need. The vanity is an old cupboard the former owner retrofitted to allow for plumbing and the installation of a porcelain sink. Because the wonderful brass bar…

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Today’s the final day to cast your vote for Connecticut Country House for BEST OVERALL DESIGN BLOG Hall of Fame Award for this year’s Design Bloggers Conference! If you’ve been meaning to do so, here’s the link to vote: http://design-bloggers-conference.com/hall-of-fame-awards/ I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support of…

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When the snow is covering the ground, and the plows haven’t been through, sometimes it’s the best time to get cozy, kick back and catch up on a little light reading. If you have a hankering for design inspiration and fabulous recipes, or just craving eye candy (our photography is all our own), dive into…

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People often ask me what my special secret is for keeping plants happy and healthy indoors during the cold winter months. My approach to their care is quite simple: Provide them with lots of bright light. Water well when they’re almost dried out. The way I test is by poking my thumb and forefinger down…

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Winter always makes me look forward to the upcoming year. The sheer anticipation of what lies ahead makes me happy. Think: kid + birthday = joy, kind of happy. While it’s still a work in progress (over 200 pages of style tips and zero calorie eye candy), I’m thrilled to share a glimpse into the…

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Interior design sounds…imposing to a lot of people. If you think design is beyond you, I have one question: Do you like fresh flowers? Of course you do! Cheerful or romantic or exotic or rustic—flowers are an instant mood changer. They add color, texture, maybe even mass, like armloads of forsythia in an overscaled glass…

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