This is our Family Room – our kick-back, put your feet up, pull up a chair, TV watching, game playing, and spreading out family and friends hang-out. It’s a feel good space where I keep the decorating really simple and straightforward. What contributes to the comfy and happy vibe in here, is the art on…

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My dear friend Marlana Semenza, a talented photographer and stylist in North Carolina, is always searching for new inspiration. She found a treasure trove at her most recent discovery, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This historic public treasure, located on the West Campus of Duke University in Durham, spans 55 acres and is divided into…

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When I’m out and about at antique shows, flea markets and tag sales, I’m always on the lookout for stray dishes, bowls, and silverware. I’ve found great bargains on incomplete sets and pieces—odds and ends that are usually overlooked. After a little TLC, mixing in a few vintage finds with newer, everyday pieces, brings unique…

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One of my most cherished collections, these vintage fish plates are pure joy to build a table setting around. Each one, hand-painted and unique, depicts in beautiful detail, assorted fish, coral, seaweed and nautical-scapes. Antique gold deckled edges add a bit of sparkle, and their not quite round shape is fun to layer with larger,…

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Compost. Black Gold. My Papa swore by the stuff. The heartiness and scale of his kitchen garden was proof positive of its miraculous powers. Like father, like daughter, when we moved into our Connecticut Country House, we excitedly set up our compost bin. Neighboring the spot was a sad bit of a stick of forsythia.…

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I wish that you could smell this image! Nothing beats the bright scent of freshly cut lemons. A staple at Connecticut Country House, these beauties are incredibly useful in and outside the kitchen. Here are my 5 favorite lemon tips: To get the most out of a lemon, roll it on a hard surface with…

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Weekends are just the best! I hope that you’re able to carve out some time for yourself and sit down with our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House. Brimming with our favorite photography and practical snippets of decorating, gardening and entertaining info, it’s a wonderful way to jumpstart the weekend! Enjoy! Love, Nora

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Being die hard Jamie Oliver fans, we recently pulled out our copy of Jamie’s Italy cookbook in search of a soul satisfying recipe to warm us up on a raw, early spring day. As Murph and I were thoroughly enjoying this dish, we also imagined it being served during warmer weather, prepared with super fresh…

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I’ve always loved the romantic look of glass cloches in historical European herb gardens. From the French word meaning bell, cloche (pronounced klōSH) are a practical and beautiful way to extend an already too short growing season. Placed over emerging seedlings and tender plants, like my cilantro and sweet marjoram, they warm up the soil…

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When arranging accessories, it’s important to step back and take an overall look at “the big picture”. While styling the back entryway, I wanted something Spring-y to welcome all who entered. Forsythia. A big bunch of tall, free form branches arranged in a sleek, modern glass vase was just what the area needed. Placed offset,…

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Sunday, April 10th is opening day for the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, CT. Whether you’re a flea market aficionado or just a casual shopper, it’s always a wonderful place to poke around, hunt for treasures and practice “outside the box” thinking.   Flea Market Preparedness Plan Weather appropriate clothing. Think layers. Sunscreen.…

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Skip the platter at your next shindig and reach for a glass! A pretty way to present and serve up crudités at your next gathering is by putting your juice glasses into service. Place a dollop of your favorite dip or salad dressing into the bottom of individual clear containers. (I just love the versatility…

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Set against a sparkling clear sky, a Saucer Magnolia in full bloom is a spectacular sight. One of the earliest trees to flower at Connecticut Country House, it’s covered in romantic blossoms in shades of creamy white, blush pink and magenta. After a long New England winter, it’s just breathtaking. Happy Spring! Love, Nora

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I’ve never met a tartan umbrella I didn’t love. Popping one open to fend off raindrops is a surefire way to brighten a dreary day. To keep them at the ready, I have my collection simply tucked into a green painted tole bucket stored at the back door. It’s a colorful style statement that is…

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I woke up a bit disoriented this morning. Not quite awake, I heard the wind whipping around as loud as a freight train. I mustered up the courage and peeped out of hooded lids. The light in the bedroom seemed extra bright. Snow. It took me a minute to do a mental check. Oh yeah,…

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In Redding, CT, one of the most beautiful sights that I look forward to seeing each spring, is a local landmark, a large field that perennially brims with gorgeous, blooming daffodils. After years of doing drive-bys, I finally decided to pull over to take a closer look. Property owner, 99-year old Bud McQuade, waved me…

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