When I went to Brimfield a couple of weeks ago, I can’t tell you why, but I was attracted to everything blue. From the gorgeous saturated inky blues of hand woven textiles to the bright sky blues I found on buckets and painted canvases, any tint or tone of blue was fine by me. Happy…

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So happy to announce the winners of the Country Living Fair Weekend Passes Giveaway! Congratulations go to Anne Vradenburgh and Doreen! To everyone that entered, thank you! I loved reading about all your cherished finds, the stories behind them, and why you treasure them. They were all wonderful! To our lucky winners, Anne and Doreen,…

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Tick. Tick. Tick. . . . . . Just a few more hours left for a chance to win a pair of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair next weekend in Rhinebeck, NY. Here’s all you need to do: Via the Comments / Leave a Reply section of this blog post, tell me a…

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I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been invited to give a live demo at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) If you’re not familiar with the fair, I want you to be! It’s a wonderful 3-day event featuring great shopping, live entertainment, demonstrations, crazy…

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For me there’s nothing more honest and authentic than the weathered, timeworn quality of country baskets. There’s a wonderful sense of comfort in living with the old splint, distressed paint, and just plain old imperfections of these humble containers that were once used on a daily basis in everyday life. There was nothing decorative about…

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Every spring, I know it’s time to clean up the kitchen garden when I see the grassy bright green tufts of the chives poking through the soil. Chives are the first to come up in the garden, and definitely the very last to die back with the first hard frost in the late fall. No…

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I’m always on the lookout for adding to my collection of painted wooden sap buckets. These humble containers are my easy, go-to vessels for adding bold pops of color to any spot. By collecting these workhorses in multiple colors ­– tomato red, sunflower yellow, French blue gray, charcoal black and milky white, I have plenty…

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As BBQ season heats up, here’s a good little snippet to keep in mind when grilling assorted vegetables – cook like veggies on their own skewers. Thin-skinned grape tomatoes grill up much faster than sturdy red bell peppers and onions. By doing this, each type of vegetable can be cooked to their best without burning…

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Friend, journalist, news anchor and author Ann Nyberg has just penned a wonderful book about Connecticut’s born and bred, Katharine Hepburn. A decades long fan, Ann had read a lot about her. Even tried to interview her once, getting so far as short phone conversation, which was quite an accomplishment as Hepburn was famous for…

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My first Snowball Viburnum came from a local Mother’s Day fundraising plant sale. I liked the idea of having something fragrant growing by the stone walkway that led to the main entrance of our house, and with the promise of branches dotted with baby powder scented, snowball-like blooms that would last into the summer, I…

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While you may have the urge to roll up your sleeves and dig into spring cleaning, hold off on the windows. Best to wait until the trees are finished covering the world with yellow dust. In Connecticut, the pollen flies at this time of year! Have a sparkling day! Love, Nora

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For my fellow adoring, cajoling, multitasking, mama bear hugging, carpool bussing, cheerleading, cupcake making, Happy Birthday singing, boo-boo kissing, lullabye humming, storytelling, Go Fish playing, cookie baking, homework assisting, snack bringing, garden digging, flower arranging, morning waking, pancake flipping, morale boosting, bus awaiting, hardworking, and most of all caring moms…this flower is for you! Happy…

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Forever in search of images that capture “a moment,” I love digging into boxes of old photographs at flea markets and antique shows. Last year at Brimfield, armed with an extra dose of patience, and a large dollop of perseverance, I dug deep into a big plastic storage bin, painstakingly thumbing through a mother lode…

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One of my favorite flowering shrubs that are in bloom at Connecticut Country House, is a Bridal Veil Spirea. Also commonly known as Bridal Wreath Spirea, its graceful, arching branches are covered with a profusion of tiny, snowy, rose-like blossoms. I just love how wild and billowy it looks in the garden right now! After…

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My hometown, Fairfield, CT, where I grew up, has changed a bit over the years. It’s become more populated, busier, and the Mom and Pop shops frequented as a kid, now reside next door to bigger, corporate owned establishments. Despite the changes, one thing you can count on annually is the Greenfield Hill’s Dogwood Festival.…

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“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.” – Ellis Peters – I’m always amazed how quickly time flies once spring has begun. Every day a walk around the gardens reveals changes, new things to see, new things to appreciate. To keep track of all that makes you happy, click here, to download…

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