As a year round, die-hard gardener, I can’t resist a vintage copper watering can. Any shape. Any size. I am not shy about owning more than one. Having an assortment allows me the ability to choose the right can for the right job. If I had to play favorites, my indoor go-to can, has a…

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Connecticut Country House has been going through a re-do since last summer – I call it ‘Project Refresh’. The walls, ceiling, and trim were painted in shades of warm white with Benjamin Moore Cloud 9 and French Canvas. With those areas freshly covered, the remaining large areas that needed lightening up were the floors. Most…

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Country Home magazine was here recently, photographing Connecticut Country House for their upcoming Winter 2017 issue. It was a great opportunity to showcase the light and airy results of our Project Refresh. With the rooms revitalized with fresh white paint and the upholstery dressed in a new wardrobe of white cotton denim slipcovers, it has…

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Switch out the contents of your hearthside wood basket with driftwood this summer. I just love the light look of the sun-bleached silvery gray color and the sea-worn smooth texture. Seek on your next beach combing or riverside adventure for an assortment of free pieces. If you want the look without the thrill of the…

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While vacationing on Cape Cod a few years ago, the small cottage we rented came complete with a tiny herb garden abundant with fragrant oregano. Paired with freshly picked yellow squash from the Orlean’s Farmer’s Market, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt, pepper and placed on the grill, the delicious results perfectly captured…

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When in Nantucket, I love to wake up early, grab a freshly brewed cup of coffee, a bucket and head out the door for some beachcombing. This is a peaceful time for me, when I can clear my head, smell the briny air, feel the cool wet sand underfoot and the warming sun at my…

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I always try to see the beauty in all things, even when they’re in their most challenging, down and out state. Great bones are just that. . . .great! This past spring, when I was poking around The Brimfield Antique Show, I found an old pair of distressed wooden chairs from Century Furniture. While they…

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My kitchen garden is my happy place. It’s my baby. I’m drawn to open the picketed gate every day. Not because I have to check on it, but because I want to. I’m enchanted by the magic of putting seeds into the earth and growing plants. I look forward to seeing how things are coming…

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While on vacation in Nantucket, one of my favorite ways to embrace the end of a summer day, is with a waterside, sunset on the beach picnic with my boys. Nothing fancy here. Just a simple dinner of Coal Roasted Garlic with a loaf of crusty bread and a plate of Caprese Salad, made from…

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The past 2 weeks have been a complete whirlwind of activity! One moment we’re setting Connecticut Country House back to rights after Project Refresh, Part 2, then prepping and putting our best face forward for The Newtown Historical House & Garden Tour, immediately followed by getting up at oh dark thirty the next morning to…

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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James Happy July 4th dear friends! Wishing you a wonderful, kick-back kind of day filled with friends and family! Love, Nora

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At Connecticut Country House there’s so much to do, to celebrate, to be grateful for during the month of July. Welcoming the warm weather. Picking perfectly ripe, juicy, flavorful berries right off the plants – two for me, one for the basket. Creating big beautiful bouquets from a bounty of blooms from the garden. Fourth…

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