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 a wonderful, relaxed, summery look and vibe.

For the shoot, I wanted flowers that would provide pops of color and add cottage charm. A trip to the nursery was all it took to find exactly what I needed. Delphinium plants. Showy, spiky, old-fashioned blooms in all manner of shades of cool blues – dark and inky, vivid cobalt, soft sky and everything in-between. I guess that like minds do think alike, because Stacy Kunstel, the photo stylist for the shoot, surprised me with floral buckets towering with, you guessed it, stems of cut delphinium!

Putting into service some of my favorite containers – an old mossy concrete planter with a lovely garden lattice pattern, creamy Guy Wolff clay pots, and a large, somewhat wonky wooden planter, I placed the plants into their new homes and covered the soil with velvety, dark green moss freshly harvested from the yard. The cut delphinium stems, gathered and placed in the over-sized glass vase, that normally shows off my beachcombing bounty, made one humongous, statement making bouquet!

The combination of using both potted and cut flowers throughout Connecticut County House is what my summer decorating is all about!

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Garden, Home and Party on July 27, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Love delphinium and mine are in their second bloom and look even fuller and much taller than the first. Can’t wait to see the winter issue of Country Living with photographs of your wonderful home.

  2. Sharon on July 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    These photos look beautiful! So happy to hear that Connecticut Country House will appear in the Winter 2017 issue of Country Home! Very exciting!

  3. Cheryl on July 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    So pretty! Love the shades of blues with all the white. Looking for ward to the Country House issue.

  4. Linda Hartman on July 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Nora, busy lady that you are you somehow manage to publish frequent glimpses of your delightful country style that always delight, inspire, and provide a welcome time out and get-away to CCH. Ever grateful.

    • Nora on August 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      So happy you’re enjoying! Thank very much Linda! Love, Nora

  5. Allison on July 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Everything you touch just comes out beautiful! Thank you for all the eye candy!

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