Cool morning temps at Connecticut Country House are becoming a clearer sign that it’s almost time to hang-up the summer clothes. The crisp, crumply linens, the soft sun-bleached cottons, and the wonky brimmed straw hats are what makes summer – well, summer! The minute they play second fiddle in my closet to the army of…

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The Summer Room (formerly known as the parlor/sitting room) is one of the smallest rooms in Connecticut Country House. No matter the size, this wee space still packs a pretty punch! My collection of old shells and coral were impactful all on their own tucked and simply styled into the over mantle nooks, but when…

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This all-American vintage fruit-picking bucket gets a lovely French twist with the addition of small pots of lavender. Lined with a disposable foil loaf pan and tucked in so not to see the plastic pots, I love how the soft green foliage and hue of the spires looks with the patina of the galvanized metal.…

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Go ahead. Peek inside. Look around. From every angle, you’ll see something different. This new, lidded seeded glass jar is the perfect catchall for displaying special little tidbits. Old photos, labels, Conor’s childhood handiwork, dried bits and collected mementos create a kaleidoscope of memories at every turn. Happy collecting! Love, Nora

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My decorating motto is “Keep it simple”. Marrying unusual forms can make an everyday common spot a little more interesting. I love the scale and graphic nature of this hand-lettered sign I found at the flea market. The undulating curves of the crown and base echo the natural scalloped form of an ancient, gigantic clamshell.…

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This antique French hanging basket gets a makeover with every season. At the moment, Russian sage is making a big ethereal statement in the gallery. Brimming with elegant silvery green aromatic spires of lavender-blue tubular flowers – 8 one-gallon nursery pots, if you’re counting – the potted plants were too heavy for the basket. To…

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A small, sun filled space near the entryway and right off the Family Room, is our go-to spot for keeping what we need to head out the door. Because the space is tiny, organization is simple, but key. A clever coat rack fashioned from iron horse shoes is sturdy and keeps our raincoats, sweatshirts, straw…

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My arugula crop is a kitchen garden success! Planted in early spring, the seeds have sprouted and the dandelion-like leaves have provided a peppery bite to our sandwiches and salads for weeks. Like lettuces, the plants prefer cool temperatures. Now that it’s warm, the arugula, also know as rocket in some regions, has bolted. Tall…

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Grouping items together that share a similar theme is a simple way to create an impactful display. In The Coop, our master bedroom, using a classic whale motif, I’ve paired and placed a weather-beaten wood sculpture, over an early 19th century engraving. The whale theme, combined with the muted gray color of the sculpture and…

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At Connecticut Country House, we welcome tomato season every year with open arms and mouths. Freshly picked tomatoes from the kitchen garden are quickly incorporated into all manner of deliciousness. Whether tossed into a crisp and refreshing garden salad, incorporated into a fabulous Caprese Salad, or a savory Oven-Roasted Tomato Spread, these garden stars always…

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Rope napkin rings, reminiscent of a sailor’s knot, will give any table setting an understated nod to the sea. I love the warm natural color and texture of the stray sisal fibers. I hit the jackpot and found a dozen of these in a clearance bin at Michael’s Craft Store. A classic design is always…

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Uniformly clipped baby boxwoods, lined up in an old wooden window box, blur the line between inside and out. Placed in the large bay window of the family room, it’s a simple way to add a touch of elegance to the space and does a great job of drawing the eye to the gardens beyond…

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Sometimes the simplest of things makes the most beautiful seasonal statement. Summer fruits like nectarines, peaches and melons keep it colorful and fresh! Make the most of summer! Love, Nora

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While my husband Rick, a.k.a. Murph, reigns supreme over the barbecue year round, in my mind, the technique of grilling, combined with the flavor of grilled foods, perfectly captures the ease and essence of summertime cooking. Here’s a family favorite that’s both simple and delicious. Enjoy! Love, Nora Quick Barbecued Shrimp Ingredients: 1 lb. large…

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I’m a big fan of a Portland, Maine company called Sea Bags. It started a few years ago, with a bag that I bought while vacationing in Cape Cod, MA. It was white with a big, nautical blue, number 4 stitched on the front. I loved its clean design and graphic look. The next purchase,…

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One of the many things that I love about living in Connecticut, are the noticeable month-to-month changes. Plants that were set and seeds that were planted, seemingly like it was yesterday, are now supplying us with a gratifying abundance of fresh produce. A step outside on a hot, humid August day and I’m greeted by…

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