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 I tried something new by adding a little antique gilding to the mix, it elevated the look to a more elegant level. The nautical nature of the antique cod weathervane from Dennis, MA, and the Kolene Spicher painting of the nineteenth century sailor boy from Nantucket really sealed the deal! I love the juxtaposition of nature and handmade fanciful art forms.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Sharon on August 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Love it! Looks great!

  2. Garden, Home and Party on August 29, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I love the touches of gold. The little painting is charming and the details on the wall lantern are lovely.
    Such a pretty room.

  3. Cheryl on August 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Is that coral on the bottom left? I’ve never seen anything like that.

  4. Victoria on August 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Perfect! Might I add I have adored those cupboards above your fireplace. I am not a big screen above the fireplace kind girl. This suit me to a tee.
    Total left turn finally picked up a copy of Ethan Allen’s Muse last week. Your fingerprints are all over this Miss Nora. ( as we fondly address women in the South????)

    • Nora on August 31, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Hi Victoria! Me too! And so happy you have a Muses book…yay!! I loved working on that project….so glad you like it. Thanks very much Victoria! Love, Miss Nora 🙂

  5. Marylyn on September 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love the cupboard and your collections…love your home and all the ‘white’…and I know Kolene
    personally…her talent is amazing!!

  6. Allison on September 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I have always loved and admired the Summer Room in this beautiful home. I love the newly added golden touches. Gives the space a little glow. Simply beautiful.

  7. Carolyn on September 23, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Love this look for summer. Can’t wait to see what you do with this for fall and winter. I truly hate a tv above a fireplace it take zero talent and imagination to do that I like things that take a little imagination. Lol

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