Last week, we posted our Mood/Inspiration Board video. So I thought it’s only natural to post the finished board. My process? Simple. As we head into each new season, I make it my practice to create a mood/inspiration board for myself. Throughout the year as I see things that have a new feel for an…

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As I sat with my seed catalogs in the bitter cold of January, my thoughts were of warm late summer days and reaping the rewards of my carefully crafted orders. Now that it’s mid-September, my thoughts have a bit of a different focus. What on earth to do with all this gorgeous produce! Sometimes you…

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My very favorite pair of scissors is my ancient orange handled Fiskars – The Original. They’ve been knocking around in the kitchen’s junk drawer forever. So when I went to the Bloggers Conference earlier this year, it was the Fiskars table that got my attention. Beautifully displayed and seriously sharp cutting tools of various shapes,…

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Tumbling over the stone wall in front of Connecticut Country House is one very happy Sweet Autumn Clematis. When I admire the drifts of tiny, snow-white blooms, it’s hard to imagine that a one-gallon nursery pot, (click here for baby pics and blog post) began its humble beginnings tucked inside a big old hanging basket…

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From early spring into late fall, we crave spending time outdoors. The patios at Connecticut Country House serve as natural extensions of the interior spaces. My approach to arranging these areas is just like how I design my rooms. I consider the scale of the space, height, windows, walls, form, function, texture and color. Sounds…

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It was love at first sight and snip! Whether I’m giving my rosemary topiaries a haircut, just snipping a couple of fragrant branches to cook with, or adding a touch of evergreen pretty to a platter, I love my Fiskars Softgrip® Micro-Tip® Pruning Snip. Quite the impressive name for such an efficient and compactly designed…

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From ear to ear I grin. Daily. I love this time of year. Each trip to the kitchen garden reveals something ripe and ready to be picked. The tomato crop in particular, has been satisfyingly prolific. While we whole-heartedly embrace the short-lived decadence of eating these still warm from the sun, juicy gems fresh, oven…

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I’m incredibly honored that Country Living magazine featured an article based on the simple style snippets that I presented at their 2016 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. For those who couldn’t attend this fabulous gathering of like-minded souls, you must put it on your to-do list for next year! In the meantime, check out…

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This may look like one of those 5,000 piece mind-boggling puzzles, but it isn’t. It’s just a sampling of all we have discovered around the property of this old 1767 Connecticut Country House. This past weekend was no exception, with porcelain shards sprinkled at the base of a 100+ year old Maple tree in the…

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I swear that it was just yesterday that I was welcoming August, and now, in what seems like in the blink of an eye, it has come and gone. Murph is back in the classroom, and after many loads of laundry, and more than a few trips to more than one store, Conor is ready…

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