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 like a lot, but it really is simple. Design the “rooms” to be inviting, comfortable and beautiful.

The West Patio is surrounded by beds of billowy fairy roses, fragrant Russian sage and emerald English ivy. A mandevilla plant, with dark green glossy leaves and hot pink blooms, grows in a whitewashed, rectangular wooden container. Trained to vine its way up a trellis, it brings height, form and color to an otherwise ordinary, small side wall.

Two bay laurel topiaries, in mossy clay pots, enjoy warm temperatures and spend their summer vacation outside. (In winter, due to the cold temps, they reside indoors.) Flanking the doors to the family room, they provide an elegant focal point to this entrance.

The baby boxwoods in the bay window, an extension of the space, do a great job of blurring the lines between indoors and out.

And lastly, a pair of whitewashed Adirondack chairs, positioned close together, anchors the center of the patio. This spot, possibly my favorite area in this outdoor room, is where Murph and I catch up at the end of the day, recharge our batteries and watch the sky turn into all kinds of gorgeousness as the sun sets.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Victoria on September 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely…

  2. Deanna Rabe on September 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    It’s a lovely space, Nora. I’d love to sit and look at the night sky from that space. My husband and I do deck dates in nice weather. Evening into night time is our favorite time, to sit and talk and watch planes, satellites, stars, planets and the moon.

  3. Nan, Odessa, DE on September 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Just lovely. I saw those boxwood peeking out! What sun will that window receive?
    What is the wood used in the window box?
    Show us some more old door space, plèase.
    I am your biggest fan and like every thing you share.

  4. Ann LaFortune on September 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    What a lovely and relaxing spot! Your home is my “dream” home 🙂 Aching to get back to New England…at least for part of the year 🙂

  5. Christine on September 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    lovely, Nora…how I love your home and all that you inspire!
    Your west side is just beautiful!

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