Here’s a little something from our Nora Murphy Country House library that I thought may just help put you in the spirit (ha-ha) today! Click here and enjoy! Happy Halloween! Love, Nora

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Whether getting the gardens ready for spring or prepping for the holidays, now is the time to get planting for gorgeous blooms! I had a great time in the WFSB 3 Connecticut studio, with the hosts of Better Connecticut, Kara Sundlun and Mark Zinni. (They are just lovely!) As their new contributor for ‘Better Living’…

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My Connecticut Country House is a house for all seasons—quite simply because we keep in time with the rhythm of the seasons. It’s a good way to live. Harvest gives us a good reason to celebrate and decorate with what’s in season now. A great big bowl, basket, and platter filled with just picked apples…

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One of the most impactful transformations made during Project Refresh was creating fresh new cotton denim outfits for each piece of upholstery. My dear friend Sally Newhart – who I affectionately refer to as Slipcover Sally ­– and I had a great time putting our heads together on the makeover. I knew what I envisioned…

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I’ve been a Sea Bags girl for many years. Handcrafted from recycled sails on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine, I just love that they once had a life on the water, and now have been re-swizzled to take on new lives as versatile, durable products for the home. When I saw their latest Halloween…

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While pops of black add a modern, graphic note to the freshly painted white rooms of Connecticut Country House, touches of warm gray, a wonderful neutral, add a soft sophistication and a soothing sense of calm. Elements of silvery weathered wood, and the baskets in particular, give the spaces an outdoor garden vibe that I…

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During the course of Project Refresh, I edited, pared down and simplified, with my mantra being, less is more. But, I have to admit that sometimes, when it comes to setting a table, I just have to have layers! Inspired by a fresh, new color palette of white walls and a soothing driftwood gray reminiscent…

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When I designed The Coop’s library wall, I knew I wanted something simple, strong and utilitarian ­­­­­– like the shelving from a century-old general store – and something large enough to house our ever-growing book collection. Built floor to ceiling, the height of the shelves are spaced far enough apart to accommodate large-scale tomes, and…

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Welcome to the Design Issue: an up-close and personal look at a transformation a year in the making — the one we called Project Refresh. Project Refresh was born in spring 2015, though I didn’t know it. I planned to change one room. One. Fast-forward a year, and not a room on the first floor…

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We’re putting the finishing touches on something very dear and personal to me. It’s our all new Nora Murphy Country House Style emagazine…AND it’s going live tomorrow! See you tomorrow dear friends. I can’t wait to share it with you! Love, Nora  

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There’s a spot in my kitchen, on the counter right next to the stove where I always lean a favorite framed antique print. It’s an unexpected touch that adds a little elegance to my country kitchen and can be changed up each season. Happy styling! Love, Nora      

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“Mums” are the word this season – and so are cabbages! Ornamental cabbages are beautiful, hearty, and inexpensive plants that have a lot of “wow” to them, whether they’re planted in a grouping or just solo. On my last run to the farm stand, this one little cabbage caught my eye. It was perfect; soft…

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For me, October 1st really, truly is the 1st day of fall. Here in Connecticut, October is quintessential New England. The air gets brisk and crisp, the farmstands are abundant with gorgeous apples, pumpkins and mums, and our walks get more and more awesome as we’re surrounded by the brilliantly colored leaves on (and off)…

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