I love spicy scents for the holidays, and making clove-studded orange pomanders is one of my favorites. For some of us who have a hard time sitting still watching TV (that would be me), poking cloves into an orange is the perfect way to keep my hands busy and get another “to-do” checked off my…

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Thanksgiving Day is all about being grateful. Thank you for joining me on this Country House journey, and sharing your passion for family and home. It means the world to me. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving! Love, Nora

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With so much focus going into food prep for tomorrow, here’s a fabulous last minute holiday decorating tip that I swear by. If you have bittersweet growing wild in your neighborhood like I do, a couple of long branches go a long way. Just snip a few viney branches to be as long as you…

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Two fabulous Cranberry Sauce recipes from two different regions of the country: The first is a quintessential New England Cranberry Sauce I make every year that’s inspired by a beautiful restaurant on Nantucket, 21 Federal. As I’m cooking up this sauce, I can’t help but be in a Nantucket state of mind. The second is…

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Some traditions are hard to improve upon, and our Thanksgiving Day turkey with dressing happens to be one of those things. Why mess with a really good thing? Connecticut Country House Roasted Turkey One turkey; brand and size of your liking (we here at Country House prefer a fresh, organic bird if at all possible;…

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For my latest segment on WFSB’s Better Connecticut, as their new Lifestyle contributor, I had a great time designing a holiday table with a beautiful autumnal look that’s just perfect for Thanksgiving. I think it’s one of my new favorites! In the studio, the Ethan Allen Cameron Dining Table was the perfect size to accommodate…

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I love setting a table. I love setting a table with beautiful collections. My table settings range in style and substance – anything found in nature mixed with the beautiful craftsmanship of Simon Pearce’s tabletop collection and Ethan Allen’s Cameron Table. Handmade, classic forms are always a pleasure to work with! Here’s my second Better…

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Over a year ago on Cape Cod, I stumbled upon Sea Bags’ Anchor placemats. What a fabulous surprise that was! I had been a Sea Bags lover (and proud owner) of their recycled sail handbags for years, and had no idea that they had branched out to making tabletop goods. The Anchor placemats were the…

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It seems like the most vibrant fall foliage is in November. Here at Connecticut Country House, we’re surrounded by woods, so every woody plant from maples to shrubby spireas are at their gorgeous peak of color. Cut a branch or two and bring that dramatic color inside! Remember to smash the ends with a hammer,…

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A quick and easy lesson from “Slipcover Sally” Newhart demonstrates just how simple it is to tie bows that are consistent for all my freshly cloaked upholstery. To see more about the beautiful slipcovers we collaborated on for Project Refresh, visit the Nora Murphy Country House Design Issue 2016. Have fun practicing your bow-tying! Love,…

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Autumn leaves still clinging to their branches, offer a golden cast to the trees as the sun dips down earlier and earlier each night. The kitchen garden, after giving us her blessed all, is a work in progress in getting her cleaned up and finally put to bed. Evenings, I now crave soul-satisfying comfort foods like…

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