I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like to see and help themselves to a beautifully presented cheeseboard. A collection of delicious nibbles – cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts and wafer thin slices of cured meats, is a wonderful way to get a party started. It isn’t difficult to get gorgeous results. It’s just a…

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From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at Nora Murphy Country House wish you a most beautiful holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Love, Nora & the Country House gang

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Thanks to my beautiful French friend, Bernadette, we had the great pleasure of indulging in her freshly baked New York Times version of classic (and decadent) Toffee Bars! While these bars have nothing to do with her French heritage, I mention it because when it comes to anything delicious and special, it seems to me…

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How great is this wine bag from Sea Bags! Handcrafted from re-purposed sails in Portland, Maine, I just love the bold and festive CHEERS graphic and the very clever recycled gift tag/travel log to keep track of where the bag has been. Our friends at Sea Bags are generously allowing me the opportunity to help…

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You’ve got your packages all wrapped, tied ‘em all up with festive ribbon, and now’s the time to add the perfect finishing touch that’ll let everyone know who love’s them! To get you started, click here to print out our Nora Murphy Country House exclusive FREE holiday gift tags from our Christmas Country House Style…

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Wrapping up hostess gifts couldn’t be simpler as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. With a few common items you may already have on hand, it’s easy to create beautiful packages perfect for bringing along to your next holiday party. Happy gift giving! Love, Nora

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When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer for WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me what I thought viewers might be interested in watching in December, I immediately thought of two things that I know are at the top of my brain this time of year: decking out the house with fresh greens and gift-wrapping. My next thought…

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I was thrilled to welcome, as was Martha Luther King, our far from camera shy cat, Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut to Connecticut Country House! I had a wonderful time showing him just how incredibly easy it is to embellish basic, store bought greens with snippets from the garden to create lush garlands and…

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Greetings friends, and welcome to the holidays at Connecticut Country House! Our online magazine, Nora Murphy Country House Style, Holiday 2016 is finally here! I never know, year to year, what exactly that’s going to look like – that’s part of the fun! So please enjoy! Love, Nora

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I’m honored to be a guest blogger for Country Curtain’s Home & Happiness blog, and to be part of their Home For The Holidays Giveaway! Since every room at Connecticut Country House is getting decked out for the holidays, and as a lover of matelasse and buffalo checks, dressing my bed in Country Curtains classics…

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December is here and I just want to say that we’re in full-blown, getting ready for the holidays mode at Connecticut Country House! I’m happy to say that over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing all kinds of goodies with you. Until then, to get your computer spiffed up for the holidays (or have…

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