Happy New Year!

As we look back, we can’t help but smile and think about all the wonderful moments of 2017. Some memories are sweet and simple, others very meaningful. It’s been a year of changes and challenges. It’s been a year of so many new friendships, as well as renewed wonderful old ones. All of us, here…

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Perfect Cheesey New Year’s Nibbles

This recipe never fails me. It’s quick, easy to make, and a crowd favorite..especially when served right out of the oven. They’re the perfect thing to nibble on while sipping your New Year’s Eve bubbly. Cheers! Happy New Year dear friends! Love, Nora   Party Cheese Straws Ingredients 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1…

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An Icey Welcome

As temps keep plunging, it may just be perfect conditions for creating a sparkly walkway to your door by greeting holiday guests with Ice Hurricanes that you can make yourself. (First impressions are everything!) They’re impressive and so easy to make! Happy Outdoor Decorating! Love, Nora   Ice Hurricanes What you’ll need: Large plastic containers…

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The Christmas Spirit

Merry Christmas dear friends! Creating the Country House Christmas spirit is a culmination of things. The house is decked out in its holiday best, warm scents and flavors are brewing in the kitchen, and an eclectic Holiday playlist launches our Christmas spirits with everything from my favorite Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’. But most…

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12 Days Of Holiday Cookies

Our Holiday 2017 issue is here! This holiday season I wanted to feature one of my favorite things about the holidays…my tried and true collection of cookie recipes. It seems that homemade cookies go hand-in-hand with the holidays – and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Whether you have the innate need to decorate…

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A Pretty Holiday Gift: The NMCH Candle Collection

I’m so proud of the candle scents I’ve put together for my Nora Murphy Country House Candle Collection. Every detail had to be right, I loved the variety of genuine seasonal scents, the simple elegance of the glass container that the soy wax is hand poured into, and that the collection is handmade right here…

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A Holiday Mix

Plain and fancy, plaids and stripes – pretty wrapping is like getting a gift twice! Kraft, plaid, and striped papers are a staple and, just like coordinating fabrics in a room, I love to mix patterns, colors, and scales in a theme. My tip: Keep an eye out for special papers all year. The hunt…

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The Most Wonderful (Busy) Time Of The Year

As I write this post, It’s the most wonderful time of the year is playing in the background. Thank you Mr.Tony Bennett….I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s the first day of December, and already my calendar is pretty much full! It’s going to be a challenge to accomplish all I’m planning, or have in the…

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Create a French Apple Tart for the Holidays

French Apple Tart is hands down my favorite dessert. It’s so easy to make, delicious, and looks so rustically beautiful. So when Tracy Furey, the executive producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked what I would like to share for their program just before Thanksgiving, this tart immediately came to mind. All you need is a…

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Country Living Q&A with Rachel Hardage Barrett

I’m just so happy to have my Connecticut Country House featured in the December issue of Country Living magazine. A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, GA for a Q&A with Country Living’s Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett. She had a Power Point sneak peek of the photographs…

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A Country Living Christmas At Connecticut Country House

What a thrill it was for me to be asked by Country Living Magazine to have Connecticut Country House shot for their December/Holiday Issue.  Even though this holiday shoot was scheduled for the week before Easter (!), nothing could temper the spirit of our crew. We all love a good challenge. The holiday joy kicked…

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Create A Festive Holiday Cheeseboard

What perfect timing! My sister Judy was coming to visit from Charleston, and my bud, Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney was coming with his wing man/camera man, Eric, to shoot another lifestyle segment for WFSB’s Better Connecticut. Today’s demo: Building a Fabulous Holiday Cheeseboard. What a perfect demo to do on such an occasion! Below,…

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Introducing The NMCH Home Scents Collection

It’s finally here! I’m so excited to introduce to you my new NMCH Shop! This shop has been something I’ve thought about for some time. So I wanted to launch with something that I feel is so important to my home, and something I’m obsessed with…natural soy scented candles! To me, decorating a home involves…

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Welcome Holiday Season!

It’s funny how my mindset changes from yesterday’s Halloween mode to today’s more somber kick-off to the holiday season. October was a crazy month, filled with NMCH book deadlines and lots of travel. We are back from our whirlwind trip to London for the much anticipated Amara Awards,  and the Country Living Fair in Georgia!…

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Create A Halloween Wine & Spirits Outdoor Lounge

WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney came by to check out my fun idea for Halloween night…set up an outdoor party spot! Any patio, porch, or terrace will do! Here are my 12 decorating tips to create a boo-tiful little spot for you and your friends to enjoy: A small table for the bar. I…

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Fall Doors At Connecticut Country House

All seasons, my style and decorating starts at my doors. Better Connecticut’s Scot Haney stopped by Connecticut Country House to ‘talk fall door decor’ and help me put the finishing touches on both of my front doors (for the 1767 part of the house, and the 1857 Chicken Coop – our Master Bedroom). I always…

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Make Entrances Say Autumn!

Country House Style blurs the lines between indoors and out. The outdoors is just as important to Country House living as the indoors are. My approach to decorating is all about reflecting the beauty of the season and keeping it natural…I like my home to feel fresh inside and out. I collected pumpkins, cornstalks (from Ferris…

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The Fall Round Up At Connecticut Country House

The summer’s sea stars turn into white pumpkins in the front door’s transom. Taking a moment to take it all in. Wow! Chewy candy corn and pumpkins are a crowd fave…especially when served in my Sea bags bucket bags. Can’t ever have enough Baby Boos! Mums take the place of the faded, spindly petunias on…

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Garlic Dip (Tortilla Crackers Too!)

I’m slowly, but surely, closing up shop in my kitchen garden. My latest harvest? Butternut Squash. Other than whipping up a batch of our favorite Butternut Squash Soup, we decided to try something different. How about a dip?! Oh yes. This dip is sweet, savory and has a little zip! (Not to mention its oh-so-gorgeous…

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Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be presenting once again this year at the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia! I’ll be sharing the main stage with Country Living Magazine Editor-In-Chief Rachel Barrett, talking about all things holiday! You see, Country Living magazine came to shoot Connecticut Country House earlier this year for their Holiday issue.…

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Orange Is The New Month

Well dear friends, just as I had suspected, September was a complete blur! We’ve been crazy as crazy, busy bees working our magic on the upcoming NMCH book. Yesterday, the first day of October, the blur continued with a packed day of setting up and shooting Snippets Boards for each country house, including my own. How…

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My Book Progress Report

We made it! Five country houses in five different states in five weekends! With every country house shoot, we traveled afar to thoughtfully capture each one’s beauty and loving care. As diverse as these homes are, regionally and decoratively, they have much in common. The Nora Murphy Country House Style of warm and welcoming, collected…

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We’ve Been Shortlisted!

It’s absolutely amazing. Out of almost 800 blogs, Nora Murphy Country House was nominated for this year’s International Amara Awards! And what’s even more amazing, is that after a month of voting, we found out today that we made the shortlist! What this means is that six blogs in each of the ten categories won…

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September’s Here!

I know I say this every month, but where did August go? Or summer for that matter! With the crazy schedule creating “the book”, (and a list of other projects), summer flew like it’s never flown by so quickly before! Last week we moved Conor back to school and helped him set up his new…

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Tomato Love

Tomatoes have a special place in my heart, as well as my kitchen garden. As far back as I can remember, my family’s kitchen garden on Melville Avenue was always robust with tomatoes (next to peppers, of course!). Every year I impatiently wait for the season’s bountiful harvest, knowing that the best eats of the…

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