Copper is one of those elements that can lend wonderful warmth to a country home. Whether highly burnished like a freshly minted penny, or naturally oxidized to a deep caramel patina, you can’t go wrong with incorporating a few well-chosen pieces.

Here, in my friend Valerie’s Adirondack-inspired home, featured in our Winter 2017 issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style, copper fits right in with her rustic vibe. Rugged stone, beautiful natural woods, a color palette of dark greens, deep browns and garnet reds, just a few hallmarks of Adirondack style, serve as the perfect backdrop to a curated collection of copper accents.

Perhaps the crowning glory, are several gorgeous hammered copper sinks located throughout the house. Valerie and her husband Tim, scooped them up at a Waterworks warehouse sale before they even had a plan for them! Oh, how I love them all, but that farmhouse sink is definitely my favorite!

Copper lidded glass cylinders keep hot chocolate fixin’s organized and at the ready, while an assortment of gleaming canisters arranged below a collection of vintage cookie cutters assures that everything’s in its place if the inspiration to bake strikes.

Shiny and bright, or mellowed with time, there is most certainly a place for a little copper in a country house.

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Cheryl on January 14, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Lovely! ?

  2. Katie Clooney on January 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Positively stunning! I mentioned your Winter Magazine in my blog on Friday. You never disappoint! Have a great week, Nora.

  3. Cynthia on January 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    In love..????

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