My friend Maria’s country house has a style that truly epitomizes who she is. Like her home, this guest bedroom embodies grace, charm and simple elegance. Just like Maria, its style is warm and welcoming. European fashion inspired, particularly French, it’s a place where layers of pretty, rustic and elegant flea market and auction finds,…

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Winter is a bit tough on this gardener, so I try and do as much as I can, as early as I can. As WFSB-3’s Better Living Lifestyle contributor, I spent a great afternoon in the sun-drenched Garden Room of Connecticut Country House with Better Connecticut’s host and good egg, Scot Haney, where I demonstrated…

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One of the ways that I satisfy my craving for spring, is by forcing arching branches of forsythia to bloom indoors. At Connecticut Country House, towards the end of February, is when I venture outside armed with a pair of sharp Fiskars hand pruners, clip a bunch of branches laden with buds, plunk them into…

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Though the ground was blanketed with a thick layer of snow, it didn’t stop Scot Haney of WFSB 3’s Better Connecticut from stopping by Connecticut Country House. As their Better Living lifestyle contributor, I shared my favorite tips on keeping indoor plants happy, and showed just how simple it is to decorate with little touches…

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Last weekend, Murph came home from the market with a bag of beautiful, plump Stonington scallops. Their proper name: Stonington “Bomber” Sea Scallops. Wow! What wowed me even more was his idea to cook them in our fireplace. He dug up the big iron skillet and trivet from the cellar, as he let the logs…

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I’ve found at least a dozen different beautiful ways to look at and enjoy a dozen cut tulips. Placed in a simple glass vase, the look is uncomplicated and elegant. Sometimes all it takes to make a beautiful, impactful statement is a humble bunch of flowers. Consider lovely fresh tulips this Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s…

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Showing those that you love how much you love them couldn’t be simpler, as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB-3’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. Whether store bought treats are dressed up, or home baked goods beautifully boxed with love, it’s easy to create custom gifts. My motto: It’s all…

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A few years ago, my dear friend Lucia taught me how to make these amazing truffles. It was a day well spent together as we chatted and grated, chatted and mixed, and then chatted some more while drizzling freshly melted chocolate over our little masterpieces. Just a few basic ingredients are needed to create batches…

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My husband Murph is a fabulous cook. Regardless of season or occasion, he always has something delicious to bring to the table. He developed this wonderful recipe and I have to say, it’s PHENOMENAL! Whether you’re planning a Big Game Day gathering or not, a pot of Murph’s Country House Chili simmering on the back burner…

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When the sky is drab gray and the frozen ground is cloaked with a thick mantle of snow, my mantra for getting through what feels like the longest winter month in Connecticut is, “Love you February.” This is the time of year when a quick stop into the grocery store not only yields the milk…

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