Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House and we had a great time hanging out in the kitchen creating two types of nature inspired floral spring baskets. Rustic grapevine baskets from Terrain were fitted with liners and planted with diminutive violas and petite grape hyacinths. Adorned with our FREE downloadable watercolor…

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You know the saying, “It takes a village…”, well, it’s more like “it takes a sisterhood” for me. Saturday’s ‘Time To Celebrate!’ post, was the Cliff Notes version of getting a book deal. The road to getting a book published, especially by such an esteemed publishing house as Vendome Press, has taken a lot of…

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Whether your kitchen is in a home from the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, or beyond, it’s never too old, or too new, for a Country House perspective. Throughout the pages our new Nora Murphy Country House Early Spring 2017 issue, it’s all about kitchens. The heart of every home, you’ll see a bit more of my…

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Well, it’s official! At long last I have a publisher for my book! I am honored and so excited to announce that Vendome Press in New York will be publishing Nora Murphy Country House Style! Woo Hoo!!!! (Just can’t stop hooting! You can probably hear me in your neck of the woods!) Thanks to a…

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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” — Sitting Bull Happy first day of spring! Even though there’s still plenty of snow on the ground here at Connecticut Country House, the spring season officially kicks…

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You think that a New York minute is fast? A fun filled, five minute segment on baking a simple Irish Apple Cake on WFSB’s Better Connecticut goes by in the blink of an eye! Maybe it’s because being with hosts Kara Sundlun and Scot Haney is just like being with good friends. You get to…

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I’m dreaming of Ireland, such a magical place. Last summer, the 3 of us Murph’s spent 10 glorious days traveling and taking in as much of the Emerald Isle as we could. We mapped out a great big loop from Dublin down to the quiet south coast of Union Hall to the western most coastline…

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On a snowy winter’s day like today, it’s hard to believe that spring is just a couple of weeks away. For me, there’s nothing like a sweet bunch of springtime flowers to chase away those pesky winter blues. Enjoy the flowers dear friends, and enjoy your weekend! Love, Nora  

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While I have my corner Cabinet of Curiosities, my dear friend Marta has a gorgeous 18th c. corner cabinet filled with an enviable collection of creamware. Guarded by a Staffordshire dog, Marta’s grouping of delicate plates rimmed with lacy reticulated designs, tureens with pierced lids and rose blooms, and elegant teapots with rope handles, is one…

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde I couldn’t agree more! What does the art you surround yourself with say about you? You be you! Love, Nora

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When faced with a hankering for crab cakes, my husband Murph stepped up to the plate and created this wonderful rendition. Based upon a Food Network recipe from the grande dame of southern cooking, Paula Deen, he worked his magic, tweaked and tailored it to make it his own. The results were fantastic! I hope…

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I welcome March with open arms. It’ll be a busy, busy month for me, but it’s all good. As last year’s Hall of Fame recipient, I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles, CA next week to the 2017 Design Bloggers Conference, where I’ll have the honor of presenting the award for Best Overall Design Blog to…

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