One of my favorite shrubs is the Forsythia. So very easy to grow. Every year I like to add to a few shrubs to our bright yellow forsythia bank. (Building on what I already have truly creates more impact.) I plant them in full sun, a couple of feet apart. Within 3 years or so,…

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So happy to announce the winners of the Nashville Country Living Fair Weekend Passes Giveaway. Congratulations Vicki Johnson and Judy Meagher! Your tickets will be waiting for you at the fair! Thank you to all who entered. I loved reading about what needed refreshing in your homes…I so know the feeling because I’m still at…

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Want to go to the Country Living Fair in Nashville this Friday? Well, I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been invited to present at the Country Living Fair in Nashville on Friday, April, 21st at noon. If you’re not familiar with the fair, I want you to be! It’s a wonderful 3-day event featuring…

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“Awake, thou wintry earth — fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth your ancient gladness!” – Thomas Blackburn Wishing you & your loved ones a beautiful Easter Sunday. Love, Nora

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Whether it’s to indicate to Mama that’s she’s intended to sit next to Aunt Ann, or to personalize a nature inspired Easter basket for a gardening friend, be sure to click here to download our FREE Nora Murphy Country House original gift tags. Choose either birds or nests, or download and use both, it’s a…

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Springtime tulips and hyacinths are a natural go-to for Easter decorating and gift giving. By simply taking market or nursery purchased plants, removing them from the confines of their plastic, foil shrouded pots and placing them into clay pots, the results are a pretty, easy and inexpensive way to elevate the look of these seasonal…

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While you’re busy juggling the timing of the eggs Benedict and hash browns, I say let’s get the party started with a simple self-serve brunch bar for your guests! Nothing elaborate here, just an offering of a savory nibble and a festive beverage to tide your guests over until everyone has arrived and you’re ready…

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I was thinking about what would make a beautiful Easter table this year, and for some reason, wild grapevines and bare branches spoke to me. I guess it’s because Connecticut Country House is surrounded by nature, nestled in the woods, with an abundance of moss, that these simple elements combined, would lend the perfect outdoorsy…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House where I showed him how simple it is to style a woodland inspired table for Easter. Using the delicately colored tartan dyed Easter eggs we had made during an earlier segment, as well as some sweet and wild baskets we had assembled in another…

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Not just for Easter, but also for the entire spring season, these wild vine baskets echo the beautiful woodlands that surround Connecticut Country House, and do a wonderful job of setting the tone for my nature inspired table. Purchased at Terrain, they’re the perfect foundation for creating the “bringing the outdoors in” vibe that I…

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Setting a spring themed table for Easter? Don’t just stop there. Look up! Create a lovely birds nest effect around your chandelier by simply resting a few freshly cut branches of varying lengths on the arms of the fixture. Whether bare or just starting to bud or flower, it’s a sweet way to elevate your…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut stopped by Connecticut Country House where I showed him a simple technique for creating tartan-like Easter eggs. We donned our aprons, snapped on gloves and had a wonderful time hanging out in the kitchen. This was such a fun morning! An ageless activity, I hope that you’ll give making…

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March was a whirlwind month and April is scheduled to be just as crazy wonderful! Project Refresh will continue as we tackle the 2nd floor of Connecticut Country House. A fresh coat of paint all-around: in Conor’s Man Cave, the guest bedrooms, bath, hallway and stairwell. With only two closets in our 1767 home, upstairs…

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My husband Murph’s brother, Jack – yes, that Jack, of the pickle recipe fame, recently sent us a picture of a divine looking chicken pot pie that he’d baked in a giant cast iron skillet. Instantly we knew that we’d be making one for ourselves at Connecticut Country House. Adapted from a recipe from Jack’s…

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