I’m so excited to be presenting on the Main Stage in Rhinebeck at the Country Living Fair this Saturday @1:00, as well as setting up our very first Nora Murphy Country House shop (Friday-Sunday). Just think “garden”! For more info on the fair, go to: http://www.countryliving.com/life/a4255/country-living-fair-rhinebeck/ Hope to see you there! Love, Nora

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A film that keeps Memorial Day real is Taking Chance. A 2009 docudrama starring Kevin Bacon, and directed by Ross Katz (available on Netflix, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime), tells the story of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort who accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut joined me in the garden at Connecticut Country House for some spring cleaning. I explained the importance of cleaning your garden beds in the spring; trying to remove as much debris as possible while not disturbing the new growth. Up next was pruning shrubs to keep them healthy and…

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Gardens are living things, constantly changing and growing. I see my gardens as part of my home, and I treat them that way. I know in my heart, that if I give my best to them, they’ll be their best in return. As all decorating and color schemes indoors, I have these schemes flowing throughout…

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I have been a lover of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic style for a long time. When I finally met Rachel in her showroom at the High Point Market a few weeks ago, I totally understood why I loved her style so much. Rachel is a beautiful person, inside and out. Her aesthetic and heart is…

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My mantra is always, it’s all in the details. And that’s what I was focused on at last month’s High Point Design Bloggers Spring 2017 Tour. I was thrilled and so very proud to be part of such a fabulous team of fellow design bloggers! Each one of us share the love of home and…

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For Mother’s Day, I wanted to share with you a batch of some of my favorite images. I love these images for the subject matter, pink roses are truly my favorite! I love how light, bright, soft and pretty these roses were. (In my mind’s eye they’ll always look like this.) But probably most of…

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I want to let you in on a secret. One of my favorite things to do in May is to poke around and shop some of the local garden club plant sales. Usually held around Mother’s Day, they’re a wonderful opportunity to chat with fellow gardeners, pick up tips and techniques, and to learn about…

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Loody Lady is the name I know her by. For years on eBay I have coveted her gorgeous antique European textiles, and have added items – from French linen sheets to hand stitched quilts – to my eBay wish list. Being a big fan, you can just imagine my reaction when I stumbled upon her…

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Just like every household, at Connecticut Country House, by the end of the week we’re often faced with a fridge stocked with lidded containers of various dribs ‘n drabs. Murph, my culinary genius husband, frequently on Fridays will use this recipe as a guideline for making the most wonderful entrée, incorporating whatever tidbits we have…

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One of my best gardening tips is to plant on a cloudy day (and if the forecast calls for rain later or the following day, all the better!). This also goes for trimming shrubs. As plantings really start to take off and the season progresses, Murph will be out there buzzing away with his hedge…

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I LOVE May in Connecticut! Everything looks like a Technicolor dream. Grass is a lush, vivid green. Emerging leaves on the trees are vibrant chartreuse. French lilacs just beginning to bloom are the deepest of darkest purples. Even the sun yellow fluffy manes of the dandelions in the yard are a wonderful sight for winter…

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