We made it! Five country houses in five different states in five weekends! With every country house shoot, we traveled afar to thoughtfully capture each one’s beauty and loving care. As diverse as these homes are, regionally and decoratively, they have much in common. The Nora Murphy Country House Style of warm and welcoming, collected and comfortable, was found throughout.

Our little team consisting of an art director, photographer, photo assistant, and me ended up being a wonderful traveling family of 4. We drove, we flew, we stayed in many an AirBnB (all terrific!). We were well fed by our country house owners. And when we were out and about we dined in diners, pubs, and restaurants from Farm to Table to Mediterranean cuisine (all delicious!).

So now that our location shooting is completed, we have the very difficult task of going through all our photography and editing. Editing is not my strength. I love it all…I want to keep it all! Through this editing, we start to visually tell each country house’s story. Then our select images are uploaded to our publisher’s worksite, and the production starts.

Now it’s time to write. We truly want to do our best and do right by everyone. Only a few more weeks to go until everything is due to our publisher. I have a strong feeling that time will fly!

I wish to very much thank all our country house homeowners. You welcomed us into your homes with open arms. We are so blessed to have you as wonderful new friends. And I also wish to thank my amazing team. I love you guys dearly, and couldn’t imagine embarking on this enormous project without you.

Here’s to making this book the very best it can be!

Love, Nora


  1. Oh Kay on September 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! That is just DELICIOUS to read! I can’t imagine how excited you are! Congrats!

  2. Sharon on September 20, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for sharing these lovely country pictures……seeing them makes me so anxious for your book!

  3. Katie Clooney on September 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Looking forward to reading and drooling over your book, Nora.

  4. Shirley Graham on September 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

    So looking forward to your book – love the pics!

  5. Jane on September 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I was so excited to see updated news on today’s blog as I checked back daily, waiting for your wonderful, inspiring writing and photos. Can’t wait for a report from London. Hoping for some Autumn inspiration as we move into the season!

  6. Barbara Karon Huey on September 20, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m thrilled that you gave us a glimpse of those wonderful country houses. I definitely will be ordering your book. Thank you again for a sneak peak.

  7. Rita C at Panoply on September 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    This is gonna be great, I can tell already!

  8. Mary Yulo on September 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    What a wonderful project! I love your JOURNEY as much as I will love the book!

  9. Diane Ruebel on September 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    What a delight to glimpse the extraordinary collaboration between you and your team. May you experience renewed energy as you sprint to the finish line.

  10. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) on September 21, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Nora, I can’t wait to see your book! Looking forward to finding much inspiration! Linda

  11. Susan Slaughter on September 21, 2017 at 10:42 am

    So exciting!!! Cannot wait for the book to come out! Can we pre-order?

  12. Barry Halpern on September 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Can’t wait!

  13. Linda Davis on September 25, 2017 at 5:17 am

    I am looking forward to the release! Please keep me in mind… I will travel! 🙂

  14. Maude Ciardi on September 25, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Maude Ciardi

  15. Maude Ciardi on September 25, 2017 at 8:37 am

    So excited for your new book. I know you will do a great job. I enjoy everything about your blog and magazines. Thank you so much for sharing. My son lives in New Fairfield CT so I can travel anytime.

  16. Becki on October 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I really hope you have included some homes that reflect the average homeowner and not just higher income homes. One seldom sees the homes of talented truly middle income homeowners reflected in home decor books. Sometimes it is forgotten that it’s not just the wealthy who understand beautiful decor and design. I love to walk into a home decorated by talented homeowners who have used imagination and cleverness to create a welcoming, cozy, and beautiful environment while working within a modest budget. There are countless examples of this throughout the country that usually get ingnored in favor of higher end homes. Looking forward to see how you have included examples of these homes.

    • Nora on October 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Becki!

      Actually, that’s exactly what I’ve done! That’s one of the reasons i’m so excited about this book! Can’t wait for you to see it and let me know what you think next September! Thanks very much for your thoughts. All the best! Love, Nora

  17. Becki on October 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Yay! That makes me smile! Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks.

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