It’s absolutely amazing. Out of almost 800 blogs, Nora Murphy Country House was nominated for this year’s International Amara Awards! And what’s even more amazing, is that after a month of voting, we found out today that we made the shortlist!

What this means is that six blogs in each of the ten categories won the most public votes (Yay!! NMCH voters!!!) and will now be judged by a panel of design experts. What this also means is that I’ll be heading to London at the end of October to proudly represent NMCH and attend the awards event at The Design Museum. (What should I wear?)

Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for making this happen! Your vote counted! Your support and encouragement always counts so much to me.

Please stay tuned…

Love, Nora






  1. Grand Pam on September 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Yeah!!! Enjoy every moment for you have worked diligently in sharing your life and talent with your followers. Thank you for everything..

  2. Linda Rossi on September 19, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Well deserved recognition for your hard work, immense talent and unending creativity!! Congratulations!!

  3. Barbara Karon Huey on September 19, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations!!! You are headed to London on a well deserved trip. I know you have worked tirelessly and the recognition is well deserved. Through your website, you have really given us a sense of your community and a window into your beautiful home. You have such a talent for presenting ideas, recipes, decorating and gardening. I will continue to encourage friends to view your website and blog. It’s always uplifting. We can sure use that in this day and time!

    Karon Huey

  4. Shirley Graham on September 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations! How exciting! Your talent can be appreciated even more!

  5. windmillfarm on September 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    So exciting, Congratulations!!! Your hard work is being recognized and appreciated. Exciting time for you, the book, the blog!!! Yea

  6. Clare on September 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Wonderful news Nora. Wishing you lots of Irish Luck ☘️ Enjoy London too!

  7. leona on September 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Congratulations, you must be so proud of yourself.

  8. maureen333 on September 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Congratulations! That is wonderful. I love reading Connecticut Country House — takes me “back home” overtime!

  9. maureen333 on September 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I hate typos….meant to say “every time.”

  10. Yvonne Shafer on September 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Terrific news! And well-deserved! I love your posts and seasonal magazines. Maybe one day there will be a book!

  11. Judy whitmore on September 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Great news and well deserved!?

  12. ddoubled on September 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm


  13. Barbara on September 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Congratulations, Nora!!!! This recognition is so well deserved!!! I look forward to each and every NMCH post ….. always such exquisite presentation. 🙂

  14. Susan on September 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Terrific news Nora. You deserve the honor. Go get em!

  15. J reilly on September 19, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Good luck! It is well deserved.
    Your home, your tips and insights, and your blog, are the most beautiful on the internet!❤️

  16. Terry on September 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Go0d Luck Nora. You deserve this vote.Your sweetness comes through to bloggers who are just looking not only for tips on there home and decorating but someone who is genuine and someone we would want to sit down with dinner with or have coffee and you put so much into your online magazine. We will be with you in London cheering you on.

  17. James Murphy on September 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Having seen the genesis of a great number of creative ideas from your mind to the world arrive in rapid order, as I see multiple and positive developments happening before me and so many others, I simply smile!! As Edison so aptly stated – “Genius is one percent inspiration….and ninety nine percent perspiration!”. Never has this be so apt and true as it is here. Being selected for the AMARA Award(s) short list is indeed an exquisite honor in and of itself – and once again, I feel immense pride in what my wonderful Sister has achieved to date! Congratulations, Nora!!

  18. Jeanne on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations! You so deserve this award. Have a fantastic and safe trip!

  19. Sharon on September 20, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Congratulations! Most deserving, your blog is beautiful!

  20. Linda Hartman on September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    So very happy for you, Nora.

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