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





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

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

  • Barbara Karon Huey says:
    September 19, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    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

  • Shirley Graham says:
    September 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

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

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

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

  • Congratulations, you must be so proud of yourself.

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

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

  • Yvonne Shafer says:
    September 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm Reply

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

  • Judy whitmore says:
    September 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Great news and well deserved!👍

  • Yeah

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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!!

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

  • Congratulations! Most deserving, your blog is beautiful!

  • Linda Hartman says:
    September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

    So very happy for you, Nora.

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