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The summer’s sea stars turn into white pumpkins in the front door’s transom.

Taking a moment to take it all in. Wow!

Chewy candy corn and pumpkins are a crowd fave…especially when served in my Sea bags bucket bags.

Can’t ever have enough Baby Boos!

Mums take the place of the faded, spindly petunias on the West Patio.

My favorite fall styling moment is filling oversized baskets and platters with beautiful freshly picked apples. Impactful!

Holly’s Apple Roses are just one way to enjoy the flavor and beauty of the season.

A super easy, light and tasty French Apple Tart I love to bake.

Bobbing for apples anyone?

A humble batch of Apple Cider donuts gets fancy by stacking them high onto a vintage glass pedestal plate.

A stroll down the road takes much longer than usual. (Stopping to snap a picture every few feet.)

Summer into fall’s Zinnias with a backdrop of what’s to come…Winterberry.

Last call for all flowering perennials!

I patiently wait all year for the mustard yellow yarrow to bloom. When they drink up all their water in the container, they’ll naturally dry! (Same with Hydrangea.)

Now’s the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. I’m waiting for my white tulip and daffy order to come in…

Paper white bulbs are waiting to be potted up. I usually do this right after Thanksgiving to get full blooms for Christmas.

The final digging in the kitchen garden.

In the fall, there’s nothing like sitting around a campfire on a chilly evening, roasting those freshly dug potatoes in a big cast iron skillet with garlic, onion, rosemary, and bacon! Recipe here.

Moss hunting before the snow flies! My potted plants always get a fresh dressing of green before the holidays.

This old house is always in need of creative storage solutions.

Fall wouldn’t be fall at Connecticut Country House if we didn’t have beautifully seasoned wood to feed our 2 fireplaces.

It’s time for creating “killer” cheeseboards! The secret? It’s all about the assortment, and in the way it’s styled.

Nothing says fall like a big pot of Country House Harvest Soup.

Cleaning up the fallen leaves for the 5th time. And now they’re also wet. Ugh.

Time to send a care package of chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies to the boy at school. (I think I’ll make a little extra for Murph and me.)

My wooly tartans come out to play.

Crackling fires to keep us toasty on raw, rainy days.

Hot apple cider and freshly popped popcorn anyone?

Picking up a good read…

…and curling up with it in the best chair in the house.

Happy Fall dear friends!

Love, Nora


  1. Linda Hartman on October 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Nora, this all is so autumnally lovely . . . can smell, taste, crunch it . . . thank you for a very generous sharing.
    Off to the farmer’s market to gather so I can make a batch of your Harvest Soup.
    Happy Fall to you and yours.

  2. Shirley Graham on October 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for all the pictures – everything lovely – love the fall, mums, apples, baby pumpkins etc. Our leaves here in Ohio are not turning too much yet. Some of the leaves are drying & blowing but love that too!

  3. Alice on October 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Can’t wait to make the apple roses and the country soup. Thanks!

  4. frenchgardenhouse on October 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    What a delightful fall post. Everything is lovely! Fall is my most favorite season of all, cozy, warm and inviting. The perfect time to entertain family and friends.

  5. Beverly Poag on October 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Got all the ingredients to make Marta’s Chicken & Green Chile Stew, for my hypertufa buddies on Wednesday. Making it on Tuesday so all the favors will meld! Got the recipe from your Winter magazine. We’re making hypertufa pumpkins! Try to send you a picture. Thanks Nora Murphy Country House!!

  6. Carol Ann Blackmon on October 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    All so inspiring! Thank you Nora.

  7. JaneEllen on October 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Seeing that photo of trees changed reminds me so much of Fall in KY. We lived 30+ miles North of Bowling Green out in country, was so gorgeous. Even more so than here in western CO or even western MT when we lived there before KY.
    We were lucky to see Fall in several states when Mr. Furry was trucking, so glorious.
    Actually was hungrily sopping up all the sights in your photos, I miss getting to go trucking, meeting new people and seeing places had always wanted to, think might have little gypsy in me.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful CT. Happy weekend

  8. Mary Lou Cummings on October 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    All the seasonal vignettes one could imagine for a “country house” and a recipe included!

  9. Rita C. (Panoply) on October 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I am in love with each and every depiction of your fall.♥

  10. Deanna Rabe on October 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Autumn is my favorite season.

    I’m going to give those apple roses a try, they’d be wonderful at our Fall Fest. I’ve just put out my wool plaid (and cotton plaid) blankets. Our nights are getting chilly now and the days are finally cooler here in Pennsylvania.

  11. Lori Lewellyn on October 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Vivid colors, cozy, warm rooms, scrumptious food…so much inspiration here! ? Gorgeous, Nora!! ???

  12. Barbara S. on October 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for your gift of unending inspiration to fill our homes with!

  13. cardinalkay64 on October 14, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Did I spy a blue Bennington bowl? I’m a fan!

  14. tammy moon on October 14, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    beautiful as usual your house looks so comfortable and i love your choice of books happy fall

  15. Carol Berggren on October 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Love your Fall Round Up, Nora! Is your next book going to be called “Seasons at Connecticut Country House”?
    How about selling postcards too! Big fan of your style.

  16. Linda Kelleher on October 16, 2017 at 7:20 am

    We just returned to Georgia from a trip to Ohio for a funeral. Your blog lifted my spirits with each and every photo!! I miss the colorful leaves in the north, your beautiful pictures blessed my heart as I deal with homesickness for my children and grandchildren that still live there. I am excited to read that you will be at the Country Living Fair this month, I am hoping to attend and hoping to meet you!! I have discovered you in the Country Home magazine and you have been an inspiration for a new older home for us! Thank you for sharing! Your style resonates with mine and it is so refreshing to find a kindred spirit in decorating!!

  17. Linda Rossi on October 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

    This post is like a mini Connecticut Country House magazine. I enjoyed every “feature story”. Enjoy the season!

  18. Maude Ciardi on October 16, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Your pictures bring your home into my home. I love autumn , all the smells sounds and even hearing the leaves fall. Thank you for an inspirational post

  19. ELAINE SCHMIDT on October 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    everything is beautiful as usual ……love love love it

  20. stacia on October 17, 2017 at 5:05 am

    i am a new “gardener”. i say that loosely. slowly learning how to plant flowers, veggies and herbs. this may sound like a weird question but, when planting seeds from flowers can you tell me how many i plant in each hole? my neighbor gave me a baggie of seeds from her flowers that she called “pretty orange flowers”. so i have no idea what they are. would love to hear your input. thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas.

  21. Virginia Fraher on October 17, 2017 at 6:30 am

    As a lover of old houses and a believer in “ghosts”, does your house have a “presence?”

  22. Catherine Hamer on October 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I just got back from a glorious visit to Kent where I stayed in the family home of a friend. I oldest part of the home dates to 1750 and our bedroom was in the oldest part. I sometimes think this what heaven would be like for me. We were visiting with 5 other couples from my book club. While there one day, the women visited Hillstead Museum and loved that! On our way back to Kent we stopped at Apricots and were seated on the second floor overlooking the river. The highlight for me though was a stop to visit Guy Wolff in Bantam. Have you ever done a story about him and his pottery. He could not have been more delightful. Each of us went home with a piece of his wonderful pottery to remind us of our perfect day in Connecticut.

  23. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things on October 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm


  24. Louise on October 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    You are such an inspiration! Always love reading your blog and seeing what you’re home to in your beautiful home! Thank you!

  25. Jan on October 20, 2017 at 7:30 am

    What is on the cheeseboard? Would love to know what pairings you used and other ideas to use!?

  26. SHARON on October 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Is MY room ready??? I am on the way!

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