Country House Style blurs the lines between indoors and out. The outdoors is just as important to Country House living as the indoors are. My approach to decorating is all about reflecting the beauty of the season and keeping it natural…I like my home to feel fresh inside and out.

I collected pumpkins, cornstalks (from Ferris Farm down the road), gourds and squashes, and of course a pair of multi-colored mums. I start with the main structure of each doorway by securing a pair of lush cornstalks flanking the doors. Then come what’s on the door. A big cornacopia basket filled with small pumpkins sits on the door knocker of the old house, and Indian corn that’s been tied with twine hangs off a nail on the door of The Coop (our Master Bedroom suite).

After addressing what’s vertically on the house, I make sure to add dimension by building out. The old house’s main entrance is adorned with two clay pots that were planted with a pair of large ferns in the summer, now have a pair of iron tuteurs secured within them. I carefully stackedup a variety of shaped, colored, and sized gourds and pumpkins. I finished them off with a twist of grapevine and a handful of raffia that I tied into a wild looking bow. For The Coop, I popped a pair of multi-colored mums into apple baskets lined with sheet moss. Each entrance is distinct, but work beautifully together as one sightline.

To see all the details about these decorated doors, see today’s Lifestyle segment on WFSB’s  ‘Better Connecticut’ on Channel 3. If you’re not able to see this, no worries…I’ll be posting it on this blog later this week!

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Linda Smith on October 23, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful and inspiring!

  2. deezie on October 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Oh my is that gorgeous. Love the hanging corn. I will do it that way next year on our door. Love the way it cascades down. Love the whole thing* The way you decorate is beautiful

  3. Mary Lou Cummings on October 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Yes, everything is gorgeous and so colorful! The black door really makes quite a backdrop for the
    Indian corn and I love how you stacked those gourds and pumpkins for height. Fall is definitely in the air at your house!

  4. FrenchGardenHouse on October 23, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful, Nora. It’s over 90 here this week (!) in California, luckily our pumpkins and mums are okay with that. I’m looking forward to the cooler days autumn teased us with before this heat came back. Happy Autumn!

  5. Nancy Kabonic on October 23, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Just discovered your blog. Absolutely love it!!

  6. cardinalkay64 on October 24, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Beyond lovely! I definitely need to step up my game!

    • Nora on October 30, 2017 at 9:40 am

      LOL! Thank you!

  7. Jackie Holman on October 24, 2017 at 8:39 am

    So pretty! Love natural items for fall and winter.

  8. Kim cash on October 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Please… I would love to buy that basket on your door!!!!!!!

    • Nora on October 30, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Hi Kim! I can’t tell you how many people love that old basket!! It’s an antique French harvest basket, and I am looking into sources that have something similar…but new. Will let you know if I have any luck! Thanks very much! Love, Nora

      • Kim Cash on October 30, 2017 at 8:27 pm

        Great!!! Include me if you find it!!!! I really could like a paper magazine also!!!!!

  9. Carla Aston on October 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Simply beautiful!

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