What a thrill it was for me to be asked by Country Living Magazine to have Connecticut Country House shot for their December/Holiday Issue.  Even though this holiday shoot was scheduled for the week before Easter (!), nothing could temper the spirit of our crew. We all love a good challenge.

The holiday joy kicked off with the amazing team of stylist extraordinaire, Matthew Gleason, and his wing man Jacob, arriving in a flurry with a carload of supplies, and immediately going into turbo styling mode as a pop-up Santa’s workshop. Robyn Szarka Roos baked to perfection the  motherlode of Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies that we utilized in our decorating. Along side this team, Aida Kiernan and I did whatever we had to do to help make this shoot successful, including cutting down a Christmas tree at a deserted local tree farm right before Easter.

When the photographer, Annie Schlecter arrived a couple of days later, the house was in full holiday swing, and Annie’s photography so beautifully captured the light, colors, and spirit of my Country House lifestyle! Laurren Welch interviewed me on the phone a couple of times, asking just the right questions to give her detailed info to craft an honest portrayal of Connecticut Country House.

Thank you Country Living Magazine for including us in your gorgeous December issue. Please know that it means so much to me, your loyal reader, who has loved your magazine since it’s beginning, how honored I truly am.

Please do pick up this latest issue and enjoy!

Love, Nora


  1. Carrie on November 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    loved your home

  2. Barbara on November 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    As a long time “Country Living” subscriber, I anxiously anticipated the December issue knowing your fabulous home would be included. It did not disappoint…I only wished for more photos and more Plaid!! Congratulations and warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas to NMCH!! 🙂

  3. deezie on November 15, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    How exciting for you. I love that magazine and have a subscription. Look forward to reading it

  4. Shirley Graham on November 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Bought the magazine but would like to have more pictures! Love the plaid – I have always put red in our bedroom for the winter. Lifts spirits in the cold months. Introduced my daughter to your blog & she loves it too! Want to see more!

  5. Teddee Grace on November 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I’m not certain what purpose the “moving” photos are supposed to serve, but I find all that flipping around pretty annoying. In fact, I can’t even get your page to stay still long enough to see what I’m writing in this comment.

    • Nora on November 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      I’m so sorry Teddee! I always stick to one orientation for my images, so the text would not move…but in this case I wanted to show the vertical cover image as well as the horizontal spreads. Unfortunately the drawback is that the images and text appear to “jump”. Thank you for your feedback!
      Happy Holidays! Love, Nora

    • Nora on November 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Teddee! If you click on the arrows, the image will stop until you click it again to move to the next…..this may help. Enjoy! Love, Nora

  6. JaneEllen on November 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    After studying every page of your incredible home in Country Living for past 2 days am so thrilled for you. What a fantastic spread, they sure know how to do their jobs. Got a few ideas for our home, love those plaids especially. Going to town today so will be looking for at least one plaid for our living room, you inspired me. Could barely wait to get few chores done so I could sit a spell to soak in all those photos.
    So happy for you, enjoy your holiday in your lovely home.

  7. Rita C. (Panoply) on November 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Lovely! Hope my issue comes today! I’m so happy they’ve returned to their roots of true country STYLE! Congratulations!

  8. Rebecca Kemeny on November 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I have never heard of Nora Murphy until I received my Country Living in the mail yesterday. I love the magazine spread. I have a salt box house in Maryland and am so inspired that I went to purchase tartan plaid today to make my own lamp shades. Thanks Nora. Merry Christmas (I never would have known it was done in April!)

    • Nora on November 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Rebecca! So very happy you found me! I hope you’ll enjoy my blog, and all the extras on my website! Happy Holidays! Love, Nora

  9. Beverly Poag on November 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I love the Scottish plaids and decorations! Garnered an idea too for my paperwhites…have a wire topiary that’ll I use to corral my paperwhites. Plus if you mix rubbing alcohol and water to water with, it will stunt the stems, but not affect the flowers. Stubby stems, yet beautiful blooms!

  10. Lori on November 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Can’t wait to pick up this issue!! ??

  11. Donna M Solomons on November 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Nora, your home really captures the country Christmas feel. So many smart – and practical – ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Maude Ciardi on November 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Waiting and waiting for the December issue to come out here in Ohio. Love all that you do! Just bought 2 throws for winter at Target! Love your home and so happy you were chosen for the magazine. Please let me know if you will ever have an open house. I would love to come to the Ridgefield Ct celebration. My granddaughter teaches 2nd grade there. Please continue the great job you do with your blog and all the other features. Once again Thank you for new inspiration

  13. Julia on November 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    You have a beautiful home and I loved your Christmas decor. I love the big basket on the wall in the kitchen! I would love to have one; is there a source for the basket you can share? Thanks,

    • Nora on November 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Hi Julia! Thank you so very much! The big flat basket on the wall is an antique harvest basket I found at a local antiques show. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it! Happy Holidays! Love, Nora

  14. Cynthia Dahl on November 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, agree. Love, love your home. Would enjoy seeing more…
    As I live in ’48 Cape, hoped to see allll
    of your bathroom. Yours is
    obviously larger than ours (5′ x 8′ ?). It is challenging to say the least.
    Admire your lovely home.


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