What does everyone have coming out of their ears in later August? Corn and tomatoes, of course! With that in mind, this recipe uses what’s at hand, while utilizing the grill to impart some really wonderful roasted and smoky flavors to this salsa. If you’re looking for a fantastic guacamole to pair this salsa with,…

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My very favorite hostess gift is a big or small cut mixed bouquet of flowers, herbs, and greens from my perennial gardens.  Depending on the season, and the host’s or hostess’s personality, and of course, what’s blooming or thriving determine’s what I put together, and using a simple glass cylinder works for all. Stocking up on…

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Bruschetta. One of my favorite summertime nibbles. I call this delicious bite (or 2) bro-shet-tah (the English-Connecticut version!). In Italian, it’s pronounced bruce-key-tah, with the emphasis on key (I googled this, and next time I order this in a restaurant, I’m going to try showing off). 🙂 Whichever way you say it, this perfect nibble…

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Dear friends! I hope you’re ready for this exciting announcement because Nora Murphy Country House is nominated for the international, prestigious Amara Interior Blog Award 2017 for Best Design Inspiration Blog! The voting stage of the awards opened this week, where my blog will need as many votes as possible to make it onto the shortlist…

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Can you believe it’s August already?! We’re usually anticipating our annual pilgrimage to the Cape this month, but unfortunately not this year. I’m in full-on power mode on my summer project, my upcoming book with Vendome Press. Not a bad reason to miss out on the Cape this year. July was the big push to…

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Kara Sundlun, co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut never went “mossing” before…so when she came to visit me at Connecticut Country house, I showed her just how easy it is to use this favorite year round go-to for all my indoor (and outdoor) decorating finishing touches. Enjoy the video, and Happy Mossing! Love, Nora

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And the raspberries keep coming at Connecticut Country House! Our shrubs are so prolific this year that we’ve continued to try and widen our repertoire of recipes that use them. And thanks to the Country Living website (again), I found myself directed to a very user-friendly website: RachelCooks.com. Thanks, Rachel, for the idea to use…

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Blueberry season is something we always look forward to at Connecticut Country House. But, what can you do with some of your freshly picked blueberries? Kara Sundlun from WFSB’s Better Connecticut stops by and makes homemade blueberry lemonade with me! It’s so easy and refreshing, especially when we add my “fruity ice cubes” to my…

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Here at Connecticut Country House we have the mother load of fresh raspberries coming ripe. Other than just snacking on them as we’re working in the kitchen garden, or adding them to fruit smoothies, we needed some other ideas. Country Living to the rescue! Their website had a fantastic list of all kinds of recipes…

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Petunias are my perennial favorite. This sweet and simple annual is a must-have at Connecticut Country House. I love their delicate flowers and bold, brilliant colors. They’re pretty when tiny and potted up individually, as well as one big petunia hanging basket from my local nursery that I’ll pop into an over-scaled clay pot. But…

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Grilling tonight? You’ve just got to try this amazing chimichurri recipe that came from Murph morphing many different online found recipes to concoct his own Connecticut Country House version. Did you know that the Argentinean cowboys (a.k.a. gauchos) devised this sauce for grilling up fresh steaks on the range? (I love that visual!) It’s super…

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She was the first to greet you before you even got to the door. The little shadow that followed me into the kitchen garden and quietly kept me company. The pretty little poser at Connecticut Country House photo shoots (even when her cameo appearance was not needed). The sweet social butterfly at every occasion. Our kitty,…

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A couple of weeks ago, Kara Sundlun, the co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came to Connecticut Country House for the very first time. Decorated for a summer party, the house was in its glory…what a perfect occasion to host Kara and give her a tour of my favorite summertime decorating tips around the house, inside…

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It never fails. Every time I’m on Nantucket, it’s the window boxes that always grab my attention. I love the mix of colors, textures, and types of plants all mixed together in combinations that I would never have thought of. These thoughtfully composed container gardens are just another way the architecture, gardens, and summer season…

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Happy 4th of July weekend! I can’t believe it’s already July. Where did June go? At Nora Murphy Country House, this month is all about working on “the book” (among other projects!). It’s all good. To keep it all straight, I’ve downloaded our July calendar onto my desktop…the image is truly one of my faves (I’m…

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Add a little “pop” to your dinner or buffet table this 4th of July (or any occassion for that matter!). Simply roll up your flatware in an ironed cloth napkin and tie a bow around it! Available on 4 or 10 yard rolls at my local craft store, I look for a good quality grosgrain ribbon…

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I started the Nora Murphy Country House emagazine for 1 simple reason…my “blog shoes” were too tight. I loved my little blog, Connecticut Country House, but in the state it was in, it was limiting in telling and showing my stories. So I had a vision of what I wanted it to be. Something really…

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I have been a Bunny Williams fan forever. She’s one of my favorite decorators, and I absolutely love her style. This spring, I had the great honor of joining 9 of my fellow interior design bloggers in High Point, NC for the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour. Bunny Williams Home was one of our…

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It’s really amazing just how easy it is to freshen a room for summer – inside and out! We’ve partnered with Country Curtains to bring you a fabulous Summer Giveaway for a $500 Country Curtains shopping spree! Treating your rooms to a seasonal refresh is good for your home and for the soul! I very…

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Six beautiful homes and six gardens of our fellow Newtowners’ will be featured at the 21st Newtown Historical Society House & Garden Tour this upcoming Sunday. (Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Connecticut Country House WILL NOT be on this year’s wonderful tour.) This tour is always so inspiring, and this year includes homes overseeing Taunton…

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So what do you get when you mix ballet with bridle stirrups, dressmaker details, rich gold tones, and a neoclassical style? Why, you experience the beautiful world of Windsor Smith! All her favorite things inspired this exception home collection. This spring’s High Point Design Bloggers Tour was just the place to explore and get totally…

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He calls him Boyo, the Irish word for lad. Being a Murphy, the name seems to fit. We fell in love with Ireland 25 years ago, so much so that we named our son Conor after Conor Larkin, the hero of Leon Uris’ novel, Trinity. Back then, when we left to fly back home, Rick and…

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Written by Sarah Egge, photographed by Michael Partenio, and produced by Stacy Kunstel, my beloved Connecticut Country House makes up one of the beautiful features in this summer’s issue of Country Home. What a thrill and honor it is to be published by such an amazing publication – one that I have loved for years.  Stacy…

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It’s Flag Day! Out comes my beloved American flag collection from the old wicker hampers in the Summer Room. I’ve been collecting vintage flags for some time now, and it all started with just one old Betsy Ross-style stitched flag that I found at a yard sale. It always took center stage on the front…

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Better Connecticut’s Scot Haney is back in the garden with me at Connecticut Country House in my beloved Newtown. I’m sharing some of my best ideas for the garden and explore the simple “power of green” found in shrubs.  First, evergreens build a balanced, low maintenance foundation to my home, which last throughout the year.…

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