Summer…it’s here! And with it brings good growing, fresh garden to table eats, and late into the evening campfire gatherings. Life’s lived outdoors, and what living we do indoors now is scaled way back. Summer’s a time for keeping it simple, and clearing out what’s not working any longer (indoors and out). Minimalism and freshness abound! I’m doing a cannonball right into summer, and pledging to soak in every single day of this glorious season, because before I know it, there’ll be a chill in the air, and it’ll be time to go back in!

I’ve pulled together some of my favorite Country House summertime images to get us into the spirit of the season….Cannonball!!

Happy summer, and enjoy!

Love, Nora


  1. Nan, Odessa, DE on June 20, 2018 at 11:01 am

    All photos are lovely. Your linens make me want to go shopping, but I doubt they are available. Probably vintage.
    The pic of the zinnia call my name,, my all time favorites! I have added bowls of shells since I found your site and ALWAYS get positive comments on them. You will laugh at us ordering seafood in a restaurant and telling them we MUST have the shells to go. HA HA! Have had many good meals and have acquired a nice collection of shells being influenced by NORA. Thanks for all the inspiration you give to me. Happy Summer!

    • Nora on June 21, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Love your commitment to collecting shells!! A woman after my own heart! So happy you so appreciate my efforts!!! Thank you so very much for inspiring me to keep it up!! Have a wonderful summer. Love, Nora

  2. Linda Tuskey on June 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I’m like Nan. I see all of the beautiful photos on your blog, in the magazines, on Instagram and Facebook, and I just want to jump up and hang my patriotic bunting and put out my collection of flags. What were chores before are now great fun, being inspired by you. Thank you for passing on to us the joy of making a home and creating a warm, welcoming place for friends and family.

    • Nora on June 21, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Hi Linda! The first thing that comes to mind is: “YAY!!!” So happy that what I do makes a difference for you! There are just some of those days when I question myself and your feedback helps me greatly! THANK YOU! Enjoy your summer! Love, Nora

  3. maude ciardi on June 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful summer pictures! I am excited for all things summer! Yes you have inspired me. I had my chairs covered in the beautiful denim and they are perfect. Have a good summer and I hope you get to Nantucket. Hopefully I will get to go again soon

    • Nora on June 21, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Good morning Maude! So happy the denim worked out so well for you! For me also, they’re just so versatile & hardworking! Love them!! Enjoy the summer, and Nantucket! Hope you go!! Thanks very much, Love, Nora

  4. Lorraine Spenle on June 20, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    just so summery and peaceful ~ have a great summer Nora ~ lorraine

    • Nora on June 21, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Lorraine! You have a great summer too! Love, Nora

  5. Patricia Rafalko on June 21, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Dear Nora,
    Everything looks so inviting and cozy. You have a real gift! I am looking forward to fixing up my 80 year old log cabin. It is small (820 sq ft) but it is just my husband and myself. It is our “retirement home”, and it will continue to be a work in progress. I want to accomplish the same feelings you have created in our home. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. Love, Patricia

    • Nora on June 21, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Patricia, your sweet cabin sounds like a dream! I truly feel that our homes, wherever & whatever they are, should feel like a vacation home! I always say: “What are we waiting for?!” Do enjoy every minute. Love, Nora

  6. Karon on June 21, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I just want to say that you are one talented lady!! I absolutely love your photos. For those of us who have not visited the Eastern shore, they allow us to see it and dream about traveling there one day. I love the gardening ideas you show us and the wonderful home you have in Connecticut. I love to see the beautiful linens and how you mix and match. It gives me the courage to try it for myself. I always get such good ideas from you. I really wish you would do a book just on your home and your crafts. I still love books. May you have a wonderful, relaxing July 4th holiday and enjoy your whole summer.

    Thank you again for sharing such wonderful ideas and adventures.


    • Nora on June 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Karon!
      Thank you so very much!! Your feedback is just so encouraging to me! Please note, that I do have my very first book, published by Vendome Press, coming out this September! I am so very excited to share it with you all!! My publisher is providing me with a Limited Edition of my book that you can pre-order. I hope you do!

      Thanks so very much! Love, Nora

  7. Alisa Andrews on June 21, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Love the baskets of crisp white linens! On this first day of summer, you made me feel like I took a mini vacation!

  8. Audrey Johnson on June 22, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Love it all! Thank you for inspiring us all to get out and do what makes us feel good.

  9. Helena Pennell on June 26, 2018 at 10:43 am

    It’s everything I love

  10. michael ellen wood on July 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I love the flag displayed on the front door. Would like to subscribe to your blog if possible, but cannot find a link.

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