This was no easy decision. Actually it was a really, really tough one…something I kept turning away from and putting off for over a year now. My sweet and beautiful beloved muse, my Connecticut country house, is now listed for sale.

I stepped foot into this wonderful old house 17 years ago, and instantly fell in love with it. The rich history, beautiful location, and the light, bright welcoming spaces of this 1767 house blew me away! About 6 months later, it was unbelievably ours! We’ve put so much into this home to make it the best it can be. And it surely has been. But the time has come to downsize, and enjoy more of what life has to offer. Murph’s going to retire from teaching later this year, and our recent college grad, Conor, is just embarking on his career. Me, well I absolutely LOVE sharing my Country House style (especially my Hunt Club!) and will carry on in a new old country house I have my eye on. (Plenty of projects await!)

Murph, Conor and I have cared for and love this wonderful home – its been a fabulous home to us, as well as our dear family and friends.
I pray for that 1 person, couple, or family to come and instantly fall in love with this beautiful place, just like I did 17 years ago, and call it home.

Here’s to the next fabulous chapter!

Love, Nora

*For more information on my country house:
MLS#: 170238723, Listing agent: Margi Esten of Coldwell Banker (203-241-8453,


  1. cms11766 on October 10, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Wow…My husband and I did the same thing last year, Thats how we ended up in Essex. You find when the kids are gone you don’t need all the room. I am sure you beautiful home will go like quick!

  2. Sheryl Cizmadia on October 10, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve only seen the outside, but I can see why you fell in love with it. I’m in love with it. I hope it goes to some really good family. And best of luck to you and your family with the next house you fall in love with. ❤

  3. Sally Kennedy on October 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my, but the time comes when everything gets to be a little much. It’s so beautiful,especially the kitchen. You will without a doubt do up your new place something for all of us to drool over again! Lots of luck.

  4. Caroline and Tom Galloway on October 10, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I want this house. Can you email me the direct link please! Love, Caroline

  5. Lorraine Spenle on October 10, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Good luck Nora you will have no problem selling that beauty ! look forward to all. you posts
    much love Lorraine

  6. Mary C Yulo on October 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Best of luck to you in your next “country house!”

  7. Amy Chalmers on October 10, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Wow Nora, I understand the passion it took to sustain this home and your decision when its time to turn the page…I will be doing the same thing with my country home next year….lots of love and best wishes for the next chapter.

  8. Marianna Olszewski on October 10, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Wow Nora I too understand. It is a lovely home and I know you put a lot of love and hard work into it because that is why all of us love your style. Best of luck on your next journey.

  9. Linda Tuskey on October 10, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I felt so sad when I read this. I will miss this beautiful home. I will miss the sun in the windows and the rhododendron blooms and the mantels and the boxwood and the walkways. I really feel as if I’ve been there to visit many times. The consolation is the anticipation of what comes next. What is the new house going to be like? What will the refresh on this house look like? When can I visit?

  10. Diana Cosgrove on October 11, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Nora … all of your followers love and enjoy all the images you’ve shared inside and outside of your magnificent, one of a kind home and garden … I will miss seeing it … Best of luck in your search for a new unique “little” house that you will again share with us … I have learned with age … as Martha S. would say, change is a “good thing” .

    Diana, Haverhill, MA

  11. Mary Lou Cummings on October 11, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Nora, I wish you all the best in your new “life” adventure. So glad I was able to visit during one of the former Newtown
    House Tours. Your beautiful book brings back wonderful images of this charming house and all your personal touches
    throughout the years. Make this jump now, while good health abounds and you will thank yourself forever. Hope your blog will continue as times goes on. It’s not only the decorating – but your own style, creativity and joy of life that presents yourself in all that you do.

  12. Loanne on October 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

    We will miss you all so much❤️

  13. Maye Magner on October 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I can tell that you have put your heart into your home and it is stunning. You will do the same with your next nest. I am so happy I bought your book and it sits on my coffee table always. I like to just flip through it and dream of being there.
    Enjoy this next chapter and be well.
    Maye, Duxbury, MA

  14. Nan, Odessa, DE on October 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Nora, please post your refurbish of your home from a few years ago!
    Hope you aren’t saying good bye to us, your faithful follers.
    More blogs!!!!!

    • Nora on October 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Nan! No, no!! NMCH is not going anywhere!! Will post a new blog soon! 🙂 Thanks very much for all your support! Love, Nora

  15. Joan reilly on October 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I love Connecticut! I would love to move there, but it’s even mor tax unfriendly than New York for retirees like us!?

  16. Linda on October 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Very courageous! You will never regret it. Two years ago we sold our family home of 17 years as well. A lovely young family bought it who loved it as much as we did. I treasure the years we lived there, but our next adventure has been wonderful. Best wishes

  17. Patricia Loebl on October 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with all of us in your blog and book.
    Wishing you happiness and good health in the next stage of your life.

  18. Karen B. on October 11, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    We left our home of 35 years 2 years ago and it was a tough decision but the right one. Best to you with the sale of your beautiful home.

  19. Sandy on October 13, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Nora, I could see you doing a video or TV program showing how you make your new home as fabulous as the one you are selling! This is a new beginning.

  20. Jerry on October 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    My sis and one of my dearest friends just sold their dream homes to down size , now you , my favorite of all time designers , I’m I have your book ,actually I think I’ll get another one for my winter home too. I know that we will get to travel with you on this new journey , we live on a small island is Pacific Northwest in summer and winter in Az.
    Best wishes on your journey

  21. Kim Barnes on October 15, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my goodness Nora, I think I stopped breathing for a few moments when I saw the title of your blog! But, I am anxious to see how the next chapter reads for you and your family. It’s a given that your next country house will be just as amazing as you work your extraordinary magic inside and out! I can’t wait?! Many blessings!

  22. Lori Hall on October 16, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations Nora! I hope you share the journey of the “new” old country house and it’s transformation!!

  23. Joan reilly on October 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Any chance you’ll be having an estate sale before your big move?
    Your faithful fans would love that!❤️

  24. Marianne Davies on October 19, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I believe we all need a new chapter in our lives. It keeps us going and growing in a new direction . Always new ideas out there and more to learn.

    Your home is beautiful and someone else will love it as much as you do! Cannot wait to see the home you choose next. I know it will be a beauty as well.

  25. Judith Purney on November 2, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Nora, thank you for sharing your most beautiful, warm and welcoming country home! Wishing you and your family much happiness in your new
    ‘vintage’ house.

  26. Joanne on November 4, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Wow, it is a really hard decision, but so glad that you have shared this home with all of us! So glad that Jimmy helped me find you….he knew I would love your style. You see…I grew up with the Murphy boys! I’m going to keep my eyes peeled to see what the new chapter brings for you and in the mean-time will enjoy whatever you share! Good luck!

  27. Deanna J Chesney on December 17, 2019 at 3:59 am

    Oh my! I too was shocked and disappointed when I read that you are selling your fabulous home. I just “found” you in the last few months on Pinterest, which led me to your other sites, and of course, I bought your wonderful book. I look forward to your new adventure, but I do have one request. Please do a complete book of just “you”. Your home, inch by inch of all rooms, your projects (adore your short videos), your gardens, You see, I am living vicariously through you as I will never have what you have created, and I do love it so. I have a very pleasant home which I am so grateful for, but I am now 79 years old, with a back that will not let me stand, or bend, and knees that will not kneel, I miss digging in the dirt, and treasure hunting, but with the depleted energy that chronic pain brings about, I must live in the light of creative, talented people like you. Now, lest you think I live in a perpetual state of self-pity, I do not. I’m just begging you to provide as much “Nora Murphy” as possible to those of us who lust after your creative homes, and lifestyle. Thank you!

    • Nora on December 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Dear Deanna! Thank you so much for your kind words! You inspire and motivate me to do my very best…and surely will do! Merry Christmas and all the best wishes for the New Year. Love, Nora xo

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