Nora Murphy

Nora Murphy has turned her passion for country house style and its embodiment--her own home in Newtown, Connecticut--into a multimedia juggernaut. Her blog, website, e-magazine, strong presence on social media, and increasing visibility in print media and on TV have earned Nora Murphy Country House a devoted following all over the country and around the world. And now she has distilled the essence of her knowledge about the fundamentals of country house style and how to achieve it in her new book, Nora Murphy's Country House Style, Making Your Home A Country House.

Nora's career is a story of her passion for interior design, the classics, and great new ideas.

Nora launched Nora Murphy Country House in 2011. The lifestyle company, with its focus on decorating, gardening, and entertaining, is the home of the award-winning Nora Murphy Country House blog and the highly acclaimed Nora Murphy Country House online magazine. Nora's first book, Nora Murphy's Country House Style (Vendome Press) launching September 2018.

Nora is the on-air Lifestyle Contributor on WFSB's popular Better Connecticut program. She has been a featured presenter at the Country Living Fairs since 2016, and will present at Country Living's Rhinebeck and Atlanta fairs in 2018.

As Executive Vice President of Style and Advertising at Ethan Allen, she was responsible for the brand's global style, image, and creative content--a role she left to build Nora Murphy Country House, though her ties to the company remain strong. As consulting Creative Director, Nora oversaw the creation of the Ethan Allen's 328-page Muses book in 2015; guided the product design and branding of the Ethan Allen/Disney line, launched in 2016; and advised on the direction of the company's Print and Digital Advertising collateral. She has also been a Design Project Manager for Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection.

Part inspiration, part education, the Nora Murphy Country House blog is a wholly unique experience, and is the 2016 Design Blogger's Conference Hall of Fame Winner For Best Overall Design Blog. She has been nominated 2 years in a row for the prestigious Amara Interior Blog Award for Best Design Inspiration Blog - USA.


  1. Donna Beehler on December 24, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Dear Nora, right in the middle of Christmas cooking my package from you arrived. Everything was absolutely perfect! I immediately put satsumas in the shell…thankyou so much, Donna

    • Nora on December 25, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Wonderful news! Merry Christmas Donna! Enjoy…Love, Nora

  2. Mary Yulo on February 25, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Nora. You continue to inspire. I aspire to run a business one day, now that I have retired. I have a lot to learn about developing an online presence. You make it look effortless, but I know that your business is the result of years of hard work and determination. I look forward to stopping by to see your “brick and mortar” one day soon. I am a friend of Dana’s from New Fairfield, and I enjoy your beautiful book, featuring Dana’s NH “tavern” (…which I got to see firsthand! Wow!), especially on snowy or rainy days like this one. Wishing you continued success!



  3. diannamassie on February 28, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Literally cannot wait to receive my 6 Blue Willow grill plates. I have had my eyes on them for some time, now. Love the way you displayed them on your blog. Thank you so much for parting with them. They have found a good home.

  4. Dorothy Cogswell on February 3, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Hey Nora I fondly remember you from EthanAllen. I worked in the cafe and lived in newtown.

  5. Elena Ferrari on May 22, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I just love this picture of you (top of page), good friend. In addition, your April 3 piece on flowering branches was delightful. You are inspiring in every way. Elena

  6. KAren Murphy on July 14, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Hi Nora,
    Karen, formerly of Petal Pushers in Newtown. So happy to have stumbled on your site. Living on the coast of Maine, but so miss our lovely little town of Newtown. Will always be home. Glad all is well. Enjoy the summer.

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