Posts by Nora

Just like every household, at Connecticut Country House, by the end of the week we’re often faced with a fridge stocked with lidded containers of various dribs ‘n drabs. Murph, my culinary genius husband, frequently
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One of my best gardening tips is to plant on a cloudy day (and if the forecast calls for rain later or the following day, all the better!). This also goes for trimming shrubs. As
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I LOVE May in Connecticut! Everything looks like a Technicolor dream. Grass is a lush, vivid green. Emerging leaves on the trees are vibrant chartreuse. French lilacs just beginning to bloom are the deepest of
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One of my favorite shrubs is the Forsythia. So very easy to grow. Every year I like to add to a few shrubs to our bright yellow forsythia bank. (Building on what I already have
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So happy to announce the winners of the Nashville Country Living Fair Weekend Passes Giveaway. Congratulations Vicki Johnson and Judy Meagher! Your tickets will be waiting for you at the fair! Thank you to all
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“Awake, thou wintry earth — fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth your ancient gladness!” – Thomas Blackburn Wishing you & your loved ones a beautiful Easter Sunday. Love, Nora

Whether it’s to indicate to Mama that’s she’s intended to sit next to Aunt Ann, or to personalize a nature inspired Easter basket for a gardening friend, be sure to click here to download our
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Springtime tulips and hyacinths are a natural go-to for Easter decorating and gift giving. By simply taking market or nursery purchased plants, removing them from the confines of their plastic, foil shrouded pots and placing
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While you’re busy juggling the timing of the eggs Benedict and hash browns, I say let’s get the party started with a simple self-serve brunch bar for your guests! Nothing elaborate here, just an offering
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Not just for Easter, but also for the entire spring season, these wild vine baskets echo the beautiful woodlands that surround Connecticut Country House, and do a wonderful job of setting the tone for my
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Setting a spring themed table for Easter? Don’t just stop there. Look up! Create a lovely birds nest effect around your chandelier by simply resting a few freshly cut branches of varying lengths on the
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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut stopped by Connecticut Country House where I showed him a simple technique for creating tartan-like Easter eggs. We donned our aprons, snapped on gloves and had a wonderful time
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March was a whirlwind month and April is scheduled to be just as crazy wonderful! Project Refresh will continue as we tackle the 2nd floor of Connecticut Country House. A fresh coat of paint all-around:
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My husband Murph’s brother, Jack – yes, that Jack, of the pickle recipe fame, recently sent us a picture of a divine looking chicken pot pie that he’d baked in a giant cast iron skillet.
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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House and we had a great time hanging out in the kitchen creating two types of nature inspired floral spring baskets. Rustic grapevine baskets from
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You know the saying, “It takes a village…”, well, it’s more like “it takes a sisterhood” for me. Saturday’s ‘Time To Celebrate!’ post, was the Cliff Notes version of getting a book deal. The road
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Whether your kitchen is in a home from the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, or beyond, it’s never too old, or too new, for a Country House perspective. Throughout the pages our new Nora Murphy Country House
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Well, it’s official! At long last I have a publisher for my book! I am honored and so excited to announce that Vendome Press in New York will be publishing Nora Murphy Country House Style!
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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” — Sitting Bull Happy first day of spring!
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I’m dreaming of Ireland, such a magical place. Last summer, the 3 of us Murph’s spent 10 glorious days traveling and taking in as much of the Emerald Isle as we could. We mapped out
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On a snowy winter’s day like today, it’s hard to believe that spring is just a couple of weeks away. For me, there’s nothing like a sweet bunch of springtime flowers to chase away those
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