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It’s amazing what a few pillows and throws can do to change up a look! My creamy white denim slipcovered sofa and big comfy chair make a great foundation for a seasonal refresh. The wooly
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Copper is one of those elements that can lend wonderful warmth to a country home. Whether highly burnished like a freshly minted penny, or naturally oxidized to a deep caramel patina, you can’t go wrong
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I’m thrilled to announce that Nora Murphy Country House Style, Winter 2017 is here! Within its pages, take a tour of my dear friend’s, Valerie and Tim’s, wonderful, woodsy Adirondack-style country house. Shot over two
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When you cross the threshold of the main doorway of Connecticut Country House, the first thing that you’ll see, after being greeted by Martha Luther King, the cat, and Fiona our vibrating, tail wagging terrier,
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We are taught that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Well, I think creating ice hurricane lanterns is the frosty wintertime version of what to do when the temps dip below freezing and
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Happy New Year!


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New year, new Nora Murphy Country House desktop calendars! They’re free! Click here to download. If you like the dreamy frothy goodness featured for January’s calendar (and you’re in the mood for something a little
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Build A Beautiful Party Cheeseboard


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I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like to see and help themselves to a beautifully presented cheeseboard. A collection of delicious nibbles – cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts and wafer thin slices of cured
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From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at Nora Murphy Country House wish you a most beautiful holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Love, Nora & the Country House gang

Bernadette’s Toffee Bars


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Thanks to my beautiful French friend, Bernadette, we had the great pleasure of indulging in her freshly baked New York Times version of classic (and decadent) Toffee Bars! While these bars have nothing to do
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Sea Bags Wine Bag Giveaway!


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How great is this wine bag from Sea Bags! Handcrafted from re-purposed sails in Portland, Maine, I just love the bold and festive CHEERS graphic and the very clever recycled gift tag/travel log to keep
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Tag! That’s It!


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You’ve got your packages all wrapped, tied ‘em all up with festive ribbon, and now’s the time to add the perfect finishing touch that’ll let everyone know who love’s them! To get you started, click
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Wrapping Hostess Gifts


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Wrapping up hostess gifts couldn’t be simpler as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. With a few common items you may already have on hand,
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When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer for WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me what I thought viewers might be interested in watching in December, I immediately thought of two things that I know are at the
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Decorating With Fresh Greens For The Holidays


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I was thrilled to welcome, as was Martha Luther King, our far from camera shy cat, Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut to Connecticut Country House! I had a wonderful time showing him just how
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Greetings friends, and welcome to the holidays at Connecticut Country House! Our online magazine, Nora Murphy Country House Style, Holiday 2016 is finally here! I never know, year to year, what exactly that’s going to
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I’m honored to be a guest blogger for Country Curtain’s Home & Happiness blog, and to be part of their Home For The Holidays Giveaway! Since every room at Connecticut Country House is getting decked
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December is here and I just want to say that we’re in full-blown, getting ready for the holidays mode at Connecticut Country House! I’m happy to say that over the next few weeks I’ll be
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I love spicy scents for the holidays, and making clove-studded orange pomanders is one of my favorites. For some of us who have a hard time sitting still watching TV (that would be me), poking
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Thanksgiving Day is all about being grateful. Thank you for joining me on this Country House journey, and sharing your passion for family and home. It means the world to me. Wishing you and yours
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With so much focus going into food prep for tomorrow, here’s a fabulous last minute holiday decorating tip that I swear by. If you have bittersweet growing wild in your neighborhood like I do, a
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Two fabulous Cranberry Sauce recipes from two different regions of the country: The first is a quintessential New England Cranberry Sauce I make every year that’s inspired by a beautiful restaurant on Nantucket, 21 Federal.
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Some traditions are hard to improve upon, and our Thanksgiving Day turkey with dressing happens to be one of those things. Why mess with a really good thing? Connecticut Country House Roasted Turkey One turkey;
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For my latest segment on WFSB’s Better Connecticut, as their new Lifestyle contributor, I had a great time designing a holiday table with a beautiful autumnal look that’s just perfect for Thanksgiving. I think it’s
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