Posts by Nora

There’s a spot in my kitchen, on the counter right next to the stove where I always lean a favorite framed antique print. It’s an unexpected touch that adds a little elegance to my country
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“Mums” are the word this season – and so are cabbages! Ornamental cabbages are beautiful, hearty, and inexpensive plants that have a lot of “wow” to them, whether they’re planted in a grouping or just
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For me, October 1st really, truly is the 1st day of fall. Here in Connecticut, October is quintessential New England. The air gets brisk and crisp, the farmstands are abundant with gorgeous apples, pumpkins and
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Last week, we posted our Mood/Inspiration Board video. So I thought it’s only natural to post the finished board. My process? Simple. As we head into each new season, I make it my practice to
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As I sat with my seed catalogs in the bitter cold of January, my thoughts were of warm late summer days and reaping the rewards of my carefully crafted orders. Now that it’s mid-September, my
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My very favorite pair of scissors is my ancient orange handled Fiskars – The Original. They’ve been knocking around in the kitchen’s junk drawer forever. So when I went to the Bloggers Conference earlier this
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Tumbling over the stone wall in front of Connecticut Country House is one very happy Sweet Autumn Clematis. When I admire the drifts of tiny, snow-white blooms, it’s hard to imagine that a one-gallon nursery
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From early spring into late fall, we crave spending time outdoors. The patios at Connecticut Country House serve as natural extensions of the interior spaces. My approach to arranging these areas is just like how
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It was love at first sight and snip! Whether I’m giving my rosemary topiaries a haircut, just snipping a couple of fragrant branches to cook with, or adding a touch of evergreen pretty to a
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From ear to ear I grin. Daily. I love this time of year. Each trip to the kitchen garden reveals something ripe and ready to be picked. The tomato crop in particular, has been satisfyingly
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I’m incredibly honored that Country Living magazine featured an article based on the simple style snippets that I presented at their 2016 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. For those who couldn’t attend this fabulous
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This may look like one of those 5,000 piece mind-boggling puzzles, but it isn’t. It’s just a sampling of all we have discovered around the property of this old 1767 Connecticut Country House. This past
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I swear that it was just yesterday that I was welcoming August, and now, in what seems like in the blink of an eye, it has come and gone. Murph is back in the classroom,
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Cool morning temps at Connecticut Country House are becoming a clearer sign that it’s almost time to hang-up the summer clothes. The crisp, crumply linens, the soft sun-bleached cottons, and the wonky brimmed straw hats
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The Summer Room (formerly known as the parlor/sitting room) is one of the smallest rooms in Connecticut Country House. No matter the size, this wee space still packs a pretty punch! My collection of old
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This all-American vintage fruit-picking bucket gets a lovely French twist with the addition of small pots of lavender. Lined with a disposable foil loaf pan and tucked in so not to see the plastic pots,
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Go ahead. Peek inside. Look around. From every angle, you’ll see something different. This new, lidded seeded glass jar is the perfect catchall for displaying special little tidbits. Old photos, labels, Conor’s childhood handiwork, dried
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My decorating motto is “Keep it simple”. Marrying unusual forms can make an everyday common spot a little more interesting. I love the scale and graphic nature of this hand-lettered sign I found at the
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This antique French hanging basket gets a makeover with every season. At the moment, Russian sage is making a big ethereal statement in the gallery. Brimming with elegant silvery green aromatic spires of lavender-blue tubular
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A small, sun filled space near the entryway and right off the Family Room, is our go-to spot for keeping what we need to head out the door. Because the space is tiny, organization is
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My arugula crop is a kitchen garden success! Planted in early spring, the seeds have sprouted and the dandelion-like leaves have provided a peppery bite to our sandwiches and salads for weeks. Like lettuces, the
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Grouping items together that share a similar theme is a simple way to create an impactful display. In The Coop, our master bedroom, using a classic whale motif, I’ve paired and placed a weather-beaten wood
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At Connecticut Country House, we welcome tomato season every year with open arms and mouths. Freshly picked tomatoes from the kitchen garden are quickly incorporated into all manner of deliciousness. Whether tossed into a crisp
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Rope napkin rings, reminiscent of a sailor’s knot, will give any table setting an understated nod to the sea. I love the warm natural color and texture of the stray sisal fibers. I hit the
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Uniformly clipped baby boxwoods, lined up in an old wooden window box, blur the line between inside and out. Placed in the large bay window of the family room, it’s a simple way to add
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