Connecticut Country House Blog

Summer…it’s here! And with it brings good growing, fresh garden to table eats, and late into the evening campfire gatherings. Life’s lived outdoors, and what living we do indoors now is scaled way back. Summer’s a
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When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut, asked me about pruning a hydrangea shrub for an upcoming segment, little did I realize that once our sharp pruners were out, there was no
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Drum roll please! The 3 winners for 3 pairs of Weekend Passes for the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, New York, June 1-3, are: Cathy Carron, Patricia Rafalko, and Cindy Moeller! Congratulations! Please email me
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Dear friends! Our Spring/Summer Nora Murphy Country House Garden Issue is here! Inspired by my crazy passion for flowers I’ll take you for a tour around my country house to introduce you to my favorite
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It’s the season for flowers in all shapes, sizes, and flavors! An absolutely beautiful, and delicious thing to serve for your Mother’s Day brunch or dessert, these Apple Roses are so unbelievably easy to make. Last
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146 wonderful comments later, the winner chosen at random is Gina Moran! Congratulations Gina! I hope your mom enjoys her Pink Peony Mother’s Day Gift Box! Thank you so very much dear friends for entering,
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So what’s a Trillium you may ask?  Known for their delicate beauty, trilliums are woodland plants prized by both gardeners and nature lovers—in part because even in the wild it takes four to seven years(!)
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I always ask myself “How can I elevate this _____ with flowers?” The blank can be anything: a place setting, a coffee table, the powder room, the front door, a cake, or a serving tray.
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A pretty spring table or host/hostess gifts for the holidays need not be expensive or become a ‘dog and pony show’ (one of my favorite sayings) to create. A quick trip to my local market
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What an exciting week! My upcoming book, Nora Murphy Country House Style – Making Your Home A Country House, published by Vendome Press, and to be released in September, debuted on Amazon as the #1
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It’s time for a Sea Bags & NMCH Easter Giveaway! We’re giving away 2 SEA BAGS BUCKET BAGS: A BLUE COTTONTAIL & A FUCHSIA COTTONTAIL ($45 value each) to 2 LUCKY WINNERS! 🐰  And of course, I’m
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Last year’s Easter table was a biggie. Very much inspired by nature and the woodlands that surround Connecticut Country House, I set my table using lots of interesting textures and colors from twig placemats intertwined
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Looking for a hearty dish for a cold snowy day? You’ve got to try Alex Guarnaschelli’s, Beef Brisket Soup With Quickie Parmigiano-Reggiano Dumplings. It’s kind of like if onion soup and pot roast had a
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For ’tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray, And it’s green, green, green, all the happy night and day; Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall,
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To keep Connecticut Country House looking fresh, there are a few key things I change-up every new season. So, Scot Haney, co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut, helps me show you just how easy my seasonal
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Inspired by weathered wood, baskets, concrete planters, clay pots, galvanized and painted wood buckets all have a couple things in common: They make great containers for planting and cut flowers, and their tints of grey
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It may be snowing outside, but on the inside of Connecticut Country House, we’re changing it up and heading into spring! I invited Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut to come on over and help
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What a difference a bunch of daffodils make! On my latest market run, gorgeous, long stemmed, bright yellow faced daffodils greeted me. I couldn’t walk by. Potted up in the usual plastic pots, I popped
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Winter Whites are fabulously refreshing, and brings me one big step closer to spring! I’m slowly editing and changing out my rooms, and my closet! I find that by getting a jump on the next
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It was time to trouble shoot. My growing collection of 18th century French bird engravings by Francois Nicolas Martinet had been tucked away for way too long. Every so often I would take them out
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Sending you much love & appreciation! Happy Valentine’s Day dear friends. Love, Nora xo

For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to create something special for you. A limited edition of sorts. So I came up with Hugs & Kisses, a scented soy candle duo. Hugs is inspired by a warm
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