Connecticut Country House Blog

Breakfast with Amy & Matthew

April 10, 2019 |

Amy Chalmers: "The excitement was real! Nora Murphy had invited me to her official book launch party in Connecticut, and would be putting me up in a lovely country cottage to stay overnight. I still couldn’t believe my house was featured alongside her iconic country home. I thought the perfect person to share this moment…

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Set The Table With St. Patrick’s Day Style!

March 4, 2019 |

Setting a table in mid-March is tricky. At this point, I’m so done with winter (even though there’s snow piled up outside) and all I want to see is spring. With the glorious greens of St. Patrick’s Day, and just a few days shy of the first day of spring, a table set with fresh…

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With Love From The Farmhouse Project:A Valentine’s Cocktail For 2

February 12, 2019 |

I’m so excited to feature some of my favorite fellow bloggers this year! Please meet Shawn & Kris of You may already know them as the Country House in the Woods homeowners from my book. They decorate, cook, bake, garden (just to name a few), and are fabulous home entertainers. It’s their talent in…

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Step By Step Linzer Cookie Recipe for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2019 |

As promised (and just in time for Valentine’s Day!), here is the latest WFSB, Better Connecticut segment where I walk co-hosts Kara and Scot through the easy steps to making this beautiful heart-shaped Linzer Tart Cookies. You can also get the written and printable recipe here. Enjoy! Love, Nora xo

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Linzer Tart Heart Cookies

February 5, 2019 |

I took my favorite Linzer Tart cookie recipe back to its classic beginnings as a beautiful European heart. Filled with strawberry preserves, and dusted generously with vanilla bean-infused confectioner’s sugar, this lovely makes a delicious and very pretty St. Valentine’s gift. Here, I displayed them on 2 vintage glass cake stands, garnished with faux winterberry…

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Wendy’s Winter Whites

January 29, 2019 |

Country House in the Mountains is where Wendy Lewis lives and works. Her 1800 Federal-style white shingled country house in Vermont is her home and her muse. I met Wendy a few years ago at the Brimfield Antique Market, where she sets up shop in her tent, the Textile Trunk. Her eye and taste for…

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Mitten Season

January 20, 2019 |

On such a snowy and icy day, it only makes sense to talk “mittens”. And I’m not just talking about any old ordinary mittens. The mittens I wish to tell you about are made by my dear friend Valerie Beeble, founder and mitten maker of DeForest Lake Designs here in Connecticut. Val’s gorgeous mittens don’t…

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2019 Never Looked So Good!

January 4, 2019 |

Happy New Year! In true Country House style we kick off 2019 with Country House style, of course! Please enjoy our annual gift to you, our 2019 Nora Murphy Country House Downloadable Desktop Calendar. Just click here, and enjoy our original, beautiful photography every single day and all year long! Love, Nora

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Set a Holiday Tartan Table

December 29, 2018 |

Calling all tartan lovers! This latest Better Connecticut Lifestyle segment is dedicated to you! I wish I was able to get this uploaded in time for Christmas, but the more I think about it, tartan is always in style. So maybe for your New Year’s Eve table…or later on into the dreary winter months when…

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For You

December 25, 2018 |

Wishing you a beautiful, blessed Christmas Day…and peace on earth for always. Love, Nora xo

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Make Holiday Hampers!

December 18, 2018 |

When it comes to gift giving, I feel that it’s important to listen to your heart and try to gift something that truly reflects the receivers personality as well as their likes and loves. Sometimes, that’s  not so easy! I’ve found that creating Holiday Hampers are a fun and creative way to gift. No need…

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One Fabulous Antiques Diva

November 26, 2018 |

I immediately fell in love with Aidan Gray and The Antiques Diva Collection by Aidan Gray on the High Point Design Bloggers Tour last month! Let’s start with Aidan Gray. Aidan Gray Home is known for its nod to European antiques and wonderfully unique found objects. They pride themselves in bringing updated styling trends in…

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Big On Style: A Connecticut Townhouse Tour

November 24, 2018 |

My dear friends Chris & Dave live their businesses; Dave heads up Visual Merchandising at Ethan Allen, and Chris heads up DC Kingswood, a fabulous lifestyle vintage goods shop within the Fairfield County Antique & Design Center in Norwalk Connecticut. They live with their wonderfully unique finds, styled just right in their Bethel Connecticut townhouse.…

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Giving Thanks

November 22, 2018 |

Thanksgiving Day. A day filled with family and friends, and much gratitude. I thank you for coming on this journey with me. There would be no NMCH without you! xo Thank you to my fabulous NMCH team of dedicated and hardworking people who believe in the journey and are happy to stay on board! I…

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Reimagined & Repurposed

November 21, 2018 |

Cisco Home is about inspiring creativity by reimagining the mix of sustainable materials and textures for today’s home. The High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour took us there to experience their environment that was filled with upcycled elements and classic furniture forms treated to unexpected, yet familiar textiles. The beauty of Cisco Home is the…

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