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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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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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 Interior Design book! To say you could have knocked me over with a feather is truly an understatement. This book…

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So what do you get when you mix ballet with bridle stirrups, dressmaker details, rich gold tones, and a neoclassical style? Why, you experience the beautiful world of Windsor Smith! All her favorite things inspired this exception home collection. This spring’s High Point Design Bloggers Tour was just the place to explore and get totally…

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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 year, it was the Fiskars table that got my attention. Beautifully displayed and seriously sharp cutting tools of various shapes,…

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Dear friends! So very excited to invite you to Connecticut Country House, Sunday, June 26th, 11-5, for the Newtown Historical Society House & Garden Tour! Murph and I will be here to welcome you and show you around! As you know, Project Refresh Part 2 is in full swing! Braun Movers were here yesterday swapping rooms…

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When the snow is covering the ground, and the plows haven’t been through, sometimes it’s the best time to get cozy, kick back and catch up on a little light reading. If you have a hankering for design inspiration and fabulous recipes, or just craving eye candy (our photography is all our own), dive into…

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We’re putting the finishing touches on our Holiday issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style online magazine. In it, I’ll be giving you a tour of my newly painted and re-styled home, Connecticut Country House (our summer long project), all decked out in holiday style. Here’s the back story… Last winter was not kind to…

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This was no ordinary shoot. Since the summer, we’ve been prepping Connecticut Country House for her debut in the November issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. The big push was on to finish up all of the painting and re-setting of the summer’s biggest project, Project Refresh, as I called it. The morning of the…

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In most cases, I believe less is more. And when it comes to photo shoots, less in front of the camera is so much more impactful. The camera may be working with less, but behind the scenes it’s just the opposite…there’s a whole lot more going on than meets the camera’s eye! This past Valentine’s…

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The Holiday issue of our e-magazine is now on-line. It’s a beautiful issue filled with tons of imagery, stories, keeper recipes, and “Holly Jolly” decorating tips. The “Holly Jolly” part of the decorating imagery came out of a time when spirits could not get much lower. You see, the story goes…barely a week after tragedy…

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I love Halloween photo shoots, especially when it involves children. I started with the best children’s photographer I know, Duanne Simon. And to capture Duanne’s and the team’s efforts (the behind the scenes stuff) Conor got that part of the gig. Technically, the shoot started at 1 p.m., and officially at 3:30 – until 7. Long…

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I am happy to report that Saturday’s photo shoot for the book went off without a hitch. Yay team! I will go further with that statement and declare it a huge success!  Last summer, here at Connecticut Country House, we kicked off the photography for our book by capturing the best of each season – inside and out. So I…

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Here we are, a week from Easter weekend, and there’s a lot to plan and do in a very short time frame.  Today I am prepping for a photo shoot that will take place tomorrow here at Connecticut Country House.  The shoot is definitely one more big thing that I am adding to my already…

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The lyrics of this song have always been uplifting.  And just the melody by itself – well it’s one of those tunes that gets stuck in my head and I find myself humming.  Last week, when I was thinking about what I was going to write about for Christmas – I was a little stuck.…

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What if you had a place to get away to for a few minutes everyday, a welcoming perch where you could see a fresh take on satisfying rustic nibbles and sips from my country kitchen and hub…where there is always something brewing? Would you like to take a behind the scenes peek into a hive…

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