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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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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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 work effortlessly as a beautiful soft neutral in any interior. Even when a stalky flowering plant needs staking, I use…

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Loody Lady is the name I know her by. For years on eBay I have coveted her gorgeous antique European textiles, and have added items – from French linen sheets to hand stitched quilts – to my eBay wish list. Being a big fan, you can just imagine my reaction when I stumbled upon her…

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While I have my corner Cabinet of Curiosities, my dear friend Marta has a gorgeous 18th c. corner cabinet filled with an enviable collection of creamware. Guarded by a Staffordshire dog, Marta’s grouping of delicate plates rimmed with lacy reticulated designs, tureens with pierced lids and rose blooms, and elegant teapots with rope handles, is one…

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde I couldn’t agree more! What does the art you surround yourself with say about you? You be you! Love, Nora

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As a designer and artist, I love artwork. Whether new or old (in some cases very old), the art that I find is usually unframed. While some would be dissuaded from buying it this way, I usually prefer it, as it gives me the opportunity/excuse to go hunting for lovely old frames in antique shops…

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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 “oh wow moment” days, with the original intent to be a story within the NMCH Holiday 2016 edition, I quickly…

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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 one of my new favorites! In the studio, the Ethan Allen Cameron Dining Table was the perfect size to accommodate…

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When I designed The Coop’s library wall, I knew I wanted something simple, strong and utilitarian ­­­­­– like the shelving from a century-old general store – and something large enough to house our ever-growing book collection. Built floor to ceiling, the height of the shelves are spaced far enough apart to accommodate large-scale tomes, and…

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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 kitchen and can be changed up each season. Happy styling! Love, Nora      

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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 weekend was no exception, with porcelain shards sprinkled at the base of a 100+ year old Maple tree in the…

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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 shells and coral were impactful all on their own tucked and simply styled into the over mantle nooks, but when…

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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 bits and collected mementos create a kaleidoscope of memories at every turn. Happy collecting! Love, Nora

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As a year round, die-hard gardener, I can’t resist a vintage copper watering can. Any shape. Any size. I am not shy about owning more than one. Having an assortment allows me the ability to choose the right can for the right job. If I had to play favorites, my indoor go-to can, has a…

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Switch out the contents of your hearthside wood basket with driftwood this summer. I just love the light look of the sun-bleached silvery gray color and the sea-worn smooth texture. Seek on your next beach combing or riverside adventure for an assortment of free pieces. If you want the look without the thrill of the…

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When in Nantucket, I love to wake up early, grab a freshly brewed cup of coffee, a bucket and head out the door for some beachcombing. This is a peaceful time for me, when I can clear my head, smell the briny air, feel the cool wet sand underfoot and the warming sun at my…

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The kitchen garden is starting to burst with fresh herbs at Connecticut Country House. I find that the best way to make short work of chopping them up is by using one of my favorite kitchen tools, a mezzaluna. Italian for “half moon,” the curved blades of this very sharp knife (which can have single,…

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When I went to Brimfield a couple of weeks ago, I can’t tell you why, but I was attracted to everything blue. From the gorgeous saturated inky blues of hand woven textiles to the bright sky blues I found on buckets and painted canvases, any tint or tone of blue was fine by me. Happy…

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I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been invited to give a live demo at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) If you’re not familiar with the fair, I want you to be! It’s a wonderful 3-day event featuring great shopping, live entertainment, demonstrations, crazy…

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For me there’s nothing more honest and authentic than the weathered, timeworn quality of country baskets. There’s a wonderful sense of comfort in living with the old splint, distressed paint, and just plain old imperfections of these humble containers that were once used on a daily basis in everyday life. There was nothing decorative about…

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I’m always on the lookout for adding to my collection of painted wooden sap buckets. These humble containers are my easy, go-to vessels for adding bold pops of color to any spot. By collecting these workhorses in multiple colors ­– tomato red, sunflower yellow, French blue gray, charcoal black and milky white, I have plenty…

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Forever in search of images that capture “a moment,” I love digging into boxes of old photographs at flea markets and antique shows. Last year at Brimfield, armed with an extra dose of patience, and a large dollop of perseverance, I dug deep into a big plastic storage bin, painstakingly thumbing through a mother lode…

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When I’m out and about at antique shows, flea markets and tag sales, I’m always on the lookout for stray dishes, bowls, and silverware. I’ve found great bargains on incomplete sets and pieces—odds and ends that are usually overlooked. After a little TLC, mixing in a few vintage finds with newer, everyday pieces, brings unique…

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One of my most cherished collections, these vintage fish plates are pure joy to build a table setting around. Each one, hand-painted and unique, depicts in beautiful detail, assorted fish, coral, seaweed and nautical-scapes. Antique gold deckled edges add a bit of sparkle, and their not quite round shape is fun to layer with larger,…

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