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I have been a lover of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic style for a long time. When I finally met Rachel in her showroom at the High Point Market a few weeks ago, I totally understood
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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 –
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Just like every household, at Connecticut Country House, by the end of the week we’re often faced with a fridge stocked with lidded containers of various dribs ‘n drabs. Murph, my culinary genius husband, frequently
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I LOVE May in Connecticut! Everything looks like a Technicolor dream. Grass is a lush, vivid green. Emerging leaves on the trees are vibrant chartreuse. French lilacs just beginning to bloom are the deepest of
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Springtime tulips and hyacinths are a natural go-to for Easter decorating and gift giving. By simply taking market or nursery purchased plants, removing them from the confines of their plastic, foil shrouded pots and placing
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While you’re busy juggling the timing of the eggs Benedict and hash browns, I say let’s get the party started with a simple self-serve brunch bar for your guests! Nothing elaborate here, just an offering
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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut stopped by Connecticut Country House where I showed him a simple technique for creating tartan-like Easter eggs. We donned our aprons, snapped on gloves and had a wonderful time
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March was a whirlwind month and April is scheduled to be just as crazy wonderful! Project Refresh will continue as we tackle the 2nd floor of Connecticut Country House. A fresh coat of paint all-around:
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My husband Murph’s brother, Jack – yes, that Jack, of the pickle recipe fame, recently sent us a picture of a divine looking chicken pot pie that he’d baked in a giant cast iron skillet.
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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House and we had a great time hanging out in the kitchen creating two types of nature inspired floral spring baskets. Rustic grapevine baskets from
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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” — Sitting Bull Happy first day of spring!
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On a snowy winter’s day like today, it’s hard to believe that spring is just a couple of weeks away. For me, there’s nothing like a sweet bunch of springtime flowers to chase away those
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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
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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,
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When faced with a hankering for crab cakes, my husband Murph stepped up to the plate and created this wonderful rendition. Based upon a Food Network recipe from the grande dame of southern cooking, Paula
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I welcome March with open arms. It’ll be a busy, busy month for me, but it’s all good. As last year’s Hall of Fame recipient, I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles, CA next week to
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My friend Maria’s country house has a style that truly epitomizes who she is. Like her home, this guest bedroom embodies grace, charm and simple elegance. Just like Maria, its style is warm and welcoming.
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Winter is a bit tough on this gardener, so I try and do as much as I can, as early as I can. As WFSB-3’s Better Living Lifestyle contributor, I spent a great afternoon in
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One of the ways that I satisfy my craving for spring, is by forcing arching branches of forsythia to bloom indoors. At Connecticut Country House, towards the end of February, is when I venture outside
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Though the ground was blanketed with a thick layer of snow, it didn’t stop Scot Haney of WFSB 3’s Better Connecticut from stopping by Connecticut Country House. As their Better Living lifestyle contributor, I shared
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I’ve found at least a dozen different beautiful ways to look at and enjoy a dozen cut tulips. Placed in a simple glass vase, the look is uncomplicated and elegant. Sometimes all it takes to
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Showing those that you love how much you love them couldn’t be simpler, as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB-3’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. Whether store bought treats are
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