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 time for keeping it simple, and clearing out what’s not working any longer (indoors and out). Minimalism and freshness abound!…

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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 weekend, I made a double batch to serve at a dear friend’s birthday party, and one of the best compliments…

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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, and if you would like to purchase the spring flower scent you chose, please click here, and I can get…

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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 and craft store gave me plenty of materials to choose from. I’m sharing all these quick and easy…and not to…

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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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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 adding a sweet scented NMCH CHOCOLATE BUNNY ($18 value each) soy candle to each bucket bag!? To enter, click here…

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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 with faux moss and clover to soft Robin’s Egg Blue salad plates to faux mossed bunnies and birds nests. Creating…

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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 child. The deep, rich mahogany broth, flavored equally by the beef, onions and garlic make this a super tender, falling apart…

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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 me show you how easy it is to refresh your bed for spring. With one heave ho, it’s out with…

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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 hug, just like a decadently fudgy chocolate cake right out of the oven. And Kiss, had to be something sweet,…

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I love X’s & O’s! I usually add them to my emails and notes to friends. So it only made sense to take these sweet symbols of kisses and hugs to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me to do a Valentine’s segment, the X’s &…

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Happy New Year! 2017 was a great year, but here at Nora Murphy Country House we’re hard at work and planning to make it even better! Here are the top 5 things for 2018: We’re crazy busy working with Vendome Press on my Nora Murphy Country House Style book, that’s scheduled to be out in…

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Our Holiday 2017 issue is here! This holiday season I wanted to feature one of my favorite things about the holidays…my tried and true collection of cookie recipes. It seems that homemade cookies go hand-in-hand with the holidays – and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Whether you have the innate need to decorate…

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I’m so proud of the candle scents I’ve put together for my Nora Murphy Country House Candle Collection. Every detail had to be right, I loved the variety of genuine seasonal scents, the simple elegance of the glass container that the soy wax is hand poured into, and that the collection is handmade right here…

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French Apple Tart is hands down my favorite dessert. It’s so easy to make, delicious, and looks so rustically beautiful. So when Tracy Furey, the executive producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked what I would like to share for their program just before Thanksgiving, this tart immediately came to mind. All you need is a…

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I’m just so happy to have my Connecticut Country House featured in the December issue of Country Living magazine. A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, GA for a Q&A with Country Living’s Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett. She had a Power Point sneak peek of the photographs…

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What perfect timing! My sister Judy was coming to visit from Charleston, and my bud, Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney was coming with his wing man/camera man, Eric, to shoot another lifestyle segment for WFSB’s Better Connecticut. Today’s demo: Building a Fabulous Holiday Cheeseboard. What a perfect demo to do on such an occasion! Below,…

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All seasons, my style and decorating starts at my doors. Better Connecticut’s Scot Haney stopped by Connecticut Country House to ‘talk fall door decor’ and help me put the finishing touches on both of my front doors (for the 1767 part of the house, and the 1857 Chicken Coop – our Master Bedroom). I always…

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Well dear friends, just as I had suspected, September was a complete blur! We’ve been crazy as crazy, busy bees working our magic on the upcoming NMCH book. Yesterday, the first day of October, the blur continued with a packed day of setting up and shooting Snippets Boards for each country house, including my own. How…

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What does everyone have coming out of their ears in later August? Corn and tomatoes, of course! With that in mind, this recipe uses what’s at hand, while utilizing the grill to impart some really wonderful roasted and smoky flavors to this salsa. If you’re looking for a fantastic guacamole to pair this salsa with,…

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Here at Connecticut Country House we have the mother load of fresh raspberries coming ripe. Other than just snacking on them as we’re working in the kitchen garden, or adding them to fruit smoothies, we needed some other ideas. Country Living to the rescue! Their website had a fantastic list of all kinds of recipes…

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Grilling tonight? You’ve just got to try this amazing chimichurri recipe that came from Murph morphing many different online found recipes to concoct his own Connecticut Country House version. Did you know that the Argentinean cowboys (a.k.a. gauchos) devised this sauce for grilling up fresh steaks on the range? (I love that visual!) It’s super…

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She was the first to greet you before you even got to the door. The little shadow that followed me into the kitchen garden and quietly kept me company. The pretty little poser at Connecticut Country House photo shoots (even when her cameo appearance was not needed). The sweet social butterfly at every occasion. Our kitty,…

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Written by Sarah Egge, photographed by Michael Partenio, and produced by Stacy Kunstel, my beloved Connecticut Country House makes up one of the beautiful features in this summer’s issue of Country Home. What a thrill and honor it is to be published by such an amazing publication – one that I have loved for years.  Stacy…

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It’s Flag Day! Out comes my beloved American flag collection from the old wicker hampers in the Summer Room. I’ve been collecting vintage flags for some time now, and it all started with just one old Betsy Ross-style stitched flag that I found at a yard sale. It always took center stage on the front…

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