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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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The Best Game Day Chili


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My husband Murph is a fabulous cook. Regardless of season or occasion, he always has something delicious to bring to the table. He developed this wonderful recipe and I have to say, it’s PHENOMENAL! Whether
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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,
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My friend Valerie makes these beautiful mittens! She starts with well-loved sweaters that are, in her words, “looking for a second chance.” Valerie washes, fluffs, and grooms them (“like a rescue pet”) and then sets
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It’s amazing what a few pillows and throws can do to change up a look! My creamy white denim slipcovered sofa and big comfy chair make a great foundation for a seasonal refresh. The wooly
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Copper is one of those elements that can lend wonderful warmth to a country home. Whether highly burnished like a freshly minted penny, or naturally oxidized to a deep caramel patina, you can’t go wrong
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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
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When you cross the threshold of the main doorway of Connecticut Country House, the first thing that you’ll see, after being greeted by Martha Luther King, the cat, and Fiona our vibrating, tail wagging terrier,
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We are taught that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Well, I think creating ice hurricane lanterns is the frosty wintertime version of what to do when the temps dip below freezing and
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Happy New Year!


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New year, new Nora Murphy Country House desktop calendars! They’re free! Click here to download. If you like the dreamy frothy goodness featured for January’s calendar (and you’re in the mood for something a little
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Build A Beautiful Party Cheeseboard


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I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like to see and help themselves to a beautifully presented cheeseboard. A collection of delicious nibbles – cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts and wafer thin slices of cured
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From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at Nora Murphy Country House wish you a most beautiful holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Love, Nora & the Country House gang

Bernadette’s Toffee Bars


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Thanks to my beautiful French friend, Bernadette, we had the great pleasure of indulging in her freshly baked New York Times version of classic (and decadent) Toffee Bars! While these bars have nothing to do
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Sea Bags Wine Bag Giveaway!


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How great is this wine bag from Sea Bags! Handcrafted from re-purposed sails in Portland, Maine, I just love the bold and festive CHEERS graphic and the very clever recycled gift tag/travel log to keep
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Tag! That’s It!


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You’ve got your packages all wrapped, tied ‘em all up with festive ribbon, and now’s the time to add the perfect finishing touch that’ll let everyone know who love’s them! To get you started, click
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Wrapping Hostess Gifts


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Wrapping up hostess gifts couldn’t be simpler as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. With a few common items you may already have on hand,
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When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer for WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me what I thought viewers might be interested in watching in December, I immediately thought of two things that I know are at the
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Decorating With Fresh Greens For The Holidays


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I was thrilled to welcome, as was Martha Luther King, our far from camera shy cat, Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut to Connecticut Country House! I had a wonderful time showing him just how
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