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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James Happy July 4th dear friends! Wishing you a wonderful, kick-back kind of day filled with
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At Connecticut Country House there’s so much to do, to celebrate, to be grateful for during the month of July. Welcoming the warm weather. Picking perfectly ripe, juicy, flavorful berries right off the plants –
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Summer has started and I’m one happy camper! There’s so much to love during this fabulous time of year. Here are my Top 10 summer loves: Gardening Picnics in the backyard or on the beach
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A while ago, we watched an episode of Jamie Oliver’s TV show, Jamie’s Food Escapes, that featured him visiting Italy, kicking back and preparing this mouth watering dish over an open fire. It. Looked. Amazing.
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Before planting that flat of perfectly gorgeous lettuce you just bought, how about using it as a simple summery centerpiece first? Beautiful spring green romaine lettuce makes for an unexpected, inexpensive and unique arrangement. At
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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
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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
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I posted these yellow peonies on my Nora Murphy Country House Facebook page and everyone has had the very same comment: “I have never seen a yellow peony!!!” Neither had I! So the story goes
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The Volvo is stuffed with all kinds of gorgeousness! I’m looking so very forward to not only attending the Country Living Fair, in Rhinebeck, NY today, but also to giving a live presentation and demonstration.
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So happy to announce the winners of the Country Living Fair Weekend Passes Giveaway! Congratulations go to Anne Vradenburgh and Doreen! To everyone that entered, thank you! I loved reading about all your cherished finds,
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Tick. Tick. Tick. . . . . . Just a few more hours left for a chance to win a pair of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair next weekend in Rhinebeck, NY. Here’s
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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
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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
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Every spring, I know it’s time to clean up the kitchen garden when I see the grassy bright green tufts of the chives poking through the soil. Chives are the first to come up in
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As BBQ season heats up, here’s a good little snippet to keep in mind when grilling assorted vegetables – cook like veggies on their own skewers. Thin-skinned grape tomatoes grill up much faster than sturdy
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Friend, journalist, news anchor and author Ann Nyberg has just penned a wonderful book about Connecticut’s born and bred, Katharine Hepburn. A decades long fan, Ann had read a lot about her. Even tried to
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My first Snowball Viburnum came from a local Mother’s Day fundraising plant sale. I liked the idea of having something fragrant growing by the stone walkway that led to the main entrance of our house,
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While you may have the urge to roll up your sleeves and dig into spring cleaning, hold off on the windows. Best to wait until the trees are finished covering the world with yellow dust.
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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
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One of my favorite flowering shrubs that are in bloom at Connecticut Country House, is a Bridal Veil Spirea. Also commonly known as Bridal Wreath Spirea, its graceful, arching branches are covered with a profusion
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My hometown, Fairfield, CT, where I grew up, has changed a bit over the years. It’s become more populated, busier, and the Mom and Pop shops frequented as a kid, now reside next door to
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“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.” – Ellis Peters – I’m always amazed how quickly time flies once spring has begun. Every day a walk around the gardens reveals changes, new
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This is our Family Room – our kick-back, put your feet up, pull up a chair, TV watching, game playing, and spreading out family and friends hang-out. It’s a feel good space where I keep
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My dear friend Marlana Semenza, a talented photographer and stylist in North Carolina, is always searching for new inspiration. She found a treasure trove at her most recent discovery, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This
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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
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