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We are big Jamie Oliver fans. Catching him on PBS years ago, we found his cooking style and demeanor both inviting and irresistible. Any dish he concocts seems so easy to make, and we get
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January is a great month for kicking back by the fire and pouring over seed catalogs. By February, their pages are soft and dog-eared. I’m full of inspiration and chomping at the bit to get
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Before the days of virtual pinning on Pinterest, I learned the technique of actual pinning during my days at Ralph Lauren. Twice a week, my team met with Ralph to present new lifestyle ideas for
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When you walk into the foyer of Connecticut Country House, one of the first things you’ll notice is my beloved eighteenth-century corner cabinet. Within it (and now also around it) is an ever-changing, mini natural
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About four years ago, dear friends of mine gave me this wonderful pair of myrtle topiaries. Now double their original size, they’re thriving nicely. I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets: I keep
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It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m reminded that what really makes Connecticut Country House a wonderful place to be, isn’t what’s on the walls, placed underfoot or collected from an antiques shop. It’s a vibe. A
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My cousin Judy is famous for her baking skills. A while back, she taught me how to make her rendition of classic Linzer cookies. A favorite at Connecticut Country House, this recipe was the perfect
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Using white plates is standard fare at Connecticut Country House. White forms, in all various shapes and sizes, adds a fresh and modern POV to any table setting. Whether used as a foundation, or as
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Conveniently located at the end of the gallery of Connecticut Country House is a small bathroom. Despite its petite proportions, it’s a full bath that has everything you need. The vanity is an old cupboard
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Today’s the final day to cast your vote for Connecticut Country House for BEST OVERALL DESIGN BLOG Hall of Fame Award for this year’s Design Bloggers Conference! If you’ve been meaning to do so, here’s
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When the snow is covering the ground, and the plows haven’t been through, sometimes it’s the best time to get cozy, kick back and catch up on a little light reading. If you have a
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People often ask me what my special secret is for keeping plants happy and healthy indoors during the cold winter months. My approach to their care is quite simple: Provide them with lots of bright
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Winter always makes me look forward to the upcoming year. The sheer anticipation of what lies ahead makes me happy. Think: kid + birthday = joy, kind of happy. While it’s still a work in
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Interior design sounds…imposing to a lot of people. If you think design is beyond you, I have one question: Do you like fresh flowers? Of course you do! Cheerful or romantic or exotic or rustic—flowers
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My husband Rick, a.k.a. Murph, is a great cook. I truly believe that he initially won my heart through my stomach. While the man conjures up a lot of amazing dishes, I’d have to say
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When I first got word that Connecticut Country House was nominated for the 2016 Design Blogger’s Conference Hall of Fame Awards for Best Overall Blog, I just about fell out of my chair! While it’s
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“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus Despite the cold temperature today, I was inspired to grab my Canon and head outside. The
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This apple tart recipe is one of my very favorite go-to desserts. Perfectly proportioned for when the two of us are craving a little something sweet, this light and tasty treat, served warm from the
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To add a modern twist to a Country House interior, think black. Pepper touches of ebony hued accents and painted furniture throughout. In large doses, like my piano and bed, it makes a graphic statement
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Say what? Yes, I’ve never heard of Sea Fan topiaries either, and yes, I understand that the term topiary refers to sculpting shrubs and trees into ornamental shapes, but what better way to describe these
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Freezing cold temps and a new coat of snow remind me to feed my chilled neighbors – the sweet birds that winter in the trees and brush surrounding Connecticut Country House. Their favorite nibble? Why,
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In season now, clementines are both healthy for snacking and absolutely wonderful for decorating. Simply arrange the contents of one or two boxes of clementines into a large tray, bowl, or basket. It’s such an
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I’m a sucker for anything tartan, but with the arrival of our cold New England winter temperatures, I’m drawn to the comfort of my collection of warm and wooly plaid throws. While I have a
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When it comes to growing paperwhites, people always ask me how I keep them from flopping. To be honest, I don’t. Within reason, I let them naturally do their thing. Initially staking the emerging plants
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“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”  – Jim Rohn Ain’t that the truth! This new
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