My Little Secret Garden(s)

I want to let you in on a secret. One of my favorite things to do in May is to poke around and shop some of the local garden club plant sales. Usually held around Mother’s Day, they’re a wonderful opportunity to chat with fellow gardeners, pick up tips and techniques, and to learn about…

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February Love

When the sky is drab gray and the frozen ground is cloaked with a thick mantle of snow, my mantra for getting through what feels like the longest winter month in Connecticut is, “Love you February.” This is the time of year when a quick stop into the grocery store not only yields the milk…

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My Coat Nook Look

A small, sun filled space near the entryway and right off the Family Room, is our go-to spot for keeping what we need to head out the door. Because the space is tiny, organization is simple, but key. A clever coat rack fashioned from iron horse shoes is sturdy and keeps our raincoats, sweatshirts, straw…

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Nature’s Fairy Dust

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. In Connecticut, the pollen flies at this time of year! Have a sparkling day! Love, Nora

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5 Lemony Snippets

I wish that you could smell this image! Nothing beats the bright scent of freshly cut lemons. A staple at Connecticut Country House, these beauties are incredibly useful in and outside the kitchen. Here are my 5 favorite lemon tips: To get the most out of a lemon, roll it on a hard surface with…

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A Little Light Reading

Weekends are just the best! I hope that you’re able to carve out some time for yourself and sit down with our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House. Brimming with our favorite photography and practical snippets of decorating, gardening and entertaining info, it’s a wonderful way to jumpstart the weekend! Enjoy! Love, Nora

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Jamie’s Spaghetti with Shrimp and Arugula

Being die hard Jamie Oliver fans, we recently pulled out our copy of Jamie’s Italy cookbook in search of a soul satisfying recipe to warm us up on a raw, early spring day. As Murph and I were thoroughly enjoying this dish, we also imagined it being served during warmer weather, prepared with super fresh…

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Open Up & Say Ahhh!

I’m counting the days until spring, when I can throw the windows wide open and let all the glorious fresh air inside. I’m definitely a fresh air kind of woman, but when the New England weather doesn’t cooperate I do the next best thing – I light wonderfully fresh scented candles from The Sydney Hale…

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Your 24/7 Country House Style Library

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 hankering for design inspiration and fabulous recipes, or just craving eye candy (our photography is all our own), dive into…

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Whip It. Whip It Good.

While I always see clear tubs of them in stores, I’ve never attempted to whip up a batch of Meringue Cookies. Recently I decided to give making them a whirl. Meringue Cookies Makes approximately 9 – 2 1/2″ cookies Ingredients: 3 large egg whites, at room temperature (Not a speck of yolk please! *) ¼…

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Matched Set

When I was at FIT, my dear friend Erin gave me my very first LL Bean Boat and Tote bag.  With a body of creamy, natural white cotton canvas, contrasting forest green straps, and my initials monogrammed on the front, it was, and remains, a thing of utilitarian beauty.  The bag that started it all…

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Simple Stuff: Spotless glasses

It’s the simple stuff in life that gives me great joy. And the simple joy of crystal clear glasses is right up there with picking the season’s first ripe red tomato! For you folks who (like me) wash their drinking glasses by hand, start with a sink filled with hot soapy water and be sure…

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Sweet recycling

Every morning on our mini-vaca in the 1000 Islands in Canada, I reached for a glass that was neatly stacked in the kitchen cabinet of my dear friend Holly’s lakeside country house. Whether it was to be filled with water from the tap (a filtered version of lake water) or chilled OJ, the glass was…

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A good summer haircut

The time has come. Plants that have wintered indoors and are now in summer residence outdoors (on the other side of their  window) need a little sprucing up. All the potted topiaries got snipped. Easy enough, just follow the shape and with a pair of clippers or sharp scissors – snip! You can’t snip off…

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A million little things: scented soaps

I believe it’s the little things in life – there must be millions of them – that make all the difference. All those little things that go unnoticed for the most part, that is until you come upon an unexpected moment that makes you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel it just a little differently,…

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Prepping for Easter (and a photo shoot)

Here we are, a week from Easter weekend, and there’s a lot to plan and do in a very short time frame.  Today I am prepping for a photo shoot that will take place tomorrow here at Connecticut Country House.  The shoot is definitely one more big thing that I am adding to my already…

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Family Wash Day

I can’t stand it.  Snow, snow, and more snow.  Looking out the window it’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner – and that all my gardens are trapped under all this white stuff. So close, yet seems so far. I have spent a good portion of my morning in spring therapy…

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Making a fire 101

It’s snowing.  O.K., it’s really, really coming down here in Connecticut.  I think we can now officially call it ‘The Blizzard of 2013’.  I’ve stocked up on foodstuffs – I’m certain much more so than I needed to. Hey, you never know. Murph (a.k.a. Rick) has got a fabulous fire going in the cooking fireplace.…

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Scentsational!

Oh my gosh, if you could only take one whiff of my kitchen right now.  No, strike that.  If you could only take a whiff of my whole house right now!  It smells so good – so gloriously fresh and clean – with a little woodsy hint.  What am I up to?  Well, my home’s…

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Warm and fuzzy

Connecticut Country House is all about country house living.  But this style of living is not defined by the architecture or the location; it’s all about the warmth and hospitality you find inside.  The simple things in life make all the difference. One simple thing is stacking a collection of folded woolen blankets on an…

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Embrace change

A new year – a time for new traditions and habits.  This tradition, or habit, grew out of necessity – the necessity to help clear stuff off the kitchen island. I love our big work space.  It fits a lot of working hands and generous platters of food, but between gigs it also multi-tasks as…

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The taste of a good life

What if you had a place to get away to for a few minutes everyday, a welcoming perch where you could see a fresh take on satisfying rustic nibbles and sips from my country kitchen and hub…where there is always something brewing? Would you like to take a behind the scenes peek into a hive…

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