For last minute holiday door styling, I highly recommend my 5-step simple trick: 1. Pick any wreath at your local supermarket (just be sure it’s still green!). 2. With pruners in hand, cut evergreen branches from your property, the nearby woods, or from the side of the road (I always keep a pair of pruners…

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Dress it up. The moment I spotted this set of 8 silver plated cups with fanciful handles I knew it would make my place settings look absolutely fabulous! Of course, they need to be filled with something simple – yet impactful. For the holidays, I’m thinking rich red carnations. They’re incredibly inexpensive, full of volume…

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Blue and white is probably my favorite color combination. It always feels so crisp and fresh…and timeless. So when Scot Haney, co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came for a visit, I wanted to set a summer table that hosted this color palette. With help from our friends at Terrain, we were able to create something…

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Potted spring flowers + basket with liner + moss + twigs = A beautiful spring garden basket! WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney, and I whip up a gorgeous (if we must say so ourselves!) spring basket that’s perfect for giving or keeping as a statement piece. It is super easy. And the bonus to…

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Setting a table in mid-March is tricky. At this point, I’m so done with winter (even though there’s snow piled up outside) and all I want to see is spring. With the glorious greens of St. Patrick’s Day, and just a few days shy of the first day of spring, a table set with fresh…

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Country House in the Mountains is where Wendy Lewis lives and works. Her 1800 Federal-style white shingled country house in Vermont is her home and her muse. I met Wendy a few years ago at the Brimfield Antique Market, where she sets up shop in her tent, the Textile Trunk. Her eye and taste for…

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Happy New Year! In true Country House style we kick off 2019 with Country House style, of course! Please enjoy our annual gift to you, our 2019 Nora Murphy Country House Downloadable Desktop Calendar. Just click here, and enjoy our original, beautiful photography every single day and all year long! Love, Nora

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Calling all tartan lovers! This latest Better Connecticut Lifestyle segment is dedicated to you! I wish I was able to get this uploaded in time for Christmas, but the more I think about it, tartan is always in style. So maybe for your New Year’s Eve table…or later on into the dreary winter months when…

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I immediately fell in love with Aidan Gray and The Antiques Diva Collection by Aidan Gray on the High Point Design Bloggers Tour last month! Let’s start with Aidan Gray. Aidan Gray Home is known for its nod to European antiques and wonderfully unique found objects. They pride themselves in bringing updated styling trends in…

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My dear friends Chris & Dave live their businesses; Dave heads up Visual Merchandising at Ethan Allen, and Chris heads up DC Kingswood, a fabulous lifestyle vintage goods shop within the Fairfield County Antique & Design Center in Norwalk Connecticut. They live with their wonderfully unique finds, styled just right in their Bethel Connecticut townhouse.…

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Cisco Home is about inspiring creativity by reimagining the mix of sustainable materials and textures for today’s home. The High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour took us there to experience their environment that was filled with upcycled elements and classic furniture forms treated to unexpected, yet familiar textiles. The beauty of Cisco Home is the…

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One of my favorite stops on the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour was Thibaut’s showroom. At first glance, we were greeted with a Spring 2019 projection of bright, happy patterns and color…very “House Beautiful”. Founded in 1886, Thibaut is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper company. Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) Wallpaper and Fabrics is all…

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Twice a year, designers, buyers, and manufacturers from around the world gather in High Point, North Carolina to take part in the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world. And I am honored to have been 1 of the 10 design bloggers by Esteem Media and the High Point Market Authority to have…

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Country House Style rolls with the rhythm of the seasons. And there’s nothing like the beauty of the fall foliage here in New England! I love hanging wreaths for any season on the front door of the old house. I’m thinking a wreath covered entirely with colorful leaves would be perfect! A quick stop at…

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I met my fellow blogger, Courtney Allison a couple of years ago at the Design Bloggers Conference. A super beautiful person, inside and out, Courtney’s style is really a true reflection of her. She’s a can-do woman and I liked her the minute I met her! I also have the unique bragging rights of saying…

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It has to be authentic. That’s my motto.  And when we head out for a family getaway to Nantucket Island, the Cozy House is just that…authentic. Located on the southern coast of the island, The Cozy House is a throw back to a simpler time. Tiny in scale, yet big on charm and personality. And…

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The Fourth of July is my second favorite holiday (Christmas definitely comes in at number 1!). So for my next WFSB, Better Connecticut lifestyle segment with Scot Haney, I was thrilled to dress up the front of my 1767 Connecticut Country House in lots of red, white, and blue fabulousness! To top it all off, we…

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I love the 4th of July. And I love getting my classic 1767 Cape Cod/Saltbox all decked out for the holiday. But, it’s the first day of summer that inspires me to dig out my flag collection that I keep in the old wicker baskets at the far end of the living room. This collection…

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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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Faux flowers, used in balance with the real thing, can so beautifully compliment your front door. I love using flowers – real or faux – that represent what’s in bloom at the moment. Keeping this rule of thumb in mind, keeps every passer by guessing whether its real or not. Early spring is a perfect…

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I always ask myself “How can I elevate this _____ with flowers?” The blank can be anything: a place setting, a coffee table, the powder room, the front door, a cake, or a serving tray. This past weekend I elevated ice cubes with mini pansy blossoms for a pink champagne toast for my mom’s 90th…

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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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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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