Let’s get personal. A basket filled with mom’s favorite breakfast treats, wrapped and presented with great care, and delivered in person, would make any mom feel loved and extra-special. So when WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host Scot Haney came over to Connecticut Country House to see what we were planning for Mother’s Day, my basket was…

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Amy Chalmers: "The excitement was real! Nora Murphy had invited me to her official book launch party in Connecticut, and would be putting me up in a lovely country cottage to stay overnight. I still couldn’t believe my house was featured alongside her iconic country home. I thought the perfect person to share this moment…

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146 wonderful comments later, the winner chosen at random is Gina Moran! Congratulations Gina! I hope your mom enjoys her Pink Peony Mother’s Day Gift Box! Thank you so very much dear friends for entering, and if you would like to purchase the spring flower scent you chose, please click here, and I can get…

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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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She was the first to greet you before you even got to the door. The little shadow that followed me into the kitchen garden and quietly kept me company. The pretty little poser at Connecticut Country House photo shoots (even when her cameo appearance was not needed). The sweet social butterfly at every occasion. Our kitty,…

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He calls him Boyo, the Irish word for lad. Being a Murphy, the name seems to fit. We fell in love with Ireland 25 years ago, so much so that we named our son Conor after Conor Larkin, the hero of Leon Uris’ novel, Trinity. Back then, when we left to fly back home, Rick and…

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Just like every household, at Connecticut Country House, by the end of the week we’re often faced with a fridge stocked with lidded containers of various dribs ‘n drabs. Murph, my culinary genius husband, frequently on Fridays will use this recipe as a guideline for making the most wonderful entrée, incorporating whatever tidbits we have…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut stopped by Connecticut Country House where I showed him a simple technique for creating tartan-like Easter eggs. We donned our aprons, snapped on gloves and had a wonderful time hanging out in the kitchen. This was such a fun morning! An ageless activity, I hope that you’ll give making…

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My husband Murph’s brother, Jack – yes, that Jack, of the pickle recipe fame, recently sent us a picture of a divine looking chicken pot pie that he’d baked in a giant cast iron skillet. Instantly we knew that we’d be making one for ourselves at Connecticut Country House. Adapted from a recipe from Jack’s…

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You know the saying, “It takes a village…”, well, it’s more like “it takes a sisterhood” for me. Saturday’s ‘Time To Celebrate!’ post, was the Cliff Notes version of getting a book deal. The road to getting a book published, especially by such an esteemed publishing house as Vendome Press, has taken a lot of…

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When faced with a hankering for crab cakes, my husband Murph stepped up to the plate and created this wonderful rendition. Based upon a Food Network recipe from the grande dame of southern cooking, Paula Deen, he worked his magic, tweaked and tailored it to make it his own. The results were fantastic! I hope…

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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. European fashion inspired, particularly French, it’s a place where layers of pretty, rustic and elegant flea market and auction finds,…

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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 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 about cutting them for the least amount of waste, and fitting them with a cozy new fleece lining. When all…

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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 with incorporating a few well-chosen pieces. Here, in my friend Valerie’s Adirondack-inspired home, featured in our Winter 2017 issue of…

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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 “oh wow moment” days, with the original intent to be a story within the NMCH Holiday 2016 edition, I quickly…

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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 with her French heritage, I mention it because when it comes to anything delicious and special, it seems to me…

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Thanksgiving Day is all about being grateful. Thank you for joining me on this Country House journey, and sharing your passion for family and home. It means the world to me. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving! Love, Nora

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A quick and easy lesson from “Slipcover Sally” Newhart demonstrates just how simple it is to tie bows that are consistent for all my freshly cloaked upholstery. To see more about the beautiful slipcovers we collaborated on for Project Refresh, visit the Nora Murphy Country House Design Issue 2016. Have fun practicing your bow-tying! Love,…

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Here’s a little something from our Nora Murphy Country House library that I thought may just help put you in the spirit (ha-ha) today! Click here and enjoy! Happy Halloween! Love, Nora

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One of the most impactful transformations made during Project Refresh was creating fresh new cotton denim outfits for each piece of upholstery. My dear friend Sally Newhart – who I affectionately refer to as Slipcover Sally ­– and I had a great time putting our heads together on the makeover. I knew what I envisioned…

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I swear that it was just yesterday that I was welcoming August, and now, in what seems like in the blink of an eye, it has come and gone. Murph is back in the classroom, and after many loads of laundry, and more than a few trips to more than one store, Conor is ready…

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Go ahead. Peek inside. Look around. From every angle, you’ll see something different. This new, lidded seeded glass jar is the perfect catchall for displaying special little tidbits. Old photos, labels, Conor’s childhood handiwork, dried bits and collected mementos create a kaleidoscope of memories at every turn. Happy collecting! Love, Nora

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While my husband Rick, a.k.a. Murph, reigns supreme over the barbecue year round, in my mind, the technique of grilling, combined with the flavor of grilled foods, perfectly captures the ease and essence of summertime cooking. Here’s a family favorite that’s both simple and delicious. Enjoy! Love, Nora Quick Barbecued Shrimp Ingredients: 1 lb. large…

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