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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bernadette’s Toffee Bars


Connecticut Country House

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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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,
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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
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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
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While vacationing on Cape Cod a few years ago, the small cottage we rented came complete with a tiny herb garden abundant with fragrant oregano. Paired with freshly picked yellow squash from the Orlean’s Farmer’s
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While on vacation in Nantucket, one of my favorite ways to embrace the end of a summer day, is with a waterside, sunset on the beach picnic with my boys. Nothing fancy here. Just a
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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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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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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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