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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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde I couldn’t agree more! What does the art you surround yourself with say about you? You be you! Love, Nora

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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James Happy July 4th dear friends! Wishing you a wonderful, kick-back kind of day filled with friends and family! Love, Nora

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“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.” – Ellis Peters – I’m always amazed how quickly time flies once spring has begun. Every day a walk around the gardens reveals changes, new things to see, new things to appreciate. To keep track of all that makes you happy, click here, to download…

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

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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 year I’m focusing on spreading the love – the Country House lifestyle love! Whether it’s through this blog, my on-line…

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“Here and there one sees the blush of wild rose haws or the warmth of orange fruit on the bittersweet, and back in the woods is the occasional twinkle of partridge berries. But they are the gem stones, the rare decorations which make the grays, the browns and the greens seem more quiet, more completely…

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“Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the…

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“Reds, yellows and oranges conjure up sunlight and fire, while the blues and blue-greens evoke snow and ice, sea, sky and moonlight.” – Anonymous Autumn in Connecticut is always amazing, but this year I would vote it Best in Show! To keep the richness of the season going through to Thanksgiving, I decorate a favorite…

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“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa I love this quote. It puts things into perspective for me, as I begin to think about preparing for Thanksgiving and Conor’s birthday this month. Whether I’m polishing silver, buying candles, ironing linens or ordering one…

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“Clothes makes a statement. Costumes tell a story.” This Halloween, go tell your story… Love, Nora

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Brisk air and that first bite of a freshly picked apple…now that’s fall! Wishing you a beautiful fall day. Love, Nora

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“The season for enjoying the fullness of life – partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.” – Denis Wattley When I read this quote it summed up perfectly how I’m feeling this season…grabbing hold and squeezing every beautiful moment…

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“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” – Humbert Wolfe It’s time to dig out the wooly sweaters and blankets…Don’t you just love sweater weather? Happy October! Love, Nora  

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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”  – Lauren DeStefano, Wither It started as a humble hanging plant. A thoughtful Mother’s Day present from The Boys, this once small fuchsia has grown into…

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“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton Either way, it’s a great visual to help kick-off the week… Wishing you a bright and happy day! Love, Nora

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“Wind chimes in your yard will serenade garden creatures – squirrels, fairies and angels.” – Unknown Who needs music playing outside when you’ve got a simple capiz shell wind chime tied to your patio umbrella – keeping the magical feeling of summer fresh with every little breeze. It’s music to my ears. Happy Monday! Love,…

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“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to garden, and the whole neighborhood gets tomatoes.” – Unknown Ain’t it the truth… Happy gardening! Love, Nora

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“And the potter said unto the clay, ‘be ware’, and it was . . . . .” – George E. Ohr Smile and have a beautiful Monday! Love, Nora  

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” – Mark Twain Follow your heart. Love, Nora

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“Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” – Unknown Here’s to a never-ending summer! Love, Nora

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“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” – Thomas Jefferson Take off your shoes today and walk in the cool grass! Enjoy summer! Love, Nora

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“The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.” – Proverb Wishing you a sweet Monday! Love, Nora

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“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” ~John Keats Just a little summer love from me to you: Three gorgeous 2015 calendars that you can download here: https://noramurphycountryhouse.com/magazine/winter-2015/calendar/#.VZE-pevODWd Each calendar features some of my…

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It’s official! The season of summer and the summer issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style are here! We’ve kicked off the season with an out of doors state of mind – and can’t wait to take you with us as we take Country House Style on the road! I’m so hoping this newest issue…

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