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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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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Dear friends! Our Spring/Summer Nora Murphy Country House Garden Issue is here! Inspired by my crazy passion for flowers I’ll take you for a tour around my country house to introduce you to my favorite garden plants and share my best gardening tips. Then, we’ll sail to the island of Nantucket, where I hope to…

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Inspired by weathered wood, baskets, concrete planters, clay pots, galvanized and painted wood buckets all have a couple things in common: They make great containers for planting and cut flowers, and their tints of grey work effortlessly as a beautiful soft neutral in any interior. Even when a stalky flowering plant needs staking, I use…

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My very favorite hostess gift is a big or small cut mixed bouquet of flowers, herbs, and greens from my perennial gardens.  Depending on the season, and the host’s or hostess’s personality, and of course, what’s blooming or thriving determine’s what I put together, and using a simple glass cylinder works for all. Stocking up on…

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For Mother’s Day, I wanted to share with you a batch of some of my favorite images. I love these images for the subject matter, pink roses are truly my favorite! I love how light, bright, soft and pretty these roses were. (In my mind’s eye they’ll always look like this.) But probably most of…

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One of my favorite shrubs is the Forsythia. So very easy to grow. Every year I like to add to a few shrubs to our bright yellow forsythia bank. (Building on what I already have truly creates more impact.) I plant them in full sun, a couple of feet apart. Within 3 years or so,…

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Springtime tulips and hyacinths are a natural go-to for Easter decorating and gift giving. By simply taking market or nursery purchased plants, removing them from the confines of their plastic, foil shrouded pots and placing them into clay pots, the results are a pretty, easy and inexpensive way to elevate the look of these seasonal…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House where I showed him how simple it is to style a woodland inspired table for Easter. Using the delicately colored tartan dyed Easter eggs we had made during an earlier segment, as well as some sweet and wild baskets we had assembled in another…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House and we had a great time hanging out in the kitchen creating two types of nature inspired floral spring baskets. Rustic grapevine baskets from Terrain were fitted with liners and planted with diminutive violas and petite grape hyacinths. Adorned with our FREE downloadable watercolor…

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One of the ways that I satisfy my craving for spring, is by forcing arching branches of forsythia to bloom indoors. At Connecticut Country House, towards the end of February, is when I venture outside armed with a pair of sharp Fiskars hand pruners, clip a bunch of branches laden with buds, plunk them into…

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I’ve found at least a dozen different beautiful ways to look at and enjoy a dozen cut tulips. Placed in a simple glass vase, the look is uncomplicated and elegant. Sometimes all it takes to make a beautiful, impactful statement is a humble bunch of flowers. Consider lovely fresh tulips this Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s…

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Whether getting the gardens ready for spring or prepping for the holidays, now is the time to get planting for gorgeous blooms! I had a great time in the WFSB 3 Connecticut studio, with the hosts of Better Connecticut, Kara Sundlun and Mark Zinni. (They are just lovely!) As their new contributor for ‘Better Living’…

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Tumbling over the stone wall in front of Connecticut Country House is one very happy Sweet Autumn Clematis. When I admire the drifts of tiny, snow-white blooms, it’s hard to imagine that a one-gallon nursery pot, (click here for baby pics and blog post) began its humble beginnings tucked inside a big old hanging basket…

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I’m incredibly honored that Country Living magazine featured an article based on the simple style snippets that I presented at their 2016 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. For those who couldn’t attend this fabulous gathering of like-minded souls, you must put it on your to-do list for next year! In the meantime, check out…

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This all-American vintage fruit-picking bucket gets a lovely French twist with the addition of small pots of lavender. Lined with a disposable foil loaf pan and tucked in so not to see the plastic pots, I love how the soft green foliage and hue of the spires looks with the patina of the galvanized metal.…

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This antique French hanging basket gets a makeover with every season. At the moment, Russian sage is making a big ethereal statement in the gallery. Brimming with elegant silvery green aromatic spires of lavender-blue tubular flowers – 8 one-gallon nursery pots, if you’re counting – the potted plants were too heavy for the basket. To…

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Uniformly clipped baby boxwoods, lined up in an old wooden window box, blur the line between inside and out. Placed in the large bay window of the family room, it’s a simple way to add a touch of elegance to the space and does a great job of drawing the eye to the gardens beyond…

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Country Home magazine was here recently, photographing Connecticut Country House for their upcoming Winter 2017 issue. It was a great opportunity to showcase the light and airy results of our Project Refresh. With the rooms revitalized with fresh white paint and the upholstery dressed in a new wardrobe of white cotton denim slipcovers, it has…

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Before planting that flat of perfectly gorgeous lettuce you just bought, how about using it as a simple summery centerpiece first? Beautiful spring green romaine lettuce makes for an unexpected, inexpensive and unique arrangement. At home on a kitchen island or party ready placed outside on a picnic table, it looks great anywhere. It’s so…

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I posted these yellow peonies on my Nora Murphy Country House Facebook page and everyone has had the very same comment: “I have never seen a yellow peony!!!” Neither had I! So the story goes . . . . One fall day I was poking around my local Agway and happened upon a bunch of…

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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. I can’t wait to share with you some style snippets of how to create stunning, living arrangements by simply combining…

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My first Snowball Viburnum came from a local Mother’s Day fundraising plant sale. I liked the idea of having something fragrant growing by the stone walkway that led to the main entrance of our house, and with the promise of branches dotted with baby powder scented, snowball-like blooms that would last into the summer, I…

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One of my favorite flowering shrubs that are in bloom at Connecticut Country House, is a Bridal Veil Spirea. Also commonly known as Bridal Wreath Spirea, its graceful, arching branches are covered with a profusion of tiny, snowy, rose-like blossoms. I just love how wild and billowy it looks in the garden right now! After…

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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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