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Pulling out all the stops, and using cheerful colors and patterns is a wonderful way to set a joyful Easter table. When I do, I like to keep the flowers simple, so that they don’t
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One of the first trees to break bud in winter, usually in February around here, pussy willows are iconic harbingers of spring. At the market, buckets of branches appear and beg to be taken home.
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This weekend, when you’re out and about at the supermarket, don’t just do a drive-by of the floral department. Stop. There’s a lot of affordable pretty to be found! Pick up a pair of cyclamen
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Our latest issue, Seasons at Connecticut Country House, has arrived! We’ve created 200+ pages (274 to be exact!) filled with our original, beautiful photography and smart, new decorating, gardening, and entertaining tips that I hope
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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
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Interior design sounds…imposing to a lot of people. If you think design is beyond you, I have one question: Do you like fresh flowers? Of course you do! Cheerful or romantic or exotic or rustic—flowers
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When it comes to growing paperwhites, people always ask me how I keep them from flopping. To be honest, I don’t. Within reason, I let them naturally do their thing. Initially staking the emerging plants
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Thanksgiving dinner is always pretty amazing, but, I have to say, the leftovers from the feast are just as highly anticipated. The same goes for recycling the floral elements from my holiday table. The post
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Decorating for Christmas wouldn’t be the same at Connecticut Country House without containers full of fragrant, blooming paperwhites. It takes about 4 to 5 weeks for these papery beauties to flower, so now’s the time
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As I was shopping the aisles of my local garden center a few years back, searching for flowering plants that would keep my cutting garden going until frost set in, I spied this lovely variety
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I love to dress both the front and back entryway doors at Connecticut Country House, to reflect the beauty of each changing season. Taking my cue from the still flowering (yay!), potted lavenders that have
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The season is changing, and the blooming is beginning to wind down in the gardens of Connecticut Country House. Instead of relying on flowers for an arrangement, I often will gravitate towards using the rich
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I love sunflowers; they make me happy. When cut and used for decoarting a table or a room, this flower can project 2 very different looks depending on the season. Summertime I love the bright
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The chartreuse flowers of my bed of lady’s mantle, have been in all out, full bloom, fluffy mode for a while.  Time to encourage new growth by cutting a bunch, or two.  Oh, if I
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The gardens are just exploding with color at Connecticut Country House!  Everywhere you look, something is in bloom.  Whether making a bouquet to brighten someone’s day, or putting together something for the house, these casual
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When I see a gorgeous flowering plant, I can’t resist taking her home with me. A couple of my faves that are sporting glorious blooms right now are the delphiniums and foxgloves. I always look
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She’s in full bloom, my beautiful Eden. We’ve been together for a long time now, ever since I first planted her at our former home. When we moved to Connecticut Country House, it was only
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The rhodis (rhododendrons) at Connecticut Country House are on their final burst of the Spring 2015 season – and I think this year they’re definitely bigger and better than ever! (I probably say that every
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A simple way to freshen any sightline is to fill an antique basket with potted annuals or perennials. Here in the parlor, I stuffed my old whitewashed basket with potted Lavendar that I had just
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Marrying two simple things…is almost too simple! The perfect springtime marriage for my doors is made up of large wicker or rattan hanging baskets and hanging potted petunia plants from the nursery. Keeping petunias in
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If you were to ask me what one of my favorite plantings at Connecticut Country House is, I would have to start with the forsythia. I think my love of forsythia started when I was
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This weekend, all our Easter festivities will be based in our hub, the kitchen, where we’ll be initially gathering, while enjoying nibbles and sips as we’re cooking. The keeping room (a.k.a. dining room) will be
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I love those “Aha!” moments….don’t you? There I was standing in a long check out line at Home Goods, pretty much obligated to look at all the little odds and ends that lined the shelves,
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Setting a table for St. Patrick’s Day is the best way to kick off spring (or at least puts me in the right state of mind!). For the NoraMurphyCountryHouse.com spring issue (due out on-line early
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To kick-off December I’m starting with wreaths and keeping them green. Maybe I’ll dress them up as we get closer to Christmas, but for now I’m loving the entrances to Connecticut Country House simply adorned.
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