I have to confess I can never resist a sunflower. Whether they’re from my garden or local market, just one look at them and they make me smile. I’ve found that I’m not the only one. There’s something about their yellow-orange silver dollar or dinner plate-sized faces that makes everyone take notice…and just plain happy.…

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The entrance to the old house was lingering in an in-between state. All summer the rustic twig basket hanging by the door was the perfect scale and spot for a big dramatic hanging pot of bright pink and purple petunias. Sadly, it’s inevitable…the pretty petunias are now way they’re past their prime, and really need…

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The time has come. Plants that have wintered indoors and are now in summer residence outdoors (on the other side of their  window) need a little sprucing up. All the potted topiaries got snipped. Easy enough, just follow the shape and with a pair of clippers or sharp scissors – snip! You can’t snip off…

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I was counting the flower buds on my Peonies…43 and counting! (Yippee!) The Lady’s Mantle beds, right outside the kitchen door, are growing fuller, taller, and more chartreuse by the day, while the wild roses have re-seeded themselves in droves behind the house. It’s June, so that means it’s “showtime” in my  cutting gardens! It’s…

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“Moss it!”, is my favorite expression these days. I’m talking about beautiful natural green moss that has become one of my go-to styling secrets. Moss gives any potted plant more  of a finished look. It also helps keeps plants from drying out too quickly. The beauty of moss (other than the color) is that it’s…

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I love decorating the entrances of the old house with what’s flowering at the moment.  And just in time for Easter, it just so happens that the humungous, wild bank of Forsythia behind the house is starting to burst into the most intense yellow. Our main entrance to the old house is in back, on…

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My humble collection of mis-matched vintage pitchers, cups, and sugar bowls are just the right mix for any seasonal flower displays. My love of the pretty little details is what makes up this sweet little collection. The beautiful curved handle of a Victorian pitcher, the hand-painted rose on a child’s cup, the charming shape of…

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You know the old saying, “When life gives you lemons…make lemonade”. Well, you can also say, “When your rose garden give you a few measly blooms…make a nose gay”! Late September and my rose garden is a former shadow of its beautifully full and billowy – spring into summer – self. Right now, the whole…

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This weekend I declared the Peony to be my favorite flower.  Now, this here declaration is a big deal because I have so many favorites (lilies, roses, orchids, sunflowers – just to name a few) I’m usually swayed by the beauty or scent of what’s in bloom at that moment and season.  Right now, the…

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Each week, here at Connecticut Country House – something’s in bloom. (Love it and so in my element.) This week, the back path to the house (which happens to be the main path) has been in full bloom with white Azaleas.  There are other Azalea shrubs scattered on the property (most planted a long time…

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As usual, this time of year (honestly, I think it’s more like all year) my obsession with flowering plants is truly that – an obsession.  I find it impossible not to quickly survey the newest arrivals upon entering my favorite grocery store.  My latest acquisition – white Marguerite Daisies. Potting up these beauties, it’s all…

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Next time you’re walking by that flat of pansies – more specifically those cute little faced ‘Johnny Jump Ups’ – not so fast, they’re the key to your next dessert! These little guys are not just a pretty little face for the garden – they’re a pretty and very unexpected topping for your next –…

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Easter is a great motivator for the gardener in me.  Having just received beautiful spring plants, not to mention the slew I ended up buying and decorated with – yesterday I hauled out the old clay pot collection from the cellar and started re-potting.  Such a great feeling. Then there’s the stack of paper egg…

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I am happy to report that Saturday’s photo shoot for the book went off without a hitch. Yay team! I will go further with that statement and declare it a huge success!  Last summer, here at Connecticut Country House, we kicked off the photography for our book by capturing the best of each season – inside and out. So I…

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I’m a nut for flowers.  All year, no matter what the season, I rely on flowers to add a little “pretty and happy” to the space I’m living or working in.  Right now, my mass planting of paperwhites is doing a great job (as usual) in sight and scent, and will probably keep me going well…

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I love to decorate for the holidays as naturally as possible.  And finding just the right mix of planted and cut foliage and flowers is my well-balanced decorating solution. Every year, one of my absolute favorites is the Narcissus Papyraceus – a part of the Daffodil family, also commonly known as Paperwhites. They grow to…

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As a rule of thumb, I love to use nature – in some form – in decorating throughout my home. And the beauty in decorating with nature is that I can create a very natural ebb and flow attitude in my home, so there is always a nice natural transitioning from one season to the…

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Pumpkins and mums – the expected and ordinary fall fare that can be used in an unexpected and extraordinary way.   As you come inside Connecticut Country House, I’ve created a fall vibe using pumpkins and mums in a palette of creamy whites. I’ve created an environment inside that has a feel for the season…

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I think I cut the largest bouquet ever this weekend – it stood almost 4 feet tall!  In a teeny-tiny way, it reminded me of a wee smaller (and wilder) version of the fabulous bouquets in the main hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art!  As the gardens are winding down, there are some late…

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To me, decorating is about storytelling. And nothing tells a story better than a collection.  A collection immediately communicates who you are, and how you like to live.  It adds a lot of depth and interest to your environment, not to mention personality.  Here at Connecticut Country House we’re all about collecting, whether it’s antique…

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Years ago, before we moved to Connecticut Country House, we lived in a sweet little English cottage-style house – our first house.  There we created our first rose, herb, and perennial gardens. In the spring and summer we were always outside trying our best to make the most of our tiny property.  Each and every…

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What if you had a place to get away to for a few minutes everyday, a welcoming perch where you could see a fresh take on satisfying rustic nibbles and sips from my country kitchen and hub…where there is always something brewing? Would you like to take a behind the scenes peek into a hive…

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