Let’s get personal. A basket filled with mom’s favorite breakfast treats, wrapped and presented with great care, and delivered in person, would make any mom feel loved and extra-special. So when WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host Scot Haney came over to Connecticut Country House to see what we were planning for Mother’s Day, my basket was…

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Setting a table in mid-March is tricky. At this point, I’m so done with winter (even though there’s snow piled up outside) and all I want to see is spring. With the glorious greens of St. Patrick’s Day, and just a few days shy of the first day of spring, a table set with fresh…

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I’m so excited to feature some of my favorite fellow bloggers this year! Please meet Shawn & Kris of TheFarmhouseProject.com. You may already know them as the Country House in the Woods homeowners from my book. They decorate, cook, bake, garden (just to name a few), and are fabulous home entertainers. It’s their talent in…

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As promised (and just in time for Valentine’s Day!), here is the latest WFSB, Better Connecticut segment where I walk co-hosts Kara and Scot through the easy steps to making this beautiful heart-shaped Linzer Tart Cookies. You can also get the written and printable recipe here. Enjoy! Love, Nora xo

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On such a snowy and icy day, it only makes sense to talk “mittens”. And I’m not just talking about any old ordinary mittens. The mittens I wish to tell you about are made by my dear friend Valerie Beeble, founder and mitten maker of DeForest Lake Designs here in Connecticut. Val’s gorgeous mittens don’t…

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Happy New Year! In true Country House style we kick off 2019 with Country House style, of course! Please enjoy our annual gift to you, our 2019 Nora Murphy Country House Downloadable Desktop Calendar. Just click here, and enjoy our original, beautiful photography every single day and all year long! Love, Nora

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Calling all tartan lovers! This latest Better Connecticut Lifestyle segment is dedicated to you! I wish I was able to get this uploaded in time for Christmas, but the more I think about it, tartan is always in style. So maybe for your New Year’s Eve table…or later on into the dreary winter months when…

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When it comes to gift giving, I feel that it’s important to listen to your heart and try to gift something that truly reflects the receivers personality as well as their likes and loves. Sometimes, that’s  not so easy! I’ve found that creating Holiday Hampers are a fun and creative way to gift. No need…

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Thanksgiving Day. A day filled with family and friends, and much gratitude. I thank you for coming on this journey with me. There would be no NMCH without you! xo Thank you to my fabulous NMCH team of dedicated and hardworking people who believe in the journey and are happy to stay on board! I…

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Just in time for Halloween, one of my favorite co-hosts from WFSB’s Better Connecticut came over to Connecticut Country House to see what I had up my sleeves for this Halloween! Kara Sundlun and I got right into the holiday spirit with a few wardrobe enhancements and away we went! It was a lot of…

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The Fourth of July is my second favorite holiday (Christmas definitely comes in at number 1!). So for my next WFSB, Better Connecticut lifestyle segment with Scot Haney, I was thrilled to dress up the front of my 1767 Connecticut Country House in lots of red, white, and blue fabulousness! To top it all off, we…

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I love the 4th of July. And I love getting my classic 1767 Cape Cod/Saltbox all decked out for the holiday. But, it’s the first day of summer that inspires me to dig out my flag collection that I keep in the old wicker baskets at the far end of the living room. This collection…

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Summer…it’s here! And with it brings good growing, fresh garden to table eats, and late into the evening campfire gatherings. Life’s lived outdoors, and what living we do indoors now is scaled way back. Summer’s a time for keeping it simple, and clearing out what’s not working any longer (indoors and out). Minimalism and freshness abound!…

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It’s the season for flowers in all shapes, sizes, and flavors! An absolutely beautiful, and delicious thing to serve for your Mother’s Day brunch or dessert, these Apple Roses are so unbelievably easy to make. Last weekend, I made a double batch to serve at a dear friend’s birthday party, and one of the best compliments…

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146 wonderful comments later, the winner chosen at random is Gina Moran! Congratulations Gina! I hope your mom enjoys her Pink Peony Mother’s Day Gift Box! Thank you so very much dear friends for entering, and if you would like to purchase the spring flower scent you chose, please click here, and I can get…

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re giving away 1 Mother’s Day Gift Box ($48.00 value) to a lucky winner! To enter, just leave a comment below on which springtime flower scented box you wish to win for the mom in your life! Choose a favorite springtime flower scent and matching card image: Blushing Viburnum Natural…

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A pretty spring table or host/hostess gifts for the holidays need not be expensive or become a ‘dog and pony show’ (one of my favorite sayings) to create. A quick trip to my local market and craft store gave me plenty of materials to choose from. I’m sharing all these quick and easy…and not to…

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It’s time for a Sea Bags & NMCH Easter Giveaway! We’re giving away 2 SEA BAGS BUCKET BAGS: A BLUE COTTONTAIL & A FUCHSIA COTTONTAIL ($45 value each) to 2 LUCKY WINNERS! ?  And of course, I’m adding a sweet scented NMCH CHOCOLATE BUNNY ($18 value each) soy candle to each bucket bag!? To enter, click here…

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For ’tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray, And it’s green, green, green, all the happy night and day; Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall, And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all.
 ~Mary Elizabeth Blake Happy St. Patick’s Day! Love, Nora

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For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to create something special for you. A limited edition of sorts. So I came up with Hugs & Kisses, a scented soy candle duo. Hugs is inspired by a warm hug, just like a decadently fudgy chocolate cake right out of the oven. And Kiss, had to be something sweet,…

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I love X’s & O’s! I usually add them to my emails and notes to friends. So it only made sense to take these sweet symbols of kisses and hugs to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me to do a Valentine’s segment, the X’s &…

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Happy New Year! 2017 was a great year, but here at Nora Murphy Country House we’re hard at work and planning to make it even better! Here are the top 5 things for 2018: We’re crazy busy working with Vendome Press on my Nora Murphy Country House Style book, that’s scheduled to be out in…

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As we look back, we can’t help but smile and think about all the wonderful moments of 2017. Some memories are sweet and simple, others very meaningful. It’s been a year of changes and challenges. It’s been a year of so many new friendships, as well as renewed wonderful old ones. All of us, here…

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Merry Christmas dear friends! Creating the Country House Christmas spirit is a culmination of things. The house is decked out in its holiday best, warm scents and flavors are brewing in the kitchen, and an eclectic Holiday playlist launches our Christmas spirits with everything from my favorite Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’. But most…

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