I’m so proud of the candle scents I’ve put together for my Nora Murphy Country House Candle Collection. Every detail had to be right, I loved the variety of genuine seasonal scents, the simple elegance of the glass container that the soy wax is hand poured into, and that the collection is handmade right here…

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Plain and fancy, plaids and stripes – pretty wrapping is like getting a gift twice! Kraft, plaid, and striped papers are a staple and, just like coordinating fabrics in a room, I love to mix patterns, colors, and scales in a theme. My tip: Keep an eye out for special papers all year. The hunt…

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As I write this post, It’s the most wonderful time of the year is playing in the background. Thank you Mr.Tony Bennett….I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s the first day of December, and already my calendar is pretty much full! It’s going to be a challenge to accomplish all I’m planning, or have in the…

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I’m just so happy to have my Connecticut Country House featured in the December issue of Country Living magazine. A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain, GA for a Q&A with Country Living’s Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Hardage Barrett. She had a Power Point sneak peek of the photographs…

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What a thrill it was for me to be asked by Country Living Magazine to have Connecticut Country House shot for their December/Holiday Issue.  Even though this holiday shoot was scheduled for the week before Easter (!), nothing could temper the spirit of our crew. We all love a good challenge. The holiday joy kicked…

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It’s funny how my mindset changes from yesterday’s Halloween mode to today’s more somber kick-off to the holiday season. October was a crazy month, filled with NMCH book deadlines and lots of travel. We are back from our whirlwind trip to London for the much anticipated Amara Awards,  and the Country Living Fair in Georgia!…

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WFSB’s Better Connecticut co-host, Scot Haney came by to check out my fun idea for Halloween night…set up an outdoor party spot! Any patio, porch, or terrace will do! Here are my 12 decorating tips to create a boo-tiful little spot for you and your friends to enjoy: A small table for the bar. I…

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All seasons, my style and decorating starts at my doors. Better Connecticut’s Scot Haney stopped by Connecticut Country House to ‘talk fall door decor’ and help me put the finishing touches on both of my front doors (for the 1767 part of the house, and the 1857 Chicken Coop – our Master Bedroom). I always…

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The summer’s sea stars turn into white pumpkins in the front door’s transom. Taking a moment to take it all in. Wow! Chewy candy corn and pumpkins are a crowd fave…especially when served in my Sea bags bucket bags. Can’t ever have enough Baby Boos! Mums take the place of the faded, spindly petunias on…

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Well dear friends, just as I had suspected, September was a complete blur! We’ve been crazy as crazy, busy bees working our magic on the upcoming NMCH book. Yesterday, the first day of October, the blur continued with a packed day of setting up and shooting Snippets Boards for each country house, including my own. How…

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I know I say this every month, but where did August go? Or summer for that matter! With the crazy schedule creating “the book”, (and a list of other projects), summer flew like it’s never flown by so quickly before! Last week we moved Conor back to school and helped him set up his new…

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Can you believe it’s August already?! We’re usually anticipating our annual pilgrimage to the Cape this month, but unfortunately not this year. I’m in full-on power mode on my summer project, my upcoming book with Vendome Press. Not a bad reason to miss out on the Cape this year. July was the big push to…

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Happy 4th of July weekend! I can’t believe it’s already July. Where did June go? At Nora Murphy Country House, this month is all about working on “the book” (among other projects!). It’s all good. To keep it all straight, I’ve downloaded our July calendar onto my desktop…the image is truly one of my faves (I’m…

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Add a little “pop” to your dinner or buffet table this 4th of July (or any occassion for that matter!). Simply roll up your flatware in an ironed cloth napkin and tie a bow around it! Available on 4 or 10 yard rolls at my local craft store, I look for a good quality grosgrain ribbon…

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I started the Nora Murphy Country House emagazine for 1 simple reason…my “blog shoes” were too tight. I loved my little blog, Connecticut Country House, but in the state it was in, it was limiting in telling and showing my stories. So I had a vision of what I wanted it to be. Something really…

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I can’t believe it’s June! Where did May go? Well, here at Connecticut Country House this month is going to be absolutely nuts! We kick-off the month with the fabulous Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. I’ll be presenting on the Main Stage Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 P.M. Also at the fair (Friday-Sunday) we’ll…

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A film that keeps Memorial Day real is Taking Chance. A 2009 docudrama starring Kevin Bacon, and directed by Ross Katz (available on Netflix, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime), tells the story of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort who accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in…

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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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I want to let you in on a secret. One of my favorite things to do in May is to poke around and shop some of the local garden club plant sales. Usually held around Mother’s Day, they’re a wonderful opportunity to chat with fellow gardeners, pick up tips and techniques, and to learn about…

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“Awake, thou wintry earth — fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth your ancient gladness!” – Thomas Blackburn Wishing you & your loved ones a beautiful Easter Sunday. Love, Nora

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Whether it’s to indicate to Mama that’s she’s intended to sit next to Aunt Ann, or to personalize a nature inspired Easter basket for a gardening friend, be sure to click here to download our FREE Nora Murphy Country House original gift tags. Choose either birds or nests, or download and use both, it’s a…

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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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While you’re busy juggling the timing of the eggs Benedict and hash browns, I say let’s get the party started with a simple self-serve brunch bar for your guests! Nothing elaborate here, just an offering of a savory nibble and a festive beverage to tide your guests over until everyone has arrived and you’re ready…

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I was thinking about what would make a beautiful Easter table this year, and for some reason, wild grapevines and bare branches spoke to me. I guess it’s because Connecticut Country House is surrounded by nature, nestled in the woods, with an abundance of moss, that these simple elements combined, would lend the perfect outdoorsy…

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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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