Big On Style: A Connecticut Townhouse Tour

My dear friends Chris & Dave live their businesses; Dave heads up Visual Merchandising at Ethan Allen, and Chris heads up DC Kingswood, a fabulous lifestyle vintage goods shop within the Fairfield County Antique & Design Center in Norwalk Connecticut. They live with their wonderfully unique finds, styled just right in their Bethel Connecticut townhouse.…

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Rachel Ashwell: A Timeless Style

I have been a lover of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic style for a long time. When I finally met Rachel in her showroom at the High Point Market a few weeks ago, I totally understood why I loved her style so much. Rachel is a beautiful person, inside and out. Her aesthetic and heart is…

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An Adirondack Inspired Country House Tour

I’m thrilled to announce that Nora Murphy Country House Style, Winter 2017 is here! Within its pages, take a tour of my dear friend’s, Valerie and Tim’s, wonderful, woodsy Adirondack-style country house. Shot over two “oh wow moment” days, with the original intent to be a story within the NMCH Holiday 2016 edition, I quickly…

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Remembering Katharine Hepburn

Friend, journalist, news anchor and author Ann Nyberg has just penned a wonderful book about Connecticut’s born and bred, Katharine Hepburn. A decades long fan, Ann had read a lot about her. Even tried to interview her once, getting so far as short phone conversation, which was quite an accomplishment as Hepburn was famous for…

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Your 24/7 Country House Style Library

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 hankering for design inspiration and fabulous recipes, or just craving eye candy (our photography is all our own), dive into…

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Connecticut Country House Shines!

This was no ordinary shoot. Since the summer, we’ve been prepping Connecticut Country House for her debut in the November issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. The big push was on to finish up all of the painting and re-setting of the summer’s biggest project, Project Refresh, as I called it. The morning of the…

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Autumn Joy

Yippee! The brand new, Autumn issue of Nora Murphy Country House Style is here! I’m so excited to share with you what you’ll find inside. To meet the wonderful people, and to be inspired by the beauty of the change in the season, click here: www.noramurphycountryhouse.com Enjoy! Love, Nora

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Portrait: Bitty Birdie Design

The Country House lifestyle is all about comfort and joy, and one of the most comforting things I can imagine is a beautifully handmade quilt made up of something very personal – your child’s favorite tees. The idea of their life up to now documented in a blanket is an amazing thing. One look at…

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Dana and the Major John Gile House

I’d love to introduce you to my dear friend Dana Schwartz and her 1763 Major John Gile House, in Nottingham, New Hampshire. When Dana called to tell me all about the fabulous house she had found, it sounded too good to be true! And then she followed up with photos of the amazing details from…

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Portraits: A re-imagined Christmas tale

Two important things I like to keep in mind: Follow your passion, and follow your friends on Facebook. I met my friend Mark on Facebook earlier this year through our mutual love of American Country. I liked his postings, and he consistently liked mine. And voila, a friendship was born! And when that love of…

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We’ve come a long way baby

Earlier this week, I changed my profile photo on face book to our latest family photo.  I couldn’t believe all the great feedback that generated!  It really made me think. Had I let twelve years go by since our last family photo shoot?  Maybe thirteen?  Yup, it’s been too, too long. Our dear friend and…

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There once was a girl from Nantucket

She was the first piece of “real art” I had ever acquired.  She was a gorgeous nineteenth century little girl beautifully painted in rich pastels – and at the time she was living in a barn that doubled as an antiques shop.  You see, I was fresh out of college visiting my best friend, Suzy,…

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The taste of a good life

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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