A Little Charleston Garden Tour

It’s gardening season, and I’m always looking to be inspired! So on my last visit to Charleston, South Carolin a couple of weeks ago, my sister knew just what would make my heart sing…a stroll through the South of Broad neighborhood. May you be inspired too…enjoy. Love, Nora

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Wendy’s Winter Whites

Country House in the Mountains is where Wendy Lewis lives and works. Her 1800 Federal-style white shingled country house in Vermont is her home and her muse. I met Wendy a few years ago at the Brimfield Antique Market, where she sets up shop in her tent, the Textile Trunk. Her eye and taste for…

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One Fabulous Antiques Diva

I immediately fell in love with Aidan Gray and The Antiques Diva Collection by Aidan Gray on the High Point Design Bloggers Tour last month! Let’s start with Aidan Gray. Aidan Gray Home is known for its nod to European antiques and wonderfully unique found objects. They pride themselves in bringing updated styling trends in…

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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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Reimagined & Repurposed

Cisco Home is about inspiring creativity by reimagining the mix of sustainable materials and textures for today’s home. The High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour took us there to experience their environment that was filled with upcycled elements and classic furniture forms treated to unexpected, yet familiar textiles. The beauty of Cisco Home is the…

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The Inside Scoop:Thibaut Fabrics & Crypton Fabrics

One of my favorite stops on the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour was Thibaut’s showroom. At first glance, we were greeted with a Spring 2019 projection of bright, happy patterns and color…very “House Beautiful”. Founded in 1886, Thibaut is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper company. Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) Wallpaper and Fabrics is all…

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A Nantucket Day At The Cozy House

It has to be authentic. That’s my motto.  And when we head out for a family getaway to Nantucket Island, the Cozy House is just that…authentic. Located on the southern coast of the island, The Cozy House is a throw back to a simpler time. Tiny in scale, yet big on charm and personality. And…

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It’s Trillium Week!

So what’s a Trillium you may ask?  Known for their delicate beauty, trilliums are woodland plants prized by both gardeners and nature lovers—in part because even in the wild it takes four to seven years(!) for the plants to reach flowering age. The New England Wild Flower Society celebrates the beauty of 21 species of trilliums…

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My Debut on Amazon

What an exciting week! My upcoming book, Nora Murphy Country House Style – Making Your Home A Country House, published by Vendome Press, and to be released in September, debuted on Amazon as the #1 Interior Design book! To say you could have knocked me over with a feather is truly an understatement. This book…

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My Book Progress Report

We made it! Five country houses in five different states in five weekends! With every country house shoot, we traveled afar to thoughtfully capture each one’s beauty and loving care. As diverse as these homes are, regionally and decoratively, they have much in common. The Nora Murphy Country House Style of warm and welcoming, collected…

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High Point Market Design Bloggers Spring 2017 Tour

My mantra is always, it’s all in the details. And that’s what I was focused on at last month’s High Point Design Bloggers Spring 2017 Tour. I was thrilled and so very proud to be part of such a fabulous team of fellow design bloggers! Each one of us share the love of home and…

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Loody Lady

Loody Lady is the name I know her by. For years on eBay I have coveted her gorgeous antique European textiles, and have added items – from French linen sheets to hand stitched quilts – to my eBay wish list. Being a big fan, you can just imagine my reaction when I stumbled upon her…

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Magical Ireland

I’m dreaming of Ireland, such a magical place. Last summer, the 3 of us Murph’s spent 10 glorious days traveling and taking in as much of the Emerald Isle as we could. We mapped out a great big loop from Dublin down to the quiet south coast of Union Hall to the western most coastline…

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The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

This past weekend, I was honored to be invited by the AmericasMart Atlanta team to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Adam Japko: Blog to Brand – Harnessing the Intersection of Online Channels to Build Your Brand at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. In the great company of two fellow Design…

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Spirit Of The Sea

I’m a big fan of a Portland, Maine company called Sea Bags. It started a few years ago, with a bag that I bought while vacationing in Cape Cod, MA. It was white with a big, nautical blue, number 4 stitched on the front. I loved its clean design and graphic look. The next purchase,…

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She Sees Seashells

When in Nantucket, I love to wake up early, grab a freshly brewed cup of coffee, a bucket and head out the door for some beachcombing. This is a peaceful time for me, when I can clear my head, smell the briny air, feel the cool wet sand underfoot and the warming sun at my…

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A Nantucket Picnic

While on vacation in Nantucket, one of my favorite ways to embrace the end of a summer day, is with a waterside, sunset on the beach picnic with my boys. Nothing fancy here. Just a simple dinner of Coal Roasted Garlic with a loaf of crusty bread and a plate of Caprese Salad, made from…

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‘Muses’ Goes To China

The past 2 weeks have been a complete whirlwind of activity! One moment we’re setting Connecticut Country House back to rights after Project Refresh, Part 2, then prepping and putting our best face forward for The Newtown Historical House & Garden Tour, immediately followed by getting up at oh dark thirty the next morning to…

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Country Living Fair Here I Come!

The Volvo is stuffed with all kinds of gorgeousness! I’m looking so very forward to not only attending the Country Living Fair, in Rhinebeck, NY today, but also to giving a live presentation and demonstration. I can’t wait to share with you some style snippets of how to create stunning, living arrangements by simply combining…

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And The Winners Are . . .

So happy to announce the winners of the Country Living Fair Weekend Passes Giveaway! Congratulations go to Anne Vradenburgh and Doreen! To everyone that entered, thank you! I loved reading about all your cherished finds, the stories behind them, and why you treasure them. They were all wonderful! To our lucky winners, Anne and Doreen,…

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There’s Still Time!

Tick. Tick. Tick. . . . . . Just a few more hours left for a chance to win a pair of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair next weekend in Rhinebeck, NY. Here’s all you need to do: Via the Comments / Leave a Reply section of this blog post, tell me a…

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Country Living Fair Pass Giveaway

I’m so happy to announce that I’ve been invited to give a live demo at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) If you’re not familiar with the fair, I want you to be! It’s a wonderful 3-day event featuring great shopping, live entertainment, demonstrations, crazy…

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Image Is Everything

Forever in search of images that capture “a moment,” I love digging into boxes of old photographs at flea markets and antique shows. Last year at Brimfield, armed with an extra dose of patience, and a large dollop of perseverance, I dug deep into a big plastic storage bin, painstakingly thumbing through a mother lode…

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

My dear friend Marlana Semenza, a talented photographer and stylist in North Carolina, is always searching for new inspiration. She found a treasure trove at her most recent discovery, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This historic public treasure, located on the West Campus of Duke University in Durham, spans 55 acres and is divided into…

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A Hunting We Will Go

Sunday, April 10th is opening day for the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, CT. Whether you’re a flea market aficionado or just a casual shopper, it’s always a wonderful place to poke around, hunt for treasures and practice “outside the box” thinking.   Flea Market Preparedness Plan Weather appropriate clothing. Think layers. Sunscreen.…

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