Well, it’s official. Two weeks from today, we will have sold our beautiful 1767 Connecticut country house in Newtown to a lovely couple from New Jersey, and moving to a newer (1820) Connecticut country house on the Connecticut River in Lyme! This big change started when Murph and I came to the clear realization that…

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Amy Chalmers: "The excitement was real! Nora Murphy had invited me to her official book launch party in Connecticut, and would be putting me up in a lovely country cottage to stay overnight. I still couldn’t believe my house was featured alongside her iconic country home. I thought the perfect person to share this moment…

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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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Dear friends! Our Spring/Summer Nora Murphy Country House Garden Issue is here! Inspired by my crazy passion for flowers I’ll take you for a tour around my country house to introduce you to my favorite garden plants and share my best gardening tips. Then, we’ll sail to the island of Nantucket, where I hope to…

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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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Written by Sarah Egge, photographed by Michael Partenio, and produced by Stacy Kunstel, my beloved Connecticut Country House makes up one of the beautiful features in this summer’s issue of Country Home. What a thrill and honor it is to be published by such an amazing publication – one that I have loved for years.  Stacy…

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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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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 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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Just like every household, at Connecticut Country House, by the end of the week we’re often faced with a fridge stocked with lidded containers of various dribs ‘n drabs. Murph, my culinary genius husband, frequently on Fridays will use this recipe as a guideline for making the most wonderful entrée, incorporating whatever tidbits we have…

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One of my best gardening tips is to plant on a cloudy day (and if the forecast calls for rain later or the following day, all the better!). This also goes for trimming shrubs. As plantings really start to take off and the season progresses, Murph will be out there buzzing away with his hedge…

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I LOVE May in Connecticut! Everything looks like a Technicolor dream. Grass is a lush, vivid green. Emerging leaves on the trees are vibrant chartreuse. French lilacs just beginning to bloom are the deepest of darkest purples. Even the sun yellow fluffy manes of the dandelions in the yard are a wonderful sight for winter…

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One of my favorite shrubs is the Forsythia. So very easy to grow. Every year I like to add to a few shrubs to our bright yellow forsythia bank. (Building on what I already have truly creates more impact.) I plant them in full sun, a couple of feet apart. Within 3 years or so,…

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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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Not just for Easter, but also for the entire spring season, these wild vine baskets echo the beautiful woodlands that surround Connecticut Country House, and do a wonderful job of setting the tone for my nature inspired table. Purchased at Terrain, they’re the perfect foundation for creating the “bringing the outdoors in” vibe that I…

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My husband Murph’s brother, Jack – yes, that Jack, of the pickle recipe fame, recently sent us a picture of a divine looking chicken pot pie that he’d baked in a giant cast iron skillet. Instantly we knew that we’d be making one for ourselves at Connecticut Country House. Adapted from a recipe from Jack’s…

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Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came by Connecticut Country House and we had a great time hanging out in the kitchen creating two types of nature inspired floral spring baskets. Rustic grapevine baskets from Terrain were fitted with liners and planted with diminutive violas and petite grape hyacinths. Adorned with our FREE downloadable watercolor…

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Whether your kitchen is in a home from the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, or beyond, it’s never too old, or too new, for a Country House perspective. Throughout the pages our new Nora Murphy Country House Early Spring 2017 issue, it’s all about kitchens. The heart of every home, you’ll see a bit more of my…

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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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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde I couldn’t agree more! What does the art you surround yourself with say about you? You be you! Love, Nora

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When faced with a hankering for crab cakes, my husband Murph stepped up to the plate and created this wonderful rendition. Based upon a Food Network recipe from the grande dame of southern cooking, Paula Deen, he worked his magic, tweaked and tailored it to make it his own. The results were fantastic! I hope…

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