Well, Hello March!

I welcome March with open arms. It’ll be a busy, busy month for me, but it’s all good. As last year’s Hall of Fame recipient, I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles, CA next week to the 2017 Design Bloggers Conference, where I’ll have the honor of presenting the award for Best Overall Design Blog to…

Keep Reading

Maria’s Covet Style

My friend Maria’s country house has a style that truly epitomizes who she is. Like her home, this guest bedroom embodies grace, charm and simple elegance. Just like Maria, its style is warm and welcoming. European fashion inspired, particularly French, it’s a place where layers of pretty, rustic and elegant flea market and auction finds,…

Keep Reading

Planning To Grow

Winter is a bit tough on this gardener, so I try and do as much as I can, as early as I can. As WFSB-3’s Better Living Lifestyle contributor, I spent a great afternoon in the sun-drenched Garden Room of Connecticut Country House with Better Connecticut’s host and good egg, Scot Haney, where I demonstrated…

Keep Reading

Fooling Mother Nature

One of the ways that I satisfy my craving for spring, is by forcing arching branches of forsythia to bloom indoors. At Connecticut Country House, towards the end of February, is when I venture outside armed with a pair of sharp Fiskars hand pruners, clip a bunch of branches laden with buds, plunk them into…

Keep Reading

Spring Has Sprung Indoors

Though the ground was blanketed with a thick layer of snow, it didn’t stop Scot Haney of WFSB 3’s Better Connecticut from stopping by Connecticut Country House. As their Better Living lifestyle contributor, I shared my favorite tips on keeping indoor plants happy, and showed just how simple it is to decorate with little touches…

Keep Reading

Valentine’s Day Goodies

Showing those that you love how much you love them couldn’t be simpler, as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB-3’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. Whether store bought treats are dressed up, or home baked goods beautifully boxed with love, it’s easy to create custom gifts. My motto: It’s all…

Keep Reading

Lucia’s Chocolate Truffles And Girl Talk

A few years ago, my dear friend Lucia taught me how to make these amazing truffles. It was a day well spent together as we chatted and grated, chatted and mixed, and then chatted some more while drizzling freshly melted chocolate over our little masterpieces. Just a few basic ingredients are needed to create batches…

Keep Reading

The Best Game Day Chili

My husband Murph is a fabulous cook. Regardless of season or occasion, he always has something delicious to bring to the table. He developed this wonderful recipe and I have to say, it’s PHENOMENAL! Whether you’re planning a Big Game Day gathering or not, a pot of Murph’s Country House Chili simmering on the back burner…

Keep Reading

February Love

When the sky is drab gray and the frozen ground is cloaked with a thick mantle of snow, my mantra for getting through what feels like the longest winter month in Connecticut is, “Love you February.” This is the time of year when a quick stop into the grocery store not only yields the milk…

Keep Reading

Paris Match

As a designer and artist, I love artwork. Whether new or old (in some cases very old), the art that I find is usually unframed. While some would be dissuaded from buying it this way, I usually prefer it, as it gives me the opportunity/excuse to go hunting for lovely old frames in antique shops…

Keep Reading

Warm Wooly Mittens Giveaway

My friend Valerie makes these beautiful mittens! She starts with well-loved sweaters that are, in her words, “looking for a second chance.” Valerie washes, fluffs, and grooms them (“like a rescue pet”) and then sets about cutting them for the least amount of waste, and fitting them with a cozy new fleece lining. When all…

Keep Reading

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…

Keep Reading

Cu Around the House

Copper is one of those elements that can lend wonderful warmth to a country home. Whether highly burnished like a freshly minted penny, or naturally oxidized to a deep caramel patina, you can’t go wrong with incorporating a few well-chosen pieces. Here, in my friend Valerie’s Adirondack-inspired home, featured in our Winter 2017 issue of…

Keep Reading

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…

Keep Reading

Freshen Up!

When you cross the threshold of the main doorway of Connecticut Country House, the first thing that you’ll see, after being greeted by Martha Luther King, the cat, and Fiona our vibrating, tail wagging terrier, is the wall directly across our newly located living room. This area, as well as other key sightlines throughout the…

Keep Reading

A Warm Welcome: Making Ice Hurricanes

We are taught that “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Well, I think creating ice hurricane lanterns is the frosty wintertime version of what to do when the temps dip below freezing and you want to turn the negative numbers into a positive project. It’s easy to create a warm and welcoming, glittery,…

Keep Reading

Build A Beautiful Party Cheeseboard

I can’t think of a soul who doesn’t like to see and help themselves to a beautifully presented cheeseboard. A collection of delicious nibbles – cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts and wafer thin slices of cured meats, is a wonderful way to get a party started. It isn’t difficult to get gorgeous results. It’s just a…

Keep Reading

Bernadette’s Toffee Bars

Thanks to my beautiful French friend, Bernadette, we had the great pleasure of indulging in her freshly baked New York Times version of classic (and decadent) Toffee Bars! While these bars have nothing to do with her French heritage, I mention it because when it comes to anything delicious and special, it seems to me…

Keep Reading

Sea Bags Wine Bag Giveaway!

How great is this wine bag from Sea Bags! Handcrafted from re-purposed sails in Portland, Maine, I just love the bold and festive CHEERS graphic and the very clever recycled gift tag/travel log to keep track of where the bag has been. Our friends at Sea Bags are generously allowing me the opportunity to help…

Keep Reading

Tag! That’s It!

You’ve got your packages all wrapped, tied ‘em all up with festive ribbon, and now’s the time to add the perfect finishing touch that’ll let everyone know who love’s them! To get you started, click here to print out our Nora Murphy Country House exclusive FREE holiday gift tags from our Christmas Country House Style…

Keep Reading

Wrapping Hostess Gifts

Wrapping up hostess gifts couldn’t be simpler as I showed Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut when he visited me at Connecticut Country House. With a few common items you may already have on hand, it’s easy to create beautiful packages perfect for bringing along to your next holiday party. Happy gift giving! Love, Nora

Keep Reading

Dressing Holiday Packages

When Tracy Furey, the Executive Producer for WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked me what I thought viewers might be interested in watching in December, I immediately thought of two things that I know are at the top of my brain this time of year: decking out the house with fresh greens and gift-wrapping. My next thought…

Keep Reading

Decorating With Fresh Greens For The Holidays

I was thrilled to welcome, as was Martha Luther King, our far from camera shy cat, Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut to Connecticut Country House! I had a wonderful time showing him just how incredibly easy it is to embellish basic, store bought greens with snippets from the garden to create lush garlands and…

Keep Reading

Country Curtains Holiday Giveaway

I’m honored to be a guest blogger for Country Curtain’s Home & Happiness blog, and to be part of their Home For The Holidays Giveaway! Since every room at Connecticut Country House is getting decked out for the holidays, and as a lover of matelasse and buffalo checks, dressing my bed in Country Curtains classics…

Keep Reading

An Artist’s Table

For my latest segment on WFSB’s Better Connecticut, as their new Lifestyle contributor, I had a great time designing a holiday table with a beautiful autumnal look that’s just perfect for Thanksgiving. I think it’s one of my new favorites! In the studio, the Ethan Allen Cameron Dining Table was the perfect size to accommodate…

Keep Reading