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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While I have my corner Cabinet of Curiosities, my dear friend Marta has a gorgeous 18th c. corner cabinet filled with an enviable collection of creamware. Guarded by a Staffordshire dog, Marta’s grouping of delicate plates rimmed with lacy reticulated designs, tureens with pierced lids and rose blooms, and elegant teapots with rope handles, is one…

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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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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,…

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I’ve found at least a dozen different beautiful ways to look at and enjoy a dozen cut tulips. Placed in a simple glass vase, the look is uncomplicated and elegant. Sometimes all it takes to make a beautiful, impactful statement is a humble bunch of flowers. Consider lovely fresh tulips this Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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,…

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Switch out the contents of your hearthside wood basket with driftwood this summer. I just love the light look of the sun-bleached silvery gray color and the sea-worn smooth texture. Seek on your next beach combing or riverside adventure for an assortment of free pieces. If you want the look without the thrill of the…

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