Make Holiday Hampers!

When it comes to gift giving, I feel that it’s important to listen to your heart and try to gift something that truly reflects the receivers personality as well as their likes and loves. Sometimes, that’s  not so easy! I’ve found that creating Holiday Hampers are a fun and creative way to gift. No need…

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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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Sweets and Treats this Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, one of my favorite co-hosts from WFSB’s Better Connecticut came over to Connecticut Country House to see what I had up my sleeves for this Halloween! Kara Sundlun and I got right into the holiday spirit with a few wardrobe enhancements and away we went! It was a lot of…

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Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home this Spring

To keep Connecticut Country House looking fresh, there are a few key things I change-up every new season. So, Scot Haney, co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut, helps me show you just how easy my seasonal ritual really is…and what a difference it makes! Enjoy our video! Love, Nora

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Better Connecticut: Decorating With Moss

Kara Sundlun, co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut never went “mossing” before…so when she came to visit me at Connecticut Country house, I showed her just how easy it is to use this favorite year round go-to for all my indoor (and outdoor) decorating finishing touches. Enjoy the video, and Happy Mossing! Love, Nora

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Better Connecticut: Making Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry season is something we always look forward to at Connecticut Country House. But, what can you do with some of your freshly picked blueberries? Kara Sundlun from WFSB’s Better Connecticut stops by and makes homemade blueberry lemonade with me! It’s so easy and refreshing, especially when we add my “fruity ice cubes” to my…

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Better Connecticut: Summer Decorating Ideas With Kara Sundlun

A couple of weeks ago, Kara Sundlun, the co-host of WFSB’s Better Connecticut came to Connecticut Country House for the very first time. Decorated for a summer party, the house was in its glory…what a perfect occasion to host Kara and give her a tour of my favorite summertime decorating tips around the house, inside…

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Better Connecticut: Garden Talk With Scot Haney

Better Connecticut’s Scot Haney is back in the garden with me at Connecticut Country House in my beloved Newtown. I’m sharing some of my best ideas for the garden and explore the simple “power of green” found in shrubs.  First, evergreens build a balanced, low maintenance foundation to my home, which last throughout the year.…

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May (Technicolor) Dreams Come True

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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A Woodland Table For Easter On WFSB-3’s Better Connecticut

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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Pastel Plaid Easter Eggs

Scot Haney of WFSB’s Better Connecticut stopped by Connecticut Country House where I showed him a simple technique for creating tartan-like Easter eggs. We donned our aprons, snapped on gloves and had a wonderful time hanging out in the kitchen. This was such a fun morning! An ageless activity, I hope that you’ll give making…

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April Calendar

March was a whirlwind month and April is scheduled to be just as crazy wonderful! Project Refresh will continue as we tackle the 2nd floor of Connecticut Country House. A fresh coat of paint all-around: in Conor’s Man Cave, the guest bedrooms, bath, hallway and stairwell. With only two closets in our 1767 home, upstairs…

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Sweet ‘n Wild Spring Baskets

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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Traditional Irish Apple Cake & Serving Tea At WFSB

You think that a New York minute is fast? A fun filled, five minute segment on baking a simple Irish Apple Cake on WFSB’s Better Connecticut goes by in the blink of an eye! Maybe it’s because being with hosts Kara Sundlun and Scot Haney is just like being with good friends. You get to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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My ‘Setting A Beautiful Thanksgiving Table’ Segment

I love setting a table. I love setting a table with beautiful collections. My table settings range in style and substance – anything found in nature mixed with the beautiful craftsmanship of Simon Pearce’s tabletop collection and Ethan Allen’s Cameron Table. Handmade, classic forms are always a pleasure to work with! Here’s my second Better…

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Planting Bulbs For Home & Garden

Whether getting the gardens ready for spring or prepping for the holidays, now is the time to get planting for gorgeous blooms! I had a great time in the WFSB 3 Connecticut studio, with the hosts of Better Connecticut, Kara Sundlun and Mark Zinni. (They are just lovely!) As their new contributor for ‘Better Living’…

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