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Country House Living: Celebrating the Beauty of Life at Home

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Following her success with Nora Murphy’s Country House Style, Murphy celebrates a selection of homes and their homeowners, each exemplifying a different style.

For Nora Murphy, a country house isn’t so much a place as it is a state of mind. A country house is warm, welcoming—at once down to earth, yet elegant. A country house has genuine character, tells a story, and is truly, wonderfully lived in. Here Murphy explores the tenets of country house style, as illustrated by her own “new” country house, and the many other striking homes she has curated for the book. Each one of these homeowners has embraced country house style—but each implements it in their own unique way. There is a pastoral 1732 center-chimney colonial in Connecticut nestled in spectacular gardens, a cozy cottage on the coast of Maine rich with local details, and an 1840s Greek Revival in the Hudson Valley filled with romantic Victorian ephemera. Common threads weave through the stories: the thrill of the antiques hunt, the role of history, and the priority of comfort.

Filled with practical ways to celebrate American country style, beautifully designed with a ribbon bookmark, and written in the author’s warm and effusive voice, this book will inspire readers to create a country house lifestyle wherever they live.

About The Author

Nora Murphy’s lifestyle brand Nora Murphy Country House celebrates decorating, gardening, and entertaining, and is home to an award-winning blog; online magazine; the e-commerce site, Hunt Club; and the brick-and-mortar store, The Little Shop. Previously, Murphy was Executive Vice President of Style and Advertising at Ethan Allen. She is the author of Nora Murphy’s Country House Style.