Although not literally on my bookshelf yet, since I haven’t been able to part with it for too long and it is always strategically placed nearby, on my coffee table or nightstand, Nora Murphy’s new book is a delightful read. It is a charming, down-to-earth guide to capturing that soulful feel of a well-appointed country house in your own home, wherever that may be. More than a set of rules,?country house style is, according to Nora, a state of mind. It’s a cozy and pretty home where family and friends are always welcome, a home that honors tradition and the past, decorated with care and attention to detail with things that are not “precious” but treasured. More than anything, a country house is warm and personal.
All good things so, if you love country homes and dream of one day owning your own, this book is for you. Part wish book, part primer, Nora Murphy’s Country House Style will have you both entertained and inspired. Starting with the excellent photography, specially commissioned, and the large format, Nora takes us on a whirlwind tour of her own home as well as that five real, carefully selected country homes of some of our favorite decorators and bloggers around the U.S. I’ve been savoring every page!
Nora Murphy studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and founded her own interior design and architectural and product illustration firm. She was soon tapped to work as a design project manager for Polo Ralph Lauren Home Collection, followed by many years at Ethan Allen, where she rose to the position of executive vice president of style and advertising. She left Ethan Allen in 2011 to launch Nora Murphy Country House, a venture that encompasses an online magazine and blog about all things country. She lives in an antique saltbox house in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband, Rick, and son, Conor.?In case you haven’t done so yet, you can purchase Country House Style on Amazon and all major online booksellers.?The images from today’s post are courtesy of Vendome.?