While it’s clearly not as simple as clicking on a few links to Wayfair, making your home country style lovely may not have to include the headaches and expense of a complicated remodel. Wherever you may find yourself on the country design journey, a peek within the pages of Nora Murphy’s Country House Style is destined to supply the encouragement and inspiration you desire.
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What makes a country space special? About this charming entry in her home, the author writes, “Everything in this entry represents something dear to us–my love of gardening, Rick’s love of fishing, Conor’s love of hiking in the woods–it can change with the seasons or the occasion.”
Train Your Eye for Authenticity
Secondly, study images of the country house interiors within the book since they all exhibit an inherent authenticity which is tricky to achieve with so much staging in our insta-culture.
Let Go of Pretense
Third, give yourself the gift of time and imperfection. Under-done, quirky, laid back, and un-matchy-matchy elements will become your companions on the journey.
Nora’s Farmhouse Kitchen
Design secrets behind this lovely space? The kitchen island’s top was made of antique reclaimed floorboards from the property’s barn. The checkerboard pattern covers planks of 1970s yellow oak.
Discover more country kitchens to inspire RIGHT HERE.
Country Style: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
This book features a range of country house styles. Nora’s book does not simply celebrate her own lovely home…it spotlights five additional inspiring country houses. One of those beautiful homes belongs to a friend of this blog (notice the name on the sign!?!).
Design Wisdom from Nora Murphy
French Country Tastemaker Amy Chalmers
I learned about Nora Murphy’s book because the Boston home of a French Country enthusiast and blogger, Amy Chalmers (Maison Decor) graces its pages.
I happen to be a longtime admirer of her creativity and sensibilities, and I know you probably adore her interiors as well.
It is easy to fall for Amy’s sense of tranquil beauty mixed with an energetic approach to creating classic interiors.
Passion for Purple Transferware
It’s easy to see why Amy’s style was noticed for this country style book.
Amy’s garden shed (below) is also beautifully spotlighted within the book.
If you follow Maison Decor on Instagram, then you may recall how a lean-to was transformed by Amy into an enchanting garden shed! The shed’s French door was a Craigslist find, and the wheelbarrow-turned-planter is a family heirloom.
Living With What You Love
Get ready to learn ideas for living with what you love. Nora Murphy doesn’t hold back country goodness; she shares it graciously on her blog and in videos like this:
Why Traditional Style is a Balm
It’s not a small thing to become intentional about creating a more comforting country style environment. Things in the world always seem to be changing quickly and radically, don’t you agree? Hence, there is something soothing about turning to more classical and traditionally country decorated styles.
Throughout the country home tours in Nora’s book, you’ll note that classic doesn’t mean homogenization.
This isn’t a one-size-fits-all or formulaic classicism, but rather traditions rooted in nature with pleasing proportions and nostalgic nods to the timeless.
Country Homes & Humility
What a truly lovely triumph this book is for Nora Murphy. Here are country interiors which refuse to show off. Instead, they reflect a heartwarming humility blooming in the souls of their inhabitants.
Holy moly…Nora Murphy recently announced her Connecticut farmhouse is now for sale!
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