How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House?

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.

Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse #entry
Photo: Nora Murphy Country House…certainly lovely indeed. Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.

How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House?

Get This Amazing Book

First things first. Get crackalackin and CLICKety Clicken to ORDER THIS GORGEOUS COUNTRY DECOR TITLE.

Nora Murphy book cover. Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House.
Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House with Deborah Golden – Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018). 

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.”

Nora Murphy country house entry with checkerboard pattern flooring, dropleaf table, and huge basket of hydrangea and collection of watering cans. Nora Murphy Country Style to Inspire! #noramuphy #countrystyle #entry #countryhouse #americanfarmhouse #farmhousestyle #rusticdecor
A charming country style entry blooming with personality, rusticity, and whimsically down home warmth. Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House by Nora Murphy with Deborah Golden. Photography: DuAnne Simon. Vendome, 2018.
Purple transferware pitcher and china in French country home of Amy Chalmers of Maison Decor. #purple #transferware #china #antiques
Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House by Nora Murphy with Deborah Golden. Photography: DuAnne Simon. Vendome, 2018.

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.

Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse
Nora Murphy Country House…certainly charming indeed. Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.

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 Murphy country kitchen with checkerboard floor and tobacco basket on wall. Nora Murphy Country Style to Inspire! #noramurphy #countrykitchen #historickitchen #rusticdecor #countrystyle #farmhousekitchen
Nora Murphy’s Connecticut country kitchen featured in Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden; Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018).

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. 

Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse kitchen with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse
Nora Murphy Country House…certainly rustic and full of character indeed. Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.

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!?!).

Charming French daybed on back patio - Maison Decor's Amy Chalmers. #daybed #frenchcountry #maisondecor
Maison Decor (Photography: Matthew Mead/Amy Chalmers)

Since country homes featured in the book are both old and new, you’ll be treated to a range of inspiring styles including Swedish, Americana, French country, English country, and upscale cabin.

Design Wisdom from Nora Murphy

Quote about country living from Nora Murphy. #noramurphy #quote #countryliving
How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House? Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.
Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse
Nora Murphy Country House
Nora Murphy quote about collections. #noramurphy #quote #collections #countryliving
How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House? Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.
Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse #barn
Nora Murphy Country House
Nora Murphy quote about country style. #noramurphy #quote #countrystyle #countryliving
How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House? Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.
Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse #bedroom
Nora Murphy Country House…certainly timeless and tranquil indeed.
Nora Murphy quote about collections. #noramurphy #quote #collections #countryliving
How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House? Tips for making your home country style beautiful as well as photos of inspiring interiors.
Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse #diningroom
Nora Murphy Country House…certainly charming indeed.
Nora Murphy quote about country style. #noramurphy #quote #countrydesign #countrystyle #countryliving
How To Transform Your Home Into a Country House?

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.

French country kitchen of Amy of Maison Decor featured in Nora Murphy's book. Nora Murphy Country Style to Inspire! #frenchcountrykitchen #maisondecor #greenkitchen #frenchkitchen #frenchcottage #cottagekitchen #countrystyle #vintagestyle
In Amy Chalmer’s sweet, petite, and chic Boston kitchen, a vintage tole chandelier floats above an island with curvy romantic detailing. Open shelves above the stove hold collected vintage treasures of green. Gingham-check curtains sing with French countryside charm and softly frame the view of a lovely garden. Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden- Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018). 

I happen to be a longtime admirer of her creativity and sensibilities, and I know you probably adore her interiors as well.

Romantic French country dining room of Maison Decor's Amy Chalmers. #frenchcountry #diningroom #purpletransferware
Maison Decor (Photography: Matthew Mead/Amy Chalmers)

It is easy to fall for Amy’s sense of tranquil beauty mixed with an energetic approach to creating classic interiors.

Romantic French country dining room of Maison Decor's Amy Chalmers. #frenchcountry #diningroom #purpletransferware
Maison Decor (Photography: Matthew Mead/Amy Chalmers)

Passion for Purple Transferware

It’s easy to see why Amy’s style was noticed for this country style book.

French country settee bench with purple transferware plates displayed on wall above - Maison Decor/Amy Chalmers. #frenchcountry #settee #interiordesign
Maison Decor (Photography: Matthew Mead/Amy Chalmers)

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.

Charming French farmhouse style garden shed at home of Amy of Maison Decor. Featured in Nora Murphy's Country Style book. #gardenshed #romanticdecor #gardeninspiration #frenchcountry #maisondecor #cottagestyle #cottagegarden
 Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden – Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018). 

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:

Nora Murphy's new book Country House Style.
Look at those blooms!. Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden – Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018).

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.

Nora Murphy's 1767 Connecticut farmhouse with beautifully designed relaxed and classic interior design. #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #interiordesign #historicfarmhouse #diningroom
Nora Murphy Country House

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.

Nora Murphy dining room with beautiful classic decor and country style. #diningroom #countrydiningroom #noramurphy #farmhousestyle #farmhousediningroom #rusticdecor
In Nora Murphy’s dining room, an iron tuteur gives shape to plumes of catmint in an old Swedish herring bucket.  Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden – Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018). 
Nora Murphy's Country House Style book.
Peeks at Amy Chalmer’s kitchen. Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden – Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018). 

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.

Nora Murphy's Country House Style book cover.
Book cover of Nora Murphy’s Country House Style with Deborah Golden – Photography: DuAnne Simon (Vendome, 2018). 

Holy moly…Nora Murphy recently announced her Connecticut farmhouse is now for sale!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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