As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this nearly six-acre tract of land, this farmhouse, this domain—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.


Friday, July 18, 2014

House-y Inspiration {Nora Murphy Country House}


One day I was scrolling along through Pinterest and, lo and behold, there were my great-grandmother's dishes!!  Well, really they weren't, but they were the same exact design, and I had never seen that pattern anywhere else, so I clicked the link to see who else had "my" dishes

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And WOW.

That click began my fascination (obsession?) with Nora Murphy Country House. Not only did I see how she had used "my" heirloom dishes on her Easter table (swoon)...

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...but I also saw those humongous topiaries and the vintage quilt used as a table covering.

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And then I started nosing around the website and the blog and I was hooked. Totally. And I have spent hours (no exaggeration) soaking in Nora's gorgeous house and photography and creativity. House-y inspiration at its finest. 

It wasn't just Nora's Easter table that was show-stopping. Take a look at her Thanksgiving table. Swoon. (More photos ~here~.)

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Same table dressed for Christmas? Gorgeous! (More photos ~here~.)


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And how about this kitchen?! Swoon.


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And Nora Murphy Country House is more than gorgeous tables!

It's this house (major swoon)...

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...and gardens...
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...and flower arranging...

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...and entertaining...

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...and recipes...

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...and decorating...


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...and antiques (Nora calls it "the thrill of the hunt").
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And there's so much more...but I'll stop with the photos. If you are swooning like I was (am!), then you need to go to Nora Murphy Country House for yourself and soak up the house-y inspiration.

Nora Murphy (you can read about her ~here~ and ~here~) posts seasonal magazines, positively filled with creative ideas and gorgeous photography! Be sure to scroll through each photo (there are arrows to scroll horizontally, as there are oodles of photos on each page...don't miss any!), and then click the links and "Notes" for more. 

Summer 2013 (The inaugural magazine.)
Autumn 2013 (Oohh...my own favorite season...lots of inspiration!)
Holiday 2013 (What's not to love?)
Winter 2014 (So cozy...be sure to check out the "Paintbox.")
Spring 2014 (This is the issue that won me over...with my great-grandmother's tea set.)
Summer 2014 (I visited the site every. single. day. until the summer issue appeared.)


Now that you know about NMCH, you might be hanging out at Nora's all weekend! See you next week! 

(Where do you go for house-y inspiration?)

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great place to visit.

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  2. Oh my word. I'm overwhelmed- everything is so beautiful! I want to live there... Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I will check her out. Your endorsement snags me!

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  4. I will be checking this site out when I have more time! It's beautiful!!

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  5. You too!??!? I adore Nora Murphy! Such a relaxed, comfortable, and beautiful style! I too have spent hours and hours on her site...read every single word...that's what sort of time you have on your hands when you have bronchitis for a month and half. ;-) Love it all, and can't wait for the next posting!

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  6. Oh, I can't look yet! I'll not get my planned project done! This evening though…

    Thank you for sharing this! What wonderful inspiration!

    Love it!

    Deanna

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  7. Oh, thank you very much. Just what I needed. Another obsession, hehehe. But it is WONDERFUL.

    Sometimes on Sunday afternoons I like to unwind by looking at beautiful decorating and lifestyle blogs. That one has been added to my list.

    So often something pops out that gives me an idea for decorating on a budget.

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  8. It is a beautiful home, but yours is every bit as lovely. I love your home--the country, cozy, Walton-ese atmosphere. Blessings, Sharon D.

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  9. Well, personally, I've been thinking about doing some things around this house, not that it matters that things have been the same for 28 years, right? LOL And this is a fantastic site for inspiration. I will definitely be browsing. Thanks for the link!

    Hope your hubby gets that Farmall. :-)

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  10. Cheryl, is that magazine available ONLY online? I'd like to hold a real magazine and page through. Do you know if they have one?

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  11. Gorgeous! I'll have to check that out this weekend. I don't dare do it now, I won't get anything else done! I've always liked the vintage quilt on the table look, but I think it's one of those "just for pictures" things - who would risk dinner table spills on their vintage quilt?!

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