Time was when decorating “country style” meant kitschy mushroom canisters on the kitchen counter and grandma’s crocheted afghan on the back of a garish plaid couch. Welcome Connecticut decorator and author Nora Murphy whose e-magazine, blog and new book, “Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your Home A Country House,” have made country oh-so-chic. A former vice president at Ethan Allen, Murphy has spent the past seven years hyping country style, focusing on decorating, gardening and entertaining as part of her “Nora Murphy Country House” brand. Her new book features her own home in Newtown and several others that visually reflect how a home can spotlight country style whether in the city, at the beach or the mountains. She put down her gardening tools and her laptop recently to talk style, family, the holidays and what really makes a house a home.
Q: Why did it take seven years to finally get around to a book?