Journalist and author Deborah Norville combined her grandmother’s heirlooms with Swedish antiques in her casually elegant living room. As children, she and her sisters used to hide their Barbie dolls in the enormous blue-and-white vase.
Detail of the damask sofa in the living room.
Deborah sewed many of the pillows, curtains, table skirts, and slipcovers found in the house, and she plans to pass her skills down to her young daughter. “For me, making stuff makes me feel good,” Deborah says. “I get a real sense of accomplishment through crochet, needlepoint, and smocking.”
The dining room is dominated by the hand-painted panoramic mural, which is original to the 1929 house.
A closer look at the dining table’s antique silver and cut crystal.
The master bedroom is done in shades of green and cream.
Deborah wanted the look of an English study for this sun-filled room.
Symmetric evergreens give the courtyard a tailored look.
It’s an age-old adage that we should count our blessings. In her new book, Deborah Norville sets out to prove that two little words—thank you—can do wonders to improve the quality of our lives, making us happier and healthier human beings in the process.
In Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You (published by Thomas Nelson), Deborah brings together behavioral and psychological research. Utilizing her skills as a reporter, she spent two years combing journals and other sources, focusing on quantitative data. She discovered that a thankful mind-set can actually predict a positive outcome.
In her personal life, Deborah found that things improved when she was grateful, that by simply being “cognizant of the positive things and thankful for what you have in your life, you can undo countless negative effects and eliminate stress.”
Deborah (shown here with her dogs Puck and Polo) practices what she preaches, counting her blessings daily in a silk-covered journal and reminding herself to “notice the small things, overlook the little annoyances, and not worry about what’s coming next.”
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Norville’s casually elegant 1929 home exudes a polished English feel
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Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist and television show host, a devoted wife and mother of three, an author of four books, a tireless charitable worker, and an avid seamstress, but she can also add home decorator to her list of accomplishments.
Deborah’s days are spent in a New York City television studio where she recently celebrated her 12-year anniversary as anchor of the top-rated syndicated newsmagazine show Inside Edition. She has covered such diverse stories as a day in the life of a New Jersey tollbooth worker and the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. She garnered national attention—and two broadcasting awards—when she spent a week as an inmate at a North Carolina penal institution known as the “toughest jail in America.” Fans will remember her as a former cohost of NBC’s Today show and as a reporter for CBS News.
Photography: Joe Standart
Demilunes (antique): Christie’s Auction House, 212/636-2000.
Art over demilunes (antique, Bessler drawings); lamps: owner’s collection.
Magnolia urns: Lexington Gardens, 212/861-4390.
Sconces: owner’s collection.