Author Archives: Courtney

About Courtney

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle & design inspiration and the ongoing renovations of her 1940's cottage.

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

5 Ideas to Decorate Your Mantel for Spring

The days are longer, the birds are singing, the daffodils are peeking out to say hello, and warm spring weather and lazy days outdoors are just around the corner.

Balsam Hill's Blue Viola Arrangement displayed in a neutral and rustic basket

When it comes to decorating for spring, nothing is off limits at our home. From a bouquet on the kitchen island, to a French market basket filled with blooms on a stool, to the mantels decorated with a sprinkling of spring charm.

Today I am sharing 5 simple and easy ways to decorate your mantel for spring. The main ingredient? Flowers, of course, because spring is bursting with florals.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

A Bewitching Halloween Mantel

It is that time of year when all things ‘spooky’ come out to play for a bit.

Haunted houses, bats and owls, and ghosts and goblins seem to be popping up everywhere… but Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. Something like a whimsical and fun mantel styling is perfect for bringing a touch of the fun side of Halloween without any of the fright. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Fall in love with Balsam Hill

Decorating for autumn is in full swing over at my house, and one of my favorite places to add a sprinkle of seasonal charm is the front porch.

Beautiful front porch with magnolia wreath and garland
Your front door is the first thing that guests see when coming over for a cup of coffee or harvest party, so it is a spot you definitely don’t want to overlook in seasonal decorating. Whether you go big and bold with lots of pumpkins or keep it more simple and elegant, a wreath, garland, and other touches will make it warm and welcoming. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Decorating with potted trees

Sometimes a little tree is exactly what you need to bring charm to a space. And a little tree in a pot or bucket? Well, that is even better.

Today I am talking about potted trees and sharing a few ideas on where you can use them. They are a natural touch outdoors to dress up your patio areas. They are perfect without lights on for adding color with their warm greenery, and with those twinkly lights all aglow, they can bring the perfect amount of magic to an otherwise ordinary space.

Three beautiful pre-lit potted trees to accentuate your patio
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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Balsam Hill Lights Up The Night

As I mentioned over at my blog this morning, entertaining outdoors long into the wee hours of the morning is a favorite thing for me to do during summer.

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Evenings spent out under stars and moonlight just feel so magical to me. And with the sounds of the crickets playing background music, the warm bounce of the moonlight off the water in the fountain, and the flickering candles lighting the path to warm evening memory making – who can resist throwing a get-together filled with all that ambiance?
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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Pastels & Golds for an Enchanted Easter Table

It is no secret that setting a beautiful and inspired table is one of my favorite things to do. And in spring, with fresh green grass, the sound of birds singing and shades of pretty pastels popping up for celebrations — a beautiful Easter table setting to gather around outdoors is perfect.

Pastel Eggs for Easter Table
Since most of what I love is on the softer side, I chose a color palette of soft blue, faded greens, and just a touch of peach and gold. I brought in a lot of texture with faded old book pages and fluffy cotton branches. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

A Romantic Table Setting for Valentine’s Day

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I am what you might call a HUGE fan of ambiance.

From the right lighting for your home to the right flowers on the table to the twinkling lights on the patio for a dinner party. Ambiance is key when hosting a dinner party or a romantic get together for two for a special occasion – and it can be put together with a few easy elements. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Countdown to Christmas: Christmas Gifts by Courtney

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When I was growing up, sitting on the floor by the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree was one of my favorite things to do. There was just something about the room all aglow with those lights that was magical.

Christmas time definitely does feel like a magical time with those lights, merry music playing in the background and friends and family gathering to spend time together. Read This Entry