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

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.

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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

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Autumn Front Door Decoration: 3 Colorful Looks

What does your front door say for autumn? Does it say, “Welcome! Come on in!” with a burst of warm autumn color and charm?

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Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect “welcome” for your front door that is perfect for you and your style and your home. And when there are so many different options to choose from, how do you know which one is the one for you?
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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

A Bit of Autumn Color

There is a chill in the air, fires starting to appear in fireplaces and the colorful autumn leaves covering the ground as they fall from the trees.

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September is one of those months where you can embrace all things fall and harvest before Halloween starts making an appearance. And that can mean things like wheat and pumpkins and colorful wreaths and garlands. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple & Elegant Christmas Tree

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A Christmas tree dotted with twinkling lights and delicate glass ornaments is always something that brings beauty to a room — but a Christmas tree dressed for a Christmas wedding? Even more enchanting.

In my previous post,  I shared a look at a Christmas table setting with a garland centerpiece…

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… and today I am sharing a closer look at the Christmas tree decorated for a wedding. As with the table, I wanted the tree to be simple yet elegant and dotted with shades of shimmering golds, delicate creams, and soft shabby aqua. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Inspiration: A Christmas Wedding Table

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Christmas is such a magical time of year and it is definitely one of my favorites. With all the twinkling lights & glowing trees all around, it seems as if it is the season where fairytale dreams come true. And for those brides-to-be who are planning a wedding during the holiday season, all of that beautiful Christmas magic becomes part of the fairytale setting and occasion. Read This Entry