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

Enchanting Outdoor Christmas Decor with Twinkly Lights

A little bit of twinkle is always a good thing in my opinion. Whether it is a twinkle in someone’s eye when they smile, a twinkling star in the sky, or an abundance of twinkle light charm for Christmas.

Twinkling trees and garlands add the perfect amount of ambiance indoors. And outdoors, they feel just as magical. With garlands and wreaths on doors, porches, and outdoor seating areas decorated for the holidays, there are so many places to add an extra sprinkle of magic this season. Today I am sharing a few ideas that you can incorporate into your own home.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

1 Holiday Swag, 4 Fuss-Free Ways to Decorate

A holiday swag full of festive greenery, berries, pinecones, and a pretty ribbon is a simple way to add a touch of Christmas to your home. Of course, a swag is perfect for a front door or mailbox—but what about some of the other areas of your home if you want to try something a bit different?

Today I am sharing 4 ideas on where to hang those gorgeous holiday swags to add the perfect amount of holiday cheer to your home.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple Decor for a Welcoming Thanksgiving Table

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and an autumnal ambiance is definitely all around.

Thanksgiving table

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Whether you celebrate with a house full of friends and family gathered around the table to give thanks, or are more simple in the way you celebrate the day, setting a beautiful table is a lovely way to enjoy Thanksgiving.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

3 Kitchen Decor Ideas to Bring a Touch of Autumn

When it comes to adding a sprinkle of autumn in the kitchen, I like to do just that. Just a sprinkle. And really, that is all you need.

kitchen autumn decor

With a few basic elements like copper, natural wood, and a bit of fresh fruit, you can create a charming look in your kitchen without overwhelming your work area and everyday style.
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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple Ideas for Early Autumn Decor

That transition from summer to autumn decor in the house can sometimes be a gradual one. September is usually a hot month where I live and it makes adding all things cozy like tartan plaid and pumpkin spice feel like rushing the season until the weather cools down a bit.

Autumn decor

So to ease into autumn decor, adding simple touches around the house is often the go-to way.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Entertaining on the Patio with Fairy Lights

Entertaining outdoors is always on the agenda in summer. By adding a few extra twinkly touches, you can create a lovely ambience and magic for a night to remember.

fairy light cloches

I am sharing 4 elements that I used for the centerpiece to create an inviting ambience for this table recently. And the best part? It is so easy to recreate the look.

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