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

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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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

9 Ways to Add Romance with LED Candles

When it comes to adding ambiance to your everyday and special occasions, there is nothing quite like candles for bringing that dreamy feeling.

Whether you use just a few taper candles on your table or a grouping of 10 or more for a beautiful, warm glow, candles are a perfect way to add a whole lot of romance for your Valentine’s Day décor and all year long. Groupings of candles are like artwork or a bouquet of flowers: they are a finishing touch that adds a sprinkle of “oomph” to a design. And the best part about Balsam Hill’s Miracle Flame LED candles? Not only do they flicker just like real ones do, you can also use them anywhere and not worry about fires and safety. Today I am sharing nine times that these candles were perfect.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

6 tips for easy holiday entertaining

‘Tis the season for all things merry & bright… and if you are like me, you might have some holiday parties and entertaining on the calendar as well.

This time of year is so full of magic and wonder and beauty – and busy. So something I like to do to keep the to-do list under control when it comes to entertaining is to tackle a few things ahead of time, and use some of my secrets for easy holiday entertaining. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

5 Steps for Creating a Charming Autumn Porch

Ahh autumn, you are so pretty.

Today,  I am sharing five tips for creating a charming autumn porch for autumn that says “Welcome!” in a big way.


With those colorful leaves, crisp misty mornings, and fresh air – the season inspires you to wrap up in a cozy blanket and relax by the fire with a cup of cocoa. And autumn also inspires beautiful porches and patios wearing all those warm colors and charm of the season. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

5 ways to get the French Country Cottage look with Balsam Hill

My look is a mix of French country and cottage style with a sprinkle of romance. It is a style that is inviting and charming and elegant, and a little bit rustic at the same time. I definitely go for mixing rather than matching in terms of my decor.

And today, I am sharing 5 pieces at Balsam Hill that I love and that are perfect for adding a little bit of French Country Cottage to your home. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Simple and easy DIY to create a beautiful bouquet with faux blooms

Let’s be honest: creating a beautiful bouquet to use in decorating or for a special day can be a bit daunting and expensive.  Especially if you are like me and love those most amazing flowers – peonies. Peonies are romantic and beautiful, and some of the most loved flowers, but can be quite expensive. They are only available for such a short time a couple times a year, and in some areas can cost up to $20 a stem for those delightful blooms.

So today I am talking about a simple, easy, and economical way to get that fresh peony arrangement look any time of the year, all year long – more inexpensively than paying $20 a stem for them. And in just a few easy steps. Read This Entry

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