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Little cottage dressed for Summer

For Summer I usually think of bright and light rooms
Rooms filled with warm Summery colors and in simple whites.

I love changing the decor for the Seasons and Summer is definitely a favorite.

Today I am joining a group of fantastic bloggers in sharing Summer homes
and I decided to share our guest cottage dressed for Summer.
I have already shared a peek - but this is more of the tour.
I'll let the pictures do most of the talking today~ since there are quite a few of them!

welcome to the little cottage!

Our home and the guest cottage were built around 1940
and were mostly untouched -until we bought the property.

We have been remodeling our house since moving in and last Summer,
we began renovating part of the cottage

We painted the floor, added bead board to the walls and the pine planks to the ceiling
The built in bookshelves surrounding the fireplace were added as well.

The dining room is small on size but big on charm.

We added a small shelf that runs along the wall
where the plates are displayed- it is a favorite of mine
It's perfect for displaying dishes, small artwork, etc.

The table was set for a photo shoot
for a European magazine.

Love these dishes from Mikasa

Another project out here~ we recently remodeled the kitchen
on a big time budget of under $1000 using new materials mixed
with vintage and pieces we already had leftover from other projects,etc.

You can read more about it here

The vintage yellow cupboard was found in the basement of our main home
when we moved in. It was perfect for going into the kitchen in the cottage.

In the cottage, simple colors and vintage pieces are favorites for decorating
The bedroom has several old pieces wearing their original patina

For these photos- the bedroom was styled in a shabby romantic look.

Love the muted gray the antique armoire wears

Of course, I love a little gold bling too. 
The florentine tables move from room to room quite often.

When we remodeled the bathroom
we decided to use an old sideboard as the vanity


The bathroom re-do is another project that was on a small budget- this was remodeled for $500
You can read more about it here

Love vintage pretties for small bouquets of flowers

These photos are from a few months ago when the cottage was styled
as requested to be romantic & shabby for a magazine in Europe-
you can read more about it here

So it doesn't always look like this
have quite so many flowers in it
and a few things have changed since then too
 but I hope you enjoyed the mini tour!

Head on over and check out all the gorgeousness that is being shared this
week by these fantastic bloggers!

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  1. I want to live in your guest house! It's all so beautiful -- great photos.

  2. Beautiful Summer cottage, Courtney! Delightful tour.

  3. Can I make a reservation???!~! This is so charming! Love all the details especially all the vintage pieces. Beautiful, thanks for the tour. XO, Pinky

  4. I would have to say that your style is more shabby chic than french country, but lovely nonetheless.

    1. Hi Carol~
      I am more French Country in style in my home and more shabby cottage in the cottage for sure. I always say I am a mix- which is reflected in my blog name and style~ French Country Cottage. The little cottage was styled specifically Shabby and Romantic for a magazine feature for these photos- so definitely shabby cottage here!!

    2. I want those plates... they are lovely:D

  5. What a romantic setting Courtney. I have always adored your little cottage.
    Thanks for allowing me to meander from room to room and drool!
    Hugs, Gee

  6. Beam me up, Scotty! That is where I want to visit!

  7. LOVED the mini tour - looks wonderful.

    I will be packing my suitcase to visit!

  8. Courtney your home is just amazingly beautiful and I have no idea how you ever get anybody who visits to leave!

  9. I could move right in! Your summer cottage is beyond romantic! ~Delores

  10. So gorgeous! I love the cottage and the photos! I could live there! Thank you for sharing.

  11. The cottage is gorgeous. I love how you mix all the different elements together, old and new live together beautifully. Great tour. Hugs, Marty

  12. How wonderful you home tour is! I felt the warmth and I just love those Kanchenjunga chandys!

  13. Courtney,
    Exquisite decor, dear one!!!
    Thank you for opening your guest cottage for us today!!!
    I have enjoyed the tranquillity of your home!

  14. Courtney,
    ROMANTIC!, LOVELY!,INVITING! All the beautiful floral arrangements were special eye-candy. A breath of Spring/Summer.

  15. Courtney...thanks so much for the beautiful tour...I marvel at the many, many gorgeous that green dress!..When you look up the definition of "Romantic" in the states, "French Country Cottage"....

  16. Your guest cottage is always a treat to see...just lovely with all of your pretty touches. I love that you were able to create such a beautiful place on a small budget.


  17. Your guest cottage is beautiful, Courtney! The soft colors are so summery! Thanks so much for the tour!...hugs...Debbie

  18. Oh Courtney, it is always a joy to tour your home even if it is just virtually! Thanks for sharing the beauty and all of the wonderful ideas and uses for flowers! ~Christy

  19. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! Your mantel is breathtaking and that big ladder is sooo pretty! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  20. Your home is definitely one of my favorites! Loved the tour. So beautiful!!

  21. Some time, in the middle of the night, while you're sleeping soundly, I'm going to bring a house mover and move your cottage to my back yard, furniture and all. You'd better sleep with one eye open! laurie

  22. beautiful! i love the fresh flowers everywhere!

  23. So lovely. It puts a smile on your face.

  24. Courtney, your cottage is the epitome of romantic charm!

  25. oh courtney... i just love your cottage. so dreamy! beautiful photos as always.

  26. Courtney, Courtney, Courtney ... you have such a way of creating gorgeous spaces that should be gracing the cover of several magazines! Your guest cottage is proof of that ... such beautiful pieces and "alive" vignettes! Are you taking reservations?

  27. your guest cottage is every guests they ever want to leave? Thanks for having us over.

  28. Courtney, Every time I go to my emails and see FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE, my heart just skips a beat! Your home and your talent just amazes me. Everything is just gorgeous. No. More than gorgeous. Looks like a fairy tale. Your life and home, I mean. Thank you for the amazing tour, again. I adore every single photo!!! Looks like a magazine, but much more comfy and welcoming. Looking forward to your next post. Heaven.

  29. Courtney, it's no surprise that your home is a feature for an European magazine. It's full of charm! Thanks for the tour.

  30. OMG! Where do I begin or end on all the things I love about your little cottage?! Simply outstanding, Courtney.

  31. It all looks so lovely, Courtney! Just amazing!

  32. I would really like to come and stay in that cottage for sure! :-) So relaxing and inviting. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  33. I love your style Courtney! Everything looks so soft and inviting. I really adore the small pitchers you used in the bathroom~and the green dress is so gorgeous too!

  34. Amazingly beautiful, Courtney! You truly know how to "read" and envision what a room or space needs. Everything looks like it's original to the house which makes it even more special. LOVE it!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  35. SO gorgeous, I love all the white. Your guest house is just so lovely and romantic, and of course the flowers are stunning as always!

  36. I am speechless, this is stunning. So romantic, light, airy, lovely. Really beautiful. The kind of place you want to spend a leisurely weekend, reading good books. I love every detail.

  37. This cottage is perfection! And the photos are just beautiful. So many pretty things to look at.

  38. So beautiful! Everything looks so soft and romantic.. just perfect! Thank you for sharing your lovely home :)

  39. Omigoodness, Courtney. You never fail to disappoint! I'm in love with your little cottage. Everything is styled perfectly and your photos are beautiful. Always inspiring to visit your blog. What a gift you have!

  40. Hi Courtney!!!

    Your cottage is so elegantly decorated with the most beautiful vintage furniture. I find it's the cosiness that makes it soooo romantic!! Love all the flowers and how you use vintage items to put the flowers in!!!

    I would love to live in your little cottage!!!

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!


  41. Courtney the cottage is beautiful. I always enjoy seeing the changes, thanks.

  42. Love it all it's just fabulous and I can see why it's in any magazine

    makes me want to go home and get a paint brush and can of white paint and go to town LOL

    I have never seen such a tall ladder

  43. Love your sweet cottage! Especially that first shot!

  44. Always enjoy seeing photos of your beautiful home Courtney <3

  45. Amazing and dreamy!!! You have a real artist's eye for beauty and telling a story with your images!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the romance of your home, Courtney.

  46. Courtney, I've always thought you had the most beautiful photographs! Every single room looks perfect with amazing touches and movement. I am in awe! Thank you so much for joining us on our home tour!

  47. I LOVE your house. I DOUBLE LOVE your cottage. I triple love your photography. Seriously you need to write your own book on design.

  48. What a beautiful home - so soft and light. Thank you for sharing it!

  49. Beautiful and romantic...shaby chic country cottage! Thanks for the tour Courtney!

  50. Hello Courtney, your cottage is incredibly charming - love all the vintage pieces, the light and the beautiful ambiance - I hope you have a blessed day,

  51. Hi Courtney, Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful photos! Do you grow the roses on your property? So happy to have found such a beautiful blog!