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French Country Cottage Christmas Home Tour

I am so excited to share a peek at our home dressed for Christmas this year.
I feel like I loaded 347 photos already this morning to this post.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

And that doesn't include about 3 dozen others that aren't yet edited.
Or the rooms I haven't even finished photographing yet.
I am not ashamed to admit that I might be a little obsessed
 with decking the halls and all things Christmas.


I have been fluffing and decorating and having so much fun getting ready for the holidays over here
and  I am excited to be joining my friend Jennifer Rizzo for her 
Holiday Housewalk again this year!
And this year- we are also being joined by Joss & Main
and by Good Housekeeping.


If you are coming over from City Farmhouse- welcome!
And if you are new here~ 
welcome to French Country Cottage!

I am going to jump right in- because there is a lot to share
and I will be sharing each room in much more detail in separate posts as well.

I am a huge fan of all things natural for decorating
all year long- but especially at Christmas.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating front door decor

You will find fresh garlands mingling with fresh fruit and nuts
and bits of flowers mixed in.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating front door decor

I love fresh cedar garland on the door 
and these gorgeous lanterns from Balsam Hill say 'welcome' perfectly.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating flowers

A little about our house:
Our home is a vintage 1940 cottage in the California countryside 
that was built as a vacation house 
and was never lived in full time.
That meant it was full of projects and long to do lists...and also
full of hardwood floors wearing old patina
and original wood plank walls 
and tons of character that hadn't been touched.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

It has been a big process to take this cottage from run down neglected house to home
but I knew the minute I stepped inside that this house perfect.

One of my favorite things about the house 
is this huge fireplace in the living room.


It is over 8' long and is definitely the focal point of this room.
Over the years, we added french doors on both sides of it
as well as the beaded board and beam ceiling.


On the mantel-  this styling is simple and sweet
with fresh greens and blush roses dotted with ornaments.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating tree

and these French blue stockings from Balsam Hill might be some of my favorites


Did you know that I tend to decorate this tree several times?
I shared a first peek at it a couple days ago

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

And my daughter loves this beaded garland on it
and I actually love it wearing just twinkle lights... 
which you might see soon.
Truth be told... since I work with print for magazines 
I am usually decorating for Christmas 
starting in July.
And my family has given up on shaking their heads when I start putting up
trees and clipping fresh greens when it is 100 degrees out.
;)

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating tree


So I tend to decorate several ways each season and
right now, this Noble Fir from Balsam Hill is decorated in 
just whites and sugar sprinkled clear ornaments
with just a few soft faded french blues to mingle.
(you can see more in my post here)
In our dining room- more fresh greens
and simple style.

A fraser fir & eucalyptus garland as a centerpiece dotted with pears

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

and those gorgeous dishes from Wayfair that I shared in my Thanksgiving 
table setting post recently

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

Obsessed, I tell you.

In the kitchen- a touch of red courtesy of pomegranates 
in the antique cupboard

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating kitchen

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating kitchen

a coconut cake and gold lettered glasses from HomeGoods


French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating kitchen

and a simple wreath in the window


 along with a few of my favorites
peonies.
And loving these gold glasses from Joss & Main-
 they are stunning in person.



My bedroom got a bit of sprinkling of gold this year

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating bedroom

and I am loving it.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating bedroom

Whites and golds on a frosted tree? Pretty perfect.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating bedroom

On the antique settee and bed,
I am crushing big time on these red toile pillows
from Joss & Main.


and on the mantel
eucalyptus mingling with hydrangeas and green velvet stockings

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating bedroom fireplace

My office might be one of my favorites this year...
This gorgeous white tree...

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating white tree

decorated with my favorite blush ornaments, crystal drops
and beaded garlands...

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating white tree

 sigh... in love.
Much more coming soon.

In our newly renovated bathroom
(which I have completely taken over as my own ;) 
a sprinkling of Christmas cheer.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

I am loving these gold glasses from Joss & Main- so perfect 
to use as a vase 
for a sweet little bouquet.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating


And a quick jump back outdoors...


I will be sharing our rock fireplace area in a separate post
but here is a peek at the sitting area in the orchard.

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating outdoor sitting area

I love the outdoor Christmas tree 
twinkling in the background

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Holiday Decorating

Phew!!
And guess what? 
I have so.much.more to share.
Like closer looks at each room,
 the guest cottage wearing its holiday dress 
and so many Christmas vignettes.

And they are all coming your way
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and up next- please click on over to see the gorgeous decor 
at  Lilypad Cottage- always one of my favorites!




And you can start the tour from start to finish 


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Joss & Main/ Wayfair

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46 comments

  1. Just loved it all. Those green stockings.. Gorgeous. Love the toile pillows on your couch and your pretty garlands. You have such a great knack for each tree. You embellish them so beautifully. I could go on and on.. Stunning

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    1. The green velvet stockings and red toile pillows are some of my favorites as well- thank you so much!

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  2. Your decorated house is soooo beautiful, I could easily move in it any time :)

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  3. heading to back to peek through it all again and let the beauty soak in! what a stunningly beautiful home you've created...and those chandeliers!! merry christmas!

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    1. Thank you Paige! I * might * have a small obsession with chandeliers. ;) Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. Courtney, so beautiful! Your outdoor space is dreamy, as it your entire home. Merry Christmas!! Jen-City Farmhouse

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I am in love with your gorgeous style as well! xo

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Courtney!

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  6. Like a perfect Christmas fairy tale! Stunning and charming and inviting. Merry Christmas!!

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  7. i always love the romantic style of your home- it's so cozy and inviting!

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  8. I am inspired. Beautiful and soft.

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  9. Like a Fairy Land Christmas, magical! Kathleen in Az

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  10. Gorgeous and stunning and I love it!

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  11. I've always adored your cottage, Courtney. It looks spectacular all dressed for Christmas!! Looking forward to more of your stunning decor.
    Mary Alice

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  12. My head is spinning with all that lovely lovely decor! You have such a gift and you are such an inspiration!

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  13. I really really love this. So elegantly simple. Beautiful bench. Thank you for sharing. Linda @ bushelandapickle.com

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  14. I always love your style!! I want all your beautiful paneled ceilings for my house! And your tree is gorgeous!

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  15. Oh my gosh. That was so beautiful to look at. I just took it all in. I read every word and couldn't get enough of the pics. I'm going to read everything again tonight when my kids go to bed. I think you did a beautiful job of bringing in just the right amount of natural elements. GORGEOUS!
    Jenn

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  16. Love everything about how you decorated and I just love the bed Merry Christmas to you all

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  17. Everything just makes me sigh, Courtney. Wow. It's breathtaking, dreamy, and so incredibly beautiful. I adore the cedar and eucalyptus mix. Your talent is just beyond words..... :)

    xoxo laurie

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  18. Everything is lovely...and I love that you have honored the original architecture, that is so important...in these homes of paper/wallboartd and plastic...they build now. Thanks for the super tour, Sandi

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  19. Courtney,
    I just can't even handle how stunning your home is!! Seriously friend, every little detail is magical! I felt like I was touring a fairytale, so beautifully done! Merry Christmas to you! xo Susan
    Kindred Vintage

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  20. You are truly incredible Courtney. What a gorgeous home. I am swooning over all the spectacular inspiration..

    Congratulations.

    Janet

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  21. What an incredible home. I am swooning over all the spectacular inspiration. I love your style. You make everything look stunning and flawless.

    You are a decorating genius. Congratulations.

    Janet

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  22. Such a beautiful home tour, every inch is just gorgeous!
    XO
    Kristin

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  23. Courtney, I feel as if I've been on a delightful get away. Your home oozes charm in every room. I love the glow of the trees, the softness of the flowers, and all the natural details. Eager to see more. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Hi Courtney! Your rooms look so festive! I love all of the color and decor variations on the trees - so soft and cheerful! Gold makes a great accent color and the touches you've added are perfect! Can't wait to see more of your creative imagination come to life! Hugs, Leena

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  25. Every time I come to your home, I never want to leave! Beautiful.Happy Holidays Courtney!

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  26. Very beautifully done, Courtney. Happy Advent Season. Hope you are able to slow down and savor each precious moment.

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  27. First of all it's a wonderful home Courtney that shows the love you put into it....yes and I love that deep walkin fireplace as well.
    As for the holidays here, it was nothing sort of magical and a beautiful flow throughout the rooms.
    The pears and oranges add a bit of old world nostalgia to the garlands a perfect touch to a fruitful home.

    Xx
    Dore

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  28. I love your blog and taste. I went back to the first of your blog and it is amazing to see you evolve in your style. It just gets more elegant and refined. French Country Cottage has been very inspiring. Thank you

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  29. I just adore your holiday home, always beautiful, always you. Have a great weekend!

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  30. Everything is so beautiful and romantically festive! So pretty!

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  31. Always, always beautiful! Merry Christmas!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  32. Courtney as always your home is magnificent! It is like walking into a beautiful Christmas Wonderland of all things warm and inviting. Merry Christmas my friend!

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