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French Blue Cottage Christmas Tree & giveaway

The other day, I played with a chunky Christmas tree out in the cottage.


It started with those pretty little French blue ornaments
and a sprinkling of snowy white, bleached pinecones 
and a charming wicker basket.

Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with Christmas?
Or that I tend to put up just.a.few. trees in the house and the little cottage?


That I think about the colors, styles and look I want 
and sort through boxes of baubles
to find the perfect pretty little bits for each tree?


Or that sometimes... 
I have no idea just what look, color or theme I will go with until I start playing.
And sometimes I surprise myself
 and go with something completely different than I planned.
Like with this tree.

I was all rich teal and gold and bold and beautiful blues...
but  as I fluffed away and then stepped back...
I saw nature and soft muted cottage colors dotting those chunky little adorable branches.


Yes, I called the branches on this tree adorable.
;)
There are some trees that have chubby little needles that are simply just so cute-
 and this is one of them.


This tree is a big chubby Vermont White Spruce from Balsam Hill.
And when I say big & chubby- I mean it in the best way
and
well, yes, in a literal way too.


Just look at it.
It is a perfect charming big boy for the cottage. 
With a traditional Christmas tree look and those chunky needles
and very full look- I am obsessed.


 And this tree simply spoke cottage perfection to me.
And the more I looked at it... it made me think of some of my favorite ornaments from last season
that I thought were completely sold out- but are back.in.stock. as we speak..
Pretty Winter Frost ornaments.

You might remember seeing them on my Frosted Fraser Fir last year...


and look at how different they look on a true green tree?


Equally as Amazing.

So this tree is very simple cottage style.
It has just a few ornaments and natural elements for decoration- which honestly, is my favorite look.
Some trees get more- some get less. 
Honestly, the tree is so beautiful by itself, it simply didn't need much more to complete it.
I started with that charming wicker basket that is perfect as a tree stand.


And actually...
 it is made to be a tree stand so no fussing to see how you can make it work.
It was the perfect starting point for a beautiful French cottage inspired Christmas tree.

Up next, those Winter Frost ornaments.
Pale blues and blush dotted with a few extra white baubles were perfect.


I also decided to grab some of those huge pinecones that we collected while up near Tahoe
and place them here and there on the tree for a natural touch.


I love them mingling with the eucalyptus - which just brings the perfect soft sage color.


The cottage has soaring ceilings and very simple construction and with it being a bit more rustic than our house- I definitely tend to play up that cottage charm.
With things like grainsacks, ticking striped and old weathered and worn
orchard ladders.

It is unusual to have an orchard ladder indoors- I know. 
But this ladder just simply talked to me.


For awhile. And... one day, the opportunity to bring it home came up
and as you can see... it is in the living room.

I placed grainsacks folded over on some of the rungs just to bring in a touch of that red
to play with the soft blue and green.

Of course... there is much more Christmas decor to share in the cottage...
but today it is all about that charming tree.


And I excited to be kicking off the Balsam Hill 12 bloggers of Christmas today.



Each day there will be more bloggers and more trees to inspire.
Here is the line - up




Friday 


Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday




AND offering a $150 gift card giveaway to Balsam Hill
so that you can purchase your very own pretty things for Christmas.

I am going to make it super easy to enter-
just subscribe to my mailing list and let me know by leaving me a comment on this post.



And for a second entry:

Follow French Country Cottage on Instagram or share this post on FB
and leave me another comment on this post and let me know.


And here are the links to the products I used to decorate this tree this year.

Coming your way next week...
my Frosted French Country Christmas tree.
that I am in.love.with.


Happy Thursday everyone.






Disclosure:
I am Balsam Hill's Ambassador, but all ooey gooey love, opinions, obsessions with Christmas and incessantly singing of Christmas carols.. ahem...since June... 
are my own. And I am so okay with those obsessions.






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98 comments

  1. I love your style and read your blog daily. Just subscribed to your mailing list!

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  2. I subscribed Courtney. I love your frosted tree! Thanks for the offer!

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  5. I am subscribed to your emails. Love the beauty of your tree!

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  6. I am one of your instagram followers @rusthawk1.

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  7. Courtney, the trees are magical. You have such a talent. I wish I could see these up close and personal. Thanks for the chance. I'm a fan of Balsam Hill. How wonderful it would be to have this gift. I'm a long time subscriber to your newsletter. Happy Holidays!

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  8. Courtney, I'm a follower on IG as well. Thanks again!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! Already on your email list.

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  10. Love how beautiful your Christmas tree looks! Posted to FB Riverroad.nz

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  12. I follow you on instagram-https://www.instagram.com/jewel5888/
    Shared giveaway on Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/julie.wood.5015/posts/882323921898615

    Thanks so much for a chance to win this gorgeous tree. Your tree looks so pretty!

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  13. Hi Courtney,
    I already subscribe that is how I see all your beautiful posts and all the French loveliness! I also follow on Instagram!! That tree is gorgeous and I love Balsam Hill. I have a wreath of theirs and it is just beautiful!! Thanks for the giveaway! ☺️☺️☺️

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  14. What a lovely tree! It's so beautifully decorated. (I'm already subscribed via email.)

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  15. I love those pale blue decorations. What a pretty idea.
    My husband is crazy about blue, so we have lots of blue balls, but I tend to use them to fill. The prime spots are for the sentimental ornaments. They might not be color-coordinated or even in good taste (there's a barbecue grill that my mom gave my husband), but they hold memories and meaning, and that's what Christmas is all about.

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  16. I subscribed to your weekly newsletter. I would love tot win the Balsam Hill giveaway. Their items are lovely as is your tree!

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  17. Hi Courtney I already subscribe to your email and have for years. As for the tree .......Perfection!

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  18. Subscribed and Shared on Facebook!!

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  19. What a gorgeous set up you have! :) I'm so excited about this giveaway!

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  20. I'm following you on Instagram as @egood33

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  21. Courtney, all your trees are really beautiful and I look forward to seeing them all. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving..Judy

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  22. I am subscribed!!! What beautiful ornaments and trees you are blessed to adorn your home with! Hoping I can have a fabulous tree with Balsam Hill too....

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  23. Beautiful colors and tree.
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  24. Simply beautiful... love the softness of it. I look forward to the emails.

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  25. I follow you per email, and Instagram! Your tree is beautiful!

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  26. i love seeing how everyone decorates their homes for Christmas!

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  27. I'm subscribed, The photos were so pretty!!! I follow you on instagram @plkmrose

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  28. Soft, elegant country. The towels pull the country while that gorgeous tree declares it elegant. Thanks for entering...and I've happily added you on Instagram! Thanks.

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  29. ...2nd try. Please excuse this comment if the other appears. Your elegant tree and French country towels are so lovely. I've subscribed and enjoy you on Instagram. Thanks!

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  30. Wow ! What a beautiful job you've done decorating & with the photography too ! Magical !! I am similarly obsessed with photography , prettily things & Xmas decorations. I have a pale pink & white shabby theme & love bringing out all the nice decorations to admire over Xmas. I have subscribed to your newsletter & am following on Instagram. Hoping your comp is open for Australians too ! 😊🌲❤️🌲❤️🌲❤️

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  31. Wow ! Just magical 💙👏🏻👍 As a similarly obsessed admirer of pretty things, photography & Xmas decorations it was lovely to see this post. . I have a pale pink & white shabby vintage theme & look forward to bringing out the special decorations ( & adding to them ) each year. To admire over the Xmas season. I have subscribed to your newsletter & am following for more pretty posts on
    Instagram. Hoping your compnis open for Australians too ! 🙏🏻😊🌲❤️🌲❤️🌲❤️

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  32. I subscribed to your mailing list and I'm already an IG Follower. I've been a GFC follower for years! xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}

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  33. Hi Courtney,
    Christmas is my favorite time of year, decorating my house is something I look forward to. I am inspired by what you and the other bloggers do I love sitting scrolling the house tours with my coffee in bed. It pushes me to think beyond what I did last year. Obsessed with blush ornaments and blush everything right now. Thanks again and Happy Holidays. Michele

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  34. Just subscribed...don't want to miss a single thing!

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  35. Hi Courtney! I've been receiving your updates,I subscribed a while ago.
    I enjoy your blog so much...a true inspiration!!
    Thanks so much,Debbie

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  36. I signed up for your newsletter. Your trees are absolutely stunning.

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  37. I have been a subscriber for quite a while.I love following what you're doing and your style? FANTASTIC!! Your trees and ornaments have me pea green with jealousy ;-) I gave all of my Christmas decoration away because we leave the day after Christmas. I truly regret it because now I'd put up the tree at Thanksgiving and enjoy it through the Christmas season.

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  38. I've subscribed and shared on FB!! Love your blog, but the holiday ideas gives me goosebumps!!! Gorgeous all around😍😍

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  39. I am a subscriber. Thank you for leaving the sources for your decorations.

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  44. Following on Instagram and shared on facebook!! cindyshaffer56@gmail.com

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  45. Hi Courtney! I signed up to receive your weekly newsletter. I love your posts and style! Thank you so much, Kenda

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  46. Just shared this Facebook post and I follow you on Instagram. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway, Courtney! ❤️

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  47. Gorgeous tree! I subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. I absolutely love how you are decorating for the holidays! I subscribed to your blog (wjmcswain@...).

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  49. I am now following you on Instagram! Wendy McSwain

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  51. I follow on instagram as @wasabilime

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  52. I'm a subscriber, decorating for the holiday is something I really enjoy, I try to style our home in a soft glow

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  53. I'm Follow French Country Cottage on Instagram

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  54. Hi - I shared on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.essad/posts/1110425579070726

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  56. I subscribed to your mailing list and already follow you on instagram (@rebtarma)

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  57. Your trees are always amazing, and yes, adorable. Following your blog as well as IG. Thank you for such a great give away, Gina
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  58. Your tree is elegant and beautiful. Thank you for the give away.

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  59. Your tree is elegant and classy. Thank you for the give away.

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  60. I am already subscribed to your blog and I just started following you on Instagram. The Christmas trees are beautiful. I have been doing mine--I only have one!--in silver and white for the last few years. I don't like hodge-podge trees with all the colors mixed in. The silver and white is more calming to me. This year, however, I will have a second tree for my twin grandsons who are temporarily living with me. Theirs will undoubtedly be a "hodge-podge"!

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  61. I am subscribed! This tree is just delectable! The muted colors are a welcome change from the traditional reds and greens. This year, I am making a dress form tree,(like those seen on Pinterest) and keeping it very simple, with a white faux fur wrap accented with a silver brooch on the top. I'm using white lights on the skirt (made of Garland), and some white pearl strings cascading from the waist. Can't wait to see how it looks when finished!

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  62. Lovely and enchanting.
    Perfect colors and look for my sweet cottage style..French and beach decor.
    I've been a subscriber for about a year..love your blog.
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  63. I subscribe! Thank you so much for the giveaway. :)

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  64. I subscribed. You are so talented!

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  65. Subscribed to your email and following you on Instagram, love your style.

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  66. Subscribed to your emai land would LOVE the $150 towards Balsalm tree because I am desperately in need of a new indoor tree <3

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  67. Subscribed and following. Downsized to a condo that only fits a tabletop tree, living vicariously through your blog.

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  68. Subscribed and following. Downsized to a condo that can only fit a table-top tree, living vicariously through your blog, thanks!

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  69. angela eagle on facebook. thanks for the inspiring beautiful trees.

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  70. I subscribed to your email list.
    Thanks!
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  71. I follow you on Instagram as well!
    Thanks,
    Karen

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  72. I am a subscriber. Your decorating is so beautiful and your trees are just magical! Thank you for being such an inspiration, Happy Thanksgiving!

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  73. Already a follower on facebook but subscribed today to email and also following on instragram now. Great place for inspiration.

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  74. I just subscribed to your email. Thank you, Kenda

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  75. Following you on Instagram and Facebook. ❤️

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  76. A follower on facebook and subscribed to the newsletter today. Great blog, thanks for the ideas!

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  77. I am subscribed to your blog and am following you on instagram. And I love that beautiful frosted Frasier fir!

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  78. I happily signed up for everything. Love it all
    Can I come for a visit?
    Happy Thanksgiving

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  79. Happy to subscribe...now I only need a Balsam Hill tree! ;)

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  80. We got a Balsam Hill tree this year and we could not be any happier with it. I have subscribed and followed you on instagram, I would love to get one of their garlands and if I win that is what I will be getting!! Thanks for the opportunity,
    Kathysue

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  81. I subscribed! I have been a follower on bloglovin for a while, but I now subscribed to be an email subscriber!

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