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Monday, July 17, 2017

Chasing dreams & sharing exciting news

A few months ago, I was standing alone in the post office
with a freshly delivered package in hand.


It was a simple paper envelope that looked like any other.
But inside of it, there were so many things that
you couldn't see at first glance.



There were baby steps
and taking chances.
Following dreams
ups and downs and in betweens.
Possibilities 
and
 even that Pooh bear wisdom.



Do you remember my post about Winnie the Pooh
and stepping out of the forest?
It is from a couple years ago but it was
about something my sister said to me when I first started blogging
to encourage me to stop hiding in the safety of the forest
and to step out into the sunshine.
Taking that step and chance is not always easy-
it can be scary to put yourself out there.
But not chasing those dreams
 is even scarier.

So you take a step- even if it is a baby step at first.

And that day in the post office
 that plain envelope in my hands held
 something that started out with one of those little baby steps.





Inside that envelope was a stack of papers.
And even though I knew what those papers were
I sat down and I read them several times
and then closed my eyes 
 and soaked up a little bit of that moment
because...


inside that envelope was a book contract from
  Gibbs Smith 
 for
my book.



I am so thrilled to share that I have partnered  with Gibbs Smith - 
who publishes some of my absolute favorite inspiration books and designers
and who is a dream publisher for me.
And they have asked me to tell the story with my photography as well-
 which is a huge honor.


The book is planned for release in summer 2018
and
it is all about the story behind the style.
The mix and mingle of French Country & Cottage
with a dash of romance and storybook ambiance.
 It is inspired living, our home, outdoor living, entertaining
beautiful flowers (of course) inspirations
and it will include rooms and things I haven't shared here on my blog before
and
so much more.  




And  I am so.excited. to finally be able to share this news with you.
You have all been such a big part of French Country Cottage
 and I am incredibly grateful for your encouragement, support and friendship
over the past 6 years.



And I am excited about this new chapter for French Country Cottage
 full of possibilities and new dreams
and can hardly wait to share more with you soon.

Happy Monday.









159 comments

  1. I can't wait to have a copy of it. Congratulations Courtney!

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  2. I am thrilled for you! I can't wait to get a copy!

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  3. All I am going to say is...it's about time. Can't wait. xxoo

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    1. Thank you Barbara!! Waiting to get a hold of your book soon too! xo

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  4. BIG, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS !!!
    What wonderful news, Courtney.
    xx's

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  5. Congratulations! I can't wait to see it!

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  6. Oh! So excited for you, Courtney!!! Congratulations on your book signing! I think I can say from most of us who come and read your blog, we will love buying and having your book in our book collection. Happy for you!!!!!

    Congrats again,
    Barb 😊💕

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    1. Aww thank you Barbara! You are always so kind and I appreciate your sweet comments!

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  7. Congratulations, Courtney! You totally deserve it! You have a very unique style that always stand out to me here in blogland like a bright lonely star in the sky and I am happy for you that you have the chance to express your creativity even more. Where can I sign up to pre-order your new book?
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Thank you- that is such a compliment. I am excited to share more! The book will be sold in book stores and online retailers and when we get to pre-order time- you all will be the first to know!! :)

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  8. Doing the happy dance for you my friend! Well deserved!!!!

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  9. yay, Yay, YAY!!!!!! As soon as I read your headline, I was hoping this was the news! And what a fantastic publisher too -- I covet many of their books amongst my favorites. As I'm sure I'll covet yours.

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    1. Thank you Sharon!! :) And yes, Gibbs-Smith is a DREAM publisher - they do such a beautiful job with design books!

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  10. Oh, Courtney - that is just awesome news. It's not at all surprising - but sure is delightful to find out it really is happening for you. You deserve this. I'll be on the waiting list early, trust me on that one! Yipppeeeee! Ya "done" good, Pooh Bear. ♥

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  11. Congratulations! That is so exciting! You are a beautiful designer and decorator and this is well deserved! Can't wait to see it! xo

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! I hope all is well over your way!

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  12. I can't wait for it to grace my coffee table, it's going to be beautiful! Congratulations!

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  13. Congratulations, Courtney! This is no surprise to me! It's going to be gorgeous and I'll be first in line to purchase it and help promote it. xoxoxo
    Big hugs my friend, Jamie

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    1. Thank you so much Jamie!! I appreciate that and feel the same about your book! xo

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  14. Congratulations Courtney! You have totally earned it -- writing a book and having it published is an amazing adventure. Savor every moment of the journey!

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  15. It couldn't happen to a more deserving, creative, and darling individual. I'm beyond excited for you and for us! Now the waiting till next summer when we can have this beautiful publication and story in our own homes. Congratulations, Courtney! Well done!!!!!

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    1. You are always so kind Sarah- thank you so much for your sweet words! xo

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  16. A big congrats, my friend as I know it will be fabulous!!

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    1. Aww thank you Kim! I hope to see you at Haven!! xo

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  17. Congratulations Courtney! You are so deserving. Your blog and your style is one of my favorites. When I move into my new cottage it will be filled with your stylish colors and ideas. Best Wishes.

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    1. Oh decorating your cottage sounds like so much fun- thank you Ahrisha!!

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  18. That's really awesome Courtney! Congratulations!

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  19. I knew it! Not at all surprised:). I always thought with your photography and storytelling, I imagined I was reading a book:).
    Congratulations Courtney!
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Haha! I have been keeping it a secret- but it has been soo hard! Thank you so much for your kind words Kathleen!! xo

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  20. TOTAL AWESOMENESS MY FRIEND******SO HAPPY FOR YOU !!! Can't wait to read it & enjoy your beautiful vision of this world

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I knew it was just a matter of time! So exciting Courtney!! Just know it will be more than amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much Shirley- you are so sweet!! I hope to see you at Haven!! xo

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  22. How truly exciting, wonderful and amazing! Congratulations on your success...so far :-) More to come I'm sure. :-D

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  23. How very AWESOME! Congrats to you Courtney -- Your blog is a favorite of mine as you are so inspiring with your style ideas and photography! Being able to enjoy it all in your book will be amazing! I can't wait to get my very own copy!!!

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  24. Follow those dreams! Congratulations!

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  25. Congratulations! That's wonderful news and well deserved.

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  26. Congratulations! I just discovered your blog and am so inspired by all you do! Can't wait for the book :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah Jane!! And welcome- glad you are here!

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  27. Many sincere congratulations Courtney. I am sure your book will be outstanding and take you many places you never expected to go. Breathe and enjoy - you have worked hard for the lovely and special blog you write. You scatter joy and beauty in the lives of many!

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    1. Such a kind note Sandra. I love the idea that I am helping to scatter beauty and joy- thank you so much!

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  28. Dreams really do come true Courtney! Congratulations! Mimi xxx

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  29. Congratulations Courtney! This is such wonderful news and I'm so very happy for you! I can't wait to get my copy.

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  30. That is so wonderful Courtney! You must be beyond excited. I cannot wait until I can order a copy. I look forward to devouring every word and picture many times over tea.

    Congratulations!!!

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  31. Great news and so well deserved! I look forward to buying your book.

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  32. Congratulations and make sure you give your sister a hug. You should be proud of your perseverance and accomplishments. Love your blog

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    1. Indeed!! My sister is seriously the best- she is one of those wise souls! Thanks so much Lola!!

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  33. Congratulations. It is sure to be a beautiful book as the blog is so beautiful.

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    1. So excited for you and cannot wait for my own copy

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  34. OMG, how exciting!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!

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  35. Congratulations, Courtney! I know this will be a very beautiful book. I look forward to getting a copy. I'm a great fan of Pooh bear! Love the connection! See you at Haven!
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you Kathy!! Pooh bear is the best :) See you soon!

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  36. Courtney, this is truly amazing, and so well deserved! Congratulations! I can't wait to get my copy when it comes out!
    Best,
    Cindy
    Edith&Evelyn

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  37. Many congratulations Courtney!! I absolutely enjoy your blog, photos and style and am so pleased for you that you dared and you are doing x0x

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  38. I have been waiting for you to post your exciting news. This is so exciting! Can't imagine how you can even sleep.

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    1. Thank you June!! It was so hard for me to not share right away! haha.

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  39. Wow!! How wonderful to see this post as I'm tucking into bed. Courtney I'll be preordering your book as soon as it's available. You are so talented!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy!! You are such a sweet friend.

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  40. What wonderful news for you ~ so happy for you.
    Congratulations !!!
    Enjoy every moment. Much love, Rose

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    1. Haha!! Was it 2 years ago at Haven we were chatting about this - or 3? It has been a bit!! I know you know how long this dream has been swirling around... thanks for your friendship and encouragement Marian!

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  42. Courtney, I am truly elated for you. Congratulations on your book and also all of your other blog accomplishments. I'm not sure I've ever before commented on your posts until now, though yours is perhaps my favorite blog of all, and I've been following it for almost all these past six years. It has been the inspiration for me beginning to embrace French Country style in my own home...and explaining to my husband my "new found" French sensibilities.I love the beauty and romance of the look and, besides which, my maternal grandmother, Doris Chardon, was French. Wishing you continued and growing success. Patricia

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    1. What a kind note Patricia- I so appreciate you taking the time to say hello and for following along! Thank you!!

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  43. WOW!! Congratulations 🎈 I look forward to opening your book soon!

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  44. Congratulations, Courtney! What a fabulous opportunity! Wishing you the very best while you write your book as I imagine it will be a ton of work, but we will all be so happy to read it!!!

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    1. It is a lot of work for sure... but so excited to be doing it!! Thanks so much Angelina!

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  45. Congratulations! So excited and very happy for you. Can't wait for your book to come out. I know it will be fabulous!

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  46. Congratulations, Courtney! I am so very happy for you.

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  47. WOW!!!!1 Just reading that little strip was like my heart jump for joy for you!!!. So looking forward to getting a copy of your book!!! I know you will do a awesome job because it is in to do.....You can do this.....Hugs and More Hugs...

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  48. Courtney I am so, so sincerely excited for you! I have followed your blog since the start and I can't think of anyone who I'd rather see write a book!

    I'll be excited to read it - Can't wait! Heartfelt congratulations to you!!

    Sheila
    Maison de Cinq

    Xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much Sheila!! You are so sweet! Hope to see you again soon! xo

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  49. Courtney,
    Congratulations! Your blog was one of the first I found and began following when I discovered blogs. Along the way you have been one of my inspirations. As I began writing my own blog, I studied your style of writing and photography as examples of how to improve. I still study your photography with an analytical approach of seeing the composition.

    I am excited for you and am looking forward to reading your book with all its pages and pages of more inspiration.

    Judith

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  50. That is so wonderful!!! I can't wait to buy the book, congratulations!

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  51. Wow!! What a wonderful dream come true!! Congratulations! Can't wait to buy a copy!

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  52. This is amazing news! I am so excited for you, and quite frankly your readers, because we now get a book from you! I cant wait for it to grace my coffee table. CONGRADULATIONS! Amanda

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  53. Congratulations!! What a beautiful book it will be!! The minute we can preorder I will. I can't wait to see it. I may be able to hold my own in the cooking/gardening department but decorating I am very shy. So shy I freeze at the thought of choosing a paint color. I don't want to make a mistake so I don't make one at all and end up keeping the same colors even though I don't like them. ;-) Do you think Winnie could give me the confidence to come out of the forest and pick some colors?

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    1. Oh I think Winnie (and my sister) have wisdom for everything so you never know!! Thanks so much Marisa!!

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  54. Huge. A big congratulations! So happy for you. The book will be so beautiful.

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  55. What wonderful news! Very exciting for you and well deserved. Looking forward to your continued success in design and inspiration as well your new career as an author. Well done.

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    1. Author!!! Sounds so real and official!! :) Thanks so much Susan- I appreciate it!!

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  56. Oh my how exciting!!! God sends us angels when we need them and they come in many forms. I believe that form for you was your sister!! I look forward when we can purchase your beautiful book because all of your post are so beautiful so of course it will be even more so! Congratulations Courtney!

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    1. Most definitely!! My sister is amazing and she has given me tidbits of wisdom so many times- she pretty much rocks. That is probably why she is an adored and amazing teacher too. :) Thank you Lin!

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  57. I can't wait to open the pages of your book! I love your work! Your photography and design work are amazing! Congrats from the bottom of my heart! Way to go Courtney!
    @magsjag

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    1. Maggie!!! I appreciate your always thoughtful and kind words- thank you so much!! :)

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  58. Much deserved congratulations. I cannot wait to see the finished book.

    Best, Debbie

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  59. Oh man, I'm already drooling just thinking about a whole book to look at!!! I love your posts and cannot wait to see what you put together! Best of luck on this marvelous project!!

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  60. A very much deserve congratulations Courtney! How exciting! Your style is so beautiful and you always share how you went about achieving your "style". That is why you are adored.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet note and congratulations Rhonda- I appreciate it!!

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  61. So well deserved!! Happiest congratulations, Courtney! Brava!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Jess!! Sending big loves and hugs your way- I hope you are doing well!

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  63. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Excited to purchase book.

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  64. This is amazing news and so excited to order a copy in 2018! You have beautifully edited style and talented eye, I am sure each page will be filled with intoxicating images!!

    -Allison

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    1. Thank you so very much Allison! I am excited to get everything together!

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  65. Congratulations Courtney. It will definitely be a great seller. We've all been inspired by your beautiful styling and photography and so thrilled that we can now have it sitting on our coffee table. Can't wait to order it.

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    1. You are so sweet Mary!! You always have something kind to say and I appreciate that so much! Thank you!!

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  66. Yay!!!! I can't wait to read it!!!

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  67. So happy and excited for you, Courtney. Your Joy is beaming.
    Kindly, Christie

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    1. Blushing over here- thanks so much Christie!! I am just a *wee* bit excited :)

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  68. Congratulations! I can't wait till it's out !

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  69. Congratulations Courtney! I'm so happy for you! You are truly an inspiration and I'm glad that your dreams are coming true!

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  70. SO excited for you!!!! And thrilled to now call you a friend. I can't wait to get my hands on this one and know you will KILL IT! HUGS and LOVE and safe travels!!!

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    1. Ashley-You are the sweetest!!!! I am SO glad to have a chance to spend some time with you at Haven!! You guys seriously feel like friends I have known for years- just love your hearts. I am so looking forward to staying in touch!! xo

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  71. I have followed you for awhile but when I tried to leave a comment it didn't happen so I'm trying again. I love everything about what you do so I can't wait to have a book I can hold that has everything in one place---woohoo!

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    1. Aww thank you so much for coming back to try again Trish!! I appreciate your kind words!! :)

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  72. Congratulations!! I can't wait to read it.........best wishes on this new adventure!

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  73. Congratulations...I'm looking forward to your book. Your time has come!

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  74. Congratulations Courtney! I adore your blog, your photographs, your wonderful sense of style. I can't wait to pour over your new book. Many blessings, Carol

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Carol!! I am excited to share more with all of you soon!!

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  75. Congratulations, Courtney! Well-deserved honor for you! Your blog is one of my couple favorites that I read. Love your style & photography! It's always so beautiful! Will look forward to when the book comes out!

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  76. Big, big, big congratulations, Courtney! Your book will be a gorgeous as your blog! So happy for you! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  77. This is exciting news! Just told my husband and I will be getting my copy in 2018! Can't wait!!!!

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  78. Very exciting news! You are so talented with your photography and decorating, I know the book will be lovely! I will definitely add it to my collection of home decor books. Our library needs it!

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