About Me





About Me

I am a what some might call a rebel. 
I don't follow the rules all the time - and I definitely don’t follow all the decorating rules that are out there. 
Except for the one about decorating with what I love. 
I think if you walk into a room and see a room filled with treasures, memories, and things you love 
and they make you happy-  it's perfect. 

My style is a little bit shabby and french country with a touch of cottage mixed in.
 I love that delightful mix of rustic and elegant in a room. 
The gilded French chair with a chipping table next to it. 
A burlap covered seat with an aubusson pillow. 
A chandelier in every room- even if it’s a closet or a hallway.  
Everyday elegance- like setting a table with vintage china and fine stemware 
and an abundance of beautiful blooms is a favorite thing. 
Especially if it's on an old weathered farm table in the middle of the woods 
with a chandelier hanging from the branches.  
I love creating that ambiance and inviting the conversations 
and laughs to linger a bit longer. 

After I married, my focus was on being a stay at home wife and mother
and  any career that I thought about took a back seat until my children were all in middle school. 
It was then that I started to dabble more into that creative work a bit. 
I wrote a book for my grandmother about a childhood character who inspired me and I also started to write a blog about the house that we were renovating and the seeming never to end inspirations and projects. 

I always loved decorating and surrounding myself with beauty and dreamed 
of having a beautiful welcoming home filled with family, friends and laughter in abundance.  
But living out in the country, you don’t find too many people with similar interests or ideas that want to get together and have dinner once a week to talk about the latest design crush or style 
and so, an online community became the best way for me to really delve into it.

So French Country Cottage was born.
Giving me a place to immerse myself in design for a bit each day
 and to share the ongoing
 renovations of our cottage and guest cottage
and my rebellious design streak
and who I might want to be when I grow up.

Aside from blogging,
I work as a freelance photographer and stylist for magazines and brands
and am working on writing a book.



You can contact me at






"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. 
The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg;
 and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.
Dreams are the seedlings of realities."














36 comments:

  1. Vintage Begonia suggested I view your blog...I love it. I am U.S.A. Stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Products. Please take a look at Miss Mustard Seeds blog revealing the "magic" of our European paints/colors and the beautiful finishes that can be created. I am in California and would love to talk with you. I will be at The Three Speckled Hens in May and also at The Tattered House on April 10th giving a "debut" workshop.
    Please contact me....i don't know who else to reach you.
    Anne Skougard
    www.houseofanne.net
    http://www.houseofanne-anne.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love your blog! I actually live in France! And it is wonderful! Come visit sometime! :)

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  3. What a lovely space!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  4. Enjoying your blog and following you on FB and Twitter. Great inspiration! Best wishes!

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  5. love, love, love your style!!
    what shade of paint is the armoire in your bathroom? adore it.
    you have such exquisite talent. beautiful room.

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  6. Love your blog!!! Awesome pictures! I myself am an interior designer as well as a upcycled handbag designer. visit my fb vintage spiderwear page to view my creations :)

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  7. Absolutely charming designs. Love what you've done with your "cottage". Incredibly inviting spaces.

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  8. Such warm wonderful spaces! Your designs are charming, inviting and very special. Are you ok with people sharing them on Pinterest cause I'd love to!

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  9. Absolutely LOVE your designs. They're warm and charming and fabulous! Are you ok with people sharing them on Pinterest cause I'd love to.

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  10. Well I absolutely love your style. I found you on Pinterest first and am following you now.

    If you follow back, I welcome you to come on over.

    http://mommieagainblog.blogspot.com

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  11. I found your page by serendipity, via a Finnish blogger! I will add you to my reading list,it'll be just for me, candy!

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  12. Love your blog! I am an incurable Francophile. I just returned from an incredible opportunity to live/work in Angers, France, for 6 months--it was a dream come true that I was able to share w/ my twin daughters. Your blog inspires me to recreate a little bit of France here in the Lone Star State :)

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  14. Visiting from It's Overflowing Linky Party. I am absolutely in love with your blog and style. Newest member as well : )

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  15. I totally just took advantage of your party today! Lovely blog and lovely person!

    http://shabbysweettea.com

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  16. Wow what a great space!!!...your works ,designs are beautiful and inspiring ...love your style and blog too;)greetings from Poland-Dona

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  17. Can I just say... I adore your blog!! Your home, and everything!!
    Btw... there is no way you can have 3 almost grown children!! :D lol. I am in envy with your home! I have become a follower of yours and Will be back every day to check you blog hon.
    Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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  18. May I just say, how beautiful and creative your style is, and how lovely your home. It is absolutely inspired. I love everything about it, and I love the warmth that emanates from everything you have done in your home.

    You, and a few other very talented people that I am following online, are inspiring me to bring this magic into my home too... It took a while to convince my husband, but now I can move forward and I will not look back :)

    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this beauty and creativity with the world, and that I have become your newest fan :)

    Looking forward to seeing more of your magic.

    With kindest regards,
    Laura

    http://clockworklavender.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. Hi Courtney!!
    For years I always tried to explain what kind of decoration I loved. People always said it was Country. So for years I bought anything to do with country decorating, but, never really felt that that is what I was all about.

    Until recently, meaning in the last few years, I have found that it was always "Cottage" designs that I love. Especially after going through a life changing experience, I feel I need to try to rebuild my life and Courtney you and your beautiful ideas are helping. The color pink has always been a calming color and I love how you use it. The roses are beautiful!!

    So, thank you for your beautiful pictures and stories (Love the one about the Settee and your daughter is so funny).

    Pam
    Pamluvspink@gmail

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  20. Just discovered your blog! I am so excited to find a kindred spirit in decorating my home. We've just moved and had to leave our cottage but I intend to make this home feel warm and welcoming too, now with your help. I just adore your outside entertaining area and can't wait to show it off to my hubby! Thanks and I look forward to getting to know you better thru your blog

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  21. Everything in your blog is so pretty... I'm new to the blog world and am enjoying seeing all the lovlies!

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  22. I found your blog on 'La table de nana' I'm new to blogs but loved your style & wanted to say how much i enjoyed looking at it. Ive just started a blog of my own, but haven't quite got the hang of things work yet!

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  23. Great blog, adore you beautiful images. I too live in France in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse which is gorgeous and I would love my home to be full of the decor shown on your blog. I'm working on it!

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  24. Great blog, adore you beautiful images. I too live in France in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse which is gorgeous and I would love my home to be full of the decor shown on your blog. I'm working on it!

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  25. Miss Courtney you are way too young to have such beautiful young adults as your own I was shocked to see they are now so grown. Love all you share thank you for all you do.
    RaNae

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  26. H!,

    I really love your blog!

    I was trying to put your "button" on my blog but I could't figure out how! (*sigh*) I'll figure this all out one of these days.

    Regards, Dawne

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  27. Just discovered your blog - such beautiful photos! I am lucky enough to be living the dream, living deep in the French countryside. Come and take a peek
    http://moncoeurestdanslacampagne.blogspot.com

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  28. Hello Your children are superb !!! And I have great pleasure with your blog Friendly from France ANNIE

    http://leblogdelacigalepapivorel.over-blog.com/

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  29. STUPENDO!!! Foto, atmosfere, oggetti...e TU! Complimenti con il cuore di un'appassionata di questo style e di questa filosofia di vita!!! Marikasa

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  30. I just stumbled upon your blog...love love IT!
    I love the warmth and feel of it. It has a soothing and relaxing charm!!!
    I've always dreamed of creating a cottagie feel to my home, where I can be transported from the everyday stress of life to a magical place of my own.

    I'm so happy I found your blog!

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  31. What a great looking family! Courtney, I fall in love more and more with each visit to your blog! You must love waking up each day in your gorgeous bedroom! Every room in your home is soft, soothing, charming and inviting.

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  32. Hi Courtney
    I love,love,love your home and your blog I'm so surprise your live in France I always thinking you live in California your so nice and sweet mi mom love to look at your blog all the time she said oh my God her house it so beautiful she love your living room she is 90 year old and she love to look all the blog.
    Blessing
    Isora
    XOX

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  33. Hi Courtney! I love your posts! so you really live in France? I want to incorporate some of your ideas in my humble little home, that was given to me by God! I love the pinks and purples and the all white kitchens. my kitchen at the present time is red and white and i just love how it looks. really you have a flair for the most unusual picture taking. Just love your pictures. Thanks so much!

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  34. I just love this site, Courtney you really live in France? i am happy to have found this site. and love the pinks and purples you have shown us. i have this adorable little home that was given to me and i can't wait to make it more personal as you have done with your pictures as well. Thanks again and God bless you always

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