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Christmas in the little cottage

Just a little cottage
 touched by a little bit of Christmas magic.

Fresh greens, garlands and wreaths
silver and gold and shiny ornaments.

I love decking the halls and look forward to the Christmas season all year.
I spend hours (okay.. maybe more like days) planning and then I
put on the Christmas music and start pulling the trees out from storage
 setting them up and decorating them.
Next it is onto the garlands, decorating the fireplaces and smaller vignettes
to bring Christmas cheer through the house and cottage.

Today I am  sharing our guest cottage
wearing it's Holiday greens, garlands and wreaths

It might be just a little cottage but it isn't small on character. 
With it's open beamed ceiling
beaded board walls and painted floors it has a very vintage cottage feeling.
I love the light with all the windows and even the quirks~ the uneven floors
and not perfectly straight walls.
 Originally built sometime around 1940 ~ it is filled with vintage charm.

 I'm sharing just a few photos of each space today~ this post is going to be long already
and I have many more details and views to share so they will each be in separate posts.

The living room

With vintage books galore on the built in bookshelves and an oversized
antique mirror on the mantel
the living room is my favorite space in the cottage.

I adore the peaked beamed ceilings covered in whitewashed boards
and those bookcases- they hold a lot of books and a lot of great memories
with both of my sons helping to build them.

For Christmas
the fireplace is dressed in fresh Christmas greens garland
and a simple fresh wreath hangs on the mirror.

There are a lot of pinecones in the cottage and in our home...
they are favorites. :)

Loving fresh mixed greens- some pine and cedar mixed with boxwood and other greenery
as well as simple whites this year. 

 Just a few handful sized baubles appear here and there on the books or the table
The new Balsam Hill Christmas tree is one of my favorites

To read more about it- and find out about it's little secret
you can find it here

Across the room is the little 
dining area
Since they share a room, I don't add too much so as not to overload the space.
The dining area is simply dressed 
wearing white plates on the wall and a fresh wreath on the vintage door

I love natural touches everywhere~ this small living tree placed is placed in silver
for adorning the table and little fresh wreaths hang on the windows

Always in fashion around here~  white dishes
 love the mix of vintage with new

A sweet and simple touch of red with the striped bow

The kitchen 
The kitchen in the cottage is open to the living and dining areas as well
and it was recently remodeled using some vintage and some new for under $800 
 you can read more here

Love a fresh wreath on the chalkboard~ something about the green on the chalk covered board

The kitchen sits right at the edge of the stair and so railing was draped in garland and also got a
little bit of whimsy this year with vintage skates 

 and an old hand carved antique rocking horse

They are both added for a few photos for something special so these areas will be changing.

The bathroom 
has a sweet little potted tree 

and wee wreath

In the bedroom
it's all about soft & sweet 

with a little bit of Merry & Bright

In love with this antique painted bed all dressed in white linens and ready for guests.
The bed is circa 1920-30-ish I think and the headboard and footboard show it's age with wear & tear 
but even so I am in love with all of it's details and charm

So there you have it
 a little tour of the little cottage with a touch of Christmas.

I will share more views and details of each of the rooms in separate posts soon and
I also have a full sized tree that I didn't share yet that is in the cottage living room
It is getting it's holiday on and will be ready soon.

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  1. The cottage is perfect. There is nothing better than fresh greens. Happy Holidays.

  2. I love your cottage! The skates hanging on the railing is beautiful ~Sonya

  3. ABsolutely gorgeous, Courtney! I love your lush garlands and beautiful embellishments … your holiday guests of the cottage WON'T want to leave !!

  4. Wowww...beautiful, thans ....with love...

  5. Beautiful, Courtney. Love that rocking horse.

  6. This little tour was amazing, thanks:)

  7. Beautiful! I just love all of your natural touches. Always a favorite of mine! Happy to be touring with you this week. ~Christy

  8. It's beautiful, Courtney. Absolutely love the little cottage!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Wow...just beautiful! Love everything!

  10. The cottage is just beautiful !! Happy Holidays

  11. Just beautiful, Courtney! I don't know which I love more ... your home or your little cottage!

  12. Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous. I love your little cottage and your Christmas decor is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  13. I love the simple and natural touches, Courtney! All the greenery looks great and very classic.

  14. Oh, wow Courtney it is SO SO gorgeous! You do such a great job with Christmas in your French country style. Love all the details!!

  15. Wow Courtney, it's all just beautiful. I love how you use all the fresh greens and your Christmas decor is always so gorgeous. Love love it all!!

  16. Beautiful! I love wreaths and natural decorating. Happy new week!

  17. Wow, I have no words! Every detail is stunning. That rocking horse is just awesome. If this is your guest house, I can imagine how gorgeous the main house is! Thanks for sharing & Merry Christmas!

  18. Wow, I have no words! Every detail is stunning. That rocking horse is just awesome. If this is your guest house, I can imagine how gorgeous the main house is! Thanks for sharing & Merry Christmas!

  19. Your home is just gorgeous all dressed up for Christmas! Those are some of the biggest pine cones I've ever seen. Your decorating is just so pretty! Hope you're doing well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  20. This is truly like something from a magazine. I love the fireplace most of all - looks like a perfect space to cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate and a book.

  21. This is simply gorgeous. That fireplace is positively dreamy. I just wanna grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle in there.

  22. Your cottage is so beautiful Courtney! You really do make Christmas magical, and it seems so effortless (but I'm sure it's not!)

  23. Courtney, this home belongs in a magazine! Or it could be one of those cottages you rent out for a winter weekend vacation, it's just so lovely! Glad to be on the tour with you :-)

  24. Courtney your home is just stunning! Such a warm and cozy place. Glad to be on the tour with you :-)

  25. Courtney, your simple touches add such elegance. The greenery and natural elements you add are so special. Loved your tour, your cottage and your beautiful pictures. Blessings, Janis

  26. Love all your simple touches in this adorable little cottage of yours. You've really got me in the mood and looks like i better get a move on since most of blogland is decorated for Christmas already!

    Enjoy your week.


  27. What a wonderful little space this is! I love all your greenery. All the photos are just dreamy.

  28. Wow your home is stunning! I feel like I walked into the perfect Christmas magazine you did an incredible job Love every photo you have shared!

  29. Courtney you have a magic touch - everything is beautiful but homey. Your cottage and furnishings are beautiful - perfect!! What happens when you find pieces you love, do you try to make room for it? You have a good eye for details. Great job and I'm anxious to see your big tree. Marisa

  30. Beautiful! I love all the natural elements and using everyday items in your holiday decorations.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  31. Bonsoir,

    Une publication qui sent bon les fêtes de fin d'année et qui donne le bon ton de l'ambiance... j'aime beaucoup le petit chevale de bois à bascule ...
    Merci pour toutes vos merveilleuses photos.

    Gros bisous

  32. Absolutely lovely. Every detail is beautiful!

  33. Everything is just perfect! Love your photos and decor ~ as pretty as a dreamy Christmas magazine. Thanks for sharing your lovely cottage.

  34. so so beautiful!!! i love the fresh greenery!

  35. Courtney ~ I never tire of seeing your home or guest cottage. You are such a talented designer and stylist! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  36. Gorgeous!!!! Love it all Courtney and I am always amazed at how flawless your natural decor is. Everything is beautiful and this is so awe-inspiring. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

  37. HOW? How do you always make every single photo so exquisite? Love your home, love all you do...xo

  38. Courtney, your cottage is just dreamy! I love how you've used the tiny living trees in several of your rooms.

  39. I've always adored this little guest cottage Courtney and she's even more adorable dressed up for Christmas. Thank you for sharing her beauty on the Home for the Holidays tour.

  40. bellissime le tue decorazioni Natalizie!
    buona settimana Valeria

  41. Just beautiful! Sharing on FB right now!

  42. Gorgeous as always! I love all the greenery combined with the soft peaceful and serene!

  43. Oh my gahhhhhhh..... I don't even have words, Courtney. Seriously, no words for how stunning all of this is! I'm amazed. Wow!!!!! Pinning every single photo when I get a chance!

  44. So gorgeous, really. Your attention to detail is incredible, as is your photography. I would LOVE to be a guest there!! Merry Christmas season!

  45. Very, very pretty. I live in a craftsman cottage and so love cottage style. I also live in a 1940's cottage in England part of the year, where I will be for Christmas this year. I see you love to decorate with natural elements. I do too. Yesterday my daughter and I made several grape vine wreaths. They look spectacular just as they are. :)

  46. Beautiful, Courtney!! Love the rocking horse with the garland. I bet the aroma from all of the greens is intoxicating.

  47. Your cottage is a Christmas dream - I love all the wreaths and especially the vintage skates!

  48. Beautiful House Tour Courtney! I loved seeing every lovely detail you added! I decorate with pinecones too! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home!! I'd love to wrap up in that cozy white throw and take a little nap on that bed!

  49. Your cottage is just adorable, Courtney! Loving all of the natural elements that you used. There isn't any way that I can pick a fave cause I love it all!

  50. Just Stunning Courtney. I love it all.

  51. Your cottage is stunning Courtney! I love it all

  52. Gorgeous! Every inch! What are the green clusters on your counter?

  53. Sheer perfection....that's just what you do!

  54. I really like the pillow how it's designed, great idea's! Thank you.

  55. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm clotee. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.


  56. Courtney, everything looks amazing!! I love the touch of chalkboard in with everything. So fun!! Hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas! ;) -- Jana

  57. I love your mantel. Can you tell me where you purchased it or did it come with the house? I am currently in search of a mantel for our home expansion. Thanks for any help you can give!

  58. Courtney, can you tell me where you purchased your mantel or did it come with the house? I am in search of a mantel and yours is beautiful! Thanks for any help you can give.


    1. Hi Kristi,

      It came from either Lowe's or Costco. I am pretty sure it was Lowe's though. Hope that helps!

  59. Thanks for responding! Is it an electric fireplace with attached mantel or just a mantel?