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Happy New Years Eve - 5 tips for a festive NYE table

It is New Years Eve.

It a perfect time to reflect on the year that was and celebrate the possibilities of the coming new year. 
And for some- NYE means lots of glitter, sequins and parties
and for others... 
it means cozying up in your jammies and watching that famous ball drop from the sofa or bed.

Friday Favorites- top 5 room refresh posts of 2016

There were more than a couple refreshes and changes shared at French Country Cottage in 2016.
And yes... I have even more planned for 2017.  

And already, there are a couple that have been taken apart, put back together, 
photographed and are ready to share.
But before zooming ahead- I am taking a stroll down memory lane with
 the top 5 refresh posts in 2016.

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

I hope your holiday week has been going well! 
It has been a week of catching up over here and gearing up to welcome in the New Year and new opportunities.

10 Easy DIY posts from 2016

This week has been a catch up week.
And though I have been playing a little bit with a new camera lens
and some pretty peonies for a NYE post coming your way,

I have also been doing a bit of relaxing and enjoying a slower pace for a couple of days.
And today it is all about simple diy projects, tips and ideas shared in 2016.
 Things like why I took the kitchen cupboard doors off,
how to make a flower topped cake,
a quick and easy way to change a room, clean silver 
and more. 

Simple Storage Ideas

It is the day after Christmas and after all the busy...
 and besides relaxing -
 extra cup or 2 of coffee is definitely on the agenda

After all the busy starts to wind down a bit,
I start to think about New Years Eve and the upcoming new year and
jotting down goals & dreams...
and I also think about organization and storage.

Kind of a random thing to think about when thinking
 about the New Year, right?

Sprinkled with magic~ Merry Christmas

It is Christmas Eve.
The trees are twinkling, candles glowing, Christmas music is playing 
and the cookies have already been nibbled on.

And all my big kids are home which is the best.

Merry & bright Christmas outdoors

It is the Friday before Christmas.
Which means last minute running around.
Shopping. Wrapping. Sipping more coffee.

Or maybe... a little more decorating before company arrives.
Ahem. I am doing all of the above.
And a double dose of the sipping more coffee.
And an update on that coffee maker that gave notice on Wednesday...

Christmas all through the house- One mantel 2 looks

I can hardly believe that Christmas is almost here.
It seems like I just finished up all the decking the halls and sprinkling the holiday magic around the house. 

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

It is almost Christmas... are your done shopping, wrapping, baking and getting the house ready?
Me? No so much... but working on it today.

Simple easy tips for sprinkling a little magic on your holiday table

I have a to do list a mile long today.
It includes baking cookies. Wrapping presents. Playing with a little porch decorating.

And buying a new coffee maker.

Apparently, all that extra coffee I have been making the past couple of months
has pushed the coffee maker over the edge. 
And it gave notice and packed the office up this morning.

Pecan Shortbread Surprise Cookies

The other day in between that room renovation
and wrapping presents and sprinkling the house with Christmas cheer...
I baked up something sweet.

Merry & Bright Christmas at night home tour

All things Merry & Bright.
Christmas is filled with magic and wonder and lots of twinkling trees
all through the house.

and those trees are even more magical at night.

15 last minute gift ideas under $25

It is the Saturday 
before the Saturday before Christmas.
The trees are twinkling.  Christmas music is playing.  The house smells like cookies and treats.
The Christmas pajamas are ordered

I have a confession.

French Cottage Christmas Bedroom & White Christmas Tree

I have been dreaming of a white Christmas tree...

One that is covered in twinkly lights, blush baubles
and lots of simple nostalgic charm.

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

I am in the middle of a last minute renovation project- so going to keep this short today.
Hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

Here is what I shared this week:

Playing favorites~ 14 favorites from High Point Market

Today I am playing favorites. 

I know, I know... but it is favorites in a good way. 
I am sharing my top 20 favorites from High Point Market. 

Simple Cottage Bedroom dressed for Christmas

All things merry & bright


with a little touch of rustic cottage style.

5 tips for a Romantic Inspired Christmas Table Setting

Tis the season for twinkly lights,
Christmas trees and gatherings with friends and family.

And when it comes to entertaining, I am all about romantic inspired Christmas.
So a table sprinkled with fresh greens & pretty peonies and an abundance of elegance?
And today I am sharing 5 tips for setting a romantic inspired table for Christmas
and my top entertaining tip. 

Simple & Natural Front Porch Decorating

Have I mentioned that I am a natural kind of girl?

Natural textures talk to me.
 Pinecones & fresh clippings for Christmas.
Fresh cedar on shelves, birch logs, gathered pinecones in baskets by the fireplace- love it all- and out on the front porch- those natural Christmas touches continue.

Pretty Packages ~ 5 charming gift wrap ideas

I have a huge love of pretty...

Pretty Christmas trees, pretty twinkling lights, pretty baubles 
& pretty packages with bows.

Weekend thoughts

It has been another busy week over here. 
And I have to admit... I am feeling like the Christmas season is absolutely zooming by.  
Christmas is just 2 weeks away already. 

I have so much to share with you in the next couple of weeks- including a closer look at the front door decor and ideas for gift wrapping tomorrow. 
But today, it is all about random weekend thoughts and a few personal reflections
 from the week that was. 

The easiest way to make a simple Christmas Wreath

The other day I ran around like a wild woman looking for THE perfect wreath.
One that wasn't too big.  One that wasn't too small.
 One that wasn't cedar, or pine, or redwood or anything like that...
but one that was definitely filled with Christmas charm.

And then I remembered that bundle of goodness that I brought home from the flower
market... those charming little juniper branches with that subtle sweet smell 
that were dotted with those little blue berries.
And I knew that they would make a perfect wreath.

Simple rustic fireplace mantel dressed for Christmas

I was whirling away in the guest bedroom when it happened...

Fluffing pillows & putting up a Christmas tree and sprinkling bits of Christmas here and there.
When that big blank wall next to the bed seemed to just stare at me begging for something to give it a little bit of charm.
And I closed my eyes and wished a rustic mantel with chippy paint would appear.

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!
It has been another busy week over here- Tis the season!
Here is what I shared this week:

2 simple & easy looks~ styling a cupboard for Christmas

Christmas is all through the house over here.

And that means that even the cupboard and buffet shelves are sprinkled
 with a little bit of Christmas magic.

Wine Country inspired Christmas Tree

This week I am up in Calistoga working and playing while being 
 surrounded by all the beauty of the wine country.

The rolling vineyards in the valley, bold beautiful mountains, lush trees and natural beauty.
California wine country is always gorgeous and it always inspires.
And that natural beauty inspired the dining room Christmas tree this year.

On The Table~ Natale Christmas table setting

Have you noticed that I am a huge fan of pretty table settings?

Ones with fresh flowers & candles marching down the center
with elegant stemware and pretty little place settings set out under the stars.
And those outdoor tables are my favorites.
But today... 
we are moving inside the house for Christmas dining inspiration.

Christmas Kitchen~ Candied Pecan & Cranberry Brie en Croute

Have I mentioned I am obsessed with baked brie?

And when I say obsessed... 
I mean obsessed as in obsessed.

A closer look... Christmas Living Room

All things Merry & Bright... 

and simple elegance.

Top 10 Favorite detail trends at High Point Market

Can we talk about favorite details?

I am all about favorite things... 
especially when they are things like velvet, vintage and pretty little details.

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

I hope your week has been going well!

Here is what I shared this week:

French Country Cottage Christmas Home Tour

A sprinkling of magic, glitter and faux frosting
and a whole lot of Christmas cheer.

I am so excited to share the first look at our home decorated for Christmas today

Romantic Outdoor Christmas Table Setting

Twinkly lights, Christmas carols and the smell of fresh cut pine...

with a bit of romance and blooms.
When it comes to holiday table settings, I am big on gathering up all the ambiance
 that comes with the season- 
and sprinkling a little bit of romantic magic on it.

7 Gift Ideas under $30 & a peek

I have been running around like crazy decking the halls
and sprinkling bits of Christmas magic all around the house.

And in between the twinkly lights, the Christmas trees, fresh greens on the mantel and little glass baubles- there are packages tied up with strings...and shopping lists (and to do lists) a mile long.

Random weekend

Happy Sunday after Thanksgiving!

This weekend I am covered in fresh greens and flocking and working away during the day
and taking advantage of the sales and shopping in the evening. And trying to be good and not keep nibbling on the leftovers...
And this morning it is all about randomness. 

15 must haves for a sprinkle of blush & mixed metallics for home

It is the day after Thanksgiving
 and the day after all those calories that don't count.

Which basically means...
 it is the day when you are figuring out just how much extra jogging
it is going to take to make up for that one day of over indulgence. 
And the day after Thanksgiving...
well, it is also the official kick off for the holiday and gifting season...
though some of us start decorating much earlier...

Happy Thanksgiving~ Feathered Nest Friday

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

3 last minute table centerpiece ideas for Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving...
which means family and friends giving thanks
and indulging just a bit.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas- Elegant French Country Tree

Frosted branches and sprinkles of Christmas have been appearing
around the house.
Gold mirror reflecting Christmas Tree

And with Christmas carols playing
and all things Merry & Bright...
it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas over here.

A romantic holiday party table setting

I am all about romantic details over here.
They might be as simple as a bouquet on a small table in a room
or flower petals collecting on a table top.

And sometimes romance is the flicker of candles lighting the evening
or the way that the sun setting sends shimmering
 light through the trees.

Random Saturday

Happy weekend before Thanksgiving everyone.

Are you running around like wild getting everything ready for the big day?
I am definitely running around and feeling like my to-do list just.keeps.growing.
But... before all that Thanksgiving stuff gets going- I have a busy weekend to conquer
 and a week in review to share.

Lamps Plus Gift Guide

Do you remember that barely blushing beauty of a lamp in my bedroom?
The one that has gilded details and a classic gorgeous shape?
It came from Lamps Plus.

But did you know that they have a whole lot more than just lamps and lighting? 
Yes, they do. 
And I might have a couple of pieces of furniture and a rug in my cart right now.

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

Another busy week over here - with a lot of sprinkles of flocking, cedar clippings and beautiful blush bits for Christmas.
And, I am so.excited. to be sharing several reveals in the next week- and then a holiday tour after Thanksgiving. And today
 I am over in SF at a Balsam Hill event- and 
traveling a bit for a television show with them this weekend.
Can I say...  I'm really hoping that live t.v. and I get along well... 

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.

Easy & Delicious Oreo Cheesecake

The other day I made a delicious decadent cheesecake.

I chopped, mixed, blended, and folded.
And then placed that cheesecake inside a 
pressure cooker and went about my day.

Yes. Not the oven. 
I placed it in a pressure cooker.

Christmas Bicycle, Me & Something Exciting

I have decided that I am THAT girl.
You know the one. 

The one who lives in that romantic fantasy world with fluttering butterflies
 and pretty flowers all around.
The one who twirls around the living room with a mop imagining she is a ballerina dancing on stage
rather than doing a chore.
The one who stops at the flower market on the way to the beach... 
because there is a French market tote in the back of the car that is 
begging to be photographed in the sand.
And that girl who also brings a certain beach bicycle with her to the ocean, the wine country,
southern California and the mountains...
not just to ride but to also be able to spend a few minutes capturing a couple of  inspired photos.

Nature inspired autumn table

I played with a pile of colorful autumn leaves the other day.

No, I didn't jump into a freshly raked mound of them.
And I didn't kick them into the air or dance at the sound of them crunching underfoot...
But I did gather them up and sprinkle them here and there.
and style a table full of rich autumn colors and charm.

Random weekend

Happy weekend.

I hope your weekend has been going well.
I am knee deep in tree flocking, cedar clippings and with a whole lot of Merry sprinkles  Of course,  I am not done decorating yet. 
And I have a confession...

Friday Favorites- 9 Table setting essentials

Happy Friday.

It is hard to believe we are just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving
and while I am busy decking the halls for Christmas - I am also setting several tables for
 Thanksgiving inspiration this weekend.

Feathered Nest Friday

Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

A busy day with a to-do list a mile long over here.
So keeping it short and getting this party started.