Sometimes on this blogging journey I am stopped in my tracks, simply amazed by the talent of a fellow blogger. That is exactly the case for Courtney of French Country Cottage. Her gifts as a stylist, designer and photographer are astounding, and I regularly pop over to her blog to check out her latest posts. We have never met in person, but over the years we’ve exchanged emails and I’ve watched in admiration as she has built her website and developed her beautiful photography.
Her style is elegant and feminine. Comfortable and welcoming. She has mastered a light, gentle colour palette and the art of layering textures and patina.
We both share a love, or maybe I should say a need for fresh flowers. She has vases and even buckets of blooms scattered around her home and the result is breathtaking. Courtney says in her book : “Flowers can change the feeling of a room completely in an instant. They speak volumes in their petals and pretty shades and they add something to a room that nothing else can. To me, a room is not truly finished without a bouquet of flowers—or even a small jar with a single bloom.”
Living in California, she and her family are able to spend a lot of time outside and her garden and alfresco living areas are to die for. I can see so many similarities between her life and mine, in particular the love she has for her house, and how we both feel that we have grown with the house until it becomes inseparable from our life story.
Tomorrow Courtney publishes her first book, French Country Cottage, and boy is she generous! Her beautiful book not only gives us a fully guided tour of her home, but also some very practical and easy to follow ideas for creating a French country decor wherever you are.
She has given me permission to share a few shots from the book, but there are many many more beautiful images to enjoy. If you’d like to purchase the book it is already on pre-sales here, and will be in bookshops tomorrow. Happy reading!