Step Inside This Home Blogger’s French Country Cottage

French Country Cottage
Photography by French Country Cottage

By Katie Wood

Courtney of French Country Cottage showcases her signature style as she shares her insight on how to blend European accents with the comforts of cottage living. For more, look to our European Homes & Style Special Issue

When you think of French Country style you may not be envisioning a California cottage, but blogger Courtney plays by her own rules when it comes to decorating and has found a way to combine her two loves. “I love the warmth and elegance that French Country style has,” Courtney shares. “It feels like home.” She admits that while she doesn’t like to follow any particular “rules” of decorating, she does pay attention to one thing. “If you walk into a room and you smile, it is perfect,” she says. “So I surround myself with pieces that I love and make me happy.” For Courtney that means a little bit of French Country style with details like toile and gilding, a dose of cottage charm with rustic elements and timeworn patina, and a touch of romance with lots of chandeliers and fresh flowers.

French Country Cottage
“I definitely have a love affair with bling,” Courtney says. “I feel like every room deserves a chandelier—no matter how small or unimportant it may seem.” Courtney has 12 chandeliers in her home and five (and counting) in her cozy guest cottage. (Photography by French Country Cottage)