This Book Is Your Go-To Guide for Holiday Entertaining

Photography by Courtney Allison

Text by Holly Seng

Published by Gibbs Smith, 2020. Images reprinted with permission from French Country Cottage Inspired Designs by Courtney Allison.

Feelings of excitement and anticipation abound at Christmastime as friends and families gather together and celebrate this joyous occasion. French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings by Courtney Allison captures the warmth and emotion of entertaining through meaningful moments throughout the seasons, making the book an ideal gift for loved ones to enjoy year-round.

A freelance photographer, stylist, and designer, Courtney founded the lifestyle
blog and brand French Country Cottage and also has a floral line with Balsam Hill. Inspired Gatherings is her second book, and through its beautiful pages, Courtney shares her love of tabletop style and tips for creating an ambience and experience guests are sure to remember.

From Courtney’s favorite florals to the essential elements of the rustic yet elegant style for which she is known, the book’s 224 pages overflow with breathtaking images and practical style ideas for implementing the designs in your own home. Romantic date nights on a lakeside dock, lush garden views, and an evening in an orchard surrounded by nature’s bounty are only a few of the many stunning scenes.

Photography by Courtney Allison

Courtney’s style goes beyond visual artistry. Her signature touch involves creating a setting that appeals to all of the senses, using elements like fragrant blooms and soft linens for an experience that promises to be meaningful for guests as they create lasting memories.

Whether you like to keep your get-togethers small and intimate or desire an extravagant affair, this book is sure to inspire your inner host and delight those who receive it as a present or those who gift it to themselves.

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