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Courtney's Beautiful New Book: French Country Cottage

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  Today I want to share with you French Country Cottage by Courtney Allison.  I've followed Courtney's blog (also entitled French Country Cottage) almost since the beginning, and I've sometimes participated in her Feathered Nest Friday link parties.  Over the years she's featured many lovely DIY projects on her blog, and now readers can enjoy the beauty of her cottage in book form.

I ordered French Country Cottage via her online shop, and she signed it for me.  It was wrapped very prettily, and I ordered the package that also includes the adorable pink beach bike tote shown below.

I love totes, and this one is perfect to take to Seaside and Lake Martin.
The lightweight cotton tote is of very good quality.

I love the cover.  Sometimes Courtney shares photos of flowers past their prime on her blog, and they are beautiful.  And I think this is a photo of her cute little pooch Sweet Pea; all book covers should have pups on them!

Everyone love's Courtney's beach bike photos, and she is the Queen of Styling Mantels!

I love everything about French Country Cottage, but if I had to pick a couple of favorites in the book they would have to be the beautiful pages about outdoor entertaining and the holidays.  I keep going back to them for inspiration because the holidays are right around the corner, and it's almost time for outdoor entertaining here in Central Alabama (no more temperatures in the nineties, y'all).

Sometimes the prose isn't great in home decor books because they tend to be more visual, but I like how Courtney shares stories about her home in her book.  I tend to read a lot of books about the creative process: drawing, writing, art journaling, and creativity in general.  Reading about Courtney's process for creating her California cottage and how she developed her style was fun for me.  

Here are a couple of double page spreads from French Country Cottage.  You'll notice that Courtney's photography is gorgeous; she has such a great eye.

I love beautiful bookcases, so of course I had to share this page.  Although this isn't very practical for a book blogger or Bookstagrammer, I can still enjoy looking at this gorgeously styled built-in bookcase.

Aren't the pumpkin vignettes pretty?  I have an old blueberry crate, and I might have to copycat this pretty idea.  I love the soft colors of the pumpkins and greenery!

This is by far my favorite home decor book this year.  Courtney's French style, photography, staging, and ideas for "feathering the nest" are timeless and elegant.  I highly recommend this book for your home library, and it would make a nice Christmas present for your loved ones who j'adore the French country look.

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. I have been waiting to order this---I need to do it today!!! Thanks for the review. I love her blog and have followed her for a long time, too. xo Diana

  2. I looks like a beautiful book full of eye candy! I love the pumpkin vignette in the crate...will definitely check this out!

  3. Thanks for the link to her shop. This might be just the Christmas gift for a friend who really is into wanting to decorate French, if that makes sense! I think she'd love this. The photos look beautiful and I love that the text holds up.

  4. Such a lovely post Ricki Jill!!! Thank you so very much for your kind words and for sharing with your readers!! So wonderful to hear that you like my book!!


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