A French Country Fridays 338

Welcome to French Country Fridays, where you’ll find our weekly shares of French inspired home décor, products and other aspects of a French lifestyle! *Today’s edition is being posted a day early to wrap up the month of August with a GIVEAWAY! *

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Today’s Featured Posts

Shabbyfufu | French Country Style Essentials

French Country Style is a charming interior design approach that takes inspiration from the picturesque cottages in the French countryside and blends it with a rustic take on quintessential French elegance. See lots of examples in a variety of home settings via the button below!

Designthusiasm | Outdoor Fall Entertaining: Hors d’Oeuvres on the Patio

Lory has outdoor fall decorating ideas for a wonderful way to begin your Thanksgiving celebration by serving hors d’oeuvres on the patio.

French Country Cottage Book Review & A Giveaway!

I received a copy of my friend Courtney’s book last week and wanted to share some of the beauty and a quick synopsis. Also, we are giving away a copy of the book! All that you need to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment on this post. You can also buy this stunning Christmas book HERE.

You probably already know that Courtney is a long time blogger over at French Country Cottage. I’ve known her through blogging for years and have spent some time with her on several occasions. She’s a talented designer, a wonderful stylist and photographer and this is her third book. I’m so happy for her and Courtney has worked hard to make her dreams come true!

The image above is just one of a whole slew of stunning captures in this book and my personal favorite! Courtney is an avid antiquer and fills her cottage with exceptional finds, including French mirrors, antique chairs, crystal chandeliers and more. You’ll see it all in this book as backdrop to dozens of stylings of a variety of Christmas trees and decor! She is brand ambassador to Balsam Hill, and each and every tree is breathtaking! She’s filled them all with plenty of carefully placed sparkle, shimmer and shine galore!

There are elegant tablescapes, rustic outdoor scenes on her Northern California property and plenty of unique ideas to garner inspiration from.

You’ll also find tutorials to help you create the Christmas of your dreams in this impressive coffee table book – French Country Cottage Christmas!

I don’t know about you, but after pouring over the pages of this one I can’t wait to decorate for the holidays 🎄 this year! So head on over and pick up a copy HERE, and then enter to win (perhaps as a Christmas gift for a friend) below. Leave a comment and tell us what you’d like to see more of in terms of holiday content this year! A winner (U.S residents only please) will be drawn this week and announced on next week’s edition of French Country Fridays.

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  1. Love French Country Fridays and have been following Courtney for a long time as well. I don’t have the Christmas book yet but I am sure it is beautiful and inspiring. I have started changing my Christmas decor to blue and green with a little gold mixed in to match my house and would love to see something along those lines.

  2. I am always inspired by your blog! Looking forward to your holiday ideas for decorating my tree!

  3. Denise-Michelle says:

    I love your content and as a true French woman, I love that you value the simplicity and “real living” approach to design that is true to how we live. Home is sanctuary, a living breathing, ever changing reflection of who we are, what we love, and who shares it with us!

  4. I would love to see Christmas decorating/baking using traditions from different cultures. A deep dive into those would be so very interesting!

  5. Babette Thurston says:

    I was just browsing yesterday and saw the cover of her book! Gorgeous! I love all Christmas things! I go a bit overboard. This year I’m scaling down a bit, but still going to coastal vibes and want to fill my home with wreaths and lots of fresh foliage! Love the giveaway! Thank you Janet!

  6. I think you already do great covering all the holidays with wonderful ideas. Maybe more on decorating throughout with house.

  7. Raylene DeSanto says:

    Hello, Janet I love Shabbyfufu and look forward to reading your blog for inspiration. Although I’m from Central PA, my home is an open Floorplan with coastal inspiration. We find it very calming and I try to incorporate it through each season. As far as Christmas, I would love to see ideas for DIY wreaths and decor plus some delicious recipes, from simple entertaining to desserts. Thank you.

  8. Nancylee Mudd says:

    This book puts me in the Christmas spirit even at 78 degrees!

  9. Charolette Aiken says:

    I have always adored French cottage design, holidays included. I would like to see more coastal interiors. The times I’ve traveled to Paris and Montmartre the locals have generously shared tidbits about vintage linens and coastal water treasures. Perhaps you could find a family to let you join them for your tremendous holidays! Thanks for providing a glimpse into Courtney’s book!

  10. I love Courtney’s decor! The pictures are such an inspiration. I would love more decor using old, chippy, and refurbished items for the holiday season, both indoors and out. Thanks for a chance to win Courtney’s book!

  11. Nancy Wichman says:

    These pictures are beautiful…and giving me some ideas already!!

  12. I can’t wait to see what ideas you have for decorating the kitchen for Christmas. I try to balance between functional kitchen and holiday decor, and would love to see your ideas this year.

  13. I would just love to see more homes decorated in a French manner for Christmas – I want all the ideas I can get! Thank you for this nice giveaway!

  14. Cathy Gunn says:

    Love all things French Country and Christmas is my favorite holiday 🎄
    I would like to see decorating inspiration for a coffee table, dining table and especially little vignettes around the house to add special interest 💛

  15. Happy Fall!! Always enjoy seeing all the design ideas. Would love to see more table settings. Cheers!!

  16. Talk about SPLENDOR at Christmas – this book seems to be it!
    I always appreciate you sharing your wonderful ‘finds’!

  17. Courtney’s book looks so beautiful and elegant. For me at Christmas I like to change my dining and kitchen table decor each year so ideas for those two things would be welcome.

  18. Gayle Stewart says:

    Great post today! I can’t wait to check out Courtney’s new book. Her work is exquisite!

  19. Beverly Osborne says:

    Incroyablement Chic!
    One of my favorites of all Shabbyfufu posts! Just such a tastefully curated selection of ideas ! Thank you for your hard work to bring us such an eye candy of treats!

  20. I would love to see a curly willow branch over a door idea for ornaments.

  21. Juraye Moran says:

    This book looks oh so beautiful. It makes me long for the holidays right now.

  22. Donna Whitley says:

    From week to week I am delighted with the content of your blog. How about addressing a French style Christmas tree for minimalists? Or one that would work in a tiny house?

  23. Jane waldmann says:

    Hello, although I’ve never been to France, I love the French country style. I would like to see more Christmas decorations, especially Christmas trees that so many cities around me don’t even do anymore.

  24. Holly Bulfin says:

    Love all you post, love French country and LOVE Christmas! I guess the only thing other than all the beautiful posts I would like to see, are how DYIs to create French country decorations and/or gifts.

  25. I’m always on the lookout for blue, green, gold, silver and white Christmas inspiration.

  26. Courtney’s Christmas book looks amazing, like her house!

  27. Love Courtney’s blog. I have been following it for some time now.

  28. Last year I decorated my tree using that wonderful velvet ribbon Courtney had used on her tree by her bookcase. I hope to add more of this tree this year. Her creative ideas for the trees are masterful..a great eye.
    The types of lights are so important and the light they give off and I’m always stumped on warm white, soft glow…ugh… so confusing ..more specifics on some outdoor lit trees for a covered porch would be helpful. We have snow here so that’s a trick. Hiding and protecting the tree in a bucket has been my go to.
    So looking forward to fall!

  29. Kathleen Rowley says:

    I am recent to this site ,but so impressed with the beauty and glamor of French Style! Kathleen Rowley

  30. Mary Sue Lewis says:

    I’d like to see more decorating, Christmas collections, and Christmas gifts. I love all your posts!

  31. Hi, The Fall and Winter seasons are my favorites and I always find your ideas to be beautiful and fresh! I would love to see some Holiday ideas using darker shades-navies, olives, burgundies, etc.

  32. Stephanie says:

    I love the complex beauty of Courtney’s Christmas decorations and trees. I still prefer to sit and thumb through a book in a comfy chair. Electronics don’t give the same experience as taking time and pouring over a picture on a page. Thank you for sharing this lovely book with us today!

  33. What a lovely addition to my new home.

  34. Maria Santos says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and so looking forward to Christmas! It’s never too early to prepare. Would love to see Christmas decor with French blue, silver, and champagne gold. Also French holiday baking!

  35. Suzanne O. says:

    I’d love some DIYs for simple decoration suitable for a small house.

  36. The cover of her book is stunning! I would love to see a post on how to make an extravagant Christmas wreath that you would find at a boutique wreath shop or florist.

  37. Audrey Al-Hinai says:

    The pictures that you shared are ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you and Courtney. ❤️❤️❤️

  38. Love French Country and my kitchen and bedroom decor tends to travel that way.
    Every week I decorate and do windows for a local non-profit thrift store, so I’m always looking for ideas to bring in the magic of Christmas! Ideas using vintage finds, table settings, and trees are always appreciated.

  39. Love your French Country Fridays and all your holiday design ideas.
    Would love to win a copy of this book!

  40. Looking forward to many ideas for french cottage holiday decor! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity 🙂

  41. Carrie Bannister says:

    LOVE French Country Fridays! Courtneys book makes me look forward to Christmas and all the beautiful decor that come with it!

  42. Hi Janet-I would love to see how people decorate their home on the outside for Christmas. I know many places are really cold, but I know they still decorate (and no, I’m not talking about how many blow-up snowmen they put on their lawns!). Courtney shows many unique set-ups in her book, but how do other people find joy in celebrating the holidays outside their houses? I’l bet Florida has some lovely homes decorated for Christmas.
    Always enjoy your French Country Friday edition – a great way to kick off my weekend!

  43. Deanna Anderson says:

    Going into Fall I’d love to see cozy candles, fuzzy blankets and a fire in a fireplace in the background.

  44. Janet- Love your blog and after looking at the pictures, I’m in need of some of Courtney’s beautiful inspiration!!

  45. The book looks absolutely beautiful. I want to change my Christmas colors away from red and green to more silver and gold.

  46. I have been reading your blog for years and have always enjoyed the wonderful and inspirational photography. I have especially enjoyed the how-to articles, mostly because I love seeing ways I can achieve the French country esthetic. For Christmas, I would enjoy some how-to articles on making ornaments or decorations and some recipes for authentic traditional French Christmas foods. One other thing that would be nice is a photo journey through a Christmas market in France.

  47. I love anything Cortney does. Her books are amazing! French Country Shabby Fufu style!! 🩷

  48. I read your blog every week and look forward to it. I think your coverage of Christmas ideas is excellent and I am partial to Christmas tree decorations. I think just more different themed trees and color combinations which is what I change up every year!