About French Blue Cottage

Do you love to decorate, paint, or craft? Are you always on the lookout for new ideas for your home? If so, then I’d love to have you join me here at The French Blue Cottage for some design inspiration and decorating fun!

Or do you want to decorate, paint, and craft but believe that you’re not creative enough or talented enough? If so, then I’d love to have the chance to change your mind! You are creative; you just have to find it. And you are talented; you just have to practice. Together, let’s find the joy in creating beauty at home!

Once upon a time, way back in the 1970’s, I was a little girl whose mother got a call one day from one of the neighbors. Apparently, I had knocked on her front door and asked if I could see what the inside of her house looked like! It must have been the beginning of my interest in all things décor:)

I am married and the mother of two sons and one daughter. We live in the great state of Oklahoma and share our home with a noisy parakeet and the sweetest chocolate lab. I was formerly an elementary school teacher but decided to stay home after my first son was born.

I am purely self-taught in interior design, but I have had formal training in faux finishing and furniture/cabinetry painting. Experimenting with design and paint is such a joy to me and my home is my laboratory.

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About the blog:

My design inspiration is often, but not always, French country. At The French Blue Cottage, you will find “before and after” pictures, painting techniques and tips, design inspiration, and “how-to’s”. I hope you pick up some good ideas here and can learn from my successes and even from my DIY fails:)

My personal decorating motto is based on a French proverb that is basically translated: Little by little the bird builds its nest. For me, decorating and design is a process and not an event that happens all at once or that has a definite end. Turning a house into a home can be such an enjoyable and rewarding process.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit, gain some inspiration for your nest, and come back often!