Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

January 31st

Happy Saturday Everyone.  This week I am really excited to introduce you to a blogger from France.  Ohhhhhh I love when we all get to meet our international bloggers up close and personal.  So enjoy getting to know Magali from Brittany France.  You are going to love getting to know her.  Then hop over and visit her cute blog and see all the great reno's she is doing to her fabulous 100 year old seaside cottage.  

Junk Chic Cottage Saturday Spotlight Feature

Hi there!

I'm Cottage. I'm located on the North Coast of Brittany, France and I'm about a hundred years old.

Me, on closing day

Several families have lived under my roof since I was built. A few years ago, my owners decided to put me on the market: they wanted a house that would be bigger, more modern... I was very worried: who would want to love me? 

You might wonder why I was so worried because from the outside I'm rather charming, don't you think? Well, the inside was an entirely different story... No Cottage charm there... You might even wonder how I got my name of Cottage... 

Dining-room as left by previous owners.

Then on the first Monday after Easter came a Petite Blonde to visit me... She had a hard time trying not to laugh at my owners when she saw the garish colours they chose for my walls - there wasn't two walls the same colour - the very weird choice they had made for each very small room... And she kept asking questions like "is the chimney flue still in the wall?" or "are the beams still under that drywall ceiling?". My owners rolled their eyes and didn't know what to answer... And I had no idea why those questions were of any importance.

Bedroom as left by previous owners.

It turned out Petite Blonde - aka as Magali, aka as the blogger behind The Little White House On The Seaside blog - bought me. Little did I know when she arrived with her cat and her books that we were embarking on a several year journey to reveal my inner Cottage charm.

Dining-room today, still a work in progress...

Many of her readers think that renovating an old Cottage in France is a dream, but we've had a few nightmares along the way: from a complete flood of the first floor when a very old water pipe broke in the hands of a very dumb plumber to a few gaz leaks... 

Living-room today, still a work in progress...

But overall, it's been an amazing experience where Petite Blonde and I have learnt to know each others. You see she's a modern girl and I'm an old Cottage, so when we have choices to make, renovation and decoration wise, it sometimes takes long discussions, transcripted on the blog,  and we each have to compromise. 

In case you have no idea what you can find on her our blog, here's a little sample...

Petite Blonde shows you the details of all the transformation I'm going through. 2014 was a big year and my kitchen went from ugly and impractical to charming and efficient.

Kitchen on Closing Day

Kitchen Today - after four years of hard work and love

Truth be told, Petite Blonde lives on a teacher's salary and everything that adorns me is thrifted: she might inspire you with her very cheap finds.

Also because of that teacher's salary, she tries to do as many things as possible on her own: she'll explain how to make me (or your own home) prettier on a budget and with very limited DIY skills. Don't tell her I said so but she's the clumsiest Petite Blonde ever.

She loves when I'm filled with wonderful baking or cooking smells and she shares her always easy recipes.

I'm located in a beautiful  area and Petite Blonde will also take you places around : she's the best at finding funny historical stories about the towns she visits. You'll get an idea by clicking here. 

If you'd like to see more of me, please visit The Little White House On The Seaside.

A huge thank you to Kris for allowing me to tell you a little about my owner,

Thank you Magali for sharing yourself with all of us.  Love that you had your sweet cottage speak about you too :).  It was so great to get to know you and to dream of where you live.  Oh la la to live in France and in a 100 year old seaside cottage.  Heaven I say!  
Thank you Mon Amie


  1. Her blog is one of my favorites to visit.......fresh and sincere....xoxo

  2. Kris, I love, Magali.
    Magali, I love the way you wrote this. That is another really pretty photo of your kitchen, and I love how the kitties were in it!

  3. Kris,
    Thanks so much for featuring my friend, Magali!!
    Magali, Congrats to you on the feature!!
    I so love your Kitchen!!


  4. I loved every word of this post! I'm on my way to soak in all of The Little White Cottage's posts!! Thanks for sharing a great blog with us.
    Blessings, Edie Marie

  5. Oh adorable! I must go check her out.

    Amy Jo

  6. Oh yes, I follow this blog, and I love Cottage!

  7. Magali's cottage is gorgeous! Thank you for featuring her today, Kris. I'm on my way over for a little visit.

  8. WHat a great blogger and a great post! Who doesn't dream of a cottage in France?? That kitchen makeover is just amazing!

  9. Magali, I love your little cottage -- you've done a beautiful job of redecorating those awful rooms ! I adore the kitties in your photos and hope you keep showing us their pretty faces. I want to go to your blog and become a subscriber. Kris, thank you for bringing Magali to our attention....I probably never would have discovered her if not for your post.

  10. What a sweet cottage and the transformation is amazing!

  11. Kris I'm in love with a little white cottage on the seaside. So glad that you spot lighted this great blog. Thanx Jo

  12. Kris, what a great feature!
    Magali, I love this creative post, your attitude, and the love and style that you've poured into your sweet cottage! :)

  13. Oh my Magali is a blogger after my own heart. Thank you so much Kris for introducing her to us! Now I'm heading over to The Little White House for a good visit.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  14. Magali and "Cottage" are my favorites and I loved reading about the blog from Cottage's point of view.

    Now I have to go over to tell Magali how much I enjoyed the post.

    Don't you love how she transformed the kitchen!

  15. Kris, It seems that Magali is showing how to decorate with can see the way things are changing for the better. The view of the lake is wonderful. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  16. Oh, I could make it a Cottage too! Such character. Thanks for the post. So sweet!

  17. It's all so lovely and well presented, I'm a new reader there, thanks to your introduction, Kris.

  18. I follow Magali and just find her home so charming. It's so cool to visit with someone in France and to see their way of life and follow along on the renovations she is making.

  19. Magali has transformed that cottage. I'm in love with the stone walls!

  20. I love Magali's blog and cottage. What a wonderful post.

  21. I love Magali and her blog. I've been following her for some time. She's smart and funny, and very creative (as shown by her post here). And she's done an amazing job transforming her kitchen, and will do more of the same in the rest of her home. Her tours of the area where she lives are always beautifully done. Great choice for a spotlight, Kris. I'll leave a note on Magali's blog, too. ~ Nancy

  22. Loved this post, already a big fan of Magali and cottage!

  23. Thank you so much, Kris, for featuring me. A huge thank you to all your readers who took the time to write a sweet note here or on my blog. All these comments have warmed my heart on this unusually cold night in Brittany.
    PS: Cottage says thanks as well - the comments have warmed his stone walls :)

  24. Ohhh...wonderful cottage and fantastic place. Thanks for sharing this romantic blogger.

  25. Cottage and Magali are such a great team, and I can't wait for more of their posts on the restoration of their beautiful home.
    The amazing transformation in the kitchen makes me a tad jealous, but having seen it from the early days I know the work Magali has put into it.
    Great Saturday Spotlight.

  26. Kris,
    Nice introduction to a blogger in Brittany, France, who I wasn't aware of, as you always introduce us to someone very interesting. Oh Brittany, France ... Oyster heaven and a Sea food lovers dream! Magali's writing was a sweet twist and I will enjoy checking out her blog.
    Happy weekend Kris.

  27. I've been following Magali for ages; she's a sweetheart and her cottage is perfection!

  28. One of my favorite bloggers. So happy that you featured her. xo Laura

  29. I have been following Cottage and Magali for quite some time now and enjoy seeing the renovations as well as the personal tours of France. How fun it is to see her in a spotlight a summery of her posts. Lovely Cottage!!! xxo

  30. Oh Kris, I am so glad that you featured Cottage and Magali. They are so delightful and I love reading all about her adventures with Cottage.
    I have been following her since I started blogging.

  31. I love that you wrote this from the point of view of Cottage. How cute! Great choice to feature Magali Kris. I smiled all the way through this post!

  32. I LOVE her cottage~~~It is soooo darling...I can picture a movie about a single pretty woman living here~~~Blessings

  33. What a beautiful post! I adore Magali, and her cottage.. Thank you for featuring her here, Kris...

  34. Oh, Kris! You could not have found a better person (or cottage!) to feature. Magali is amazing and I love her blog. Thank you and her for this fun read!

  35. Good morning Kris, et BONJOUR, MAGALI!

    Kris, thank you for featuring Magali and her talking cottage! I love how the cottage spoke to us, especially when she asked, "Who would love me?"

    Magali's courage to invest in a labor of love proves that it takes vision and hard work to accomplish most anything. This little home on the shores of Brittany is true blue....French blue!

    Wishing you all, you cottage lovers, a perfect Sunday. Anita

  36. Oh I love Magali and Cottage ~ Cottage was lucky to find such a fun and talented new owner. I adore Magali's style and her wonderful sense of humor which I'm sure comes in handy when renovating a 100 year old home! : )

  37. I have been reading this blog for some time and I must say Cottage is really smart!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. removed because I had to fix somethings..because cottage is a he =^)

      Because of her blog..I just found yours..I love her blog an cottage..what a dream is live in a seaside cottage in France..she has done a remarkable job with I bet cottage is standing taller an prouder since he's been transformed into a BeautiFul swan..I think they'll be very happy together for yrs to come..the garden at the window is just I look forward to having you visit my inbox too...

  39. I love her blog, thanks Kris, for featuring her and the little cottage. Patty/NS

  40. Oh my! Am I jealous, or what? What a treat!

  41. J'aime le blog de Magali, j'aime son chemin de croix pour arriver à être bien dans son cottage, j'aime ses hésitations & ses décisions, j'aime ses discussions avec "Cottage, j'aime ses chats & par dessus tout, j'aime sa maladresse dont elle se moque avec beaucoup d'humour.
    Cordialement. Babette

  42. I’ve enjoy following Magali and cottage through their changes and enjoyed it every step of the way! My way of dreaming of a cottage to renovate in France! Thank you for this fun and inspiring post............

  43. I am new to Magali's blog but, i love reading her posts and hearing about her cottage.

  44. precious telling of "cottage's" story!!!!

    thank you.


  45. I love Magali! She is sweet and funny and her cottage journey is a real treat.
    Loved hearing her, I mean, "Cottage's" story!

  46. I am a huge fan of Cottage and the decisions it helps Magali make. Thanks for having Cottage over to show off.

  47. I"m fairly new to Magali"s blog but so far sooo good!!! I just LOVE the way she wrote this blog/story soo creative !!! Thanks for inviting her and her adorable "cottage". Love Sandee from Fairfax Va.

  48. I've been reading Magali's blog for a long time now, and I love it! The way she handled this post is so true to her style, which is why I always enjoy reading all of her posts!

  49. The good picture can be saved in my iphone 6. Like it