Who will fill Charles Faudree’s shoes? No one comes to my mind. I’ll always think of him as the kindly gentleman who lived quietly and elegantly down the mountain from me. Mr. Faudree may have been a modest gentleman, but even to know him casually, as a neighbor, was to know that the delightful interiors he designed around the country were reflective of his keen wit and his eye for the distinctive, the extraordinary, and the beautiful.
To quote Charles “You can be inspired by buildings, a fabric or a piece of furniture. I think you can find inspiration from everywhere; just use your eyes.”
Mr. Faudree was the quintessential designer. Most importantly, he helped us redefine French Country. He also revived an interest in Black Forest decorative pieces and used them prominently in his mountain homes.
With admiration I drove up his driveway this past Wednesday for his estate sale, and I photographed these lovely rooms complete with many decorative items that Mr. Faudree had collected and arranged to perfection—for his own home. I’m delighted to have captured bits and pieces of his personal style with my iPhone—with permission, of course.
And as you remember this delightful man, enjoy these pieces that filled his home. Now, think about the treasures that you have collected and be inspired by Charles’s skill at arranging beautiful things. It’s your turn, so go get busy!
Wouldn’t Mr. Faudree love to know he had inspired you to create beauty.
Blue and White arrangement in the Dinning Room—and a beautiful Faux Bois table
More blue and white in the dinning room—love it all
Small painted chest, small lamps and three landscapes opposite table
Great painted garden tool arrangement above the china cabinet … and that birdhouse—perfect
Antique doors lead to pantry
Lots of beautiful collections in the living room—yellow tags mean sold
Love the chandelier and piece over door
Close up of the Lucite and stone table—would make a great game table
More collections in cabinet … notice large magazine rack on right and cheetah throw over the sofa back
Closeup of cabinet arrangement—English church diorama new home with collector
Small chest with collection of Black Forrest—all sold
Danish clock with antique child’s pony at base
Love this arrangement … all sold
Classic symmetry at work on this wall
Charming kitchen is full of even more collections … yellow tags everywhere. Notice doves on old beam—repeated all through house
Wonderful Copper serving tray along with the Black Forest ram’s head—love open cabinets
Great Hitchcock painted chairs—a set of six on the screened in porch—anyone know the fabric?
Screen porch arrangement—love the bird prints and frames … small prints above are of David Easton’s house
French stove became a sink base for the half bath—notice wall tray holding the towels
Small chest is also in the half bath—love this blue and the squirrel wallpaper by Osborne & Little
Faux bamboo—star of the guest bedroom
Faux bamboo bed surrounded by brackets made from pine cones, paintings and small framed needlepoint landscapes
Guest room doubles as library—bookcases flank velvet pinstriped sofa—love this idea
Small French stove is topped with marble and used as shelf
Antique tub surrounded by faux bois paper … Charles’s design for Vervain
Mirror on mirror in Master bath—maybe for your next bathroom—love the little man
Large armoire is used for storage in the closet—beautiful idea
Another custom chest used in the closet—great print grouping … think something in the middle was sold already
Another great chandelier used in the shower area … love a chandelier in the bath
Everyone wanted small chest over the Loo … darn yellow tags!