Designer Spotlight: Charles Faudree • It’s All In The Mix!

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever”
Isaiah‬ ‭32‬:‭17‬

If you know French Country design, the name Charles Faudree probably rings a bell. I remember being captivated by Faudree’s unmatched talent the first time I saw his work in an edition of Traditional Home in the late 80’s!  Since then, I have followed all of the national publications of his work and have all six of his books in my collection!  IMG_2749As an interior decorator, I pored over every picture and paid attention to the tiniest details of every room that he designed, in hopes to learn from the master of Country French design!  It was only a few months after his first design book, “Charles Faudree’s French Country Signature”, was released that he was invited to my city to speak to a group at the country club.  He was so gracious to answer questions and autograph his book!  He could not have been kinder as he took time to chat with me.  In his own words he said, “I would like to think I have elevated French Country to a fine art,” …and that he did! IMG_2747Faudree passed away last November and many fellow bloggers have featured his work since.  I have been so inspired by his distinctive ability to mix: past and present, old and new, rustic and refined…all of which create his coveted style of casual, understated elegance!  Today,  I want to share some of his amazing talent with you, my readers!  When asked to define his style, he responded,Oh, it’s all in the mix, not the match!”   I seemed to have adopted that design philosophy!

The following photos were taken from my Pinterest board, Charles Faudree. Each photo is linked to the original source.

 Many things catch my eye…bookcases, tole chandelier, the antique gate leg table with stacks of books!
“Part of the charm of a living room is a skillful blend of rustic and refined antiques and furnishings, with fabrics, colors, collections, and accessories that create a beautiful, cohesive room.”
C. Faudree
 A house in the Caribbean with its living room beautifully dressed in classic blue and white with a mix of fabrics!A pair of Louis XIV-style gilt wood tables in a traditional styled room with a splendid chandelier and luxurious fabrics!
 A lighter touch in this room!
“Furnishings used in pairs add elegance to a room.” 
C. Faudree
 Faudree was a master of layering his rooms!  They unfold before your eyes!
“Comfortable seating should never be a victim of great style.” 
C. Faudree
 A beautifully appointed rustic room with stone fireplace, antler chandelier, and warm wood walls and ceiling! French chairs, florals, plaids,needlepoint pillows, and books make an inviting sitting  area in a bay window!
“Personal items add flavor to decorating.” 
C. Faudree
 A perfect example of the mix and not the match – French antiques with a lucite table! A lovely light-filled breakfast room with the piece de resistance-a Swedish secretary!
 A French daybed in front of the fireplace with bergeres on either side with a collection of exquisite tortoise shell boxes atop the tea table! Faudree often used Country French commodes and trumeau mirrors!   I would love dining in this room with the whimsical book shelves and the coral accents! “Details are like frosting on the cake, and who doesn’t like frosting best?”
C. Faudree
Coral inspired bedroom!  Cozy and country with warm furnishing!“Too much is never enough”
C. Faudree
Bold buffalo checks, ticking stripes, florals, and toile fabrics mix together for a lovely guest room! Lush window treatments and bedding with soft colors in a spacious master bedroom! Faudree often used red toile…the perfect small bedroom
“Accessories are as important as the furniture itself.” 
C. Faudree
 Once again…it is about the mix! A powder room with a Provençal chest used as a vanity and French toile wallpaper An inviting living room in the French Country style of which Charles Faudree was the master!Collagepam closing

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  1. Alice says:

    When I learned of his death, I was devastated. I also have been following his work since the very first issue Traditional Home featured his work. I most loved when they showed his own homes. There were many, and have saved all of the magazines that covered his work. Especially loved his attitude toward his sister and his wonderful Cavalier King Charles pets. When our Cavalier picked us, we named him after Nicholas, by naming him Sir Nicholas John Charles. When we are chosen again by out next Cavalier, and it happens to be a little girl, I also plan to name her Sophia, after Charls’ little Sophia.
    My only disappointment in the pictures you chose, was that the pictures didn’t show his much loved dogs.
    In all of his books that I have, they are shown, enjoying all the comforts of Charles’ wonderful antiques and textiles. Please keep us informed of any of Charles books that may be forth coming. Love your blog!!

    • Thank you so much Alice. I can see you are as much a fan as I am! I am so sorry I didn’t select photos of his much loved Cavalier King Charles pets! It was an oversight of mine! His photographer Jenifer Jordan just released a beautiful book: “Charles Faudree Country French Legacy”! It includes some of his later unpublished work…beautiful! Thank you for taking time to write and I enjoyed reading your comments! Blessings, Pam

  2. Susan says:

    He was and is still, one of my very favorite designers. Love the way he always brought dogs into his design mix too!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  3. What an amazing tribute to the great Charles Faudree….I have so enjoyed his books and just wished that I had the opportunity to have met him in person as you did….I purchased the book by Jennifer Jordan and what a loving tribute to him and is great work. Thanks Pam….so enjoyed this post!…

    • Shirley, thank you so much for your gracious comments and for following! The new book is outstanding and I certainly have enjoyed taking in all the new photos not published before! Have a great week! Blessings, Pam

  4. Angelina says:

    I LOVE Charles Faudree. He is my favorite designer! I love to sit and study through his books. How lucky are you to have met him? I don’t have all of his books (yet). I have not yet picked up his newest book, but that reminds me I should order it now! Which of his books is your favorite?

    • Angelina, thanks so much for commenting! Everyone seems to love Faudree’s design style. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite book, I love them all. Be sure you get the latest one by Jenifer Jordan, there are photos of his last work that had not been published! Have a lovely week! Blessings, Pam

  5. Nancy says:

    Thank you Pam for showing how broad and deep was his talent. Perfection in so many settings. A wonderful post.

  6. Pam, I love Charles! He was such a visionary and created such beautiful yet comfortable spaces! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature! See you tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Kathryn, thank you so much for the feature. I am thrilled that your loyal readers enjoyed my Charles Faudree post! Thank you for your party and for an opportunity to share! Blessings, sweet friend! Pam

  7. Jann Olson says:

    Love his style! That blue and red bedroom with the plates on the wall has to be my favorite. And I love, love that Swedish secretary! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Cindy says:

    Such a great designer and so sad he’s gone! Love his style and I have that book…one of my favorites!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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