This book is divided by the different rooms within a home. The entry, living room, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, dressing room, and details.
Entries:Charles tells us how important the exterior and the entry are to a home. “If the exterior of a house entices, the interior ~ especially the entryway ~ must enthrall.” The book has an array of gorgeous rooms that I have spent many hours over the years studying and enjoying. Every time I look at one of his spaces I find something new of interest.
This room below is the back entry at his home he calls the “Roost.” He states, “Even a back entry can make guest feel welcome At The Roost, an antique bench dressed with toile and embroidered pillows invites guest and their canine companions to enjoy the pleasures of a casual weekend.”
Living Rooms:“The rich, fullness of furnishings and fabrics and an artful use of symmetry characterize many of the living rooms I design. In the French Country style, they are formal yet wonderfully casual, giving homeowners and guests a feeling of opulence with so much to see. They are overflowing but never cluttered or overpowering, even in the smallest of spaces.”
This room below is one of my favorite rooms and prior to be shown in this book it was published in Traditional Home magazine. “In his French chateau-style home, the room is divided by a center table displaying canine candlesticks, tortoiseshell objects and treasured books. Each side of the room is dressed in a symmetrical but not identical fashion.”
Sitting Rooms and Libraries:Personally sitting rooms and libraries are probably my favorite rooms, although not necessarily private rooms they do evoke a sense of coziness to me, and yet they are rich and evocative. “Whatever the design and color motif, these charming spaces invite rest and relaxation, reading and reflection ~ just the kind of treasured leisure pursuits for which sitting rooms and libraries are created.”
I can just feel the sun warming me in this cozy sitting area. “In a sunny sitting area, an antique bench displays needlepoint and Aubusson tapestry cushions with period passementeric.”
Kitchens:“A successful kitchen is one where host and guests feel perfectly coddled and comfortable. It is a space that functions both as a working kitchen and an informal living area ~ perfect for the kind of comfortable and casual entertaining people enjoy today.” Throughout this book you will see rooms full of details, both architecturally and in the furnishings that complete the room itself. In the room below for instance notice the ceiling detail, the door and even the hardware on the door itself. He considers every detail within a space.
I have many interior design books in my library, but I must say I pick this one up again and again. I adore the way Charles pulled everything together and I study each item within the space and see how it all works so beautifully together. This is a book you will never tire of. It is full of gorgeous details that you can incorporate into your own rooms.
Dining Rooms:“A dining room is more than a setting for bountiful dining and lively conversation. It is as much a room to display collections as it is a place for elegant and gracious dining.”
If you are familiar with Charles Faudree’s work then you are familiar with Nicholas, his beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is a star in his own right by, “twice appearing on the cover of Traditional Home and fifteen times within the pages. Nicholas has starred in two Home and Garden Television network presentations. He resides with his owner in Tulsa Oklahoma.”
Bedrooms:“I seldom play favorites when it comes to rooms. I live all over a house. But I am unequivocal about color. Red is my favorite. Design 101 suggest you should never have a red bedroom because it is not considered a restful color. But I have never designed by rigid rules. I painted one of my bedrooms a rich red that was quite soothing.”
The room below is in his own country cabin. “The original plan was to whitewash the logs. But after living in the space during the winter while I was redecorating, it seemed quite cozy and I thought it might be “sacrilege” to paint the logs. In that same bedroom, there was another challenge to solve. The cabin’s original front door was in the bedroom. To hide the door without going to the expense of removing it, an iron tester was added to the circa- 1800 Edwardian bed so the headboard and fabric panels of blue-and-white check would conceal the door.”
Bathrooms:“A bathroom is one of the most fundamental and functional rooms in any home. But it should be designed with elegance and lavished with as much style as the major living areas. Colors should be rich and warm ~ always as comforting as a heated bath. And why not? We often start and end our day in these spaces of intimate refuge , so these rooms should be soothing to our soul.”
Who doesn’t want such a lovely place to begin each day? I think my love of sconces comes from his designs.
Dressing Rooms:“While a dressing room is a very private atelier in most homes, this is never a room to scrimp on design. No room is ever too small or too private to have an abundance of style. Wallpapers can be lavish. Ceilings can have special beamed treatments. Carpet can coordinate beautifully with the furnishings. Shelving accommodate not only fashion necessities in an extremely neat and tidy order, but also allow space for decorative displays.”
Details:“A great deal of the pleasure in decorating is found in the special details that comprise each room setting. While one unique piece can spark the creative design for a room, it is the finishing touches ~ those unusual details ~ that make a dramatic impact and create a lingering memory.”
Charles Faudree went on to write five more interior design books. He has appeared in numerous magazines. He was named Designer of the year in 2005 by Traditional Home and was chosen as one of the top designers of the year by House Beautiful for the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. His works stands on its own. He will be greatly missed. Do you own any of his design books? If you would like to purchase this book you can go to amazon and purchase any one of his books.