Thursday, September 4, 2008

Country French Interiors: The Books of Charles Faudree


I've been asked by Charles Faudree's publisher to review his stunning new book, "Charles Faudree Interiors," along with his "Florals and Interiors." Also, I've been granted an interview with Mr. Faudree, and I wondered if anyone had any questions for him. If you do, please leave a comment.

I will be reviewing "Florals and Interiors" later this week, along with a drawing--and the winner will receive a copy of this fabulous book.


If you'd like to read more about Mr. Faudree, or see examples of his work, please click HERE or look at the sidebar on the blog, and just click on his name. It's under my "favorite designers."

46 comments:

  1. Oh Wow Gollum - you get a chance to interview Mr. Faudree!? He has a design that I am dreaming of having the perfect space to emulate one day. Ooo, and make sure to let me know when you give that book away - I've not had the opportunity to read it, haven't heard of it yet, actually. Oh, decorating dog visit to my post tonight. Hope you can come by to see Twix.

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  2. How exciting Gollum, Charles Faudree looks like a very nice man, his store in Tulsa looks delightful and his books are beautiful. I hope you have a truly wonderful time with Mr Faudree, I know he is going to enjoy meeting you Gollum, it would be nice to know where he gets his inspirations from?. I look forward to reading all about your meeting. Kathy

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  3. I know you will have a wonderful time doing the interview. I met a very famous man once and got so flustered all I could say was I like your cologne. Heee I have a question. What did his home as a child look like? Kathy

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  4. This is indeed so exciting. How were you able to be granted an interview with him? I like how he stated mix not match.

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  5. I love Charles Faudree's style and only wish I could emulate it. Please ask him to write about about how the middle working class can copy his style!
    Enjoy your interview with him, I'll bet he is a delightful man.

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  6. I love Charles Faudree's style and only wish I could emulate it. Please ask him to write about about how the middle working class can copy his style!
    Enjoy your interview with him, I'll bet he is a delightful man.

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  7. Gollum, I was just book browsing in Barnes&Nobles yesterday and was looking at some of Mr. Faudree's exquisite design books so I was really pleased to see your post today. His gorgeous rooms are the ones of my dreams... IF only! What an honor to have the opportunity to interview him and review his book. Gollum, I really enjoy your blog and am always learning something new. Suesue

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  8. I would ask the same thing Kathy asks "where do you get your inspiration from" and also "when does the 'lightbulb' go off and you get the picture for what direction to go in decorating his or a client's home."

    Sign me up for the giveway cause I love me some Charles Faudree books!

    Judy

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  9. What an honor and opportunity for you. I know how much you will enjoy this "task" and how much he will enjoy you. The cover of Florals and Interiors looks so scrumptious it could be gobbled up.

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  10. Oh, oh, oh, I have always been a fan and have loved French Country when French Country wasn't cool!! Get it?? I am so witty this morning, lol. I don't have any questions for him, but I am starstruck!

    Janet@Housepeepers

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  11. Gollum, I'm curious to what you do excatly. I dont mean to be to forward. But how often do we have the chance to have connections to The design world on the level you do. Love J

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  12. Pat @ Back Porch MusingsSeptember 5, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Exciting news! Can't wait to read your review! Even though our home isn't done in a French Country style, I love Charles Faudree's work and enjoy his books.

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  13. WOW!!! you go Gollum YAHOO!!! how exciting is this...Please ask him for me if he has a great decorator dog like MISTER?? haha!!! I would love to know how he gets all his attention to details and how all his spaces look lived in...not the don't sit or touch me spaces...off to the man cave if you want to do that...and my goodness a designer that really uses fake plants..send him over to RMS and let a few there know it OK to add some fakes to soften a room with.. can't wait to hear about your interview with Charlie..be sure and dress Mister in a designer suit for the day.. Hugs and smiles

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  14. Gollum,

    As I browse Mr. Faudree's work, I notice that he may be guilty of the 'Noha's Ark Symdrom', that you were concerned about. Maybe you could ask him about that, in your interview. I'm sure you'll know just the right way to ask the question. ;)

    Have a great day.

    'D'

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  15. Great questions--please keep them coming! Jo, I have no connections. His publicist sent a message on the blog. This shows that blogs ARE getting read!

    The questions will be submitted through his publisher. I won't get to meet this fabulous man in person. Gloria, he does have a decorating dog--Nicholas, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Nicholas is featured in his books. I'll ask him about it.

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  16. Wow! What a gorgeous room there. I genuinely love his style whoever he is. I'm going to look him up on your sidebar.

    I have a question for him:

    Can SchmeckyGirl have those two matching chairs!?!?!?!?!

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  17. Oh and Congratulations to you about the book review. How nice is that?!?!?

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  18. Oh my goodness, how neat is THAT???!!! Lucky you! I am a floral designer so now I nEED to get this book!!! Can't wait to hear how it all goes. I don't have a question YET, cause I haven't seen his work...but will check it out! Thanks for your inspiration! Hugs, Pinky

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  19. Wow what an honor and opportunity for you. I have always be a fan of French Country.

    Pat H aka 9405018

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  20. Oh!! You lucky lucky gal -- I simply ADORE his designs and his books! So elegant but livable and charming! I'll bet he is very charming too!

    Questions:
    Does he still have his country house? How many homes has he lived in over the years? Does he still have his wonderful Christmas parties for people without families nearby? If he could live ANYWHERE in the world -- where would he choose? Would he ever consider living in a condo or apartment or pied a terre?? What directions does he see in the future for decor and design? What are his favorite "movie" homes and houses? Who are HIS favorite designers/decorators? What is he currently collecting? Does he like auctions for art and antiques? Does he have a "starting point" or "inspiration piece" for a room design? Does he plan it all out on paper -- or change it if he discovers a sensational "find"?

    Just a few questions -- sorry about blithering on! LOL!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  21. He is one of my favorites, how exciting for you and us, as I know you will share it all with us... Thanks vickydarnell

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  22. I'm feeling quite scared to ask any questions. I'm trembling. I'm at the point of asking Mister to interview Nicholas. :-)

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  23. Congratulations Gollum! It does not surprise me that you were asked to interview him, as I think your Blog has spread like wildfire through the HGTV sites and design world fans. It is an exceptional piece of work that you offer up everyday. Best of luck with the interview, and I second Mary's question of how the middle class can incorpaorate his type of style. I would also love to be in the drawing...;) Jan

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  24. I can't imagine why you'd be scared. I would think he would be pleased to have someone of your caliber ask him anything. What a great honor that people in the design world love your blog as much as we do! His books look absolutely amazing...I'm gonna go scroll though his stuff .... although even with that kind of inspiration I still couldn't pull it off. But a girl can dream....

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  25. And I'm sure Mister would do a fabulous job! But I can tell that you will do a fab job, too. After all, they chose you for a reason....Robyn

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  26. I can't believe you are going to meet him, I love his style! I just received the Country French Living book and I have on order the florals and Signature books. I would like to know if he uses faux flowers, I thought the book would be about the real thing, which I can't afford! I didn't comment yesterday, but your bathroom is fabulous, as is everything else! Connie/puddin07

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  27. Hi Gollum, I thought I left a message for you this morning but I must not have hit the right button to get it through. Sometimes I'm more blond than I pay to be! Initially I was wondering what you were going to wear, but since it's not a face to face interview, I think you should wear the pink sweatpants with the brown paint stain:) If I could pose a question(or 12) to CF, I would want to know if he sees the finished room in his head before he begins a project or does he let the project evolve? Also, he uses a lot of the same elements in a room yet they never, ever look alike. How does he keep that from happening and how does he alwasy keep things so fresh? Does he ever get tired of being Charles Faudree?
    You lucky Girl!!!!! Can't wait to hear how it all turns out and when is this interview going to take place? You will do great. Please just enjoy the experience. Carol

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  28. GG, I was an ardent fan of his work for mannnny years, and altho I have gone on to a different style (due to life in the desert now), I still smile at remembering some of his ALWAYS FABULOUS spaces ~ I ADORED the luxurious feeling of warmth n' comfort, ALONG with the great style & beauty his spaces gave me, & adored him also PARTLY because of his great love of animals... I don't have any burning questions for him, as I feel I ALREADY "know" him after all these years of reading about him and admiring his work!!! Just ENJOY this "SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY", my friend! He will UNDOUBTEDLY be incrediby interesting! What a treat for you ~ BOTH! Love, Linda

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  29. Teacats! Welcome!
    Carol, I love those pink sweats so much that I sometimes forget about the brown stain. From the front they look okay. I wore them to retrieve my car from the repair shop, and my husband (who'd driven me there) wouldn't let me get out of the car. He drove my Jeep a discreet distance, then I hopped out like a spy from the British M16 and jumped behind the wheel! Very James Bond--and all because I'm a paint slob.

    I've got to tell you, when I first received the message about Mr. Faudree's book, Gollum hadn't been around long, and I thought it was a joke. I didn't respond to it for a long time. :-)

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  30. Oh, how cool! I have a feeling we may be seeing you & your decorating dog on HGTV soon. If that does happen, put me on your first show, I'll put my German Sheppherds in the backyard so Mister doesn't get a scare.

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  31. Wow, Gollum, what a wonderful compliment and honor! I would be scared to death, but knowing you through your stunning designs, I'm sure that you are well up to the task.
    We will be waiting to hear all about it.
    Oh yeah, could you ask him if we could all go on a "field-trip" to his home?...LOL

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  32. Santa, if you click on his website, you can take a mini tour.

    Oh, my dear Shabby Vintage Chic, bless you, but TV supposedly adds 10 pounds, and that's not something Gollum OR the Decorating Dog can afford. :-)I've been indulging in cheesecake for months, and it's just got to end. But not today. LOL

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  33. I've been following Charles Faudree for 10+ years. Traditional Home Magazine, which I took forever, used to feature his home every other year. And the thing that always stunned and amazed me was that he moved so much, always leaving behind some GORGEOUSLY decorated house. I would ask him how he does that? How does he walk away from each home? Is it the adventure of decorating the "next" house that keeps him from missing the last one? Congrat on getting to interview Mr. Faudree. He sounds so nice in his books and in the quotes I've read in Traditional Home, I just feel he is a neat, neat person. I bet he will put you right at ease...have fun! :-) Susan

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  34. Couple of questions... First, What has he recently learned about decor to make a room look fresh? Secondly, would he recommend an interior design school for serious students??? - SherylCanadianGirl

    Gollum, you are so blessed to be able to direct the questions through the publisher. Perhaps the second interview will be in person. :-)

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  35. Well, I am just floored! I, like Susan, have followed him through Traditional Home magazine for so many years, and when he moves to a different home, I look to see where he has placed certain items that I recall from his first home shown in T.H. (whether its the one at the lake or his main residence). I would also like to know if he stil has his Christmas party (I think he called it something like the Homeless and Waifs"), and if so, may I attend? I can be a waif, I think? Also, how many houses as he had. I am SO looking forward to hearing about your interview with him. Laurie (bargainhunr)

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  36. Oh Gollum.. congrats on having the honor of interviewing one of my all time favorite designers... I'm sure that Mister and Nicholas will help put you at ease.. I'm curious once he meets his clients does he follow their personality from start to finish on the design? I'm so in awe of all his wonderful mix of fabric patterns that he uses.. I'm also curious is he more fond of the color red than any other color....I'm like Susan I'm wondering how he can walk away from his beautiful homes over and over again... I truly love his books and his designs.. so definetly throw my little ole name in the pot.. I would be so honored to have it in my home... girl.. you'll be great...you'll let us know when this is going to happen right?
    hugs ~lynne~

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  37. I checke dout a couple of his books tonight at the bookstore, I just had to see for myself. WOW - you must be so excited! What a very special honor.
    P.S., LOL @ your cheesecake comment, the timing is soo funny because I literally just made one tonight and I didn't even wait for the poor thing to set or cool down before I attacked it with a knife. Did you know that it only takes 10 minutes for a slice of steamy hot cheescake to cool down in the freezer? I really shouldn't know that, LOL.....

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  38. Hi, I just got my Pierre Deux catalog today. I have been drooling for the last half hour. I can't wait to see what you come up with on your blog after the interview with Mr. Faudree. How exciting. Congrats to you, well deserved. fondly Kathysue{RMSer}

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  39. Congratulations Gollum :)

    My question is... What is the worst decorating mistake you have ever made?

    Don't be nervous. You'll do great!

    hugs,
    rue

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  40. Oh you lucky ducky G!! Charles Faudree IS my absolute favorite decorator and has been for MANY years!! Like Susan and Laurie I have watched him since his first appearance in TH. I love Jans questions! Which designer is his favorite? Is at the top of my list! And I would also love to know which one of his many homes was his favorite? And does he ever regret leaving it? How does he start his day? Does he NEED that first cup of coffee? Or does he awaken inspired and ready to jump in? What cologne does he wear? And what does he consider his biggest flaw? (since his taste is pure perfection *winks*) Why of all the places he could live, does he stay in Tulsa? Oh girl I could go on and on and I'll probably be back with more.... Vanna

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  41. And.....I'd love to hear his "One that got away" story! We all have them, and I'd love to hear his! But I'm dying to know which decorators work makes hime go AHHHHHHHH! Like his work makes me go AHHHHHH *winks*...Nope I'm still not done g! Vanna

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  42. What furniture piece does he feel everyone should have in their home? A "must have" like an armoire or screen etc? Vanna

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  43. Hi Gollum

    I love your blog and I LOVE Charles Faudree.

    A question for Charles.."Have you ever changed your mind about 'too much is never enough'? I would also love to know if he still has his cabin in Earbob, OK and if so, is it the place he finds most relaxing.

    You will do a great job! I'm not suprised at all that you were chosen.

    Margaret, Virginia

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  44. Dear Gollum, I'm so glad I found your blog; I really enjoy seeing your amazing style! Mr. Faudree has been my favorite designer for years. How wonderful to get to interview him! I would like to know the most unusual place he ever found a treasure, and what it was. I would also like to know if he always uses fabric as his first inspiration. Thank you so much for providing this glimpse into his design process.
    Julia

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  45. Dear Gollum. I bet I'm to late to ask Charles Faudree a question but I'm one of his biggest fans. I live in Tulsa so every once in awhile I get to visit his store. Oh my, words cannot describe how beautiful it is & I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of one of his books. Here's my question--I think I once heard him say--"enough is never enough". But, since I'm not Mr. Faudree where is the TO MUCH POINT? Thanks, Patty Ann in Tulsa

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