Monday, November 3, 2008

An Interview With Designer Charles Faudree & A Book Drawing


When people think of French Country design, they think of Charles Faudree. His work has graced the pages of countless magazines, such as Veranda and Traditional Home. He is also a marvelous writer. His first three books were well received by the design community, serving as inspiration for both professionals and amateurs. The first, Charles Faudree's French Country Signature, shows his precious "decorating dog," Nicholas, resting on a red toile chair--this is a book that I keep on my coffee table because it never fails to provide a jolt of eye candy.

His second and third books--Clarles Faudree's Country French Living and Country French Florals--are also beloved. Mr. Faudree's latest, Charles Faudree Interiors, was recently published by Gibbs-Smith:

I was granted an interview with Mr. Faudree (using questions from my blogger friends).
Gollum: In your opinion, is there one piece of furniture (armoire, screen, etc.) that’s a “must have”?

Charles Faudree: The must have piece of furniture in my design work would be
a commode (chest). It works in most any room.


Gollum: Your interiors reflect balance, using similar accessories, and yet they always seem fresh and beautiful. In my own rooms, many of my tablescapes and mantlescapes seem to fall prey to what I call “Noah’s Ark Syndrome”—pairs and pairs of lamps, accessories. How much is too much of pairs and like objects?

Charles Faudree: Tablescapes need a varience in heights as well as a space for the
eye to rest.




Gollum: Do you design a room around an inspiration piece, or do you begin with a fabric or a rug?

Charles Faudree: When designing a room you can begin with a specific piece of
furniture, a rug or fabric. You usually determine this through
conversing with the client to determine the importance of one
over the other.



Gollum: Is it possible for the French Country look to be achieved on a budget?

Charles Faudree: Yes you can achieve the French Country look on a budget by painting
a piece of furniture that you already own and selecting fabrics
wisely.







Gollum: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose

Charles Faudree: St. Paul - de - Vence, France







Gollum: What are your favorite collections?

Charles Faudree: My favorite collections include my small antique dog figures and my
collection of dog art.





Gollum: Are you working on another book?

Charles Faudree: There are plans for another book. It would be "about the Mix".



If you would like a chance to win a copy of Mr. Faudree's new book, please leave a message. The drawing will be held later this month. Or, if you are like me (and can't wait), you can hop over to his website. You can also order the book there, too, at Charles Faudree.com


Don't forget to check out "Contentment Therapy" at Mary's Meanderings

86 comments:

  1. Gollum,

    I would love to win this book; I am an ardent fan of Mr. Faudree.

    Janet@Housepeepers

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  2. Charles Faudree is definitely one of my favorite designers! I love the more is more philosophy. That Red Toile room just makes my heart sing. Of course, I would be interested in winning his new book. Please, throw my name in the hat! Gollum, your questions were absolutely great. I'd love to know if the interview took place via email or another venue. Please tell us all about it.

    Little side note here.... I love the character's name "Joie" in Mermaids. Love that you resurrected the DeChavannes family from Mad Girls. They are a delight. Going to try to finish my TO DO list early today so that I might finish reading Mermaids. Enjoy your day.... it's back to work for me.
    Carol

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  3. Gollum, am I having 'another' Senior Moment? I cud have sworn your Post was on Cloud gazing.

    Shall hop right over to Monsieur
    Faudree's website to take a look at his latest book. Hopefully I can order it from Chapters Bookstore online. (I may receive it quicker.) Thank you so much for sharing the information. With appreciation....
    P.S: I already have a number of books on my Christmas List written by a specific Author whom YOU are very familar with :).

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  4. Hi Gollum :)

    Count me in too!

    I'm in love with that cozy rustic room with the stone fireplace. I hope you don't mind if I copied it to my files... L.O.V.E. it! :)

    hugs,
    rue

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  5. Thank you for featuring Mr Faudree in this interesting post.

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  6. What a thrill!! Thanks for sharing your interview with us. I would love to win his new book. Sally

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  7. I would love to win this book.

    As soon as I saw Charles Faudree's photo, on my sidebar, I came right over to read you wonderful interview! I am an avid fan!

    Great post!

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  8. What a blessed lady you are to interview Mr. Faudree. He has inspired me & my design style for years & is the main reason I have such a large collection of blue & white porcelain. His rooms are magic. His new book just went to the top of my holiday wish list. That is unless I'm the lucky winner. Patty Ann

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  9. I have long been an admirer of Mr. Faudree. I would be thrilled to win this book. It is because of his books that I fell in love with and now own 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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  10. count me in... vickydarnell

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  11. Dear Gollum,
    I just finished reading 'She Flew the Coop'. I loved it, such memorable characters. I'm just sad it's over :(. I just got Mr. Faudree's new book but haven't read it yet- been otherwise occupied!
    Christy

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  12. I love my decorating books... please enter my name as well. How exciting that must have been for you. Thanks! Jan

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  13. Well of course I'm in!!!I must have his new book!! Feel the same way about yours too Gollum!! Ahhhhh I just can't get enough of Mr Faudree! How cool is this!*winks* Vanna

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  14. The famous, interviewing the famous! What a great blog post! I recognized most of the pictures of his rooms, because I have loved his work since the first time I saw it in Traditional Home years ago. Thank you for featuring one of my favorite designers. laurie

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  15. Please add my name to the pot! I loved the interview & need to order his other books too. :0} Diane

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  16. Count me in, I would love to win that book! Now I'm going to hop on over to Mary's Meanderings because I really need to learn some contentment techniques!!!

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  17. I love the interview, he is my favorite designer, I have magazine articles going back years! I have all his books, including both of his latest, I have been hitting the magazine stands hoping that there would be a feature on him for Christmas time, haven't seen anything yet, but it is still early (the Christmas issue of Traditional Home is not out yet, crossing fingers LOL)
    Thanks again for the interview!

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  18. *GG, OK, soooo does he have a NICE VOICE?!?!? (I've always thought he would, cuz a friend of ours, from "his neck o' the woods", DOES!)~~~ I STILL have memories of just drooooling over his "more-is/better" spaces shown in magazines and his books, and of course, his collection of all things dog-related in EACH of the many, TOO-FAB homes he's ever had! (Well "DUH!", coming from ME, huh?!?!). What a highlightfor you in your already interesting career, and as ALWAYS, we lovvve it when you share!!! So, big THANKS and many hugs, kiddo! (And hope you're enjoying your company!)~ Linda

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  19. Me, too please!!! :-) I'd love to win a book by this charming man. :-) - SherylCanadianGirl

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  20. OOPS! Did something wrong here!~~~ ANYHOO, just wanted to ADD that my taste hasn't really "changed" that much over the years (I STILL love anything beautiful and well done!!!), buuuuut my PERSONAL PREFERENCE, for the lifestyle Jim & I enjoy now, is more on the lines of the faaaabulous "cabin/lodge" space you showed... it's just soooooo rustically elegant n' oh-so-comfy, IMHO anyway!!! AND, I so love it that EVERYONE does/prefers "something different", so we can ALL ENJOY the various delicious yummies out there in "designland", that SOOOOO to delight the eye! XOX, Me

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  21. I would love to own this book. Thanks for posting the interview!

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  22. That wonderful rustic room makes my heart flutter! Mr. Faudree's work is truly beautiful, and I really enjoyed reading your interview!

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  23. How exciting for you to get that interview. I love his work and would love to win his new book. Thank you for your beautiful, creative blog.

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  24. Oh, Yes! I'd love to win his book, he's always been a favorite of mine.

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  25. Afternoon, Dear Gollum! I love Charles Faudree and have most of these books you're featuring today! How wonderful you were allowed to interview this wise man! Now I knew I loved him the minute I saw those precious little fuzzy faces of his!! And he also collects little doggies - I do too! Does that mean something?!
    Drop my tiny name in the hat! I'd take a duplicate of what I already have!!

    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  26. Oh, I forgot to say - you've spiffed your blog and it looks awesome!! Good job!
    Be a sweetie again,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. You know my love of all things French Country has me lusting after this new book. I have not had the pleasure of thumbing through it yet but I know it will be filled with wonderful images as his other books are! Please add my name to the hat!

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  28. Great post!!! please sign me up. would love the book....

    Thanks Pat H

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  29. His work is exceptional. It just makes me *sigh* I'd love to have a chance to win his magical book.

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  30. Thanks Gollom for the interesting interview. I would love to own his book. I love his mix of contemporary and classic vintage. Inspired!
    Lisa & Alfie

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  31. Oh, my goodness....thank you so much for this wonderful post. How nice that you met him and talked. I so enjoyed your questions and his answers.
    I would faint, fall over dead and wet myself if I won a beautiful book of his. Would you kindly add me to your list?
    And, many thanks for giving us the chance to win this treasure....
    love, bj

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  32. What a wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Faudree!!! Great questions and I would LOVE to win the book. His work is such an inspiration for anyone, on a big or small budget! Thanks for sharing the interview! Hugs, Pinky

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  33. Great post! I am a big fan. Connie

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  34. I immediately and instinctively copied to my decorating folder the wonderful, chic rustic room. Thanks for letting us be part of the interview. Great job!

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  35. S'il vous plait, I would love a chance to be inspired by this famous designer. Country French is my favorite style!

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  36. Gollum, I just adore that red toile room! I already own the Florals book. I love all of his books. Great interview, and thanks for sharing! puddin07/Connie

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  37. I have avoided blogs for awhile because I get so hooked. I am in school and have to study twice as long as when I was young...but how glad amd I to return to your wonderful sight! Fun to see names I remember from rms. I may be once again addicted! Please add me to your book drawing.

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  38. Oops...I don't think I checked to email comments to...so... if I am so lucky to win. Now you should have my email.

    Thanks again!

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  39. I decided to take a "late" swing through some of my favorites and to my delight see this post.. What an incredible time you must have had with one of the greatest designers I know.. Like so many of the others I have many of his books and pour through them constantly..as you said...they never fail to provide some great eye candy.. would love to add his latest to my collection... How is your project coming along? I'm wondering.. did you get "your" shelf home??? hugs ~lynne~

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  40. Hi Michael, I love, love, love Faudree so just loved hearing his answers to your questions! I've always enjoyed reading/viewing the articles about him over the years in Traditional Home Magazine. I was wondering if you were able to ask any more questions and if there might be a sequel to this post in the future? :-) Susan

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  41. Gollum, What a WONDERFUL posting with my re-introduction to Mr. Faudree. I have admired his work for years and your questions were right on the money. I left an email for him, telling him that YOU are the REASON for my excitement and intro. Put my ticket in the hat...would LOVE one of his books. Thanks Golllum...for inspiring yet once again. Hugs....Lizkid/Janet

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  42. Hello Gollum, Mr Faudree's books and designs are really beautiful, I enjoyed your post and the interview and would love to own his latest book, please add my name to your draw. St Paul looks wonderful, one site called it "the most beautiful village in the world", I am off to do some more research, France is only an hour away and I am sure I could persuade my daughter to join me, bye bye for now, Kathy

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  43. This is all soooo very interesting! Thanks for providing such grand inspiration... Lori

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  44. Thank you for the informative answers from the talented Mr. Faudree. Everyone can learn something regardless of their own style preference. Please enter my name for his book.
    Thanks.
    :-)

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  45. Another great post Gollum, I have seen some of Mr. Faudree's articles in Traditional Home Magazine, but I haven't had the pleasure of owning one of his books. Please add me to your list. Thank you.

    Wow!!! It's been some week of interviews in blogland.

    'D'

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  46. So amazing to get design answers from the "living legend" himself! What an honor it must have been to interview him. Thanks for sharing his insights with us, and for the chance to win his book. Jules:)

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  47. Absolutely beautiful rooms. I love this type of design because it's elegant, but still cozy and homey.

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  48. Great post Gollum. I'd love to be entered to win Mr. Faudree's newest book, and if you're into shelter magazines - pop over to my blog and enter my give-a-way!
    Artie

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  49. Ohh - I love French Country design..but with a bit of Ralph Lauren slotted in as well...and change those pups to Pembroke Welsh Corgi's and you have me all figured out!

    Humm - I collect Royal Copenhagen figurines...as did my Mother and Grandmother. I also collect any porcelin Corgi figurines (under 5 inches)..Waterford Crystal, sterling silver dinner ware and table acces....and my husband swears I collect American Saddlebred Horses...since we have 8!

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  50. I just wanted to pop in and say that 4 books will be given away.
    The book is gorgeous!

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  51. Hi Gollum,
    Count me in for the drawing too!
    Thanks!

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  52. Please enter me in the giveaway. His books have so much to see and lots to help me learn.

    Gretchen
    birdnestcottage.typepad.com

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  53. Gollum- Thanks you for the plug on the "Contentment Therapy"!

    I would love to have my name put in the hat for Mr Faudree's book! Actually I think you should do a drawing for you to come and give your expertise help to one of us! How fun would that be!!!!

    blessings to you!

    mary :)

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  54. Thanks for posting on this great designer! Would love to be lucky enough to win a copy of his latest book....

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  55. My heart almost skipped a beat when he answered St. Paul - until I realized it wasn't Minnesota! Please count me in for the drawing. BTW, I picked up Crazy Ladies from our Border's Books. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, my Mom snatched it up right away. I hoping to get it back in time for my day off on Friday. ~ Robyn

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  56. Gollum....Thank you so much for the interview with one of the 'great ones'...Charles Faudree. Please enter my name into the hat. Would feel like I have hit the 'jackpot' if I was a winner!! Verne [redprosper @RMS]

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  57. So much to learn, so little time.
    Wonderful interview.

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  58. Gollum,

    Yes, please enter me into the drawing. I am a Charles Faudree fan!

    Maggie, Virginia

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  59. Gollum,

    I would love a chance to win Charles Faudree's book. I am a fan!

    Maggie, Virgina

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  60. You had to be excited to do this interview. How exciting.
    Please put my name in your hat of entries for the book.
    thank you,
    blossom

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  61. I found you at Rue's and LOVE this post, and this style. so classic, lasting, and traditional with modern bits. Would love the book!

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  62. Me too! Me too! lol! I want in!

    How fun to have had an interveiw with him! I love that bathroom with the antiqued white vanity...gorgeous! Some day in the near furture I will be doing my master bath and that's the look I want to go for, thanks for showing us these beautiful spaces.


    Buffie ;)

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  63. What a wonderful interview! I would love a chance to win!

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  64. Hello Again,

    It looks like not only My Faudree is popular, but I see his dogs are shown in an ad in the November issue of Tradition Home magazine. His book, 'C.F. Interiors', is also being featured in the book club I belong too. Seems like your interview was very timely Gollum. ;)

    'D'

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  65. Please enter me into your generous drawing.
    Love your blog.
    Ahrisha

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  66. WOW...four chances to win a beautiful book from the master. thanks....leaving on a much needed vacation and will return on 11/16. Hugs to all and talk with you when I return. Going to Mexico for the first time ever and will enjoy taking in the 'flavor'. LIZKID/JANET

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  67. Gorgeous blog, fascinating interview. Lucky you and lucky me to be ablae to read it.

    I love his work and have seen it in Traditional Home and Veranda.

    Would love his book on my coffee table : )

    Bre

    http://chantillygrace.blogspot.com/

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  68. Gorgeous blog, fascinating interview. Lucky you and lucky me to be ablae to read it.

    I love his work and have seen it in Traditional Home and Veranda.

    Would love his book on my coffee table : )

    Bre

    http://chantillygrace.blogspot.com/

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  69. Whew! Sorry I've been MIA lately, but me and the pooter haven't been feeling well. How cool that you got to interview this decor guru!!!!!!!!! Ooh, I just loved that picture of the log house. Gorgeous!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  70. Gollum, Your interview with Charles Faudree with the photos intermixed was a joy to read. I, too, felt the rustic living room speaking home to me. Please add me to your list for a copy of his book! After traveling most of October, I sat down yesterday to catch up on your blog. I knew something was up when I saw people addressing you as "Michael." I found Susan's big reveal, but I haven't seen Buffie's yet. I'm heading to the book store to buy one of your books--any one will do! I was born in the South and lived there until I was married, so I look forward to meeting your heroines. What if you'd never broken your leg? LOL! Fieldstone/Pam

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  71. French Country design, my favorite
    would love to add this to my collection!! Marlene from Cambria

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  72. I would love a chance to win this book - and pour over it!

    ~Madelyn in Alabama
    www.xanga.com/madewyn
    mwing73 at charter dot net

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  73. * GG, don't mean to sound/be "selfish", buuuut, "GG withdrawal" is starting ~ H-E-L-P, plz???* Happy smiles! Linda

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  74. Lovely interview. Please put my name in the hat!

    Allison0704 in Alabama

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  75. Oh please enter me in your give away for Mr. Faudree's books! I'm not familiar with designers but I love French Country and would love to learn more about him. I was hoping he would give away one of his adorable King Charles doggies!

    Tea Cup Lady
    jswyant@yahoo.com

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  76. Oh what a terrific post of your interview!!! How lucky you were to get to talk to him - I'd love to win one of his books!!
    Annie

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  77. I'm a huge fan of his (have been for years) and of those darling Cavaliers. I'd love to win his book.

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  78. I enjoyed he interview and the pictures very much, Gollum. How lucky of you to be able to interview him. Mr. Faudree is just so good and I would love to get a chance to win his book.....Christine

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  79. Thank you for a wonderful interview. I am crossing my fingers.

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  80. Pls count me in, I would love to win his book.

    Thanks,
    kathy :)

    jokaj@comcast.net

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  81. Thanks for the interview with Charles Faudree! His designs are lovely! I would love to have one of his books to look through! Thanks!

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  82. I would love to add one of his books to my collections!

    Thanks

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  83. Is it too late to enter the drawing for the book? I love Mr. Faudree's designs.

    BTW.. thank you for the interview. :-)

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  84. Have enjoyed his different homes featured in Traditional Homes. Perfect taste. Peggy

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  85. I would love to win one of Charles Faudree's books. He is the greatest. Great interview.

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