Monday, September 12, 2011

Give Away: Charles Faudree Details

 Tablescape - "The sophistication of crystal lamps, silver frames and orchids is a pleasing contrast to the antique French farm table...."

 Do I ever turn down an opportunity to review a new design book? Absolutely NOT!  Especially when the book is the newest by one of America's top 100 designers, Charles Faudree. Mr. Faudree's work has been published in Veranda, House Beautiful, Southern Accents (how we miss you!), Traditional Home to name but a few. 

This is not Mr. Faudree's first time around the book publishing block. His other books include the most recent Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree's Country French Florals and Interiors, Charles Faudree's Country French Living, and Charles Faudree's French Country Signature. For any of you that are French Country design lovers and even those of you who just like great design, click on over. He is a master. 

Charles Faudree has been creating beautiful interiors for 4 decades throughout the United States and Europe. He is even now in the process of designing a residence in Abu Dhabi. He also has created a line of fabrics for Vervain (which you can find on the Vervain website HERE) and maintains a retail location for antiques and interior design in Tulsa Oklahoma.

So on with the new book's "Details"........

This newest book by Mr. Faudree is all about those details:

  Charles Faudree Details , by Charles Faudree with Francesanne Tucker

As he says, " Details may seem like a small subject, but these finishing accessories are by far the most important part of decorating. People's lives are expressed by the little details. They give a room its soul." Amen! The rooms I see in magazines that are the most successful in my opinion, are the rooms that above all else, show the character, interests and loves of the inhabitant. 

".....the details of a room create its identity. The accessories we display, their color and texture, abundance or restraint, similarity or variety, combine to establish a unique personality for each room. The way we put them together is art. It's what it's all about." Hitting the nail on the head, I say.

Wall Decorations - "A wonderful collection of green majolica complements the antique Black Forest mirror..."
Charles Faudree Details is not only a beautifully turned out book with gorgeous full bleed photos by Jenifer Jordan, it is organized in a way that makes it a wonderful reference. Each chapter takes on another area where details can be arranged to make a room sing: Tablescapes, Wall Decorations, Mantels, Fabrics and Lighting.

Wall Decorations - I think this wall shelving display of white everyday dishes is just beautiful...charming and useful. And I did notice the very small depth of the base cabinet...perfect for a small space!
In each section, Mr. Faudreee takes us by the hand and shows us why each item is chosen and placed the way it is. For Tablescapes scale, contrast, color and balance all play a part. But even then there is no particular formula. Experimentation is the key. Mr Faidree does place an emphasis on adding flowers to any tablescape. Even one bud will add a bit of life to a room. Wall Decorations include not only art and mirrors, but shelving and accessory display on the shelves. The one thing Mr. Faudree emphasizes is that pedigree is not important, but "the emotional response it creates". 

Fabrics - The serene blues of the color palette and the cheerful animals on the pillows.... and on the sofa, ahem..... are the perfect reflection of this lakeside cabin
 Fabrics are as important as furniture for Mr. Faudree. "You can buy fabulous antiques, but without the magic of the right fabrics to compliment them, you've compromised their impact." Whether it is a mix of patterns or a cleaner look like the one above, Mr. Faudree creates magic. 

Mr. Faudree also gives us hints about how to light any room. From candle and firelight to the proper use of can lighting....he expresses his thoughts. Sconces, Chandeliers, table lamps and task lighting can all be functional as well as an enhancement to the decoration of a room. It is always a pleasure to learn why a designer makes the choices they do.

Mantels are also a place where character can show itself. The fireplace is always a focal point, and what's above can make or break a room. Mr. Faudree leads us through an array of beautiful rooms and explains why each mantel has been successfully composed.

Lighting - A wonderful Lantern paired with crystal candelabras are perfect for this entry table
I think you will enjoy this newest in the Charles Faudree collection of books as much as I do. To make sure you have a chance to own it for yourselves, the publisher, Gibbs Smith has kindly offered a copy for one lucky winner!

To enter this 

 Charles Faudree Details

Simply follow directions:
1) Hop on over to the Gibbs Smith website and take a moment to look around. See the facebook link? Go ahead and "friend" them.
2) Click on the "comment" link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts about the the snippet you have seen so far!
3) Make sure I can contact you by including an email address, or make sure your username has a link to a contact email.
4) The Cut Off date to enter is September 25th at 5:00PM PST. I will announce the winner the next day, September 26th!

Good Luck and Happy reading!


anita said...

This book looks fabulous!
I love all the white dishes on the shelves.

Karena said...

Katie I would love this book of course!! Faudree is so iconic in the design world!


Art by Karena

Karena said...

I Like Gibbs Smith on Facebook as well!


Art by Karena

Cindy White said...

Would love to read his whole section on "Wall Decorations".

cheryl said...

I would love to own this book! No facebook page for me so I can't friend, hope that doesn't disqualify me.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Would love to add this new one to my CF collection! I love his style and his love for displaying collections.

No minimalist there, and that's what I love about him,
He is a genius at artfully arranging antiques and collectibles in groupings.

Thanks for offering this lovely book as a giveaway Katie!


Jill Valeri said...

I had no idea that Gibbs Smith is responsible for some of my most coveted design books. In a book like "Details: I feel like I can absorb so much knowledge by studying his artful way of achieving balance and contrast.

MaryAnne said...

Thanks for bringing a great resource to our attention. Beautiful book - lovely design, and a new Facebook friend to boot.

Thanks Katie,
Mary Anne

mary said...

Charle Faudree is one of my longstanding design heros. The truth is that we all need help with "The Details"--his rooms are always filled with great life-giving energy. This is a super review and it is making my mouth water. Needless to say, I would love this book, also. Thanks so much, Katie. Mary

Splendid Sass said...

Lovely book. Liked on Facebook!
I love the vermillion on the front, and his designs are gorgeous.
Put my name in the hat, Katie!

kelleyp said...

i don't FB, however i LOVE the first picture. amazing balance and that art is stunning.

Hill Country House Girl said...

I LOVE so many of these images. The one of the old farm table mixed with the abstract painting and everything else, the one with the dog and the deer pillows and boat painting..... oh! just love them! I had to PIN them so I can refer back to them. Thanks for sharing!!

lulu said...

I love all the details, especially
the artwork. The tablescape is my
favorite. Wonderful giveaway!!

Z Baker said...

As usual Charles Faudree has out done even himself. This book along with his others give us a glimpse into his world. What I appreciate most is that fact that one of his greatest ways to make a house a home is to fill it with the animals he loves. Our Cavaliers truly make our home.

Thanks for the preview Katie.


ArchitectDesign™ said...

GREAT -count me in!

Kim Barnett said...

I like his use of symmetry in the photos you displayed. Not everything is a mirror image of itself. It's close enough to please my mind and different enough to remain really interesting. I liked Gibbs Smith on FB as well. Thank you for the great giveaway!

My Notting Hill said...

I have his book Interiors and love it. His new book looks wonderful too!

Anna (A Newfound Treasure) said...

Whoa! This book looks awesome! The art is to die for! That 1st photo is jaw-dropping.

The Devoted Classicist said...

I may be the only Katiedid fan who has never read a Charles Faudree book. But it's never too late to start, right?

Three Pink Dots said...

I grew up with 'Charles' as a househould name when referencing decor. I am from Tulsa, and my grandmother actually works for him part time, still! He is a master at his technique. Such a small world! All of his books are great. If anyone would like an autogrpahed copy, let me know.


Vickie H. said...

Please count me infor this delish giveaway! I love love love CF!!!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a good read - thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Charles once yelled at me in a grocery store, but I do like his design ability.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love Charles Fauddree. He is one of my favorite designers. I am going to have to get this book. I have all of his other books. I have been wanting to post about him. Thanks

Megs723 said...

This is all so timeless and classic - yet with a character I can't quite put my finger on. I love it!!

Mary Kay Andrews said...

Love Charles Faudree's work and have a couple of his earlier books in my library. Would love to add this one!

Blue Muse said...

I am such a details person, I am going to have to go and and get this book either way. The details are where all the character is, for sure. I am really interested in what he does with and has to say about mantles... mine never look just how I want them. :/
Wonderful giveaway. Good luck to all!
xo isa

Chlvie said...

I have heard nothing but great things about this book. Absolutely would love to add it to my collecton! Heading on over to take a look around and making a new friend on facebook.


Jen Jen Qld said...

I love Charles Faudree's work; he can make a simple collection of plates look magnificent!

Michele from Boston said...

Hi Katie- Would love to get a free copy of this new book. I've been an admirer for ages! And yes, include my deep sigh over still missing Southern Accents magazine. Best- M.

linds said...

Lovely pics. Looks like a book to pour over and learn from. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

theLENNOXX said...

Hi Katie! I just found your amazing blog, and I was so excited to land right on this fantastic giveaway! LOVE the first vignette you posted, it's perfection.

xox Linda

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh count me in!
I love Charles.

Chadder & Co. USA said...

We absolutely love Charles Faudree's work. We have really enjoyed reading your blog, Katie and will continue to do so! We have also recommended you to a few clients.