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Charles Faudree's Country French Living Hardcover – November 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; First Edition edition (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586857158
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Though it's rare for Tulsa and Paris to be mentioned in the same breath, interior decorator Faudree (Charles Faudree's French Country Signature) has made a handsome living by bringing a bit of the French to the Midwest. Famed for his Parisian buying trips, where he negotiates with flea market vendors using a pen and paper, Faudree confides "a signature piece doesn't have to be expensive. You can get the look without the seventeenth-century armoire." The look the designer refers to is typified by floor-sweeping silk draperies and overstuffed chairs upholstered in merrily patterned fabrics long on luxury. Faudree's obsession with textiles is evident on every page, and far from simply focusing on predictable pastoral-themed toile to recreate the charm of French country cottages, his experiments with dragon-fly prints, check patterns and rich golden embellishments have formed his signature style. A testament to the author's knack for gilt-edged comfort (including the liberal use of painted furniture, ornate mirrors and pottery displays), this book, and Faudree as an unpretentious guide, will please readers looking to spruce up their maisons.
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As one of America's top 100 designers, Charles Faudree's interpretation of Country French style has national and international appeal: his clients live throughout the United States as well as in Spain and most recently Barbados. Charles Faudree's Country French Living features his newest room designs. From the entryway to living spaces and private spaces, rooms for entertaining and outdoor spaces, Charles teaches principles of design that make a house a Country French home.

In the luxurious examples here, Faudree shows how to identify a pivotal fabric, a dominant color, or one magnificent antique that will dictate the style and design for a whole room. He turns a private space into a soothing sanctuary, and he brings order and balance to a room with symmetrical groupings that lend formality without stuffiness.

Jenifer Jordan's exquisite photography captures the very essence of Charles Faudree's design sensibility, unfailingly evident in the details--pillows, paintings, books and myriad collections--that finish a room and provide the charm and character so important in a well-designed Country French setting.


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Customer Reviews

Charles Faudree is a true master of his art.
Mysti Cal
A beautiful book with wonderful pictures, worthy of collecting or displaying on your coffee table.
R.Bridge
If you like French country décor, you will like this.
Marie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Atlanta Belle on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you love Country French that is not pretentious, but still elegant, this is the book for you. This is the second of Charles Faudree's design books that I have purchased. The pictures are incredible, and his attention to detail is amazing. He certainly has a gift and I wish that I could afford for him to help me with my house. Especially if that involved traveling with him to the French Market or to the Portobello Market in Notting Hill. Instead, I will use his pictures as a guide. I hope that this book is not his last!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Designer Wannabe on February 24, 2006
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Mr. Faudree has knocked another one out of the park with his follow-up book to Country French Design. His high style seems to have calmed down somewhat and isn't quite as "over the top" as it was in his first book. I could literally step through the pages and take residence in any of the rooms featured.

If I had a complaint, it would be that the captions didn't maintain much of a narrative regarding the rooms depicted, but basically listed material resources.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Judy C. Davis on June 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Charles Faudree's style is "Comfortable French" Anyone could live in his rooms. They have a touch of elegance without being stiff or too formal. They are like that favorite outfit that you have had for years and years and still love to wear. This book is full of great pictures so you can see exactly what he means when he talks about French Country Style.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mysti Cal on February 18, 2006
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He does it again! And I hope he keeps putting out these gorgeous books! Charles Faudree is a true master of his art. Thank goodness the rest of us can see his work published and keep being inspired and moved by his work. I love his philosophy of "it's in the mix, not the match". I don't believe you have to be a Francophile to appreciate and enjoy this book....it is for anyone who enjoys great beauty!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Carrier on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book on Country French decorating. One of the best I've seen.

I am always impressed with how Charles Faudree mixes and matches accessories in his decor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Leist on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Loved the book. Had beautiful pictures and great display of the French country style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sherrill on December 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first discovered Charles while touring the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma (my Mother's home state) and the decor was FAB. I just had to find out who the decorator was and then I discovered his two books on french ideas. So wonderful and they are now in my library. The photographs are so inspiring and have given me ideas on how to move things around. Wish I could afford to hire him!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gale on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you love french decorating, this will definitely become your FAVORITE ALL-TIME BOOK! I cannot tell you how many times I have sat mesmerized by each and every photo and word in this book. It is french decorating with that wonderful lived-in, yet gorgeous, look. I own dozens and dozens and dozens of decorating and design books...and this always remains my favorite. The photography of the rooms, the paper and the saturation of the colors on the page are all done to perfection. Charles Faudree's style is the essence of french decorating and design.
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