What's wonderful about French art and design is that is so easy to integrate into one's own home- whether it be through furniture, decor, food or the garden. There are endless sources for vintage and new French pieces. My introduction to livable French design was through the books of Charles Faudree, a fabulous interior designer known all over the world who was based in Tulsa, OK.
Faudree was a master at incorporating high and low pieces, comfortable and formal, clutter without being messy; all assembled with beautiful French precision and symmetry that created a look that was personal and livable and not at all staged or contrived.
His books are available on Amazon and each one has it's own flavor, and each one as gorgeous as the others:
|This was his first book and my all time favorite! (Amazon Stock Photo)|
|Another Favorite, "Details" I believe this may have been his fourth or fifth book|
(Amazon Stock Photo)
|This was the last book of Charles Faudree interiors that was written by Jenifer Jordan, after Charles Faudree passed away. Jordan is photographer that worked with Faudree on his previous books. (Amazon Stock Photo)|
It was such a fun process designing the frames and working with a great carpenter and then seeing my vision of an updated 18th century inspired trumeau come to life! Of course nothing can touch the old ones- not only are they crazy expensive, but replicating the ornate carvings, the patinas and the large scale of those is not something that is easily accomplished : )
|My "Chateau Trumeau" by candlelight|
My Pagoda Trumeau with a grouping of small mirrors
I have been to France only once but can't wait to go back and take in more of its beauty. The architecture is some of the prettiest in Europe- It ranges from elegant and imposing to humble and quaint. All of it is lovely.
Here are a few snaps form my 2007 trip to Paris and the Loire Valley. You can see the range of architectural styles:
|Ultimate Paris Gothic beauty: Notre Dame Cathedral|
Look at those spires and flying buttresses- so gorgeous!