Anyone who adores French Country Design is familiar with the world’s most famous and beloved French Country Designer, the late Mr. Charles Faudree. I never had the privilege of knowing him, but have spent countless hours poring over the pages of his beautiful books studying every detail of his breathtaking designs. Each room possessed a timeless charm with a beautiful mix of fabrics and colors and special treasures displayed as accessories. Every detail played upon the other creating the most flawless look. Living spaces were made to appear warm and inviting while maintaining a sense of beauty and elegance. For a girl, who is a true sentimentalist to a fault, his designs just spoke to me and still do.
Last week, I received an advertisement from Estate Sales by Allen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It advertised a warehouse estate sale containing some of Mr. Charles Faudree’s personal items. As I was looking through the sale pictures, I noticed a beautiful French pastry table. Oh, how I have been wanting one for a long time, let alone one that was in the home of the legendary Mr. Charles Faudree.
I called my husband and told him about the sale. He told me that he would buy me the table as an early birthday present. I said, “That is crazy! There is no way that you are going leave this house early in the morning and drive two hours for a table.” He said, “I am determined, and you are going to have that French pastry table.” Being a man on a mission, the next morning, he left the house at 4:00 am and made it to Tulsa by 6:00 am. Lo and behold, he was the first person in line. He stood in line for four hours so that I would have that French Pastry Table. That is true love, most definitely true love.
While my husband was at the sale, as an extra surprise, he purchased a beautiful rooster lamp that was also in Charles’ home. He also visited with the delightful owner of the estate sale, Mr. Allen Hynes. He told my husband that he knew Charles for many years. He spoke of Mr. Faudree in the fondest manner. You see, Charles was not only a talented designer, but a kind, thoughtful, and giving man. He was well known for his charitable work in the Tulsa community.
For several years, I have admired Mr. Charles Faudree’s beautiful works from afar. I am just a girl from a small town in Oklahoma. I am beyond belief that I own two items from his personal collection. I only hope that, in my home, I will do his beautiful things justice. I will always treasure these items not only because they belonged to my favorite designer, but also because they came from the love of my life, my husband. I am truly a blessed girl.
I placed my French pastry table in the breakfast area of the kitchen.
This is a close up of the iron and brass workings that make up the base of the table. The top of the table is white marble.
This is the beautiful rooster lamp. I love the colors and gorgeous lampshade.
I arranged some of my blue and white plates around an “aged” looking mirror that I already had in the area.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m so glad that I was able to share this special story with you. I hope that you have a blessed Monday.