Good morning, friends! Today, I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit. I’m so sorry that I have been absent for the past two weeks. As soon as the painter’s finished, I had to scurry around to get my house ready to host a surprise party for my Grandmother’s 88th birthday. A few days later, I hosted another party for my sweet Caroline’s 15th birthday. It means so much to me to be near my family again. Family comes first, and it makes me so happy to be able to spend time with them.
Next week, I am so excited to be participating in a Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop. Since I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I have been busy as a bee decorating for the holidays. I’ll have to admit, it has been a lot of fun. Also, I have a couple of changes in the dining room that I can’t wait to share with you. For today, I’m anxious to show you my sunroom. It is a traditional French country space filled with lots of wonderful color, red to be exact. As you know, I love red as much as I do blue.
A couple of weeks ago, I told you about an estate sale I attended. It was a gorgeous home that had been decorated by the late Charles Faudree. It was just like stepping into one of his beautiful design books. Purchasing a couple of items from the sale, I honestly cannot even fathom selling items that Mr. Faudree chose for your home….what treasures!
One of the items I purchased for my sunroom was a red toile loveseat. In my opinion, nothing is more timeless and traditional in French Country design than toile.
This sunroom sits at the end of a long room with cathedral ceilings. The room houses both my kitchen and breakfast area. This particular spot is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and read the morning newspaper.
I would like to find a couple of antique French side tables to place at both ends of the loveseat. For now, these tables will work. They were in my previous home’s bonus room.
The two chairs in the sunroom are Ethan Allen chairs that previously belonged to my in-laws. You may remember, they were in my previous home’s bonus room. They were covered in a dark paisley fabric. I chose this fabric because it matched well to the existing window valances. The valances that came with the house were custom made and would cost a pretty penny to replace. Therefore, I just decided to work with them. I already had the red ottoman and rug. The loveseat was just waiting to perfectly complete the space. If you can believe it, I was fifth in line and had to wait two and a half hours to get it. When I left the sale, there were at least a hundred people waiting in line. Mr. Faudree decorated many homes in this town, and when there are sales featuring his work, people gather by the hundreds to attend. It just goes to show that his look was timeless.
On a side note, I have owned these Staffordshire dogs for a while. At the sale, there wasn’t just a few Staffordshire pieces, there were over fifty pieces! There was also an impressive collection of red transferware and lots of pretty Charles Faudree lamps. If you have studied his designs, you know that the lamps were always gorgeous. I wish I could have taken pictures to share with you. It was just so crowded with people snatching and grabbing things. It was both unbelievable and a little overwhelming.
The photograph below gives you a better look at the valances. These valances are hung throughout the sunroom, breakfast nook, and kitchen. There are lots of windows in this space, and I love the natural light they allow to enter the room.
I have one more item to share with you that I bought at the estate sale. You will see it next week when I show you my dining room decorated for the holidays. Again, I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit, and I hope that you have a happy and blessed day!