Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

For this week’s weekly design inspiration, I am inspired by Charles Faudree’s Christmas cabin.  I really love his style and wish he were still around.

Photos Jennifer Jordan, Captions Kristine Kennedy, by Traditional Home.

Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

Designer Charles Faudree replaced a stone fireplace with a Louis XVI mantelpiece and matching side cupboards. The focus of the mantel’s winter scene is an 18th-century, hand-carved wooden horse and carriage.  Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

Only a rafters-high Christmas tree could compete with the “big room’s” 18th-century Belgian Verdure tapestry. Nicholas, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, and the cabin’s top dog, remains unimpressed.  Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

The 19th-century French country chaise longue in a casual ticking stripe offers fine views of Spring Creek.  Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

A 19th-century Swedish secretary from the Gustavian period displays a French tureen and fits easily into the cabin’s country spirit. Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

Charles created his own old-world kitchen with walls of open shelving for his many collections, including Staffordshire chickens and a mixture of blue-and-white porcelain made in China, England, and Spain.  The 19th-century Napoleon III tole tray features a charming winter scene. Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

Wallpaper that mimics barn siding is a rustic backdrop for framed tiles and pewter pieces. Staffordshire chicken lamps, on a 19th-century pine buffet, flank a still life from the 1800s. Louis XVI chairs are covered in a small-scale country print.  Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

Above the mantel, a garland of greens, fresh eucalyptus, berries, and miniature apples and pears surrounds a child’s portrait from the Louis XV period.

Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

Nicholas enjoys a snooze on the grand circa-1800 Edwardian bed. Charles added the iron tester so canopy panels could hide the original log cabin’s front door, behind the headboard. Swedish checks and stripes from the rest of the house are carried into the room, but the blues are darker in deference to the log walls.  Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

The master bedroom is an appropriate setting for a vintage portrait of a British soldier. To the right of the original stone fireplace is a toile-covered wing chair from Charles’s custom furniture line. The horn chair at left is an English antique.  Charles Faudree French Country Christmas

The guest bathroom’s zinc tub is 18th-century French. Tulsa artist Janet Davie painted the vanity—an antique chest—in the Swedish style. The painted motifs she created echo the curves within the blue squirrel-print wallpaper.

Read the entire article here.  Really a lovely article with even more pictures!


  1. December 11, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I love French style and Charles was one of my favorite designers as well. I never saw his Christmas style!

    • December 14, 2017 / 11:45 am

      I adore his style too!

  2. Alice Genzlinget
    December 11, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Faudree was my favorite designer and I truly miss him. I saved every magazine he was featured in and have many of his books. Thanks for showing some of his work. He was wonderful!

    • December 14, 2017 / 11:46 am

      I miss his style too! I had never seen his Christmas style so I had to share it!

  3. December 11, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    Always inspired by Charles Faudree’s design. I could live in that house forever.

    • December 14, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Me too!

  4. Queen of antiques
    December 12, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Timeless decorating. A lesson for us all. His decorations seem to be centered on a them of fine greenery—again classic. But then I spy some fun whimsical stockings!!

    • December 14, 2017 / 11:47 am

      I have noticed the designer greats seem to stick to classic greenery for their decor