Charles Faudre outdid himself in this gorgeous Cashiers, North Carolina mountain lodge.

Charles Faudre loved Cashiers, North Carolina and he completed a number of stunning cabin projects there before he died in 2013, including this stunning mountain house.

I've always loved Charles Faudre's charming designs.  There's so much to see in every house he designed--the detail, whimsy, color and pattern is always so intricate and developed.  French country inspired, most of his projects were city and suburban projects.  But, it's in his inspired work in Cashiers that he was able to combine his emphasis on French decor with cabin style.

In all of his work, Faudre mixed quality antiques, perfect scale and placement along with elegant fabrics to create a look that is comfortable, inviting and beautiful all together.  In fact, even his mountain rooms are very refined, but they also manage to have just enough rustic to make them feel absolutely appropriate for the country.

As always, Faudre's accessories are perfect, from the majolica, the design books, the cut crystal vase, bronze sculpture, Black Forest carvings and gorgeous oil paintings.  Once again, a beautiful refined fabric is contrasted with the rustic and placed right in front of a fabulous bark-on twig staircase banister.  

Above, killer corner cupboards, beautifully crafted curtains and wing chairs...a lovely blue and white collection...cashmere plaid and leather dining chairs.  All this elegance is placed in a room with rough-sawn log walls and chinking.  To further the contrast, Faudre added a rustic moose antler chandelier.  Are we in the Appalachians or in Provence?   

Again, every detail in this delightful kitchen by Faudre's is so very perfect.  Faudre has found what is probably one of the best French butcher blocks ever, but he doesn't stop there.  He loads it up with old copper, Spode transfer-ware, Black Forest, oil paintings and majolica.  And it all comes together perfectly!  He really was a master at arranging collections and mixed accessories together.  Again in the kitchen, another beautiful fabric.  This one is upholstered onto painted and aged country-rustic chairs with big round rustic nail heads.  Beautiful!  It's all in the details, and the layers, and more details.


Faudre has a love for French antiques, and here in Cashiers, he demonstrates how beautifully French furniture works in rustic mountain homes.  You don't see a lot of wallpaper in rustic homes, but above is a great example of just how effective it can be.  I find clients are so afraid of both wallpaper and curtains.  Why?

Above, country French trumeau mirrors and chests for night stands.  Rich, beautiful fabrics subtly mixed together.  A gorgeous upholstered headboard.  Faudre does seem to like prints with leaves as well as plaids and he mixes them together expertly.

Handsome, but soft, above.  More French antique furnishings.

Above, an absolutely perfectly selected and displayed collection of blue and white with candlesticks on a charming old French chest.

This porch is so perfectly kitted out you almost don't even need the rest of the house!  Why would you ever leave it?

A porch swing!  Don't you just love a porch swing?  And what a wonderful shape this one has. Faudre adds rustic red painted rustic twig chairs and yet places velvet leopard upholstered cushions on them! Beautiful old French antique pots co-exist with a rusty tin bucket full of hydrangeas.  On paper it sounds like such an odd combination... and yet, in his deft hands, it works perfectly.

A truly lovely home...

and a lovely man.  I have all his books and I really admire every project he worked on.   

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