Saturday, October 2, 2010

Meeting Charles Faudree + Giveaway

What a fantastic day and a dream come true for me!  Not only is Mr. Faudree the most amazing designer but also the kindest, most charming person you could ever imagine.  If you didn't read my previous post about the event you can read it here.

I arrived early to The Day Of  Design so I could grab a good seat.  Mr. Faudree came out a few minutes later and started making the rounds and introducing himself.  I was lucky enough to spend about five minutes chatting with him about antiques, his dogs and his trips to France.  I can't even begin to tell you what an honor it was to meet this man that I have idolized for so many years.


He did about a one hour presentation with slides of some of the gorgeous rooms he has designed.  I have to tell you that he has an amazing sense of humor and had us all cracking up with his stories. You have all seen his beautiful King Charles Cavaliers in photos. It is so obvious how much he loves his dogs and has even tucked images of them in one of his new fabrics called Toile Cavalier.  Faudree said this home is really the dog's home and they just let him live there!

He not only has the new fabric line but is also working on two new books to be released in about twelve months.  One will be a coffee table book and the other will be named Details and will cover arranging vignettes and displaying your collections.


He told us he has owned twelve homes and says he is now in his FRP...final resting place.  It was a one
room log cabin when he purchased it and he has added a bedroom and a bath.  He showed slides of his home and of course it is fabulous!  He is a man after my own heart.  Faudrees motto's are " It's about the mix and not the match" and  "If it doesn't fit.. force it"!  See why I love him?


During lunch Faudree walked around the room chatting with all of us. I don't think the poor man even got to eat lunch. Later there was a panel with designers from the Symphony Design House and Faudree to answer our design questions.  We then toured the Design House and I'll be back later to post pictures.

I sat at a table directly behind Faudree and without knowing I was sitting with two of his very good friends.  Bob and Kathy are such a sweet couple and they told me stories about Faudree and what a wonderful friend he is. They previously purchased one of Faudree's homes from him as well as some of his furniture. They also became his clients and he completely decorated that home as well as their current home. I know they could tell how excited I was to be there and what a fan I am of Faudree. They graciously invited me to their home in North Virginia to see his design. How fantastic is that? 

I was very hesitant to post the next picture. You see, it was pouring rain when I arrived at the event and my hair is a disaster in this kind of weather!  The only thing I could do was slick it back with bobby pins. So, lets just pretend that my hair is fabulous. Since we are pretending...lets pretend I am 15 years younger and 15 pounds lighter!!  Anybody out there good at Photoshop?



This picture is going on my nightstand!  I wonder what Hubby will think of another mans picture in our bedroom?  He'll be okay with it...he knows how much I love Faudree!

My giveaway ends Sunday at midnight.  If you haven't entered yet click here.

I will be sharing my day at the following parties:
Be Colorful
My Backyard Eden
We Are That Family
Southern In My Heart
My Romantic Home
Have a great weekend.
xoxo
Sherry

33 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, Sherry you look fine and you just enjoyed my dream day. I will just have to live it through you. Darn I wish I lived up there for that. Can't wait to see photos and how neat that you have been invited to tour that other home.

Bonnie said...

So glad you had a great experience. I know you couldn't sleep for the excitement.

I have one of his books and enjoy his features in magazines also. Looking forward to hearing more about the day.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry...

Well my friend, I just had to come over as soon as I seen this post! I could hardly wait to hear how your day and meeting went with Mr.Faudree! Ohhh...I'm still so green with envy! Hehe! Girlfriend, what a fabulous time you had! And...to think that you actually were able to spend time talking with Mr.Faudree! You know, isn't it just delightful to meet someone that is so famous...so talented...and yet, they are down to earth and so charming! I am really impressed! Impressed with Mr. Faudree, more now...than ever before! I'm just tickled pink for you, my friend!!! Ohhh...and I can't wait for his new books to be released! The book about vignettes is definitely on my list!!! Thanks for telling us about them! Ohh..and to think that you were seated at the table with two of Mr.Faudree's good friends...and to get an invitation to their home...to boot! I bet you were just "riding on cloud nine", Sherry!

Girlfriend, you look gorgeous! What an awesome photo! Thank you so much for sharing it with us...as well as your meeting with Mr. Faudree! This has been such a treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a fun day. You do look radiant and sounds like you had a fabulous day. I can't wait to see more pictures. I am so thrilled for you that you had this opportunity. I would love his 2 new books. If you find out for sure when they come out, let us know. Hugs, Marty

Pamela said...

How simply wonderful Sherry! I love his mottos and so need to practice them in my home! I just purchased a small table that I have no idea where to put it. The Hubster wonders why I even got it. I said cause it WILL go somewhere!;) So glad you had such a wonderful day!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Sherry, Charles Faudree is coming to our local Pierre Deux store in two weeks and I hope to be one of the first in line! I agree with you that he is wonderful, talented and inspirational!! Glad you got to meet him! Linda

Shelia said...

Hi Sherry! Oh what a wonderful time you must have had! It's great to know the Mr. is such a nice man!! Now, you look wonderful and I'm sure your hubby will understand about the picture! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Sherry! I think you look fabulous...and happy and excited, as I would be! What a thrill! That man can do no wrong in my eyes! And how fun that you were invited to tour one of his former homes! And absolutley wonderful news...two more books to come! Yaaaay! When I win the lottery, CF will definitely be my decorator! lol Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful day!!! I am so envious. You lucky gal you! And you look great in your picture! I would love his two new books. I will keep my eye out for them! Thank you for sharing your day.
Hugs,
Penny

Sailing Simply said...

How very exciting and wonderful for you. You look wonderful! Glad you had such a great day!

cityfarmer said...

a fun memory to be sure .... I think hubby will understand!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Oh Sherry, I am a huge Charles Faudree fan as well. I named my little lake cabin "The Roost" as well. I'm excited to hear he has two new books coming out. I know you had a fabulous time. I'm a little green with envy. Have a great weekend. Mona

Kristi said...

Sherry, you look wonderful!!! I am SO excited that you met him!! What a wonderful luncheon!! I am so excited about his new books coming out! And how fabulous you sat with his friends!!! Can't wait to see the design house pictures too! :)
Kristi

xinex said...

Nothing wrong with that picture, Sherry. You are beautiful! How exciting to meet and talk to Charles Faudree in person. I am so excited just by reading your post. ..Christine

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

OH SHERRY! This would be a dream come true for me as well. What a fabulous post. A real peek a the real, one and only Mr. Faudree!
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful day with us (ME)!
I love his little sayings, and I so agree! It is about the mix and not the match!
I hope you visit his dear friends and get to tour their home.
You just made my day! And the day is very young!
Yvonne

High Street Cottage said...

What a great experience you had. He seems like a very talented man. Love his suit and tie, very sweet. Sherry thanks so much for stopping by my blog, yours is awesome. tami from the high street cottage

Penny said...

You lucky girl! I think I remember seeing pictures of Faudree's cottage in a magazine. Seems like it was near Highlands NC. He is a talented and, from your description, gracious man. I would put his picture in my bedroom too. You look great in the picture. We are always our own worst critics.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think the sheer happiness on your face should overtake any negative feelings you have about your hair in this picture, Sherry! How wonderful! The friends you sat with at the table are, I think, mentioned in a a magazine article I read about Charles Faudree's homes and work. I wish I could remember which one, but I know it was in the last year.

Debbie said...

Sherry you look wonderful! Very happy:) Looks like a great experience.

Low Tide High Style said...

Sherry what an exciting day you had, and it sounds like you've made some wonderful new friends to boot! It's always wonderful to meet someone you admire face to face, and you look fabulous in that photo!

Kat :)

Rhondi said...

I am so glad you got to have such a wonderful experience. It sounds like quite a day and what a bonus to sit with friends of his and get invited to their home!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sherry, Girl you look just darling my friend and what a fun day you had WOW!! Ok big time envy here girl I'm turning green as I type this ha ha!! OH I entered your give away the other day...Hope your having a GREAT day my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

How fantastic was that day! Sounds like you had a blast and I think you looked great! Great recap!

Decgal's Humble Abode said...

What a fabulous time you must of had with your favorite designer. You looked great, and what a smile you had on you face. Thanks for sharing. Decgal

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Sherry~
What a great post! I am so excited for you that you met Charles Faudree!! How completely exciting! He is one of my idols too! You look gorgeous btw- I would be putting that in a frame if it was me too! :)

Lindy said...

I think I would give my eye tooth.....

moondiva said...

I'm too late for the giveaway...just wanted to say congrats on your dream day. I love him too.

Deborah and the furry gang in OK

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Sherry, I think I may have fainted if I had my photo taken with Charles Faudree!! I saved the pages from Traditional Home that featured his log cabin years ago, and I still look at them from time to time. It's just dreamy. And I don't know what you're talking about, your picture looks great! Congratulations on having such a special experience.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

I'm late reading this wonderful post, but so glad I didn't miss it. Your day sounded wonderful and it seems like one of those occasions that was "just meant to be" for you! By the way, the happiness on your face in the picture makes it an absolutely beautiful picture of you!
Susan

Becolorful said...

Sherry,
Now this is why I read blogs. This name was totally unfamiliar to me but now I can't wait to see his books and when I finish here I will go google him. :)
Thanks for linking this to Motivated Monday at Becolorful.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
Pam

Hartwood Roses said...

What a wonderful day!!! You must have had so much fun ... and taking a photo with Charles Faudree! I hope someone pinched you, just to be sure you weren't dreaming.

for the love of a house said...

Hi Sherry! I am late to the party, but am so excited to read of your fabulous day! I have admired Charles for so many years- I can only imagine how wonderful it was to hear him speak! His love for his dogs only endears him to me more! Thank you for sharing your day with us!
Lucky you!!

joan

lvroftiques said...

Sherry I don't know how I could've possibly missed this post given my sickness for Charles Faudree! Lol! Girl it's a good thing I love ya or I'd really have to hate you! You lucky durn ducky! I'd have that picture in an antique french ormolu frame with a vase of fresh flowers next to it at all times! (Too bad hubby baby, that's just the way it goes *winks*) haha! And btw you looked great.....grrrrrrr....Vanna