Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Moodboard Monday - Black and White

Good morning, everyone - and happy new year.  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday and are all rested and ready for the new year.

According to the current issue of Veranda magazine, black and white is the 'mood of the moment'!

As I am not typically a 'black and white' lover when it comes to interiors and decor, it surprised me a little.  However, as I began to research and pay more attention to the color scheme, I realized it is a very hot commodity right now.  So much black and white!!  Everywhere!

One of the pins I have posted here was pinned over 4,000 times......I don't recall seeing any other pin shared so many times.  There were black and white baby showers (not your typical baby colors, but abundant), weddings, candy - you name it - I could go on and on.

The interiors shots I've included are mostly contemporary designs with Wendy Valliere's own bedroom and bath being the most traditional of the lot.

For this moodboard, I've chosen a few of my favorites in art, interiors, fashion, jewelry, stunning designs in cakes, adorable dogs and quotes........all very appealing (and some downright beautiful) for the person who enjoys this monochromatic look.  So nice, in fact, it may inspire some to see black and white from a completely different point of view and inspire others to incorporate the scheme in a whole new way into their own homes and lives.  So, whether it inspires you or simply gives you a few moments of pleasure perusing the images, it is worth checking out.

I know it has gotten my attention!




Kelly Wearstler


Crane Concept


Planete Deco



Intercontinental Montreal

HG Sphere


My Domaine


Wendy Valliere

Wendy Valliere

Kelly Wearstler


My Domaine

Design Sponge



The Decorista

Top Dreamer

Christophe Josse

Anthony Price
Victoria & Albert Museum



Roger Vivier


Paolo Brussino




Andreas Lie


Vogue 1950

A Gentle Woman

Hushed Commotion

The Fullerview Tumblr

Friday, December 11, 2015

Merry Christmas to All!

Good morning, Everyone!

It looks like I am going to have to stop posting a few days before I had anticipated.  It seems I am running out of time to complete all that has to be done before our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren arrive next week.  A busy time ahead, but can't wait for their arrival.

Thank you all for all your kinds words, support and appreciation over the past year!  I am very grateful for all of it!

Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and peace, prosperity and good health to each of you in the New Year!

Best wishes,


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

French Country Christmas at the Cabin

Hi there,

I wanted to share this wonderful weekend home of the late Charles Faudree with you even though I know it's been seen before.  It's so perfect and cozy for Christmas, it's worth repeating.  And for those of you who haven't seen it before, it's an absolute treat.

This was an old, rundown cabin that became available for sale near Charles' previous cabin.  It wasn't selling as it was in such terrible condition no one was willing to take on the problems involved in updating.  However, once Charles looked at it and realized its potential, he bought it.  Once in his possession, and after a year of renovations under his careful eye, the cabin became the charmer you see below.

His detail is impeccable and his collections one of a kind.  

And now that he is no longer with us, we can only appreciate his wonderful work from the past......

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

This foyer was once the 4th bedroom of the cabin.  The cabin didn't even have a front door, so Charles added the door and foyer.  Notice the planked and beamed ceilings and rustic flooring accessorized with his beautiful French antiques.

Such simple details, but perfect results.....

This was called the 'big room' with a raised, planked ceiling and a 12' tree covered with hundreds of Victorian glass ornaments.  Charles bumped the back of this room out another 10 feet.  Notice the dutch door.

The 'big room' fireplace with the white distressed Swedish look furniture.

The view from one of the four floor to ceiling windows Charles added in the 'big room'.

How can you go wrong with blue and white stripes and gingham....

The dining end of the kitchen with wallpaper mimicing barn siding.  The ceiling was formerly a fence from Charles' previous home.  Staffordshire chicken lamps on a 19th century pine buffet.

The kitchen accessorized with Charles' blue and white collection and a 19th century tole tray featuring a winter scene.

The master bedroom with the original log walls and ceiling...again with his blue and white fabrics and quilt.....gorgeous!  He originally planned to paint the logs white to have continuity throughout the house (as he usually recommends), but after living with the dark walls one winter, he realized they had to remain cozy.

The master bedroom stone fireplace and antler chair.

Small but striking....

And I am adding this guest room of Charles' although I am not exactly sure if it was in this cabin or one of his previous cabins.....wherever it was, it is certainly too special to omit from this post on a Christmas cabin.