Sunday, January 13, 2013

Who & What Inspires Me

I am often asked where I draw my inspirations from. 
What books do I love and come back to over and over again for that burst of inspiration
 when I am feeling like I can't find my decorating mojo.
Yeah, it happens to everyone.

When you just can't find that inspiration for a project
or have that vision in your mind for how you want something to turn out.
I am fairly busy-busy  for the next couple of days over here~  I won't be getting any projects done to share right away and so I thought that I would share a few things that inspire me 
and a couple designers who are my go-to inspirations

Charles Faudree.

Yes, the KING of French Country design
I never met a Charles Faudree design I didn't like.
 ;)


(all photos courtesy of House Beautiful & my own Charles Faudree books)


The red checked settee at the foot of my bed was inspired by him.
I found it in a red velvet that was dingy and dirty and faded...
 but instantly loved the carved frame and size and had re-covered
in that bold scaled buffalo check in my mind before I even bought it.

I have always loved red- it is probably my favorite color. 
Well, next to white, faded French blues, apple greens, black and yellows. 
Okay....
Red is ONE of my favorite colors.
:)

I use it everywhere in my house. 
Touches of red in the kitchen with the transferware.
Red needlepoint pillows.
A red floral rug in the office.
The red toile wallpaper in my bathroom.
Love love love romantic touches of red.

I also love florals, toiles and original painted furniture with gilded details.


along with rich dark woods with that gorgeous patina and lots of patterns playing together.

I basically love it all.
:)

Another inspiration for me~
the fantastic and always inspiring
Rachel Ashwell.


(I met Rachel at ROTP about two years ago)

Is it strange that I am also immensely inspired by Rachel Ashwell and the shabby rumpled linens, 
white and pastel palette and chipping painted furniture?
:)
I think that's where the 'Cottage' comes in. 
If I lived in a more formal house with very formal rooms- 
I think the 'cottage' elements might be limited to just a few well chosen pieces. 
But our house with it's planked wood walls, old construction and vintage living layout~
the shabby look fits perfectly.

(photo credits Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic )

I love love love shabby, comfortable, crinkly, wrinkly linens and slipcovers.
 They look like they are ready to plop down on and put your feet up.


At the same time, I love dainty delicate intricately upholstered settees and french chairs.  
I guess it depends on the whim and feeling I am looking for in my room at the time. 
I actually moved a gorgeous expensive settee out to the guest cottage in favor of  2 very affordable slipcovered shabby sofas in the house.

 For now-
 they fit the relaxed feeling and the need to wash and dry those slipcovers constantly 
because I have kids and animals and live in the country and 'live' in the 
living room in winter next to the big fireplace.
Though it's only a matter of time before that settee will come back in.
 ;)


 My dining room chairs are similar to Rachels famous and beloved Darcy chair
as are the ones in my office and bedroom.


 I love romantic decoration and lots of pretty pink flowers-
 roses, lilacs, cottage blooms of any kind.
Though I don't usually decorate with very much pink in my rooms other than
a few small elements and flowers.
It's just not me.


I do have some fabrics and pillows that have pink in their patterns to use for specific looks or styling though- and will break them out if the occasion justifies it- but truth be told-
 I am much more drawn to blues and greens than pinks
and those pink accents will stay stored away until they are needed.


So that's just a little bit about 2 of my biggest inspirations for my rooms and style. 
Who inspires you?








28 comments:

  1. Charles Faudree is definitely my favorite as you know. I certainly love red and love your settee. I was very surprised to find your spread in the Romantic Country magazine today at the grocery store. I had to buy a copy. Congrats!!

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  2. You know, Courtney, I love both styles, too. This house does not really accommodate Rachel A's style but I do love it. Faudree has always been an inspiration to me-He has a timeless quality to his work and applies his style perfectly. xo Diana

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  3. I love love LOVE Charles Faudree and a lot of my inspiration came from his books (Along with Betty Lou Phillips) and I love Rachel Ashwell too! Love your home and I have the same red buffalo check in my keeping room! :)
    Kristi

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  4. I love both of those designers as well Courtney. I could spend hours looking thru their books. You do such a great job combining the two in your home.I am trying to achieve that myself slowly but surely.

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  5. Hello, it's nice to see where your inspiration comes from, and just like you, I am also inspired by Rachel Ashwell but not always use pink around the house, except in my daughter's bedroom. I absolutely love the shabby, crinkle, wrinkle look of soft fabrics, but I'm always leaning towards the farmhouse look. Wish you a wonderful week! ~ Vanessa

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  6. Enjoyed the beautiful rooms! Love anything French.

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  7. I'm French and leaving in small house in PARIS, and I love Rachel Ashwell'style because of his apparent simplicity. After en english romantic periode my house is a work in progress to more white and light pink.
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  8. I just love these pictures! Gorgeous designs!!! Thanks for sharing your inspiration..it's so inspiring for me as well! =)

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  10. che meraviglia questi ambienti, bellissime le foto

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  11. Charles, and Rachel are great. I've drawn inspiration from them as well. I read both their books years ago, and got lost in them. I can see the influence in your design.

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  12. Love your post Courtney!
    Hmmm....I am getting a feel for Country French...I guess that what I thought was Country French is more Shabby Chic.
    Country French is more formal than I had supposed it was.
    I obviously need to learn from the Masters instead of people who may or may NOT know what they are talking about!
    Have a great week and good luck with your projects....
    Betsy

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  13. It's so neat to see how your inspirations translate into reality in your own home Courtney!! I agree with you that "I've never met a Charles Faudree design I didn't love" either! :-)
    Vanessa

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  14. Oh my, i love it all, especially the red, just bought new sofa in grayish blue so am looking for florals, plaids to go with...suek

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  15. Me too! I LOVE Charles Faudree and the most prominent color in my home is RED because it makes me smile..Anything French Country, I positively ADORE!!

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  16. You do an awesome job, Courtney, of translating what inspires you into something GORGEOUS, always.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  17. A very interesting post. I like William Morris designs, and they go well with our Craftsman-style bungalow that was built in 1920.

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  18. I too saw your magazine spread in Romantic Country. I thought, "I know that house!" and as I read on I realized why. You are most deserving and I predict there will be other. Beautiful work.

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  19. One word - YOU! You inspire me :):)! Yes you are up there with Rachel and Charles! Thanks for a wonderful post!
    Susan

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  20. Hi Courtney!!!

    What a beautiful post today!!! You know how much I love pink and to see it show up in the rooms gave me so many ideas. The vanity with the pink chair was my favorite!!

    I can't wait to see what you'll do next. You have a beautiful talent of your own that comes from the heart.

    Have a great week!!

    Pam
    oxo

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  21. I see your going to be featured in Romantic Homes next month Courtney! Can't wait to get that copy! Congrats! You have the most beautiful French Country Cottage!
    Sherry

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  22. All i can say is that you have the perfect mix of both styles, and YOU inspire me! You totally know how to do red too. i totally love that gingham settee of yours! When i first saw it i almost fell over and died it was so cute...

    Cindy

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  23. You've combined elements from both designers in a delightful way--I too love the lived-in romantic style but cannot abide mounds of pink... you've done a beautiful job :-)

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  24. There are so many designers I love...Rachel Ashwell, Charles Faudree, Selena Lake, Suellen Gregory, Carolyn Westbrook, Jessica McClintock...I could go on and on! I do love Charles' feminine french looks in bedrooms...glorious!

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  25. Oh Courtney I love this post because I've loved French Country for over a decade and Shabby Chic too. Your style is a comfortable mix of both. Thanks for sharing what you know and so many mixed styles.

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  26. I think that you nail it....because you have your own style and it isn't an exact copy of anyone else's. Great post Courtney....xox, Janet

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  27. Yes, yes, yes! Charles Faudree! My mother loved his work and introduced me to him years ago. Totally my style. I like Rachel Ashwell's style, but shabby chic just doesn't really work with the amazing furniture my husband and I have collected for so many years. I will not be painting it white! lol! Nice post.

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  28. I've never heard of Charles Faudree before. I checked his work. Impressed :-)

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