Inspired by My Favorite Designer....mantel makeover

3.12.2012

Charles Faudree is my favorite designer and I think I have most of his books. The last one called "Details" is one of my favorites.

This is the cover of the book and I have always loved the two urns on the mantel filled with natural elements. While at the antique mall a couple of weeks ago I saw two concrete urns that I thought might work on my mantel.

This is what the urns looked like when I purchased them. Only $15 each.

But I did a little work on them to make them look like this. I will share how in another post.

For my version I filled one of the urns with antlers, pods, coral, and sea fans.





I placed an ivy plant and some tall branches in the other one.



Placed a set of antlers by it. Charles, yes, we are on a first name basis, uses antlers a lot in his designs.

Oh, and I also found this wonderful painting at the consignment store to replace the big mirror. I have been wanting a pretty painting in a French country style and believe this is it. I love it!



The mirror that was here before was a temporary fix until I found just the right painting. Patience certainly paid off. I had a store credit and only had to pay $112 for it. Happy dance here!

I just love this painting. I can't stop looking at it.

I don't have walls with dog pictures on both sides of the fireplace like Charles, but this is my version.
I must say one more time I love it!

If you want to see the before look with the mirror click here.
Buh bye mirror.

I am joining the following parties:
Debbiedoos copycat party
Fox Hollow Cottage mantel party
Met. Monday
DIY Project Parade
No Minimalist Here
Grits and Glamour mantel party
The Lettered Cottage mantel party

83 comments:

  1. Kim, I must say I love your copy cat. LUV IT GIRL. I do think yours has more visual interest than the first one. I really like all the natural elements. Simply perfect!!!!

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  2. Love this look. I would love to find a painting like that. My husband used to be a big hunter and I have a lot of antlers but am not quite sure of how to place them. Yours always look so good. Have a great week. Sheila

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  3. I love Charles F. too and your matle is perfect, as well as your house.

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  4. You and Charles are so talented! I love your new look. As much as I love the urns I think the painting is the star. Great purchase on that one. You can sit back now and just enjoy! Excellent and enjoyable post.

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  5. Kim it is just gorgeous. The urns are great, but the painting takes center stage, Love it. Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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  6. This is my favorite mantel decor you have ever done. Love it bunches.

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  7. It looks so elegant! And your new painting is breathtaking! You totally scored by waiting for the perfect one to come along.

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  8. You are quite the copy catter, dear one. You did a magnificent job and I love your new painting, too.
    It all looks great.
    xo bj

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  9. I have painting envy. That is a beauty! I can certainly see why you jumped on that one. CF is my fave too. I don;t have the Details book yet but I need to make a note to myself to order one soon. Great mantel makeover.

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  10. Kim, I've loved all your mantel designes/vignettes, but this is my all time favorite. LOVE the urns and your paint enhancement on them. I've loved Charles Faudree's designs for years. Even though I don't really have a French country house, I still love that Faudree style.

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  11. One of my favorite designers. I don't have his newest book, is it worth getting?

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  12. Sigh....Kim it is lovely! I too love Charles - and yes we are on first name basis too, ;-). You knocked it out of the ball park with this one!

    Love that painting....

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  13. Kim- That picture is the finishing touch above your mantel. I LOVE it..the colors tie in perfectly with your decor. I love Charles F's books, too. They are full of inspirational eye candy! xo Diana

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  14. these are gorgeous, what a great find, and that painting. it really is wonderful in that spot!

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  15. Beautiful mantle scape! Love the urns!

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  16. Love your mantle. That painting is from Ethan Allen! I have drolled over it for many years! It cost BIG BUCKS originally so you got quite a deal!!! Congratulations on your great find. I am glad you love it so much!

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  17. The painting certainly evokes a French farm scene. Gorgeous. The urns are beautiful... the whole mantel came together wonderfully. Sir Charles would be proud ;)

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  18. The painting is gorgeous. I love the rich colours. Well done copy cat!

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  19. Your mantel looks wonderful Kim! Great copycat, love the urns!

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  20. What a lucky find with the painting! Your mantle looks gorgeous.. Love it!
    XO Cindy

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  21. Beautiful warm colors in your new French Country painting.

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  22. Kim, your mantle looks gorgeous! Beautiful copycat and the painting is amazing!

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  23. I am so jealous That painting is gorgeous. It goes perfectly with the mantle. Love it Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I don't think that CF has anything on you! Your room could fit right in his book. Very pretty!

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  25. Your mantel looks wonderful Kim! I love the urns.

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  26. I think you nailed the look! Your mantel is stunning!!! :D I just recently bought a Charles Foudree book about flower arranging.

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  27. Hi Kim,
    Lovely, lovely....
    The new urns are beautiful and the way you filled them up is perfect!
    But, that painting is stunning, so much character & interest...I would be sitting back and just take it all in. I love how the colours in the painting tie with the marble on the fireplace surround...
    Worth waiting for!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  28. I LOVE those urns, Kim! What great finds and I love their new color! Nice job on decorating your mantel; love the greenery and nature look.

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  29. Oh Kim, I love your new painting, I can see why you are always looking at it! Your mantle looks great!

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  30. Kim, your copycat mantel is even better than the original. I love your urns and how you filled them with different textures.

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  31. That mantel looks beautiful with the urns. But that painting is just exquisite. Love it.

    Maria
    http://oliveandwhite.blogspot.com/

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  32. Kim, I love it! It looks great, all the ingredients and the great urns are perfect! And that painting is perfect. I see why you love it.
    Debbie

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  33. I love your new painting! It really is a great focal point! The colors are so pretty. I am not a big fan of mirrors over fireplaces unless they are reflecting something pretty. Lots of times all you see is a reflection of the ceiling. Your painting is perfection! Love your urns too. It's so hard to find pairs of things like that!

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  34. I seriously am so impressed with you! Love your rendition of the mantel.. just as beautiful!
    AND, that book is my favorite. I started turning back pages, and then realized every singe page was turned!! I finally just left them and realized every single page has some kind of inspiration for me!
    XO
    jan

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  35. I just love the whole look, Kim! The natural pieces give it such texture and the painting is perfect for that spot!
    -Shelley

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  36. It is so beautiful, Kimmie! Love your new painting.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  37. Those urns are just perfect, Kim! I'm envious you were had such a great find--I seem to be coming up with nothing lately. Maybe that's a sign ;). Tell your friend, Charles, I love his designs, too!

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  38. Your copycat is AWESOME and the color in the art work is sooo pretty. I honestly like your urns so much better!

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  39. You got a steal on this painting!! My BFF works @ Ethan Allen and I often stop in to visit her...I've always admired this painting, but it retails for $609!!!

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  40. Love your painting, the urns and the new look. So pretty! I have been working on my mantel (because of one of your earlier posts). I need to finish it. Hummm. I have some urns in white in garage. I'll bet there's some ASCP on yours. Can't wait to see what I need to do to my urns--thanks for paving the way!!
    I saw several sets of atlers at a flea market yesterday and thought of you!

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  41. Kim, I think the painting is fabulous. It's perfect for that space, and the new urns with the addition of our magic touch are a wonderful compliment. You are a master! ~ Sarah

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  42. Gorgeous, I love all of it. I am hosting a Giveaway to celebrate my blog's third birthday. Would love for you to stop by. Take care Anu

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  43. Hi Kim, Your copycat came together beautifully. I love the urns and cannot believe you got them for that price. I have been looking for a few and they are syk high. You have the decors touch that's for sure!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  44. Hi Kim! thanks for sharing those great photos of your lovely home. I love your new painting AND those urns that you found for such a good price. I will look forward to seeing the post of how you made them even better. I saw this post over at Debbie Doos Copy Cat Challenge.

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  45. What great finds - the urns and the painting. Wow! I love how it all goes perfectly with your new mantel color. Your room is just gorgeous. Kim, do you mind me asking where you purchased the rug that is under the coffee table?

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful finds.

    Becky

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  46. I think Charles would be proud and I love the peacock painting! x Sharon

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  47. Love your urn styling and total mantle look!
    nancy
    Powellbrower.com

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  48. I have been desparately trying to re-do my mantel and have been having fits. I think because of the cathedral ceilings, I'm not having accessories high enough. This gave me some ideas. Thanks for sharing. The mantel looks fabulous.

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  49. I love the urns aand the picture over the mantel. The mantel itself is pretty!

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  50. Looks great other than I would remove the small topiary. For some reason, I'm just not digging it.

    tina

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  51. Looks fantastic! That painting was made for your room!! You found just the right piece. And you did an amazing job on the urns. Love it!
    Jane

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  52. I love that painting sooo much!!! It's so gorgeous. Your urns are so beautiful.Your mantle looks perfect.

    Kathy

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  53. You scored some great finds, Kim! I love the urns and that you didn't fill them the same. The painting is perfect for the spot. You and Charles "done good." :)

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  54. Kim I love, love your springtime mantle!! Changing the arrangements in each urn is a nice change and the smaller Pottery Barn Topiary is also perfect.

    The work of art, ahh!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  55. Thanks everyone and that is not a PB topiary. It is a preserved boxwood topiary that I have had for years and it has moved all over the house.

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  56. It looks so beautiful Kim! Those urns are gorgeous. I just bought that book and can't wait for it to be delivered! :-)
    Vanessa

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  57. Dear Kim, Your entire wall looks fabulous, so original and tastefully done. Faudre would be proud. In fact, yours looks even better.

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  58. That painting is awesome! Perfect colors and style for your room. Love it.

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  59. I have all of his books also, and this is one of my favorites too. Your new urns are perfect and the painting is fabulous. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  60. You are Charles make a great pair!!! I love how you styled yours even better :)

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  61. It's just beautiful, Kim! This could easily be a great early Fall look, but looks great now, too. The painting is wonderful.
    CAS

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  62. Kim your new painting is perfect for over your fireplace! And your urns are even prettier now that you've worked your magic on them...and what a steal at $15 a piece! Enjoy your beautiful new look.

    Kat :)

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  63. Love it, Kim. What a great job you did on the urns and well, that painting is exquisite.

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  64. Looks wonderful Kim! I love that book and Charles.

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  65. Oh I love that painting too. It's so 'Charles Faudree'.
    I love the rich colors and the 'feel' it brings to your room. I know you must be thrilled with it.

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  66. I'm a fan of Mr. Foudree's style too, Kim, especially his use of animal prints. It's very British Colonial, especially his use of animal prints. Your mantel makeover is lovely! You have a knack for pulling items together and letting them complement the space and each other.

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  67. Love the urns - and you were so original in your use of fillers. They turned out great. That new print is fabulous too! I'd love it if you'd share this at my Spring Mantel Party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.
    http://delectablehome.blogspot.com/2012/02/spring-mantel-party.html

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  68. Love your mantel! Your urns are beautiful! They turned out great!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  69. Your mantel is gorgeous! I love how you filled and styled your pots. And the art work is perfect!
    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

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  70. Beautiful job, Kim! Love this classic, timeless look!

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  71. Beautiful inspiration! I like how you used the same urns to create symmetry but added different arrangements. Very clever :)

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  72. Knocked this one out of the park! Lucky you on the painting. We'll have to share Charles as our favorite designer!!!

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  73. Wow I am in love with that painting!! Gorgeous can't tell you how much I love it!!

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  74. Very interesting and natural looking! Love the new pots and the antler touch.

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  75. LOVE it! Hopping over from BNOTP party! Love your blog! Please stop by and say hello and follow if you like! Happy Monday!

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  76. Charles would be proud!!!...I JUST ordered that book..I have them all...Yes, he is my hero too!...If I won the Lotto, Charles would do my interiors and Jack Arnold would design my house....What a duo!

    Your mantle is so amazingly Faudree..Gorgeous! When you are ever in the Chapel Hill area..come on over and create that for me!!

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  77. Fabulous Kim, I love that painting . It is stunning!

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  78. Kim, You know Faudree is my favorite and I love everything he does. Your mantel looks very Faudree and I love the urns and the painting is beautiful. Thanks for joining my party. Hugs, Sherry

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  79. Looks great. Love the built-ins too,

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