Best known for his toile touch and French forte, Charles Faudree was asked to bring both of those trademarks to the design of Julie Nickel's house in Tulsa. "The house is one of Tulsa's most beautiful, gracious old homes. It's a big three-story that was built from 1929 to 1932 by an oil baron. Over the years, it had fallen into disrepair. Julie wanted to bring it back to its original elegance and beyond, but with French style," the designer explains.
Accompanying the living room's formal silk-swagged draperies, gilt mirror, and three-tier crystal chandelier are furnishings scaled and cushioned for comfort. A pair of long, beefy sofas are as appropriate for an afternoon nap for the kids and their parents (the fat upholstered rolled arms seem destined to cradle heads) as they are for seating well-heeled guests at a glittering charity fund-raiser. Beefiness doesn't trump beauty, either-the roomy sofas feature detailing with darker welting and dainty silk frogs on their skirts, rendering them Francophile-friendly.
Interior designer: Charles Faudree, Charles Faudree Inc., 1345 E. 15th St., Tulsa, OK 74120; 918/747-9706, charlesfaudree.com.
Text by Candace Ord Manroe
Photographs by Jenifer Jordan
Sofas ("Hampton Sofa'' #1014): Cameron Collection, 214/752-4421, cameroncollection.com, trade only.
Sofa fabric ("Melo''/Caramel #403966 by Travers, discontinued): Zimmer +Rohde, 212/758-7925, trade only.
Flat welt trim on sofa (silk sateen in Sanskrit #92916-09); frog trim on sofa: Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068, trade only.
loral pillows on sofa (antique tapestry): custom.
Green pillow on sofa (custom beaded silk pillow): Villa Melrose Antiques, 323/934-8130.
Coffee tables ("Warwick'' #6169.14): Minton-Spidell, 310/836-0403, trade only.
Chair by mantel (custom): Charles Faudree Inc., 918/747-9706, charlesfaudree.com.
Chair fabric ("Marquis'' #26217-002): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com, trade only.
Gilded end tables: Grandeur Inc, 770/330-7444.
Rug (custom): Edward Fields, 212/310-0400, edwardfields.com, trade only. Tufted ottoman: Thayer Upholstery, 918/682-4581, thayerupholstery.net.
Ottoman fabric ("Verrier''/Aqua, Topaz #GG31796200): Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186, trade only.
Ottoman trims ("Traviatta Small Cable with Tape''/Cream, Rose, Ice Blue #90508.05/2 and "Traviatta Large Fringe''/Cream, Rose, Ice Blue #90507.05/2): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com, trade only.
Wing chair in foreground; bergère in front of ottoman: Villa Melrose Antiques, 323/934-8130.
Wing-chair and bergère fabric ("Imperatrice'' #26218): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com, trade only.
Chandelier (antique); wall sconce; fireplace surround (black marble): original to house.
Art over mantel (by Leonard Wren); art on easel (by Derek Penix): Royce Myers Art Ltd., 918/582-0288, roycemyers.com.
Demilune beside mantel: George N Antiques, 212/935-4005, georgenantiques.com.
Mirror over demilune: Grandeur Inc., 770/330-7444.
Drapery ("Florian Stripe'' #270065): Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186, trade only.
Drapery trim (#17205, discontinued): Novel, through Interior Trade Cartel, 888/887-1914, trade only.
Drapery hardware: B. Berger Fine Fabrics, 800/288-3586, bberger.com, trade only.
Piano: Steinway, steinway.com.
Candelabra on piano; small stool beside piano; accessories on coffee tables: owner's collection.
Stool fabric (#26217-002): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, trade only.
Wall paint ("Ceylon Ivory'' #2101); ceiling and trim paint ("Bone White'' #2054 FB): Pratt & Lambert Paints, 800/289-7728.