Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Frank Faulkner ~ Hudson Road Trip Finale

While having drinks with Colin Stair @ PM wine bar, we bumped into Frank Faulkner and Philip Kesinger. They cordially invited us to stop by on our way out of town....and Colin emphasized we really should go. Their home, he said, was not to be missed. He was right.
Little did I know that Frank was THE Frank Faulkner. Artist. Interior Designer. Collector. Just add the word "amazing" in front of each of those.

Gracious beyond measure, they invited us in and made us feel like we'd known each other for years. They had taken a 19th century building that had always been used as law offices, renovated it and created the warm and chic home you see in these pictures.

Philip shares his favorite antique shops in town with me. Don't worry...I'll share with you, too!

Born in South Carolina, Frank graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina and subsequently received his MFA from there as well. His artistic talent garnered him numerous awards and grants, including an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Frank was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 1975 and caught the attention of Dorothy Miller, Curator Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art. She was known to have a legendary eye for new talent.

Frank's work is held in various museums and noted private collections, such as those by Nelson and David Rockefeller.
Frank is a noted collector, selecting antiques and decorative objects with a strong classical influence combined with quirky one-of-a-kind found objects. Many of these pieces, such as the horse skull above, have been published in national and international books and magazines on style and decoration, thus becoming part of the collective visual literature. 

The gentlemen were on their way to fill up an inherited home in the South with many of their collected treaures, but hopefully they will replenish the Hudson studio and invite us back!

Here are just a couple of images that you may have seen in the pages of your favorite shelter magazines. Frank's interior design work has been featured in so many that to see them all, you'll need to visit his website. Here's a sampling of where his work is featured:
Architectural Digest
W
World of Interiors
House Beautiful
Elle Decor
Martha Stewart Living
Veranda
Home & Gardens
Country
New York Spaces

And as with any dynamic duo, there is always someone who keeps the business side moving....and I want to credit Philip for that. Together, they are living a beautiful life. Now, if the rest of us could just have them do a room or two for us.

Special thanks to my friend, Alicia, who made these introductions and experiences possible.
xo, Elizabeth

images courtesy: Andrea Sullivan

15 comments:

pve design said...

Amazing does not even begin to describe the awe of it all. Wow. What an eye!
pve

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

How lucky for you to have such an unplanned and unexpected afternoon!

Suburban Princess said...

Gorgeous! How exciting to be invited to their home!
This further emphasizes my rule...talk to everyone, you never know who they might know!

Stitchfork said...

What an amazing opportunity to be welcomed by those gents into their beautiful home. Love how they can be traditional and include the fun quirky things!

The Zhush said...

Elizabeth! In a word: WOW!!!

Privet and Holly said...

Thanks, Alicia....
and Elizabeth,
of course!
I would love to
know how to achieve
the look of the
walls. I want to
do something similar
in my powder room,
only with some blue
showing through.
Just gorgeous! And
how gracious of
them to open their
studio to you : )
I enjoyed it,
immensely!
xx Suzanne

eddieross said...

How exciting! :)

Eddie & Jaithan

bentley said...

what an amazing experience it must of been to meet them! and what talent. im jealous!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Gorgeous! Aren't you lucky! XO!

Mona Thompson said...

What a great experience. That is one of the fun things about following your blog, your always up to something interesting. Oh, and by the way are you going to share those sconces you found?

Style Attic said...

Be still and learn and love every second of it! Introductions are always en vogue :) Very cool!

Dovecote Decor said...

I need to grab my NYC girls next time I head North and follow this path! I've been wanting to do it forever. I finally made it to Millbrook, but Easter is not a shopping day.

Mariska Meijers said...

what an amazing meeting. getting goosebumps all over. wonderful posting! x

Cashon&Co said...

Sigh.... I wish I was there with you in that incredible home..... That one sliver of a wall had all my favorite components: plaster, curtains, old bullseye mirror, and two great paintings..... That is a perfect little area....

Cashon&Co said...

i had to revisit this post. I think it is one of my favourite houses i've seen in a long time, really speaks to me. funny, i have the same favourite image of the trio of paintings/ mirror that i did back in july. that image still grabs me.!!!!

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