Spotlight on: Cordelia Fasoldt

We sat down last week with friend and owner of our favorite new antique store, Gray House Antiques in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts. We loved hearing her perspective on interior design, antiques, and how she styled our products in her own home. Enjoy!

Cordelia Fasoldt, a white woman with dark hair, seated at her kitchen table, wearing Artemis Design Co. Sumak Loafers.  There are french doors to outside to her left, and checkerboard stone floors.

Design Philosophy & Style

Tell us about your personal design philosophy for your own home? What kind of an environment are you trying to create? Does this differ from what you collect for your store?

I grew up in Belgium which is usually pretty cold and damp. We have long winters here in New England. I try to create environments that are warm with a lot of visual layers. I like that an eye can discover something new in a room even after having visited it many times. My shop is essentially an extension of my home. Everything I have in the shop is something I would have in my own home.

White shelves with books and objects displayed on them, as well as a pair of navy suede women's loafers on the middle shelf, and a Sumak Baby Duffle handbag on the bottom shelf.

What are 3 words to describe your style? 

Collected, cozy, easy

Favorite design advice?

Fill up a room slowly. You'll end up with a better result.

Where do you find the most inspiration? 

I like to mix a lot of eras and places of origin. Travel is a constant inspiration for me. But looking at great design books and instagram accounts are probably how I spend most of my time. I also subscribe to a lot of shelter magazines. House and Garden UK is my favorite.

Favorite Spaces & Finds

What is your favorite room and/or space in your home, and why? 

My living room. It just feels like a warm hug. It holds a lot of my favorite pieces that I've found over the years.

A row of items on a burled wood coffee table: from left, neutral Women's Oriental Carpet Loafers; Black Leather Loafers; a Kilim Wallet in a blue & white ceramic bowl; Leopard patterned Pony Hair Loafers.

Favorite/least expensive treasure you’ve found?

I love antique children's chairs. They are more interesting to me tucked under a console table than the standard matching ottoman approach. I've found a couple of them for next to nothing over the years.

A woman's feet propped up on a large striped and tufted ottoman, wearing Sumak Loafers.  There are two large antique portraits on the wall at right, and built in bookshelves on the left.

Most favorite splurge? 

A pair of 19th century portraits I found at an antique shop on Charles St. in Boston. I like to make up stories about their relationship and personalities. I love them. They make me laugh.

Favorite home item that you found while traveling? 

An old, gilded reclining Buddha carving. I found it at an antique store in Luang Prabang, Laos. It's not particularly old or valuable, but I was shopping with my father and it's a nice memory of that day. It now sits in my office built-ins.

Any trends that you don’t care for?  Or design pet-peeves that you have? 

Hmm not really! You do you. That's how you'll end up with a space that makes you happy. 

Looking down at a soft pink patterned rug, with the corner of an ottoman visible in the top right section.  There are two pairs of light, neutral colored Oriental Carpet shoes on the floor: a cream and brown pair of loafers at left, and a pale pink pair of Smoking Shoes at right.

Your favorite local place/places to source materials/furniture/etc for your home? 

The Boston Design Center is wonderful. I love browsing fabrics at Studio 534.

Your favorite faraway place/places to source materials/furniture/etc for your home? 

Maine. Maybe that's not very faraway, but my girls manage to make most places feel very far away when we're all in the car together!

Other Favorites

A pair of soft red and beige Women's Kilim Slippers on a white background

What is your favorite Artemis Design Co. item, and why?

Women's slippers. I love them. I wear them three out of four seasons of the year. They are very easy to pop on and go.

Best advice you've ever received?

Bring a cardigan

Illustration from the children's book 'Frog and Toad are Friends', showing a frog and toad on a tandem bicycle.

What is your favorite book, and why? 

The Frog and Toad series. I loved them as a child and now my six-year-old and I read them together. It fills my heart.

Cannot live without?

Howard Feed N Wax furniture polish

Thank you, Cordelia!

Two women from the shoulders down, seated at a bistro table outside.  The left is wearing jeans and red leather loafers, the right wears brown pants and leopard-patterned pony hair loafers.