Thursday, October 27, 2011

FABBY: Francoise Sagan's Coffee Table

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Here is French writer Francoise Sagan in her than Paris's Left Bunk residence in an August 1991 Architectural Digest Magazine of interior design.  I love AD and I have collected them for many years.
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 Here is the gorgeous round marble coffee table I fell in love with.. and hers is made of Portuguese burned orange marble and I was so lucky the Ecuadorian marble mines also produced the very same color, so we immediately had it made to order; already, some twenty years ago.

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 A closer look of the top...ours is perfect and exactly alike, I haven't met anyone that didn't give us a compliment when they saw it for the first time, needless to say, I'm still in love with her...I also love Francoise Sagan and her book: Bonjour Tristesse as my dad loved and had the book.  I always keep the French antique bronze black dog figures here also and now my hand made Chinese young ladies holding a bird.  The gorgeous roses are from my my Bil's Altaflor Rose Farm.

 Since we were so lucky to have it made to order, we took advantage and had a half moon, small side table made as well for the small space we had next to the sofa...isn't it great?!
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 Here I have some brass things along with this Art Nouveau mirror with mother of pearl that was my Fil's mother, so it's more than one hundred years old. There's a bird at the top of it, I guess I didn't see that, so it did not come out in the photo.
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     I love Architectural Digest Magazine of interior decoration and several years ago when we were first making this apartment because we lived in a very big house in the suburbs with so much grounds as well and when our daughters where teens we decided to move to this quite big enough apartment and we've loved it ever since.  

While looking at one 1991 AD than- I ran across a gorgeous apartment in Paris of famous French writer Francoise Sagan...remember her book-Bonjour Tristesse" she wrote in 1954. To make a story short, I saw she had a gorgeous round coffee table in burned orange,  Portuguese marble and I fell in love with it and knowing there are fabulous marble mines here in Ecuador-as our black and white floors are and  were inspired from an AD apartment that belonged to Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer... I took advantage with Alejandro and went out and had the beautiful flooring made too and they are also like the magazine photos- exactly alike!!  

We had a small half moon table made to match the coffee table  for the side of the sofa, because the space there is very small and this one fitted perfectly there!

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Priscilla said...

It is lovely, indeed. And how wonderful and special that you could hve it made from local stone. That makes it even more special!

bj said...

O, I can see why everyone loves this piece. It is stunning, Fabby.

xinex said...

That marble table is stunning, Fabby. I like the unusual color and the makers copied it so perfectly. I love the art nouveau mirror too, so pretty with the mother of pearls. I know I jhave said it before but you have a beautiful home, Fabby, and I love your furniture...Christine

Lorraine said...

You have a beautiful house.
I especially like the Art Nuovo mirror.

Richard Cottrell said...

Oh Fabby, I like your table, but I am in LOVE with the mirror with the shells. OMG. I just love that stuff, have had some pieces, sold them, all sad. Your home is wonderful, as usual. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Dolores said...

The tables are so beautiful, and how wonderful to have the marble from your area.
Your home and furnishings are gorgeous!
I love the roses in the pretty.
Happy weekend!

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful marble table! Very special for you to have one made. Have a great weekend Fabby!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Your home is so lovely and elegant. I love the warmth of the color in your coffee table so very much.

Scribbler said...

Thank you for sharing -- I always love looking at your treasures. The table is a fabulous piece, and that little mirror is a gem.

Kelly said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I wanted to give you a visit and am really glad I did. Your coffee table is quite beautiful! I love round coffee tables anyway, but yours is especially lovely. Magazines are such great inspiration aren't they?

Babs said...

Fabby, Your tables are lovely and it's so nice when things in a home have a story about them.It makes them not only beautiful, but very special for your family.
Have a great weekend.

Marlis said...

Oh Fabby, your marble table is a work of art. So lucky for you that you have it made. How wonderful it fits with your furnishings.. thanks for dropping in, xo marlis

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your marble table is gorgeous, Fabby.
You have a Beautiful home with all the lovely treasures. You have a eye for beauty and it shows in your home. I hope you have a great weekend.
XXOO Diane

SavannahGranny said...

Fabby, What an amazing table and side table. They are awesome and you are so blessed to have been able to reproduce the one from Paris that you loved. Love that you shared with us. Hugs, Ginger

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Fabby, it is such a beautiful coffee table. I think every room should have a statement piece like this! *pretty*

Anonymous said...

Hi, Fabby....yes, I remember Francoise Sagan and her home was beautiful....your marble tables look so much like the originals and I love the warm color.....In fact, I just love to see your blog each week as you have such a gorgeous home, exquisite taste, and wonderful objects from many places, and all with their special story! I think that is what a home is all about...
the memories and stories of collected objects...and pulling them all together to make your OWN story!!
I also have to tell you, as an aside, that the colors in your carpet under the coffee table are fabulous!!!!!
Thanks, as always, for sharing...
Have a happy week,,,Francy

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Fabby,
I loved this post with all the gorgeous objects we can see in your home but specially the marble coffee table that you had copied from Françoise Sagan's Portuguese one.
We do have beautiful marbles, even Chinese merchants come to Portugal to choose them and send them to China, but I see that the Ecuadorian marbles are also superb.

chubskulit said...

Simply beautiful!

Pink Fairy

Phyllis said...

The coffee table and darling little side table are so special and gorgeous. I have never seen any like them! You have such marvelous ideas, and the marble is the most yummy color I have ever seen. I think it is the marble's color that makes them so beautiful and eye-catching.

Sarah said...

You've got some beautiful things in your home. Thanks for sharing them with us!

I would like to invite you to my weekend linkup. It involves anything related to homemaking: recipes, sewing, decorating, crafts, DIY, a story about what you did today, etc! I know you'd be a great addition to the party!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Fabby, Architectural Digest is one of my favorites. Amazing inspiration there. The marble coffee table, its easy to see why you fell for the unusual color of burned orange. Love the half moon as well. Your home, as I've told you before is gorgeous. Thanks for the share of AD.
Hope your week is great.

The French Hutch

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! A stunning piece! You did a fabulous job of recreating it! Hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Riet said...

It is beautiful this interior. Love it, right my taste.

Snap said...

Fabby: the tables are fabulous! I love AD, too!

Gail said...

Your table is gorgeous Fabby! I can see why everyone loves it. You have a beautiful home.

white life© said...

Oh, Fabby, your marble table is a dream. You can be very proud to have this special table now!!

Thank you so much for your nice comment!!!


Cindy said...

Only you would have such a fabulously elegant piece in your home. Marble is very dear here, we have many marble mines in Canada, but I have never seen anyone with marble floors or marble tables.
It is so beautiful, Fabby! Your living room is lovely, the long fringe on your couch is magnificent!
Hugs, Cindy

Farah Muzaffar said...

I love love your table Fabby... its beautiful ... You have treasure of things which tempt everyone.... beautiful sharing
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Wow, you did a beautiful job on that piece. Your home is lovely~!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Fabby...

Ohhh...your marble tables are stunning, Fabby! Such a unique and beautiful color of marble. I also enjoyed your beautiful table vignette! The little bronze dogs are so cute! Ohhh my...and that big, beautiful bouquet of roses is gorgeous! Your home is so beautiful, sweet friend! Thank you for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites this week!

Love ya,

Life with L said...

Fabby, that table is beautiful, plus the mirror is stunning. How excited you must be....Your home is lovely....Enjoy! Happy Halloween.

Chris said...

Hi Fabby, what a beautiful table and a lovely home. Thanks for sharing. I recently found your blog and am now following. I would love it if you would pop on over to mine and perhaps you would follow me also. Hugs, Chris

Nancy said...

Your table is just beautiful. How gorgeous the roses are. They are just stunning. I also like the little globy, arrow thing. Sorry,I don't know what it's called, but it is so interesting. (It's by the mirror.)

Karen said...

Your home is lovely, beautiful table.

paperbutterfly said...

You have exquisite taste! Your home should be in AD. Thank you for sharing this with us and coming for tea last week. Your birthday setting was wonderfully femine. I love butterfliess as you might guess. Excited to see your tea table this week. Please do share with us at Teapots and Tea Things.
Happy belated birthday.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I get and love AD too!
Your marble coffee table and end table are incredible! A true one-of-a-kind, well, maybe two-of-a-kind! Just gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Fabby that sure is fantastic. Very special and even more special to have it made. Thanks for sharing with the magazine copy cat challenge.

Diann said...

That really is a beautiful piece Fabby! What a wonderful piece to have in your home! Thank you for sharing them with us at TTF and have a happy November 1st!

martinealison said...

Je suis heureuse que vous m'ayez rappelé votre précédente publication concernant Françoise Sagan et l'histoire de votre table commune...
Une très belle pièce effectivement et vous avez eu raison d'avoir prévu également cette table demi-lune qui a trouvé sa place... De très beaux objets... qui s'harmonisent parfaitement et précieusement.
Saviez-vous que Françoise Sagan possédait aussi une belle maison à Equemauville tout près de Honfleur ?
J'adore Honfleur et ses environs. Actuellement, je suis à la recherche d'une maison de vacance à Honfleur.
Le 8 août 1958, Françoise Sagan avait gagné au casino 80.000 frs en misant sur le 8.
Dans la foulée, à 8h du matin elle les offrit au propriétaire de la maison qu'elle louait. Celui-ci accepta de lui vendre la propriété.
Elle est décédée à l'hôpital de Honfleur...
Une sacrée femme tout de même.
Bravo pour cette belle publication.
Gros bisous

Sherry said...

What a treasure! It is beautiful! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Beautiful post. A lovely apartement. Love the dogs under the cloches!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Your table stone looks beautiful and the colar is perfect.

Enjoy your coffee table

Karin Şen Cankan

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Those tables are wonderful! I love that you were inspired and had a copy made! They will last forever and always look good! No wood to worry about water getting on etc. You chose well!