A French Beauty

1.16.2014


This is my new very old table from France. I wasn't looking for a table, aside from a farm table, but I knew when I saw her that it would most likely be perfect in this spot. Oh, and do you see the ghost of Bailey? Creepy.

She is very old and has this beautiful inlaid top.

She has a pretty inlaid border on the bottom shelf, too. Ahem, excuse the dust that the darn camera has captured.

I love her scalloped apron.

Looking closer you can see where someone over the years has tried to repair the inlay.

She came with this leg broken during shipping. When we looked at it it is actually an old break that had been repaired and broke again. Mr. Savvy glued it back for me.

I love how all these old pieces are built with pegs. There are no nails or screws. These were built by very artistic craftsmen.

Her legs are very thin so I am not surprised that one broke in the past.

I have filled the bottom with vintage books and other bits.





This plant is loving this sunny spot. I can't believe I haven't killed it yet.

I have left the top uncovered since it is so pretty.

I love her in this room.
Where is the table that was here before? Oh, it is in another room serving a new purpose and you will see it eventually. You can see the old one that was in this room here.

Oh, and Mr. Savvy said I shouldn't have bought this table since she had a few issues. I told him he would have a few issues too if he was over 200 years old or so.
That shut him up!

See you tomorrow for another guest blogger's favorite room.

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55 comments:

  1. Kim! I adore, love, admire, covet, and drool over this gorgeous table! Talk abut happiness in the heart every time you see her. And I laughed over Monsieur Savvy's comment about her "flaws." Himself is that way, too, and I am in the nascent stages of trying to bring him around. At a consignment/antique store the other day, he was pointing out the damage and wear to a be-you-ti-ful buffet. I said, "If it were perfect, we couldn't afford it." He had to concede the point!

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  2. The in,aid wood would have gotten my attention. You gals did find some real treasures on your French adventure.

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  3. Oh Kim, she's a beauty and has that classy striking and quality look! What a buy! Love the top left without anything on it, looks just stunning! I'm cracking up at your adorable comment to Mr. Savvy!

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  4. You found the best things on your trip! I am love with the inlays on this table. And your comment to Mr. Savvy was fantastic!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  5. I would have fallen in love with that table too Kim. It is beautiful.

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  6. Ha…glad that Mr. Savvy performed a bit of a "hip replacement" on the old girl…she is a beauty and so happy that she has found a great home with someone who loves her!…I know it was love at first sight, in spite of her flaws!!!..Looks great in the room!!

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  7. What a stunning table....I love the inlaid top!!! The reason I love antiques pieces so much is because of the flaws. You can't replicate the patina a piece that age has.
    ~Des

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  8. simply- a beautiful piece of art! Wow! How wonderful to be able to find it in France and ship it home- now that's what I call a souvenir! Without being too nosey regarding it's price- do you feel it was worth the price of the table plus shipping it over, compared to what you might find similarly in the US- or was this (and all your purchases) a complete splurge? Regardless- it IS beautiful and I'm not sure I could have left walked away from her either- I'd regret it completely! How lovely and thanks for sharing this find- can't wait to see the whole booty you brought back!

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  9. I'm so glad you bought the table. She is a beauty!!!!!! They just don't make 'em like they used to, do they?

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  10. She is so pretty Kim!!! The perfect piece for your house!!! XO, Aimee

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  11. Beautiful table! Absolutely beautiful.

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  12. It's gorgeous, issues and all!

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  13. I have more than a few issues and I'm not quite as old as the table!! :-))
    Gorgeous, Kim, absolutely wonderful! LOVE the patina, the scalloped apron, the inlay...even the repairs on that, the slender legs. It's a real winner and looks so perfect in your room!
    Mary Alice

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  14. She is beautiful - I would have gotten her too. She looks so good where you have her and your husband did a good job on the repair. Don't you wonder who had her - someone with money as she is stunning. She now has a wonderful home - enjoy her.
    Mary

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  15. "She"? Aren't we talking about furniture? Amused by the gender application, but don't get it! Have been reading your blog recently and am thoroughly enjoying the unveiling of your overseas finds. Keep it up!

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  16. Very pretty! Can't wait to see what she'll look like with a coat of paint on her!

    kidding...of course...the wood is gorgeous

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  17. Beautiful table! I love the detail and old charm she has. Great pick Kim!

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  18. Such a beautiful table. I love where you placed it in the room since it could be a great conversation piece!
    -Shelley

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  19. How much do you love saying 'my table from France'. Your styling is so perfect with this table. Silly Mr. Savvy.

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  20. I love the table. It looks wonderful. I love everything in that room. I love the black door LOTS . : ) as always love your blog sister. POP on over to The Rusty Pearl when you can .. HUGS and blessings your way

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  21. ha...you and mr. savvy should blog together. You are funny! The table is indeed a beauty.

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  22. I think the table is beautiful the way it is. Charming and full of stories.

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  23. "She" is elegant and intriguing. Could she speak she would have many stories to tell. What a beauty!

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  24. Gorgeous inlay...sweet piece!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  25. Kim,
    Your French table is so pretty and looks perfect in your home.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  26. She's a beauty. Looks perfect where you have it.

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  27. I can hardly breathe I love her so much. I can only imagine where you were when you found her. It's a dream to go to France and shop for treasures. Some day... And I love where you put her.

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  28. How lovely, Kim...the top is so beautiful! And I love the Bailey ghost photobomb...

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  29. That is too funny Kim! It is a beautiful table and I would have been hard press to leave it behind. Glad it came home with you.

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  30. Kim, it is beautiful. I love it and I love seeing stained wood in this room. It looks so much richer than the painted table. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  31. I love the tapered legs. Very French indeed.

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  32. Definitely a she! No question! Look at those beautiful legs and that sassy apron ... Not a he, no way.

    http://llibbyslifestyle.blogspot.com.au

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  33. Oh that table is so pretty! I love all of the special details on it. I like the top left empty too. I hope your painted furniture isn't feeling jealous over all the non painted furniture you've brought home now. Lol!

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  34. She's gorgeous, Kim! You found the perfect spot, the inlay on top is amazing, good call to keep it uncovered!! :)

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  35. Kim- What a great old piece to walk away with you! She is just gorgeous--imperfections and all. What a nice reminder to have of your trip. And she repaired quite nicely...bah-humbug on the shippers though for re-breaking it.
    Can't wait to see what else you are up to! xo Diana

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  36. She is such a graceful beauty! I can see how you couldn't leave France without her. She must be happy, too, to have gotten such tender loving care from you and Mr. Savvy. She looks very comfortable in her new home.

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  37. She's a beauty Kim, so glad you didn't let a few issues keep you from bringing her into your home!

    xo Kat

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  38. She is a beauty Kim...love that pretty inlay on the top!

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  39. What a beauty!!! Truly a work of art!!! Not pumped out of a factory by the dozens.......the inlaid top, is it called 'marquetry'??

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  40. I need a table just that size. Should you EVER wanna give her up let me know.

    She is lovely, faults and all. Looks great!

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  41. Gorgeous table Kim, love the marquetry and the places that show repair!

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  42. Since it all about the "hunt", you "gathered" a beauty! Simply lovely. I thought about the person who did the inlay work on the top, they would be so glad that you love this find and appreciated their talents.

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  43. I absolutely love the tapered legs! Did you say Dust?...At my house we call that "patina" LOL! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Terry

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  44. Really beautiful! Glad the Mr. was able to fix her up! ;)

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  45. She is, as Si Belle!!!!! I love the inlay and the fact that someone took the time to repair it just as lovingly as the leg has been repaired (now twice). I'm so happy that she's come to spend a part of her life with you!

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  46. Hi Kim, Wow, she's a beauty! She sure looks perfect in front of your sofa. You have such great taste!

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  47. Truly a fantastic piece Kim, glad you took her home. It looks perfect in the middle of your room. :-)

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  48. She is beautiful, Kim. I wish it were that easy to fix my old hip! :)

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  49. Hi Kim, What a beautiful piece! That piece is from the era when furniture was crafted with such great character. As for the Mr. suggesting maybe you should have not invested in the piece, what I always tell the Mr. here is that it was a "great investment" then he gets quiet. Refering to furniture pieces as I also do as her or him is for all of us that truly love furniture, am I right? Thank you for sharing Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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  50. Oh, my! You did find some amazing things when you were there!

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  51. I love this piece! It's so lovely with the inlay. I actually prefer my pieces to have some character, too!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  52. Well imperfections are perfection to me...that piece is gorgeous!

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  53. What a fantastically beautiful table - I love the inlay and the wood looks so rich. Beautiful find!

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