Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mantel Copy Cat

This is an old post but I would like to link it with Debbie's Magazine Copycat Challenge meme.
If you want to see more, go to http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com/



This was how our mantel was accessorized before.



I was looking at a Veranda magazine when I came across a picture that I was attracted to. I set it aside with the intention of copying it someday and that someday happened this morning.



The picture from the magazine is on the left side below and our mantel after I transformed it is on the right side. I left my little lamps on either side even though the picture I was copying did not have lamps on the mantel.



I even moved our lion throne chair closer to the fireplace like in the picture. What do you think? Do you think I captured the look?


Do you see one of the egg urns on the left side of the floor. There is another one on the other side too.



This bust used to live in our grown ups guest room. At first, it was in the children's guest room but it was freaking AJ out when she was here so I moved it, lol. Don't you just love her face?



How can anybody be scared of her?



I love her hat too. I found her from one of the other vendors in the store and she was only $15. I paid $4 for her hat.



These pair of Sevres urns were on each side of the fireplace. I placed them on the pedestal tables on each corner of the room as you enter the living room. They are quite large. The bulky Sevres eggs that used to sit on the tables were moved to either side of the fireplace.





I tried to put this bust on the mantel at first but it is too small. So I just placed it on the pedestal in the other corner. She is wearing a real gold necklace with a crucifix and a pearl necklace I bought from Hawaii a long time ago. With her is another Sevres urn, a smaller one.



And here is my newly decorated mantel. I like it, do you?



I saw this bench from an estate sale in Brookhaven that we went to last Saturday.
It was the last day and everything was 25% off and we got this for $45.00. I believe it is a vanity bench.

I placed it above the reindeer skin that I bought from Norway, to hold my tea set for now. I have not decided where to put it permanently yet. I might even sell it in my booth.




Today I am using it to serve my tea.




Using Noritaki Nippon Toki Kaisha tea set.













I am linking with these gracious hostesses:



Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/


Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/



Sandi for Teatime Tuesday at http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/



Wanda Lee and Pam for their Tuesday Tea memes at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/


Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at http://www.marthasfavorites.com/



Courtney's Feathered Nest Fruiday at http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/


Thanks for hosting, ladies!

39 comments:

Pat said...

I love the tea Christine and the mantel is fabulous. Love it too!

Susan said...

Your mantel is gorgeous! So is that pretty tea set!! Your home is so beautiful Christine!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! I love your beautiful mantle! I like it better than your inspiration pix! The bust is so pretty and everything is so elegant. Then you should the close up of the bust and I saw her hat and giggled out loud! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Hey Christine, I tried to comment on your mantle earlier today, and it kept telling me this page didn't exist. Blogger has given me fits today! I loved the before, and love the after.

To be honest with you, I love your fireplace/mantle whether decorated or not. The wood work is beautiful! It is sooo rich looking.

Miss Kitty said...

Yes, I love the way you have changed your mantle. The bust and the live plants add so much to the composition. Thanks for sharing the pictures of some of your lovely things.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I think you did a great job. I always see pictures that I want to copy. I have a friend who did a whole wall that looks just like the photo she got in Pottery Barn. Everything is so beautiful!

Beth said...

Christine, Your teaset is really pretty. You got a great buy on the bench, and I like the reindeer skin it's resting upon. Great copy on the mantel too. Very well done!
Blessings, Beth

mississippi artist said...

You did a great copy kat job! Love the tea set, it's very delicate looking.

HHL said...

Your mantel transition was amazing .. great job! I love how you add that little touch of personality with the hat, scarf and necklace on the other bust. Your tea looks splendid ... Thank you for opening you home to us today..xo HHL

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Fabulous mantel new look! I don't know if I like your mantel better than the magazine one...maybe I do! I love your urns and the bust, perfect! excusite tea set, Christine...everything turned out so lovely with your gorgeous things, as always, my friend. Love, FABBY

Nancy said...

That bench is so pretty! I think it's a vanity bench to. What a good deal!

Nancy

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Love your mantle and the bench. I would keep it. It looks perfect in your home. I am trying to fix the Linky. Have a great week. Hugs, Martha

Johanna said...

Hello Christine,
you accessorized the mantle beautiful. I love all the turqouise accents in the room. They are so beautiful. Your tea set is again outstanding. Thank you for sharing it.
Best greetings, Johanna

Jo said...

Hey Christine you did an amazing copy-cat.Looks fantastic,your home is beautiful and all your accessories are soooo lovely.
~Jo
That art above the mantel,where is this???

Terri said...

You did a beautiful job on your mantle. I love your carved chair too!
The tea set is so lovely. What a treat to use it for tea! The flowers on it are really pretty. Are they dogwood?
Hugs,
Terri

Debbie said...

I always notice your beautiful pieces when I visit here. I love the way you used them on that mantel. The bust with the hat and scarf made me grin.

It's all beautiful. It's a treat for my eyes.

Snap said...

Your mantle is fabulous and I love the tea set! Well done! Happy Tea Day!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think you did capture the look! How wonderful that you already had your blue things! I love the china you used for tea...so soft and pretty!

Marlis said...

Your mantel is prettier than the one in the photo! I love your sevres pieces and your tea set is wonderful.. wouldn't that sweet stool be great in a dressing room? xo marlis

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Christing, your mantel is stunning. You do have the most amazing things and I like yours much better than the one you copies. The bust is beautiful and you know I think the jars are fabulous. Love the tea also. You set such lovely tables and teas and your home is always beautiful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Erica (Irene) said...

Love your mantel...it looks better then in the magazine. You captured it perfectly. :-)
love, love those Sevres Urns. Pretty turquoise colour. Thanks for sharing one of your great pics of your home.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

your treasures leave me breathless....lovely, all of it!

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Lana K. W. Austin said...

This is all awesome!!! I love that bust & hat!!!! And the bench with the tea set perched so perfectly atop!!!

Wonderful!!!

Thank you sooo much for your awesome comment about my photos! I'm not currently doing photographs for magazines, but I wish I was. I have a diverse journalism, etc. background. I have taken photos for some newspaper pieces I wrote(2 DECADES AGO!), but all of my magazine pieces were photographed by someone else. One of my majors (ha!) was film/visual art so I really use a lot of that in my photos as well as my writing background. I have SO MUCH to learn though with all the new digital stuff. I still feel like a baby with my camera and it's very humbling.
But I find joy in it and that's what's most important!
Speaking of joy...you are a constant joy and inspiration to all of us who read about your home/family/travels!!!!! Your family is beautiful!!!

Love/hugs/blessings,
L

bj said...

OOO, you nailed it, baby !!!!!
It looks fantastic and I know you are lovin' it.
I just love having inspiration photos to go by..so much fun. Now, remember this when Debbie Doo has her August MAGAZINE COPY CAT party. This will be PERFECT. :))
HUGS, bj

lvroftiques said...

Christine I do think you captured the same feeling as the one in Veranda. You have such beautiful things to work with! I dare say the owner of that Veranda home would love to get their mitts on some of your treasures...I know I would! *winks* Love that bust! (Of course) I can't believe the deal you got! Great job girlfriend! Vanna

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
You did a Beautiful job on your Mantle ~~~I also love all the blue,and your tea set is so sweet.
I hope you have a great week with your lovely family.
XXOO Diane

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Oh this is an awesome copy cat Christine. The bust did not scare me at all, it made me smile! It is perfect with your decor. So elegant too. Great job! Thanks for sharing and participating.

Jacqueline said...

Wow,even the colors of your urns! This is a wonderful mantel decorating job. How fun to see the inspiration. You are always soooooo creative!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I Just. Love. Those. Urns! I have similar ones in dark coral, but these would also work perfectly in my home. Lovely job, Christine.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Christine,
your mantle is amazingly beautiful.. that is a lovely tea set.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

STUNNING! Your wares are absolutely amazing to look at!

bj said...

OOO, the mantel is just beautiful. I loved it before and love more now.:)
Beautiful tea set. You know how I love all your beautiful things.
xoxo bj

KathyB. said...

I love the Noritake tea set and the way you set it up. I can definitely see the way you copied the mantel setting , yet made it distinctly your own! You have some very lovely things Christine.

I do understand being afraid of the bust, some of my grandkids are afraid of the taxidermied sheep mounted on our wall over the stairs. The bust does have a friendly face though.

Jo said...

August 2..Jo said...
Hey Christine you did an amazing copy-cat.Looks fantastic,your home is beautiful and all your accessories are soooo lovely.
~Jo
That art above the mantel,where is this???

September 14..Hey Christine,I remember this I loved it then and I love it now...and thank you for answering the question about the painting.You are a sweetheart.
This looks incredible!
~JO

Kim, USA said...

I like yours better. It speaks of you simple and classy. I love your tea set, and I'll bring my siopao ^_^ Siopao and tea a good combination ^_^ Greetings to your mom! ^_^

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You did a great job of copying the photo Christine. hugs ~lynne~

Honey at 2805 said...

You are a fabulous copycat, and one that goes the extra mile! Everything is wonderful, Christine!

Don't forget Potpourri Friday. You are such an asset!

Lady Linda said...

I'm speechless...wow!
Linda

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