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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Here's MY take on it.....


YIPEE.....
It is time for that fun ONCE A MONTH party....
You know the one...
over at Debbiedoo's
I REALLY hope you will join us as it is sooo much fun...
and really a challenge..... THE MAGAZINE COPY CAT CHALLENGE
I am also joining in with some other wonderful linky parties, shown an the end of my post.
It is, indeed, a WEEK  for PARTIES....

I spend quite some time, thumbing through magazines for just the right photo to challenge.
I never spend MONEY....the greatest challenge to me is to come close to your inspiration photo WITHOUT spending any money....just using what I have and 
shopping my house for just the right pieces.
I have had this photo in my INSPIRATION FILES for over 3 years....
It is out of COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE.
I only have a FEW things to make MY photo any where CLOSE to this beauty
but.......*GULP
HERE GOES......
and ya'll be kind to me...ya hear !!


It is very hard to reproduce magazine copies of photos....
FIRST....we never have the exact same things as THEY do.....

SECOND....we also don't have the awesome cameras THEY have....and my little point and shoot doesn't have the wide angle lens.

SO, keep in mind if YOU decide to do a COPY CAT CHALLENGE. 
which I HOPE YOU WILL,
the photo you choose is only a GUIDELINE and gives you the inspiration to come as close to THEIRS as possible.


IT'S SO MUCH FUN............

Since DEBBIEDOO suggested we add a little SPRING to our challenge,
I added the little bunch of SUPERMARKET flowers to my table...
and, don't they look so pretty !






I added lots of little personal things to my table
and I love this photo of my first grandson, DREW, who, by the way will be 22 this coming summer and it does NOT seem possible as he should still be around 3.
and I KNOW that was a doozie of a
RUN ON SENTENCE.






Don't have the great wall shelves shown in the CL photo but I have this tiny little shelf I picked up several yrs ago at ♫♪♪ GOODWILL ♫♪♫
so it gives me the "cubby" look on a much 
smaller scale. 

I added a RABBIT where THEY had a cute spotted dog...
HEY....WAIT.....









I just remembered that I have something spotted, too...
Let me go get it.......be right back...













Nawh.........I still like my little
RABBIT with his black and white bow the best...



The ROOSTER prints on the wall were given to me by one of my daughter's
closest friends.
"Thanks so much, Paige."


I know I have too many photos here....

and guess you are getting tired of seeing the same thing. It's just so fun, working with photos in PHOTOSCAPE
that I get carried totally away.
I always want to put a GLOW on things.... ♥ ♥ ♥
Aren't the magnificent ROOSTERS looking all shiny and bright with their
red combs and their  blue tail feathers....!

DEBBIEDOO  told us about these adorable
French Script
lamp shades a few months back.

Poor DebbieDoo...I copy her every move.
 
She said she got hers at WALMART
and I broke the sound barrier,
getting to the nearest Walmart and....
THERE THEY WERE, in all their cuteness.
I got 2 for my daughter, STACY, and a couple for myself.

We were happy !!







I bought this cute wall lamp
from an Estate sale a few
years back and thought I would
paint it .....then decided I like the
brass.
However, that being said, I sure
am loving the GRAYS I am seeing
all over the place.  hmmmmm ??
If anyone is looking for a BLACK AND WHITE CHECKED parson chair slipcover,
I bought mine at THE COUNTRY DOOR
and while I don't think they are on sale right now, they are VERY inexpensive.
Hey......I love 'em so much, I bought TWO  and I don't even have another chair yet.

 shhhhh,......if Mr. Sweet finds out about THAT, his eyes will do that ROLLING THING....
Joining in the fun, too, with:                                               BLESSINGS AND LOVE, bj    
                                               THANKS SO MUCH to all the hosts for these link parties.                  

68 comments:

Mitzi said...

I like your arrangement every bit as much as the Country Living one. You did a great job.

Salmagundi said...

It's always fun to see what you do in the copy-cat challenge. You're the best at it with your great eye!! Sally

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

So cute! Love your copy!! It is so fun to challenge yourself!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Your little spot is just lovely! I think using the magazines as inspirations is way better than blindly copying!

Kathy said...

I think this looks so inviting -I love how you pulled it all together:-)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

bj your copy cat is perfect! I love the bunny and your personal items just as much as the Country Living and really more because its YOU! I also like to do mine without spending any money and sometimes that is hard! Still it's fun and a good way to challenge ourselves. hugs, Linda

Debby said...

I like yours better. I didn't like their shelf or that dog. I like you smaller shelf and the bunny looks so cute. You really do well coping. I can take a scrapbook page and copy it and it looks nothing like it, hah.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

BJ, I love your copy cat more than the original! Love it all....

Debbiedoo's said...

Ahhh Bj, I love ya! you did a fantastic job on your copy cat. I love most that you are creative in your thought. You use what you have already and don't spend money. That is truly creative in my eyes!!!!~ Glad you found a lampshade too. I was talking about you at dinner tonight. All good trust me:) I think my husband knows most of you at this point. Oh on the paint chips..they are at home depot and they are behr chips. Thanks for joining in on the fun.

NanaDiana said...

GREAT take on the inspiration photo, Bj. I like that they are similar but different enough to claim as your own. Love the little shelving unit and it is perfect right there.

Seriously? You bought a 2nd slipcover for a chair you don't have? Hmmmm...well...I might have the same thing hiding in my basement...shhhhh..if you don't tell I won't - xo Diana

reFresh reStyle said...

It looks awesome! I love the photo of your grandson! I live yours!
Debbie

Anonymous said...

BJ... I LOVE you're blog, I check everyday for the next entry! I think your copycat looks better than the original ♥
Sandy/Ohio

Pat said...

I think you did a great job. Right off I noticed your lamp and like it better, and I like you pictures on the wall better too. Excellent! You must have worked on that forever!

Pondside said...

Walmart? There is nothing even remotely as cute in a Canadian Walmart. It's all very boring and very ugly. When I go to WA I am always stunned at the difference between a US Walmart and a Canadian one.
You aced that Copy Cat challenge!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

BJ, I'm pretty sure that you get First Place for this one! I can't believe that you recreated that elaborate vignette and didn't buy a thing. Brilliant!
xoxo, Andrea

Jennifer said...

OH i just love your copy cat room! looks great! you have great style and I am now a follower!

Jennifer@ Decorated Chaos
http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

Debra @ Common Ground said...

my gosh, BJ your's is fabulous. It looks so much like your inspiration photo, maybe better!! great job, love the black/white!

Shug said...

You did an excellent job...as a matter of fact, I prefer your's over the magazine copy...I enjoyed how you grabbed every detail and made your very own arrangement..
blessings Bj

Vee said...

Well didn't you go and do it again! Pretty soon they'll be hiring you to do vignettes. Yours is, once again, more lovely than theirs, and I'm not just saying that because I love you more than CL, which I do, though I would never say that just to say that. Now that is a run-on sentence to beat the band or to take the cake—speaking of which, I don't see no cake on that desk of yours. Right. It's not on theirs either. Okay. You're excused.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, I love yours way more than the original...

Country Living would be so proud of your arrangement.. its so pretty and that lamp looks perfect.

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Umm... not to be a suck-up but I like yours better. I think the scale is better and over all it's just more appealing. You win! The wine cork filled lamp is so cute too. And of course, the photo of your grandson. Why can't they stay 3? My son is 15 now and so big. Wish I could steal back an age 3 moment now and again =) Happy Spring!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Beeeej!!!! Great job and I would choose yours, anyday :) Come on over and check mine out, when you get a chance.
xoxo
Me

Marydon said...

Oh, fiddle dee dee, BJ. You have it hands down!! I love the way you have created your room.

Have a great week ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

Maria Elena said...

What a fantastic copy cat! For a minute there, I didn't know which one was your picture! beautiful!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh your hubby does that rollin eye thing too?!?!
Again....I think I like yours better. Love it with the rooster prints...the only thing in CL that I want is the little drawers on the far left...I always love those!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

BJ, my friend!!! You did an exceptional job on this copy cat challenge. I approach the challenge the same way.....I try to find photos that have elements I already own or can steal and mean borrow from a neighbors yard :/

I love your desk and little shelving unit. Too cute! I think you totally nailed this challenge.

xo,
RJ

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, yours looks great. You even have the black and white chair. Good job.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well let me just say that I'm glad you don't have those odd little shelf sitter critters, never understood how they made it to the pages of Country Living to start with! (Don't like this new editor AT ALL!) Love your pic and glad the only thing you had to pick up was the pretty flowers-enjoy:@)

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
I adore your "copy cat" better!!! Your prints on the wall make a gorgeous background for your shelf atop the desk! I have such a love for bunnies...I think you could show Country Living a thing or two. Yours is not only from the country...but from the heart! That's real living!
Fondly,
Pat
P.S. YOU could NEVER have TOO MANY photos, dear friend!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BJ yours looks just as good as your inspiration photo! LOVE IT!! Great copy!

Linda said...

BJ I'm in awe!You sure pulled this one off in flying colours.
Did you say you were an interior designer?
Great copy cat.

Theresa said...

Your copy-cat is perfect, in fact BETTER than the real THANG:) Thanks for sharing your home with me, BIG HUGS

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

I think Country Living magazine ought to come to your house and copycat your desk because it looks so much better than theirs! Great job!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Bj!

I like YOUR vignette better. The rooster prints are great and I really like the lighting on the last few pictures. Yours looks all warm and cozy!

The black and white checked sham/ pillow in the foreground is a great touch... You got the clock and picture frame in there too.

Great Copy Cat!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Gert said...

What a great copy cat...I really like yours better than Country Livings...smile... What fun this is! Thank you for stopping by and joining my blog!

I am going to check out Photoscape...as we will soon be missing Picnik..sad..

Blessings,
Gert

Sharing Shadymont said...

BJ,

You've done a fabulous job! I like your items better than those in the photo. Those rooster pictures would look so good in my breakfast nook. :)

Have a wonderful week!

Shelia said...

HI BJness! Oh, your arrangement looks awesome and love all your pretties! You copied so good!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Wow! You got serious here girl! It all looks sensational! Great copy!

Sarah said...

BJ, your copy cat is fantastic. You know I'm crazy about the chair cover. I need to check out Country Decor. This looks like a fun meme. I need to join in sometime. ~ Sarah

Love Of Quilts said...

I like your best because, I love the chair cover and the roosters.

Rita said...

This really comes out beautiful and cozy looking! You have a special touch to bring it all together; Love that chair.
Rita

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I don't think you gave yourself enough credit, BJ! I think you did an incredible job with your copycat! I get the exact same feel from the inspiration picture and your picture. You nailed it, lady! : ) Love the raised cubby piece you brought in, the lamp and the chair ~ it all looks great. I think it's great if you can get a similar look from an inspiration photo from stuff you already have.

Rettabug said...

BRAVO, BJ!! You did a Great job of copying the CL photo. I don't even TRY to do these, so I'm always so impressed when you come up with them.

"broke the sound barrier" LOL
I always get a smile & a chuckle when I visit you, Honey.

Thanks for starting my Monday off right!
Hugs,
Rett

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Oh, BJ I love the black and white parson chair cover, I have to hop (get it?) on over and check them out, thanks for sharing!
I love your take on the copy cat and you a great job on it, in fact I love yours better♥ I'm also going to check out Photoscape it seems like alot of fun, I sure hope it is as easy as Picnic!

Rondell

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Your is beautiful What are you talking about? I think it is even better than country livings, see they have experience and only decorate for the magazine, you decorate for your home and make it personal. I will take your version any time. And the fact that it cost nothing, even better.
TFS. Enjoy your new space.
ANA

Madeline's Album said...

Yours is just if not better than the Country Living one. You have a talent to bring things together. Have a blessed day. Madeline

The French Hutch said...

I didn't know you worked for Country Living! Your inspiration copy looks as beautiful as the original, actually I like yours better. AND on a budget. Of course I have to say how much l like the lamp your children gave you. I understand the way you feel about Drew! Me too…..
Great Post bj.

~Emily
The French Hutch

The French Hutch said...

bj, Love the header too………

~Emily
The French Hutch

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi bj, I love your interpretation/IMPROVEMENT of that photo! I don't know what they were thinking with that shelf, and your lamp is fab!!! Love those corks and it really fits much better in the setting than the one they used. Of course the little boy who should be 3 is adorable too! Linda

The Tablescaper said...

Awesome!

- The Tablescaper

Grammy Goodwill said...

hahaha - I'm laughing about buying a second chair cover when you don't have the chair. I think you did a great job with your copy.

Kathleen said...

I once bought a sail for a little sailboat because it was such a great deal, and we didn't have the boat yet! I could afford the sail but not the boat!
I think your pic looks wonderful! And I like the bunny better too. Go with what you like!
See you tomorrow by noon for the blog crawl. I don't want you expecting it tonight! :)

CAS said...

I think your little writing desk looks amazing, BJ! I really like the lamp with the corks in the base, & the new lamp shade is wonderful.
CAS

Sandi McBride said...

That is such a restful looking area. I could enjoy doing the bills there, for sure! Wish I had some of your energy, lol
hugs
Sandi

Mindy said...

Looks great! Better than your inspiration photo in my opinion. :o)

Gina said...

Your copycat is amazing BJ! You really nailed it.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello sweet BJ! Oh my girlfriend, I like your much better. Don't like the dog or lamp in their picture. Love your corks and the bunny, and all your personal stuff. Great job!

Hugs,
Debbie xo

Adrienne said...

Love your desk and how you prettied it up. I think it's better than the inspiration photo!
~Adrienne~

Gypsy Heart said...

Love it!! It really is better than the original. Love the lamp ~ did you make it? (The one with the wine corks) You are very creative!

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Love it!! It really is better than the original. Love the lamp ~ did you make it? (The one with the wine corks) You are very creative!

xo
Pat

Leslie's Garden said...

I think you did a terrific job of capturing the "flavor" of the magazine inspiration. Your little cubbies fit the bill, you included the little special photo and your chair was perfect. It looks wonderful, you've made a wonderful space for yourself.

Kim, USA said...

I like your decoration.

Mosaic Monday

mishebe said...

i am always a sucker for black and white checkered and Roosters. love it

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I love it! You did a fabulous job of recreating their look with your own things.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Too many photo??? Be serious! Of course you don't have too many photo's. I think you did a great job of being a copy cat..it's so cut. Actually..shhhhh..but I like yours better than Country Living! :) No! I do! I really do! :):)

Cindy said...

Your copy is absolutely gorgeous, girl! I love it, it's country with a classy touch. Perfectly lovely!
Hugs, Cindy

Mimi said...

Cool copy. Like your added touches too!

Becolorful said...

love it. Then again, I am a HUGE fan of the black and white. :D
Pam