July 31, 2012

Summer Copy Cat Challenge

Summer Table Decorations

Although I can't afford much from the Pottery Barn catalogs,
I do love to look at their great vignettes and rooms for
decorating inspiration.  This Summer they have used glass jars
and rope to show off the vase fillers that they have available.
Pottery Barn Summer vignette
For Debbiedoos Copy Cat Challenge, I wanted to try to mimick
some of the elements of Pottery Barn catalog's summer vases.

The only thing I had to purchase for my copy cat attempt was
the shells.  I was impressed with the affordable bags of shells
that Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, and Wal Mart had.

To copy the Pottery Barn picture, I studied it to break down what
types of objects they had used to make a great display.
PB picture used for Miss Kopy Kat summer centerpiece 2012

Clear Vases
Clear vases can be used for many decorating projects
Here is my hodge podge of  clear glass vases and containers before the elements were added...

Use glass vases, candles, shells, rope for stunning centerpiece
...and after.

tall candles can act as stands for smaller items
This star fish was added with thin silver wire

summer centerpiece
Sea shells were added to some of the candles with hot glue.

easy summer centerpiece

beach wedding centerpiece idea

Sea Shells
beach wedding centerpiece idea

Star Fish
Easy Beach Wedding centerpiece

Foam starfish for decorating made inexpensively by Miss Kopy Kat

Make foam starfish in batches to use for decorating
These two starfish are made from foam.
You can see how to make them in Whimsical Starfish post.

Rope and Vintage Beach Pictures
Use rope to add a nautical look to summer centerpieces

Fishing floats are a good element to add to summer centerpieces

Glue shells to candles to give them a summer look
Rope also got added to the tops of some of the glass containters.

A Touch of Silver
Ideas for beach theme wedding decorations
Well, my silver shells are silver in paint name only. 

They started out life as plaster shells from Dollar Tree.
Dollar Tree is a good source for beach and summer items

Then got a couple of different colors of silver-ish paint layered on.
Spray paint items silver to add sparkle

This was a fun and easy Summer display to do.  I only wish
I had done it earlier in the season...only a few more weeks
of Summer are left! 
ideas for beach centerpieces

Here are some pictures of the summer centerpiece display
in the daylight. 
Miss Kopy Kat Summer Decorating Ideas

Make each vase in a vignette interesting on its own

Shells attached to candles with hot glue usually come off easily

Use only non-flammable items in a vases holding a real candle

Use your best shells where people will see them up close


  1. Holy cow! You definitely got the look of PB. I never would have guessed that knock off version was so inexpensive. Nice job!

  2. magnificent~!! I adore your copy.

  3. What a fabulous copy. I love how yours turned out. Great job. Hugs, marty

  4. I saw this over at Debbie's copycat challenge. Yours is just perfect. Honestly it's better than the inspiration. I would love for you to come and link it up to my party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  5. WOW, this is just gorgeous Lisa! I adore this and hope you keep it out for a while. The vintage picture tucked in between is sweet too. Thanks so much as always for sharing with the party. Off to pin now. I a pinning from the party and having a ball!

  6. What great ideas! I never (OK, almost never) shop at Pottery Barn but I love to save their catalogs. Your ideas are just terrific and your table is every bit as pretty as theirs.

  7. I love your copies from Pottery Barn. Shells are a favorite of mine. I love the addition of the rope to the glass containers. Great job!

  8. GREAT job- You nailed that! A hand's down winner if you ask me-I love it- xo Diana

  9. Goodness this is Awesome! It looks so pretty and inviting! I love it!

  10. Utterly delighful and such a pretty result, well done...

  11. This looks amazing - love the beachy look and the sprayed silver shells are wonderful!!

  12. You knocked that one clear out of the ball park. That is an amazing copy of the Pottery Barn display.

  13. Wow, that's impressive, but you had me at Pottery Barn and shells! Nice job!

  14. Oh, my!!! This is a grab copycat. I love the beach theme, and I am SO overdue a trip to the beach!!! WHat a happy dining room!

    Linking from Debbiedoo's,
    Ricki Jill

  15. This just blows me away! Fabulous and on the money copy cat! Great job, Kitty!

  16. I think you did an outstanding job!! Just gorgeous!

  17. Dropping back by to say thank you for sharing your wonderful copy cat design at Potpourri Friday!

  18. Oh my gosh! I wouldn't be surprised if PB doesn't give you a call to do some photo styling for them. Great job!!

  19. great work! everything looks so nice :)
    thanks for stopping by on my blog!

  20. Fabulous! Looks just as good, if not better, than Pottery Barn!

  21. WOW!!! WELL DONE! I like yours even better than PB! Hello from your newest follower!

  22. Your coastal tablescape is gorgeous! Pottery Barn should be envious.

  23. Cam over from Honey's and this is FABULOUS!!!! I love how you did the shells on the pillar candl, better than the PB one! Love the rope at the top of the jars, the whole thing is GREAT!!!! XO, Pinky

  24. I love every inch of this! Your copy is beautiful. Great job!


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