Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Veranda Copycat

Today, I am joining a group of bloggers that are showcasing Christmas tablescapes. This blog hop is sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@Celebrate and Decorate. At the end of this post, you will find links to other blogs participating in the blog hop. 

 Years ago, I remember a few linky parties that featured sharing copy cat tablescapes and it was a lot of fun. For my tablescape today, I decided to copy a Veranda tablescape from 2017, that I could not get out of my mind. I saved the magazine because of the beautiful cover photo.
 Do any of you remember this issue? The room is gorgeous as is the elegant tablescape.
How did I do copying the Veranda cover with items I already had?
The Bavarian crystal pattern has so many sizes. I also have tiny liquor glasses that I did not use. All of these belonged to my husband's aunt. I need to do some research and find out the pattern name and when they were made.
The decanter and votive are Victorian cranberry glass overlaid with milk glass.
I love the large lush blooms of amaryllis. I taped the crystal bowl with a grid to hold the heavy blooms. 
I love any excuse to use my Lenox Holiday Christmas china and it is perfect for a formal table. I also used the first formal table cloth I owned that was given to me by my mother-in-law. She did really well with that gift because I have used it for so many years.
Fresh fruit in a pressed glass compote with a natural runner of ivy amid assorted fruit trail under the crystal bowl full of red amaryllis. 
Do you see the little candlewick salt-cellars? You can't see the tiny silver spoons very well that I have enjoyed collecting over the years. Each salt cellar spoon has a different silver pattern.

I placed the silver on the table set in the French style. The back of Buttercup by Gorham is just as lovely as the front. If you want to know more about why the French style of turning the fork tines down evolved in history link here.

Candlelight always adds a festive ambience to any table.
I liked mixing crystal candlesticks with brass candlesticks like Veranda did. The brass added weight to the table and a pretty contrast that also repeated the gold in the chargers. 

I wanted to have my napkins monogrammed but it did not get done. Wouldn't they be beautiful though?  Oh well, maybe next year!




Table Details:

Lenox Holiday China
Gold Chargers- Wal Mart
Bavarian crystal- Family pieces
Napkins- Waterford linens- Home Goods
Sterling flatware- Buttercup by Gorham
Salt Cellars- Antique shops collected over the years
Pressed glass compotes- vintage family pieces
Crystal Bowl for centerpiece-Waterford
Red Amarylis- Grown by me


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Blessings to you and your families this Christmas season. 🌲
✨For to us, a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Merry Christmas,

35 comments:

  1. Yes I do remember that cover from 2017 and you replicated it beautifully. The decanter is magnificent as is the Bavarian crystal. May Christ be glorified around your beautiful table this Christmas season.

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    1. Thank you so much, Libby!
      My desire is to reflect Christ everyday!

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  2. Bonnie, Your Veranda copycat table is gorgeous down to every last detail. I love how you used family heirlooms, collected salt cellars, holiday china and mix of brass and crystal candlesticks. The fruit, ivy and amaryllis blooms are all perfect elements for your Christmas table. Your Victorian cranberry glass decanter and votive overlaid with milk glass are so unusual and beautiful! Do you save your amaryllis bulbs after they bloom and overwinter them until the next season? As always it’s a treat to join you at the table and blog hop with you. Merry December ♥

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    1. Mary, I enjoy and appreciate every comment I've ever received from you!

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    1. Amalia, you are so faithful and sweet! Thank you, my friend!

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  4. Wow, Bonnie, this is the ultimate Southern dining table! The details of reversing the silver utensils is beautiful, and the individual salts with their spoons a nice touch. Love the amaryllis and fruit designs on the table - so simple, yet so elegant. Your mother-in-law would be very pleased to know how you've enjoyed and used that tablecloth, and yes, monogramming the napkins would be gorgeous! A great copycat of the Veranda issue, without buying a single item (except maybe the fruit/flowers). Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you dear Rita! I appreciate your friendship so much.
      Yes, it is amazing how many times I've used that tablecloth and it is still in great condition and does not wrinkle!

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  6. You aced your inspiration piece, Bonnie. This is just lovely. I really like the fruit and also the amaryllis and the crystal is so very pretty. Beautiful in every way.

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    1. Thank you so much Jeanie! You are very encouraging to me.

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  7. Bonnie, your Veranda Copycat tablescape is the perfect mirrored image of the one in the magazine. Spot on! Elegant and a stunning representation of fine dining. Your tablescape too is definitely magazine worthy for the same magazine and others. Your holly dinnerware and crystal stemware is delicate and a wonderful choice with your red floral centerpiece and fruit runner. So charming. Have a wonderful holiday season and it is a pleasure to blog hop with you.

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    1. You are very kind in your sweet remarks, Marsha. Thank you so much.

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  8. This is such a lovely table, so festive and welcoming. The crystal is exquisite and the china so elegant. I would certainly enjoy sitting at this table for a holiday dinner!! I do have a question, though: Do you alway place your flatware face down? curious!

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    1. No, I don't always place the forks in the French style. But because I love all things french I decided to set this tablescape in the french style. I've read about the custom of placing the tines face down. It began a very long time ago when ladies dresses had long full sleeves and to undercut the fork's ability to snag ruffled lace sleeves. I believe the men also wore wide sleeves. It was also thought that placing them this way drew attention to engraved initials on the back.
      Thanks for your visit and kind remarks, Patti.

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  9. Oh Bonnie, your table is just stunning! I think it’s prettier than the magazine. The fruit, crystal, and amaryllis make such a beautiful presentation. Everything is just beautiful!!!

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    1. Shannon, I appreciate your sweet compliments. Very kind!

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  10. Bonnie, what an elegant table that has the wow factor written all over it! Your copycat version is absolutely stunning from the gorgeous family heirloom pieces to the Lenox Holiday pattern. I love the salt cellars that you have collected through the years and the decanter is amazing! The amaryllis that you have grown are exquisite in the center of the table and mixed with the fruit in crystal bowls is the finishing touch! Bonnie, you have created the perfect Southern table!

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    1. Thank you so much Pam for your kind words! It was fun to be a copycat!

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  11. Bonnie, you did a wonderful job of copying the cover of Veranda! I love that Lenox pattern so much. It’s so timeless. You Bavarian crystal is stunning, and your MIL’s gifted tablecloth is a nostalgic treasure. The mix of candlesticks around the centerpiece is gorgeous! I’d love to be a guest! Happy December!

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    1. I would love for you to be my guest! I'm so glad we have met. Thank you for your sweet comment.

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  12. I remember doing that copycat tablescape hop Bonnie, and what a great idea to do it again, using that stunning Veranda cover! Your table is so elegant yet much more welcoming than the one on the cover! The Lenox holly china is such a beautiful classic, it's formal yet fun, and perfect paired with the red holiday flowers and fresh fruit. Your Bavarian crystal stemware is so beautiful, I would be a nervous wreck washing that! I love the holiday palette of red and gold, and your beautiful candlesticks! You are ready for wonderful holiday dining!
    Jenna

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    1. Jenna, I am so glad you remember those copycat tablescapes, too!
      Thank you for your sweet words.

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  13. Bonnie, the table is beautiful beyond words. The china is gorgeous and your crystal stemware is truly breathtaking. I love to see flatware placed in the French Style. Our pattern is Chantilly by Gorham. It is also lovely on the back and I always place it on the table in the French Style.
    Again, a beautiful table and marvelous inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Sandra! We are certainly both Francophiles at heart!

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  14. You nailed it! Stunning tablescape! I love your china and the beautiful flowers. I think I remember a show on HGTV where they would copy a room too. What a great way to put your own spin on something that inspires you. Love this!
    Shelley

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  15. Bonnie, I can see why you saved that magazine cover! What a stunning table, and your version is just as stunning. All the crystal and hints of gold are so pretty. I love the impact of the simple red centerpiece. Beautifully done!

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  16. Bonnie, I love your elegant tablescape and what a fun idea for Inspiration! Happy to be joining you this week. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  17. I'm not familiar with that issue of Veranda but you did a beautiful job replicating it. The classic china is always a welcome addition and the salt cellars are the cutest things. I've never seen such a well decorated wine bottle and it looks right at home in this setting. It's a pleasure to hop with you again and Merry Christmas!

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  18. Bonnie, your table are always so elegant, purely Southern elegance. I love your rendition of the Veranda magazine. Your Bavarian crystal is stunning. Love the china, I have always admired those. I do remember those copycat tablescapes. I did one for Pottery Barn. How special to grow your very own amaryllis . The mixing of the candlesticks is lovely. Always a pleasure my Southern friend to join you.

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  19. Bonnie, the first thing I noticed was your Christmas china. We have the same Lenox Christmas dishes and I still love it after all these years. The crystal has a wonderful Old World charm. The candlesticks are always a lovely addition to add a warm and cozy, but elegant feel. I love Veranda and using that cover as inspiration was a grand idea. Enjoy your holidays.

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    1. Thank you Carol for your kind comment! I am glad my family will be at my house this Christmas to use the Lenox Holiday dishes.

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  20. Oh my goodness Bonnie! Your copycat edition is perfect and in every way! I love it. Love the colors and what a perfect touch with the fruit. WOW! You outdone yourself girl. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. It works well to use fruit and you can eat the props later! I appreciate your faithfulness to visit me.
      Wishing you many blessings!

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  21. Always a treat to join you at one of your beautiful tables, Bonnie. I think you copycat creation is perfect and right on the mark. Veranda should publish this! I love how you've mixed in your family herilooms. Happy Holidays, sweet friend!

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