Christmas Mantle

Happy Monday! Can you believe Christmas is 7 days away?! I’m freaking out– I haven’t bought the first gift. As a designer sometimes we are SO busy helping others that time just flies right on by. Although I did catch enough of a break to spruce up our office a bit for the holidays.

These gray and white gingham pillows where were it all started. I never go into Kirklands and just happened to visit their new location in our town, once I was in there I fell in love. They’re the perfect mix of Evan and Company and comfort. BTW, those pillows are on sale for $13.99 this week.

The mantel is the focal point of our office space. My desk sits in front of it and clients face it each time they come in. As always I wanted to create something that was brand cohesive and fun so I pulled together shades of gray, white and silver. Of course it had to match our pillows too.

A mixture of silver ribbon, taper and pillar candles, wrapped gift boxes and silver ball ornaments made up this years holiday mantle. These are mostly things I had around the office from years of christmas decor and collecting.

My tree is an artificial 6ft slim fraser fur that I actually picked up from Wal-mart about 3 years ago. I know, don’t judge me. But it was cheap and I was desperate and Wal-Mart was right there. I think my favorite addition are the white planter boxes we acquired from an event this past November. Doesn’t it make the perfect “tree skit/ stand”?!?

The tree has a about 4 rolls of ribbon on it,  an assortment of ornaments and picks. Each year I collect more and more stuff. The ornaments were purchased from Hobby Lobby a several years ago and the ribbon and picks are from a local floral outlet.

It’s certainly makes me smile each time I walk into work. What do you think? Have you thought of some ways to incorporate some over these ideas into your home of office decor next year?

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back later this afternoon for a Christmas Tradition that we skipped last year, but   you’ll want to be a part of this year.

Oh and for those of you that are curious I linked some of my office furnishings here. They’re on sale this week too: Desk  Office Chair | Arm Chairs 

Rachel + Luke

Laura here! Evans really AWESOME new assistant. YES! Evan has a new assistant, and YES I rock.

Weddings are one of my favorite things to watch.  The flowers, the music, the colors, all of it put together to specifically describe that couple, the journey they have had together, and the one they are about to encounter. NOW, I get to watch how they are put together by the COOLEST wedding planner around.  Evan has true talent in capturing each bride’s personality and making her day perfectly fit for her.

Rachel and Luke’s wedding was immaculate.  It was a true classic southern wedding, from their church ceremony to a gorgeous reception at the country club.  Rachel’s bouquet was breathtaking with her ivory and white, lace dress… and who doesn’t LOVE lace? With the guys fancied up in their tuxedos and the bridesmaids in their flowing, floor length dresses, this whimsical wedding was an absolute dream. Of course we couldn’t do what we do without a team of FANTASTIC Vendors. Thanks Guys! You truly helped make The Hall’s wedding day what they dreamed of!

Venue: Trinity Presbyterian, The Montgomery County Club | Event and Floral Design: Evan and Company | Photographer: Josh Moates/ Kim Box Photography | Lighting: Adam Stuart/ Special Event Lighting | Cakes: Olexa’s | Dress: Ivory and White

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It’s a Giveaway…

If you follow me on any form of Social Media, you’re probably beyond tired of hearing about the Alabama Governor’s Mansion but I can’t help myself.  It’s been such an honor and I ‘m  just so thrilled that I was able to be a part of something spectacular. The Holiday Candlelight tours kicked off last night at the Mansion and I heard there were over quite a few folks that come through. I stopped in about an hour previous to chat with Mrs. Bentley and there were already people lining up outside the gate. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up in their holiday sweaters and boots. I plan on going to do my “official” tour on the 16th of December. What better thing to do than spend a Monday evening with Friends and Family touring the Governor’s Mansion?!?

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(iPhone Photos Left: Heather Hannah, Director of Mansion Operations Right: First Lady Diane Bentley)

In honor of the Christmas Season and having decorated the Mansion, I wanted to do a little giveaway! YUP! I know how you folks LOVE, LOVE, LOVE free stuff. The First Lady was kind enough to sign her Candle, “First Lady”. It’s an natural luxury soy candle and it smells WONDERFUL! (I have one sitting on my desk burning now.). There is also a set of 10 hand drawn notecards, a Cookie Cutter in the shape of the State of Alabama, (PERFECT for all of those Holiday Parties with out of town guests) and 4 tickets to the Monday night Candlelight Tour of your choice.

Entering is simple, just comment this post and we’ll draw a lucky winner on Friday afternoon! Happy Commenting!

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I decorated the Governors Mansion for Christmas.

Y’all! I decorated the Governor’s Mansion for Christmas! I still freak out inside when I think about it.  Talk about a HUGE opportunity.

Back in July Heather Hannah,  (Doesn’t her name sound like a Hollywood A-List Celeb?!) the Director of Operations at the Governor’s Mansion emailed me and asked If I would be interested in decorating the Dinning Room. My response, “Heck Yes! I would LOVE too. I’ll call you in a bit!”   This would be my second trip to the beautiful mansion.

My first visit was a couple of years ago when  Aubrie Lemon and I produced a Great Gatsby themed shoot there. After researching tons of “set” options we weren’t happy with any of them, so I had this CRAZY Idea about shooting at the mansion.  Those columns scream GG, right?  NEVER in a millions years did I think they would agree to it.  I will never forget this shoot!  So much fun!  Remember these?  It was FANTASTIC!  Screen-shot-2012-04-12-at-6.56.26-PM

When it came to deciding on a Christmas theme for the Mansion Dinning Room, I knew I didn’t want to go over the top. 1.) That’s not my style 2.)  I wanted to accent the beauty and history that already existed.  “A Traditional Christmas”  is what we finally settled on– lots of gold, red and touches of textures using burlap and pinecones.

Decorating the Governor’s Mansion is no small task. We used over 300 Ornaments, 1600 Lights, 80 feet of Garland and 50 yards of Ribbon. 2013-11-26_0009

We mixed burlap with red satin ribbon to bring in another texture and an element of trend. I personally LOVE burlap and always have, but with it being one of the biggest wedding trends it can tend to be over done!  One should be careful not to over use  it.

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Decorating Tip: Presents not only add life to the bottom of your tree, but they help hide all of those ugly power cords. Plus, it’s super fun picking out coordinating paper and ribbons!

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There is nothing like decorating for Christmas in shorts, right?  Welcome to Alabama.  I had on a wool peacoat the day before.  BTW, I hate ladders. They make me nervous.  That smile was just for the camera!  2013-11-26_0011

 

The gorgeous Chandelier is from an old hotel in New Orleans. I wanted to rip it out of the ceiling and take it with me. Can’t you see that hanging at a wedding reception?

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There are so many pieces in the dinning that have tons of historical significance. The Coffee Server was purchased for the inaugural Open House in 1951 when the house first became the Governor’s Mansion. The China with the State Coat of Arms was picked out by the previous First Lady, Pasty Riley, during the Riley Administration. The  paintings on the left are of 2 French Explorers who brought the camellias and azaleas over to Alabama.   2013-11-26_0017

The Silver Punch Bowl and Serving Tray on the buffet are from the USS Alabama. They weren’t allowed to have them on board during World War II, so they shipped several pieces to the Governor and various other locations.  2013-11-26_0018

The garland on the Dinning Table might be one of my favorite elements. I’m a sucker for a table “runner”.  Isn’t that table linen FANTASTIC too?  The chairs around the table were hand stitched by the Mountain Brooke Needle Point Society during the 1970’s.  They felt the mansion needed more history, therefore each cushion has a different historical explorer or place stitched on it.  The Governor’s cushion has the State Coat of Arms on it.  He sits at the head of the table in front of the fire place.

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Of course, I couldn’t have pulled it all off without the help of the sweet folks in the photo below.  They were such a blessing, and stuck with me until the very end.  Colby is homeschooled,  so we considered it a “field trip”.  How many kids get to say the hung out at the Governor’s Mansion for the day?!?  I think the coolest thing to him was that the pool in the back yard was in the shape of the State of Alabama.  This day was more than I could have ever imagined,  and I am beyond grateful and humbled for the opportunity. 2013-11-26_0013

I have had many of you guys ask about touring the mansion and YES, YOU CAN!  The Holiday Open House tours will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2; Monday, December 9; and Monday, December 16.  Tickets for the tours are complimentary and available at the Governor’s Mansion gift shop prior to the tours each day.  The gift shop is located at 30 Finley Avenue, across the street from the side entrance of the mansion. There will be different choirs, refreshments, and special holiday activities each night.

I look forward to seeing you there!  I am not sure yet which Monday I will be getting my “official” tour, but if  you’re touring the mansion be sure to post a picture on IG  or Twitter. Use the hashtag #evanandcompany.  Let’s get Evan & Co trending! 😉

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