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 

Evan’s Favorite Things– Day 5

2015-12-14_0004 I know, I know. I’m a couple days behind in posting this. My deepest apologies. My trip to New Orleans was much more fast paced than I expected. Friday (the original day this post was scheduled for) was go, go go with a full day of site seeing, eating and a fancy wedding.

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Speaking of New Orleans…Today’s Favorite Thing is one that I took with me on my trip. Every southern gentleman needs a monogrammed duffle bag, right? I LOVE my chocolate brown rolling duffle from You Name It! Their located in Montgomery, Alabama across from Faulkner University. The bag retails for $78.00. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas Last but not least, and Possibly my most Favorite Thing… Greater by Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina. Steven states that “most believers aren’t in danger of ruining their lives. They’re facing a danger far greater: wasting them”.  I couldn’t agree more. Often times we find ourselves getting stuck in boring, powerless life ruts and are mislead lead into thinking that’s what Christ has called us too. Thankfully that’s not the case.  “Baseline living is not okay. Not for a believer in Jesus. There’s a price to pay for Christian complacency” say Furtrick. The book expands the the biblical story of Elisha to give you the confidence to know that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see what step is next.

This book is a quick and easy read. It’s almost impossible not to read through the book in a couple of day. I had to pace myself so I could really think about the points and arguments he was making. If you’re looking for a book with some instant take home points that you can apply the moment you open this book, than this is the one for you. As I was reading it, I thought of several folks I know would benefit from the read.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas To enter the last day of Evan’s Favorite Things is simple. Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the “Video” section), make sure you click the confirmation email or it doesn’t count. Once you’ve done that pop back on over here and leave a comment in the post.

We’ll be posting the winners of Evan’s Favorite Things on Wednesday. Don’t forget to share, share share. If you post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings, it just might increase your chances.

If you’re just joining in on the Favorite Things fun there’s still time to enter. Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3  | Day 4 

 

Taylor + Taylor

Yup! You heard right! Taylor and Taylor said I do!  Isn’t that the cutest? Matching names! I wonder if I could find an Evan to marry?! That might be a bit much for the world to handle!

According to girl Taylor, Evan and Company came highly recommend from her sweet, sweet friends Heather and Ivey! I’m so thankful they put in a good word. I enjoyed every second of planning their wedding. They exchanged vows with a small private family only ceremony and reception at Wynfield Estate late September.

Her dress was gorgeous and fit her like a glove, but can we talk about those Kate Spade heels? That Bow, those straps = PERFECTION!

2014-11-09_0041 I’m a man of many talents, I wouldn’t put bow tying at the top of that list, but I’m pretty good at it. #whataman 2014-11-09_0042 I knew from our initial meeting with Taylor that Courtnie of Poppy Pedals had to design her invites. The fit and style of her work was PERFECT for Taylor and Taylor’s wedding.  2014-11-09_0043 Bride and Grooms usually have mixed feelings about a “First Look”. But when they agree to it, it’s pretty much perfect. Boy Taylor’s face is priceless.  2014-11-09_0044 Taylor’s eyes got water-y when she saw her bouquet. As a designer it made my heart happy. I used seeded eucalyptus as the base and used ivory roses, veronica, white ranunculus and lisanthus to create the finished piece. Of course no bouquet is compete without long hanging satin ribbons.  2014-11-09_0045

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2014-11-09_0063 This black and white is my FAVORITE! Such a classic and timeless photo! High Five, BROOKIE!!!

2014-11-09_0062 We adorned the doors of the conservatory with fresh cut wreaths and garland. 2014-11-09_0047 Isn’t her Bridal stunning? I mean… PERFECTION!!  2014-11-09_0048

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2014-11-09_0050 When I get married I want engraved cufflinks. So classy! But I wouldn’t expect anything less from boy Taylor. 2014-11-09_0058

2014-11-09_0052 a beautiful small intimate ceremony for Taylor and Taylor’s family.  2014-11-09_0055 This was one of my favorite elements from the day. That cross, the flowers and the table… OBSESSED!  2014-11-09_0056 I LOVE when I get a chance to share in a room reveal with a Bride and Groom before all of their guest arrive. It’s safe to say girl Taylor LOVED it.  2014-11-09_0051

2014-11-09_0059 Simplicity is always best. I couldn’t more thrilled with out everything turned out. Just gorgeous! The perfect about of classic elegance.  2014-11-09_0054 Because every Bride and Groom needs His and Her chairs.  2014-11-09_0060

2014-11-09_0061 You know it’s not a true southern wedding without a Peggy McKinney Cake. It was delicious as always.  2014-11-09_0053 Biodegradable confetti for the win! Don’t you like my photobomb up there?  2014-11-09_0065 I am a better person having worked with Taylor and Taylor. It was nothing but joy from day one we met and I can’t thank you enough for believing in me and trusting us to make your special day extraordinary. Please tell Newt I said hello! 😉 2014-11-09_0066 Oh yea, for all you “pincers” don’t forget to hover over the image and click “Pin”. Share Away!

Venue: Wynfield Estate {Montgomery, Ala.} | Dress: Ivory and White | Wedding Planning, Floral Design & Styling: Evan & Co. | Invitations/Paper Products: Poppy Pedals | Catering: Jennie Weller Catering | Cake: Peggy McKinney Cakes | Music: Jason Givens | Bar Service: Helping Hands Bar Service | Rentals: Brendle Rentals | Photography: Colorbox Photographers 

DIY Halloween Costumes

Can you believe halloween is exactly a week away? Where has this year gone?! I’m gonna need 2014 to slow down. In the spirt of the upcoming holiday my always willing assistant, Laura and I decided (well, I kind of made her) it would be fun to pull together some quick and simple DIY Halloween Costumes.

If you’re like us, we could honestly care less about the spooky holiday. But of course this is the only time of the year you have an excuse to go to a costume party. I recently came across and image online of an elaborate Ring Master and Giraffe costume, I LOVED it so much I figured we could dumb it down a bit and make is easy and simple of all you DIY’ers that are on tight budgets and crazy timelines.   2014-10-23_0003 Meet Georgetta the giraffe and RingMaster Bruno. 2014-10-23_0004 Laura had her yellow dress hanging in her closet, so the only addition we needed to complete her costume was this CRAZY AWESOME giraffe balloon “hat” from Kreative Moments. Can you guess how much it cost?!?!?! ONLY $5.00. That’s a steal of the deal and certainly not something anyone else is going to be wearing.

As for my costume, I had just about everything in my closet as well. The only thing I picked up was my blazer from discount store and the $6.00 top hat from Party City (I added the red ribbon accent). All in all the most expensive part of both costumes is the balloons in my hand and of course you wouldn’t necessarily need 17 of them, we just thought it added to the photo. 😉 By the time it was said and done, we spent $25.00 on BOTH costumes. I know, it’s cray cray!

We can’t wait to see all of the DIY costumes next week. If you’re making your own costume, BE SURE to use the hashtag #EGCDIY, we’d love to see what you come up with. We’ll be picking one lucky winner who will be a recipient of a $25.00 gift card to Hobby Lobby, a DIY’ers playground. Happy Costuming.