Thanksgiving Table scape Decorating Ideas

Thanksgiving is tomorrow– I don’t know if I’m most excited about, my Granny’s dressing or eating Red Velvet cake. I’m counting down the hours until we’re sitting around dinner table laughing, sharing past memories and of course eating until we can’t eat anymore. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

Last year, I styled a table scape for The Lettered Cottage and it turned out better than I imagined. Fall is most favorite time of the year. Deep shades of reds, oranges and yellow… it’s just beautiful. With Turkey Day being tomorrow.. YES, I know it’s super last minute but I wanted to give you guys a few last minute ideas on how you can spruce up you table for the holiday.

We started by anchoring two pedestals on either side of the center point of the table. I then added some heirloom pumpkins to the top of each pedestal and a few clusters/ groupings on either side of the pedestal. 2015-11-24_0002 Next I added three lanterns. One in the center of the table and two on either ends. I also mixed in a few pint size mason jars (for florals), brass candles sticks and some small, glass votives.

2015-11-24_0003 Up next.. Flowers. That’s my FAVORITE part. It just adds so much color and life. We used an assortment of fall blooms. Ranunculus, Sunflowers, Roses, yarrow and solidago. The blooms were just PERFECTION. 2015-11-24_0010 I even added in some fresh kale from the farmers market. Mixed with all the different elements, it helped soften some of the harsh textures throughout the table.  2015-11-24_0015 Seeing the finished product come to life is always SO FUN. Here’s a few photos of the entire look we created.  2015-11-24_0011 2015-11-24_0007 Remember there’s no Right or Wrong way to creativity. It’s your way. Happy Thanksgiving.

DIY French Fry Halloween Costume

I’ll always pick French Fries… ask any of my friends, it never fails. No matter where we are! McDonalds or a 5-Star restaurant…I MUST HAVE French Fries. I’ll take a side of ranch too. Thanks! 2015-10-29_0005 When I saw Studio DIY‘s tutorial, I knew that was the costume for me. Although my Mom still thinks I should go as a chicken Fingers. My love for those is pretty much equal. Next Year! #maybe 2015-10-29_0008 My first stop.. Of course, Hobby Lobby. They know me by name. It’s kinda like an Senior Citizen going to McDonald’s every morning for coffee. They greet you with a friendly smile and say “Good Morning Mr. Evan” but instead it’s for craft supplies. I can’t wait to go back in an show Mrs. Debbie pictures. She’s gonna flip. 2015-10-29_0006 Of course I never do anything alone. There’s always a team of people or someone behind me making me look better than I am. I remember calling Kim (The Balloon Lady) and telling her I wanted to be French Fries for halloween and I need a few balloons… She said “okkkkkk…”. I could hear the hesitation in her voice, but as always she went along with my crazy idea. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out! What do you think? 2015-10-29_0007 If you have a few minutes to spare and need a quick costume for tomorrow night I listed everything I used to make my costume below. It’s pretty self explanatory.

Cardboard | Red Duck Tape | Wide Yellow Grosgrain Ribbon (For Straps) |Red Spray Paint  | Box Cutter | Hot Glue Gun |Balloons 

STEP 1: Cut four pieces of cardboard to use for the fry box container. I made a front, back and two sides,  Spray paint both side red and allow them to dry according to the directions on the can.

Step 2:  Hot glue one side piece to the back panel of the fry container. Make sure you run line of hot glue down the side of the back pieces and place the side piece of the container on top. Add glue to the inside seam to secure it. I reenforced with duck tape (red duck tape). Repeat on the opposite side.

Step 3: Glue the front piece to the sides. It will certainly help to have an extra set of hands. (Thanks Mom!) You’ll want to make sure you step into the fry container to measure and mark strap placement according.

Step 4: It’s time to add your fries! As you can tell from the photos, we used balloons. 3 different sizes. You can pick them up at your local party supply store or call “The Balloon Lady”.  Make sure you grab a balloon pump too or you’ve pass out. 😉 We used rubber cement glue and duck tape to hold them in place. Add as many balloons as your french fry eating heart desires.

Step 5: Rock your French Fry costume proudly.  2015-10-29_0003

A HUGE THANK YOU to Kim B. from for coming to the studio on her day off to shoot my costume. She’s one of my biggest cheerleaders and I am forever grateful for her and all she does for me. LOVE YOU Kimmy!

ALL PHOTOS BY: Kim Box | Kim Box Photography

Leftovers

Spring has sprung my friends. It’s 80 degrees outside, my allergies are going crazy and wedding season has officially kicked into high gear.

We often get asked, “What do you do with flowers after a wedding?” and if you want the honest truth, they go in the trash. Well unless the family ask to take them home. After all they did spend thousands of dollars on them. It’s not very often I’m inspired to create something for the heck of it with leftovers, but after last weeks editorial shoot, I was.

We recently picked up these new  black glass containers from Old Time Pottery. They were a whopping $12.99. HEY YO! #stealofadeal They’ve been sitting on the shelf just waiting to be broken in.

I started by placing chicken wire in the container and molding it to the shape of the vase. After you have your chicken wire shaped to your liking, secure it with wet oasis tape just to make sure it doesn’t move. Oh and don’t forget to add water. I use a little dollar store watering can. It fits perfectly in through the chicken wire. 2015-03-17_0001 Once you have your mechanics in place, the fun begin. I always start with my greenery. For this particular arrangement I used, bay leaf, seeded and regular eucalyptus, leather leaf, and jasmine. The greenery is your base and helps create the shape of your arrangement. Be creative. There is no right or wrong way. It’s a style preference. If you hate, pull it out and start over.  2015-03-17_0002 Now that you have created your base, you can start adding in your blooms. I placed the ice protea in first because it is acting as my dominate flower. Then I added standard white blizzard roses and anemones. I topped the arrangement off with a touch of whimsy-ness by using those deep red ranunculus.  2015-03-17_0003

I like mentioned above, there really isn’t a right or wrong way. It’s about finding your style and what works best for you. I hope this simple DIY was helpful. We’ve had TONS of inquiries about hosting a weekend floral workshop. Would you be interested? Fingers crossed we can pull one together this fall. I’d LOVE to see you there. If interested shoot me an email, evan@evanandcompany.com.

EGC RENOVATES

As I mentioned in Wednesdays post we are giving the Evan and Company offices a much needed face lift.  March 2015 will be 2 years that we have been occupying the space and it’s long over due for a “overhaul”. Most of the design elements were rushed and last minute in efforts to make the space usable and inviting for client meetings.

This is how our front “lobby” looks now. Remember this is the BEFORE. I can’t wait to get that mantle installed too.  2014-11-06_0001 We use the space for initial consults with new clients and naps when we have to pull all nighters. 😉  It certainly serves its purpose but can most definitely look a million times better. I think one of my favorite pieces in the space is that little mustard yellow cabinet over there in the corner. I’m obsessed with yellow. It’s my all FAVORITE color. I like it so much Brian tried to talk me into painting an accent wall yellow, but I didn’t want to go that far.  2014-11-06_0002 I knew wanted a white sofa from Day 1. Of course that called for a quick trip to ATL and Ikea. But that quickly became a “why did I pick this” piece after we got it back and in the office. I think it might be getting a quick fix too. Brian has a plan, well kind of, I think! 😉 I do LOVE my Target arm chairs though. They’re so comfy. Unfortunately they will be going. Who wants to buy a pair of chairs? I’m still unsure why I wanted to be an interior designer, this is too intense for me. Of course you can’t have a makeover without paint, right? Thankfully Brian sent me in with some colors to look at. I spent an hour in the Benjamin Moore store staring at those paint samples. Some of them, I’m not exactly sure what he was thinking, others…. I think we might have a winner. 2014-11-06_0004 My best friend Andrew is heading over this weekend to help a brother out. He’s going to paint a few nooks and crannies for us. Can you guess what colors we chose? Check back on Tuesday to see the process. I’m SO EXCITED!!!