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    Kevin and I worked on a pumpkin project the other day, and when it came time to photograph the finished products on our front porch, we immediately thought of our friend Evan. Why Evan? Because he has an amazing prop locker closet warehouse, complete with beautiful old barrels of course!

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    Evan (a.k.a- Evan G. Cooper) is a stylist and wedding/event planner here in central Alabama and he’s so good at mixing ideas and elements to create a cohesive concept that looks as gorgeous in person as it does in pictures. Check out these pretties from his portfolio:

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    Evan said you can find both half-size and full-size barrels at flea markets and select home improvement stores & garden centers for anywhere between $20-$100 a piece. (PS- For more pretty pics, search EvanGCooper on Instagram!)

    Our kid’s craft articles will pop up on HGTV.com later this Fall, but here’s a sneak peek of how we used one of Evan’s barrels next to our front door:

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    Working out on the porch this week made me excited to spend more time out there this year. I’d love to create a swing like this at some point…

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    (Source: Southern Living)

    Man does that look like a great place to stretch out with a half sweet/half un-sweet tea, doesn’t it?

    I saw a cute sign the other day that said, “Southern belles solve all the world’s problem on their front porch.” After we’re done building the swingy bed, I’m thinking I may need to make a “Midwestern belle” version of that for my Southern front porch, too- ha!

    PS- Awesome item alert: Josh blogged about some really cool customizable photo books over on the ShootFlyShoot.com blog today…

    That Ever James sure is a cutie, isn’t he?

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