Question: What do you get when you cross an Evan Garrett Cooper with a Lettered Cottage Layla in the month of February?
(pictured above: Evan Garrett Cooper, the “wonder wall” in our dining room, and an Etsy calendar )
Answer: A dining room decked out in sweet, Southern-style DIY Valentines Day decor, and lots of YUMMY cupcakes!
Evan (whom I have officially nicknamed, EGC) is as crazy about photostyling as I am, and it was such a treat to be able to work with him on this project! Here he is in action on some other photoshoots and events he had a fun working on…
And here’s a fun fact about Mr. EGC: Back before he got too busy photostyling and event planning, he used to make and sell his own “Cooper Cupcakes”…
Is that the coolest cupcake logo, or what? And Holy cute cupcakes, Batman! I was so excited to finally sample
one two three of his red velvet ones in the days following our Valentines Day shoot!
And speaking of our shoot, it basically started with a text from me to him a couple of weeks ago that went something like this, “Hi Evan! It’s Layla Palmer. Do you want to help me style a shoot chock full of inexpensive, DIY Valentines Day craft and decor ideas?”
Well, 204 texts later (I’m not kidding) we managed to pull it all together and have a whole bunch’a fun in the process! We came up with quite a few ideas I want to blog about, so I thought I’d just introduce the fabulous Mr. Cooper here today, and then blog about all the things we worked on together over the next few days. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the ideas we’ve got up our sleeves…
Click the badge below to visit EGC’s website, or to see what’s he’s up to on his blog…
You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and at @evangcooper on Instagram!
Oh my goodness! It is all just too lovely for words! Can I just copy everything you guys ever do?! You’ve never once done a project I haven’t completely loved. Please just come invade my house and work your magic. 🙂
Thank you, Sarah! 😀
LOVE your blog name!
Awww! Thank you! That makes me happy. 🙂
Super cute–love that first pic.
Thanks, Shaunna! We had such a blast putting it together! 🙂
Ohmygosh ! ! ! ! So excited! Thanks for sharing!
Love the pics, love Evan, love it all!!! I love holiday decor on the cheap. Great work, guys!
PS: Tell Evan to get a Facebook page so I can “like” him too.
Thanks Katy! And you can find a link to Evan’s Facebook page at the very end of the post! 😉
Sorry!!! I go so excited about clicking on the graphic that I totally missed the WORDS right underneath it. Duh! I’m off to like, pin, etc!!!!
Hi Katy!!! So glad you loved everything! We had a blast!!! 😉 Hope to see you on Facebook!
I saw the “Pink Party” the other night when I drove through downtown. It was beautiful!
You could see it from the street?! You’ve got great vision, Marsha- LOL! 😀
I wasn’t sure if it was a launch party for The Pratt Room or a real party or both. I saw EGC so I knew there would be pictures.
Oooh! What’s The Pratt Room? Sounds exciting!
Tonya @ Love of Family & Home
Thank you, Tonya! LOVE me some “love month”! 😀
I love it all! Super pretty!
Thanks, Laura! I’m a sucker for sweetheart soiree’! 😀
And wouldn’t being able to style those soirees for a living be a dream job!? 🙂
P.S. I checked out Evan, he is talented!
Thanks Laura for your kind words! means so much! So excited about working with Layla on many more projects in the future! 😉
It is all so pretty I might just squeal! How fun to have someone come to style things with you and everything looks just fabulous! Can’t wait for all the reveals!
Kim in Iowa
Oh what a teaser! My birthday is on Valentine’s Day so I really love to decorate. Can’t wait to see what the crafty projects are going to be!
I love Red and White! Truly I do. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love Christmas and Valentines Day. I mean it’s all about the decorating isn’t it! Oh and the Love of course 🙂 Looking forward to what you have done Layla- thanks for the tease!
Where did you find the cute creamers/milk bottles?
I found them online. shopsweetlulu.com, but an inexpensive alternative is Starbucks frappuccino bottles. The ones you can purchase at the supermarket or the gas station. Just peel the label off and you’re ready to go. If you know someone that drinks them, just ask them to save them for you instead of throwing them away! They look identical. Hope it helps! 😉
Thank you! I will be ordering these!
i LOVE all of this!
Everything is so adorable; but I love the milk bottles! so stinkin’ cute!
It’s all so lovely! Happy February <3
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
I am so excited! Gorgeous DIY tease AND eye candy! (I’m married, not dead. Rawr!)
Y’all make me want to go live with my extended family in Alabama. Just to be close to you ;). Everything about this post and series delights me. Can’t wait to read more!!!
LOL, Sarah!! Alabama is where it’s at!! 😉 We thought this post was delightful too! We had a blast putting everything together!
What part of AL are y’all from (Yes I say “y’all” too because I’m a Texas girl :)). My family is up north– Elkmont/Hunstville/Florence. Every time I visit I tell myself I’m never going to leave.
Julia @ Chris Loves Julia
This really makes me want to throw a small Valentine’s bash. Close friends. No kids. Great dinner. And THOSE cupcakes. Our only sign of Valentine’s around here, is this month’s chalkboard drawing:
…but I still want that garland. 🙂
GORGE DRAWING, Julia!!!
It’s all just so sweet it makes my teeth itch. Love it.
Ha! Thank you, Laurie! 😀
I could not keep my hands off of those cupcakes!!! I mean the ones made from cake batter BTW… ;-p
Krystle @ Color Transformed Family
I just saw some blue tinted jars today on Pinterest. I love how they look with the flowers. This will be exciting to see all the crafts.
I love what you’ve shown so far… can’t wait to see more and get all the nitty gritty details! Looks like the two of you had way too much fun! And those cupcakes…. they look delish!!
Ellen, we had a blast!!! Keep your eyes peeled for the follow up post. 😉
I’m obsessed with bunting and that one just about does me in. All the different textures and colors makes my heart skip a beat 🙂
What darling pics! Where did you find the mini milk drinking glasses and straws? They are so cute!
I was telling Jeanette above that I purchased the milk bottles and straws online. shopsweetlulu.com, but an inexpensive alternative is Starbucks frappuccino bottles. The ones you can purchase from the supermarket. Just peel the label off and youâ€™re ready to go. If you know someone that drinks them, just ask them to save them for you instead of throwing them away! They look identical. Hope it helps!
kelly in georgia
preciously cute!!!! love love love all the red. and those cupcakes???no way i could resist red velvet cupcakes! (you did well to only have 3)
Jenna at Homeslice
oh my goodness. that looks delicious! and not just the cupcakes!
Kathleen @ Miss Hannah B.
Loving the beautiful pictures. They are so inspiring! More importantly where can you get those cupcakes? they look deliciously Devine
Flower Patch Farmgirl
I can’t get enough of you. I want to climb inside my computer and hunker down in your V-Day wonderland. You KNOW how swoony this is to me, right?
Your comments are like sunshine on my screen.
Jay @ wilbur road
The sweetest! I, too, have been enjoying decorating for Valentine’s. It must be really fun to have another creative soul to collaborate with. All of that creativity and love comes through in your pictures, they are delightful.
I especially love the place settings, just precious!
Can’t wait for the how-to’s!
We had a blast! Thanks for the kind words!! It was pure joy working with Layla. Keep your eyes peeled for how to’s– so simple and affordable! 😉
Do you have a good source for your cute striped straws? We are looking for some for our daughters wedding reception – root beer floats! The pictures are so inspiring, gave me some good ideas already!
I purchase all of my striped straws offline from http://www.shopsweetlulu.com They would be PERFECT for root beer floats! Good luck with the planning process! 😉
kathleen @ a bunch of craft
Nothing better than valentines day crafts! Cant wait to see ’em!
So cute! I can’t wait to see the rest. Our anniversary is on Valentine’s Day so this is welcome inspiration for a celebration! I checked out EGC’s website and blog – what talent. The collaboration between you two looks wonderful and I hope to see more : )
Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Melinda! (PS- I’m texting with EGC right now about another project I’d like to work on with him!) 😉
Thanks so much for the kind words! It means so much. Layla and I had a blast working together on this post! We are in talks for the next project! So exciting! 😉
I have always been a fan of Evan. So glad the world is getting to see his amazing talent. Love the shoot. And from experience, those cupcakes are addictive! 🙂 Try the key lime next.
Please make me some key lime cupcakes!
Love your table runner idea, it’s just charming and fun! As well as your other Valentine’s day ideas. Small milk jugs w/ red and white straws!!! 🙂
loving the burlap, doilies & hankies…what a great combination!
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Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
Layla, it all looks adorable! I love the colors and the pretty vintage china. Beautiful! Happy upcoming V-Day to you and Kevin! â™¥