Victoria Schneider - The Southern Trunk

Cove’s First Birthday | Modern Geo Jungle Party

When it came time for us to start thinking about a theme for Cove’s first birthday, I knew I wanted it to be from something we experienced together as a family during his first year of life. We were able to take Cove to both the Atlanta Zoo and the San Diego Zoo this year and he loved it. Since we had such great memories there together as a family, I decided to do a modern jungle theme. We have always used #gocove since before he was born, so we played on that to theme the party GO COVE, GO WILD. We tied together modern and geometric patterns with African Mudcloth to build out the branding and design. I designed the logo and invites, and then had them printed. We also crafted handmade wooden geometric photo frames to hold the Polaroid’s that we had people take at the party as party favors. Then we added jungle greenery and tiny zoo animals to pull it all together.

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Hairpin Leg Kitchen Table DIY

We wanted a kitchen table that was simple, neutral and could take a beating from us and the kids, but still develop some character over the years. It’s 6 feet long x 3 feet wide, hard maple wood top with iron hairpin legs. I built the top and we purchased 4 hairpin legs. We left knots throughout the wood because we love the character it gives. COST $ * *Doesn’t include chairs (+$375) COST BREAKDOWN Hard Maple Wood = ~$175 (based on the lumberyard)Iron Hairpin Legs (Satin Nickel) = $121 (Four legs @ $26 a piece + shipping)Bistro Chairs (Copper) = ~$375 (6 chairs) MATERIALS 32 feet of 7-1/4 inch wide x 2 inch thick hard maple wood boards (maple is a favorite of mine because it’s dense, can take a beating, fairly simple to shape and leaves great character in the wood)Four 28 inch Hairpin legs (Satin Nickel)Bistro Chairs (Copper)2 inch Screws (48 qty.)Wood GlueWood Filer (optional to patch gaps)Stain (Special Walnut 224 – Minwax)Polyurethane (Clear Satin – Minwax) TOOLS Miter SawClampsKreg JigDrillHand PlanerSaw HorsesFinishing Sander STEP 1 – Cut the wood to five even pieces, measuring 6 feet long…

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Backyard Bliss

Now that the temps are warming up and the sun is setting later, Ian and I decided we wanted to spruce up our patio below the deck. Although we love the view of the sunset from the top of our deck, its full sun and pretty open. We thought having something below would be a little cozier and we could create a shaded place to eat a meal together. Cove also loves being outside, so this has been our little getaway when he gets fussy too. With the help of At Home, and a few things we had around the house, we worked to make the space feel more relaxed and our little sanctuary. My love for bohemian things and neutrals came out again. (You can see some of the details from our bohemian bash here.) I wanted the space to feel earthy and eclectic. We used one of the tables that Ian had built for the boho bash, and added taller legs. Ian then built some simple modern benches from old wood we found and I painted the legs of everything white…

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Cornhole – DIY

This project was a lot of fun. Victoria and I have been wanting a cornhole set for a little while now and the Bohemian Party we had was the motivation I needed to get it done. Below are the steps Jimmy and I took to build the set. Hope you enjoy! STEP 1: Sketch out the Set Below is a diagram with general dimensions we used. Image pulled from another cornhole DIY located at the bottom of the post. I start a project by sketching out exactly what I want to do. You don’t have to do this, but it helps me think through what I want. STEP 2 – Cut the Top Boards & Glue Together You need 32′ total of the 1×6 boards to make 2 boards, so we purchased four 8′ boards and had the guy at Home Depot cut them in half to make four 4′ boards for each cornhole board. It’s free and they’ll cut almost anything. After they were cut, we glued 4 of the 4′ boards together to create a thick bond. This is where you should use clamps…

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