Acorns & The Oak | Trunk Show

At The Southern Trunk, we value local vendors and businesses. Their products have people with meaningful stories behind them. That is why The Southern Trunk decided to host Trunk Shows. We want to highlight new lines and businesses that offer more than just a product but a story.  We hope that as you check out our Trunk Shows that you enjoy the creative inspiration and people behind them. And go buy their products! I am very excited to share with you The Southern Trunk’s very first Trunk Show! To kick it off, I want to highlight one of my good friends Lily and her business Acorns & The Oak. I love her handcrafted paintings and have some of them hanging in my own home. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started “Acorns & The Oak” My name is Lily, and I am the middle daughter of three girls. My mother, “the Oak” is a brilliant artist and has taught art in the classroom for many years. As a result, she has encouraged creativity in all of us and art…

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Puppy Love – Happy Birthday Chuck

I can’t really say I have ever been an animal person. We never had dogs growing up, and the one cat my family had was never really attached to me. So you can imagine when Ian asked if I wanted a dog, what my answer was. A few short months later, I found myself looking through the eBay pet ads for puppies. I would send Ian pictures of sweet puppies and joke with him about getting them until one day, he responded with ‘lets pick that one up.’ Totally against my risk taking nature, I told him ‘Okay! Lets go tomorrow.’ I had a feeling the moment I met the little guy in the picture, there wasn’t going to be any way I wouldn’t take him home. And that’s exactly what happened. And thats when we met our little puppy Chuck. And yes, we did name him after Chuck Bass, (Charles when he’s bad), from Gossip Girl. He is a Yorkie Maltese mix (Morkie), although we joke that he looks like a toy German Shepherd sometimes. Since then, I am…

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When it snows in Georgia

As you probably know, we don’t get a lot of snow in Georgia. And a lot of the time, we end up turning our pajamas inside out for a cold day with no precipitation. This year, snowpocalypse hit the south and we weren’t expecting it. My stomach was in my throat for about three hours as I attempted to drive home on the icy roads. I ended up pulling off the road and walking two miles to get home. Ian’s commute is about 50 minutes, but this day, it took him 7.5 hours to get home. We were extremely lucky compared to others. Some children were stranded at schools and on buses while others abandoned their cars and walked miles to find shelter. Hotels were completely booked and many people spent the night in their offices without food or warmth. But, what was a very terrible experience, was also a very beautiful one. Hundreds of citizens opened their homes for those who were in need. On the road by my parent’s house, people lined the streets handing out spaghetti and hot…

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What is The Southern Trunk?

When I was a little girl, I remember playing in my parents bedroom and being mesmerized at the huge trunk at the foot of their bed. As I got older, I asked my mom what was inside. When she told me, it was better than I could have ever imagined. Hundreds of love letters between her and my dad lined the bottom. Along with the letters were my first ballet shoes, a stuffed animal from when her and my dad were dating, pictures of my sister and I from when we were babies and special gifts that my mom had kept sacred over the years. It was magical. Like you were opening up a real life story book. That is why I started The Southern Trunk. I wanted to share with you not only what is in my trunk, but what is in the trunk of others. Sometimes a trunk comes in the form of pictures and images that capture special memories and moments that slip away too quickly. Or sometimes it comes in the form of a trunk stamped with…

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Merry & Bright – The perfect holiday party booth

Every year since we have been married, Ian and I have enjoyed hosting a small Christmas party at our house. We usually require for everyone to dress up some how and this year we thought we would bring back the Tacky Christmas Sweaters. Since we don’t do a white elephant or ornament exchange we create a small area upstairs to do a photo booth. In the two years we’ve done it, it has not failed to bring lots of laughs and holiday cheer out of everyone. This year. We took two hideously awesome green chairs from the Goodwill as our seating. Since we didn’t want to spend a lot of money, we bought rolls of brown packaging paper from the Dollar Store and hung it in strips all across the back wall. Ian hung old vintage lights from my Grandma’s Christmas tree across the paper and we had the perfect vintage set up. The props were all random items we either had in our house or things we borrowed from my mother-in-laws drama prop closet. We also added a Shake…

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A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Between all the parties, family, and cheer I also get to transform my home into miniature winter wonderland. When we started our family two years ago, I was really excited about decorating for Christmas. But when I actually started putting the decorations up, I realized it was more than just making your home look beautiful. It was about the memories and traditions that come along with it. I love to see how other people transform their home through the holidays. Each ornament or decoration has a special meaning or memory behind it. As Ian and I decorate, I think about the items that people have given us, that we got from an ornament exchange, or just the fun in putting it all up together while listening to Frank Sinatra and Big Band Music. With that being said, here is a small tour of our home at Christmas. Every year, Ian and I go through the back yard and trim our trees and tie the branches together for the garland inside. As messy…

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Nashville, TN

For a quick weekend getaway, Ian and I and our friends Jimmy and Jen decided to go to Nashville, Tennessee. Even though all four of us had lived in the south our entire lives, we had never been before. In my opinion, Tennessee is one of the most beautiful states and Nashville is a city you cannot miss! Here are a few pictures from our trip as well as some recommendations if you decide to take a trip yourself. For lunch the first day we stopped at The Pharmacy which has some incredible burgers and handcrafted sodas. Of course we had to be touristy so we stopped by the Pantheon in Centennial Park to relive some memories from Italy. And as you may know from our previous trips, we always do jumping pictures somewhere in the city… For an afternoon pick-me-up we went to the Frothy Monkey on 12th ave for some incredible coffee and lattes. The Frothy Monkey is known to have several country celebrities stop in, but unfortunately none were there when we went. 12th ave. was fun…

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Washington D.C.

I had the pleasure of going to a marketing conference in D.C. for work, and as a bonus Ian got to tag along for a mini vacation. I had visited D.C. with my parents when I was younger, but I was excited to go back and see the city with Ian who had never been before. We started the trip by seeing the White House and the National Mall. Since the weather was so nice, we walked mostly everywhere and bought Metro passes for the day if it was more than a few blocks. After the end of the conference we took the Metro to Georgetown, which I instantly fell in love with. It is very much like visiting Charleston in the North. All of the shops are built into old buildings and the atmosphere and vibe of the town is very quaint. After doing a little shopping, we walked along the Washington Harbor and had a delicious lobster dinner at Clyde’s downtown. Here are a few pictures from the trip: Ian caught me taking selfies at the Washington monument,…

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