Girly Garb: Summer Forever

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(This blurry photo brought to you by a self timer and two n00bz still learning how to use it)

We are well into September and it is currently 82 degrees outside. And it will most likely stay that way for at least a month and a half. Just so you know - we’ll probably never move away from here. #sunshineforever Unless, of course, they make an underground bullet train to Paris. Then we’ll split our time between LA and Paris. So someone should get on that please and thank you.

We have got some SUPER exciting new things coming up for A Whimsy Wonderland! After about 2 and a half years, it’s time for some updates. WE’RE PUMPED, Y’ALL. Keep your peepers peeled, it’s about to get real fun around here.

But until then, here’s some cute pics of some colorful ‘fits. :)

Cort’s outfit deets - Top & Bottom set: SHEIN - Headscarf: Urban Outfitters - Shoes: Urban Outfitters - Clutch: Studio DIY

Jen’s outfit deets: Dress: SHEIN - Beret: Hello Holiday - Earrings: Marley & Alfie - Shoes: ASOS

Sending you all endless sunshine and a big hug.

Love & Summer

Jen & Cort

Cort's Bedroom Reveal!

Just rolling on through with the home update posts. I don't know if we'll ever stop being excited about these. A bit ago, we both revealed our living room updates on the blog (and if you haven't read them, you totally should, we're not biased at all), and now we're moving on through to our bedrooms! 

Just to give y'all a frame of reference, here are the "before" shots of my bedroom!

One thing I did love about this room when we moved in was the light colored floors. The floors in our last place were really dark and I just couldn't get over it! And also the natural light in here is really great! We've got a huge window, which in L.A., I feel like that's pretty rare for a bedroom. Our last apartment kind of looked like a cave. ha!

Anyway, I just saw potential with this room! As I said in my living room post, I would classify my home style as boho, colorful, with a touch of mid-century modern. I knew I wanted to add lots of color, an accent wall, and just more, because, well, we didn't really have very much as you can see. ;)

Soooooo.....

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Ta-da!!!

To me, it looks like a completely different room and it only took me 7 months to complete, but MAN, I've never felt so happy in a bedroom. It really feels like a sanctuary to me now and I love spending time in it! 

So, now for the details! 

So, we actually had this dresser in our last apartment. It's from IKEA, and it came with all black hardware! But we recently replaced all the knobs with these pretty gold ones from Emtek! These are the Mod Hex Knobs in satin brass and they totally made me fall in love with this dresser! And WAY cheaper than buying a whole new dresser! 

Once again, I have to sing Overstock's praises! I fell in love with this Moroccan Rug. It was one of the first pieces I put in the room, and I love the texture and boho feel it adds! We also added this cute rattan basket from World Market for some cute storage, since we always need more storage, tbh. 

This wallpaper by Society 6 is also something I'm still swooning over. It's temporary and SO easy to install! This is the Tropical Hibiscus and Palm Leaf print in dark coral. Wallpaper is something I've always loved the look of, but we're still a long way off from owning a place, so permanent wallpaper isn't really an option. And some temporary wallpaper just DOESN'T work. Lucky for us, this one had the exact print and feel I wanted and it's holding up great! We also used Society 6 for our entire bed set. Our comforter, pillow cases, and throw pillows! I just love all the choices they have! 

And y'all probably know by now that I have an obsession with Target. Our side tables were the perfect amount of boho/Hawaiian-ish for me, and they're from the new Opal House collection! And our mid-century modern style lamp is also from Overstock! 

Our headboard is also from Target, and the "chill" sign above our bed is from Urban Outfitters and one of my favorite details in the whole room! Lily's yellow & white bed is also from Target. Are you surprised? ;) 

This has been my favorite room to redo so far, and I hope y'all like it as much as I do! 

xoxo,

Cort 

Cort's Living Room Update

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Hi! Cort here, obviously! 

Man, this is an exciting post for me! As y'all know, Jenna and I both got settled into new spaces at the beginning of this year and have been in the process of giving them a Whimsy makeover since then. This is our first time TRULY investing a lot of time and energy into our spaces. Before moving to CA, Ty and I moved once a year. I think this apartment is our 6th one in 7 years, and we're planning to be here for a while. I've always loved home design and I definitely have a specific taste, but never saw the point if we were just going to up and leave at the end of a lease. But when we saw this apartment, both of us immediately saw potential. And we've been working to make it our own for 6 months now. We're kind of taking it room by room, so it's not too overwhelming, and our living room is up first! 

First off, I'll start by saying, this living room makeover wouldn't have been possible without Overstock! Both Jenna and I have been shopping on Overstock for YEARS, and we partnered with them to bring in some key staple pieces for our spaces! I'd say my style is a mix of a few things: whimsical (duh), bohemian, with a touch of mid-century modern, and I think the pieces I got from Overstock reflect that combo perfectly! 

The first piece that I'm in LOVE with is this Simple Living Maui Sideboard!

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And the second piece was one that I had my eye on for such a long time! This HomeTrends orb 5-light arch floor lamp just makes me happy whenever I look at it! I had been on the hunt for one, but also didn't want to pay like, $700, and when I found this one on Overstock, I was immediately sold! 

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We spend a lot of time in our living room. Listening to records, watching movies, hosting guests. Plus Ty and I both work a lot from home, so this also doubles as an office for us, and we wanted it to have a bright and upbeat energy! And I'm a firm believer that just a few really good pieces can make all the difference and it truly doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Cause believe me, we're not rich. This renovation we're putting together for you guys is made for a 20-something year old renting an apartment (aka just like us)! 

So! Now for some before/after shots! ;)

Before:

After:

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Lots more plants, pops of color, little knick knacks, and painting the brick around the fireplace white. Still trying to find something do to on the black part of the fireplace. It is functioning, so I'm afraid to paint it, cause it gets so hot! Any suggestions are welcome! 

Ty and I love to keep a stocked bar cart for hosting. Jenna actually made this bar cart for me a few Christmases ago and I still love it so much! 

Before:

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After:

Added the new Overstock sideboard (more size appropriate for the space), a new, taller Overstock lamp to make the ceilings look taller, objects of different shapes and height to add dimension, and bright curtains to add a pop of color to a previously, mostly white corner! 

Before:

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After: 

Again, I'm learning dimension and clean lines are key in making a space look...not cluttered. Neat stacks of books. Not cramming a shelf full. Giving everything space. I love open shelving with everything in me, but it also becomes easy for me to just toss stuff on. Having these shelves on display in the main room in our home has been a challenge to keep my things neat. ;) 

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After:

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This is insanely satisfying. Ha! 

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This was the day we moved in and I just remember thinking of all the projects I wanted to do and stressing out because SURELY they'd never get done! And it feels so good to have one nearly completed! 

After:

I've known for years that I wanted a colorful couch, but again, didn't want to commit to one until I knew it would be living in our space for a while! And once I saw the Hughes Sectional from Joybird, it was over. I was done. And we all love it! Sidenote: Joybird's furniture is actually REALLY comfortable. I've sat on plenty of pretty couches that aren't comfy in the least, but it's not the case with them! Comfortable and cute! And we created a gallery wall with some of our favorite prints, and I'm only slightly worried about the next time we have a sizable earthquake...We also used to have a more square, chunky coffee table, and we switched it out for a (fake) marble one with a much more sleek look, and I definitely feel like it opens the room up more! Also this big statement rug helps divide our "couch area" from the "record area" or the kitchen, and just kind of gives us a feeling like we're in a separate room. I mentioned before, this isn't a huge space. Definitely comfortable for us, but we've learned to kind of section and create space with our furniture and layout!

And that's basically it on our living room...for now at least! Definitely still tweaking things here and there, but we're really happy with the way this room turned out! 

 

Furniture:

Sideboard: Overstock (linked above), Gold 5-arch lamp: Overstock (linked above),  Bar Cart: DIY, Couch: Joybird, Coffee table: Houzz

Decor:

Curtains: Target, Record player: Urban Outfitters (they're sold out in the pink color, but it's a solid record player!), Pink candle holder: Target, Aqua Mirror: Flea Market, Flamingo Hand Towel: Paper Source (a few years ago), Paris print above fireplace: iCanvas, Brunch Lady Tray: Bonjour Fete, Poodle Planter: Bonjour Fete, Wicker basket with tassels: Bonjour Fete, Rug- RUGS USA (I think the exact one might be sold out, but this one is very similar!)

 

As always, if you have questions about anything, feel free to ask! :) 

xoxo,

Cort