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 

 

Organizing Our Summer with Caboodles!

* This post was sponsored by Caboodles, but all opinions are our own.* 
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Summer is here and we couldn't be more stoked! Most LA locals hate the heat, but we live for the sunshine. Summer is when we became friends 3 years ago. It's full of trying new coffee shops, racing each other in the pool (because yes, we're competitive 12 year olds), weekend trips to Palm Springs, and late nights talking. 

Also, now that A Whimsy Wonderland is a job for us, our past couple of summers have involved a lot of traveling, which in turn, can kind of turn our usually-organized-selves upside down. When we travel for photo shoots, we have to travel with a lot of beauty products, and we've had many a lost lipstick or bobby pins spilling out all over our suitcases. And when you're working with a specific timeline, you don't always have the extra five minutes to find that color-coordinating-scrunchie that you SWEAR you packed! So, we were in need of a better system. Cue Caboodles! :) 

Our Caboodles have the most nifty individual compartments to carry every little item we need to perfect our looks for our shoots! Nail polish, earrings, lip balm, and alllll the hair accessories! A look into the life of the Whimsy gals. Ha! 

We just function better with organization. And one of Caboodles' mottos is "You're WORTH organizing!" Which is something we all have to come to accept! And we're sure our clients are more impressed when we open up our well-organized carrying case and pick out exactly what we were looking for vs sitting on the ground digging around in a backpack for our matching sunglasses. ;) Tbh the reason we love them most is that they make our 90's baby hearts SO incredibly happy! 

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So, get organized, y'all! Trust us, it feels so good! 

What do you keep in your Caboodle?!

xoxo,

Jen & Cort 

Girly Garb: Spring Happenings

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Why does it feel like there's one season of the year that feels crazy busy? Does that happen to everyone?? Well, Cortney and I seem to be entering that time of year...woo hoo! Cort has siblings graduating on different weekends, and also a bestie in Nashville having a baby - so she's flying back and forth for the next month or so. And I'm in a musical that I've been rehearsing for that opens this Friday, (ahh! - yay!), on top of family visiting and other work going on... All good things - just a lot at once!

Cort and I recently took a quick little visit to Long Beach, and it's so cute! We've definitely got to make it down there more often! And we just haaapppeeennn to bring along our matching clutches from Studio DIY's clutch subscription! (Get on the list if you're not already!!)

If you don't know, Kelly from Studio DIY started a monthly clutch subscription where you get a SUPER cute clutch delivered to your door every month! They're incredible quality, and we ALWAYS get a million compliments on them. This isn't an #ad at all...this is just how much we genuinely love them! Seriously, get on that list!

Jen's wearing: Dress - F21, Belt - Vintage, Tights - Target, Shoes - ASOS, Beret - Hello Holiday - Choker, Urban Outfitters
Cort's wearing: Top - Target, Pants - Zara, Shoes - DSW, Headscarf - Urban Outfitters, Earrings - Marley & Alfie

Are you in your busy season? If so, what all are you juggling? We're in this with you! :P

Love & Fast Paces

Jen