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 Kitchen Reveal!

Alright, you guys! This is the last room reno for me...for now, until I get the courage to take on our bathroom or get bored and redo one of the rooms I already redid. Our kitchen! Which, if I'm being honest, was the most intimidating one for me! 

Lemme just give y'all a sneaky peek of what it was like before.

Like what even are those Slytherin lookin' cabinet knobs? Is this patio furniture in 2004? Maybe I'm being overdramatic, but y'all know grey and tan aren't my power colors. When we looked at this apartment, I loved everything but the kitchen (except the backsplash, we did keep that). BUT I knew I could change what I wanted and it wasn't worth passing up the space. And as you can see from our entire apartment reno, we were excited for a project! Something to feel like ours. And with this room done, it truly does! 

So......*drum roll*

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TA-DA!

Complete with matching lemon pj's, because would you expect anything less?

This kitchen was a lot of little projects rolled into one. As you can see, it's small and it's a rental, so it's not like I'm allowed to (or can afford to) just knock it down and build a new one. So it was about focusing my attention on all the little things I could change! Probably the biggest change you'll notice is the cabinet color and cabinet hardware, which were the first things we nailed down! 

If you guys saw our living room reveal post, you know we got an aqua colored mid-century sofa from Joybird. Our kitchen kind of backs up to our living room, so when you walk in our front door, the first things you notice are our couch and our kitchen cabinets, so I knew I wanted the colors to compliment each other! We chose the color Island Oasis from Dunn Edwards for our kitchen and could not be more thrilled with the way it turned out! Sure, a bright color is harder to maintain than a darker color but to me it's worth it! We also immediately knew we wanted to replace the distressed metal cabinet hardware with something more sleek and gold, because gold forever. We discovered Emtek when looking for new hardware for our bedroom, and knew we wanted to use them for basically all the new hardware in our house. We chose the Satin Brass Bar Pulls for our cabinets and I love the contrast that they add! And if I haven't said this already, they age beautifully! I love to cook and I'm so much happier spending time in the kitchen now! 

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Ps, here is the snippet of our cabinets backed up to our couch, so you can see the colors together! Also, our pink trashcan is from Bed, Bath, & Beyond! 

And the pink trashcan brings me to my next point! Choosing all of our kitchen accessories. As much as I could easily go crazy and choose things in every color, I knew with this size and layout of a space, I had to stick to just a few or it would just feel too chaotic (for me, at least). 

So, obviously we have the teal cabinets, and I wanted to play around with different hues of pink (duh) and throw in some yellow accents! 

We bought this little coffee cart from one of our friends a while back (I think it's originally from IKEA) and we painted the top of it pink (scroll up to see the before). Having designated sections in a small kitchen definitely helps me feel more organized, so this is where we make all our coffees and teas and usually where I prep anything I'm baking. I might sound like a crazy person, but just giving you guys my full self here. Haha!

And as far as like, kitchen accessories, we didn't really have much. We had pots and pans that we had gotten when we got married and we have plates and silverware and all the basics, but we're like, grown ups now, and apparently all your spices and baking mixes don't have to live in mis matched tupperware. But no shame if they do. ;) 

SO, we turned to Wayfair, and holy everything did they save us. We found SO much that we loved and that matched the look and feel we were going for! Our gold french press, our coral-colored tea kettle, our new bar cart, Lily's mid-century modern dog bowls, our new lavender cookware, and a lot more! Don't worry, I'll link it all below! 

Just constantly finding it amazing how much little changes in a space can affect (effect? I never know) my mood so much, and being able to share it with you guys is so much fun! 

xoxo,

Cort

Product links: 

2 Piece Desktop Succulent Plant Lavender Cookware Set ,  Retro Pink Stock Pot with Lid ,  Bamboo Angled Pet Feeder- size Medium Striped Cotton Towel- set of 4 in pink,  7 Piece Yellow Kitchen Utensil Set ,  4 Piece Adelaide Canister Set ,  Presley Tea Kettle in Pink,  Stainless Steel Gold French Press ,  Alfonso Bar Cart Pink Toaster, Kitchen Rug, Flower Shaped Serving Bowl, Blush Trash Can

 

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