Friday Five :: A Colorful Traditional

A few weeks ago, Kari and Ashley headed to Dumas to decorate a home. The homeowner describes her style as pretty traditional and she loves color! As you can see in the before and after photos before, Kari and Ashley totally transformed the space – even though they used most of the items that were already in the living room.

For our blog this week, they are sharing the before and after photos, as well as 5 decorating tips for making a big impact!

A big rug to define the space and set the color pallet is one of the most important investments you can make for your home. So often, we use rugs that are too small for the space. In general, the bigger the better – and if you’re on the fence about sizes, go for the bigger one!

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Rearrange the furniture – and pull it off the walls! Instead of lining a room with furniture, put the seating space at an angle or float a couch or set of chairs off the wall. This makes the room way more interesting and dynamic.

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Find pieces that fill up as much wall space as possible. Nothing will dwarf artwork or a piece of furniture faster than an excess of blank space.

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Use big accessories to bring focus to the fireplace. Even if you can’t decorate the mantle because of a TV, you can add accessories on the hearth or flanking the fireplace so that it is the focal point of the room.

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Soften the space with some floral accents and moss balls. All of the wood, metal, and glass from furniture, art, and accessories can get harsh and heavy. Balance it out with floral arrangements and some moss balls!

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Friday Five :: Red, White & Blue

The Fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday. Partially because my birthday is the fifth – but mainly because of the celebrations with friends and family, the amazing fireworks displays, and the chance to remember the values that our country has fought for and holds dear.

And the Fourth will be here before we know it! What are your plans? A weekend at the lake, watching fireworks in town, a backyard BBQ?

Here are some Red, White, and Blue essentials and outfit ideas to get you ready for whatever your plans are!

**Now through June 24th – come to B. Whimsy for your Fourth of July outfit and get a free bracelet! We love these new stackable bracelets and know you will too! (Offer valid on clothes purchases of $150+)

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Jewelry is one of the easiest ways to add a little color and subtly show off your patriotic spirit. This blue Mariana necklace is so beautiful and the perfect way to finish your Fourth of July outfit.

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Blue and white is such a popular color combination right now – especially the Mediterranean blues and navy blues.

This patchwork top is so fun for the Fourth – love the lace detail on the back.

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When I think of backyard picnics, I always think of red and white checkered tablecloths. I love how this blue and white checkered shirt channels that iconic look in a more modern and fashion forward way. Pair it with a red tank and some white crop jeans!

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Long layers are really popular right now too – and this is from one of our favorite new lines at B. Whimsy. The mixed fabric and prints are really on-trend. Wear it open over a navy tank dress, or with this so-soft red tank and some white shorts!

WMW_7598And it’s not just your outfits that can get patriotic – add some red, white, and blue to your entertaining style. These enamelware bowls and serving dishes are so fun for a Fourth party, or grab a red or blue Jon Hart cooler for a picnic under the fireworks!

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Friday Five :: Social

It has been just over three months since my last blog post. In that time, my husband and I welcomed our first baby to the world. And then spent three months getting adjusted to this amazing, but totally different, world called parenthood.

In the days that I did nothing but change diapers, feed the baby, and answer his cries, I felt so unproductive, compared to my previous life. I won’t lie, it was a struggle. But, sometimes we need those dormant times in our life to think, to recharge, to grow, to find new ideas.

In this dormant season, I thought a lot about B. Whimsy and how to share all of the new and exciting things at the store with all of you. It seems that social media sites are making it increasingly hard for small businesses to communicate – or at least increasingly more expensive as they monetize and practically require sponsored content.

As I rocked my baby to sleep in the wee hours of the night, I thought about how it makes more sense to reward you guys, who have been so supportive and loyal to B. Whimsy for over a decade, rather than send that money off to a company for advertising.

For my first Friday Five back from maternity leave, here are some of the new things we’ll be doing online! We hope you guys enjoy it and have fun. And please, let us know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want to see more of.

Weekly Winners

Every week, we’re giving something away on Facebook. Each time that you like, comment, and share one of our posts, you’ll be entered into the weekly giveaway. It might be a t-shirt, or a pair of earrings, or a gift card, or a coupon. We will announce what we are giving away when we announce the winner.

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Pre-Orders & Pre-Sales

We are giving our Facebook and Instagram friends the chance to shop our clothes section first – and at a discount! Whenever we place a new order or new clothes come in, we will post for you guys to reserve your size first, with a 20% discount. But, you’ll have to act fast, as the discount will only be valid for a couple of days.

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OOTD

Before having a baby, I loved clothes and would spend quite a bit of time trying to put together the most flattering and creative outfit (even if I did usually end up in all black!) Now, I feel accomplished if I change out of pajama pants into yoga pants! Needless to say, my relationship with clothes has changed. So, I’m excited about the B. Whimsy Outfit of the Day (OOTD) simply for all of the outfit inspiration and ideas. Check our Instagram for OOTD inspiration.

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#shopbwhimsy

We love seeing how you use B. Whimsy items in your life. We want to see how you style your home, the outfits you put together, or how a special gift made your day. Be sure to tag us in the photo and use #shopbwhimsy – and if we repost one of your photos, you’ll get a gift card!

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Tips and Inspiration

One of my favorite things about working at B. Whimsy has been learning some of Kari’s and Ashley’s decorating tricks, as well as keeping up with the latest trends they see at Market. I so admire that they genuinely want to help people add some beauty, comfort, and functionality to their home and closet – it’s not just about selling products. So, I’m excited to tap into the creativity and years of experience that they have and share some of their tips and inspiration.

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We so appreciate you for following us on social media, reading our blog, joining our mobile community, and shopping with us in the store! Leave a comment and let us know what you most want to see on social media!

Friday Five :: Five Things I Learned at B. Whimsy

Hi everyone – Julia here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the currently pregnant blonde you see at the store and I do most of B. Whimsy’s social media, website, marketing, etc.

It’s hard to believe I’ve worked at the store for about three years now – and today is one of my last days before taking a break for maternity leave. I’ve learned a ton while working at B. Whimsy, as my personal and home decor style haves changed and developed and while picking up on some of Kari’s and Ashley’s expert tips!

So, for my last blog before baby comes, I’m sharing 5 things I’ve learned about dressing yourself or your home.

Trust your gut.

Over the last three years, I’ve talked with hundreds of you as you’ve shopped for your home, your closet, or your jewelry. Most people know what they like and what they don’t. Some just have a harder time hearing what their gut is telling them and trusting it.

But if you walk into a store and you’re drawn to something – there’s probably a reason. Even if what you’re loving is totally different than what you’d normally go for, there’s usually a way to work into your life and your existing style. So don’t be afraid to listen to yourself and be confident in your choices. I really think attitude and confidence is at least 75% of pulling something off!

For example, I walked into a store, saw this foot stool, and fell in love. It admittedly didn’t go with the colors in my living room (mustard and gray vs. greens and blues). But I loved it. So, I had B. Whimsy order it for me, and I added a few other mustard and gold touches to my living room to help tie it in.  Art, accessories, pillows all can go a long way toward blending colors and styles! And, to this day, that stool that didn’t match anything in my house is one of my favorite things in my living room.

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Don’t be afraid of change.

B. Whimsy’s motto is “Always Changing, Always Different.” And, if you go a month or two between visits to the store, you’ll definitely notice that that’s true! The store is constantly changing, as new and different items arrive or as Kari and Ashley feel ready for a change.

It’s so interesting to watch this process, because sometimes it’s a huge change – like rearranging all of the furniture. And other time’s it’s a simple change – like swapping out rugs. Sometimes it will even feel like a new space when we just burn a different candle. It’s amazing how new a space feels when something is just a little different.

Empowered by this philosophy – and much to my husband’s chagrin – I’ve rearranged my main living areas about a hundred times in the last three years. Between decorating for parties or showers, decorating for Christmas, or just wanting a change, things move around pretty regularly in my house. When people come over, they often ask if Kari has been here decorating again?! (And, let’s be honest, sometimes she has!) But it’s usually just that I’ve moved one or two things – the couch in a new position, a floral arrangement in a new spot, or some paintings that I’ve rotated. Sometimes things stay like that for just a few days because it wasn’t such a good change, and other times they stay for months. But whatever the change is and for however long it stays like that, it’s always feels refreshed and new.

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And so on, times 100.

Invest in staples.

Last year, we did a blog series on Kari’s decorating all-stars; the items that make a room really shine. Interesting pieces of furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, and art. (We will be re-visiting some of those all-stars on the blog in coming weeks, so stay tuned!) As I’ve seen her decorate numerous spaces and continually redecorate the store, I’ve seen just how important these staples are – and how much they deserve our investment to get exactly what we want. They are worth the time investment to get it just right, as well as the financial investment in items that stand the test of time.

In my own home, I can point to a few examples – my living room rug and these paintings, to name a few. As I’ve rearranged my living room time and time again, these items have always stayed in the same spot. They serve as the backdrop upon which I can layer the other furniture and accessories to achieve the change I want.

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Save on trends.

Trendy items, whether we’re talking about clothes or home decor, are key to making us feel current. They bring an element of change, excitement, interest.

But, they’re also fleeting. Trends come and go. They are the things you see everywhere (and, admittedly, love) that in a year or two, you’ll be tired of looking at.

For me, an example of that is chevron. (My friends and family laughed at me when my nursery theme included “NO CHEVRON” – a hard rule to follow in the baby world these days!) I have a few chevron things from when it was so popular a few years ago – this book box for example – and they’re sitting in a closet now. I loved these items for the pattern they brought to my life for a few seasons – but, thankfully, I didn’t spend much on them so it’s not a travesty that they’re in a spare closet for now.

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Add some color. And some sparkle.

I remember when Kari first walked into my house to help me decorate for the Christmas Tour of Homes a few years ago. I had lived in my house for only a few months – and I knew I needed help! She walked in, looked around, and said “well, I see you haven’t committed to a color scheme yet!” I still laugh about this, because I thought I was pretty solidly in the green and brown color scheme. But, she helped me find ways to add pops of color to my neutral tendencies to make the space a little more interesting and dynamic.

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Likewise, working at B. Whimsy has definitely changed how I dress and accessorize. When I started working at B. Whimsy, you were most likely to find me in solid black and no jewelry. (And, pretty often, that’s still how you’ll find me!) But, B. Whimsy taught me to add in some color, some pattern, and some sparkle every now and then. It’s amazing how far it goes to add a little joy to your day.

So, put on your Mariana – even if it’s with a t-shirt and a messy bun – and conquer the day!

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Friday Five :: Spring Preview

Shop and Sip with us today during our Spring Preview Event! We have lots of new items, discounts, giveaways, and refreshments! We’re open from 10-5:30 today, 213 Denrock Ave. Here are all the details of our Spring Shop and Sip Event:

1 – Preview all of our new items! New furniture, décor, floral, candles, and more!

Home Decor by B. Whimsy2 – Take 20% off one item, today only! Excludes furniture and Mariana Jewelry.

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3 – Shop our brand new collection of Mariana Jewelry – and enter to win a pair of earrings! We’ll give away 3 pairs of earrings throughout the day. Automatically get an entry with every $50 you spend.

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4 – Our Spring clothes are starting to arrive – be the first to shop our new arrivals! Plus, we’ll have $15 and $25 racks of jeans and Winter apparel!

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5 – It’s FRI-YAY – and we’re celebrating the weekend! Join us for Happy Hour starting at 4!

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Friday Five :: Furniture

Last week, we started transforming the store, bringing in the new Spring arrivals. This season, we’re seeing lots of neutrals with metal accents of all colors – gold, silver, copper, rose gold. And, of course, lots of pops of green as we start transitioning to Spring. (Visit last week’s blog for a look at some of our new florals!)

Just like when we decorate in homes, we like to start with the anchor pieces when we redecorate the store: furniture. We found some new furniture vendors when we were in Atlanta last month, as well as some new and interesting pieces from some of our longtime favorite companies. So, for our blog this week, five new pieces of furniture we’ve gotten in lately!

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We’re really excited about these new pieces of furniture because they blend together the trendy gray tones with the dark browns and cream tones that have been popular for the past several years. Many of you have commented that you don’t know how to blend the two looks together – and sometimes all it takes is a key piece of furniture, a rug, or painting to tie the different colors together. Come by the store for more ideas and to see what else is new!

Friday Five :: Spring Florals

This beautiful, warm weather has us in the mood for Spring – even if it isn’t even Valentine’s Day yet! Perfect timing too, since many of our Spring floral stems have been arriving at the store this week. With the weather and all of the new arrivals, we are working to rearrange the store and showcase all of the awesome new Spring items! For our blog this week – a few looks at the new florals and ideas for how to use them!

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It was fun to shop for floral this year at Market, because they are playing such an important role in home decor. Like we posted on Facebook earlier, the trend is to leave no container, tray, bowl, etc. empty. They are filled with florals and decorative balls and candles and so on!

Since florals are so central to home decor right now, some new trends have emerged. Like these earthy drop-in orbs – a new version of the moss ball. They are great to set into a planter, on a bowl or tray, or on candlesticks! Their unique design brings a new element and texture to your space.

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We also saw a lot of cream floral stems when were at Market. They are easy to work into any color scheme or for any season, while adding a little lightness to your space.

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Of course, some of the previous trends are still going strong. Like succulents. And lanterns.

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If this weather has you in the mood for Spring too, stop by the store to see all the new arrivals! And don’t forget your Valentine’s Gifts – we have some new Mariana and lots of fun gift ideas!

Friday Five :: Gourmet Goodies

One of the best parts about going to Market in Atlanta is their amazing gourmet foods section! Every year that we go, we find fun new kitchen gadgets, gorgeous cookbooks, and of course yummy foods and treats. This year didn’t disappoint!

Here are a few of the new gourmet goodies we found!

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Friday Five :: Valentine’s Day

This year is flying by – it’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of January! That means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s definitely not too early to start planning. Whether it’s something special for your someone special, or a fun little surprise for kids, grandkids, or friends – here are 5 gift ideas to get you started!

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Get your order in TODAY for free monogramming! We love Jon Hart for gifts because they have something for everyone. Great gifts for guys (the shave kit, duffle bags, koozies, and boot bags are the most popular!), fun little bags and purses for girls, and functional totes and makeup bags for women.

Plus, in the new year, Jon Hart introduced several new items – including this fun mint color and several new items to their leather goods line!

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Mariana Jewelry

We got in some of our favorite pieces in pinks just for Valentine’s day, plus the new Guardian Angel bracelets and the most popular styles in the brand new Spring Collection (it’s going fast – so hurry in!)

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Kitchen and Home Goodies

In Atlanta, we found new brands of kitchen and home goods that make great gifts! The pops of color and fun patterns are the perfect addition to a gift basket and are sure to brighten someone’s day!

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Many of you have been eagerly waiting for new clothes to arrive at B. Whimsy – and we are excited to say we have gotten in some really cute new tunics, tops, dresses, and scarves!

We also got in a couple of new graphic tees for Valentine’s Day. Yesterday on Instagram, we posted this cute graphic sweatshirt, but what you couldn’t see – the so adorable heart shaped elbow patches. We also got in this LOVE baseball tee. And we LOVE them both!

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Vera Bradley

Vera’s colorful patterns are always a hit, especially with teens and tweens. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a Valentine’s BOGO sale February 1 – February 14; buy one piece of Vera Bradley, get another of equal or lesser value for half off!!

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Friday Five :: Headed to Hereford

We are so excited for our annual Christmas Trunk Show in Hereford next week! Be sure to tell and invite your friends – it’s open to the public!

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Pat Green will be there to showcase all of her beautiful jewelry and gifts, and we will be bringing lots of Christmas decor, floral arrangements, and clothing! We’ll serve food and drinks, starting at 2 and going until 7 at the Country Club. Hope you can join us!

We’ve spent the day planning and plotting and packing what all we are bringing for the trunk show. So, for our blog this week, we are sharing a few sneak peeks!

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For our wonderful Dalhart customers, the store will be open on Tuesday. We’re closing for Thanksgiving on Wednesday and Thursday, then we will open again for Black Friday sales and Small Business Saturday! So, if you have family in town, we hope you’ll come shop with us!

THEN, the following week, we’ll host our Christmas Mariana Trunk Show! We will have the entire Winter collection on display – so our biggest and best select of the season! Like our last trunk show, we’ll have them boards on display for a limited time (Thursday-Saturday). We’re staying open late on Thursday, until 6:30!

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