This is one of the display windows at Whim in Southern California
This is just the way life with two little kids can be and I simply find creative ways to shop with the kiddos without the threat of A) draining our bank account due to having to pay for items broken by bored and/or rambunctious kids or B) draining our bank account and not being able to pay our son's preschool tuition because mama went a little wild buying things up in the store.
When I first discovered Whim, I admired the vignette in the window for a few minutes. You may remember how much I love pink, so I took a couple photos to tuck into my inspiration folder.
But really that wasn't enough, so I plotted my return so I could take a peek inside the store. It took a couple months since the store is about an hour away from where I live, but I returned with my two kids in tow and two adults (my husband and mom) to help watch the little ones while I browsed inside the store.
Even the walk leading up to the store entrance was so inviting.
It really felt like I was going to someone's home.
First, the garden room:
Let's go inside now:
This made me want to sit right down at the desk and begin penning a note to someone:
This is one of the "living rooms." Entire rooms were furnished as though an event was about to take place or at the ready for a family gathering.
Gorgeous accessories abounded for every corner of the home. A limted but highly selective collection of books reeled me in.
For once, I didn't browse the book stacks for long since there were so many things to see and admire.
I'll definitely have to return. Thankfully, Whim is just a short walk away from the train station, a small children's zoo and many other tourist attractions (including an antique mall right across the street) in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano.
Whim: 31831 Camino Capistrano, 949.388.9600