I didn’t get this posted before my knee surgery. This was supposed to post on Saturday, March 20, 2010. So sorry …
Last Friday I spent the afternoon with my mom in San Juan Capistrano (SJC). My parents had come up for our daughter’s birthday the day before. My dad drove home and my mom and I got to shop all day before she took the evening train home to San Diego. (Taking Amtrak to San Diego from Orange County is a great way to see the beautiful coastline — and avoid a lot of traffic!)
Our all-time favorite store in SJC is Whim. It’s a magical place where you can spend hours. It’s an interior design, furnishings, accessories and gift store that is located in an old adobe building (1833). They have the most unique gifts, garden art & furniture, jewelry, furniture, original art, and custom interior design services. I never leave the store without making a purchase. Although it is a bit pricey, it’s a great place to find birthday gifts for girlfriends or hostess gifts.
Whim is located a block south of the SJC Mission. A few years ago, they expanded the store — so there are more rooms to explore. And, they recently opened Studio Pink, a couple of doors down, which houses their design studio and a small furnishings and accessories store — all coordinating with the color pink.
You enter Whim through the garden atrium. There are beautiful flowers and trees, birdhouses and birdbaths, iron tables and chairs — so much to see. The peach trees had just started to bloom the day before we were there. The atrium was in full bloom with wonderful floral scents.
As you weave your way from room to room, you can’t wait to see what vignettes will be displayed. (I honored the store owners’ request of not taking pictures inside the store.) Each room of the store has been painted a different beautiful color. If you ask, they will give you the “cheat sheet” of Benjamin Moore paint colors they have used. In my opinion, this in itself is worth a trip to Whim. The Woodstock Tan and Gray Horse are incredible neutral colors for any home. Personally, I would love to use the Jalapeno somewhere in our home!
My words don’t do it justice. If you’re in the San Juan Capistrano area, make sure you spend some time in Whim.
31831 Camino Capistrano • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 • (949) 388-9600