Boho Baby Shower

I’m not feeling incredibly wordy tonight.  This gorgeous Boho Baby shower we threw has been sitting as a draft on my computer  for WAY too long.  It was in honor of  Milk Glass Vintage Rentals, PJ and her Little Lady.  So I’ll just get the ball rolling and let the photos speak for themselves.

Design | Jennifer Bishop Design
Photography | Jennifer Skog
Rentals | Milk Glass Vintage Rentals
Ferns | The Petal Company Cacti and Floral | Nicole Ha
Dream Catchers and Favor Bags | Jennifer Skog and Lindsay Skog
Venue | Prim Boutique

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower Lounge Seating Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower,  Lounge with Rentals Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower, Barn Wood Dining Table

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower Tablescape with Teepee Food Buffet

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower Tablescape with Ferns and Cactus

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower Food Buffet Styling

Jennifer Bishop Design-Boho Baby Shower Green and Purple Vintage Glassware

Jennifer Bishop Design-Boho Baby Shower Beverage Table Styling

Jennifer Bishop Design:: Boho Baby Shower, Golden Arrow Stamped Favor Bags

Jennifer Bishop Design-Boho Baby Shower Dreamcatchers, Jennifer Skog, Pj Rude, PMA, Modern FramesAnd here I am…the same size as the Mama in honor, yet I had my baby MONTHS after her! =)

In the Works-Chop Chop…We Have a Move In Date!

It isn’t every day that you start a design in one house and finish up in an entirely new one!  Back in the beginning of the year, I was working with my client on her Dining and Living Room design.  We had just finished and were ready to start ordering when they bought a new house.  It was something they had wanted for a long time.  The stars finally aligned so they went for it!  So what to do with the designs we had already? Well, many pieces still worked so generally it stayed the same.  But some big changes came when they decided for almost a compete overhaul of the home.  A Kitchen remodel, new flooring, paint, tile, bathroom addition, custom built ins, fireplace reface, new furnishings….the list goes on.   Oh and did I tell you, all of this needs to be completed by their move in date which was originally in two weeks but has now moved to the beginning of December?!?!

So between myself, the contractor, my assistant (I haven’t told you about her yet!) and the homeowners, we’ve busted some tail specifying, demolishing, building, painting and shopping.  We must make a good combo because I will say things are falling into place and we are staying on track time-wise.  Go TEAM!

Here is the family room.  Before there were two funky arched shelving holes in the wall.  We conjoined the two and are adding 3 towers of custom built ins.  They went in today and I cannot wait to see the results.  The fireplace will have floor to ceiling stacked stone tiles that wrap the side walls.

We originally wanted some larger stones but were having trouble finding the right color in the texture and size that we wanted.  We went for the sample on the right board, top left.  It’s a grey but has a little brown in it as well.

The island was ripped out and will come back larger and in and espresso finish.  The back wall of cabs will be white shaker style.  We chose two types of quartz for countetops  The white will go on the island and the concrete look goes on the back set of cabinets.

We are using this marble black splash.  It’s called Danby by Quarry Collection.  We had planned on the smaller mosaic on the bottom but are still deciding if we want to do larger subways.  For lighting I wanted to bring in a little more worn edge so the kitchen didn’t get too classic.  The decor is pretty modern, eclectic with some global hints so we needed to make sure that the kitchen could stand up to that.

My office for the last two weeks.  My desk at home looks just about as messy…

The dining room had some strange angled soffit that we knocked out and straightened it up.  Crown will be added to the top.  The ceiling portion will painted the same as the walls which will be a dark brown with a red undertone.  Sherwin Williams Hot Cocoa.

Hot Cocoa will carry on into the Living Room as well.  They sit parallel to one another with the entry in between them.  We really needed to create balance with the rooms being they face each-other.

Hot Cocoa is the left set of paints, darkest tone.  I wanted something with a slightly red undertone to it. The set on the right went too red.  The red keeps the brown warm and from getting too dark.  The same value of brown on some of the other charts gets really dark and fudgy.   You have to be really careful of pink undertones though. When lightened up, you can get very pink walls.  And light-beiges  with pick undertones are amongst the hardest to match things to.

So we come back to where things all started.  The original Living Room design that found a new home.  Walls were painted today, hardwood is going in next week and then we can finally get the furniture in which has been sitting in the warehouse waiting patiently.

 

Interior Design Concept & Process

Many times when I first start speaking with clients, they don’t exactly understand the design process, how I work, or what they really get for their money.  I really like to educate my clients on what they are investing into their spaces as well as me.  What a designer can bring to the table can be invaluable for clients.  We not only provide a beautiful and functional room in the end but also eliminate stress and mistakes that homeowners designing their own spaces many times go through.  We guide you through the endless amounts of furnishings and accessories available nowadays and find the right pieces for you.  We do much more than pair pretty things together, we manage your project from start to finish.

Now every designer is going to have their own design process and ways of managing their projects but I thought it would be fun to share with you how I work.

Initial meeting with the client::  After a client knows for sure that they want to hire me, I meet with them in their home, measure, take photographs and develop a scope of work.  I am also interviewing them and am really trying to get a feel for what they want out of their space.

Design Concept::  After I’ve gathered all the necessary information, I get to work on their design.  I normally gather items and use Pinterest to bookmark the image and website of the possible item.  You can see the Pinterest board that goes along with the below mood boards { HERE }.  I usually over gather items and then widdle down.  I then present what my favorites are for the space.  The great thing about having the extras is that if a client doesn’t like one of the choices, I already have backups that I can pull up quickly as alternatives.  I create mood boards with the final items and have my drafter do the space-planning in CAD with those specifications.

Here is an example of a mood board and its floor plan to go along with it.  The mood board isn’t always going to be the exact outcome of the room but is more so of a general design idea to present to my client so they can understand the overall concept and get my vision.

 

Design Presentation:: It’s now time to present the design concept to my client.  I provide a binder to each client with all of their mood boards, floor-plans, spec sheets for each item and a budget.  This binder is for my clients to keep which is great for them to take a long to check out any items in person and it also creates a record of their room.  Along with the binder, I bring along loose samples to show colors in person.  This can include fabric, paints, rugs, leathers, window treatments etc.  After the presentation, we either make changes right then and there or I let the design resinate before they make final decisions.  Every client is different so I like to allow them the time they need to feel comfortable in making decisions.  If changes need to be made, then we go over them.  Below is an example of some changes that were made after the original presentation.  The chairs and coffee tables were swapped for other items due to both taste and budget.

 

Design Procurement:: After decisions have been made on all of the larger items, we get to ordering.  While waiting for furnishings to arrive, I get to work on finalizing the smaller details like accessories, art etc.  I shop and collect tons of goodies to complete the room and really set off the design. This is also when any painting, or installation of lighting would be done.

Design Install::  On the day of install, all furniture is placed, art hung and accessories styled.  It can take a good portion of the day to complete one room many times.

So that’s it…I gave you the condensed version.  There are actually what feels like 5 million additional steps in this process but many are for me to worry about while my clients sit back and dream about their beautiful new room.  And as you can see, I do not sit around eating bon bons all day as my husband likes to tease me that I do!

Jennifer Bishop Design offers both Full Design and Design By the Hour.  We also specialize in paint and color consultations as well as custom draperies.  We offer a variety of designer fabrics.   If you are ready to make a transformation in your home we’d love to help!  Please contact us with further questions. 925.858.1882 or info@jenniferbishopdesign.com

Alaska Airlines Magazine-We’ve Soared To New Heights!

So I blew it but still wanted to share the exciting news regardless.  Late last year, I tried out to be included in an Alaska Airlines In-Flight magazine.  The writer was looking for opinions about where the design trends were heading for 2012.  I submitted my ideas and was shocked that I was one of the chosen professionals!  The article went to print in March, entertained countless amounts of travelers (this I’m guessing) and appeared online as a digital copy as well.  Soooooo…life got really hectic around that time, and I wasn’t able to blog about the inclusion.  I blew it, because the article isn’t online anymore for anyone to read.  But, on the plus side, I did take some screen shots while it was still up and I do have a printed copy for a memento!

 

I spoke a lot about mixing styles and using rustic and reclaimed woods.  Especially in homes that have children.  The reason– so you can actually LIVE in your home instead of worry about every little dent and scratch.  I also spoke about the “Industrial Trend” and how it mixes so well with rustic woods.  It can feel very natural and simplistic.  I also talked about the overuse of painted accent walls and instead trying something new like an accent wallpaper wall or doing something fun to your ceiling.

As I read through the article, something else caught my eye.  A familiar name in the industry and someone that I consider an expert on color as well as a mentor for Interior Designers.  Maria Killam, a decorator and blogger located in Canada, was also included in this article.  I felt honored to have my ideas printed on the very same page as hers.  I was star struck =)  If you love design and want to read a design blog that actually teaches you something rather just posts pretty pictures (nothing wrong with those though), head on over to Maria’s blog {HERE}.  It’s fantastic.

 

Should You Paint Your Oak Cabinets?

I wanted to use this kitchen re-furbish as a teaching lesson as much as I just want to share with you the beautiful outcome!

Contractor- On Time Builders Materials Supply-Ashley Interiors

Many times, I get clients wanting to do partial kitchen and bath remodels.  Meaning they want to keep existing cabinets and just do flooring and countertops.  Or keep floors and just do floors and cabinets.  My advice DON’T!  In the beginning of my career, I let clients do this over and over again and the results always looked like something was still old.  I have seen instances where the room turned out OK but many times…it doesn’t.  I always suggest people either wait until they have the budget to remodel right or go simple with their new selections. If you try and make something older looking newer (like installing modern glass mosaics in a kitchen with honey oak cabinets) it will just look off.   The alternative to replacing an entire set of oak cabinets is to paint them. It can make a tremendous difference in the result.  And you aren’t doing this to necessarily save money, you are doing this for the good of your design!  A good painter won’t be inexpensive but this is one area you don’t want to skimp.

Luckily these clients were on board with painting the cabinets from the get go but they did want to keep their existing floor tiles.  You’ll see whey I really pushed them to replace it later in this post.

The style of this home overall is traditional.  The goal was to keep it traditional yet modern.

Cabinet Paint:: Benjamin Moore OC-38 Arcadia White
Granite:: Santa Cecelia

I get apprehension from some clients about subway tile.  Of course it is not for everyone but if you are open to it, your kitchen will stay classic rather than be dated 7 years down the road by installing the latest fad.  I love subway tiles and their are so many options as far as colors and textures that there really is a right option to fit any style of decor.  They are also the perfect contrast to a busier granite.  It is imperative to use a tile with your granite that will not compete against it.  If you are a granite lover, let it shine and be the star of the show.  Otherwise your eye will be overloaded and not have anywhere to focus in the room.

The floor tiles are a porcelain limestone look so they will be easy to maintain…no sealing.  The offset rectangular pattern modernized the stone look. Another way we blended some modern into the traditional was with the chandelier in the eating area.  Drum shades always add a modern touch to a chandelier.

Woven wood shades added texture to the space as well as brought in some contrast to an otherwise light space.  I like how they balanced out the darkness from the homeowners existing wooden hutch on the opposite side of the room,

Both the floor and the granite had a slight green undertone to it so I we selected a that tone of beige for the paint.  The wall in this image looks a little off but in person it really looks great.  It’s Sherwin Williams Ecru 6135.

And now…get ready….for the before shots. Quite a transformation wouldn’t you agree?

And remember when I talked about how originally the homeowners wanted to keep the existing tile?  Well, here it was.  12×12 ceramic beige tiles.  The first and foremost reason I stressed we needed to change it was that it had a pink undertone to it and all of the granites we were interested in were in the gold/green family.  By far, the number one mistake I see being made in homes, is people not understanding the undertones in beige.  The second reason I suggested the tile be changed was that is was a 12×12 in a fairly large kitchen.  It was really too small and busy for  the scale of the space.  In the end the homeowners agreed and were so happy they made room in the budget to allow for a new floor.  I cannot imagine this tile with the rest of that new beautiful kitchen!

And one after again so I don’t leave you with pink tile!

A Bold Stripe For a Bold Girl

It’s totally different designing a nursery than a children’s room.  When you design for an unborn child, you design more for the parents.  When you design for a child, you get to take their personalities and interests in mind.  My BOLD-LIL-BEAN loves flowers and blue…well at least the week I started working on her big girl room.  So when I found the Marimekko fabric to wrap an existing canvas painting I no longer liked, I knew it was perfect to update her space.  Besides the fun floral, I love the wide stripes on it and knew it was a perfect way to incorporate elsewhere like her drapes.  I ordered a few different swatches of black and white stripes.  The striped pattern actually runs vertically off the bolt but I really wanted to run hers horizontal instead.

After hanging three options of wide stripes up, ultimately, I decided to go with the widest for the biggest impact. Sydney agreed although she was busy wearing her life vest and reading her potty training book so I’m not really sure if she put her all into that decision.  Oh to be young! The pattern is a 3″ stripe called — Vertical from Premier Prints.  I love it and can’t wait to get it ordered and sew in some blackout lining.  I’m praying that a darker room that my kids may be tricked into taking some naps again!!!  A Mother can dream at least…

The other two patterns can be found {HERE} & {HERE} at Warehouse Fabrics online.

On To Baby Feature: #1 Real Birthday Party!

Today I received an email from my friend– subject line saying “Did you see?”  Ohhhhhhh…my curiosity was peaked!  Inside it read “You’re party is listed as #1 on the On To Baby top 5 parties today.”  Wow I was just not expecting that!  I followed the {LINK} and there it was, Miss Sydney enjoying her ice cube tray lunch at her 2nd Birthday Party.  I’m so very excited that this party was listed in the top 5 as the “most viewed Real Parties”!  Thank you OTB and Happy 1 year Anniversary to them.  The On To Baby blog is such a fantastic site bursting with beautiful images and information for all things baby and kids.  They’ve been kind enough to feature Sydney’s Russian Doll party as well as my Winnie the Pooh baby shower. If you are on the hunt for great inspiration images you should definitely check it out.

 

Let’s Start Fresh

Some know my story…some don’t. I’ll give those that don’t a re-cap.  2 1/2 years ago we had our beautiful baby girl Sydney.  You know how they say you’re never ready to be a parent…couldn’t be more true.  This little ball of fire entered our lives full force.  We loved her from the minute we saw her but she cried…cried a lot!  Turns out she had colic and continued to for the first 5 months of her life.  At the same time, the economy was  in the gutter and Brad, a bartender, kept having every place he worked close down on him.  Prior to knowing how upside down our lives would become, we decided that I would stay at work and he would watch Sydney during the day and still tend bar on the weekends.  Only weeks after we started down this new schedule, we knew it was not going to work.  The screaming all day was excruciating for him so we made the decision that Sydney needed her Mommy as much as possible.  No more working at the Showroom during the week for me.  Our finances took a hit and we then decided that it would be best for everyone to move in with my Mom.  It gave me the ability to stay home with her until she got a little older and we’d have the help from my Mom.  During that time I really worked my butt off trying to build my own business.  Late nights…whatever it took.  I wanted the best of both worlds. To be able to work in the design world as well as be with my daughter as much as possible.   This became grueling. But somehow, I managed to get The Bean to her toddler years while taking on bigger and more challenging design and event projects.  Brad and I  were also working hard to be able to get us back in our own place and that….we have now done!  After being on the waiting list for a brand new apartment our number came up.  We just moved a week ago, are living in a mountain of boxes, but are loving that we are finally our very own family again.  Something we hadn’t had since our daughter was 3 months old.  An apartment isn’t exactly where we thought we would be at this point but it’s a stepping stone and we are fine with it.

 

{Birth photography by Jennifer Skog}

The next big change is that Sydney just started Pre-School, the last puzzle piece to getting things back on track for us.  Juggling a business and staying home with a toddler is CRAZINESS!  I was counting the days until she could start school so that I would have a little relief.  We were on the waiting list for school too…guessing that her number wouldn’t come up until June and then…a week before we moved we got the call that she could start!  Hallelujah Momma was relieved.  Not only for myself but for her, who I knew was more than ready at this point to venture out from under her Mother’s wing.

Here she is on her first day…such a big girl I can’t believe it!  She ran off as soon as we walked in the door and Brad and I had to drag her back to get some goodbye kisses!  She could care less if we were there or not…our independent child.

And here she is after school…deliriously tired since it was a big day for her.  Messy little pigtails…I  LOVE her!

 

And not just a moment later full blown meltdown.  Nap time!

So why is all this taking place on my business blog and not The Bean Blog?  Well for one, I’m learning that I just can’t do it all.  Although it was a huge part of my life for so long and I enjoyed writing it so much, I have to let it go. It’s hard enough to keep up writing one blog let alone two.  I promise to keep the primary direction of this blog design…but I still might add some posts here and there of Miss Beans…hope you don’t mind =)

So let’s splash a little design into this post.  With all of these changes I decided why not change her room?  We lived in our old house for such a short time before we moved in with my Mom that she never actually slept or played in her old room!  My workroom had so generously gifted me custom drapery panels as a gift for her original nursery.  Well I just went to hang them up here and they were WAY too short.  The windows are very tall here and the old panels weren’t going to cut it.  Rather than try to add on to those panels I said “screw it let’s start fresh!”

I still wanted to use the artwork and I also had tons of black and white items I wanted to keep.  I was on the hunt for a fabric that I could wrap around an old canvas I had.  I found this print by Mirimekko and I fell in love.  Bold, colorful and modern…oh and would go with my black stuff!  It’s on it’s way and I can’t wait until it gets here. I’m thinking of pulling the black and white, wide stripes out of this and using that pattern on drapes.  I’ll post a progress photo when it’s up!  I’m really happy with all of these new changes in our lives.  Where some people hate change…I thrive on it!

 

 

 

Jennifer Skog’s Vintage Picnic Baby Shower

This baby shower wasn’t for just anyone…this baby shower was for THEE Jennifer Skog…wedding Photographer extraordinaire AND my best friend.  She will most likely kill me for saying it like that but it’s fine…I’m her number one fan =)  Anyways, there are two reasons this shower needed to be the most amazing shower.  And no, it is not because of my amazing baby shower.   First, Jen has donated so much of her time and energy to so many of her friends in both life and their industries.  She photographs their families, children, pregnant bellies, events, portfolio pieces…you name it…she’s shot it.  She’s helped so many of us in capturing special moments in our lives as well as provided so many of us vendors with great images for our businesees.  Secondly, Jen had a very hard road to becoming a mother.  She was actually pregnant at the same time as I was with Sydney but lost her little one.  Though heart wrenching to watch me go one without her, she NEVER showed it, she stood by me through my pregnancy, shot the birth of my daughter, stepped in when I needed support with my colicky baby, listened to all my complaing about having a difficult baby and captured my Sydney Beans growing up these past two years with beauftul photographs that I will cherish forever. So, this shower HAD to be amazing…I’d accept nothing less and Jen deserved it.  It was time to celebrate that it was finally her turn.

Jen loves all things vintage so I came up with the concept Vintage Picnic.  She then told me that there were quite a few of her friends from the wedding industry that wanted to help and donate their services for the shower.  Wow!  I was also told that the shower was going to be held at Casa Real since there were too many people to host it at someone’s house.  Ok, so this is where I started sweating a bit.  After a site visit to Casa, I was croaking a little more.  How was I to create and intimate baby shower in a room huge enough to hold weddings in?  That’s where PJ of Milk Glass Vintage Rentals came in.  I needed stuff to fill up this room and not just any old stuff,  BEAUTIFUL vintage finds to support my vintage picnic theme.  Her red armoire was pretty much the starting point for my color scheme.  I then paired it with some turquoise, brown and cream.  Next I had florals on my mind.  For some reason I really hadn’t envisioned tons of flowers for this picnic, I needed height for the room, and wanted a sort of outdoorsy, earthy feel.  When I met with Nicole of  Nicole Ha Designs I told her I wanted primarily succulents (if you read my blog you know I’m a fanatic about them) with pops of red flowers here and there.  I completely trusted Nicole to make my vision come to life (I don’t do this with just anyone) and I’ll say, she sure hit the nail on the head!  Her manzanita branches were perfect for giving me the height I wanted for the room.  I adorned them with hanging balls wrapped with yarn as well grapvine balls.  When Nicole arrived that day, she added little ceramic birds that I just loved.  Casa’s long wooden tables resembled picnic benches to me so I used them un-clothed and set them in one long row for a dramatic effect and to fill up our room.  I found wooden, lacey fans that I sat at each place setting and strung with handmade fabric tassels.

As the guests entered they were welcomed with a sign designed by Susanne of Cards de Luxe.  We requested that they sign the guest book for Jen, a vintage photo album I found on Etsy.  I wrapped the pen with burlap and stuck a red feather in it to give it an older feel.

 

We served champagne that could be paired with lavender infused simple syrup.  Lavender sprigs garnished the glasses and smelled incredible as the glass tipped back to your nose.  Iced Tea, chilled water and old fashioned soda pop bottles were also available and were displayed so nicely atop  PJ’s vintage door platform.

The food catered by Casa Real was DELICIOUS.  The Menu included Chicken salad sliders, tomato basil & mozzarella and cucumber mint tea sandwiches, spinach frittata, green leaf salad, crudite,  strawberries and homemade potato chips.  Oh…the potato chips…you could’nt eat just one! 

For favors I found wooden berry baskets that we loaded with fresh berries, mini jam jars and scones baked by Jen’s Mom Toni.  The jar lids were wrapped with the same fabric from our fan tassles and tied off with barber pole twine.

Our game questionaire was dolled up by Jen’s sister Lindsay of  Pretty Me Chic.  I found these printable “Merci” tags designed by Amy Moss on her Eat Drink Chic Blog.  You should really check it out…so many pretty little things…so inspirational!

For dessert we had an assortment of flavored bundt cakes set on a tower trimmed with crochet lace.  Or if extra sugar was preferred, you could grab a chocolate cupcakes with champagne frosting and adorned with candied buttons.  I didn’t choose….I sampled both!  All baked with love by Jen’s Mom Toni…or as I call her, “my resident baker.”

Jen’s baby dresses were were hung from PJ’s vintage shutters and sat next to her as she opened her presents.  We were also extremely lucky to have Fantasy Sound provide all the lighting which created such a dramatic effect and showcased all of our vignettes and details perfectly.

Jen, our guest of honor.  I have no idea how we told her apart becuase there were TEN other pregnant girls there!

A special thanks to all of our friends and vendors who donated their specialties and really made this day possible.  Maria Chang of PMA for getting us all up and running.  A’ Lisa, Lindsay, Bob & Toni Skog…my laborers…I’m sorry I always work you guys to the bone.  And Lauren…my Mom, who did a TON of baby sitting my kiddo, freeing up this busy Mama to design and plan away!

EVENT DESIGN | Jennifer Bishop Design

PHOTOGRAPHY | Jennifer Skog & Robert Andrew Jennifer Skog Photography

FLORAL DESIGN | Nicole Ha Nicole Ha Designs

VINTAGE RENTALS | PJ Rude Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

EVENT VENUE | Alyssia Jones Casa Real at Ruby Hill

INVITES AND PAPER DETAILS | Susanne Wong Cards de Luxe

LIGHTING | Kevin Dennis Fantasy Sound

Room Envy-Beachy Chic

Let me first start by telling you I did NOT design this beautiful home.  I only stumbled across it while visiting my oldest friend Kim last summer (I’m serious…we met in pre-school).  When I walked in, I twirled around and drooled on her hardwood floor a little (well it felt like that’s what I did).  I mean it’s not like this place was specifically styled for this shoot…heck she didn’t even know I was going to ask her to photograph it…nor did I!  I was just there to visit a friend. But, I should have known her place would be fab…she is always dressed so well and looks stunning…I hate her just a little =)   She agreed to the photoshoot and then poured me a glass of  La Chateau Vouvray.  Sounds fancy but it’s cheap…from Trader Joes and is delish!  Light and a little sweet and went perfect for my tour of this Beachy-Chic beauty of a place.    Anyways, I received a text from her yesterday and it totally reminded me that I needed to blog about it still.  And what more perfect of a time than now…where summer has finally decided to show it’s pretty little face finally.

So this cottage is located in Corona Del Mar, a sleepy little beach town with a small main street and 2 beaches off Pacific Coast Highway.  It’s on a  second story, set over a garage and is about 6 blocks from the beach.  It was originally built in the 40 or 50′s Kim told me.  Walking up the steps you find a tiny little patio with bricks laid in a zig zag pattern, a wicker table topped with succulent pots and a lounge chair.  Such a cozy little space to enjoy the outdoors and a beautiful entrance for her home.  You’re then greeted with a dutch door which I just LOVED.  Just inside the entry sat an old bench that  apparantly is the landlords and on loan to Kim.  It’s original home was in the Pasadena courthouse.  Above it is actually a fabric wrapped canvas.  She couldn’t find art that she liked but she found this fabric at Crate and Barrel…instant art!   

I really love mixing styles and I’d say she’s done it beautifully.  It’s modern, vintage with some glam and natural elements thrown in here and there.  Nothing is super expensive yet it gives off that quality. And it still remains comfortable and relaxed…a must for a beach home! I’ll quit the chatting and let you finish the tour from here on out.  Thank you Kim for opening up your home to me and my readers.  You could really quit your day job if you wanted to…if you get my drift? 

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