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! =)

Meet Elise

My Facebook and Instagram followers probably know this but for my blog only followers…I had a baby!  And shame on me, but I don’t think I ever mentioned even being pregnant on my blog.  Boy those 9 month really flew by =)  So here she is…my little Sweetie Pie, Elise.  Love her to pieces. I just want to eat her up all…the…time!

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My labor this time was SO different from my first that I hardly knew I was in labor.  My first, I had back labor and it was so painful, so fast.  This time, I felt some mild pains during the day but nothing changed much as the day progressed.  Called L&D and they told me just relax, take a bath.  Didn’t sound like anything alarming.  Well this put my husband in jeopardy of missing the birth of his precious baby girl!  Call it denial, stubbornness, whatever but I swore up and down the whole day I was not in labor.  I assured him as I said goodbye to him at the door when he was leaving for work, I was not in labor.  About 30 minutes after he leaves and I get out of the bath. I text him. “I think I’m in labor!”  Started timing the contractions and they were three minutes apart..yikes.  My Mom had already been on her way to stay with me just in case and the second I opened the door, hunched over I said “let’s go!”  I called labor and delivery while my Mom was driving us there and they told me they had no room for me and I had to go to another hospital 45 minutes away putting my husband even farther from me!  I was crying at them and told them “NO WAY” could I make it there and the situation with my husband being in the city.  They called one more hospital and they too, were full, so they told me to come there.  By the time I got there I could barely walk.  They took me straight to a room that had opened up.  The hubs had clocked in for 5 minutes, got my text that it WAS time and he clocked right back out.  He got there in time and we had our baby!

   {Photos by Jennifer Skog  and Jennifer Bishop}Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 4

The next day, I had my Mom bring The Bean to meet her baby sister.  It was truly one of the best moments of my life seeing her meet “her baby.”

Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 2

We bought our girls some Big Sis and Lil Sis necklaces so they’d have something special to remember the first day they met.

Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 1

I can’t wait to see the memories these two make together.

Jennifer Bishop Design-Elise Born 3

Teacher Christmas Gift-Hot Cocoa Theme

Being pregnant and sick and tired, I just didn’t have it in me this year to get crazy creative with my daughters preschool teachers gift.  A quick run to World Market for some goodies to make a Hot Cocoa cup was just what I needed to dazzle up my gift card gifts. You can see how I’ve dazzled up a gift card for past teachers {HERE & HERE}.  All you need is a giant mug…because really…who wants a puny cup of hot cocoa?!?!  Not I.  Hot cocoa mix, a yummy treat, mini jar to hold some marshmallows, gift card and BAM…you have an amazing gift.  I also use Printables a lot, that I save on a Pinterest board when I find cute ones.  Then, I have great gift tags when I need them in a pinch.  This adorable little darling I found on Smitten Blog Designs.  Thank the stars for talented and giving graphic designers and their free Printables!  Boy do they make you look good in a pinch.

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

Jennifer Bishop Design| Hot Cocoa Teacher Gift

 

Teacher Appreciation Gift-Caricature Notecards

Can we please get in our time machines and go back to June…you know the time of year you hand your kids’ teachers their gifts for all of their hard work?  Because that is when I made these and it’s now NOVEMBER (how is it NOVEMBER going on DECEMBER?).  I figured I’d still throw these up because sometimes parents are looking for teacher Holiday present ideas and these might come in handy for that.  So every time I have given my daughters pre-school teachers a gift, they’ve always responded back so graciously with a thank you card.  I though it might be cute to get them some personalized thank you card being that they have to write so many throughout the year.   I placed the notecards and envelopes in plastic baskets I found at Target. With each notecard set I included a pen (that also had the caricature on them) as well as a DVD that held the caricature images in case they wanted to make more notecards when they ran out.  I wrapped the whole thing both vertically and horizontally with some rainbow twine and voila…a fun gift and package all in one!   The teachers were all so excited to see these caricatures of themselves and it was a fun unique gift to be able to give them.

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards, Caricature 2

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards Rainbow Yarn

Jennifer Bishop Design Teacher Appreciation, Personalized Notecards, Caricature

SUPPLY LIST & SOURCES
CARCICATURE DESIGN-NOTECARDS & PENS: Vistaprint I also purchased the separate caricature file so I could print myself on my disc label.
PATTERNED SCRAPBOOK PAPER: I used the Moroccan Prints Digital Paper Pack from PrettifulDesigns on ETSY and printed it myself.
ENVELOPE:  I made my own by cutting an 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock and rounding the sides but you can purchase any type of envelope pocket at your craft store.
BASKETS: Room Essentials Storage Bin from Target.  I bought in the store and didn’t need to buy a set of 4 like it says online. 
YARN-TWINE or RIBBON: I used the Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Gems yarn.  I bought it at Joann Fabrics but don’t see it there anymore.
CD or DVD’s plus printable sticker labels for them
FULL SHEET STICKER PAPER: to print the caricatures on for the sticker to close the envelope.  You could also just print on circle labels.
CIRCLE PUNCHES: To cut out  stickers for envelope if you used full sheet sticker paper.
GEL DOTS: To hold the DVD to the paper. You stick them to the paper and them pop the DVD hole through them. I’m not sure where to find these.  My friend gave me a bunch that she had.

Halloween Decor

I haven’t shown you much of my apartment.  Primarily…because it’s a disaster zone almost 24-7.  But I’m OK showing you glimpses of the clean parts once in awhile!  My daughter kept telling me she wanted Halloween decorations up.  I don’t normally decorate for Halloween and didn’t have much in the way of typical Halloween decor.  Then one day, I was on Facebook, and a post came up from one of my Friend’s Leslie Nash whom I like to call the Master Crafter.  She had posted this artwork that she had designed and it was so funny to me!  Running a business and raising a small child…I definitely feel like I’m living in an insane asylum many days!  I immediately contacted her and wanted to know how I could get my own poster and also how she went about making the embroidery hoop prints.  The best part is that she has this print in her ETSY shop so if you’d like one customized for your own family just contact her.

The embroidery hoops were also such a cute idea.  I’ve never used this technique before but the image is actually printed right onto the fabric. I won’t go into too much detail but I will share with you the sources and directions for this project if you’d like to try it yourself.

Clipart Source: The Graphics
Embroidery  Hoop Directions: The Graphics Fairy
Label Printing Method: My Re-Purposed Life
Tip– I used Linen Fabric to make my hoops

 

So here are the results after I used Leslie’s Artwork, made my own hoops and added a few other items including a photo of my daughter on her first Halloween!

And speaking of my daughter, do you think she was happy with our Halloween decor…of course not!  4 years olds have such a mind of their own.  I asked her what she was envisioning and she said  “you know…the stickers.”  Come to find out she wanted the Halloween decals you stick on the windows =)  So off Mommy went to Target to hunt down some decor for my Bean to set up her own decorations.  I think she did a pretty great job!

 

A reason to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook

As much as I’d like to keep our website and blog running in pristine condition with constant updated material…time doesn’t always allow for that.    Enter Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  These three media platforms are really great ways I can share information at a faster rate.  Many times, we post daily jobsite updates, share great finds and pin inspirational ideas (ours as well as others).   The trio really fills in the gaps for what the website and blog are incapable of doing.

We’ve been on Facebook and Pinterest for some time now.  Instagram…not so much.  I’ve recently started up using my Instagram account again and soon realized, I wanted to keep my personal account…well personal.  So if you’d like to continue to see our jobs updates and such, please follow our new instagram business page.  As of now, my personal profile will hide the photos of my kid being a goofball.  But,  I can stay public with my business and gather new followers for those interested in design.

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PS!  Our Pinterest page is really set up to be helpful in your research.  All room shots are divided by “Interiors-Kitchen” “Interiors-Bedroom” and so forth.  Same goes for “Furniture-Chairs” “Furniture-Tables” f you are looking for items.  So it can really become a great library of images for you to collect ideas for your own homes!

 

 

Teacher Christmas Gift-Wood Theme

I actually thought ahead this year and did a little preparing early for Sydney’s teachers Christmas gifts so I wasn’t scrambling at the last minute.  Around the start of the school year the dollar bin at Target had some great wood grain and apple themed items.  I picked up some little notebooks and tags as well as a little burlap pencil pouch.  The thought stopped there and I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing with all of this.  Then recently, I ran across two more items that really completed the idea and made for a super cute Teacher’s gift!

The first item were some branch colored pencils that I found at Homegoods.  They have a cool story behind them too which I like too.  They are made from sustainable Tamarind Trees.  Tamarind Trees are farmed for their fruit and when trimmed, the branches are used to make branch pencils.  Pretty cool huh?  I did a search for them online and they are a little hard to find but I saw quite a few on ETSY.  Keep your eye out for them at discount stores…they are less expensive there than online.

My next great find was a free printable from the Elinee Journal.  Their Holiday Petal Cards were perfect holders for the small Target gift cards I also included with the gifts.  There are two version mine has a sweater background and the other has a tree grain print.  Wrapped the whole thing with a bow and my kid has her teacher presents to hand out when she goes to school today.

 

Emerald-2013 Pantone’s Color of the Year

The other night I was watching The Holiday…one of the all time best chick flicks ever!  What’s even better, is that the movie contains some amazing design elements.  I had completely forgotten about the amazing emerald green draperies in the office.  I’m pretty sure I gasped when I saw them again.  Yes…design can surely take my breath away.

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Other emerald green furnishings that I have been gushing over are velvet sofas.  They are so rich and can literally be almost the only color in the room and completely hold their own.  In fact I think that my favorite look for green velvet is to really have it be the star of the show. The surrounding colors be simple and neutral so that the green really pops.

 

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So when I found out that Pantone named 2013 Color Of the Year Emerald you can say I was one happy designer.   I’m looking forward to 2013 and hoping I have opportunities to infuse it in my designs.http://www.pantone.com/images/pages/21055/11262012_cotyslideshow_01.jpg

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Tufting at the Cypress Furniture Tour

When I get a chance, I try to go to discussions or tours to better understand the products I am specifying for my clients.  Here, I found myself at Cypress Furniture located in Hayward.  They specialize in custom furnishings and it is really amazing to see what goes into quality furniture.  I learned a great deal that day and since I’m a tufting fanatic, found it so fun to get to see how it’s done first hand. Best part…it’s made local!

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.

 

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