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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The Social Media sites get updated much more frequently. There, you can view our current work, jobsite visits, product recs, and adorable children.  Now on to them. Birth Announcement-Elise922w

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

Today’s Bride Magazine Feature-Raw Elegance Design

I set goals for myself career wise.  Last year, my goal was to get my work publicized in a printed magazine.  And today, I am very excited to share that I’ve achieved my goal! Today’s Bride magazine has featured my Raw Elegance Design on pages 128-131 of their current issue.  I’m over the moon about this.  Especially that I got to share this experience with some of my best friends and so many amazing vendors.  You can read about all of the design details and see many more inspirational photos by Jennifer Skog {HERE}

I thought it would be fun to share some behind the scene shots on the day of our shoot. There is so much work and preparation that goes in prior to these shoots.  It’s such a relief and so great to have the whole team together on the day of to see everyone’s talents all pulled together.

The Berkeley Faculty Club was our shoot location.

Jennifer Skog getting down and dirty capturing details of our Bride.  You can see the outcome of this shot {HERE}.   Lindsay Skog of PMA getting our gorgeous bride ready.

PJ of Milk Glass Vintage Rentals setting our main table-scape.  Nicole of Nicole Ha Designs designing our AMAZING…yes amazing floral arrangements.   And last but not least…lil ole me =)

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.


The Lab Event-Imported Splendor Design Board

So remember that design board contest I won…when I begged mercilessly for votes from friends, family and followers?  Well…I am very excited to finally bring you the photos of the event!  But first let’s have a quick re-cap in case you are newly joining us.  The Lab Event is “a handpicked collection of some of the top trend-setting wedding industry professionals Northern California has to offer.”  The cool thing about it was there were to be no vendor booths or pushy salespeople.  Just a relaxed setting for couples to research and gain inspiration for their upcoming nuptials.  The Lab Event held a contest on some of the top Wedding Blogs.  Contestants submitted a design board and if chosen, the board would be used as inspiration to turn the concept into a tablescape at the event.  Mine was chosen as a finalist on the Style Unveiled Blog and with all of your help I won!!!  You all deserve a very big thanks because there is no way I could have done it without your support.

Here was the board I designed–I named it “Imported Splendor”  a very global feel with a mix of patterns and items from around the world.



ONE | Quatrefoil Chain TWO |  Succulent Balls THREE | Pebble Table Runner FOUR | Mombasa Tablecloth FIVE | Saigon Chandelier SIX | Spice Market SEVEN | Tablescape EIGHT | Wedding Dress NINE | Tree Stump TEN | Hourglass Candleholders ELEVEN | Gold Champagne Flute TWELVE | Filigree Brown & Silver Wine Glass THIRTEEN |Pink & Gold Greek Key Glasses FOURTEEN | Ceramic Lily Plate FIFTEEN | Pagoda Napkin Rings SIXTEEN | Carved Wood Table SEVENTEEN | Ensemble Gold EIGHTEEN | Cake NINETEEN | Mother of Pearl Flatware TWENTY | Rattan Charger TWENTY ONE | Oriental Flowers Plate TWENTY TWO | Carved White Charger TWENTY THREE | Copper Feathers Napkin Ring TWENTY FOUR | Taupe Petite Zig Zag Pillow TWENTY FIVE | Boho Ikat Pillow TWENTY SIX | Ikat Throw Pillow TWENTY SEVEN | Golden Wool Appliqué Pillow


My board was given to Kate Miller Events for inspiration and the results were beautiful.  So warm, worldly and elegant feeling.  I was very proud to be a part of it.

They used their Luxecuts at each place setting which provided such a perfect backdrop for the menu and lent yet another layer of global to the design.

Wicker lanterns gave great texture and were a dramatic effect hung over the table.  Scalloped ruffles sandwiched between piped quatrefoil cake layers gave this cake a global yet chic feel.  A Golden tower set beside it was it’s perfect companion.  Subtle details like golden dishes filled with spices were found throughout the design.

It was so lovely to meet Kate (hello is she my long lost twin?!?!) and her team.  They did such a fantastic job and it was so fun to see her twist on the Imported Splendor Design Board.

A big thanks to by bestie Jennifer Skog for Photographing the details so I could share with you!   Here we are with our little Sis…Lindsay Skog of Pretty Me chic.

And hooray for the First Lab Event!  It was a fun night of design inspiration, tasty treats, mingling and dancing!  If you are engaged and planning your wedding, I highly recommended attending their next event on January 12,2013. { THE LAB }

Happy B-Day to my 3 Year Old & Introducing A Dollhouse

You hear it time and time again…to enjoy your kids because before you know it…they’re all grown up.  I couldn’t agree more.  You don’t really understand this until one day, your traipsing around like a pregnant goddess in a field of weeds and the next day…your kid is THREE!  I know she is still only 3 but truly, it feels like just yesterday I was rocking her to sleep.

Zero Years Old…

Maternity & 1 Year old Photography:: Jennifer Skog

One & Two Years Old…

Three Years Old…

We didn’t have a party for her this year.  We did BIG birthday parties for her the last two years {1st Birthday :: 2nd Birthday} and I wanted to keep things a little simpler this year.  Plus we went to Disneyland back in April so considered that the big hoorah for the year.  In the Disney photos above to the Birthday photo on the right, you can literally see how much she grew in 3 short months!

One exciting gift for this birthday was a dollhouse given to her by my parents who pitched in together.  I had seen a blog post on the cutest little modern dollhouse awhile back and knew I wanted to do something similar.  I had a Barbie dollhouse growing up but never a realistic little house.  So I selfishly wanted one plus knew she would love it as much as me =)  My Dad had got her all the furniture for Christmas last year and I wanted to make her a cubby dollhouse, but after I saw that blog post, I was sold and the construction was underway.

It was more work than I had anticipated so I did not get everything I planned done.  We gave it to her yesterday and figured I can still work on it little by little.  Now it won’t be so hard hiding it!  I’ll post progress of the “renovation” as my husband teases me and we can do a big reveal at the end!

Baby Shower:Winnie UN-Pooh

I thought my baby shower designing was over for friends after I finished by BFF Jennifer Skog’s baby shower.  But NO…the baby’s keep coming! This time it was for my Sister in Law Teri and my soon to be nephew.  With a large guest list the parties got split and I, along with the soon to be Grandmas (my Mom Lauren and Teri’s Mom Donna) got to work.  My sister in law is AWESOME, I’m very lucky to have her and I’m not just saying this because she lets me do whatever I want to her house and her parties =)  She always tells me “I trust you”.  ACK how nerve racking to live up to that and not disappoint? But, I always seem to make her happy and that makes me happy!

Her only request was that she did NOT want a Winnie the Pooh shower.  But, she wanted Winnie the Pooh.  Huh…scratching head?  I took this as she did not want a Pooh explosion or your typical Pooh themed party materials…fine by me!  My Pooh skills were a bit rusty being in my almost mid thirties.  Did I really just say that?  After some quick research (how did I ever survive before Google?) I remembered that Pooh and his buds lived in the “100 Acre Woods“.  There was my ticket.  I could focus on creating a beautiful woodsy theme and just splash Pooh and the gang while using references like honey.  That is why I entitled this post Winnie UN Pooh. Because the Pooh is scarce.

I really didn’t want to use any cartoon Poohs so that made splashing him in a challenge.  I found a terra cotta Pooh statue on eBay and I knew that it would be an awesome focal point for my room.  What I did not want to be a focal point in the room, was the ugly conference room white board stuck on the wall. So I used a fabric wrapped canvas to hide the eye-sore.  A tree branch I drug home from the creek by my house (with a toddler and dog in tow…boy was I a sight for my neighbors) and a chalkboard sign were just the right additions to setting my theme.


Tree stumps and wooden discs were used throughout the shower.  They were the perfect way to layer my tables.  For another layering tool I used some book boxes I found at Ross. They were originally in a Paris theme but I recovered them with fabric and made faux leather book spines.  I then added various Winnie the Pooh book names that I made on the computer and topped them off with metal label holders with brads.  This was one of my favorite details of this shower.  And let’s talk about these adorable cakes.  I found this Beehive cake idea from Martha Stewart and knew it was just perfect!  Janice (Teri’s Aunt) so graciously donated her skills to make this happen.  They turned out so great.

I stenciled a Winnie the Pooh quote on the dessert table runner.  I really feel like every Mother feels this way toward their children.  It read…

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Our guests took home honey jars as their party favor.  The labels read “Thanks from the Mama-to-bee”.  Again I didn’t want to use typical Pooh cartoon characters in the shower so I found coloring book drawings and printed them onto weathered paper to use on signs throughout the shower.  The huge tree trunk still had live moss on it. I was ECSTATIC when my Aunt and Mom brought this home from a trip to my Dad’s.  Yes, I was flipping my lid over a Mossy tree stump….what can I say…it’s the little things for me.  I kept paying visits to it in the garage to check that the moss would last until show time and it DID!

I used a grouping of three wooden place mats as the runner down each table setting.  I alternated napkins under each plate.  One was a solid turquoise with a gold beaded trim and the other, a buttery yellow with s subtle white contemporary pattern.  Chalkboard name cards with feathers and raffia trails sat on each plate.  Accessories like birdcages, snails and tin buckets filled with evergreens helped in aiding my woodsy feel.


For food we wanted to keep it simple.  Since we were attending this party we had a lot to do for set up and keeping the menu manageable meant more fun during the shower for us!  But, just because the food is simple does not mean it needs to look like you didn’t slave over it.   We bought rotisserie chickens and mango sausages from Costco that we used as our main course.  Accompanied by spinach salad (a family recipe), fruit kabobs, fresh corn salad, salt and pepper potato chips and biscuits with honey butter.  It was delicious, looked great and gave our shower a sort of down home woodsy feel.  Our guests did not go home hungry!  The turquoise fabric was made into a runner and is what I used to create my color palette for the shower. Turquoise, gold, brown, black and kelly green.

Our beverage station held sweet tea, water with cucumber and wine for guest to help themselves to.

We had all the guests address their own envelopes for the busy Mama to use for her Thank you cards.

We had such a great time and I was so happy to see how this design turned out.  Big thanks to my worker bee Grandmas, Jennifer Skog, Janice Williams for our adorable cakes and Lori and Eddie our laborers during set up and cleanup.

Left to Right: Me – Mama To Be Teri – Lauren (My Mom and now Grandma of 2)

And last but not least…you’re never too old to get kisses from your Mommy =)

Teri and her Mom Donna.


Photography | Jennifer Skog Photography

Venue | Residence Inn Livermore, CA

Rentals | Stuart Party Rentals

Florals | Jennifer Bishop Design

Cakes | Family Member-Janice Williams

Mama’s Makeup | Lindsay Skog of Pretty Me Chic

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

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