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! =)

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

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!


Design Board “The Turtle Shell”| SF Bay Area Interior Designer

I’ve  said if before and I’ll say it again, designing for older kids can be so much fun!  Especially when they are teenagers and are all into their funny inside jokes.  A couple requests for this room were that he wanted it to be called “The Turtle Shell” and he wanted ocean art because he surfs.  A really large scale wave canvas will sit over his bed in lieu of a headboard.  The walls will be painted in Sherwin Williams-Maxi Teal.  The room has a lot of light with window on 3 different walls so the room can totally withstand such a deep color.  To brighten it up, I’m using pops of white in the bedding and desk.  The ceiling will also stay white.  From the ceiling will hang one of his surfboards as decor.  Since we want this to be a cool hangout for him and his friends to enjoy, we’ve added this sofa that will also fold down into a bed for any overnight guests.  I’m pretty happy with the results and can’t wait to get working on it!

Wine Country Modern Living Room-SF Bay Area Interior Design

I came across this client because she was a referral from my Tiny Totem client.  They are friends and neighbors.  I just love swooping through neighborhoods!  The Living and Dining room was almost a clean slate.  The bones of the room were already there by which I mean, paint, hardwood and shutters.  So I really needed to just pull it together with the furnishings.  She had a few pieces for me to start with.  The Riddling board was brought home from one of her trips to Napa and she really wanted a “Napa” style incorporated to the room.  She also really likes modern design and color so I used her existing green abstract art to inspire my design for the room.

If I haven’t told you this before…I’m a custom pillow junky!  Nothing sets off a room more than pillows in my professional opinion!  And I absolutely love when a client isn’t afraid of color and pattern.  In this room, with mostly browns and neutrals, the pillows set if off.


The Dining room adjoins the living room as well.  We used the clients existing Dining room furniture and I just styled it to tie in some of the Living Room colors.

I really played with a lot of texture in this design, I used a lot of weathered woods, a the zigzag jute chenille rug and rope.  And oh HI…look who it is!  This is the first shot of myself in one of my room designs. It was pretty exciting!

A close up of the riddling board.  I love the weathered grain and the warmth it added to the space.

Sneak Peek–New Traditonal Living Room

I’m not going to go into all the details yet but just wanted to give you a sneak peek into this light and airy traditional family room.  Its not your Mother’s Traditional!  Room details and more photos to follow so stay tuned…

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.


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.



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.


Sneak Peak

I just cannot keep this project a secret anymore.  It is coming together so well and I cannot wait to see the end result!  My clients hired me to work on this family room.  The home, as it sits, is very Traditional…towards Tuscan I’d say.  Although my clients love Traditional design this was not quite their taste and wanted a change for their new home.  Being they are a young couple with a toddler I wanted to create a space both child friendly as well achieve a really modern looking Traditional for them.

The fireplace will be re-done and well as new carpet, paint and drapes.  A complete new set of furniture as well.  We have some decisions to make on what to do with that old TV hole in the built ins.  Gotta love those!

The current space is very red and gold and we are taking on a much softer palette with the re-design.  Spa Blue, Ivory, Chartreuse and Grey is where we are headed.


We specified the Jeri Sofa by Taylor Scott for them.  A new line I’ve taken on and absolutely love their product.  We are doing a linen look that is a Polyester so it’s cleanable.  We are also doing it in a slip cover so it can actually be thrown in the washing machine.  If you have kids or pets,you can certainly understand the amazing-ness of this?!?!




Last Day of School

Today was the last day of Pre-school.  Although The Bean is still enrolled in the summer session, we still celebrated the last day with her class.  Some friends will still be there, some will move up a class and some will go off to other schools.

Since Sydney is staying with her same teachers over the summer session, I sort of debated whether or not to get them an end of the year present.  Yesterday, she brought home a binder her teachers made that was filled with artwork, photos of her during the school year and quotes she had said.  After that, I was sold…I needed to proceed with my present idea.  I just love her teachers so much and wanted to make sure they knew that.

I wanted get them some visa gift cards so that they could use them for whatever they wanted.  To dazzle them up a bit, I made a summer theme out of their gifts.  A sunset magazine with summer ideas was my background.  I found these cute lemon to do list tablets in the dollar bin at Target.  #1 “To Do” already printed was “Have a glass of lemonade.”  So adorable!  The bin also had a set of lemon magnets that I cut apart and used as a tag topper.


Colorful lemon notecards…also in the dollar bin.  I wrote a nice note to each teacher and placed their gift card inside.  I love how they turned out and I was so excited to give them their gifts.

I took so many adorable shots of Sydney and her school friends I wish I could share!  Here are a few of just her.  First “posing” on the bricks.  I had her lean up against the building on her {first day of school} and somehow she remembered it!  I didn’t even ask her to put up her leg she just did it.  This was her way of doing it…she is my funny girl!  At her potluck, I caught her helping herself to some fruit right out of the tray…yikes…we need to work on our manners ;-)

Guest Designer-Regan Baker Design

There are various events hosted at The Galleria in SF throughout the year.  Many times there are guest speakers who are great to go and learn from.   That day I went to see Christiane Lemieux of Dwell Studio.   I had a photo taken of us together but will NEVER share that with anyone…it was a very bad bang day!  So anyways, these meetups are a great way to keep up with our education and also a good time to network.  The problem…I suck at networking.  I can be a little shy in these types of situations and sit by myself eating lunch.   Soooo enter Regan Baker, a young designer just as myself scouring the Kravet showroom for a place to sit.  She asked if she could sit by me.  Sure!  We got to talking and I think really hit it off.  She has TWINS the same age as Sydney so that made for some fun chat.  I also realized that I really loved her way of thinking.  Not competitive as I find some designers can be.  She seemed really open to collaborating with other designers and the idea of helping one another where the other may fall short.  That is exactly the way I think and it was so refreshing to find someone else with those qualities.  We didn’t really keep in touch after that day other then I always read her {blog}.  After some time, I noticed she she started following me on {HOUZZ} who I contribute Articles to from time to time.  After looking through some of her work, there was one job I was especially drawn.  I contacted her and the Editor of Houzz with the idea and the story was underway.  It’s her Carmel Beach Bungalow design and it’s gorgeous!  So well done, so livable and didn’t push the beach theme too much.  I’ll share just a few images of the design here but to see more and read all bout the design details you can view it on Houzz {HERE}.

Thank you Regan for letting me feature your work.  I look forward to anything we can work on together in the future!



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