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.

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.

Job Progress-Dear old Dad’s Place

Back in April I posted about some of the details of my Dad’s bathroom remodel. You can read about that HERE.  Being that we are nearing the end of this project and my Dad is only a couple weeks off from his move in date, it was about darn time I showed you some progress photos of his house!  Although the major overhaul was the Master Bathroom, we made improvements all over the house as well. I’ll walk you through them.

This is track home so we have the standard, oak cabinets, white cultured marble top and lighting bar that could give you a tan!  We stuck with a double vanity but raised it to a more current vanity height.  We opted for a medicine cabinet over each sink.  The quartz backsplash will be TALL.  It will go up and wrap the medicine cabinets slightly.  The faucets are tall at around 12″ so the taller splash works well with that height.  Over each medicine cabinet will sit the Princeton Wall Sconce by Schoolhouse Electric. We aren’t doing the shades as shown in the photos but a white glass one instead. That allowed an LED bulb to be used without it showing.

The shower, again, your standard cultured marble.   It was a shower/tub combo and Dad wanted to convert it to a shower…and larger one at that. I concurred as my Dad is getting older and I wanted this design to work for him long term.  So we ended up eliminating that wasted space between the vanity and tub and taking the shower to there.  This allowed us to add a bench (also great when you are thinking long term) without the standing room getting too small.  Another thing we did to make the space feel larger is take the tile to the ceiling.  The ceiling angled upwards so I was a little worried it would get too tall.  But nope, it looks fantastic and I definitely recommend you do it.  I even wrote a story about just this concept for Houzz if you’d like to read it HERE.


The current home was done all in warmer golden tones and we switched the new design to cooler.  Except for the rustic wood floor, which we’ll get to in a minute.  So although the current fireplace was re-done fairly recently, it had to be removed to go with the new scheme.  We chose a Limestone called Bateig Blue.  It was our second choice after the original was having trouble at the Quarry. I was a little worried at first that it was more flat and had less variance than the original selection.  But I was wrong!  There was plenty of character and it even had some slightly warmer tones that tied in the hardwood quite well!  This limestone didn’t come in the 1×2 mini bricks like we had wanted, so we had a local source take 12×12′s and cut and mesh them for us.  It was a little pricier to go this route but in the end…was so worth it!

Here are a few more details.  Dad wanted a slate look for this shower so we used this Porcelain look alike made by Surface Art. They are 12″x24″ that we ran horizontally and staggered.  They have a warm and cool toned mix to them which I love.  Many people fear gray and end up using all warm tones in their home.  Sometimes, that can lead to a very flat look with not enough contrast.  If you have been open to trying cooler tones, but can’t get over your fear, this is the way to do it!

We also added a full height linen cabinet to the hallway and took the warm, extremely rustic wood floors throughout the house.  My Dad has two dogs so whatever floor was going in had to stand up to the abuse of dog nails!  This distressed hickory should do  just the thing and even it they do end up scratching it, I’m quite sure it will just blend into all the existing character. 

So there you have it. Glimpses of the progress…all taken from my iPhone.  I assure you,  when I take the completion photos, they will be much more clear and entire room shots!

And a huge thanks to the crew of Ashley Interiors for all of the construction!  They’ve done a fantastic job. They have showrooms in both Newark and Livermore so be sure to stop in to see them if you have any home projects coming up.

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…

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!



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?!?!




First Day of School and My Abstract Artist

I’ve been wanting to share a piece of art that my daughter did in her 2 year old Pre-school class last year.  I thought since so many kids are headed back to school, it was the perfect time to show you a cute and easy way you can display their school art in your house.  I also have two white magnetic boards from IKEA that hang outside her bedroom door.   I use those to rotate all of her newest art that comes home plus I use it to hold her school calendar and class photo of her with her friends.

So back to the budding artist.  Of course there is abstract art that goes for many many $$$$’s. There is also some, that looks like it came from your preschooler.  So if you have young kids, nieces, nephews or grand-kids…hand them a paint brush and tell them you need some new decor!  It’s a way to make them feel proud and it will be more sentimental than something you could buy.  Here on the shelf where I store all my business samples, I framed one of her little paintings and set it with 2 glass jars with iron succulent tops.   I found those at Pottery Barn in the Spring.  I should have taken a shot of the whole bookcase, but the cubbies next to it were a mess! We’ll have to save that for another time…

And here she is…the big 3 year old ready for her new classroom.  She loves to tell everyone “I’m fwee years old.”  Its the cutest!

Right after this nice cheesey closeup on the bench she tells me “Mom!  No more tictures!”  Yes she says tictures…tee hee.  So we head to school.  I just wanted one last photo inside her classroom so I could compare it to last years class photo (well actually January since she started mid year).  She would not smile or say cheese…only stare off like she wasn’t hearing me and give me the fish lips.  We’re talking “fwee” years old here.  Gotta take what you can get.

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!

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