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
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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!
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!
I have never understood why the majority of commercial offices are so dang cold. And in cold I’m not talking about temperature I’m talking about the feel of it design wise. One of the reasons I went into design was because I loved how the design of a room could not only impact a person visually but also mentally. I find it even more important to have a warm and inviting office when its use is for the medical industry. I see it time and time again. White walls, grey commercial carpet usually with burgundy or blue office chairs. I’ll also bet it’s adorned with some terrible photography with some sort of inspirational quote underneath it. Oh…and don’t forget…it’s probably hung 2 feet higher on the wall than it should be!
Many patients have enough anxiety when going to their appointments and I wish more doctors, dentists, therapists etc would understand that by creating a warmer environment for their patients that their overall experience…will make them happier! My sister-in-law (Teri Sorkin, MFT) is a marriage and family therapist and she enlisted my help in making her office an inviting, safe place where her patients could open up to her. She supplied the sofa and chair and I shopped for and styled the rest. Now, a dental or doctors office most likely would not be styled to this extreme but in her industry it works.
I always love infusing natural elements into designs and in this case I created a succulent wall garden to breathe some life into the space. I found these two wrought iron votive holders for a price I couldn’t turn down, but putting candles in this office…well it just seemed silly. I still wanted to use them though and swapping rocks and succulents in place of candles completely re-purposed them. I know using real versus faux flowers is a big debate in the design world buy my motto is to use whatever works best in the space and the person caring for it. As long as they look VERY realistic then I am OK using faux. In this case, faux was necessary because succulents just wouldn’t have survived nor would Teri want to maintain them.
I feel that styling it is THE most important part of a design and is where the biggest mitakes are made by homeowners. It is the jewlery for the room and without it…it is missing it’s personality! Styling is available by the hour and can really transform a space.
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When I found out I was pregnant, after the initial excitement of becoming a Mommy set in…my mind started designing the Nursery! I had no idea which gender I was having yet so I decided I would come up with some mock designs for both. At that time I really felt like I was having a boy, so I designed that room first. Well, I was WRONG so on to the next thought process. Maybe for fun I’ll have to post my boy’s design board later!
Ok, so now on to why this post is titled “Double Vision”. My best friend Jen Skog threw me the most AMAZING baby shower. She took my vision for my Nursery and turned it into a whimsical soiree. Jen is a professional photographer but from the looks of her design I’d say she has a career in event design wouldn’t you say? Her design was even featured on The Cake Blog. Details included Boston Terrier and Handbag cookies for the favors as well as the cutest floral arrangement I’ve ever seen. A purse made from yellow poms to mimic the purse in my inspiration artwork…SERIOUSLY?!?! I was blown away. I’m going to let the photos do the rest of the talking.