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! =)

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.


Interior Design Concept & Process

Many times when I first start speaking with clients, they don’t exactly understand the design process, how I work, or what they really get for their money.  I really like to educate my clients on what they are investing into their spaces as well as me.  What a designer can bring to the table can be invaluable for clients.  We not only provide a beautiful and functional room in the end but also eliminate stress and mistakes that homeowners designing their own spaces many times go through.  We guide you through the endless amounts of furnishings and accessories available nowadays and find the right pieces for you.  We do much more than pair pretty things together, we manage your project from start to finish.

Now every designer is going to have their own design process and ways of managing their projects but I thought it would be fun to share with you how I work.

Initial meeting with the client::  After a client knows for sure that they want to hire me, I meet with them in their home, measure, take photographs and develop a scope of work.  I am also interviewing them and am really trying to get a feel for what they want out of their space.

Design Concept::  After I’ve gathered all the necessary information, I get to work on their design.  I normally gather items and use Pinterest to bookmark the image and website of the possible item.  You can see the Pinterest board that goes along with the below mood boards { HERE }.  I usually over gather items and then widdle down.  I then present what my favorites are for the space.  The great thing about having the extras is that if a client doesn’t like one of the choices, I already have backups that I can pull up quickly as alternatives.  I create mood boards with the final items and have my drafter do the space-planning in CAD with those specifications.

Here is an example of a mood board and its floor plan to go along with it.  The mood board isn’t always going to be the exact outcome of the room but is more so of a general design idea to present to my client so they can understand the overall concept and get my vision.


Design Presentation:: It’s now time to present the design concept to my client.  I provide a binder to each client with all of their mood boards, floor-plans, spec sheets for each item and a budget.  This binder is for my clients to keep which is great for them to take a long to check out any items in person and it also creates a record of their room.  Along with the binder, I bring along loose samples to show colors in person.  This can include fabric, paints, rugs, leathers, window treatments etc.  After the presentation, we either make changes right then and there or I let the design resinate before they make final decisions.  Every client is different so I like to allow them the time they need to feel comfortable in making decisions.  If changes need to be made, then we go over them.  Below is an example of some changes that were made after the original presentation.  The chairs and coffee tables were swapped for other items due to both taste and budget.


Design Procurement:: After decisions have been made on all of the larger items, we get to ordering.  While waiting for furnishings to arrive, I get to work on finalizing the smaller details like accessories, art etc.  I shop and collect tons of goodies to complete the room and really set off the design. This is also when any painting, or installation of lighting would be done.

Design Install::  On the day of install, all furniture is placed, art hung and accessories styled.  It can take a good portion of the day to complete one room many times.

So that’s it…I gave you the condensed version.  There are actually what feels like 5 million additional steps in this process but many are for me to worry about while my clients sit back and dream about their beautiful new room.  And as you can see, I do not sit around eating bon bons all day as my husband likes to tease me that I do!

Jennifer Bishop Design offers both Full Design and Design By the Hour.  We also specialize in paint and color consultations as well as custom draperies.  We offer a variety of designer fabrics.   If you are ready to make a transformation in your home we’d love to help!  Please contact us with further questions. 925.858.1882 or

Little Bit Magazine Feature

I am so very excited to have not one but two designs included in Issue 4 of Little Bit Magazine.  Little Bit is a quarterly digital magazine filled with all things related to children’s design.  I read a lot of online magazines and this one is truly great!  Simple layouts, amazing photography and such inspirational ideas from all of the contributors.  It was extra exciting for me that Jennifer Skog was right there with me on the contributor’s page.  Anytime I can share in some success with my BFF it makes it all the better!  A big thanks to Aisha from Little Bit for including our work in this issue.

You can read it here {LITTLE BIT MAGAZINE :: Issue 4}

Sydney’s Yellow and Black Nursery on pages 46-50 & my Winnie the Pooh Shower design on pages 72-75.


Alaska Airlines Magazine-We’ve Soared To New Heights!

So I blew it but still wanted to share the exciting news regardless.  Late last year, I tried out to be included in an Alaska Airlines In-Flight magazine.  The writer was looking for opinions about where the design trends were heading for 2012.  I submitted my ideas and was shocked that I was one of the chosen professionals!  The article went to print in March, entertained countless amounts of travelers (this I’m guessing) and appeared online as a digital copy as well.  Soooooo…life got really hectic around that time, and I wasn’t able to blog about the inclusion.  I blew it, because the article isn’t online anymore for anyone to read.  But, on the plus side, I did take some screen shots while it was still up and I do have a printed copy for a memento!


I spoke a lot about mixing styles and using rustic and reclaimed woods.  Especially in homes that have children.  The reason– so you can actually LIVE in your home instead of worry about every little dent and scratch.  I also spoke about the “Industrial Trend” and how it mixes so well with rustic woods.  It can feel very natural and simplistic.  I also talked about the overuse of painted accent walls and instead trying something new like an accent wallpaper wall or doing something fun to your ceiling.

As I read through the article, something else caught my eye.  A familiar name in the industry and someone that I consider an expert on color as well as a mentor for Interior Designers.  Maria Killam, a decorator and blogger located in Canada, was also included in this article.  I felt honored to have my ideas printed on the very same page as hers.  I was star struck =)  If you love design and want to read a design blog that actually teaches you something rather just posts pretty pictures (nothing wrong with those though), head on over to Maria’s blog {HERE}.  It’s fantastic.


Should You Paint Your Oak Cabinets?

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!

Contractor- On Time Builders Materials Supply-Ashley Interiors

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!

A Bold Stripe For a Bold Girl

It’s totally different designing a nursery than a children’s room.  When you design for an unborn child, you design more for the parents.  When you design for a child, you get to take their personalities and interests in mind.  My BOLD-LIL-BEAN loves flowers and blue…well at least the week I started working on her big girl room.  So when I found the Marimekko fabric to wrap an existing canvas painting I no longer liked, I knew it was perfect to update her space.  Besides the fun floral, I love the wide stripes on it and knew it was a perfect way to incorporate elsewhere like her drapes.  I ordered a few different swatches of black and white stripes.  The striped pattern actually runs vertically off the bolt but I really wanted to run hers horizontal instead.

After hanging three options of wide stripes up, ultimately, I decided to go with the widest for the biggest impact. Sydney agreed although she was busy wearing her life vest and reading her potty training book so I’m not really sure if she put her all into that decision.  Oh to be young! The pattern is a 3″ stripe called — Vertical from Premier Prints.  I love it and can’t wait to get it ordered and sew in some blackout lining.  I’m praying that a darker room that my kids may be tricked into taking some naps again!!!  A Mother can dream at least…

The other two patterns can be found {HERE} & {HERE} at Warehouse Fabrics online.

On To Baby Feature: #1 Real Birthday Party!

Today I received an email from my friend– subject line saying “Did you see?”  Ohhhhhhh…my curiosity was peaked!  Inside it read “You’re party is listed as #1 on the On To Baby top 5 parties today.”  Wow I was just not expecting that!  I followed the {LINK} and there it was, Miss Sydney enjoying her ice cube tray lunch at her 2nd Birthday Party.  I’m so very excited that this party was listed in the top 5 as the “most viewed Real Parties”!  Thank you OTB and Happy 1 year Anniversary to them.  The On To Baby blog is such a fantastic site bursting with beautiful images and information for all things baby and kids.  They’ve been kind enough to feature Sydney’s Russian Doll party as well as my Winnie the Pooh baby shower. If you are on the hunt for great inspiration images you should definitely check it out.


In The Works-Tween Room

I haven’t spoke much of this project but it’s a big one!  I am slowly working through the entire house and wanted to share a few update photos that are just from my iPhone but you’ll get the idea.  This was such a fun room for a sweet tween-aged girl.  Her family just had moved to the Bay Area when they hired me and we really wanted to make it special for her so she had something to be excited for during a tough transition.  Amongst her requests was a comfy chair to cozy up and read in, a canopy and a garden!  When I went back recently to hang the drapes I was pleasantly surprised to find she had been taking such great care of her garden.  I was so proud of her…my young grasshopper!

See that Moroccan print on the drapes….that will be repeated in the room in a really fun way but you’ll have to stay tuned for the results.


Next on the list to finish up the room is to hang the art.  I worked on getting just the right frames for each print and had some custom mattes cut to accentuate a few of them. The black frame with the dog face will have to be painted.   I can’t wait to see the end result.  She is an animal-ocean-reading lover so the wall is a collection of many of her favorite things.


Tiny Totem Children’s Room

Back in October I showed you the {Design Boards} for this room and I am so excited to finally share the end results!  You may remember my {gender neutral} nursery known best for its kelly green walls?  Well, this is the big girl room for the same home.  Actually, Little Miss G will be moving out from the green and modern forest into the new woodsy themed room complete with teepee and totem pole to share with her big sister. The third daughter for this family arrived just before Christmas and we completed the install and {photography} for this room in just the nick of time!

Images: Photo Designs by Odessa

I really wanted to carry a bit of the forest theme into this room but in a different way and in a more girly color scheme.  So why don’t we talk about the” starting point”…something I speak about all of the time on this blog.  Every room needs a starting point…something to work off of.  In this room, this small scaled zig zag fabric print in shades of amethyst, olive, black and plum was it. Sometimes I find an item for a room and it just speaks to me, and that zig zag was telling me “buy me…design away with me!”.  And that I did.  My next must have for this room was the teepee. Every kid needs a special little hideaway in which to read, play hide and seek…make memories in!  To make the teepee extra cush I added a mini fur rug as well as had custom pillows made.  A medallion pattern paired perfectly with the zig zag print that I trimmed with a black faux leather fringe.

Yellow star lanterns and a whimsical wall clock placed over the teepee were my way of insinuating sleeping under the moon and the stars.


My clients wanted the room to be able to sleep three girls if down the road they all ever wanted to bunk together.  We chose these twin beds that can also be stacked into bunk beds.  That would allow us to place an additional bed in ones place.  There is also a trundle under the left bed for sleepovers.

I wanted to have glimpses that catered to each girl so I had custom knit pillows made with each girls initial to sit on their own beds.

Over each bed also hung a bird cage with clothes pins to hang photos and mementos.  Since the girls are younger, we just clipped family photos up for now.  As they get older, and each of them gain their own preferences towards things, they can each customize their own to suit themselves.  In addition to the birdcages, I took inexpensive cork boards and re-covered them with a black and white tree-grain pattern from IKEA.  I also crafted each girl a yarn wrapped initial to add what {Brad Goreski calls a “POC” as in “Pop of Color”} Couldn’t agree more Brad!


I used some leftover fabric to wrap the clients existing lamp and styled the children’s toys and books at their level for easy play and clean up.


Now here is where the totem part comes in.  Back in July I gave some tips for {hanging your artwork} and one of the examples was the “totem hang”.  I thought it would be a fun way to hang artwork for their room which was a collection of some of the children’s art, their Daddy’s art when he was younger and a couple new purchases.

Whenever possible, I always try to include my clients personal mementos into their designs. It allows the space to become more personal and homey and makes it so a room doesn’t end up just being a bunch of meaningless stuff. The father of these girls made this spectacular string art as a child.  I was so excited when I saw it and realized it was just perfect and special for this room. I had it matted and framed to accentuate the medallion.  It really just creates the perfect mood as you enter the room.

The custom built chalkboard was made with reclaimed barn wood and hung at toddler height for easy access.  The pay telephone was added for imaginary play.  Although we did not hook it up, it is an actual working phone. And PLEASE note…the cord is not left in the room at this point when there is no adult supervision.  So no emails are necessary telling me I’ve left a hazard in their room…we’ve already covered that =)

And no children’s woodsy room would be complete without a deer-head all dolled up with feathered eyelashes and felted necklace!


I cannot wait to see these girls grow up making great memories in this room.  Although I love designing nurseries, a room for a child that is old enough to express excitement for their new space just takes the cake.  Even at a young age they already have their own tastes and dis-pleasures which really translates into–working with toddlers could be your best…or possibly worst client!  I’ll take my chances =)

A BIG thanks to Odessa of {Photo Designs by Odessa} I usually shoot my rooms by myself but decided it’s time to leave that up to the professionals.

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