Thursday, June 24, 2010

{Happy Birthday Within Studio | 5 Years Old}

Yesterday we celebrated our 5th Birthday!

Thank you Thank you and Thank you to everyone that has made this possible!!!

What an amazing 5 Years we have had!

Tomorrow marks a huge step in the company...we are moving to our 3rd location!
This time we are going DOWNTOWN!!!!

We have come such a long way and we are so touched, moved, and inspired by all of our clients, our coworkers, our colleagues, our friends and family...and even our fabulous pets!

I am so grateful for all of you and I invite you to see what is new and possible in Your life! If we can do it, so can YOU!

We have been creating spaces and possibilities for these past Five Years and cannot wait for the next 55!

For today's entry, I have gathered some of my favorite balloon and birthday images that I've gathered through the years... it's just a few pics... hopefully if time allows I'll add more in the following posts.

These images make me smile... looking through my files I completely forgot my to-do list... I didn't look at my email...I didn't pick up my phone.. I just sat with these images... and for once took a minute to pat myself on the back..and be proud... and happy... I was present to all of the things that have happened in the past Five years... and grateful for every single one!

How did we celebrate yesterday? Like we do every year... we went to RA Sushi...which was the first restaurant I ever designed..and the first place I went to as soon as I opened Within Studio... we have been going there ever since...
desert was at Frost Gelato Shoppe..right next door.... aaaaaaaaaaah yum!

Full bellied with Sushi, Sake, and then Chocolate...we went home... fulfilled... enlivened.... and ready to take on the world!

Thank you! Thank you! Gracias! Merci!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

[I left my Wallet in San Francisco!]

Aldea Home is a fantastic store in San Francisco! They have a little bit of everything!! Here's just a small selection of goodies on our wish list! They even have a baby here.

Robin's Eggs Soaps. sooo cute!

Rain Parade Umbrella. I want ONE! or two!

Gold Fish Trash Bags! YES!

Pick Your Nose Party Cups! Genius!!!

They had me at Beignet! Yum!

Parrot Water Bottle.. Save the planet AND be fashionable!

Sweet Aviary Melamine bowls... so lovely!

Puzzle Serving Board - Gotta get this!

Have fun shopping!!!!
Within Studio

Aldea Home
3338 17th street
Between Valencia and Mission
Suite 100B
San Francisco, CA 94110


Monday through Saturday 11.00 till 7.00
Sunday 11.00 till 6.00

Phone: 415.865.9807
Toll Free: 866.402.5332
Fax: 415.865.9841

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stepping Up Storage

I'm working on a project that requires a bit of storage with the stairs... while looking for Inspiration...I came across some pretty interesting ideas...
take a look!
This one not only has storage, but uses mirrors on the risers... wow....

Multi-functional steps

Really liked this storage unit dividing the space and hiding the stairs. I wonder if you can see through it?

If you are going to have'll need this nifty basket!

Small space...great storage and STEPS built in!! Genius!

Every step is a drawer??!! Yes!!! all my shoes need this kind of storage!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Likein' Lichen

We sure Like Lichen! They are a design and manufacturing studio that is taking imagination to a whole new level! We are loving their creativity! Here are just two of their items that we want on OUR desk!

ADAPTATION: how fabulous is this unique vase?? It has 4 magnet sets in an aluminum base and 4 glass tubes and stainless steel spheres.

Check out the video!

MIGRATION: bringing oil candles to modern times. Super sophisticated!
And the base is made out of one of my favorite products, PaperStone!

WE can't wait to see what they pull out of their hat next! Definitely a company to watch!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

{take two | making nature mandalas}

Today we share with you a lovely blog from Rachel Jepson Wolf

April 05, 2012

Thursday, June 10, 2010

675 in New York

We recently came across this article from Hospitality Design Magazine on a New York nightspot in the Meatpacking District. Chris Sheffield (SL Design) was the designer of the space, wanting to create a space that people would "love to hang out in".

Above is a photo of the main room. Sheffield mixed mid-century modern with early 20th century industrial and vintage found objects.
"People are reminded of a friend's parent's basement form the 70's"

The Library: tons of pattern and color.

Coat I'm loving it!

Pool Table Room: they installed chalkboards with hand-stained belting canvas frames..there is a vintage barber's chair and a life-size horse lamp...ha! I love that detail!

Seating Vignette: Stone, brick, concrete and reclaimed barnwood panels for the ceiling and walls.

Monday, June 7, 2010

7 Habits to Ditch

7 Habits You As A Freelancer Need To Ditch

(this article came to my desk yesterday, and I had to repost word for word)

Freelancers accumulate a lot of things and habits that get in the way of their work. Sure we meet deadlines and get things done but our productivity suffers.

At the end of the day, we’re left scratching our head wondering where the day went. We end up working nights to meet a deadline that should have been met ahead of schedule if things had gone according to plan.

Here are 7 Things You As A Freelancer Need To Ditch in order to find the kind of success you’re looking for in your business.

1. Excessive Social Networking, Instant Messaging And Internet Browsing

This has been written and told so many times that you’d think it would be engraved in people’s head by now. Even if you’re super careful and watch your time, social networking and browsing have a habit of sneaking up on you and making you ignore the clock.

Stop Stumbling, Digging, or going through your RSS reader for an unscheduled period of time. If there’s work on your desk that’s being ignored in favor of it then you’re wasting time and momentum.

2. Email Obsession

Ah yes. We all have the email bug. Here’s how you ditch the habit.

  1. Turn off the notification sound
  2. Shut off your inbox
  3. Check every two hours or any (reasonable) time period of your choice.
  4. Rinse and repeat

You could also check email as a reward. Completed an article? Check email. Met a deadline? Omg, I so deserve to check my email now!

Yes you’ll go crazy, but your work will thank you for it!. Think of the happy clients and stress free pace of work as you’re free from the anxiety of having things added to your to-do list with every email.

3. The “Yes, Right Away” Attitude

A quick clarification: I’m not asking you to ditch the “Yes, I can” attitude. What kind of a freelancer would I be if I told you to ditch the secret behind your success? I’m telling you to ditch the “Yes, right away” attitude. There’s a difference.

As freelancers and web workers, we tend to think that if we don’t act immediately, we’ll lose out. That’s the wrong attitude. Not everything requires your immediate attention.


Make the distinction between clients who’ll appreciate and reward the quick response and those to whom it wouldn’t make a difference if you replied a few hours later or the next day.

If you’re replying to emails as they come in your inbox, you’ll spend your entire day dealing with them and get no work done. Ever wondered where your day went when you haven’t taken a break all morning?

Nine times out of ten, your day went to your inbox.

4. Information Overload

Sometimes I think ‘freelancer‘ is a synonym for ‘continuous learning‘. We read or at least scan everything that comes in front of our eyes, we bookmark religiously, download e-books like we’re obsessed and research is our middle name.

All this leads to information overload.

I’ll be the first to say that we never know when we’ll need something. However, short circuiting our brain trying to cram everything ruins our work. Not to mention the headache it brings on.

5. Clutter

That desk of yours? It has to be cleaned. Your papers need to be filed, pens need to be set in their holder and you need to pick up the trash. Even your desktop needs to be organized.

And no, dumping everything in your drawer is not called de-cluttering.

Very few people thrive in clutter. Organized chaos is fine but the minute you spend more than 15 seconds looking for something, it’s not organized anymore.

So ditch the clutter and organize.

6. Distractions

Distractions come in many forms. Every freelancer has their own set of distractions. It could be unnecessary phone calls, the neighbor’s noisy dog or even your own children.

Respect your work time and figure out ways to eliminate these distractions. Get a baby sitter for your kids or get them involved in extra-curricular activities. Dealing with your neighbor’s dog could be easy or you may have to be a little uhh… innovative.

Whatever your distractions, they can be eliminated. Turn the force of your “can do” attitude on your distractions and watch them melt away.

7. Extremes

Moderation is the name of the game. Don’t waste your time getting distracted or procrastinating but don’t become obsessed with productivity either.

Set goals and meet them. That’s the definition of a successful and productive day. If you don’t meet them every now and then, it’s ok. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to fail.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Old School

Back in 2000, I was instructed to create a project with a
Geodesic Dome. This was a final project for that year in Design School.

I wanted to share this with you, because today I was reminded of it....

Here is a sketch of the interior. I was studying how there would be balconies inside on every floor...
In this sketch I was studying the bottom floor and it's lighting....

As the project progressed it got it's own look and feel... it was to house a gigantic Dot Com company called Get

This is a detail view of the second floor....

Here is a view of the first floor.. The idea was to have a garden surround the base and visible by all floors, and all balconies...

a section of what I envisioned the building to be.... .. gardens on every other floor...

in 3D Max I created a model of the space.. notice the balcony and the glass wall of the geodesic dome...

Notice the columns at the base... the balcony..and the glass walls....

Here's where my day just turned was flipping through a catalog for Allermuir...
and I came across a photograph that just made my heart stop.
I have scanned it and placed it here.... do you see it?!!!!

see the columns? the glass? the balcony?

I have no idea where this building is... but I hope to see it one day!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Sky's the Limit!

"Founded in New Zealand and inspired by its vibrant natural beauty. BOSKKE is leading a gardening revolution!"

"The Sky Planter, designed by Patrick Morris, transforms your enjoyment of plants in your living environments. By turning gardening on its head, the Sky Planter allows you to look up and enjoy the beauty of plants from a unique perspective."

You can hang this from the ceiling or you can wall mount it!

There is a reservoir system that feeds water gradually to the plant's roots. (Conserving Water and TIME)

Want to find out more? Click HERE.

**** This blog originally had all the pics, but somehow they magically disappeared..SORRY!
We'll try to fix that.. but the LINK works great! Truly worth a see!! *****

Just DO IT!

This is a great Do It Yourself Shower Curtain by GRAIN.
What a great way for your 'guests' to leave their Mark!

It's fabulous! It will not off-gas and it breathes! It's less likely to mold and mildew. Which is always a plus! AND it can be recycled! It's 100% High-Density Polythylene. (PVC free)

Made in the Pacific'll be supporting small businesses!
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." Willy Wonka