Here's to a relaxing Saturday and the last day of July!!!
Go ahead, Jump In!
Have a fantastic day!
Photo taken of Hualalai - Four Seasons
While working on a fabulous residence and one of the rooms that we started with is the 4 year olds room.
For inspiration we came up with three themes for our client... I've put a few pics together for you to check them out.
It was so fun to do! Kids rooms are the best!
The first theme:
The Builder Architect
She loved them all! The family has chosen the animal theme!
Now we're off to design the baby's room!
Happy Friday all!
We just finished an Orthodontics Office in El Paso, Texas. It was time for some accessories!!!
Since the theme behind the design was "Hollister"...we had some Fun!
See you tomorrow!
Good Morning friends!
Happy Monday to you!
This fabric (that you will see in the last layout) inspired us to recover two of our lovely King Louis chairs....
So...what's a King Louis chair?? Well..first we need to figure out which Louis we are talking about....
Lets first talk about King Louis XV. (1723-1774). His style was French Rococo.
His style of furniture exemplified the almost feminine quality of the era...men and women both wore the powdered wigs..the lace and the satin.
This was a life of leisure centered around active social gatherings.
These guys had the Parisian hotels instead of the giant palaces.
So just like today we have downsized our living..they did the same thing back then.
It's like having all this furniture that you once put in your mansion and making it fit into your two bedroom apartment. oh the fun of it all.
So Louis XV's style catered to the newer and much smaller living quarters.
Furniture became more graceful and comfortable and eventually smaller and more proportioned to the new smaller rooms.
The heaviness and pretentiousness started to disappear.
Something that I did not know that I just found out is that THIS is when the Window Seat was invented!
Well, we should thank Louis and most definitely his mistress Madame de Pompadour.
She was the one that promoted the artistic advancement at Versailles.
Ok... so that brings us to the next Louis...Louis XVI who ascended the throne in 1774. (1754-1793).... see below
This Louis brought with him the Early Neoclassical style of furniture.
This brought with it straight lines and symmetry.
Rooms became more rectangular and angular.
This was considered a return to the "purity" of the arts of Rome.
The pastel tones and haziness of the Rococo style was now replaced with sharp colors and chiaroscuro. (see bottom)
Even bedrooms changed drastically.
Beds became smaller in size and the headboards and foot boards had canopies and were suspended overhead.
The beds were placed against the wall rather than perpendicular to the wall.. they were tucked away in alcoves.
Basically they did what we do in a kids room when we want to create more space.
We stick the bed against the wall and add a bunch of pillows. ha!
These designers were trying to recreate the Roman Villas.
These days, we take Rococo and Neoclassical to an entirely new level....we dress them up with bright prints..we paint them...or we strip them completely bare like the Louis Ghost chair below.
For us, at Within...you know we love WHITE.... so we have decided to paint our chairs White.
They are not originals..and the wood is not in very good shape.. so Paint is our decision!
Our plan is this:
Both chairs have round tapered and fluted legs with thimble feet and rosette blocks at the four corners of the seat rail.
We will paint them white and with our new Xorel fabric it will be stunning!!!! We cannot wait!
The fabric itself is genius... it is super cleanable and self healing.
Yup self healing.
I would sit here and write more about it..but I think this blog is the longest one I've ever had!!!
I definitely encourage you to check out Carnegie's website and learn more about Xorel (see bottom of post).
For now, we leave you!
Hope this was educational for you! It really was for us!!!!
Cheers to Monday and all the Louis in History!
** Chiaroscuro (, ; Italian for light-dark) in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.
It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.
*** To learn more about Xorel, it's process and design, click HERE for an informative pdf file.
Sunday is the day that I get together with my family at my father's house...
He cooks...we bring yummy wine... and celebrate another wonderful week!
These photos were emailed to me from my father..who loves to share design just as much as I do!
So, Thanks DAD!
Have a glass of wine today! or two!
I don't know how it happend but I found Matt Stuart.
I think I was parooooosing some blogs and they mentioned his work.. I think.
Well, Within Studio Loves great photography, and this guy has such an EYE!
We had to share a selection of his Black and Whites.
Today, Tuesday, feels like a Black and White day.
So here it is... Matt Stuart!My fave of this set is the wheel. Perfection!
"daVinci By Design"... wish I had thought of that name..but no...alas....another company already has it.
This company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the exclusive importer of Edilco staircases, produced outside Verona, Italy.
They are truly breathtaking I think! I love the detail on each stair.
We've never worked with this company before.... but would love to try it!
Hope you all have a Fantastic Week!!
Since it's the beginning of the week and we're talking about stairs....I'll leave you with a quote:
"A Man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs."
I hope you are having an amazing Sunday!
While doing some research, I came across this photographer Sosij.
Whom I believe is called Sharon Cooper.
I loved the color combinations! I had to share!
Here are some of my favorite shots that she has taken.
Hope your Sunday is just as Colorful!
We are working on a modern Tucson Residence and the topic of lighting has come up...
Here is a collection of thoughts that we reviewed with the clients on Friday.
There are so many options when it comes to light.
Our concept? Clean - Functional - Fabulous.
We are leaning towards a curved layout due to 2 sky lights and a fan in the middle...
We'll post the plan soon!
For now, have a fun fun fun weekend!!!!
photos by Tech Lighting