Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday AAhs

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
Kona, Hawaii

Friday, July 30, 2010

Oh Baby

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

The World Traveler
Animals and Outdoors

She loved them all! The family has chosen the animal theme!

Now we're off to design the baby's room!

Happy Friday all!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ortho Decor

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!


  1. Swim Sign:
  2. Jump In Mural
  3. Longboard Mural:
  4. Tiki extra:
  5. Hammock Mural:
  6. Mighty Bite:
  7. Wave Mural:
  8. Distressed oars *** (same as # 11)
  9. Dry Erase Calendar: for staff - photo not shown
  10. Floor Mat

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

{Wish Me Here}

Happy Spacious and Relaxing Wednesday to you all!



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Nautical Life

Living in the desert we don't get much water... Monsoon is here and the rains have been lovely to enjoy.

We are craving the ocean .... so here is our little tribute to the sea....on this Beautiful Tuesday...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Loui Loui (longest blog ever!)

Good Morning friends!

Happy Monday to you!

Last week I had a great lunch meeting with Mary from Carnegie Fabrics and one of the fabulous things she showed us was the lastest pattern for Xorel called Artisan Fabrics.

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 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 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:

We have a pair of medallion-back French Louis XVI style armless chairs.

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, July 25, 2010

Sunday is for Wine

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!



Saturday, July 24, 2010

{simply sweet | explore outside}

Good Morning Saturday!!!
Lets go Play Outside!
Look at these fantastic exterior patios!

Friday, July 23, 2010

{within-spiration | best accent walls}

Happy Friday All!
Today we are finding ourselves inspired by fabulous walls!
Yesterday we marked up our office walls so that we can start hanging our photography...
and we stood there, tape in hand measuring heights... and I took a moment to really appreciate our amazing
18" thick adobe walls. They are so beautiful!
They curve in and out and have cracks and divets... history is written all over these walls.
So I started to think about walls .. what makes them stand out...and what we as designers do to make them Pop!
Here are a few pics from my library...
I can't stop staring at the walls. It's amazing to see what an important role lighting plays in showing off these textures...

And when there is no texture, color takes over. My favorite of course is the Beatles wall at the Mirage. I have walked it many times... so fun!!!
Have a fantastic Friday all!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Today we are totally crushing on Green-Form!
These planters are amazing!

They are made of 100% recyclable fiber cement.

What's in fiber cement you ask?
cement, powdered limestone, cellulose and synthetic fibers, water, and air!

They mix the fiber in to give you durability but also the light weight!

In addition, the fiber cement material allows the plants to breathe and regulate their own moisture...does your walmart planter do that?

They are stunning!

You can see more of these great planters HERE.
You should also browse their furniture's delicious!

Santa Monica, CA. 90405
p. 310.663.3995
f. 310.399.6459

Have a happy Thursday everyone!!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

{within-spiration | skypark hotel singapore}

I love getting email from my family. They send me all of the Good Luck PowerPoints....
all of the chain letters... all of the lucky charm send to 10 friends will bring you love but only if you forward type of emails.
And I got a forward from my mom.
So lets all say THANKS MOM for the photos of the Skypark Hotel in Singapore.

Apparenly, the concept behind the infinity pool was said to have been inspired by the terraced rice paddies in Bali, Indonesia.

This hotel has 2,560 rooms and suites!
I can only imagine how many restaurants and shops it has.
And it's theatres, museum, casino, and crystal pavilion...yes I said "crystal"... are probably
an amazing sight!
According to this handy email, the resort is set to employ 10,000 people!
AND apparently 25,000 people visit the casino EACH DAY!
The goal of the president and chief executive officer, Thomas Arasi, is to attract 70,000 people EACH DAY!
Now to the designer, Moshe Safdie, who said he based it on a deck of cards. hmmm...interesting...
I hope you enjoy the pics! And hey go ahead and forward it to your mom too!!
Happy Wednesday All!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Matt Stuart

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!

my vote here has to be the profile shot. Genius!

Thanks Matt for sharing your "ingeniousness" with us all!

Keep these shots coming!



Monday, July 19, 2010

daVinci by Design

Happy Monday!

"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."

-John Welsh

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sheek Sosij

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!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Living Light

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

Friday, July 16, 2010


I went on a day trip to Boston in the Spring and took a few photos of the beautiful city...
now as I look at it, I just see darkness..
I guess the shots of the graves don't help.

Well, regardless, I think there is beauty everywhere! And inspiration around every corner...
It's just a matter of wanting to see it.

So here are just a few pics that are Boston to me.

Go out and Enjoy your Friday!!!!
Go find that inspiration around the corner!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

We Heart Red

It's Thursday!!
Wow this week is flying by!!

We are still working on our new office!
We got our printer set up...almost running...
and we have our fridge nice and cooool..

Today I share with you some more RED images...
it's an addiction here at Within...

Have a beautiful day!!
~within studio

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All in a Dress

Apparently pattern dresses are all the rage this summer!
This one, the Shoshanna Dress, is at high demand on Bluefly...
My challenge: Can I make an Interiors Inspiration board..from this dress?

  1. Shoshanna Dress -
  2. Prada Platforms -
  3. Bag Vase - CB2
  4. Yellow Pillow - MiCasa Bella
Wow, this one was tough...
Not bad for my first dress challenge.
We hadn't done one before....

Happy Wednesday All!!
~within studio

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

House Goodies

Wow this week has been filled with all kinds of goodies coming my way!
Check out these modern twists to our typical home decor....
and some more lovely details for you!

I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday!
We are here setting up the new office Downtown and will get back to our more regular
posts soon!!!

~within studio

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Life

My summer is getting off to a great start!
Since most of our posts is typically about design...
I thought I'd give you a little something more personal ...

a *me* post!

Have a Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

{within-spiration | tiny details}

Great design can come in small packages...
and in those tiny details....

Have a Happy Sunday and take a look at these..... I want to go and make something....
like those shelves! My fave of the bunch!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

[Great Sits]

Happy Saturday All!

Here are a few more dazzling chairs!

My favorite is in the middle... I want ONE!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Office Art

Hello my friends,

We are contemplating the layout of art work in our office.
We have beautiful white adobe walls.... but we also have amazing art pieces....
So we took some time yesterday to look into some options.

One thought we had was to do a 'grouping' of art pieces..

Then we started thinking about those beautiful walls...and how we can not touch them, but still display art...AND rotate
our art...

So... now we are going to sit back and think about it....

I'll post pics of our new layouts as soon as they're up!

Yesterday we picked out our new fridge and it will be delivered on Sunday.
Tomorrow we are putting our materials library together!!
We'll share pics soon I promise!!

Have a beautiful weekend my friends!
Go out and create something lovely!

~within studio

{within-spiration | help for rachel ray}

Just in case she needs a little help in the kitchen.....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Extra Goodies

More fun Goodies!

And for my readers, I'm practicing with new programs and new layout techniques... bare with me...

our blog might look a little odd for a bit..

we'll find the layout that works for us and I promise we'll sit still for a while!

~ within

Sit on This

A tiny collection of interesting seating that believe it or not made it to my Inbox this morning... just the links..
Thanks to my father, the upholsterer! I get all kinds of fun emails!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer is Here

Hello Everyone!
Just a quick little post for SUMMER!!!
We are feeling the heat in Tucson! and this artist is so Refreshing!

You can find their work on Etsy..their name is even refreshing... Kiki and Polly

So nice!
It brings refreshing water to this Old Pueblo!

Thank you Kiki and Polly!

14 Living Room and Dining Room Makeovers | Real Simple

I love Real Simple Magazine!!
Check out these Great before and after pics!

14 Living Room and Dining Room Makeovers | Real Simple

Monday, July 5, 2010

Desert Inspiration

A few weeks ago, I headed outside for some inspiration... I took my husband and my good friend Dominic...

I wish I could say it was my idea, but it wasn't... Dominic needed some models for Tucson Home Magazine...and we happily volunteered...

I'd like to share with you just a handful of test shots from the 500 shots we took...
There is beauty everywhere!

Inspiration in every cactus, every blade of grass.... every little rock...

What an amazing afternoon we had...

Nature is indeed the most gifted architect!

I couldn't help but run my hands through these bushes... watching all the little fuzzies fly away..

This was created with a flashlight and a fantastic photographer... he surprises me every time..

We hope you all have a fantastic Monday! Take a minute to go outside.. deep breath... lets take on the world!

For more inspiring photography, visit azfoto!

Within Studio
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." Willy Wonka