Saturday, October 30, 2010

{Sweet Saturday}

I think Saturdays are for Sweetness.... Here's another fantastic collage from Ivy.

Friday, October 29, 2010

{Louis XVI Returns}

Happy Friday All!

As promised, here is an update on our Louis XVI Chairs!

For those of you that have no idea what I'm talking about, you might want to read our previous blog first:

Loui Loui (our longest blog ever).

In summary, I have two medallion back Louis XVI Chairs in need of an overhaul!

So we are taking lessons from our friends at Belle Epoque Upholstery to recover our chairs!

We did everything ourselves, except for a few things that I'll point out in the photos!

Ok, now that we're all caught up.. I'm going to show you all of the pics up 'til Now!

I've completed 21 steps so far.. and here they are in order for your viewing pleasure!

For steps 1 through 7, we enlisted the help of a fabulous friend, designer, and photographer Leslie Stelly.

She and I were able to complete this in one afternoon. Reason why it went so fast?

Easy, paint dries really fast in the desert!

The finished chair looked fantastic! I couldn't wait to get the fabric on it!

But, we had to wait. Even in the desert, you need to make sure that everything is dry

through and through.

Starting with Step #8 we began our lessons at Belle Epoque.

Apparently, this type of chair is one of the toughest to recover... go Us for picking the hard one!

We learned about different staple sizes and all kinds of fun tools to help you throughout the process.

For example, there is one tool with teeth that holds the welting taught as you staple it....

Continuing at Belle Epouqe, we got to use this awesome electric saw.

It cut through foam like Butter! I cut out both seats at once.

This part I really enjoyed.. you have a block of foam and you transform

it into this lovely soft curved seat.

Laying out the fabric was a bit tough because we didn't order enough! Whoops!

But with the help of our graphic designer, who happened to be at Belle Epoque that day,

we were able to figure it out. So a big thanks to *nontextual matters!

The hardest part was placing this fabric on the chair. The Xorel fabric that we are using

is not your typical fabric, so it took a bit of working . . . for the tough areas,

we recruited an expert Upholsterer, Carlos, owner of Belle Epoque Upholstery.

(You should be their friend on Facebook by clicking HERE).

Finally, after some tough work, we made it to the back! Since we were tight on fabric,

we decided on a silver shimmery leather for the back. What you see in the photo is

the inside of the leather, but in future pics you'll get to see the shimmery side!

We continued the same steps on the back as we did on the seat..and this is where the

chairs are currently...

this weekend the work continues... hopefully in time for our Grand Opening Celebration

on the 19th of November.

Wish us luck!

We'll keep you posted!

{Look for a post on 12-22-2010!!!}



Thursday, October 28, 2010

{Googly Good}

I'm sure we've all seen photos of the "Google Offices" around the world...

and I know we've blogged about it in the past.. but sitting here in my fabulous office that I adore

because it's so old... I have to tip my hat to Google once again... If I could incorporate a swing, or a boat,

or fake snow, or huts in my studio space...I would.

Cheers to Google for fantastic Design and Innovation! and Creativity!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

{Let there be Brick}

One of my favorite wall treatments is NOTHING at all!!!

Bare, naked, Brick is so gorgeous!!

Don't believe me?

Take a look!

A few years ago we worked on Hush Salon and Spa here in Tucson.

There had been a terrible fire that left these stylists without a Salon.

We cleaned everything up, repaired the damage, and when it was time to "paint the walls"...

I said No. The brick was so beautiful just As Is.

And so it was...we left it... now we Love it.

Happy Wednesday all!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

[Why didn't I think of that?]

Ever have those moments when you see something and wish you had thought of it first?

These pics, although nothing fancy, are simple and gave me that AHA! feeling.

Wishing Within had thunk it....

Monday, October 25, 2010

[line 'em up]

Happy Monday to ya!
Today I wanted to share some storage shots! I am type A organized shelves,
love when things line up... clean.. simple..efficient...aaaaah
Here are some thoughts on storage...something perhaps a little different than we're used to...
Inspiration can be everywhere!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

{Sweet Saturday}

Happy Saturday Designers!!

Today we share a photo collage from another fellow designer, Ivy!

Isn't it beautiful!

I am so inspired!


Friday, October 22, 2010


Happy Friday Designers!!!

Today, I'm inspired to talk about ACCENT walls!

We know we can achieve it with color...and with art... and we all know we can do it with wallcoverings...

Here are some fun accent walls...well done!

Which one are You?

Cheers to a fantastic weekend!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

{Gray is the new White}

Maybe it's the fall season, maybe it's they beautiful gray skies... but Gray is the IT color these days.

Here are some fabulous combinations that go with Gray!

Some things to remember when painting gray walls:

  1. use a matte or flat finish because glossy gray looks industrial
  2. gray color hides fingerprints even when it's matte
  3. it's ok to use cool grays and warm grays in the same room
  4. make sure you have lots of great lighting when using grays (layer your lighting)
  5. creamy colored trims go best on gray
  6. for rooms without natural light, a warm gray will be best
  7. a cool gray will achieve the best crisp and clean feel

Happy Painting!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

{October Wedding}

My board was too big to place in this blog, so I cut it in half for your viewing pleasure!

This kept me on track and inspired for Months!

Everyone should make one before they get married!!!


Monday, October 18, 2010

[Wedding Spirit]

Since October is the month of my wedding...Why not give a little Wedding Inspiration!!

Here's a great little theme board for a Halloween Wedding!!

In my next post I'll share the theme board that I made for My wedding..and perhaps some pics too!!

I love the the black lace... and the use of black and white!



Saturday, October 16, 2010

{Indian House}

Since October is the Wedding Month... I thought I'd continue with the theme and give you
a little peak at Indian House.

For my wedding I rented this house for a week, my husbands family stayed here all week, and
then we were married in one of the three courtyards.....

This home was built in the 1930's by a Mexican Architect and is in the middle of town.

A gorgeous home.... an amazing week!



Friday, October 15, 2010


October is absolutely our favorite month of the Year!!!

It's Friday the 15th! We have half a month left!! Here are some fantastic ideas for your home is you Haven't yet Decorated!

Have a Spooktacular Weekend!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

{love and lace}

We love finding inspiration Everywhere! As you all very well know...

today we find it through the lens of Dottie Angel.

We are now ready for Fall!

~ within

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Words cannot describe how much we love Paris.

One of our favorite memories is of course the Eiffel of the most visited sites in the entire world!

The structure..the architecture... the perfection of it all....



and in case you are are some E.T. Facts:

-- Erection of the Eiffel Tower began on January 26, 1887
-- Erection of the Eiffel Tower was completed on March 31, 1889
-- Erection of the Eiffel Tower took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days from start to finish
-- Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was the main architect, Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier were the main engineers, Stephen Sauvestre was the main architect, and Jean Compagnon handled the construction of the Eiffel Tower
-- Alexandre Gustave Eiffel is the very person who created the internal frame of the Statue of Liberty in the year 1885
-- The Eiffel Tower stands 324 meters tall
-- Material used for the Eiffel Tower is wrought iron (puddle iron) of the highest quality
-- The Eiffel Tower was made using 9441 tons of wrought iron
-- A total of 18038 pieces of wrought iron were joined together to create the Eiffel Tower
-- Approximately 60 tons of paint is required to paint the Eiffel Tower
-- The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years in 3 shades of brown (darkest shade at the bottom)
-- Even today painting the Eiffel Tower is done using brushes
-- In clear weather (very seldom seen today) you can see approximately 42 miles from the top of the Eiffel Tower
-- The base of the Eiffel Tower covers a square area of 100 meters
-- During gusty winds, the Eiffel Tower sways upto 15 cms at its summit
-- The names of 72 prominent French scientists and famous personalities are affixed on the sides of Eiffel Tower just beneath the first platform, 18 names per side
-- There was only one death during the construction period of the Eiffel Tower, that too outside working hours and not work related
-- Alexandre Gustave Eiffel died on December 27, 1923 in Paris
-- The Eiffel Tower has a total of 1710 steps to the topmost third level small platform, 674 steps to the second level, and 347 steps to the first level, all counted from the ground
-- The Eiffel Tower was to be dismantled and the metal sold as scrap 20 years after it was constructed, but this never happened
-- The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure when it was built, but this has been surpassed over the years
-- Today, the Eiffel Tower is open to the public every day of the year
-- Persons on wheelchairs can visit the Eiffel Tower upto the second level using the elevator
-- You can use the steps only till the second platform (the third platform is accessible only via elevators)
-- The Eiffel Tower has got restaurants on the first and second platforms
-- The restaurant on the first platform is Altitude 95 and faces the river Seine
-- The restaurant on the second platform is named Jules Verne and needs prior booking
-- The Eiffel Tower belongs to the city of Paris and is given on a renewable contract to a limited company named Societe d'exploitation de la Tour Eiffel
-- Over 200 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower since its inception

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

[for the love of Bikes]

In the fall of 2008, Within Studio had the pleasure of touring The Netherlands on the back of a bicycle.

The only way to tour this country if you ask us....

So there is definitely a special place in our hearts for good bicycle design..and definitely good parking areas for bikes.

Forms+Surfaces has a great Bike Rack department...and we've chosen three of our faves to share with you!


I think that the Garden is our favorite!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!!!


Monday, October 11, 2010

{Edge of Heaven}

Within Studio was recently introduced to Edgewater Studio.

Simply put... Elegance... Sophistication... Beautiful!

They are Metro Vancouver’s premier artistic custom tile company.

You can find them on Facebook as well by clicking HERE.

Love them!!!

Cannot wait to find a project to use them!


Have a fantastic Monday all!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

{Molla Space}

We were recently introduced to MollaSpace...and Wow.. what a collection of amazing designs!

While surfing the site.. we decided that we wanted to share a little bit with you!

The first is 22 Design Studio:

In 2006, 22 Design Studio created a series of rings which were inspired by architectural design and urban style, made from cement and stainless steel.
Smooth, cool concrete texture and various shapes of these rings emit calm yet inspiring design by the two young designers from Taiwan.

The second grouping is from Ahead Creative:

Two items we wanted to show from Ahead Creative. First, some fabulous stickers!
Life is filled with imperfections. Yet, with a little idea and creativity, things can actually look a lot better than before.
It is certainly to put a smile at the end of the day.

This particular sticker is meant for just that. Take what can be a sign of aging, cracks on the wall can now turn into beautiful and playful branches for birds and plants to grow.
Decorate your entire wall with these stickers

And...For those who dreamed of becoming a diamond cutter, here is your first crack at a chance to create your own multi-faceted ring...eraser.
Colorful and playful erasers for those looking for a little fun at school or at work. Available in 5 colors each inside a cute capsule packaging.

Gotta love fabulous design!

More soon!



Thursday, October 7, 2010

{On the Road Again}

Get on the Henry Road!

Yes indeed! Have you heard of Henry Road? Well if you haven't they are a store to watch!

Henry Road is a Los Angeles-based design studio and store. Its' collection of textiles designed by Paula Smail, is supplemented by an eclectic, fun collection of home goods and gifts.

They have Everything! From purses to candles to pencils and teddy bears!

Here are a few snapshots of our favorite things!

so fabulous!

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

[ Dome-tastic ]

Good Morning!
I was meeting with one of my reps the other day and he was showing me photos of Tajima Flooring installations...

as he was flipping through the images I stopped him on one with 3 geodesic domes... I said "What is this?"

He said, it's a highschool in Phoenix, haven' t you seen it? It opened recently.
I nearly fell out of my chair. I didn't believe him!

If you saw this image, would you?

So, we continued chatting about the flooring and the Monolithic Domes...

It reminded me of an early post that I did back in June, click HERE.

(located on 24th and Jefferson in Phoenix)..for more info click HERE.

I'd love to be in this school! Tell my friends to meet me at Mars for lunch...

or Jupiter after gym class... I love it!

Way to go design team! Way To Go!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

{Table Design Competition }

Hello Friends!
Happy Tuesday to you!

Last week we received an invitation from The Furniture Lab to enter into a competition for the design of a Table Top. The tables are to be used for a Kids Healthcare Application. The entries were due on the first of October and it was unlimited as to how many we could send in.

So, we took a little time off from work and put a few things together... these are rough nothing finished finished... but it was really fun to do!

The first one that we put together was called "Kids Around the World" and were inspired by our favorite photographer, Dominic and his travels around the world.
There is absolutely nothing so beautiful as a child's smile.

This second one is a fun Under Water theme.....

a Homage to Jackson Pollock...this was created by using this handy little's so HERE.

A combination of Pollock and Dominic....and Air Guitar Fun!

This one... I thought.. what if we do a table top using Wilsonart Dry Erase Laminate or perhaps a glass top... how fun for kids to be able to sit at a table...and color... and not kill any trees in the process :)

And finally, some fun aliens to make you smile.... now that I sit and look at all of these images, I realized that the best ones are those that can be enjoyed from all sides of the table. . . so I'll go back and redo them...
but it was a fun learning experience...
and great break from work!

So, take a break today!!! Do something fun for at least an hour...

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