Monday, February 28, 2011

[IIDA Couture 2011- Part 4]

It's time! We've been waiting to share this with you for days!
Here is our IIDA Couture 2011 entry!
*remember..we were given Paint as our product and Quilt Gold as our color...that's all we could work with....*

Cover the Earth.
With inspiration.
With bold and vibrant energy.
Welcome to the future.
It IS self expression.
Celebrate your individuality, your strength, and inner beauty.
Wrap yourself in pure gold.
Dare to be Extraordinary.
This look is eclectic and confident, energetic and urban.
Inspired by the neon graffiti of Beijing …the bright rich colors and sensual lines…
This is the experience of a new art… this is the new urbanization
This next generation is street style urban chic.
Imagine a world where individuality is King…
Where the diversity of voices and styles comes to life.
This is a Global Transformation to a fresh and unique lifestyle
Here, being different equals power.
Lets go Global..
Lets Cover the Earth.
The night was amazing!
and of course.. no fashion show would be complete without a Photo Shoot by AZ Foto.
and more and more fun!
and a photoshoot for Apple Phones...
and playing with a little fire....
That's all the photos we will share for now!
Later this week we will show you all of the amazing competitors!
You will not believe your eyes!
Until then, hope you all go play with a little fire today!
Have fun!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

{sweet saturdays}

What are you up to this weekend?
Go do something exciting!
Wear a red dress and boot and go steal an inflatable cactus!
or something.
Cheers all!

Friday, February 25, 2011

{fabulous friday}

Happy Friday friends!

Do you have any great plans for the weekend?

We plan on working at Belle Epoque Upholstery to try our our Upholstery skills again.

For today's post, I wanted to share something colorful and happy.

This week I taught a class on wallcoverings, and one of the topics was ceramic tile.

These are some of the images that I shared with the class, that I absolutely had to share with you.

They reminded me why I love being a designer.

Someone or someone(s) really took their time to make these beautiful pieces of art.

I absolutely love getting lost in the details...

Hope you find something this weekend that You can get lost in...



Thursday, February 24, 2011

[IIDA Couture Part 3]

Today is the Day!!

We are off to Phoenix to compete in IIDA Couture!

Here is a sneak peak at our hair and makeup...

this is what we already sent our Hair and Makeup teams... so you are the FIRST to see it before anyone else!

The tickets have SOLD OUT! At 7pm tonight there will be 600 people at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale.

So, as it is!

That's all we can show you for now...

you'll have to wait until next week for the dress and video of the event!

Cheers all!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Today's topic is about pure Inspiration.

On my shelf I have many things..

One that I treasure the most is a small invitation for an Art Gallery Exhibit dated April 4, 1998.

This invitation was given to me by my Art teacher back in college.

I was cleaning the office the other day, preparing to host an evening event, and as usual,

I carefully moved the invite, as I have done a dozen times before, cleaned the shelf..and put it back.

I stop for a second and stare at the is photograph of one of her pieces...

It's called "Jupiter" oil on canvas, dated 1997.

It's colorful, It's sensual, it's peaceful...

I place is back on the shelf.

Then, I have a thought...could it be? could I find her on Facebook?

and a few clicks later, I did.

Her name is Carol Peebles.

She was my amazing teacher, and I know that I owe a lot of my skills to her.

She taught me how to draw what I see..not what I know..

She taught me to start with general shapes and then get to the specific details...

sounds pretty basic right?.... but there's more...

Simple, basic, art techniques they were...but I then took them as life lessons.

I learned not to assume that something or someone was a certain way, just because someone said so...

instead I learned to really look at people.. and listen with my eyes.

I learned to appreciate all things, all the details..there were no defects, no voids, no crooked noses..

no ugly things... in this world, everything was beautiful...just as it was..

I learned that by being with someone or something long enough, they had a story to tell..and they would never have to say anything...

I was thrilled to reconnect with her, and I hope to one day have her art hanging in my office and in my home.

Within Studio would not be here, if it were not for the inspiration, dedication, and genius of my mentors and teachers...

I thank you all...

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

~William Arthur Ward

{why didn't I think of that?}

Here is another episode from a little post we like to call

"Why Didn't I think of that?"

Today our hats are tipped towards the Netherlands!

Now, I will be the first to admit that the design that comes out of this small wonderland is simply amazing.

But the other day, I was listening to NPR and there was a little story about the Schiphol Airport...

Well... they've added a full blown Library to their airport.

You can go in, check out books..walk around the airport and do some reading (at NO charge to you)

and then go on your way to catch your flight...

Genius! While walking through the airport you can actually learn more about the Dutch culture instead of zoning out with your latte...

What kind of books do they have?

  • Translated Dutch fiction in nearly thirty languages
  • The books that are annually chosen as the Best Designed Dutch Books
  • Photo books, photo shows and videos that reflect Dutch culture
  • Music of Dutch musicians

And if that's not enough for you...Via a Bluetooth connection short movies about Dutch culture can be transferred to a mobile phone, as a souvenir or as entertainment during the flight.


and oh, p.s. It's GORGEOUS!

Why didn't I think of that?


*photography from:


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[jana reports]

What are old churches good for? New homes.

Broadwater, New South Wales, Australia.
My photography friend and I spotted this church from the Pacific Highway just before dusk while the sun was magically illuminating the front. We made a spur-of-the-moment decision to stop for photos and ended up meeting the couple, Dave and Alannah, who bought the 100 year old church months before. To our surprise they were using it as their home and maybe someday a store for Alannah's collections and coffee shop.
When they invited us to look inside we expected a dingy old church but instead were blown away by the beauty. The dusty yellow light filtered through the Gothic, stain glass windows and fell across the floor producing a magical scene. The first thing I noticed was the breathtaking exposed wood paneling covering the whole interior from the majestic ceilings to the spacious floor. Dave and Alannah have set up their living space in an open floor plan, other than their bedroom and bathroom which are in the two side rooms at the back of the church. Not only did the church have beauty inside and out but the acoustics were captivating when Dave played his didgeridoo for us.
This discovery has lead me to look into other churches converted to homes. One of my favorite finds is this church in the Netherlands.
This church is contemporary but still keeps that majestic feel.
Hope you enjoyed this post!

Photography by:
Netherlands imagery by Frank Hanswijk

Monday, February 21, 2011

{v day monday}

Here's a little something that we haven't blogged about before.

Something dear to our hearts... V Day.

Have you heard of it? Have you seen this movement?

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

How did V-Day start?

In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see thatThe Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

On Valentines Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Set up as a 501(c)(3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization's seed money came from a star-studded, sold out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening.

V-Day's mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March, and April, Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers. What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,400 V-Day events annually.

Performance is just the beginning. V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women.

*photography from

What is Dia V Tucson?

Well, 10 years ago, an amazing woman by the name of Monica Davis decided that The Vagina Monologues needed to be performed in Spanish.

Tucson, Arizona was the FIRST city in the United States to do this. They started performing in small arenas, and highschool atriums...

When Dia V met my sister and I, we took them to the Tucson Convention Center and the Fox Theater! Anything is possible!

2011 Spotlight:

Every year, National V-Day chooses a group of women to receive the proceeds of the events. 10% of our proceeds to go to National V-Day and the other 90% stay in Tucson (or the city where the monologues are performed) and the money goes to local non-profits that help women.

In 2011, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign will be on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national program in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime

V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services.

*Haiti women photographed by Dominic Bonuccelli (Thank You Dominic!!)

V-Day is very very dear to our hearts.

My non-profit ELLA Group works hand in hand with Dia V Tucson to put on the Vagina Monologues every year.

Tickets for the March 4th event can be purchased at the Tucson Convention Center Box Office . . . HERE.

Hope your Monday is filled with Love, Support, Kindness, and Lots of Giving!


Friday, February 18, 2011

≈ Stellar Stelly is Here ≈

Hello Friends!
Within is so happy to announce our Second Guest Blogger is Here!
Her name is Leslie Stelly. We've blogged about here once before...right Here.
She is a fellow designer and photographer coming to you from Louisiana!
I cannot wait for her to share her thoughts and inspirations with us!
I asked her to write a little bio about herself and here it is just for you!
All the photos below belong to Leslie, except the one of her by Jamie Phillips Photography.

I’m Leslie! I’m caring, creative, sometimes anxious, a bit silly, and honest… to a fault occasionally.

I’ve got one super cool brother and an awesome mom and dad.

I love life’s lessons! I feel like I have grown so much in my short 27 years. I love moments. Horses are my favorite animal. I like people. I like helping people. I love flowers; they are perfection, and they remind me not to worry because God takes care of things. I love sunshine. What I love even more is capturing sunshine with my camera! I like to encourage people. I love dreams… not just my own. I love children. They are the future. Teach them well.

I need love, trust and forgiveness to live. I need someone to hold my hand sometimes and kiss my forehead. I need someone to push me to be the best I can be.

I have fears, but I choose to trust.

I wish I could sing like a rockstar… and dance like a ballerina.

I’m making this world a better place by being who I am. I have met the love of my life, and I’m going to marry him. I’m pretty excited that I get to be a mom someday. I’m going to be the coolest grandma on the block... when the time comes. I’ll wear a frilly hat and walk with a hand-painted cane. I’m going to drink whiskey on the rocks in the afternoon while sitting on my front porch in a white rocking chair, and my neighbors will come to me for advice on life.

Her first POST can be found by clicking HERE!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

[jana reports]

Within gave Jana a Fashion assignment: "What's going on in fashion over there Jana?"

She reports:

In my part of the country right now big boots and down coats are in!

But I will focus on the underneath the coats instead :)

There is a trend of leggings/jeggins with sweater dresses for a comfy yet cute look. Leg warmers seem to be fazed out from their short stint last year.
It seems that the vintage look is being reloved. High waisted skirts, shorts, and pants are trendy.
Layers, sometimes even "unmatching" if in the right application, are in.
As far as shoe wear (namely boots at this time of year) I've noticed a lot of flat biker chick boots, vintage mid calf, and (always) leather.
For cute winter wear floppy "art" hats are in as well as knit ear bands.

I looked online for some pictures of the winter wear :)
Hope you had a WONDERFUL week & weekend!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

{bedroom blues}

While hunting for beds for my client, I came across a few that I really liked for myself!

Interestingly...the accent color of choice is Blue ...

Check out some of these fabulous beds and their "blue" covers!

Sweet Dreams!


Beds from:

Viva Terra


Pottery Barn

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

{circle of succulents}

Good Morning Design-istas!

Last Tuesday I blogged {sweet tuesday} about some wedding photos that really caught my eye.

Something that really popped was the first bride's hair accessory.

It was a beautiful succulent accent!

This weekend, while browsing an old issue of Real Simple, I found this amazing Wreath!

It is a mini vertical garden with three types of echeveria plants.

When the leaves start to pucker you lay the wreath in an inch of water....and then you

can hang it for months!

I just thought it was beautiful and had to share!

The Wreath comes from Viva Terra.

happy Tuesday to you all!


Monday, February 14, 2011

{memories 2009}

For today, I just wanted to share some personal memories with you.

My husband and I never really observe Valentine's day... simply because

every day for us, should be Valentine's day.

So ..for today.. I share a little of my pre-wedding photos for you!

Hope your day is filled with Love!


and then just a few snap shots of the day before the wedding...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

{sweet sundays}

Happy Saturday!

Tomorrow many of you will be enjoying a sweet dinner with your loved one..

or perhaps fun times with your best girlfriends...

or snuggled with your children..

Whatever that may be.. I hope it's sweet, sentimental, and special.



Today's images come from one of my favorite online magazines... Utterly Engaged.

Friday, February 11, 2011

{grand Lauren}

When we received our February issue of Architectural Digest we went straight to page 69.

The article is titled "A Grand Gesture" it says

"To showcase his collections for women and the home, Ralph Lauren builds a Beaux Arts mansion
from scratch on Manhattan's Upper East Side"

They had me at Ralph.


If you haven't had a chance to salivate over this...well here it is! Just for You!

Ralph Lauren says "I like materials that get better with age, like leather, marble, and exotic woods."

22,000 square feet of ooooohs and aaaaaahs

Hope your Friday is alllll about Sophistication!



all photography from Architectural Digest Magazine

for the complete article and more photos click HERE.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Even though it's 20 degrees outside..we're still contemplating spring..

Oh the colors it will bring!

The joy and the excitement!

Why not start now? Adding Juicy Pops of color throughout the house to prepare for what's to come!

Choose tropical colors to lift your spirits and energize you!

Or try a softer option and bring in a rainy day at the beach...

lower the intensities of the blues and greens and add more neutrals in the mix.

More ideas coming soon!



photography by:

Architectural Digest

Dunn Edwards

Real Simple


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

[IIDA Couture Part 2]

Happy Wednesday!

As promised here are some progress photos for you!

(In case you have no idea what we are talking about..go check out the blog for Monday!)

We can't show you too much...but just a little..

just in case you are our competition!

You must be asking will they make a Couture Gown out of Paint?

Well, we can't tell you yet...

But we can tell you that we have the Right Team to do it!

I present to you SWN 88

With the right team, you can accomplish Anything!

I hope you take a few minutes today to thank YOUR team for everything they do!



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

{sweet tuesday}

Happy Tuesday Design-istas!

I think we were feeling a little romantic today..who knows!

When we were doing our research to get you great photos for yesterdays post,

we found BQ Photography. Today, we wanted to bring a little sweetness into

the day ...and again..we have to thank BQ Photography for the great shots!!

Tell sweet is this couple?

and from the desert to the ocean...take a look at how another couple took sweetness to an oceanic level...

have a very very very sweet Tuesday!


Monday, February 7, 2011

[IIDA Couture 2011]

Every year IIDA (International Interior Design Association) hosts the Couture Shows! This year it will be on February 24th.

Have you ever heard of this competition? It's brilliant!

Each design team gets paired up with a vendor.. for example you could be put together with a tile company, or carpet, or paint, or furniture etc...

then each design team is given a "color" that they need to work with.

Basically, you could be chosen to make a Purple couture gown out of VCT or Carpet or even Laminate samples! crazy right?

So this year... yup 2011.. Within Studio has teamed up with 2 other designers to enter the competition!

We are a Hybrid design firm..called SAHSWSNTM 88.... that's a story for another day!

So what are the guidelines?

1. We need to use only running line materials..whatever our vendor carries

2. We are the only ones that can create the couture outside help

3. We are not allowed to purchase clothing to modify or fit it to our design

4. We can accent with other colors, but 80%+ must be our assigned color

5. We need to create a PowerPoint slide to run during the fashion show

6. We need to create a concept board that guests will also vote on

Here are some photos from the 2009 Competition:

Within will add a NEW tab to our blog just for our IIDA Couture competition! There we will share with you progress pics..

but not too many because we want it to be a surprise!

But when we're all finished I'll make sure to post all of the photos!

So! Who did we get hooked up with?

Well, our team has been paired with Sherwin Williams Paints!

and our color? Quilt Gold! uuuf it's a tough one!

So what is SAVAHSWSNTM88? Well it stands for 3 companies.

The first is SAVAHS: Southern Arizona VA Hospital

The second is WS: Within Studio

The third is NTM: *nontextual matters

And since our "theme" is a bit Urban and Graffitti-esque...well.. here we are:

More progress images coming soon!!

Till then wish us Luck!!!



You can see more photos by going HERE.

You can see 2009 Show by clicking HERE.

Thanks to BQ Photography. for the amazing photos!!



You can purchase tickets for the event HERE.

Friday, February 4, 2011

[Mini Modernist]

Check out this Modernist Dollhouse!
We never even knew this company existed! Brinca dada
It says it's for ages 3+ !! Wow. We want one HERE for the office!!!
and the Modern House wouldn't be complete without the Modern Family!
and finally...
they need somewhere to sit right??
Well, here you go!
have a classic contemporary day design-istas!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

{within kids}

We love kids toys!  If Within had kids for employees they would play with these!

Welcome our first installment of "Within Kids"!!

We especially like toys when they are Well designed and super fun!


  1. Eyeglasses straw from the Container Store
  2. Nesting Birds from Uncommon Goods
  3. Bag of Firemen from Spitfire Girl
  4. Beach Ball Sprinkler from Pottery Barn Kids

I hope your day is filled with imagination and fun!

Happy Wednesday all!


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