Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

{within shops}

This week we found a new shop that we had to share with you! Poketo!
It is filled with fun shopping! So much that we just couldn't pick a few...
we wanted almost everything!
But, alas, we only have one post here are some of our top picks!

Within chose the Music Balloon, the Mini Designer Chairs, the Recycled Paper Color Pencils,
and finally the Hand Painted Bike Bells!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{within winter}

Yes it is February, but it is still Tucson Winter here!

Ok we get to about 60 degrees..but for us.. brrrrrr... time to bundle up!

So today's post is dedicated to and inspired by Winter:



Woven hat by VolenskaVintage

Pebble set by delica

Danish chair by ModishVintage

Sonoran antique blanket by CoronetWeedsVintage

Reed basket by OceanSwept

Tweed coat by SamanthaBalk

Necklace by clacontemporary


Monday, February 20, 2012

{within kids}

Good Morning Designistas!

The other day we stumbled across the website Stubby Pencil Studio and fell in love!

It's filled with fun things for kids...and a few things for US!

(Our favorite is the highligher PENCIL!)

Take a look at a few of our picks!





the animal hands are temporary tattoos! 

From the website:

Kids art & school supplies

Stubby Pencil Studio offers eco friendly kids art materials and school supplies like crayons made from soy - not petroleum; stationery, greeting cards, sketchbooks and journals made from 100% post consumer recycled paper - not virgin trees; pencils made from sustainably harvested wood and recycled newspapers - not dying forests.

Unique gifts for children & more!

You'll find unique gifts for children, non-toxic toys, classic games, educational books, children’s craft kits, and reusable bags. Planning a party? Stubby Pencil Studio also offers party favors and décor, and many other creative products that kids will love.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

{within paris}

What says romance better than Paris? Right?
So, to celebrate Valentines's post is dedicated to a little Paris Inspiration!

A soft blouse, a pop of color, neutral makeup, and an effortless up-do! Perfect!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

{fashion + furniture}

Welcome to another edition of fashion + furniture!

We saw this dining room and had to stop and think...

what would we wear in here?

leather strap tote from Ann Taylor

perfect pointy toe pumps from Ann Taylor

pink skinny enamel belt from Top Shop

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{within love}

Cheers to you on this sweet day!

Today we give thanks for all of you!

And we give lots of Love!


Photography by Karina

Monday, February 13, 2012

{color me black + white}

Good morning friends!

This week we just cannot get enough of the classic Black and White!

Here are some of our favorite classics combined.... neutral and beautiful!

What do you think?


Photography inspiration from Benedicte Mce on Pinterest

Thursday, February 9, 2012

{within details}

Good Morning Designitstas!

Today we got up extra early to share this blog post with you!

As you know, we adore details!

And when we go on job sites, we cannot help but photograph the little things...

We think there is beauty in everything... if you really stop and look!

Cheers friends!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012


We know that we've mentioned The Bens Bells Project Before... (click here for previous post)

but just in case you have missed it, we wanted to chat about this amazing non-profit again.

"Our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness

and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby changing our world."


Bens Story

March 29th, 2002 started as a very normal day in our lives. Our sons, Matthew – nearly 6 and Ben – nearly 3 – were home playing with a playmate.

Ben had a cold and a bit of a croupy cough. We were not alarmed. Never did it enter our minds that Ben was seriously ill or that he could die. And then he did. It only took seconds for him to become unconscious after his airway swelled shut. Jeannette’s efforts at rescue breathing and CPR were in vain as Ben’s airway was completely closed. In those moments on the morning of Good Friday our lives changed forever.

The depth of pain we were experiencing was beyond description. Every parent’s worst nightmare was our reality and we didn’t know how we would possibly survive. More than anything we just wished we could die. Perhaps we would have died if not for Matthew. He was still alive and he needed us as he had never needed us before.

Slowly, we began incorporating coping strategies into our lives. We came up with a design for Ben’s Bells and started making them in our back yard studio with friends. The therapeutic effect of working with clay was amazing as was the power of being surrounded by people talking and working toward a common goal. We decided to make hundreds of the Bells and distribute them randomly in our community to encourage the kindness that we so depended on to get through each day. Since Ben’s death, it had been the kindness of others, strangers and friends, that had helped us begin to heal. We wanted to find a way to pass on that kindness and to help others in the process.

On the first anniversary of his death, hundreds of Ben’s Bells were distributed throughout Tucson, hung randomly in trees, on bike paths, and in parks with a written message to simply take one home and pass on the kindness.

The ripple effect that followed was wonderful and startling. Individuals finding the Bells had stories to tell - lots of them - about grief and healing and hope. Our local newspaper printed the story - front page - next to fast breaking news of the recent war in Iraq. School groups and businesses and individuals began calling to see how they could get involved and in no time, hundreds and hundreds of Tucsonans were involved in crafting Ben’s Bells.

Ben’s Bells symbolize kindness and its power in healing. We hope that they will touch others’ lives and help to make our community a more gentle place to live. We are so very grateful for our community’s incredible enthusiasm for the project and we know that we can make a difference.  Jeannette, Dean and Matthew

In memory of our beautiful boy ...



Isn't that an amazing story?

Ben's Bells recently collaborated with the  University of Arizona 

and came up with a new project for us...the Be Kind - Step Up bracelet!

We were thrilled to receive our first Be Kind - Step Up bracelet a few weeks ago!

Let us tell you how it works!

Each bracelet is hand made with love and on the back there is a number.

Each one is numbered individually so that you can track it!

1) you get a bracelet 

2) you see an act of kindness or someone "stepping up"

3) you pass the bracelet on! (love this part)

4) then you go online "here" and track the bracelet (who you gave it to and why)


Isn't this amazing?!

If you'd like to purchase one, click Here!

Want to get involved?

Contact Erin Strange at Campus Health at (520) 626-1829

You can also visit Bens Bells and help Make these bracelets! Click HERE.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

{Etsy Loves}

It's almost Valentines Day! (one week away)

In case you are looking for a few last minute you go!

Since we Love Etsy! Today's "Etsy Loves" will be Valentine INspired!

Happy Shopping!



lets stick together stix : somethingshidinginhere

xoxo hearts: paulova

sweet rose comb: alexandragrecco

i really like you: happydappybits

iphone cover: YourKeepsakeCo

Monday, February 6, 2012

{fashion + furniture}

We're back!

Hope you didn't miss us too much!

We begin our posts today with a little pit of POP of color!

And so we introduce back one of our favorite segments: Fashion + Furniture.

Today we are inspired by combinatiosn with Pink!


clothing images thanks to JCrew

interior shots thanks to Javier X's Photostream

Friday, February 3, 2012

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