Thursday, May 17, 2012

{fashion + furniture}

Good Day Designistas!

Today we wanted to do one of our favorite blog segments...

Fashion + Furniture!

In case you're new to our site, this is where we take one interior shot and make it into an outfit!

It's fun hunting for the right pieces!

Let us know how you think we did!

Today's inspiration image cdomes from designer, Josephine Fisher.

Chevron top and necklace from Bannana Republic

Sigerson Morrison shoe from ShopBop

Whiting & Davis clutch from ShopBop

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{warm modernist}

Good Morning Designistas!

Today we had to repost an article from Decorati.

We just loved the images and the whole concept! 

Take a look!



The Warm Modernists: SPI Design

SPI was started in 2004 by designers Sarah Shetter and Alison Palevsky. It is founded on the ideal that modernism can be successfully combined with comfort and livability.

The two designers, who met as undergraduates at the University of Southern California, share a design aesthetic that mixes the California lifestyle with both ancient and modern traditions. Ms. Palevsky received training from UCLA’s interior design/architecture program. Ms. Shetter holds a Master of Science degree in interior design from the Pratt Institute in New York.

SPI oversees all phases of a project, including demolition/remodel plans, color choices, custom furnishings and light fixtures, specialized wall and floor finishing, and art selection and installation. With a clear focus on the requirements of the client, the two partners bring professionalism and clarity to the complex task of designing interior spaces for individual needs. Together, they create environments of lasting quality.
Headshot Photography by: Boris Breuer


Photography by (top to bottom): Tim Street-Porter, Boris Breuer

What do you consider to be the most significant design innovation of the last 10 years? 
Anything created by Jonathan Ives and his team at Apple. Ives is the man behind the scenes at Apple, and he is responsible for the design of the IMAC, Powerbook, G4, Macbook, Macbook Pro, IPod IPhone, and IPad. His designs are the perfect fusion of form and function which is something we always strive for in our own designs.

Are there any design trends from the past twenty years that came and went, not a moment too soon for you? Any trends developing now that you would like to see dismissed as quickly as possible?
We want the trend of disposable furniture to come to a close. Furniture pieces should be built to be durable and timeless — to be passed down from generation to generation and not be put into a landfill after a few years of use.

Photography by (top to bottom):  Boris Breuer, Tim Street-Porter

How did you become interested in interior design? Who were your mentors in the early days? 
Sarah’s first job in the design world was with Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Alison’s first job was with Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Tripp Haenisch. They were all great mentors to us.

How would you describe your design style? 
Warm Modern. Our company was founded on the idea that modern can be successfully combined with comfort and livability.

What do you do, or where do you go, for inspiration? 
 Travel. We love finding inspiration in the disparate places that we visit and then re-interpreting things we’ve seen through the lens of our own design philosophy.

Photography by:  Boris Breuer

What is your favorite paint color to use for walls, ceiling, and trim? Why? What type of sheen do you prefer? Why?
Benjamin Moore Super White is a favorite. It is clean and crisp, and it looks great as a background for an art wall.

Photography by: Boris Breuer

What is your favorite furniture piece of all time (antique or new)? How were you able to use it in a particular project?
The U Chair by SPI Line. We designed this chair after a shopping trip to Palm Springs. It works in both modern and traditional spaces, and our favorite version has a rosewood frame with linen upholstery. We used the chair in front of a fireplace at a house in the Hollywood Hills.

Photography by: Boris Breuer
Who are your 3 favorite fashion designers and why?
Ralph Lauren because he created a lifestyle, not just a fashion line.  Proenza Schouler because they are a design duo like us, and because we love their modern sensibility. Carolina Herrera because it is classic.

Was there any lesson you learned early on in your career that has stuck with you? 
Photograph everything that you design. You never know when you might want to revisit a room or a product prototype. Sometimes it is nice to be able to look back in order to know how to move forward.

Photography by: Boris Breuer

What role does artwork play in your designs? Do you prefer to select the artwork before the furniture or find pieces later that fit within the design scheme? 
We do not think that the art should be purchased to match the room. Great art can stand on its own in any environment — you should absolutely not find a pink painting to match your pink bedroom. Art is its own thing, and should be purchased based on a client’s love of each piece and how it makes them feel when they look at it.

Photography by: Boris Breuer

What is the ultimate goal of all your projects? 
Our goal at SPI has been to create a modernist aesthetic that is warm and livable in a way that runs counter to the general understanding of modernism.  It seems that design magazines are often rife with interiors that are as sumptuous as they are inaccessible to the average person.  At SPI, we’ve consciously strived to hone an aesthetic that is both aspirational and accessible.  We have worked on projects with budgets both large and small, and are therefore focused on crafting harmonious spaces at any price.  Our philosophy is that good design can look and feel exclusive without actually excluding anyone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{great sits?}

Normally when we blog about 'great sits' it is about fantastic chairs that we find...

well we really couldn't help ourselves with this post...

we had to do something a little different...

What do you think of These Sits?

For more information, go to Artistic Illusions




Monday, May 14, 2012

{retail therapy}

Oh the world of high fashion and high design!

The Melissa boutique in New York is a great example!

Seriously? This is delicious! I love Soho!

White on white with pops of awesomeness and amazing lighting!

We cannot wait to see this place in person!

Photo thanks to Interior Design Magazine.


Additional reading found in New York Fashion Magazine, Here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

{sweet weekend}

The weekend is here!

For today's Inspiration... we take you to the beach...

all thanks to Madden Photography!


Have a very sweet weekend!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

{within walls}

We were recently introduced to EDGE Wallcoverings and are still in shock!

This company is so different from others that we have worked with in the past!

So much so that we had to share!

Take alook at these amazing works of Art!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{color me seafoam}

We are getting a bit Beach Inspired today...

Within Studio is going on vacation at the end of the month...

so for some ocean inspiration..we are thinking of SeaFoam!


Dress, necklace and purse from ModCloth  

Pottery bird bowl by Prince Design UK

Bracelets by Sweetheart Jewelry Box

Carousel poster by Madden Photography


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

{within shops}

Today's Within Shops post is dedicated to Mothers Day!

Here are some fun finds that we love for Mom!

Foot bookmark by My Bookmark

Mother and child necklace from Uncommon Goods

Poodle USB Hub from Fredflare

Apron from Anthropologie

Point of interest bag by ModCloth

Monday, May 7, 2012

{within walls}

Today's post is inspired by a fabulous Esty seller, TastySuite!

We love their genius wall tattoos and had to share with you!

They are so simple and fun! We'd love to put them in our office!

Happy Shopping!


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