Friday, March 29, 2013

{simply sweet}

Hello Lovelies! Did you have a great week? It's the last Friday of the month, so we are going to leave you with some pretty flowers for your desk! We cannot wait to see you again on Monday! Cheers from Within!
Today's simply sweet post is brought to you thanks to Cristina Fioramonti's Pinterest Page.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{within-spiration | 5 top colors for summer 2013}

As we sit here in our pastel skinny jeans white shirt and soft gray sweater and gladiators, we breathe a big sigh of relief that winter is over and spring is finally here! As we sip our iced chai latte and flip through our trendy magazines, we are seeing something that we've never seen before. Much to our surprise, we are seeing a dark color trend coming for this Summer. Shocking right? That is unprecedented ...and a bit intriguing. 
Black, spruce green, bronze, gunmetal, and cloud grey are destined to show themselves this summer... believe it or not! These naturally rugged hues are going to add a very different spin to our typical summers, and we think...dare we say...a dash of sophistication?
I'm not sure if we're going to like it...but we are going to have to wait and see.

  1. Balenciaga Spring Summer 2013
  2. DL1961 Premium Denim Summer 2013 Runway Show
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo Spring Summer 2013 Ready to Wear

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

{to sigh for | 2 recipes to die for}

Today we're feeling a bit foodie...
No matter what the season, grilled cheese and tomato soup is always a delicious combination! We wanted to share two of our favorite recipes with you today! There is design in everything...especially food!
First we begin with a pesto, mozzarella, baby spinach, and avocado grilled cheese sandwich.
You can find the original recipe here from

Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

based on all those gorgeous green goddesses out there…
makes 1 sandwich


2 slices bread (we used a white bread, but one filled with lots of different whole grains and seeds would be *awesome*)
2-3 tablespoons Green Goddess Herb Pesto (recipe below)
2 slices mild white melty cheese like mozzarella
handful fresh baby spinach
¼ avocado, sliced
2 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
olive oil (and butter if you’re so inclined)


Spread about 1 tablespoon of Green Goddess Herb Pesto onto each slice of bread (2 tablespoons total, but if you’re sensitive, go light, the pesto is STRONG).
On one slice of bread, add 1 slice of cheese, sliced avocado, crumbled goat cheese, spinach, second slice of cheese, then top it with second slice of bread. Press together gently.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium low heat. (If you want to use butter, add it to the oil and let it melt). Add the sandwich to the oil and cook until bread is golden brown. Press down on the sandwich lightly, then flip the sandwich over and cook until second side is golden brown.

Green Goddess Herb Pesto


1 clove garlic
1 (or 2 if you’re ballsy) anchovy fillet (in oil)
½ small shallot, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley
handful chopped kale
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped chives
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Pulse garlic, anchovy, and shallot in food processor until chopped. With the food processor running, add lemon juice, parsley, kale, tarragon and chives. (It won’t process very well yet, don’t worry).
Very slowly drizzle in olive oil until kale and herbs get sufficiently chopped and everything is the consistency of a pesto. You may need more or less of the olive oil depending on how big a “handful” of herbs is to you. You can also turn off the food processor and push herbs down the side of the bowl with a spatula every once in a while.
Season to taste with salt and pepper (You probably won’t need too much salt if you used 2 anchovies).
(This makes a lot, but you will use it all for other things. We added more olive oil to make it back into a salad dressing.)
Second is the delicious roasted tomato soup.
This recipe comes from Honey & Jam and can be found here.

Roasted Tomato Soup
Serve hot or cold

2 pounds fresh tomatoes, a mixture of your favorites
4 shallots, peeled and quartered 
extra virgin olive oil
herbs, thyme, oregano, basil, whichever you prefer
salt & freshly ground pepper
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 400f. Cut tomatoes into quarters, (if you’re using cherry tomatoes, leave them whole). Spread the tomatoes and shallots on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs, gently toss. Roast for 30 minutes, or until tomatoes & shallots and brown and have caramelized.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Dump all of the pans contents into a food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly add in stock while blending. If you soup is too chunky for your liking, pour through a mesh sieve.

Pour contents into a large stock pot, add heavy cream and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Garnish with pepper, herbs, and crusty bread, enjoy!

Monday, March 25, 2013

{color me ashen}

Spring and Summer of 2013 are bringing new color trends into your kitchen. Every season brings with it multiple palettes, and one color trend that we are loving right now is Ashen. This is an austere color range anchored by pitch black and pure white. Golden brown tones add rich dimension and chalky neutrals lend understated contrast. Here at Within Studio, we are very excited!
The pure black is striking and adds an austere distinction to kitchens and baths. If you don't want to use it on counters or walls, consider adding it as a detail to doorway trims or window frames and mirror frames. You can even try some ebony wood accents if you dare!
We love this palette, what do you think?

Friday, March 22, 2013

{simply sweet}

 You have made it another week! Consider this your virtual high-five!
Our wish for your weekend is to Indulge in something amazing! A cup cake or champagne or a little shoe shopping, or just a delicious dinner with a view! Cheers to you friends! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you soon!

Today's simply sweet post is brought to you thanks to Cristina Fioramonti's Pinterest Page.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

{within shops | a cozy space in 8 steps }

For today's post, we want to help you recreate an expensive looking room, on a Target budget. We saw this photo on Houzz and wondered what we could do, if faced with this challenge, to recreate this feel for one of our clients.

  1. armchair for $300
  2. Candle holders from Ikea for $12.99
  3. Wood table from Walmart for $215
  4. Small potted arrangement from Pier 1 Imports for $11.95 
  5. Potted plant from Pier 1 Imports for $199.95
  6. Fur pillow from Target for $15.99
  7. 8x10 rug from for $389
  8. Any Craigslist find painted white! max $50
Total cost $1,523.86 ... if you round up to $2,000 you can find additional accessories and a soft throw. Pretty good right? 
Lets get shopping!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{to sigh for | yellow nectar}

Trend Alert! Yellow Nectar is here and it is the tone of the season! It's been spotted everywhere from runways to table tops. This is a beaming light of energy and pure sunshine! How will you add this trend into your fashion threads or your home? Here are some ideas from our office to help you stay on trend this season!

So perhaps you will paint a wall, a ceiling, or a piece of furniture? If that's too much for you, then a soft scarf, a jacket, or simply a scarf! Good Luck!

Monday, March 18, 2013

{within-spiration | 4 steps to tranquility}

Today's post is all about Tranquility and how you can create it with colors and textures in your home. What do you think of when you read the word "tranquility"? I would guess that a spa comes to mind, and perhaps water? or the color blue? Perhaps you think of a grassy area where the sun is shining through the flowers?
One of the best ways to create and build tranquility is to experiment with tonality. There is no need to incorporate all of the colors into one room, but think of adding different tones of the same color.
For a bathroom, you can consider:
1. Adding iridescent tiles as an accent
2. You can also use monochromatic tiles to give a more cohesive look to a space 3. Add accents sparingly
4. Keep it clean and keep it soft
5. Add layers slowly to build your tranquility

Tile photos from Daltile.
Bath accessories from Crate&Barrel.

Friday, March 15, 2013

{simply sweet | cristina fioramonti}

We are currently crushing on teal & gold, so we are dedicating today's post to just that...our Love of teal & gold with a touch of Pink for our Simply Sweets!

 Today's simply sweet post is brought to you thanks to Cristina Fioramonti's Pinterest Page.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

{within works | casa peru}

Time for a Wednesday break! We're hungry! 
For today's lunch break we take you to the delicious Casa Peru in the Netherlands. We stumbled on this Peruvian restaurant durning a lovely winter walk and were delighted at our luck! This is the first and only Peruvian restaurant in the Netherlands. And we found it! There were delicious vegetarian options for me and filling meat options for my husband. The presentation was well done and not over the top and the wine selection was just right. One bottle of malbec later, and the world was a perfect place.
The interiors were understated and clean, but the atmostphere was rich and exciting. We instantly felt welcomed and taken care of. Take a look for yourself....

You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.
Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

{within works | retail design}

Today we are going to share with you our inspiration and finish choices for a retail store that we are working on. Our most exciting part is a wood vinyl tile by To Market that we will be installing in a chevron pattern on over 3,000 s.f. of showroom floor! Take a look at this sneak peek from our office to yours!

We cannot wait to show you the end result!

Monday, March 11, 2013

{within-spiration | amsterdam light festival}

This blog post is dedicated to one of our amazing clients, What Else Matters. They showed us their country in such a personal and beautiful way.
The Amsterdam Light Festival took place December 7th - January 20th and Within Studio was fortunate to be able to attend. During these cold winter months, Amsterdam was lit up by several beautiful artworks. In addition there was a Boulevard of Lights and a Christmas Canal Parade. We were only able to see a few of the installations, but you can see the rest online by clicking hereTechnology truly is amazing and every day we are getting closer to even more creative and jaw dropping designs! 
We hope that you enjoy some of our snap shots from the evening.

Friday, March 8, 2013

{simply sweet | gluhweine recipe}

Happy Friday! We've made it another week! To kick off our weekend, our Simply Sweet post is really about a sweet delicious wine. 
While in the Netherlands, we took a day trip to Belgium to try out some waffles and chocolate. Everything was so yummy and sweet, but our favorite treat was Gluhweine. This is a drink made with red wine along with various spices and here it was servd nice and hot. I fell in Love with this wine! It warmed us right up.

Here is a recipe from
Another recipe can be found here.
Below is a recipe we found from a fellow blogger, Dreaming of Winter.
To 4 litres of red wine you need:
  • Caster sugar (amount proportional to quality of red wine, the worse the wine the more sugar you need, add it to taste, but start with about 2 cups)
  • 6 - 8 Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • 2 Oranges
  • Whole allspice
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • If you wish to get your friends and yourself tipsy even more quickly, or just to add a little extra kick, add brandy, sweet sherry or port to the mix. (optional but rather tasty)
  1. Pour the red wine into a large pot and put it on the stove on a very low heat – you must not let the wine boil or the world could end… and that is not something you want to risk...
  2. I tend to cut the oranges into slices and then put about 4 cloves into each slice, then put them in with the wine.
  3. Break the cinnamon sticks in half or thirds and put them in with the wine as well as 10 of the whole all spice.
  4. Add in the sherry or port as well as 2 cups of orange juice.
  5. Add in 2 cups of sugar and stir.
  6. Stir on and off for about 30 mins to give the spices time to infuse with the wine and for the magic to occur, then taste it, and add more sugar as needed (possible up to 4 or 5 cups more in the wine is really bad).
  7. Let it cook/infuse/whatever for about 30 mins more (again, not letting it boil).
  8. Drink and be happy :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

{within works | antiek shopping}

Today's post is about Antieks! (That is Antiques in Dutch) We have so many Dutch stories to share with you that the month of February was not enough. Therefore we are going to slip in some of our Amsterdam finds throughout the month of March as well!
While in Amsterdam we had a lot of time to walk around and check out some of the antique malls and fairs. It truly reminded me of how to be a kid. There were things to look at everywhere. Big antiques, small tiny ones, scary ones, funny ones...Here are some of our favorite finds. We hope that this inspires you to get out and find your local antique shops or flea markets. Grab a friend, a latte, your comfy shoes, and hit the town!

Treasures are everywhere!
Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{within-spiration | spring 2013 trend report}

It's time for a trend report for Spring 2013. Lots of us like to do a little spring cleaning, and some of us take on full remodel jobs. So for those of you working on your bathrooms, this blog post is for you! 
Spring is going to bring garden inspired everything. From your fashion to your bathtub. You will see colors like peony pink and vivid coral, misty teals and stone greys. These tones will be contrasted against aqua blues and soft white. Are you ready for this? Spring is here and it is blooming everywhere.

Now, we must confess to you that we're not into trends as much as other designers are. We like to design for our clients taste, and not what the trend report says we should do. You may not even like flowers at all. It's our job as designers to share with you the latest trends and what's happening in the industry, but it's also our job to help create spaces that you Love! So perhaps you just change the towels and add a flower in a vase! 
Good Luck!
~within studio

Monday, March 4, 2013

{within-spiration | the harbour club}

Welcome to March! 
For this months First Monday post, we wanted to share a fabulous dining experience with you! Not only was the food simply exquisite, but the interiors were to die for! 
Within Studio proudly presents... The Harbour Club in Amsterdam. The exterior is a gray warehouse next to the water, you would never imagine the amazing colors and textures inside. We had the pleasure of lunching here during our visit to Amsterdam and to top it off, we shared this special time with local designer Sjoerd Jonkers

Everything was absolutely perfect! To my surprise, they even let us bring in our dog who sat quietly under our table while we ate. An amazing lunch with amazing people!

If you are in the Netherlands soon, we highly recommend stopping at this restaurant.

The Harbour Club
Cruquiusweg 67 | Amsterdam | T. 020-767-0421
You can also find them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook!
Bon Appetite! 

Friday, March 1, 2013

{simply sweet | sketching with lattes}

Happy March! We have made it to another beautiful month! For today's Simply Sweet post we want to inspire you to get out and take some "me" time this weekend. We spent the month of February sharing with you all of our Dutch adventures! So here is our final share...
While in The Netherldans, we always made sure to find time to sit, enjoy some coffee, and sketch. This was something that I looked forward to every single day. Something that I rarely get to do as a business owner here in Arizona. My days are filled with emails, and texts, and drive through lattes. So please, this weekend, take some time for YOU... 

If you need some help..may I suggest starting with a Moleskine sketchbook...and I prefer to sketch with a Sharpie pen, mainly because it does not smear.
So here's to YOU this weekend! 
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." Willy Wonka