Thursday, October 24, 2013

{within works | hush salon and spa}

We were recently interviewed by To Market about Hush Salon and Spa and wanted to share it here!

Getting Loud with Hush!

No, it’s not a mirage; Hush Salon and Day Spa is truly an oasis in the desert that is Tuscon, AZ. One step into this cool and creative atmosphere that offers every service anyone has ever dreamed of, and you know you’re in the right place. And the best part about it? Hush Salon boasts fabulous looking flooring by yours truly – Ozogrip Modern Woods 26706 to be exact! Florencia DeRoussel, principal from Within Studio and designer of Hush, was kind enough to let us pick her brain about some of her inspirations when creating this incredible space.

From what did you draw inspiration for the design of this project? My clients are super rock ‘n’ roll fun; my inspiration came from them. This is the second salon we did for the owners, and this timeWithin Studio wanted to create a space that was both hot and fabulous. I wanted to blend warm and cool tones and add a bit of edginess to the space.

What made you decide that To Market was the right fit for this project? There are many wood vinyl products out there, but I was looking for something that would give my clients more support on their feet. To Market’s Ozogrip has anti-fatigue properties, as well as acoustic properties. These two items were high on my priority list. My clients are hair architects and they are on their feet all day long. I knew this “wood” vinyl was the way to go for them. I also needed all of the sound absorption that I could get.

As a designer, do you make an effort to use sustainable and eco-friendly products in your projects? If so, what innovations in eco friendly design most excite you? I definitely make an effort to use sustainable and eco-friendly products when possible. The innovations that most excite me are the ones that are making green products more affordable and accessible to the masses. When it comes down to it, clients look at the bottom line, and many times the cheaper product will win over the green product. I’m looking forward to the day when it’s all green and we don’t have to choose based on price.

When designing a project for the service industry, what parts of the customer experience do you try to keep in mind? Does this have a large influence in your decision making process? I like to put myself in the shoes of the client and of their clients. Each client is going to want a different experience, so in Hush Salon‘s case I wanted my clients to feel energized and comfortable when walking into their salon. I wanted everyone (the receptionist, the interns, the nail technicians, the hair dressers, the owners) to feel that this was their rock ‘n’ roll space, uniquely designed for them; their home away from home. I wanted their clients to walk in and instantly know that this was Hush Salon. I wanted them to wonder if their other location was in New York City. For me, it’s all about taking away the intimidation and making everyone feel comfortable, hip and happy. That’s what Tucson’s all about!

Click here to learn more about Within Studio Interior Design.

 

Original article can be found HERE.

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

{simply sweet | true love}

This was my wedding week four years ago. And oh my goodness did I have a blast! Truly the best moments of my life and I am so greatful! So for today I will share some moments from 2009 . . . 

 

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

{thursdays take two | freunde von freunden}

FvF in an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds. Today's Take Two post is from their interview with Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht. Publisher & Artist in Amsterdam Centrum.

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Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is a woman of the castle. She never learned how to use a stove or how to prepare fried eggs. She simply never had to learn it. She let herself be carried away by the stillness of thick brick walls. Peeling paint from the ceiling, men hiding in the structure of ornaments, fluttering of bird wings, fish bone revealing hooded figures.

Gisèle just turned 100 years old and looks back at a fascinating life. As a child living in the USA she played with Punka-Indian friends, eccentric uncles and aunts dominated everyday life at the Austrian family castle, she made numerous paint glass windows for churches, ships, and monasteries. She provided shelter to Jewish Germans during WWII, befriended great artists and writers like Max Beckmann, Adriaan Roland Holst, and Aldous Huxley. For years she lived and worked in Greece, but returned to her canal house in Amsterdam Castrum Peregrini, where she still resides today. Living the life of an artist, Gisèle is a woman of imagination. She still finds herself wondered by this world.

This portrait is part of our ongoing collaboration with ZEIT Online who presents a special curation of our pictures on their site.

 

A monastery at Paros was her own castle. Abandoned by the monks who once lived here, Gisèle and her husband Arnold d’Ailly stumble on the Greek-style sanctuary in the early 60s. They are newlyweds, and just left a turbulent time behind them. Arnold resigned just years before as mayor of Amsterdam because of his extramarital relationship with the beautiful painter.

Paros feels like home. The thick white walls of the monastery feel safe, cool, and quiet; familiar. The coarse brick scrubs your hands when you touch them. She feels at home.

Gisèle remembers the days she lived at the enormous family castle Hainsfeld in Austria in the 1930’s. She relives the feeling of solitude, she experienced in those castle-years, when she returned to Europe with her parents after fifteen years in the United States; her three older brothers stayed, busy studying or building careers. She was the much younger daughter, loved by everyone and daydreaming by herself.

Rebuilding the ruined monastery with Arnold, painting in her first floor studio Gisèle finds peace. Late dinners, cooked by her Greek neighbours and friends, bathing in the sea, collecting pebbles from the beach, entertaining friends visiting from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the UK, the USA, and above all enjoying the quietness off the monastery with her husband Arnold. He passes away only eight years in their marriage, leaving her with canvas, oil paint, the monastery, the sea.

It is quiet nowadays at her sixth floor studio at Herengracht. Only a vague rumble of traffic gives evidence to the place’s location at the very centre of Amsterdam. ‘Isn’t it wonderful. The white walls, the white ceiling, the white floor panels, the light. This is just what one needs’, the one hundred years old Gisèle smiles.

Born in 1912 Gisèle moved with her mother and father, a geologist for Royal Dutch Shell, to the USA. They returned in 1929, and settled at the family castle in Austria for some time and lived a life of noble. Loitering at the castle grounds, Gisèle’s father one day took her apart, and said: ‘You cannot grow up like cauliflower. What do you want to become?’ Then the 18-year-old Gisèle replied readily: ‘Dad, you have always known: I want to paint.’ She was sent to Paris École des Beaux d’Arts. She loved it, but only one year into her studies, money ran out. Economic crisis hit Europa and forced the family back to the Netherlands, where shortly before World War II, they ended up in Bergen.

It was here that Gisèle’s life really took off. The coastal village of Bergen was the very centre of the Dutch art world at the time. Poets, painters, and writers all moved here. Gisèle was introduced to Adriaan Roland Holst, a famous poet and writer. They became close friends, and, when Gisèle decided to leave art saturated Bergen for Amsterdam, he helped her find an apartment in the capital. She rented a cosy third-floor apartment at Herengracht. This was the place she had often dreamed of; it was the canal her grandfather used to live and work.

But it was wartime: German soldiers were marching in the streets, artists had to register at the Kulturkammer – Gisèle refused to sign up – men were forced to work in labour camps, and razzia took jews from Amsterdam to the Nazi death camps.

It was in early 1940s that Gisèle met Wolfgang Frommel, a friend of Roland Holst. Frommel, a German writer, fervent humanist, and outspoken criticaster of the Nazi-party had fled his home country just two years before. Frommel worked at a school where he took care of jewish teens, who had fled Germany as well. Now with the Netherlands under occupation, he needed a safe house for his protégés. He asked Gisèle, if she was willing to provide shelter. She agreed without hesitating.

Fifteen year old Claus Bock and eighteen year old Buri Wongtschowski moved in, and stayed at the third floor apartment until the end of the war. Wolfgang Frommel also stayed at the place permanently, others people found shelter temporarily at the hiding place that they code-named Castrum Peregrini: Fortress of Pilgrims. Gisèle made money with commissioned paintwork, that she used to support the Claus, Buri, Wolfgang, and the others. A dangerous task, since she had not signed up with the Kulturkammer, she was officially not authorized to work as an artist.

The people in hiding developed a strong bond. Unable to leave the apartment, they found solace in the arts, and especially literature. Reading the great German writers, writing poems, and stories, painting or drawing; the guys made it through the long days. Frommel and Gisèle kept up the spirit.

The third floor apartment has hardly changed since those war days. Little drawings cover the walls, old leather-bound books fill the shelves, and the chairs they sat on are still here. Stepping into the dusty apartment, feels like moving back in time. Death masks of Goethe, Napoleon, and Frommel hanging on the walls and stare blankly at visitors. The pianola, that had its engine removed to provide shelter for Claus or Buri in case of a razzia, stands in the corner.

Gisèle does not come here often these days. Through the years she acquired the entire building, as well as former school next door. She occupies the fifth and sixth floors. High above the city as well as the former offices of Castrum Peregrini, the literary magazine she started with Wolfgang Frommel in 1951. Nowadays Castrum Peregrini is a cultural centre that organizes debates, events, exhibition, and more.

But the patroness spends most of her time at her spacious studio at the top floor. Contently the hundred-year-old sits in a chair surrounded by her dozens of her own paintings, and a great variety of this she collected over the past century. Rocks, shells, fishbone, old tools, her father’s geology hammer. ‘Is it not amazing? When we moved here the place was almost ready to go,’ she says.

Conversations have become more difficult to her the past year. Time and place sometimes get tangled up, but when confronted with her own work, Gisèle can still vividly remember. ‘This was on Paros,’ she points out an image showing the monastery she lived at with her husband. ‘We would swim in the sea every morning.’

The Greek island definitely has influenced her life and work strongly. The origins of dozens abstract paintings showing circular shapes can be traced back to the reuse of ancient marble pillars in Greek buildings. Two tall figures, shaped like sails, represent Greek figures.

Gisèle looks peaceful and satisfied in her studio. The stillness of the place can almost be touched, when the conversation falls quiet. The city rumbles only vaguely in the far distance. Just the sky can be seen trough the large windows. She has built her own monastery, her Fortress of Pilgrims.

Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht passed away in May 2013 at the age of 100 at her own studio. She leaves behind her own cultural centre Castrum Peregrini, which will keep Gisèle’s spirit alive. Find more information about Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht and Castrum Peregrini here.

This portrait is part of our ongoing collaboration with ZEIT Online who presents a special curation of our pictures on their site. Check out the special selection here.

Text: Thijs van Velzen
Photography: Jordi Huisman

Freunde von Freunden — Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht — Publisher & Artist, Apartment, Amsterdam Centrum — http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/gisele-dailly-van-waterschoot-van-der-gracht/

 

For the complete post with lots of great photos, click HERE.

 

Freunde von Freunden — Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht — Publisher & Artist, Apartment, Amsterdam Centrum — http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/gisele-dailly-van-waterschoot-van-der-gracht/

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{within works | modern kids nursery}

Happy Wednesday~

Today we want to share with you a few inspiration photos for a project we are working on. We have been asked to design a nursery for one of our clients' offices. They were looking for something modern and fun. We like the idea of adding pops of color in the furniture, in the cabinets, and art work. More photos coming soon!

For more KIDS inspiration, please check out our Pinterest Board - Within Kids.

 

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

{to sigh for | sugar fresh}

Most of you know that I LOVE lip balms! I don't wear much lipstick at all and living in the desert my lips get really dry really fast. So for today's Editor's Pick, I want to feature a favorite lip treatment of mine. I keep this in my desk at work for a quick pick me up and instant moisturizing treatment. I absolutely hate sticky balms and the ones that cake up or dry up fast. Well this sugar lip balm is fabulous. It glides on super smoothly and my lips never feel stick. *bonus* Sugar Lip Treatment is ultra-nourishing and has protective benefits. Can't beat the SPF 15! AND it's made with Sugar! How delicious is that? 

SUGAR LIP TREATMENT SUNSCREEN SPF 15

You can purchase it from FRESH here.

Happy Shopping!

~Florencia

 

Monday, October 14, 2013

{within-spiration | copper fever}

Trend alert! Copper is making a comeback in fashion and in trade shows! Copper mirrors, copper jewelry, appliances and shoes! It's everywhere for this Fall/Winter 2013. Below are some of our finds. How will you incorporate Fall into your life this winter season?

 

Handheld lantern from Kaufmann Mercantile

Candlestick from H&M Home

Plume wallpaper from Anthropologie

Pendant light form NUD

Vanity mirror from Brose~Fogale

KitchenAid mixer found at Williams-Sonoma

Top by Proenza Schouler

Table from Beacon Manufacturing Co.

Shoes from Studs and Button Holes blog

 

 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

{thursdays take two | glitter guide}

For today's repost we bring you a post from The Glitter Guide. Earlier this month they did an excellent post on Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months and we had to share! Enjoy this little Parisian retreat!

Take a peek at photographer Carin Olsson’s lifestyle blog Paris In Four Months or her jealousy-inducing Instagram feed, and you’ll quickly realize why the Glitter Guide team is constantly admiring (and yes, sometimes envying!) this gal. The Stockholm native moved to Paris with plans to stay for just a few months, but ended up making the city her permanent home — and who could blame her? She uses her freelance photography and writing skills to beautifully document her travels, her hometown and the Parisian life we’d all love to step into. We were thrilled when Carin kindly agreed to share her home, and some insights into the city she fell in love with!

Tell us about your blog, Paris In Four Months.
I started my blog, Paris in Four Months, when I decided to pack my bags and move to the French capital for four months in January 2012. That four month plan is the basis of my blog’s name. I wanted to share my experiences with my family back home and I also wanted to improve my photography. I saw the blog as a great motivator for this.

Later the blog turned in to so much more than that. It was through the blog I met some of my dearest friends, got some of the most exciting jobs I’ve ever gotten and it was through the blog that I discovered my love for photography. Today the blog is my creative outlet, and a place where I challenge myself to constantly improve my photography, and continue finding interesting and beautiful details wherever I go.

“I love storing my jewelry in empty Ladurée boxes. They’re too cute to throw away and they make such pretty decorations. They’re like small treasure chests! For some Parisian inspiration I recommend the book ‘Paris, My Sweet’ by Amy Thomas.” 

You also do freelance writing and photography, can you tell us about that?
I do both writing and photography on a freelance basis, and it’s something I would love to do even more of. I’ve written articles for ELLE and Food & Wine Sweden, and I’ve also done photography for ELLE Sweden. Being a freelance photographer is what I would love to do in the future.

 

“My personal style is quite simple and a bit toned down, but I love adding a bit of color in the form of ballet flats, a bag or jewelry. Ballet flats are by H&M and I think the necklace is from J.Crew, but from several seasons ago.”

Tell us about your living space — what is your decorating style? How did you go about personalizing your space? (We hear Parisian apartments are notoriously small!)
Creating your own living space in Paris can be incredibly hard. Not only are the apartments super tiny, it’s often very common to rent your place instead of buying, which, unfortunately, means that you have to respect several restrictions when it comes to decorating. In the older buildings elevators are a luxury that you’ll rarely find, so you can often see people moving in their furniture through the windows facing the street.

Even though I’ve moved five times (yes, you heard me right!) since arriving in Paris for the first time, I’ve tried to make every place as cozy and personal as possible. I have a weak spot for sweet and feminine items, which means that Ladurée boxes, scented candles and special jewelry pieces are all things you’ll find in my home. Several magazines are also spread out throughout my living space. While I used to buy them for simple reading and fashion inspiration, today I love to study the different shoots, model poses and how and where the light is hitting. It’s like free education in the form of glossy magazines!

 

Ladurée special edition box by Lanvin, the book “Paris, My Sweet” by Amy Thomas, scented candle by Byredo, home fragrance by Byredo, pink peonies from the local market. I love having fresh flowers at home and fortunately you can find them for a great price at the markets before closing time! 

Originally you planned to live in Paris for just a few months, what convinced you to make it a permanent move?
When I arrived back in Stockholm I just wasn’t happy. I remember landing in Sweden and just wishing that the plane would turn around and go back to Paris again. After being in Stockholm for a couple of weeks, I decided that I wanted to try and pursue my dream about moving back to Paris. I started planning and found myself back in Paris in January of the next year.

Was the move from Stockholm to Paris a difficult transition?
It wasn’t too bad actually. Because I’d visited several times before, and both Paris and Stockholm are in Europe, there weren’t really any radical differences. Many people asked me what the biggest cultural shock was when moving, but I still have to say that I haven’t really encountered a huge cultural shock yet. Yes, the language is a bit (read very) hard at times, and things that would be quite simple in Stockholm, like running bank errands or getting a cell phone plan, suddenly become a bit trickier.

What first drew you to Paris?
I had actually planned on moving to Rome but after yet another weekend trip to Paris during the spring of 2011 I simply fell in love with the city and decided that Paris would be the perfect place for me at the time. I still really can’t put my finger on exactly what it was that drew me to the city, but I’m guessing it was a mixture of a lot of different things: the beauty of the city itself (you can’t deny Paris’ beauty), the atmosphere, the food, all the sweets, the fashion and of the excitement of experiencing something new and so completely different from what I was used to.

 

“For me the Eiffel Tower never gets old. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, it always amazes me.”

As a photographer, what inspires you the most?
It varies a lot actually. It used to be mainly Paris, the streets, my everyday life and the city itself, but nowadays I get the most inspiration from traveling. I love seeing new places and capturing them through my lens! I’ve also gotten more interested in fashion photography lately, which is something I want to do even more of in the future.

Dress by Zara, ballet flats by Massimo Dutti and bag by Prada. 

What are your favorite things to share on Paris In Four Months?
I think that my travels are always so much fun to share, which might not be what everybody visits my site for (believe it or not but I have a lot of Paris-lovers over there), but traveling makes me feel inspired, which leads to better photos in my opinion! It’s always nice to get away and see new things, no matter where you live, and on the plus side your own city often seems so much more inspiring once you get back.

 

I also love to share new restaurants, cafés and other cute places that I stumble upon while learning more about Paris each day. And I love to share fashion related posts on my site as well, which is something I hope to do even more of in the future.

How did you first approach photography and writing? Is it something you’ve always had an interest in?
I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and I’ve always enjoyed writing. I attend every single family gathering, special occasion and holiday with a camera in my hand. I’ve loved capturing details and moments for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my move to Paris that I actually realized how much I truly loved it. I never imagined myself becoming a professional photographer, but life is funny like that sometimes.

The writing was more expected I guess. I’ve always loved writing and at the age of 10 I had already made my own magazine on my mom’s computer. I loved writing in school, and it was something I always thought I was going to focus more on in the future. Even though photography seems more interesting to me at the moment, writing will always be something I enjoy.

“One of my favorite things to do during the weekends is to visit the Parisian markets. My favorite market is Marché Maubert, located at Place Maubert, where I usually pick up some fruit, vegetables, flowers and a baguette or two.”

What are your favorite things to capture in Paris?
In Paris I love to stroll the streets and see what catches my eye on the way. Since the city is so beautiful on its own, it’s very easy to see potential shots during my walks. I usually focus more on the city, rather than the people living in it, which might seem a bit boring to some, but I just love the architecture, the streets, the parks and everything else Paris has to offer. I also hate putting my big camera in somebody’s face without asking first. I wish I could do it without them noticing, but since my camera is as big as a brick that’s nearly impossible.

 

“It’s hard to find a more picture-perfect street than Rue Saint-Dominique. It’s filled with amazing restaurants, and has an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. One of my best memories from this summer was definitely biking along this street with one of my best friends.”

What types of photos are your favorites to shoot?
I currently enjoy shooting fashion the most. Traveling to the different fashion weeks during the month of September as Nicole Warne’s (of the blog Gary Pepper) photographer is one of the most exciting things I’ve done so far. I love scouting locations, creating a certain mood, and watching an idea come to life through my camera. Sometime in the future I would love to give fashion editorials a shot!

You have an amazing fashion sense, can you describe your style? How has living in Paris influenced the way you dress?
I don’t consider myself to have an amazing fashion sense at all, but I like to keep it simple and quite feminine. Ballet flats, trench coats and blouses in light powdery colors fill up my closet. Pastels are my weak spot! Some people might call it boring but I would like to think of it as classic. I can never get enough of beautiful bags, which are my biggest vice… well, that and ice cream.

 

Everybody sees the fashion in Paris with different eyes, and I think it depends on several different aspects, including where you live in the city, how long you stay for, and in which neighborhoods you like to spend your time. But what I’ve taken from the city so far when it comes to fashion, is that it’s pretty conservative. I never feel comfortable wearing too short of skirts, dresses or shorts, and I always prefer to cover up rather than bare too much. I have to say that my style kind of suits the city quite well, so I feel very at home here with my trench coats and ballet flats!

“As soon as spring arrives in the city I bring out my dresses and more colorful pieces. But in Paris it’s always a good idea to bring a coat! You never know what the weather is going to turn into. Bag by Hermès, ballet flats by H&M, dress by Zara, bracelets by Pierre Caron and Claire Aristides.”

“Some of my favorite macarons at Café Pouchkine (inside Galerie Printemps). Caramel, chocolate/caramel, cassis and pistachio are always flavors that come back home with me.”

What are your favorite places in Paris? Neighborhoods, sites, cafés, etc.
I love the area called St Germain, the 7th arrondissement, as well as the 4th, the 5th and the 3rdarrondissements. I know that some people call these places touristy, or not “the real Paris” but I have to disagree. Yes, they’re very well visited by tourists, but they’re also the home to some of Paris’ most amazing places that I can’t get enough of. Jardin du Luxembourg, the border of the Seine along Île Saint Louis, Place des Vosges, Rue Saint-Dominique, Musée Rodin, Jardin des Plantes and Haute Marais are places you’ll most likely find me.

My favorite cafés, restaurants and bars constantly change, but right now I love visiting the Broken Arm and Telescope café for a cup of coffee and cheesecake. For my weekly éclair fix I go to L’Éclair de Génie in the Marais. The best Italian gelato is made by Pozzetto, and the caramel tart from Sadaharu Aoki is a must if you have a weak spot for anything caramel. Any café with a nice little terrace will do for me when it comes to people watching during a warm summer evening.

 

“Not only does Café Pouchkine have the best macarons, but the café itself is worth a visit. It’s so beautiful and the pastries are always so neatly presented. A vanilla croissant is another favorite of mine!”

“Musée Rodin is hands down my favorite museum in Paris. Not only is the inside gorgeous, but the gardens are absolutely breathtaking. The best time to visit is during late spring or early summer when the rose garden is in full bloom.”

What do you love most about the city?
It might sound silly, but I love that the city is so beautiful. It’s a city that I could stroll around in for hours and constantly see things I fall in love with or get inspired by. There’s nothing better than wandering the streets aimlessly with a friend and ice cream in hand. I love starting out in front of my apartment and not knowing where I’ll end up.

 

“The parks in Paris are extremely well kept, and are perfect if you want a little break from the city. Jardin du Luxembourg is so centrally located and is definitely worth a visit.”

“My favorite thing to indulge in would have to be a really yummy ice cream. My favorite comes from Pozzetto in the Marais. But Berthillon, Amorino and GROM are also good if I’m too far away from Pozzetto.”

“Macarons are certainly not my favorite kind of sweets, even though I have so many photos of them on my blog. It’s simply because they’re so fun to shoot. Their colors and beautiful boxes make for a fail-proof photo!”

“Visiting Jardin des Plantes during the spring when all the trees are in full bloom is just fantastic. I could spend hours taking photos of these beautiful cherry and apple blossom trees. The park also has some of the city’s best museums and even a little zoo!”

Any tips for someone traveling, or hoping to move to Paris?
This has to be the most common question I get asked through the blog, both through comments and emails, and it’s almost always impossible to give great advice. It’s so very individual, and I want to make sure that even though I’m an obvious Paris-lover, I encourage each and every person who is thinking about doing something similar to do his or her research before. I’ve actually written everything I know about this subject and gathered all my advice under the category “Moving to Paris” on my blog.

 

“Since the river is dividing the city in two parts you constantly have to cross bridges to get around town, which is something I absolutely adore. Every time I cross, I’m taken aback by the city’s beauty and have to remind myself  how lucky I am to be living here.”

How do you sparkle?
I feel the best when I’m doing what I love to do — whether it’s strolling the streets of Paris with my camera in one hand and an éclair in the other, or shooting something I love. Discovering new cities and places is another passion of mine, and I feel bored if I stay in one place for too long. To add that extra bit of sparkle, that everyone needs from time to time, a pretty bag always does the trick for me!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

{within works | creating a reception desk}

Happy Wednesday! We're busy designing a reception desk today for one of Tucson's top law firms. We've narrowed down our options to 4 possible designs and here are the inspiration photos that we are showing our client. There are lots of items to consider when designing a reception desk such as: function, view, materials, lighting, ada accessibility, and uniqueness. Lots of desks tend to look the same and that can get extremely boring. We will show you the desk in it's final design stage in a future post. Until then!

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

{to sigh for | cattails woodwork}

For today's product of the week, we are picking an Etsy company: Cattails Woodwork. We fell in love with the simplicity and craftmanship of their items. Below we have chosen our top three items. [Customized butcher block, bird house, and succulant planter]. What a great way to add warmth to your home. Each piece is made by hand by Brenda Watts from Canada.

Happy Shopping!

 

Monday, October 7, 2013

{within-spiration | 5 chic hollywood glam items}

Happy Monday! Lets talk Hollywood Glam! Thanks to Hautelook we found five pieces that could instantly glam up your room. I think the secret behind this glam look is "a little goes a long way" Incorporate some pieces into your existing furniture and do not try to make EVERYTHING match. I would love to create a Hollywood Glam closet for myself. Complete with vanity and small dainty stool *dreaming* 

Until then, here are some quick pieces that you can purchase to add that pop of glam to your home!

Cheers!

If you need more ideas, Houzz has a great selection. If you're on Pinterest, here you go!

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