Friday, November 29, 2013

{simply sweet | mexico memories}

I had such an amazing time in Mexico this past October that I had to share more photos. These are of a special moment that I had with Miss Caroline while we were watching the birds fly home for the day. Hundreds of birds flew over our heads and Caroline squealed with joy! It was fantastic! She ended the day with fresh mini flowers for me. Love Love Love.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

{thursdays take two | winter style}

Today's blog post share comes from Stylesight and author Shannan Elinor Smith. I'm a vegetarian and partly vegan when it comes to fur, so I have to say I am not a fan of any of it, but the concept is good and a faux fur would be excellent fun! Enjoy!

What Goes Around Comes Around is a vintage and luxury shop in NYC. You can find them Here.


Winter Style with What Goes Around Comes Around

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

{within works | planting pachanga at wmg}

Most of you know that we work with nonprofits a lot. One of our clients is Watershed Management Group. I recently attended their Planting Pachanga at their new facility in Tucson. It was such an amazing morning! WMG does so much for our lovely city that it's hard to even explain on a blog, so I really think you should check out there website and read about them. 
WMG works in both rural and urban settings on issues related to soil and water resources. Primary topics we address include:

  • Rainwater and Stormwater Harvesting
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Watershed Assesments and Planning
  • Community-based Conservation
  • Project Administration and Evaluation

    We offer an adaptive, collaborative approach to developing sustainable solutions wherever we may work. We work with local communities to identify and prioritize resource needs, foster individual and community investment, develop practical solutions, and enable action.

A great day was had by all! We love being a part of such an amazing group of people. Within Studio was one of the donors, in that we helped with the interior design of their new offices in Tucson. We cannot wait to see the finished product! Almost there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

{to-sigh-for | too strong}

Ah today we have something special for you! We recently met the creators and master minds behind Too Strong and are thrilled to share this post with you! Too Strong is US made clothing done right. These guys are making fabulous jeans and shirts made from Arizona cotton and copper. Love that!
"Not only does the name "Too Strong" sound like "Tucson", it is foundational to our philosophy; our products and our ethics must also be rock solid."
I found these guys via their Instagram feed, they found Me and then I found them. They were showcasing their Weekender bag and I fell in love. I knew I had to have one. So I went to my father, owner of Belle Epoque Upholstery and asked him for his leather remnants. I'm not a leather girl, but if I have it then I want to make sure I repurpose it and make it last as much as possible. I honestly do no like the idea of killing an animal for their fur but if it's there, I feel that I can honor them by making sure every single scrap of the leather is used. And so, I took a tub full of remnants to Too Strong and asked them to build me a bag.

Ofcourse I made sure to find red leather for the interior, since that is the Within Studio trademark. The end result was basically bulletproof. 

Thrilled with the result and with this company. I highly recommend emailing them for an appointment...INFO@TOOSTRONGUSA.COM

"Also we'll take "Its 110 degrees outside, get me some shorts and a T shirt you idiot."We accept that. When we establish an appointment we'll send you the address, then you come over and check out our goods and drink beer with us. Or, if you're not much of a drinker we have whiskey too. Unfortunately right now, it is not a place to stop by on a whim and browse. Soon but not now. Its open for appointments mainly nights and weekends."

For their latest items you can check out their This Just In page.
Oh and P.S. I am crazy about this detail and want it for my skinny jeans:
This fabric is ridiculous. Look at the red and blue selvage line on the cuff! HOW PATRIOTIC IS THAT, PAUL?!Cone Mills in North Carolina is the "last man standing" so to speak, in the American selvage denim production world. A casualty of industrialization, every other quality focused denim mill was forced to fold by the mid 1900s. But, Cone Mills at White Oak is doing better than ever, and this fabric is proof. Natural Selvage is simply cotton that has been woven into denim but not dyed with indigo. Its not bleached white, its more ivory or cream. We stock two different brands in our shop that have used the same fabric for their jeans. Taylor Stitch offers a relaxed mid-rise yet tailored fit with this fabric, and Carter's has a slightly more slim fitting option. Both are built to endure the long haul, you'll have these for many many years. Don't fret about keeping them clean, we have mastered that art and are happy to share it with you. It starts with Doc Brohnners, of course. If that soap doesn't do the trick, we have found much relief in eco-friendly bleach powder at health food stores.

Monday, November 25, 2013

{within-spiration | discovering tina mion art}

Good Morning Designistas! Happy Monday!

Today I want to share with you the art of Tina Mion. I was introduced to her art while on my anniversary trip. My husband and I stayed at La Posada Hotel and fell in love with the historic hotel and it's gorgeous gardens. On the second floor there was a ton of art on display. It was shocking at first, well actually, it was shocking every time I walked up the stairs. It stayed with me for a long time, so I thought that I should photograph the pieces and share them with you here. Curious to see what you think. Some are quite controversial. Some are just plain comedic. Others were very melancholy. 

Last Call (2010) 

"The old woman is dressed for a trip, though, she is uncertain where. After a long wait she has answered her final call. Now she is free from her wheelchair and cane. They still cast shadows, but she does not - she is in mionland. The last time I saw my grandmother was the year we bought La Posada. We had gone back east and taken her out of her nursing home for a happy laugh-filled Thanksgiving at the shore. When I dropped her off and said goodbye I could not drag myself away. I snuck back through the snow for one final look through her window knowing I would never see her again. She looked out at the night-blackened sky and started to cry. She was in the late stages of Alzheimer's and she looked so lost. The eyes in the painting are my grandmother's that last night. She answered her call a few months later."

A New Years Party in Purgatory for Suicides in which Liberace makes a guest appearance dwon from heaven just for the hell of it. (2004)

"In 2003 I began a series of Purgatory Paintings. In this, the first, I take a more compassionate look at suicides by inviting them to this party. That's me blowing the noisemaker to heral them out of Hell. Since a suicide defined the end of each guest's time on earth, a party that marks the passage of time seemed somehow revelant. The guests bear reminders of their final acts . . . Liberace did not commit suicide but loves a party, especially one with so many interesting guests, so he is visiting them from heaven. One of his poodles sits on his lap, thus answering the question "do dogs have souls?""

"Some of the guests front row starting from the left: Virginia Wolfe, Jim Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Liberace, poodle, Ann Escton, Arshile Gorky, Tina Mion (painter), George Eastman. Second row from the left: Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Kielt, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Patrick Ashenfelder, Charlie Parker, Sid Vicious, Diane Arbus, young girl with birthday cake, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland..."

The Elk (2007)

"Photographs of elk and deer as trophies, dead deer on the side of the road, elk and deer heads on walls - so common as to barely draw more than a passing glance. Simply laying the animal on clean whit sheets, paying it the post-mortem respect we usually reserve for humans, completely changes the emotional resonance."

What's Lost (2009)

"The sun has just set the wind is steady and you have stumbled upon an event. "Shhh don't talk, look" says the figure in the center, the narrator faces you speaking through a puppet - all great stories have a narrator and this is the tale of the human condition a tale about what's lost: our youth, our health, our dreams - and, if we were to live long enough, everyone we love and possibly our planet. Love holds a valentine she is kneeling on glass and smoking a cigarette because love is painful and imperfect. Age sinks in the water only her eyes show. Next to her are human soulds in shape of birds and human bodies in the form of matches one has yet to be struck (that is the painter, because I am still alive). My sweet dog that died as I began this painting floats both on the water (her body) and away on the boat (her spirit). The witness in red stocking stares as the melodrama unfolds, unaware that an even greater tragedy has been unleashed behind her in the form of missiles. Wisdom is an elephant rides in on the horizon, too late?"

Leaving the Emerald City (2010)

"Scene: The White House, red poppies representing dead soldiers and civilians. Actors in the Melodrama: Dick Cheney as OZ. Remember all the speculation his secret hiding place? Behind the curtain pulling the strings. Donald Rumsfeld as the tin man - always cranky because he needed more oil. Colin Powell as the cowardly lion - put loyalty over courage and kept his mouth shut. Condi Rice as Dorothy - if I click my heels three times everything will turn out ok? George Bush as the scarecrow - fumbling his words as if coughing up straw, risen higher than he should have."


And a few more....

I was really impressed with the detail of Nancy's eyes in this piece. Her head was almost as big as I am tall. Well done!

Hope you enjoyed our little tour!

Have a great week!


Friday, November 22, 2013

{simply sweet | beach memories}

Happy Friday! It's almost Thanksgiving and I just cannot believe it! It's still pretty warm in the desert and I'm ashamed to admit that I've turned my AC on at home and in my car. I'm dieing for the cold weather that just wont come. In honor of the heat, I am sharing some photos from last months Mexico trip. It's my simply sweet for the day!

And in case you were wondering.... How to build the perfect sandcastle click here.

Looking for a house in Puerto PeƱasco




Thursday, November 21, 2013

{thursdays take two | smock paper blog}

Today's share comes from Smock Paper blog. Some of the sweetest Holiday cards around! Highly recommend checking out their online shop Here. Enjoy the post!



Way to go Paper Place for sending us these gorgeous custom holiday cards. 'Tis the season for fun and heartwarming cards, and these ones definitely deliver.

Festive letterpress holiday cards



Our grass letterpress ink is a popular color during the holidays and this festive photo card proves its popularity. Paired with one of our signature liners this combination made our nice list. Thanks to RSVP for the creative use of our holiday customizations!

Red and green custom holiday cards


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

{within works | 4 bathrooms to inspire}

Good Morning!

We're working on an administration building for a local tribe and wanted to share with you just a few of the inspiration images that we will be sharing with them today. We are looking for a modern southwest feel perhaps with a bit more modern than southwest. Below are just four of the 12+ inspiration photos we will show them. What do you think? The architect was interested in doing a subway tile and we suggested that we stay away from white and perhaps use different tones/materials to achieve his subway look without the all white "cold" feel that tends to come with it.


Another thing to note is that although white grout looks amazing it is not suggested for floor application. In a residence you can get away with it, but for a commercial building I would not recommend it at all. It will be a terror to keep clean. There are some specialty grouts out there that are made to resist staining but be ready to dig deep in your wallet for them. It's safest to use darker grout in commercial spaces and you can use lighter grout on the walls where you will not encounter spills or standing water. Just a thought. =)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

{to-sigh-for | 4 winter finds on etsy}

I absolutely adore Etsy. It is filled with thousands of beautiful products! They are all to-sigh-for. It's so difficult to pick just one, so today we are making a selection of some of our favorites for this week.

1. Vintage pink glass ornaments from TintedVintage

2. Wool felt coint purse from LoftFullOfGoodies

3. Dead sea salt soap scrub from PaperStreetLabs

4. Pink flower photography from Raceytay

Monday, November 18, 2013

{within-spiration | 6 sided connection}

Hello Amigos!

We recently hosted a big event called Cigars, Scotch, and Stilettos and in our courtyard we placed Shaw Contract carpet tiles. The fun part was that we used their latest introduction, the Hexagon! It truly turned out lovely. And it got us thinking.... where else have we seen the Hexagon trend lately?



So I went on a virtual shopping spree for Hexagon inspiration and found this!


1. Gorjana Sunset Hexagon Ring Set from ShopBop 

2. Tory Burch Hexagon Link Bracelet from ShopBop

3. Worthington Slim Jacquart Ankle Pants from JCPenney

4. Rustic Metal Mirror from West Elm

Time to do some shopping because the Hexagon is Back!


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