Friday, February 27, 2015

{simply sweet | a natalie thanks}


Today's Simply Sweet Post is dedicated to my dear friend Natalie. It's important to have people around you that get you and accept you for who you are 100%. True friends are simply sweet and we should take the time to thank them for what they do and who they are and who they help us be.

So Thank YOU Natalie! Come back soon!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

{thursdays take two | travel maps for on the wall}

Today's Thursday Take Two comes from Chapter Friday. They had a great blog post on Maps for your home. Take a look!

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Who doesn’t want to wander the world, looking for new adventures round every corner and making new friends along the way? It’s one of the best feelings there is. It does require money and time though, so when you’re a working girl traveling can be quite the challenge.
These maps for your home will make the little explorer inside you happy at home too. How cool is it to have a map of the world on your wall, with pins that mark the places you’ve visited? Before you know it, you’ll be playing Marco Polo and you’ve booked a ticked to a place yet to be discovered.
And to use a famous quote from Lao Tzu: A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.So why not let that step be hanging a map of the places you’d like to visit on the wall, as a little reminder to commence on a journey every now and then?
Tell us: if time and money weren’t an issue, where would you like to travel to?

Photos via designsponge and pinterest

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{within works | 10 tips on a glam closet}

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday! As promised we have more photos to show you of the glam closet that we created. You can see more of them up on our website but we thought we'd give you a little teaser here.
So how can you create a glam closet at home? Here are 10 tips from us to you!

  1. Organize your clothes into 2 piles. The ones you need access to every day and the ones that you don't. Once that is done take your daily access pile and organize it in a way that works best for you. As an example, I organize mine by type (dress shirt / blouses / cotton tops / pants / skirts). Then I will organize them by color and by sleeve length. When you have something well organized it is much more pleasing to the eye and will give you that "glam" feel.
  2. Follow the above rules for your shoes. The realllllly nice ones you may want to keep in a box but perhaps try a see through box so you can admire them. In Tucson we have a lot of dust in the air so I try to protect the nicest items as much as possible. I have a small closet so I keep my shoes divided in seasonal categories then I divide them by heels/boots/flats/sandals etc. My off season shoes are safely tucked away under my bed in plastic clear boxes. Make sure that you stuff your boots etc with tissue or news paper to keep their shape perfect for the following season.
  3. If you don't have shelving for your purses, you can use the 3M hooks to create a nice wall display for your them. Again same rules apply to divide them up and keep them protected. My nicest purses are filled with tissue paper and have protective covers on them. My other daily purses are on those hooks but they are also filled with tissue paper. It's important to keep the original shape of your bags. If you don't have tissue paper you can use old tee shirts or even newspaper. I once used brown Trader Joes bags.
  4. Now to add some glam. Why not remove the light that you have in your closet and add a lovely "chandelier" instead? You can find some small inexpensive ones on sites like Lamps Plus. Codes now allow for you to use LED fixtures which will be great to keep your energy costs down. When looking for a fixture you will need to use a pretty surface mounted fixture. If you have a larger closet (like the bedroom above) then you can use a chandelier. Check your local codes but most probably you will have to find a "chandelier" like fixture that does not have exposed bulbs. Again, you will want to check your local codes for clearances but you should be safe with installing your fixture 12" from your shelf/rod/etc. 
  5. If you have any existing hardware in your closet, try updating it with some really pretty pulls or knobs. Stores like Restoration Hardware or Anthropologie sell them. (as do many more) It's a great way to instantly update you doors.
  6. What is the floor in your closet? Is it possible to update it? There are pros and cons to a hard floor like in the photos above. It does feel good to stand on and gives you a boutique store feel but it does not keep dust down like carpet does. So there is a trade off for sure. If you do have hard floor you could add a pretty rug to warm up the space. 
  7. No Wire Hangers!!! If you're my age..or close to.. that phrase should mean a lot to you..if not then you need to see this. *you've been warned by Joan Crawford*  So what to do? You take your dry cleaning in and get back all these great wire hangers! Well.. Give Them Back!!! They are terrible for your clothes. Learn to shop for the right hangers for your garments. Try shopping at the Container Store and check out their natural wood hangers. Or when in doubt travel to your local Bed Bath and Beyond. If you want more reading, check out this blog post on the "Best Hangers" here.
  8. Use your space well. You may be able to add another shelf or rod to your closet if you organize where everything is going to go. Most of us don't have 20 long gowns so buy having two rows of rods you can spread out your clothes and let them breathe. Having space between your hanging items is not only good for your clothes but also wonderful and pleasing to the eye. You get to really see what you have. Try purchasing some closet organizers to keep you on track.
  9. Paint goes a long way. Perhaps your closet is painted builder white and just by making it a bit warmer it will really change how you feel in that space. Or perhaps it's painted the same color as your light blue room? Well then go and change it to white. A little change will go a long way for you and your mind. Lighter brighter colors will help bounce around light. Stay in the neutral family. You don't want to put a color in there. Why? Because it will affect how you see your clothing. Color bounces around with light so be careful.
  10. Mirrors Mirrors Mirrors. What a better way to make a space feel and look bigger?! A full length mirror if you can fit it in there is great. You can find some great sales at Home Goods or even your local Target.
Good Luck and Glam it Up!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{to sigh for | gem and mineral show}

Hello Lovelies! 
Time to sigh over some jewelry. There are too many vendors to mention on one little blog post so I will just share a link and one of my favorite rings from this past year.

If you have never been, you need to get yourself to the Gem & Mineral Show. You can find so many amazing things! I personally attend the Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers show at the Holidome. This is where I purchase my jewelry for the year. I am a big fan of statement rings and last year I fell in love with a simple yet large silver ring that held a gorgeous blue stone.

The whole event is a treasure hunt! But we've got a few tips to keep you surviving.... 
How to survive the Gem and Mineral Show - 10 Tips from your Designer - 

  1. As much as you want to be fashionable and look cute...just don't. Wear the most comfortable shoes possible. This year I was sporting my Brooks. Too many years I went with my boots or high heals trying to be a "designer" and then I had to end my day short because I could not bare to be on my feet one more second.
  2. Bring a snack in your purse/bag. Yes they have food vendors outside but if you really want to make the most of every single hour, have a little snack to take with you along with water. Shopping will make you thirsty I promise.
  3. Bring CASH. It will be the easiest thing and you can get lower pricing if you ask right. They have ATM machines there but you'll be paying a $4 fee. Not worth it.
  4. As much as you want to bring your stylish purse, I recommend a small backpack. It can hold water, snacks, and all of your purchases while keeping your hands free and your shoulders will thank you. They will give you baggies there but the best will be a backpack. I promise you will thank me later. Some people (the serious shoppers) bring the rolling suitcases. Please don't. They are a Pain and you will find that you are hit with them and your feet are rolled over many times. Please don't be THAT person.
  5. Don't bring your pet. I've seen so many in purses or on a cute leash and for what? To be crammed into a tent with tons of people that don't see you and may step on you. So leave Fido at home. Please.
  6. You first time buyers will be tempted by the really cheap rings and pendants from the big vendors. You will know them...they have white backgrounds...have the biggest booths and have tons of product. Those are great for little gifts but my suggestion is to wait and buy those last. Don't let them take you off course. There are so many small local boutique vendors that you need to see first. These small ones will run out of product first and yes they are more expensive but the quality is so much better. There are four vendors that I purchase from every year. They are from Scottsdale, Mexico, Uruguay, and Cambodia. Not that I don't purchased from the ones Made in China...but I do those last and only if I need to. You will see a difference in quality.
  7. Vendors here sell to all types of end users. From Claire's Forever 21, Macy's, Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, and to the very expensive boutique houses. You can purchase a 5,000 watch or a $5 watch. It all depends on where you go. I once purchased a Bulova watch that retailed for over $500 for around $200. That same year I purchased a $5 watch that lasted me a season. So you take your pick.
  8. Don't wear jewelry to the event. For many reasons. First of all your fingers are going to swell from all of the walking, lack of water, and the salty snacks you brought. You will want to take them off to try on new rings etc and then you may forget them somewhere. The only thing we suggest is perhaps one simple chain so that you can add pendants to it to see how they sit on your neck. The less you wear the better. 
  9. Shopping with friends is good, but be ready to split up. I always go with a small group 1-2 friends extra max. When you begin to lose your friends and then have to find them, it's cutting into your shopping time. 
  10. For your first year, go with someone who has gone before. They will show you where to park, which tents to go in first, and which areas to avoid. And as a little hint from me..go during the week if you can. Everyone shows up on the weekends and it's a mess! =)
Happy Shopping!

Monday, February 23, 2015

{within-spiration | creative reuse}

Happy Monday! 
As promised we will continue the month of February and March with Inspiration from our Wilsonart Trendspotting Trip in Nashville Tennessee.

Today we take you Turnip Green Creative Reuse. 
"Diverting materials destined for the landfill to use in creative endeavors"
They are a 501c3 nonprofit that hosts workshops, a retail store, and provides community education. It was started in 2010 and when I visited them in 2014 I fell in love. You can read more about them by clicking the link above. You can also check out their blog here

When I visited they had a showcase up made of postcards from all over. People created these postcards by recycling other products and sent them into TGCR. They were all so very different and inspiring in their own way. I was personally attracted to the shiny ones..I was going through a metallic phase.
 I loved the use of stamps and paint and texture. Here are some of my favorites.
 Touring the space you got to see all the amazing materials that would normally go to waste being used for something beautiful. 

I only wish there was a TGCR in every city! If you'd like to donate please click here.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, February 20, 2015

{simply sweet | goodbye cancer}

Today's Simply Sweet post is dedicated to my mom, Elena. Last fall she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. It's times like these that words fail you. What do you say? What do you do?

We rallied, we loved, we womaned up and got things done. My mom walked into UMC like she owned the place. "We are here".. I can hear her voice now. Just as if you were checking into a spa appointment. Cancer wasn't going to get us down. Not this family. Not these ladies. I brought my computer and set up my office at UMC. Nothing and no one was going to get in the way of my being there. I was with my mom every moment that I could be. I held her hand and told her how much I loved her. We had our pink manicures all ready for the occasion. It was scary but we pushed through it. She did it all...she was the strong one. She is unstoppable.

UMC took amazing care of my mom and the next day we were on our way home to relax and recoup. 

Today she is 100% cancer free, and words fail me again. I am grateful, I am blessed, and most of all honored to have such an amazing woman as my mother. 
I love you Elena Turco.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

{thursdays take two | little years}

Today's Take Two comes from Decor8 blog. A very sweet post called Little Years. Enjoy!

Little Years

One of my readers tipped me off to a sweet German website with heartwarming portraits on family life called Little Years. With a little one who just turned 1 on Monday, family life is always on my mind. I adore my son so, so much and want to be the best mama to him while still reaching my own goals and dreams. It’s nice to find a site dedicated to normal, working families who live nicely yet not perfectly, and are somehow able to do it all and still reach career goals in addition to being great parents. It’s encouraging to see, in particular, families much larger than my own who are making it all work.
By the way, did you recently catch the interview Jimmy Fallon had with Gone Girlactress, Rosamund Pike? If you didn’t watch it, you can catch a segment of it here on Hulu. First, she showed up looking gorgeous and not at all like she just had a baby, and next, she spoke so candidly about how she was on the phone being interviewed, while in bed, with her two boys crawling all over her and that her eldest son got his truck stuck in her hair during the call. She confessed to basically having to cut it out before her dress arrived that day for a fitting. I mean, it’s so easy to forget that many other strong and hard-working women are out there playing magician on a daily basis to make their dreams come true while also being great moms to their little ones.
Courtney Adamo and her family (shown above is her youngest), the co-founder ofBabyccino, living in London.
The story of Cecile and Charles in Paris. Cecile is the founder of Smallable.
More from Cecile and Charles
Please visit Little Years for stories in English and German and for more photos too.
(little years)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{within works | 5151 Broadway}

Good Morning~
Today we wanted to share some construction photos of our work at 5151 Broadway. This 260,000 s.f. building had had many owners in the past and each of its 16 floors had a different design. All with different flooring, color schemes, doors, elevator styles, lighting, floor tile.... you name it.

Our firm was hired to bring continuity and some consistency to all the floors. After months of preparation and design work we are now finally in the construction phase. We cannot wait to show you the final photos!

The key to our design was to pick a neutral palette that we could then expand on with different art/photography pieces. We added a porcelain tile on the elevator lobbies to control dirt and then we had carpet throughout. The key to doing this is making sure that you have walk off mats. A good rule of thumb is 3 walk off mats. One outside the building for big pieces (rocks etc)..the second is inside the building for smaller dirt and finally a third mat at the lobby elevators for the final pieces of dirt and dust. This way your carpets upstairs will stay cleaner longer.

Here are some exterior shots of this great building.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

{to sigh for | shamanuti cleanser}

Tuesday is here and time to share something To Sigh For!
Today we want to share with you our test results.

"It's a natural skin cleanser that neutralizes acidity and absorbs impurities."
This I had to see and test out for myself. 

First of all I'll tell you that it's black and when you pump it out in your hand it's black black.. and you think..really? I'm putting this on my face? Oh but it smells Sooooo good! And as you foam it up it turns white! 

It cleaned my face so well. The only thing was that it did not take off the waterproof mascara so I had to go back with Mineral Fusion Eye Makeup Remover.

Grade: A-
Loved it and am now a daily user of this product! 


I love it so much that I started to use it's Seaweed Toner. Another product that smells wonderful and leaves my skin feeling refreshed. 

Happy Shopping!

Monday, February 16, 2015

{within-spiration | trendspotting in Nashville}

Happy Monday! We're back! 
Within Studio took a few months break to research and travel and explore the design world so that we could bring you some daily inspiration in 2015! Today I want to chat with you about a fantastic trip that I went on last September with Wilsonart Laminate.

Within Studio had the pleasure of attending a wonderful Trendspotting Trip with some of the most inspiring interior design business owners in the United States.
Four long and exciting days of touring Nashville and diving into its trends. The designers were divided into groups that went to different parts of the city and our assignment was to photograph what inspired us. The following day we were to put together presentations of our findings. Amazingly enough there were similarities in all of the presentations. 

Now I don't have our presentation with me because it's now top secret and in a vault at Wilsonart. Our findings will inspire the new laminates that will be I can't share with you our little secret. What I can share is some of the stops that we found along the way that we loved. I will do this throughout this month. For now I leave you with some more images of this fun trip!
 First hotel room! We stayed at the Hutton Hotel  which was amazing! Right in the middle of everything. This hotel took such great care of us. I cannot speak highly enough of them. Rooms were perfection, service impeccable and food was finger licking good. A must stop on your next visit to Nashville.

 As I said earlier, I had the pleasure of meeting amazing designers from all over the country. These lovely ladies were from Washington, Arizona, and New York. Spending four days with them was such a treat. 

 I was prepared to do some trend spotting....

 Wilsonart took great care of us. Even our goodie bags were filled with yummies!

We had a blast and I would do it again in a heartbeat! So stay tuned this Month for tons of Nashville goodies coming your way!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

{thursdays take two | hushed blush}

Todays' Take Two comes from the lovely Kendi Everyday. {A style blog for the everyday girl}. Here's a super cute post on *blush*...and Happy Valentines Day!


posted on: 2/13/2015

I'm ending this week of love otherwise known as Pink Week here at KE with a subtle look. Whisper pink and blush are some of my favorite hues lately. This color palette is just so soft and feminine but can easily be toughened up. I mean, I'm wearing a pale pink moto jacket -- that's super tough. No one would mess with me in this alley way with this soft yet strong jacket. No one. I might sing them lullabies or apply hot pink lipstick to them. Terrifying. 

What are your Valentine's Day plans, little loves? We are celebrating tonight by going to our town's movie night on the square and then dinner. (I swear I live in Stars Hollow.) I mean who could pass up Sleepless in Seattle the night before Valentine's? That is a small town romance at it's best.

Hope your weekend is full of love. :)

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