Design Direction

5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

Five years ago after talking to like-minded interior designers who are equally fine artist Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were inspired to create a new concept for interior design. The two designers’ have decades of experience in high-end residential design yet they know as artists that any room can be composed visually like a […]


Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Yearly color forecasts can give you an interior design color palette that is on trend but not individualized. Each spring nature provides fresh color combinations outdoors that can be translated into fresh new personal color stories for interior design and décor. Wherever you are take time to notice how spring effects urban, suburban and natural […]


SHO-CON

SHO-CON

Creative people with truly contemporary ideas often face an uphill battle while the rest of us catch up to their innovations. By the time their ideas become integrated as the new normal the creative person is developing fresh ideas that challenge the norm. This describes the thoughts behind Karen McMullen’s new furniture showroom SHO-CON. The […]


Contemplating Contemporary

Contemplating Contemporary

Contemporary furniture and interior design aligns forms, trends, color palettes and technologies which are created in our time. Almost everyone equates contemporary furniture with clean lined simplicity. Often contemporary furniture designs are so artistic and of the moment that they almost seem out of place in today’s home because of their futuristic look. INSTUDIO interior […]


Welcoming the Next Chapter

Welcoming the Next Chapter

Sixty is the new forty. Stylish youthful active seniors are celebrating their freedom from raising families by trying new things. Seniors are changing their personal style while developing renewed interests in continuing education, sports, food, travel, fashion, the arts and volunteer work. Some seniors start pre- retirement planning for the sale of their too large […]


PINTEREST has New Color Boards by INSTUDIO

PINTEREST has New Color Boards by INSTUDIO

A rainbow of living color has been developed as Pin Boards by INSTUDIO Design Directors. Pinterest has become an INSTUDIO gallery exhibiting inspirations, furniture, art, lighting, design, products, textiles and accessories that matches the Design Directors unique style. Previously similar items were grouped together on Pin Boards by period, style, item or product. The new […]


Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Lynne Gillan was the first of the INSTUDIO Design Directors to discover “Chairish” the online consignment marketplace for design obsessed people to buy and sell exceptional pre-owned home furnishings. The three Design Directors work in the studio as a team to conceptualize and review each interior design project on a regular basis. Over time each […]


Modernist Blonds Are Coming Home

Modernist Blonds Are Coming Home

Classic Modernist furnishings by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto were first introduced in blond woods and have stayed true to their blond roots. Light colored woods drift in and out of style trends in the United States. Beautiful blonds now have staying power as modernist classics by architect Charles Eames and sculptor Isamu Noguchi have recently […]


Black Power

Black Power

Black is used by Interior Designers, industrial designers and furniture designers for its ability to capture the eye. Black forms draw attention to their sculptural shapes by defining and creating silhouettes against contrasting surroundings or colors. Black is the darkest color.  It refuses to absorb light and demands to stand on its own as a […]


Design Direction for the Green Room

Design Direction for the Green Room

In movies set designers take artistic liberties when developing interiors for real and fictionalized stories to make us believe in the characters that are portrayed on the silver screen. INSTUDIO Design Directors used their imagination to develop the story of an urban movie loving couple who decided to turn their small home media room into […]


Design Direction for a San Francisco Remodel

Design Direction for a San Francisco Remodel

Living in a recently purchased house for six months to a year can often be the best way for homeowners to figure out what is needed to mold their house into a home. A San Francisco family of four found a house that suited them but did very little to it except for a change […]


INSTUDIO HAS MOVED FROM PARK TO PORT

INSTUDIO HAS MOVED FROM PARK TO PORT

Being equally artists & interior designers the Design Directors of INSTUDIO are more like “Design Nerds” than “Designers”. When their lease was complete instead of trying to find exactly the same type of studio near the San Francisco Design Center they began to explore possibilities of retail space, artist’s studios and unusual shared office spaces […]


Subscribe to INSTUDIO Interior Design Services

Subscribe to INSTUDIO Interior Design Services

INSTUDIO now offers Subscription Design Support Services. RESTYLE, ACCESS & IDEAS are three fixed fee design support options that have been developed and proven effective for clients with an interest in participating in the design process while getting professional results. RESTYLE  or  Refreshing Essentials:  Simply Transforming Your Living Environment is the eco friendly way develop […]


A Suite Weekend in San Francisco

A Suite Weekend in San Francisco

INSTUDIO provided design direction for a “Weekend Suite” in a second generation family owned building steps away from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Two brothers and their wives who have homes elsewhere in the Bay Area use the apartment for getaways in the city.  Basic utilitarian needs were met with old furnishings and bland […]


Sustainable Furniture from Cisco Home

Sustainable Furniture from Cisco Home

Sustainable furniture conjures images in one’s mind of artless boring utilitarian pieces developed by tie dye wearing tree huggers intent on saving the planet. You can erase that image when you visit San Francisco’s Cisco Home Hayes Valley location. The stylish furniture store draws you in with visually pleasing arrangements of art, unique case goods, […]


The Modernist Classic Eames LCW Recovered

The Modernist Classic Eames LCW Recovered

Herman Miller introduced the “LCW” or Lounge Chair Wood by Charles and Ray Eames in 1946. The chair has become a modernist icon that is as contemporary today as when it was first produced.  The chair matched simple sculptural forms with what was cutting edge technology of the day. The Eames’ developed the design in […]


INSTUDIO Design Directors tell COLOR STORIES

INSTUDIO Design Directors tell COLOR STORIES

Benjamin Moore Paints invited INSTUDIO Design Directors to the San Francisco launch of their new full spectrum color collection, Color Stories. The new collection is inspired by how we truly experience the essence of color in our daily lives. Color speaks to us through observation, memory and perception. Presented as books the new selections are […]


INSTUDIO Design Directors discover CAVALIER by Jay Jeffers

INSTUDIO Design Directors discover CAVALIER by Jay Jeffers

INSTUDIO Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is one of the few people who continue to produce furniture drawings by hand. For nearly a decade Lewis has provided hand drafting for custom furniture designed by Jeffers Design Group. When visiting the chic JDG interior design studio for a new project Lewis noticed a few changes on […]


The Bones of Interior Design Accessories

The Bones of Interior Design Accessories

When interior design is completed accessories add life and individual personality to rooms. Accessories make statements throughout the room with color, texture, sparkle and shape. Accessories are as individual as you are and should complement your décor. We think of natural accessories as flowers, shells, fruits, dried leaves, branches or stones and forget about bones. […]


A&G Merch of Brooklyn NY now in SF

A&G Merch of Brooklyn NY now in SF

No need for San Franciscans to fly to NYC and take the subway to Brooklyn, A&G MERCH is now in the Castro! While searching for accent tables and accessories to complete a design project INSTUDIO Design Directors happened into A&G MERCH.  There they found cool retro style sofas and chairs accented with the latest in […]


INSTUDIO gets INSIDE THE DESIGN

INSTUDIO gets INSIDE THE DESIGN

Everyday products that we recognize as global icons for their beauty, efficiency, reliability, innovative qualities or stunning design are featured on the Science Channel program INSIDE THE DESIGN. Within a 30 minute program three classic designs are explored. Viewers are given a glimpse of the production of enduring products, their history and design development. Manufacturing […]


INSTUDIO Directs Design at MISSION PICTURES

INSTUDIO Directs Design at MISSION PICTURES

The unassuming vine covered building at 1500 Seventeenth Street on the northwest corner of Arkansas looks plain on the outside but it is the home to three creative businesses. Buddy Rhodes is an artist and the innovative design force for concrete products. INSTUDIO Design Directors/Artists develop their ideas for art and interior design projects. MISSION […]


The Octagon Dining Table is an Award Winning Design

The Octagon Dining Table is an Award Winning Design

Hickory Chair Furniture Company announced the winners of its Centennial Design Challenge in the January 2012 issue of ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST magazine. INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis of San Francisco was the proclaimed winner of the design professional category with his Octagon Dining Table. Hickory Furniture Company was founded in 1911 in Hickory, North […]


Thinking about New Interior Design?

Thinking about New Interior Design?

Design takes time.  Thoughtful planning opens the doors to great design. When contemplating a new style for your living or work space INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors suggest that you contact a designer for a consultation long before you think your project will actually begin. An interview with a design expert can help you flesh out […]