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A Majalis for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

A Majalis for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

An interior designer’s creative talents are seldom limited to just interior design. Like an artist of any medium designers bring their life experience combined with their design education to the table to develop a design project. Joey Sequeira (a longtime friend of INSTUDIO interior design director Samuel Fleming Lewis) was in the process of re-designing […]


A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

Never missing an opportunity to find unique home furnishings INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is constantly searching for overlooked gems. He goes wherever there may be unique home furnishings for clients, INSTUDIO inventory or his own decor. All sources offer an equal opportunity to find a special treasure for interior design and decoration […]


Vintage Restyled in Palm Springs California

Vintage Restyled in Palm Springs California

In the 1970’s a stylish Midwestern lady decided that it was time to escape long lasting winter weather. She started a family tradition of yearly sojourns to Palm Springs California when she and her husband purchased a condominium to enjoy the warmth of the desert sun. She decorated her winter home with a neutral color […]


Can’t get enough of that funky STUFF

Can’t get enough of that funky STUFF

After finding a parking space across the street, INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis dropped into stuff for the first time. For decades, 150 Valencia has been an interesting odd place to buy old or used furniture from a long time San Francisco moving and storage company. Now, within the huge warehouse of stuff, […]


A Little Table with Photographic Memory

A Little Table with Photographic Memory

The current term used for creative reuse of home furnishings, “Upcycle” can be applied to this small thrift store Parsons Style table. INSTUDIO Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has been using his creativity to re-imagine used or dated home furnishings decades before upcycling got a name. His current project is a chic study in black […]


FLOWING FROM ART TO FURNITURE

FLOWING FROM ART TO FURNITURE

Having an intuitive sense for harmonizing color, INSTUDIO Design Director, Lynne Gillan discovered a new way of looking at her art and design work when she was faced with a unique problem to solve.  In her artwork, watercolor is her medium of choice for the fluidity and transparency it allows in exploring the layering of […]


Bored at Home? Try an INSTUDIO Restyle!

Bored at Home? Try an INSTUDIO Restyle!

Having nice things is sometimes not enough when you’ve had the same furniture, art and accessories for so long that you don’t see them anymore. It’s easy to become bored with your rooms simply using them every day and not seeing your home with fresh eyes or ideas for new possibilities. Everything old can become […]


INSTUDIO is on to Discarded to Divine

INSTUDIO is on to Discarded to Divine

Bring home one of a kind fashion and home furnishings that were transformed from Discarded to Divine while supporting the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. Discarded to Divine is a charitable event that features the visionary talents of aspiring and professional designers who use their skills to create a metamorphosis on donated […]


What’s Your Type of Decorative Accessory?

What’s Your Type of Decorative Accessory?

If yesterday’s communications technology is trash to someone, can it be a decorative treasure to another? Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis was on an errand in San Francisco’s South of Market when he spotted a shiny, black, stamped metal plate nestled in the weeds not far from a new construction site. With interest his curiosity piqued, he decided […]


I Saw it in the Window and Just Had to Have It!

I Saw it in the Window and Just Had to Have It!

Remember the iconic Carol Burnett episode with Carol as Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind turning the window drapery into a formal gown?  We can take our cue from Carol:  reuse and re-purpose when designing your interiors. Like Carol, think outside the box.  You may have a piece of furniture, for instance, a bureau […]


INSTUDIO Answers Questions on COLOR

INSTUDIO Answers Questions on COLOR

Fregosi & Company Paints has supplied Benjamin Moore Paints to San Franciscan’s for three generations. The new color gallery store at 1812 Polk Street marks the third conveniently located store.  INSTUDIO Design Directors take advantage of their sunny studio being geographically located almost exactly in between the Benjamin Moore Showroom in the Galleria Design Center […]


Get off the Chair & Design your Room

Get off the Chair & Design your Room

October already and before you know it the holidays will be here. Family and friends will soon be knocking at your door. Now is the time to spiff up your interiors with a little paint, some wallpaper, a new rug, hardwood floors, tile, crown molding, a new furniture arrangement, new window treatments, and maybe some […]


CULTURE, COMPOSITION, COLOR & COMFORT

CULTURE, COMPOSITION, COLOR & COMFORT

Why does Buddha seem so serene? Is it secrets of relaxation and meditation? Is it the placement on a dark polished wood chest? Is it the warm glow of the lighting? Or does the juxtaposition of the abstract art beyond Buddha create a calming vignette that pleases the eye? These questions and many more will […]


Contemplating New Interior Design?

Contemplating New Interior Design?

Interior Design is more than just moving your furniture into a room and expecting it to reflect how you live and your personal style. How the furniture is arranged determines not only how the room is used but how we interact with family friends and pets. This is where a good furniture plan overrides design […]


Be a Design Rebel with a Cause

Be a Design Rebel with a Cause

Developing personal interior design style can be a rebellious act in that it takes strength of character to ignore design trends to create rooms that reflect who you are. Finding your style requires looking at furniture, art, lighting & accessories from various sources. While the internet and established furniture stores can provide foundation furnishings what […]


Is More Really More?

Is More Really More?

Deciding when enough is enough is a choice determined by personal style and taste. A room enhanced with abundant layers of interesting extraordinary furniture, art, textiles, collections and colors can be a waking dream for someone who loves every piece used to compose the room. The same room can be a daytime nightmare to someone […]


A Recycled Paper Lantern

A Recycled Paper Lantern

When INSTUDIO design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder moved into their 1500 17th Street design studio in San Francisco about a year and a half ago, the designers were hands on in every do-it-yourself design process.  They painted the walls with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, installed Tandus modular carpet and outfitted the walls […]


Restyle with Painted Stripes

Restyle with Painted Stripes

A 1960’s Palm Springs condominium guest bath had seen several updates over five decades time. The only original feature intact was the pale coral/pink tile with thin purple/brown accent stripes. Over the years a gold tone shower enclosure, gold towel bar back plates, pink & white floor tile, white & gold flecked laminate and textured […]


Transformation by Design

Transformation by Design

INSTUDIO has the vision and creativity to change lives through planning & interior design.  Several weeks ago, upon finding a pair of chairs on the street, the Design Directors began to develop a plan for re-purposing old furniture; one that would combine their love of design while helping those in need. Being both artists and […]


Make Room for Homeless Furniture

Make Room for Homeless Furniture

Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis was taking a shortcut to INSTUDIO in his pick-up truck through an industrial section of San Francisco.  At stop sign Samuel spotted a graceful pair of chairs on a street corner gathering rain. In big cities it’s not unusual to find perfectly good furniture abandoned. After driving four blocks […]


Something Old, Something New, Something…

Something Old, Something New, Something…

The list of four items that brides traditionally have with them for luck on their wedding day can be slightly adjusted to give them luck when decorating their first home. Here’s the formula that the interior design directors of INSTUDIO suggest to bring harmony to your first place. SOMETHING OLD Items from either or both […]


INSTUDIO Restyled

INSTUDIO Restyled

Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO advise their clients on how to restyle their home or business spaces to make them stylish and relevant to their daily lives. People are spending less on furnishings or design. Restyling makes sense to those who like what they own but want to update […]


A Television Room Gets Comfortable Family Style

A Television Room Gets Comfortable Family Style

New flats in San Francisco maintain their Victorian roots of being on long thin lots. The interiors traditionally have a very long hallway that connects the rooms and there is always a dark room or two on a light well. These make great bedrooms or television rooms because of the lack of light. Samuel F. […]


A Family Room for All

A Family Room for All

A large family room often has to serve more than one purpose. If the family room is a large sunny loft like space with views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge what family member wouldn’t want to use it?  This family room was used as a part time home office, a music room and alternate […]