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San Carlos Casual & Contemporary

San Carlos Casual & Contemporary

A European family of 4 interviewed INSTUDIO Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder while still living in a small Eichler rental house weeks before they closed on their own spacious hilltop townhouse of their dreams in San Carlos. They made their rental home work for how they lived but wanted a personalized design […]


Modern Mix for a San Francisco Master Bedroom

Modern Mix for a San Francisco Master Bedroom

INSTUDIO makes life’s transitions a specialty. When a former client decided to trade her suburban silicon valley, California bungalow for a San Francisco flat she called Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder for design direction. She knew that the designers could translate her existing contemporary furnishings and art that they selected for her years before […]


WARHOL for a Girl’s New Bedroom

WARHOL for a Girl’s New Bedroom

To get a jump start on design and furnishing their first home a young family contacted INSTUDIO for Design Direction several weeks before moving in. During a complementary interview the couple said that they needed all new furniture for their 10 year old daughter’s bedroom prior to the move in date. The designers quickly found […]


Palm Springs Lanai in Orange or Lime

Palm Springs Lanai in Orange or Lime

For decades Palm Springs, California has been a desert hot spot get away. INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder have annual design meetings with Palm Springs clients who escape cold Midwestern winters seeking the warmth of the deserts sun. The clients decided that it was time to design, furnish and really […]


“The Old Lady” Gets Style by INSTUDIO

“The Old Lady” Gets Style by INSTUDIO

INSTUDIO design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were invited to view the exterior and garden surrounding a beautiful Heritage Hill neighborhood home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their visit was to suggest new exterior paint colors for homeowners who refer to their house as “The Old Lady”. The designers were so taken with the […]


Creating the Outdoor Room

Creating the Outdoor Room

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors create outdoor rooms on decks, balconies, lanai’s patios and sunrooms that are a natural extension of interior rooms. Outdoor furniture manufactures have reinvented polyester textiles as weather resistant fabrics and rugs.  Beautiful patterns, prints and textures that were once only found inside have gone outdoors to play in the sun. Carefree […]


Modern Nursery and Toddler Rooms by INSTUDIO

Modern Nursery and Toddler Rooms by INSTUDIO

Argington Modern Children’s Furniture is a natural match for expecting moms and dads whose contemporary and artistic personal style will soon be part of a nursery or toddler’s room design. A nursery’s plan should include a rocking chair or glider as part of the design for a comfortable room where parents can bond with their […]


Modern Furniture for the Next Generation

Modern Furniture for the Next Generation

Argington integrates art and architecture as the design foundation of contemporary baby and children’s furniture. Inspired by the birth of their first child fine artist Jenny Argie and her husband architect and mathematician Andrew Thornton developed sophisticated lines of furniture for a new generation. Modern in every way the affordable, sculptural, mobile, convertible furniture is, […]


Sculptural Wood Dressers of the 1960’s

Sculptural Wood Dressers of the 1960’s

Long luxurious wood dressers were key elements of master bedroom furniture suites from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s. With large master bedrooms in homes the1960’s seemed to be the apex of contemporary dresser designs. They were interesting, long, sleek, sexy storage with lots of personality joining us in the bedroom. The trend for […]


Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

INSTUDIO Design Directors have an annual design direction meeting in Palm Springs, California with clients who purchased a furnished vacation condominium. Each year the clients replaced existing furnishings with a combination of mid century, contemporary, vintage, local and used furniture, art and accessories to match their personal style. The clients developed a palette of sandy […]


Magnificent Mud Room in San Francisco

Magnificent Mud Room in San Francisco

INSTUDIO provided Design Direction for a basement to attic remodel of a Victorian home adjacent to San Francisco’s Duboce Park. A young family of four needed their home to reflect their active lifestyle with the addition of modern conveniences. The homeowners wanted to retain the look of classical details that were original to the house […]


White Marble Enhances any Style of Bathroom

White Marble Enhances any Style of Bathroom

Whether your personal style is classic or contemporary white marble is a versatile, luxurious material that can enhance any bathroom. Purists may insist on Italian Carrara for its white background and gray veining. A wide range of subtle color can be found in a variety of white marbles. The timeless appeal of the stone is […]


A Functional Fetching Foyer for Bike Riders

A Functional Fetching Foyer for Bike Riders

The transition space between the front door and the living room of an apartment or home can be called a Foyer, Vestibule, Entrance Hall, or Ante-room. Traditionally the Foyer was a space reserved for a coat tree, umbrella stand, mirror, console table, a graceful chandelier, a beautiful rug and a bouquet of flowers. These items […]


Food for Thought: Dining and Design

Food for Thought: Dining and Design

Eating in a formal dining room may only occur during special occasions, holidays or because of dinner invitations. INSTUDIO Design Directors recently began looking for a special dining room table/suite for a family who considers it mandatory for their young children to be seated at the table for daily meals as well as for family […]


Getting Graphic in the Bedroom

Getting Graphic in the Bedroom

Pop art influenced interior design of 1960’s bedrooms. Bold graphics and color were being printed on bedding for the first time. Solid pastel bedding gave way to an art movement; the canvas was our beds. Artist Vera Neumann, Graphic Designer Peter Max and Finnish company Marimekko brought bold textiles and graphic prints to American homes. […]


A Grand Rapids Family Room Designed in San Francisco

A Grand Rapids Family Room Designed in San Francisco

A client living in Grand Rapids, Michigan contacted the San Francisco Design Directors of INSTUDIO to develop a new design for her dated family room after removing carpet and installing hardwood floors. She took advantage of the new INSTUDIO Affordable Creative Concept Expert Support Subscription. The flat fee of $1,500 was paid in advance to […]


The Octagon Table Comes to Life

The Octagon Table Comes to Life

In 2011 to celebrate 100 years of fine furniture making in North Carolina; Hickory Chair Furniture Company announced its Centennial Design Challenge. Samuel Fleming Lewis won the professional category with his Octagon Table. The original design inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright candlestick impressed the judges. The ten thousand dollar value award would have allowed […]


Contemporary Art Enlivens a Dining Room

Contemporary Art Enlivens a Dining Room

A weekend visit during the Fall season open artist studios at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco became the first meeting after INSTUDIO began work with its new art loving clients. The couple viewed art by touring at their own pace stepping into studios that exhibited art that resonated with them while meeting the artists. […]


A Contemporary & Traditional Master Bedroom

A Contemporary & Traditional Master Bedroom

Sometimes those who love contemporary design actually live in traditional spaces. There is no reason not to have a room that matches your personal style when a balanced interior design is developed. New homeowners who find modernist designs appealing had a master bedroom with architectural features that included traditional moldings, oak hardwood floors, paneled doors, […]


Mellow Yellow was released by Donovan in 1967

Mellow Yellow was released by Donovan in 1967

Mellow Yellow was reused in a Living Room designed by INSTUDIO in 2012. Former New Yorkers had traded their city sized NYC apartment for a spacious light filled bungalow in Burlingame, CA. The art loving young professionals painted the walls of their Foyer and Living Room a glowing sunny yellow with white trim that is […]


IKEA introduces New Luxurious Lacquer Colors for EXPEDIT

IKEA introduces New Luxurious Lacquer Colors for EXPEDIT

INSTUDIO Design Directors visit IKEA at least once a year to see new and interesting designs. During their spring visit the designers came across an old favorite with a sexy new look.  Some of the Expedit furniture has been given a new finish that got their attention. New high gloss lacquers in red, gray or […]


Tamara Codor FURNITURE DESIGN

Tamara Codor FURNITURE DESIGN

Some of the most innovative, beautiful, contemporary furniture designs are not mass produced, seen in design showrooms or retail stores. These works of art that happen to be furniture are developed by furniture designers who work with specialty crafts people to realize their own designs. INSTUDIO Design Directors were thrilled when they reviewed a portfolio […]


An Odd Pair of Chairs Add Life to a Room

An Odd Pair of Chairs Add Life to a Room

INSTUDIO interior Design Directors like to add an odd or interesting pair of dining chairs to a dining room set. The chairs can also provide extra seating in a living room.  An unexpected pair of chairs can add life to a room by being a counterpoint to the other furnishings in the room. When selecting […]


San Francisco Loft Living

San Francisco Loft Living

Decades ago New York City artists, actors and the avant-garde pioneered loft living.  Creating a new way to live these people made their own rules by converting warehouses, manufacturing spaces and industrial buildings to spacious light filled dwellings and work spaces. The first lofts had the challenges of developing kitchens, bath rooms and heating systems. […]