Posts Tagged ‘Antiques’

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 […]


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, […]


Creative Collaboration gets INSTUDIO Design Directors SHOT

Creative Collaboration gets INSTUDIO Design Directors SHOT

San Francisco’s South of Market is not a crime scene but an art and design scene.  INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis, Stephen Kladder and Lynne Gillan needed new photographs to celebrate their third year in business. They combined the talents of creative neighbors all within the same block. Photography: MISSION PICTURES INSTUDIO has […]


Hand Crafted Fine Wood Furniture

Hand Crafted Fine Wood Furniture

Hickory, North Carolina is the home of one of the oldest fine furniture makers in the United States.  Hickory Chair Furniture Company has been in continuous operation since 1911.  The legend of quality handmade craftsmanship, exquisite proportions and beautiful finishes continues today. A famous architect once said “God is in the details.” Design Director Samuel […]


INTERIOR DESIGN QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

INTERIOR DESIGN QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Design Plus Consignment Gallery & the Interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO come together to present a free public discussion and demonstration of creative interior design solutions for the home. Design Plus offers a plethora of gently used home furnishings, art and accessories. Match your design style whatever it is with items from Design Plus and […]


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 […]


Using CRAIGSLIST as your FURNITURE STORE

Using CRAIGSLIST as your FURNITURE STORE

Wherever you live Craigslist can become your local personalized furniture store. To personalize your “furniture store” select furniture “by owner” and use keywords for the specific item that you are looking for including brands, manufacturers, styles, names, types and descriptive words. The keywords become the aisles of your store by limiting your search to viewing […]


INSTUDIO Design Direction SUMMER 2011

INSTUDIO Design Direction SUMMER 2011

Summer brings to mind warm weather (unless you live in San Francisco), water, the colors of sand, blue skies, travel & outdoor living. INSTUDIO Design Directors are both artists & interior designers and for design inspiration we start our summer journey by looking through our studio window at lush green trees. Rather than relying on […]


The Inside & Outside of Upholstered Furniture

The Inside & Outside of Upholstered Furniture

When we find someone attractive the underlying element of good bone structure comes into play.  The things inside the body are pretty much all the same no matter the height, proportion, color or finish. If we like ourselves in general we are comfortable in our own skin. When we find an upholstered chair, sofa or […]


Rossi Antiques: A world of Refined Luxury

Rossi Antiques:  A world of Refined Luxury

Interior design sometimes involves creating custom furniture, using pieces that are based on the design of antiques, restoring time worn furnishings to former glory or finding a rare antique to complete a room.  The Design Directors of INSTUDIO get transported to an elegant past when visiting the San Francisco showroom & workrooms of Rossi Antiques. […]


Dramatic Wood Grain on Oak Furniture

Dramatic Wood Grain on Oak Furniture

Dramatic light colored wood grain contrasted by a dark stain is known as a “Ceruse” finish. The finish was developed by French cabinetmakers when clean lined modernist furniture came into vogue during the 1940’s. The contrast of light and dark enhances oak to a striking effect because of its strong wood grain. The finish can […]


Direct Design at HD Buttercup

Direct Design at HD Buttercup

The movie industry has long influenced interior design direction in Los Angeles.  San Franciscan’s can learn a thing or two about Southern California panache by visiting the new south of market HD Buttercup Store at 4th Street & Townsend.  Whatever your personal style there is something special there to enhance your home’s décor. This store […]


VIRACOCHA antiques, assorted rarities & art

VIRACOCHA antiques, assorted rarities & art

Individual shops in any city’s neighborhoods offer uncommon goods that are usually personally selected by the shopkeeper and reflect their personal style and taste. A mixture of items that are locally made, crafted or hard to find, are displayed in shops that are as unique as their owners. This makes the joy of finding interesting […]


Combination Chair & Ladder at GRAVEL & GOLD

Combination Chair & Ladder at GRAVEL & GOLD

Gravel & Gold is a shop in the Mission District of San Francisco run by three ladies, Cass, Lisa, and Nile. Neighborhood shops must have a novel point of view when selecting their goods, otherwise potential customers will take their business to chain stores or buy things online. The importance of supporting small local shopkeepers […]


Big Daddy’s Antiques

Big Daddy's Antiques

Big Daddy’s Antiques recently opened an expansive warehouse space that has the feeling of an eclectic artist studio. Owner Shane Brown travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia sourcing the unique and one of kind items that he is known for. An international collection of antique furniture, paintings, mirrors, birdcages, lighting, and exceptional objects […]