Posts Tagged ‘Design Direction’

INSTUDIO 2014 UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIOS

INSTUDIO 2014 UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIOS

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder are exhibiting artists as well as interior designers. Primary to both professions are artistic foundations of proportion, balance, rhythm and relevance. Lewis and Kladder are active in artistic communities and encourage their interior design clients to meet artists and use locally produced original art as […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Bowl of Art?

A Bowl of Art?

INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is always on the lookout for new artistic accessories to put the finishing touches on his client’s home décor.  As an artist he was on his way to buy paint from an art supply store when he decided to take a shortcut through Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco. A […]


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 […]


The Timeless Gift of Classic Design

The Timeless Gift of Classic Design

INSTUDIO Design Directors like to give gifts for living spaces. Well-designed items that are seen or used daily can enrich lives with their beauty while serving us with a function.  A gift for the home is a great way to tell your family, friend or your house “thank you” while adding comfort, utility and style […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Contemporary Custom Lighting with a Vintage Vibe

Contemporary Custom Lighting with a Vintage Vibe

SOMA, or South of Market in San Francisco, has been known for cultivating artistic talents for decades. Creativity can be seen in galleries, shops and manufacturing businesses where interior designers source one of a kind items for their clients. INSTUDIO Design Directors frequent The Malder Company where a wide range of custom lighting design, services […]


BLOBS by San Francisco Artist LUCAS SEVEN

BLOBS by San Francisco Artist LUCAS SEVEN

Lucas Seven’s new “BLOBS” series of eight by ten inch stretched canvas acrylic paintings were developed with a few key words in mind:  Shape, Color & Fun. The black background of the paintings shows the character’s carefully thought out details and is a great contrast to the BLOBS bright colors. The playful characters created from […]


MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

When products are sold at the Museum of Modern Art STORE inNew York City it’s safe to say that the items selected for the store are destined to become internationally known design classics. INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has purchased iconic items from the MoMA STORE since the 1980’s that he continues to […]


Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

San Francisco is well known for quirky apartments carved out of grand Victorian homes. Two young professionals recently from Washington D.C. admitted that their dog Evan sealed the deal for their securing a unique garden apartment. When their future landlord saw images of him via email the apartment was soon theirs. A small private garden […]


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 […]