Posts Tagged ‘Design Direction’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Unofficial Open Studios at INSTUDIO

Unofficial Open Studios at INSTUDIO

INSTUDIO invites art & interior design enthusiast to visit their new studio at “Unofficial Open Studios”, Saturday & Sunday, November 3 – 4, 2012 from 11am to 6pm. The Design Directors of INSTUDIO are equally fine artists and interior designers.  INSTUDIO interior design clients often select works that were created by the Design Directors to […]


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. […]


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, […]


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 […]


Time to Refresh My Daughter’s Bedroom

Time to Refresh My Daughter's Bedroom

INSTUDIO Interior Design Direction is available online.  Wherever you live you can have access to a designer with a flat fee subscription. The online consultation below solved a design problem when a dad needed to redecorate his teen daughter’s room. DAD:             The two of us would like to re-paint her bedroom and we’re looking for […]


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 […]


INSTUDIO on Tony Wilkins Small Business Forum

INSTUDIO on Tony Wilkins Small Business Forum

Tony Wilkins producer and host of the blog talk radio program Small Business Forum interviewed INSTUDIO Design Director Stephen Kladder. INSTUDIO is a small business that designs for both residential and business clients. Small business design is a focus of his practice so Stephen was happy to share his thoughts on the subject. INSTUDIO uses […]


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 […]


Clearly Captivating Design & Décor

Clearly Captivating Design & Décor

Developed in the 1930’s transparent thermoplastic was used as a lightweight shatterproof alternate to glass. Lucite, Acrylic, Plexiglas, Perspex were the early names given to the then new clear material now commonly referred to as polycarbonate by manufacturers. Industrial, furniture and interior designers continue to explore the use of plastic products for their unique ability […]


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 […]


Art from an iPhone Enhances Your Home

Art from an iPhone Enhances Your Home

INSTUDIO encourages clients to use art as an inspiration to develop interior design at the beginning of a project or add art as personal statement to complement the design of a completed room. Original art brings individuality to a home or workplace. The convenience of cameras on iPhones and the use of small digital cameras […]