Posts Tagged ‘Finishes’

Making Modern Golden Moments

Making Modern Golden Moments

Early in 2014 when Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO suggested the use of a simple large golden colored polished brass hoop as a piece of sculpture on a fireplace mantle in a contemporary living room their client questioned the choice. Her first comment was she thought she shouldn’t use gold with the […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Art of a Spiritual Evolution

The Art of a Spiritual Evolution

San Francisco Artist William Rhodes expresses his spiritual evolution through his works of art. His solo exhibit, “What is Your Spiritual Evolution?”, at the Sargent Johnson Gallery of the African American Art & Culture Complex asks about yours. Rhodes is an Artist, Wood Carver, Craftsman and Furniture Maker who combines his talents with his interest […]


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 […]


The Award Winning Octagon Table Realized

The Award Winning Octagon Table Realized

As a celebration of its one hundredth year of creating fine hand-made furniture in North Carolina; Hickory Chair Furniture Company launched a Centennial Design Challenge.  San Francisco furniture and interior designer Samuel Fleming Lewis of INSTUDIO submitted a table design inspired by an Asian influenced Frank Lloyd Wright designed candlestick. Lewis’s Octagon Table won the […]


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 […]


The Fine Art of Painted Furniture Details

The Fine Art of Painted Furniture Details

For centuries artists have added exquisite paintings and details to customize fine furniture. Striping, floral motifs, gilt details, silver or gold leaf, chinoisserie, trompe l’oeil and geometric patterns can be found on fine furniture throughout history. Art as a finishing touch adds distinction and individual personality to hand crafted furniture. At Hickory Chair Furniture Company […]


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 […]


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 […]


Artistry in wood, a tour of Berkeley Mills

Artistry in wood, a tour of Berkeley Mills

Recently INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors were given a tour of Berkeley Mills. Since1988, Berkeley Mills has produced handcrafted, custom built cabinetry and furniture along with unique projects tailored to fit the individual needs of their loyal clients. They welcome visitors to their spacious showroom and workshop seven days a week. The loft like showroom features […]


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. […]


Like Leather? Lay It on the Floor!

Like Leather?  Lay It on the Floor!

Leather floors were once only used in the rooms of grand homes. Thick custom leather tiles required skilled professional installers. Leather for your floors is now as easy, practical and good looking as wood.  It’s not as expensive as it used to be either with a thinner product and easy installation that can give you […]


LOOK!

LOOK!

If you are ready to start your interior design project, it is also the time to open your eyes and starting looking at everything around you.  You never know what might be a cue for your inspiration, but if you are not observing you might just miss it. A common characteristic of artists is that […]


How to get Shagged Today

How to get Shagged Today

Shag carpet was “in” during the mid1960’s and throughout the1970’s. Most people think of shag pile as the perfect complement to vintage style interiors. The Design Directors of INSTUDIO think of groovy “long haired” shag as a plush luxurious carpet or rug that can add depth and texture to most design styles. In neutral or […]


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 […]


So You Like Yellow!

So You Like Yellow!

The color yellow is usually associated with bright and cheerful, sunny and light.  In some cultural traditions, for instance in many Native American cultures, it is the color that represents our spiritual nature.  Its complimentary color is purple which is generally viewed as an intense color.  Surprisingly, many people do not think of yellow as […]


Online Design Direction, Updating a Kitchen with Paint

Online Design Direction, Updating a Kitchen with Paint

Do-it-Yourself design clients can purchase online interior Design Direction through instudio-sf.com.  The following dialogue is between Design Director: Samuel Fleming Lewis and Client:  Maureen who was looking for that perfect gray for her kitchen walls. Maureen: I need help finding the correct grey wall color for my kitchen. I have cherry wood cabinets, small stone tile […]


The Subtlety of Color

The Subtlety of Color

Hesitant to use paint colors you love because you believe they are too strong?  This can be true depending upon what you want to achieve for your interior design.  Many people tend to shy away from purple, yellow or green.  However, if we look to nature we have a beautiful canvas of how these colors […]


The Monochromatic Room

The Monochromatic Room

A monochromatic color scheme uses a single color throughout to develop a room design. Paint or wall finishes, floor finish, rugs or carpet, window treatments furniture and upholstery fabrics are all slight variations of the same color.  The overall effect is expansive; monochromatic color schemes make small rooms seem larger. Large rooms gain a luxurious […]