Posts Tagged ‘Furniture Plan’

What are Elevations? Take a look at the walls that surround you!

What are Elevations?  Take a look at the walls that surround you!

The Design Directors of INSTUDIO say interior design starts with a plan. The Floor plan tells you how your furniture will fit within a room and how you will move through your living space. Elevations are the walls in a room or space. Architecturally speaking basic elevations include each wall in a room as you […]


The Continuing Legacy of Italian Design

The Continuing Legacy of Italian Design

Everyone knows the Renaissance began in Florence, Italy.  Europe emerged from the Dark Ages on the impetus of Italian innovation in the arts, architecture and design.  The Italian legacy in design still continues and one of the leaders much liked by the Design Directors of INSTUDIO is Flexform. Establishing itself during the innovative era of […]


Getting the Most out of Your Space

Getting the Most out of Your Space

When space is at a premium in your home, true for many big city dwellers, getting the most out of your space is crucial.  Creating multi-functional spaces helps, i.e. a dining room with a wall of bookcases that can also function as a library.  Another way to maximize your space use is look again at […]


Using store bought furniture? Always mix, never worry

Using store bought furniture? Always mix, never worry

We all have our favorite retail furniture stores and websites. It’s easy to shop for furniture, lighting and accessories at places that are familiar because we consistently like their new offerings. It’s best to mix it up a bit to avoid interior design that looks more like a particular store or website and less like […]


Compositions in a Room

Compositions in a Room

Residential interior design and decoration is built upon four basic layers of elements within an overall composition that personalizes living space. The first layer is the Interior architectural space or room. The second is the defining details of the architectural space. The third includes floors walls and ceiling or the “shell”. The furniture plan and […]


Can your picture capture your Design Direction?

Can your picture capture your Design Direction?

The gentleman’s suit is a well tailored classic glen plaid, his hair is neatly groomed.  A trim mustache says that he may think a little out of the box. A pocket square tells us that he may like a few extra details to enhance his overall presentation. Posing in front of the trophy taxidermy says […]


A Contemporary CHAIR and a HALF

A Contemporary CHAIR and a HALF

Larger than a lounge chair and smaller than a love seat the size of a Chair and a Half is the perfect size for sharing… or not. Usually about 48” wide a Chair and a Half is big enough for reading with a small child, sharing comfortably with a medium sized pet or spreading out […]


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 […]


You have the life, INSTUDIO develops the style

You have the life, INSTUDIO develops the style

Wherever you live your space is used for the way you live.  INSTUDIO starts design projects with a furniture/space plan that is directly related to how you live and what you do. The interior Design Directors are visual artists. Artists use whatever materials that are necessary to communicate a visual message. When it comes to […]


Comfortable living is no accident, it starts with a Plan

Comfortable living is no accident, it starts with a Plan

To get the best use of space from your home the INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors practice their mantra “It starts with a Plan”.  A good furniture/space plan allows you to get the most from where you live. The experts of space utilization use creative solutions to solve the problem of what makes home your home […]


Seriously into Leather?

Seriously into Leather?

A leather sofa is a leather sofa unless you intend to purchase a leather sofa that will last for generations. The crafting of Hancock & Moore leather seating begins with double doweled hand built hard wood frames.  The North Carolina company is one of the few furniture manufacturers who still to construct sofas & chairs […]


When is it time for design?

When is it time for design?

Does your living/working space flow? How long do you plan to live/work at this space? Do you know or want to develop your personal style? Any interior benefits from a good furniture/space plan. Plans allow you to make the most of available space.  A good plan is more important than good furniture because the plan […]


Furniture by Architect Norman Cherner

Furniture by Architect Norman Cherner

Mid-Century Modernist architect Norman Cherner was a pioneer in the development of prefabricated low-cost modular dwellings.  Cherner was educated in the Bauhaus tradition of interdisciplinary design. Although best known for his furniture, his designs include graphics, glassware & lighting. Found in furniture collections worldwide the 1958 molded plywood ‘Cherner Chair’ for Plycraft has became his […]


STOP by INSTUDIO, the art of design the business of living

STOP by INSTUDIO, the art of design the business of living

The Design Directors of INSTUDIO hope that the new STOP sign at the intersection of 17th & Arkansas will encourage those in need of Interior Design Direction to stop by INSTUDIO to talk about Design. We like visitors & are always in the creative mode. As artists & designers we never stop talking about design. […]


Are You Finnish Yet?

Are You Finnish Yet?

The architects of the modernist movement designed and produced simple classic furniture to complement the interiors of their sleek innovative buildings. Most of the furniture designers of the modernist movement cultivated classic designs utilizing steel & glass. Environment, materials & production methods influence the design development of architectural & furniture design. Finnish architect Alvar Aalto […]


Plan with Design & Decoration in Mind

Plan with Design & Decoration in Mind

“It starts with a plan” is the mantra of the Design Directors of INSTUDIO. The plan is the road map for overall interior design direction. If you don’t know where you are going how will you ever get there? Start with a furniture plan. Even people who don’t intend to design a room create a […]


Interior Decorating & Design Starts With a Plan

Interior Decorating & Design Starts With a Plan

The interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO use the phrase “It starts with a plan” as an all inclusive directive for design services that change lives through design. An overall plan comes into play for any budget or design direction from restyling a room, redecorating, remodeling one room or designing completely custom home interiors. Restyle of […]


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. […]


A Television Room Gets Comfortable Family Style

A Television Room Gets Comfortable Family Style

New flats in San Francisco maintain their Victorian roots of being on long thin lots. The interiors traditionally have a very long hallway that connects the rooms and there is always a dark room or two on a light well. These make great bedrooms or television rooms because of the lack of light. Samuel F. […]


A Family Room for All

A Family Room for All

A large family room often has to serve more than one purpose. If the family room is a large sunny loft like space with views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge what family member wouldn’t want to use it?  This family room was used as a part time home office, a music room and alternate […]


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 […]


International Chic Restyle

International Chic Restyle

A collection with international chic was brought together for the restyle of this elegant San Francisco living room. Using only what was found in other areas of the home designers Samuel F. Lewis and Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO helped the homeowner see her furniture and art in a new way. She had collected a wonderful […]


How to Measure Your Furniture

How to Measure Your Furniture

Here is your INSTUDIO design tool that shows you how to measure your furniture in your rooms.  It also shows you how to measure rugs and floor lamps and record the information you need for your design project.


How to Measure Your Rooms

How to Measure Your Rooms

Here is your INSTUDIO design tool that shows you how to measure your room and record the information you will need for your design project.