Posts Tagged ‘Personal Style’

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 […]


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. […]


The Future of Furniture is shaped by William Earle

The Future of Furniture is shaped by William Earle

INSTUDIO Design Directors asked a lot of the future piece of furniture that would complete a contemporary living room.  The fireside seating area was a focal point of the room that needed something between a table, an ottoman, and a work of art. The art collecting clients didn’t want the expected. The work of William Earle was […]


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 […]


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 […]


Karim Rashid Makes a Sofa FLOAT

Karim Rashid Makes a Sofa FLOAT

Throughout history industrial designers have influenced the combined shape, color and function of everything we use. These forward thinking individuals have actually sculpted the future. Karim Rashid is a master at manipulating form. He has applied his visual genius to over three thousand products ranging from furniture, small appliances, kitchen design, fashion design, lighting, home […]


Furnishing a New Garden in Red

Furnishing a New Garden in Red

Fashion icon Diana Vreeland said “Red is the great clarifier — bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red — it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.” As fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar and Editor in Chief at Vogue Magazine, Vreeland was known for her sense of style, cutting […]


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 […]


Contemporary Art Enlivens a Dining Room

Contemporary Art Enlivens a Dining Room

A weekend visit during the Fall season open artist studios at Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco became the first meeting after INSTUDIO began work with its new art loving clients. The couple viewed art by touring at their own pace stepping into studios that exhibited art that resonated with them while meeting the artists. […]


A Contemporary & Traditional Master Bedroom

A Contemporary & Traditional Master Bedroom

Sometimes those who love contemporary design actually live in traditional spaces. There is no reason not to have a room that matches your personal style when a balanced interior design is developed. New homeowners who find modernist designs appealing had a master bedroom with architectural features that included traditional moldings, oak hardwood floors, paneled doors, […]


A Fun Foyer Features Fantastic Art

A Fun Foyer Features Fantastic Art

A foyer gives visiting guests a first impression of both the homeowners and the home’s interior design.  A large foyer in a Burlingame, CA bungalow was painted sunny yellow with white trim that is usually associated with classic traditional rooms. A modest antique ceiling mounted light fixture, a traditional French style wood cabinet, small works […]


Mellow Yellow was released by Donovan in 1967

Mellow Yellow was released by Donovan in 1967

Mellow Yellow was reused in a Living Room designed by INSTUDIO in 2012. Former New Yorkers had traded their city sized NYC apartment for a spacious light filled bungalow in Burlingame, CA. The art loving young professionals painted the walls of their Foyer and Living Room a glowing sunny yellow with white trim that is […]


INSTUDIO Design Directors tell COLOR STORIES

INSTUDIO Design Directors tell COLOR STORIES

Benjamin Moore Paints invited INSTUDIO Design Directors to the San Francisco launch of their new full spectrum color collection, Color Stories. The new collection is inspired by how we truly experience the essence of color in our daily lives. Color speaks to us through observation, memory and perception. Presented as books the new selections are […]


INSTUDIO Returns the Bags of Rags

INSTUDIO Returns the Bags of Rags

Design centers in every major city have showrooms that are filled with textiles with an international following.  The textiles or mills are known for unique designs colors, patterns or weaves. The selection is so vast that anyone but a design professional would be overwhelmed by the possibilities. Designers source fabrics by reviewing samples and compiling […]


Meet INSTUDIO Design Directors at the Discarded to Divine Gala, Cocktail Reception+ Silent Auction

Meet INSTUDIO Design Directors at the Discarded to  Divine Gala, Cocktail Reception+ Silent Auction

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Lynne Gillan, Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder each bring their creativity to the table when they collaborate on design projects for INSTUDIO clients. As artists their individuality is apparent. You will see how each artist/designer transformed an identical table as unique works of Art Furniture when they greet you at […]


The Bones of Interior Design Accessories

The Bones of Interior Design Accessories

When interior design is completed accessories add life and individual personality to rooms. Accessories make statements throughout the room with color, texture, sparkle and shape. Accessories are as individual as you are and should complement your décor. We think of natural accessories as flowers, shells, fruits, dried leaves, branches or stones and forget about bones. […]


Evolution of the Tolomeo Lamp

 Evolution of the Tolomeo Lamp

In 1987 Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide introduced the contemporary classic Tolomeo table lamp designed by architects Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina. In 1989 the Tolomeo table/task was given the Italian industrial design award “Compasso d’Oro” for achieving the perfect marriage between design and engineering. The lamp has become a global icon. Over decades a […]


Bored at Home? Try an INSTUDIO Restyle!

Bored at Home? Try an INSTUDIO Restyle!

Having nice things is sometimes not enough when you’ve had the same furniture, art and accessories for so long that you don’t see them anymore. It’s easy to become bored with your rooms simply using them every day and not seeing your home with fresh eyes or ideas for new possibilities. Everything old can become […]


A&G Merch of Brooklyn NY now in SF

A&G Merch of Brooklyn NY now in SF

No need for San Franciscans to fly to NYC and take the subway to Brooklyn, A&G MERCH is now in the Castro! While searching for accent tables and accessories to complete a design project INSTUDIO Design Directors happened into A&G MERCH.  There they found cool retro style sofas and chairs accented with the latest in […]


INSTUDIO gets INSIDE THE DESIGN

INSTUDIO gets INSIDE THE DESIGN

Everyday products that we recognize as global icons for their beauty, efficiency, reliability, innovative qualities or stunning design are featured on the Science Channel program INSIDE THE DESIGN. Within a 30 minute program three classic designs are explored. Viewers are given a glimpse of the production of enduring products, their history and design development. Manufacturing […]


INSTUDIO is on to Discarded to Divine

INSTUDIO is on to Discarded to Divine

Bring home one of a kind fashion and home furnishings that were transformed from Discarded to Divine while supporting the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. Discarded to Divine is a charitable event that features the visionary talents of aspiring and professional designers who use their skills to create a metamorphosis on donated […]