Posts Tagged ‘Planning’

Is More Really More?

Is More Really More?

Deciding when enough is enough is a choice determined by personal style and taste. A room enhanced with abundant layers of interesting extraordinary furniture, art, textiles, collections and colors can be a waking dream for someone who loves every piece used to compose the room. The same room can be a daytime nightmare to someone […]


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 […]


What is a CHIFFOROBE?

What is a CHIFFOROBE?

Combine CHIFFONIER a cabinet of drawers with WARDROBE a free standing cabinet/closet for storing clothes and you have a CHIFFOROBE.  The chifforobe is an American invention that was popular beginning in the 1900’s in the Southern United States.  A 1908 Sears Roebuck Catalogue described a chifforobe as, “a modern invention, having been in use only […]


Experiencing Feng Shui

Experiencing Feng Shui

Most people have heard of Feng Shui, far fewer people understand what it is about.  Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder recently had a Feng Shui professional come to their home to conduct a limited Feng Shui analysis of their living spaces, admittedly, with some trepidation. Jaiya Alamia of Harmonious Home, Sustainable Living […]


Shelving Style

Shelving Style

Shelving; you gotta have it.  But, it doesn’t have to be mundane, it can make a statement.  The Design Directors at INSTUDIO discovered some great wall systems by Flexform.  They are distinctive, interesting, have great form, and most importantly, get the job done. Display, storage of items you need at your fingertips and a place […]


Art imitates life on Kitchen Design & Style

Art imitates life on Kitchen Design & Style

INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis loves interior design. His idea of escape from design projects or client work is watching HGTV. Cartoons fit the bill for complete escape and Lewis enjoys “American Dad”. In an episode where Francine and Stan disagree on design style for a kitchen remodel the cartoon situation mirrors reality. […]


Collaboration Makes for Better Design

Collaboration Makes for Better Design

Good design is most often the result of a collaborative effort.  The Design Directors of INSTUDIO find that their best designs emerge from the process of exchanging ideas, modifying design plans, and generally engaging in an interactive dialogue around a project.  A kinetic design process feeds the creative thought process and the result is a […]


Tactile Texture

Tactile Texture

Adding texture to your design can bring an unexpected look and feel to your design project.  There are now several tile choices that can bring beautiful texture into your rooms.  Tiles with broad strokes of concave and convex texture that can be arranged to provide pleasing patterns of texture for back splashes in kitchens and […]


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 […]


Vintage Books & Interior Design Solutions

Vintage Books & Interior Design Solutions

The Interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO enjoy finding and foraging through small vintage bookstores for books on art and design. Vintage design books like the fifth edition of the 1919 book “The Practical Book of Interior Decoration” published by J. B. Lippincott Company offers a view of the evolution of Interior Design & Décor. The […]


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 […]


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. […]


INSTUDIO Design Direction SUMMER 2011

INSTUDIO Design Direction SUMMER 2011

Summer brings to mind warm weather (unless you live in San Francisco), water, the colors of sand, blue skies, travel & outdoor living. INSTUDIO Design Directors are both artists & interior designers and for design inspiration we start our summer journey by looking through our studio window at lush green trees. Rather than relying on […]


It’s Your Design

It's Your Design

The Design Directors of INSTUDIO encourage you to remember to use your own style to develop your interior spaces and to carefully consider how you and yours want to use the space.  We all get “advice” from friends and family when engaged in a design project.  Sometimes, lots of advice that varies from person to […]


Bollywood, Hollywood or Home Theater

Bollywood, Hollywood or Home Theater

Motion picture theaters of the past allowed viewers to be taken to another world not only on screen, a journey to another place began from the moment you walked through the doors of themed movie palaces. Throughout the United States theaters with names such as the Chinese, Alhambra, Egyptian, Rialto, Bombay or Palace transported you […]


Only the Shadow Knows

Only the Shadow Knows

The first thing we perceive about a room is usually its size.  Architecture speaks the language of volume, form and line. The eye sees definition and boundary, but the mind senses space. One way to embellish a space is through color.  When choosing a paint color, the direction of the sun can play a significant […]


Go Big or Go Home! Or…Go Big at Home!

Go Big or Go Home!  Or…Go Big at Home!

People with larger than life personalities often have larger than life personal style. Beige clothes, beige rooms, beige cars & quiet statements just don’t suit them at all.  These people are usually in the know about style, art, design & international culture because their interest is piqued by a wide range of subjects. We often […]


Being at Home with Planning your Kitchen

Being at Home with Planning your Kitchen

Kitchens have come full circle from being the center & hearth of the home for cooking, eating & gathering, to clean efficient hidden away spaces used only for cooking, to again being the center of gatherings in open plan kitchens. What makes a good kitchen? The obvious answer based on today’s trends would be stainless […]


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 […]


Do stylish people naturally know interior design?

Do stylish people naturally know interior design?

Some people seem to have a charmed life because they have a great sense of personal style. Their fashion sense is individual and what they select for their home seems to come together effortlessly. They are not slaves to trends and will only buy old or new things that suit their personal style. The price […]


Custom Framing Personalizes Your Art

Custom Framing Personalizes Your Art

BACK to the PICTURE is the perfect name for the frame shop and gallery space that has been at its Valencia Street location for over a quarter of a century. Shopkeeper and owner Servio Gomez is a photographer who supports the arts. Manager and framing designer Randy Figures is a visual artist who curates and […]


Interior Designers Listen for a Living

Interior Designers Listen for a Living

Miscommunication about interior design projects can cause rifts in the relationship between interior design clients and interior designers.  Designers have the obligation to listen to their clients’ needs and thoroughly understand them before planning and designing rooms or homes. Listening is a two way street.  It’s important that communication on budget and style likes and […]


Imagine Exotic Zebra Stripes in Stone

Imagine Exotic Zebra Stripes in Stone

Today technology offers the production of almost anything that you can imagine. While sourcing stone tile for a client’s bathroom remodel INSTUDIO interior design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder visited the Waterworks showroom at the San Francisco Design Center. Although the designers were looking for traditional patterns in they were intrigued by the […]