Posts Tagged ‘Restyle’

A Majalis for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

A Majalis for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

An interior designer’s creative talents are seldom limited to just interior design. Like an artist of any medium designers bring their life experience combined with their design education to the table to develop a design project. Joey Sequeira (a longtime friend of INSTUDIO interior design director Samuel Fleming Lewis) was in the process of re-designing […]


5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

5 Years of INSTUDIO Creativity

Five years ago after talking to like-minded interior designers who are equally fine artist Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were inspired to create a new concept for interior design. The two designers’ have decades of experience in high-end residential design yet they know as artists that any room can be composed visually like a […]


A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

Never missing an opportunity to find unique home furnishings INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is constantly searching for overlooked gems. He goes wherever there may be unique home furnishings for clients, INSTUDIO inventory or his own decor. All sources offer an equal opportunity to find a special treasure for interior design and decoration […]


SHO-CON

SHO-CON

Creative people with truly contemporary ideas often face an uphill battle while the rest of us catch up to their innovations. By the time their ideas become integrated as the new normal the creative person is developing fresh ideas that challenge the norm. This describes the thoughts behind Karen McMullen’s new furniture showroom SHO-CON. The […]


Welcoming the Next Chapter

Welcoming the Next Chapter

Sixty is the new forty. Stylish youthful active seniors are celebrating their freedom from raising families by trying new things. Seniors are changing their personal style while developing renewed interests in continuing education, sports, food, travel, fashion, the arts and volunteer work. Some seniors start pre- retirement planning for the sale of their too large […]


“The Old Lady” Gets Style by INSTUDIO

“The Old Lady” Gets Style by INSTUDIO

INSTUDIO design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were invited to view the exterior and garden surrounding a beautiful Heritage Hill neighborhood home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their visit was to suggest new exterior paint colors for homeowners who refer to their house as “The Old Lady”. The designers were so taken with the […]


Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

INSTUDIO Design Directors have an annual design direction meeting in Palm Springs, California with clients who purchased a furnished vacation condominium. Each year the clients replaced existing furnishings with a combination of mid century, contemporary, vintage, local and used furniture, art and accessories to match their personal style. The clients developed a palette of sandy […]


Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Lynne Gillan was the first of the INSTUDIO Design Directors to discover “Chairish” the online consignment marketplace for design obsessed people to buy and sell exceptional pre-owned home furnishings. The three Design Directors work in the studio as a team to conceptualize and review each interior design project on a regular basis. Over time each […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


An Odd Pair of Chairs Add Life to a Room

An Odd Pair of Chairs Add Life to a Room

INSTUDIO interior Design Directors like to add an odd or interesting pair of dining chairs to a dining room set. The chairs can also provide extra seating in a living room.  An unexpected pair of chairs can add life to a room by being a counterpoint to the other furnishings in the room. When selecting […]


Ask INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors

Ask INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors

With the changing light and climate we plan to spend more time at home during the fall season.  The winter holidays are rapidly approaching and often thoughts are geared towards entertaining family and friends. This brings to mind starting a few decorating and design projects to make ourselves and our homes a bit more inviting, […]


I Saw it in the Window and Just Had to Have It!

I Saw it in the Window and Just Had to Have It!

Remember the iconic Carol Burnett episode with Carol as Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind turning the window drapery into a formal gown?  We can take our cue from Carol:  reuse and re-purpose when designing your interiors. Like Carol, think outside the box.  You may have a piece of furniture, for instance, a bureau […]


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 […]


Get off the Chair & Design your Room

Get off the Chair & Design your Room

October already and before you know it the holidays will be here. Family and friends will soon be knocking at your door. Now is the time to spiff up your interiors with a little paint, some wallpaper, a new rug, hardwood floors, tile, crown molding, a new furniture arrangement, new window treatments, and maybe some […]


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 […]


CULTURE, COMPOSITION, COLOR & COMFORT

CULTURE, COMPOSITION, COLOR & COMFORT

Why does Buddha seem so serene? Is it secrets of relaxation and meditation? Is it the placement on a dark polished wood chest? Is it the warm glow of the lighting? Or does the juxtaposition of the abstract art beyond Buddha create a calming vignette that pleases the eye? These questions and many more will […]


Contemplating New Interior Design?

Contemplating New Interior Design?

Interior Design is more than just moving your furniture into a room and expecting it to reflect how you live and your personal style. How the furniture is arranged determines not only how the room is used but how we interact with family friends and pets. This is where a good furniture plan overrides design […]


Revive & Keep Your Furniture

Revive & Keep Your Furniture

The times are right hold on to older pieces of furniture, especially those that have been in the family for some time.  Just revive it.  It can be done beautifully and cost effectively.  Older pieces of furniture tend to be much better constructed than new pieces of furniture.  They were made to last.  You may […]