Posts Tagged ‘Reuse’

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 […]


Samuel Fleming Lewis featured at The Reclaimed Room at Building REsources

Samuel Fleming Lewis featured at The Reclaimed Room at Building REsources

Samuel Fleming Lewis is no stranger to discovering unique architectural salvage, furniture, hardware and lighting at Building REsources. The INSTUDIO Design Director and exhibiting artist regularly reuses items otherwise destined for landfills when developing interior design for clients. His creative reuse of recycled goods extends to his art, craft, lighting and furniture. Months ago Lewis […]


Jungle Elegance at DINING BY DESIGN 2013

Jungle Elegance at DINING BY DESIGN 2013

INSTUDIO design director Samuel Fleming Lewis visits Design Plus Consignment Gallery while sourcing high quality furnishings and art for clients whenever he is near the San Francisco location. When congratulating gallery manager Raul Cabrera III on his participation in the DIFFASF Dining by Design event Lewis asked Raul about the theme and design of his […]


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 […]


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 Little Table with Photographic Memory

A Little Table with Photographic Memory

The current term used for creative reuse of home furnishings, “Upcycle” can be applied to this small thrift store Parsons Style table. INSTUDIO Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has been using his creativity to re-imagine used or dated home furnishings decades before upcycling got a name. His current project is a chic study in black […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Art of Caryne Havican-Mender

The Art of Caryne Havican-Mender

Miami artist Caryne Havican-Mender creates artifacts pulled from the urban landscape.  She finds discarded man-made objects in abandoned houses, junkyards, and flea markets and allows the viewer to re-discover the discarded in her works of art providing hints of traditional art subject matter such as landscapes, as well as contemporary abstract works. The art is […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Be a Design Rebel with a Cause

Be a Design Rebel with a Cause

Developing personal interior design style can be a rebellious act in that it takes strength of character to ignore design trends to create rooms that reflect who you are. Finding your style requires looking at furniture, art, lighting & accessories from various sources. While the internet and established furniture stores can provide foundation furnishings what […]


DESIGN PLUS CONSIGNMENT GALLERY

DESIGN PLUS CONSIGNMENT GALLERY

What happens to beautiful stylish well cared for furniture, accessories and lighting when a change in design style demands new furnishings or perhaps your existing pieces won’t blend within the new décor of a room? They go to a home furnishings consignment store like Design Plus that offers a responsible option for someone else to […]


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 […]


Wood you Recycle Floors?

Wood you Recycle Floors?

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors have developed a design library of interior finish materials that is always in a state of evolution. When researching recycled flooring materials INSTUDIO requested information from Pioneer Millworks a company that has a specialty in reclaimed & sustainable wood flooring. When Portland, Oregon based sales representative Ross Burtness was in San […]


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 […]