Posts Tagged ‘Reuse’

Streetwise Furniture Finds

Streetwise Furniture Finds

In any urban city interesting unwanted furniture can be found on the street waiting for a new place to live. The conditions of the furniture can vary; some pieces are ready to use after a good cleaning and an application of furniture polish, oil or wax.  High quality furniture that was abused, broken or scratched […]


The Green, Green Glass of Home

The Green, Green Glass of Home

Modern, contemporary or retro style rooms are enhanced by the use of vintage green glass vases, vessels or objects. Vintage green glass is green twice; first because of the color; second by the fact that it is given a new life by being used in fresh new design and décor. Green glass is affordable.  Look […]


Seeing Vintage Desk Lamps in a New Light

Seeing Vintage Desk Lamps in a New Light

Big desks & the lamps used to illuminate large work surfaces are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Small computers or laptops allow for smaller work surfaces both at home & the office. As work spaces have become less defined, old fashioned desk lamps from the 1940’s to the 1960’s begin to look like […]


Furnishings Follow Fashion in 60’s & 70’s Interiors

Furnishings Follow Fashion in 60's & 70's Interiors

The 1960’s & 1970’s brought a revolution in fashion that inspired the young generation of the day to “Do their thing”. The buttoned down look of the 1950’s was replaced by a sense of self expression with Jumpsuits, Edwardian Collars, Medallions, Midi & Maxi Skirt Lengths, Tie Dye T-Shirts, Safari Jackets, Bell Bottom Pants, Turtleneck […]


A Recycled Paper Lantern

A Recycled Paper Lantern

When INSTUDIO design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder moved into their 1500 17th Street design studio in San Francisco about a year and a half ago, the designers were hands on in every do-it-yourself design process.  They painted the walls with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, installed Tandus modular carpet and outfitted the walls […]


INSTUDIO introduces FOUNT

INSTUDIO introduces FOUNT

Found Objects Used & Needing Transformation The Design Directors of INSTUDIO consider art, craft & design as an essential to daily living. Wherever you are in the world you are in some way touched by design. From an object as simple as a drinking vessel to capture water from a spring to a grand fountain […]


Transformation by Design

Transformation by Design

INSTUDIO has the vision and creativity to change lives through planning & interior design.  Several weeks ago, upon finding a pair of chairs on the street, the Design Directors began to develop a plan for re-purposing old furniture; one that would combine their love of design while helping those in need. Being both artists and […]


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who Recycles Best of All?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who Recycles Best of All?

Recycling centers across the country offer low cost materials to artists, crafters, and creative decorators. All of the interior Design Directors of INSTUDIO not only offer design services but produce art & craft projects when not developing design for clients at the office/studio. While visiting the architectural material recycling center Building Resources in San Francisco, […]


Dramatic Wood Grain on Oak Furniture

Dramatic Wood Grain on Oak Furniture

Dramatic light colored wood grain contrasted by a dark stain is known as a “Ceruse” finish. The finish was developed by French cabinetmakers when clean lined modernist furniture came into vogue during the 1940’s. The contrast of light and dark enhances oak to a striking effect because of its strong wood grain. The finish can […]


Make Room for Homeless Furniture

Make Room for Homeless Furniture

Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis was taking a shortcut to INSTUDIO in his pick-up truck through an industrial section of San Francisco.  At stop sign Samuel spotted a graceful pair of chairs on a street corner gathering rain. In big cities it’s not unusual to find perfectly good furniture abandoned. After driving four blocks […]


INSTUDIO Restyled

INSTUDIO Restyled

Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder of INSTUDIO advise their clients on how to restyle their home or business spaces to make them stylish and relevant to their daily lives. People are spending less on furnishings or design. Restyling makes sense to those who like what they own but want to update […]


VIRACOCHA antiques, assorted rarities & art

VIRACOCHA antiques, assorted rarities & art

Individual shops in any city’s neighborhoods offer uncommon goods that are usually personally selected by the shopkeeper and reflect their personal style and taste. A mixture of items that are locally made, crafted or hard to find, are displayed in shops that are as unique as their owners. This makes the joy of finding interesting […]


Wonderful Rooms of White

Wonderful Rooms of White

In the early1920’s legendary British interior designer Syrie Maugham rejected the small dark Victorian style rooms of her day.  She is credited for designing the first all-white room.  Although she developed other signature styles Maugham established her interior decorating business with all white rooms. For her 1930’s Burlingame, CA apartment June Mejias decorated with white […]


Big Daddy’s Antiques

Big Daddy's Antiques

Big Daddy’s Antiques recently opened an expansive warehouse space that has the feeling of an eclectic artist studio. Owner Shane Brown travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia sourcing the unique and one of kind items that he is known for. An international collection of antique furniture, paintings, mirrors, birdcages, lighting, and exceptional objects […]


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 […]


Country Refreshed

Country Refreshed

The artists and interior design team at INSTUDIO like to “Restyle” spaces as they blend their artistic and design talents to breathe new life into rooms.  Creative reuse is the key to restyle. Rooms can be revised, refreshed and reinvigorated with the things that you know and love. Restyle is good for the environment because […]


Residential Restyle Design Services

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Lewis and Stephen Kladder offer affordable interior design direction to clients who want to re-use their furniture, art and accessories in a fresh new way. Restyled with a new furniture plan, better utilization of space, freshened colors, along with a new design direction; your interiors are redefined with a look […]


African Nail Fetish

African Nail Fetish

An African nail fetish sculpture illustrates how to use an unexpected element of bold texture in a room. A well designed space includes a mixture of color, texture, pattern and finish. Create artistic compositions with different finishes and proportions. Use finishes that are, shiny, matte, highly textured, polished, rough, smooth, aged and detailed. Use objects […]