Posts Tagged ‘Rooms’

The Award Winning Octagon Table Realized

The Award Winning Octagon Table Realized

As a celebration of its one hundredth year of creating fine hand-made furniture in North Carolina; Hickory Chair Furniture Company launched a Centennial Design Challenge.  San Francisco furniture and interior designer Samuel Fleming Lewis of INSTUDIO submitted a table design inspired by an Asian influenced Frank Lloyd Wright designed candlestick. Lewis’s Octagon Table won the […]


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 […]


Food for Thought: Dining and Design

Food for Thought: Dining and Design

Eating in a formal dining room may only occur during special occasions, holidays or because of dinner invitations. INSTUDIO Design Directors recently began looking for a special dining room table/suite for a family who considers it mandatory for their young children to be seated at the table for daily meals as well as for family […]


Design Direction for a San Francisco Remodel

Design Direction for a San Francisco Remodel

Living in a recently purchased house for six months to a year can often be the best way for homeowners to figure out what is needed to mold their house into a home. A San Francisco family of four found a house that suited them but did very little to it except for a change […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Suite Weekend in San Francisco

A Suite Weekend in San Francisco

INSTUDIO provided design direction for a “Weekend Suite” in a second generation family owned building steps away from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Two brothers and their wives who have homes elsewhere in the Bay Area use the apartment for getaways in the city.  Basic utilitarian needs were met with old furnishings and bland […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


San Francisco Loft Living

San Francisco Loft Living

Decades ago New York City artists, actors and the avant-garde pioneered loft living.  Creating a new way to live these people made their own rules by converting warehouses, manufacturing spaces and industrial buildings to spacious light filled dwellings and work spaces. The first lofts had the challenges of developing kitchens, bath rooms and heating systems. […]


Charlie Brown Trees Get Holiday Bling

Charlie Brown Trees Get Holiday Bling

The Design Directors of INSTUDIO give a new look to holiday décor.  Relying on their artistic nature, they recycle craft and style fallen tree branches into surprising Charlie Brown style trees. Gold and silver are foundation colors that can accent the design of any room. The golden tree is a branch that is first spray […]


Like Leather? Lay It on the Floor!

Like Leather?  Lay It on the Floor!

Leather floors were once only used in the rooms of grand homes. Thick custom leather tiles required skilled professional installers. Leather for your floors is now as easy, practical and good looking as wood.  It’s not as expensive as it used to be either with a thinner product and easy installation that can give you […]


Thinking about New Interior Design?

Thinking about New Interior Design?

Design takes time.  Thoughtful planning opens the doors to great design. When contemplating a new style for your living or work space INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors suggest that you contact a designer for a consultation long before you think your project will actually begin. An interview with a design expert can help you flesh out […]