Posts Tagged ‘Space Plan’

The Fundamental Furniture Plan

The Fundamental Furniture Plan

First only seen in design or decoration magazines and books, interior design has become a celebrity in itself. Interior design is now featured on television as “do it yourself” programs, reality shows and competitions. Global interior design is accessible at our fingertips whenever we want to see it through mobile devices or computers. On websites […]


INSTUDIO for CHAIRISH

INSTUDIO for CHAIRISH

INSTUDIO creates artistic personalized high style small business design. The interior Design Directors have spent years planning and designing business spaces for large corporations. In business design creativity is always balanced with common sense programming. The Design Directors like to design small business spaces because the business owner’s vision can be captured as part of […]


Contemplating Contemporary

Contemplating Contemporary

Contemporary furniture and interior design aligns forms, trends, color palettes and technologies which are created in our time. Almost everyone equates contemporary furniture with clean lined simplicity. Often contemporary furniture designs are so artistic and of the moment that they almost seem out of place in today’s home because of their futuristic look. INSTUDIO interior […]


Modern Furniture for the Next Generation

Modern Furniture for the Next Generation

Argington integrates art and architecture as the design foundation of contemporary baby and children’s furniture. Inspired by the birth of their first child fine artist Jenny Argie and her husband architect and mathematician Andrew Thornton developed sophisticated lines of furniture for a new generation. Modern in every way the affordable, sculptural, mobile, convertible furniture is, […]


Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

San Francisco is well known for quirky apartments carved out of grand Victorian homes. Two young professionals recently from Washington D.C. admitted that their dog Evan sealed the deal for their securing a unique garden apartment. When their future landlord saw images of him via email the apartment was soon theirs. A small private garden […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


Clearly Captivating Design & Décor

Clearly Captivating Design & Décor

Developed in the 1930’s transparent thermoplastic was used as a lightweight shatterproof alternate to glass. Lucite, Acrylic, Plexiglas, Perspex were the early names given to the then new clear material now commonly referred to as polycarbonate by manufacturers. Industrial, furniture and interior designers continue to explore the use of plastic products for their unique ability […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


What are Elevations? Take a look at the walls that surround you!

What are Elevations?  Take a look at the walls that surround you!

The Design Directors of INSTUDIO say interior design starts with a plan. The Floor plan tells you how your furniture will fit within a room and how you will move through your living space. Elevations are the walls in a room or space. Architecturally speaking basic elevations include each wall in a room as you […]


Getting the Most out of Your Space

Getting the Most out of Your Space

When space is at a premium in your home, true for many big city dwellers, getting the most out of your space is crucial.  Creating multi-functional spaces helps, i.e. a dining room with a wall of bookcases that can also function as a library.  Another way to maximize your space use is look again at […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]