Posts Tagged ‘Textiles’

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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Sustainable Furniture from Cisco Home

Sustainable Furniture from Cisco Home

Sustainable furniture conjures images in one’s mind of artless boring utilitarian pieces developed by tie dye wearing tree huggers intent on saving the planet. You can erase that image when you visit San Francisco’s Cisco Home Hayes Valley location. The stylish furniture store draws you in with visually pleasing arrangements of art, unique case goods, […]


INSTUDIO Returns the Bags of Rags

INSTUDIO Returns the Bags of Rags

Design centers in every major city have showrooms that are filled with textiles with an international following.  The textiles or mills are known for unique designs colors, patterns or weaves. The selection is so vast that anyone but a design professional would be overwhelmed by the possibilities. Designers source fabrics by reviewing samples and compiling […]


Africa inspires Samuel Fleming Lewis

Africa inspires Samuel Fleming Lewis

INSTUDIO interior Design Directors are both artists and interior designers. Recently Samuel Fleming Lewis created twelve new linoleum block prints. Graphic patterns from African tribal textiles and wood carvings have long been an influence in his art. Samuel was first introduced to carving linoleum for prints in a high school art class. He often returns […]


The Monochromatic Room

The Monochromatic Room

A monochromatic color scheme uses a single color throughout to develop a room design. Paint or wall finishes, floor finish, rugs or carpet, window treatments furniture and upholstery fabrics are all slight variations of the same color.  The overall effect is expansive; monochromatic color schemes make small rooms seem larger. Large rooms gain a luxurious […]


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 […]


COLOR! COLOR! COLOR!

COLOR! COLOR! COLOR!

Color is all around us.  Nature provides an envelope of color when we are outside.  All colors are found in nature.  Color is also the envelope of our interior spaces where we live and work.  The Design Directors of INSTUDIO are constantly aware of the envelope of color in the development of an interior design […]


Graphic Style & Color = Textiles by David Hicks

Graphic Style & Color = Textiles by David Hicks

After his studies in art and design British interior designer David Hicks launched his career with the decoration of his London house in 1954. His early clients included aristocracy and those in media and fashion.  Married to Lady Pamela Mountbatten in 1960 he was soon making carpets for Windsor Castle and decorated the Prince of […]


Developing Design with Timeless Textiles

Developing Design with Timeless Textiles

The artistic eye moves around a room taking in color, proportion, balance & rhythm. Large things are seen first then we notice details that enhance the overall space. When selecting a color palette develop it with nuance by using a wide variety of textiles including different patterns that are geometric, organic or historic to delight […]