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  • (Photo: Andrew Southam, courtesy of DwellStudio)
  • (Photo: Andrew Southam, courtesy of DwellStudio)

My Style with Christiane Lemieux

Design visionary Christiane Lemieux’s game-changing approach to design and home decorating has set her up as one of the most sought-after creative minds in the business. The founder of DwellStudio and executive director of Wayfair loves to challenge tradition, taking a fresh and unconventional approach to design and decor. For Lemieux, the best design is about enhancing and embracing life rather than seeking perfection. She was named one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2012 and currently appears as a judge on the new hit HGTV series, Ellen’s Design Challenge.

How would you describe your personal style?

Minimal Modern Luxe. I like things to be simple but I worship quality and luxe materials.

Icons?

I love the French ladies and lads: Pauline De Rothschild, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt and Jean-Louis Deniot. They do chic so effortlessly in everything – food, fashion and interiors.

Has your style changed over the years?

Yes, it has refined and simplified. For me, it’s all about “less” - but beautiful and amazing “less.”

What city in the world best exemplifies you?

Paris via New York with a little of the bohemian from LA.

Favourite era, fashion and style-wise?

Mid-Century France. For me, a Serge Mouille sconce mounted in a space with heavy Parisian mouldings is heaven.

Any pretty pieces from other eras you wish would come back?

Bedspreads. I am trying! They were so minimal and chic and made the bed look like furniture, not a big puffy mess.

Worst style trend ever?

My least favourite is Memphis – but it’s making a comeback. That, and the hair scrunchie.

Fave fabrics and colours?

I love the neutrals and naturals. Natural linen, charcoal grey, icy blue. I like to create an environment that is easy on the eye.

What are your personal style essentials?

Good jeans, a crisp white shirt and killer heels.

What's on your wish list?

A Les Lalanne brass deer desk.