I am so excited to be featuring an interview with Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio today, one of the most talented and creative designers I have encountered. DwellStudio designs are fresh, vibrant, contemporary and a whole lot of fun! DwellStudio offers bedding, décor and gifts for children and adults. At Rosenberry Rooms, we focus on the baby and children’s collections and love that each design and motif has so many incredible coordinating accessories. From rugs to storage, meal time to play time, diaper bags and gear, DwellStudio has it all. I hope you enjoy learning more about Christiane as a designer as she shares her influences and inspirations, tips and favorite things! Don’t forget to shop the DwellStudio line at RosenberryRooms.com.
How would you define the DwellStudio style philosophy?
The DwellStudio style philosophy is simple – gorgeous modern, hip, useful and functional product – we constantly try and push modern design forward, we never follow trends we want to create them. We also want to create product for parents that is useful and makes their lives easier and more stylish. Since we are parents ourselves – we put a lot of thought into everything we design.
What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?
I always wanted to be a designer…I actually went to school for fashion design and soon fell in love the home world. My first job in home was for a great New York Home company called Portico. I put my fashion sense to work in home. I soon realized that my love for modern design could be interpreted into surface design and I left my job to start the company.
Why did you choose to design baby & children’s products?
At the time we were doing modern home textiles – no one was doing baby so we just shrunk down our prints and started baby. Since then we have expanded the line considerably and put our new found knowledge as parents to play in the product design. I have to say it’s much more fun when you are designing with your child in mind.
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
I love the interaction with all the amazing people who work here. I spent a lot of time alone in an office with my dog in the early years of DwellStudio…having great people around to collaborate with and mentor makes the whole thing – product, design and office culture better.
Do you have any advice for other working moms?
I could write volumes here – this is something I think about a lot. My latest conclusion is – give yourself a break – nobody can do it all…really. Be kind to yourself too. We women are great at being hard on ourselves but not great at looking at all the things we accomplish.
If you had to pick a favorite design from your collection, what would it be?
That is easy….Chocolate Dots in baby and Chinnoserie in home. We did chocolate and birds before anyone and they both have become part of what we are known for.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
We have so many – look for great things in the spring and fall – expanded organic offerings, new board books, great decorative accessories – all for the design driven parent.
Now…Just for Fun
Favorite Food – I love Indian food so much. The complex flavors, the spice – everything.
Favorite TV Show – Right now I am obsessed with Mad Men – I came to it late but can’t get enough of the costumes, art direction and meticulous attention to detail.
Favorite Movie -That is impossible to answer – I love the movies – anything from The Single Man, which I saw this week to Grey Garden’s which informs my design.
Favorite Weekend Activity -sleeping (if I can get an extra hour with little kids…it’s heaven) and hanging out and cooking with my little guys.
Favorite Band -again its impossible for me to pin point – I am going through a Bob Dylan revival because of all the 60’s era movies and TV that I have been watching.