Revered for its innovative use of geometric shapes, whimsical florals, and vivid color palette, Christiane Lemieux’s distinctive aesthetic challenges others to welcome an unconventional approach to styling and design. As the sophisticated founder and creative director of DwellStudio and author of industry-adored Undecorate, Christiane revolutionized the world of interiors with her vibrant textile design, impecable style, and fresh perspective towards the art of home décor.
Christiane fell in love with design at a young age, and the Ottawa native studied art history at Queens University in Canada and then moved to New York to pursue a degree in fashion design at Parsons. Beginning her career as an intern and fabric assistant at Isaac Mizrahi, she then worked as an assistant designer in women’s wovens at The Gap. Inspired by the notion that fashion and home design are intertwined, she took a position as design director at Portico, a small New-York based home company. Given the company’s small size, she was involved in everything from textile and furniture design to packaging and sourcing, and introduced her own contemporary designs at Portico. There she discovered a market for her early ideas that incorporated geometric textiles and linear structures.
Despite the risks and uncertainty, Christiane left Portico and started DwellStudio from her apartment in 1999, a time before blogs and online marketing. Committed to the success of her business, she cold-called, sent out press releases, and took on as many design projects as possible to fund her business. Today, DwellStudio is a beloved name as it continues to evolve and deliver timeless yet modern designs in everything from home furnishings to furniture, baby, and kids accessories. We’re honored for this powerful entrepreneur, wife, and mother to share her inspirations and the invaluable lessons she’s learned throughout her impressive career.