Yesterday, I introduced you to Christiane Lemieux, the founder and creative director of one of my all-time favorite textile companies, DwellStudio, in the first half of my interview. Dwell Home Furnishings, her original company, was founded in 1999, and later joined by partner and vice president of sales Jennifer Chused and Joshua Young, who is president, CEO, and also Christiane's husband. The company is well known for its vibrant, well-designed textiles. Recently, DwellStudio partnered with Target to offer a less expensive line of textiles. Recently, Christiane took the time to answer some of my questions about her company, her new line for Target, and her inspirations.
To see the second half of my interview with Christiane, as well as to find out how you can ask Christiane your own question just
CasaSugar: What do you find most exciting about working with Target?
Christiane Lemieux: The most exciting thing about working with Target is the opportunity to bring my designs to such a large audience. I am so thrilled to be able to offer great designs at great value. Working with Target, I’ve also been able to explore designing new product categories like nursery furniture.
CasaSugar: What trends do you foresee for bedding and textiles?
Christiane Lemieux: I think that interior textiles and fashion are getting more seamless. They are influencing each other much more directly. I think there is going to be lots of color in the near future. Big bold color. That is the biggest trend in fashion now.
CasaSugar: What should readers look for when choosing bedding?
Christiane Lemieux: The most important thing to look for is the fabrication — more than the thread count! I think thread count is so overrated. The feel of the bedding is in the quality of the yarn not the thread count. I think you have to know if you are a crisp person, a soft person, a slippery person, or a fuzzy person. I think bedding is very personal. Some people like sateens that are soft and a little slippery. Cotton percale is crisp and cool. Flannel is fuzzy and warm and gets really soft when you wash it. Linen is great because it’s cool and has a great texture but you have to love the iron. It’s best to start there and then add in your design direction. That way you will still be happy when you are in bed with the lights off and the design of your bedding ceases to matter.
CasaSugar: What’s coming up for DwellStudio and DwellStudio for Target? Anything exciting on the horizon?
Christiane Lemieux: There are exciting things on the horizon for the DwellStudio for Target collection but you'll have to go to the store and see! It would not be exciting if I told you!!
Thanks for visiting with us, Christiane! If you have a question you need answered about textiles, bedding, or bedroom design, just leave a comment below. Five readers will have their questions answered by Christiane in the near future.