The Chicago-based designers Melissa Lewis and Cari Giannoulias of Lewis Giannoulias Interiors believe in “livable luxury”, balancing bespoke furnishings with bohemian touches for a look that’s low-key and glamorous all at once.
What inspired this career path for you?
A love of design (art, architecture, interiors)… and a desire to change up our own spaces far too frequently.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
We find that if we aren’t traveling, then Instagram is an incredible way to be exposed to other like-minded imagery. We also like to keep it old-school and thumb through design and fashion magazines — we tear out our favorites and throw them up on our office inspiration board.
Tell us about your creative process.
Our creative process is largely fluid and client based. We are fortunate enough to work on a variety of different spaces which garner their own unique aspects, but all are kick-started with a large cup of coffee and a tornado of fabrics and imagery.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
A good handyman and a dimmer.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
We love Axel Vervoordt for his mastery of simple and warm. Kathleen Clements makes mixing old and new seem effortless.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
A musician, because the creative journey may not be literal, but the process to curate a perfect home and a perfect song are somewhat synonymous.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
What do you love about Viyet?
The varied bits and bobs from which to choose. There is a fantastic representation of both traditional and modern throughout the site that is unique and well-curated.