Lisa Peck is more than just the owner and principal of Minneapolis-based LiLu Interiors. She’s also a leader in the local design scene, an artist/textile designer who founded Sylvie & Mira, and a tireless advocate for clients who want to live in beautiful, bespoke homes.
She calls her approach “intentional design,” creating environments that support her clients’ passions in life. That might be a kitchen primed for pastry baking, a dining room for hosting extended family or a Pilates studio for daily workouts. Whatever the space, LiLu’s custom furnishings give it soul. As one client shares, “Everything in our home now has a story behind it.”
Peck’s staff of six executes this client-centered approach with an eye to space planning, construction oversight and custom-designed furnishings. Color and pattern are particular passions, as LiLu’s vibrant portfolio demonstrates. Here, Peck shares her current favorites.
“Creating a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture or rug for a client that allows me to tell their story in a unique way,” she says. This elegant Wayzata living room showcases her custom work, including the media cabinet, sofas, pillows and tone-on-tone carpet with a feathery, organic chevron pattern.
Painting watercolors. In 2015, her love of color and pattern morphed into Sylvie & Mira, the textile line she named for her daughters. Her exuberant bold lines and complex colors are embodied in these to-the-trade fabrics, rugs and wall coverings. She’s always brimming with ideas for new patterns. When inspiration strikes, she immediately records it in a sketchbook for execution later. “I probably have hundreds of patterns waiting in sketchbooks right now,” she sighs.
Room to Design
The kitchen. “I appreciate the way beauty and function meet in this space,” says Peck. “We have the opportunity to impact the way our clients live day-to-day and host in their homes. The old adage ‘The kitchen is the heart of the home’ still rings true for most families.”
Ceramist Jill Rosenwald. “I love the patterns and classic forms she uses,” she notes. “Plus we can create a custom color for a one-of-a-kind bowl or tray.”
Peck loves Philadelphia-based Galbraith & Paul for its extraordinary patterns and customizable colors, like this sunny breakfast room’s Roman shades in the brand’s “Birds” pattern in a fully custom colorway.
She isn’t one to focus on trends. Instead, she draws on her intuition to drive design that best supports her clients and their lives. Right now, she’s “really loving the embrace of personal expression and creating a look that’s curated from vintage and new pieces.”
“I adore any unexpected color combination that’s lively and cheerful,” she shares. This vibrant dining room, with its bright Emma Gardner rug, keeps the mood lighthearted and whimsical for a blended family.
The award-winning Owamni is her go-to for out-of-town guests. “It’s so unique and so good,” she says. Peck admits she was initially skeptical about eating elk tartare or crickets. And? “It’s fantastic,” she concludes.