Barbara Lewis
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Manhattan and on Long Island.
Where did you study?
St. John’s University and The New York School of Interior Design.
Describe your personal style?
Classic yet current—timeless style is all about taking an eclectic collection of investment pieces and mixing in fresh and interesting fabrics, carpets and on-trend accessories for a look that is very “now” while rooted in classic design. This philosophy applies to all my projects, yet each one is unique as the environment, architecture and lifestyle always must inform the design. A curated mix of antiques with fresh, new elements creates that “classic yet current” look that makes a space beautiful and engaging.


Have your life experiences affected how and what you design? 
Of course, so many life experiences inspire my design—but my childhood home and my many adventures abroad have been the most formative. My parents instilled in me a respect and love for antiques. I still treasure the collection that I grew up with and I love putting these pieces in updated settings to breathe new life into them. Travel is my creative fuel. There is a saying, “What do you spend money on that makes you richer? Answer: Travel!” For me, Europe is the well of inspiration—in my travels to places like Italy, France and Great Britain I always return with a renewed appreciation for classic design, art and architecture.     

What comes to mind when you think of the American Red Cross?

The omnipresent first responders—always doing everything they can in the most dire situations. It warms my heart to know that the American Red Cross is totally focused on serving the needs of all humanity.

If you were to design table tops for a celebrity or historical figure, who would it be and why?
It would be a dream to design a table top for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Beyond being a style icon, I admire that as First Lady she worked to restore the White House with Sister Parish—her passion for great design and its legacy have inspired so many great designers.


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American Red Cross 2018 Gala – Barbara Lewis Table Top Design