The New Orleans brother-sister duo behind studio Graci Interiors is making big strides in interior design. Together, Chad and Christina Graci have an impeccable eye for color, texture, and architecture. Their designs are a stunning mix of styles and periods, pieced together in surprising ways. Chad and Christina sat down with us to talk about their design secrets, what it’s like to work together, and how to stay on budget while still exuding luxury.
How long have you two been in the design industry and how did you get started?
Chad: I have been in the industry since 2004, working with the late Greg Jordan. I always knew that I wanted to be a decorator. Essentially from the first time I even looked at an issue of Architectural Digest as a child.
Christina: I graduated from the interior design program at Louisiana State University. Upon graduating in 2007, I first began working in Baton Rouge with prior internships in New York City. Looking back, I always knew I wanted to be an interior designer. While growing up, my mother and I redecorated my bedroom yearly as my taste changed, and I was always helping her rearrange furniture and helping her with color schemes.
How would you describe your style?
Chad: I would describe my style as a classically-based – an informed mix of periods and styles.
Christina: My style is traditional with an updated freshness, and (of course) always based on classical design.
What’s the secret to working together as brother and sister?
Both: Divide and conquer.
How do you decide together how you’re going to bring a client’s vision to life?
We usually have a couple of meetings–one at the new site, hopefully one in the current home, and something at the office to look at inspiration and discuss the feel.
What is it about antique furniture and objects that you love?
We love the story told by age and patina. It’s tangibility.
What’s your favorite all-time antique or vintage find, for you or for a client? Where did you use it?
Chad: My set of ivory Empire-style fine china set–twelve full place settings. I found it at an estate sale. I’m keeping it!
Any secrets on how to exude luxury and staying on budget?
Definitely a high-low mix. Don’t get everything from one place. Combine old and new. Use paint selections to create drama if clients can’t afford it in upholstery and furnishings.
What’s a staple in your overall design toolkit?
A well-thought-out furniture plan.
We asked Chad and Christina to choose some of their favorite items from The HighBoy. Enjoy!