Fans of Bravo television personality Jeff Lewis lined up to meet him for happy hour last Friday. The very sweet and funny Jeff was in Chicago to celebrate his collaboration with custom home furnishing innovator Walter E. Smithe. Jeff Lewis brought his signature California cool, high-styled yet accessible designs to Chicago with his personally curated room vignettes at Walter E. Smithe Chicagoland showrooms. Jeff was there with his executive assistant Jenni Pulos who is known and also loved from the Bravo show Flipping Out.
The Walter E. Smithe showroom in Lincoln Park is the perfect place for a party, with a large bar, sky-high lofty ceilings and plenty of places to lounge – and look! I was greeted at the door (and already recognized) the Walter E. Smith brothers from their humorous commercials most Chicagoans are familiar with (my personal favorite was the Sex and The City spoof). They were there along with Walter E Smith himself to meet and greet party goers and answer questions.
Staying on track with their always innovative ideas recently they’ve been expanding to offer fresh designs and trends. The Walter E. Smithe + Jeff Lewis showcase certainly fits the bill. They pointed out how affordable the pieces are. For example – my favorite large upholstered dining chairs are under $200. Walter E. Smithe told me they work with many designers but Jeff was really able to get a lot of value into the pieces in his collection and that its why they are able to offer them at such fair prices. The process sounded very familiar – like an episode of Flipping Out. Jeff Lewis always gets a bang for his buck! Now it is like having him “style” your home with this collection with his vignettes along with help from the Smithe team. Even the pillows and accessories are to-die-for and would be a welcome addition to any room.
Walter E Smithe invites you to shop the Jeff Lewis Design Event this weekend! To celebrate the launch, now through April 17, 2016 receive 25% off your purchase. If you don’t live in Chicago, don’t worry. Use the code JLDESIGNEVENT16 and shop online at smithe.com.
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Second City Style