Rachael's interest in Interior Design has been a constant throughout her life - using design magazines and Pinterest to explore masterfully curated spaces, and family trips to gain perspective into different styles of architecture. After completing her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University, Rachael knew it was time to jump into the industry and completed Sheridan College's Interior Decorating diploma program. A few months after graduation, she was brought on as a Junior Designer at Sarah Richardson Design - a position she had daydreamed about since age 16!
When she's not immersed in client projects, Rachael enjoys perfecting her floral arrangement and photography skills. On a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia, Rachael's interest in the interplay between history and design led to her discovery of a ramble hosted by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. This ignited a new aspiration: to work towards one day restoring architecturally significant properties across the southern United States and Europe.
Q & A
RACHAEL'S DESIGN EQUATION:
Lindsey Adelman Kingdom KDA.61.01 Pendant
India Mahdavi Elements of Natural Stone
Shagreen Scale Panels
BEST DESIGN BARGAIN YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME?
A close family friend purchased an entire collection of Coalport Bone China, Indian Tree circa 1930 from a diplomat in Ottawa. Many years later, I purchased it for a few hundred dollars. I often daydream about one day hosting a garden party to showcase this phenomenal place setting.
THING YOU WOULD BUY FOR YOUR HOME IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT?
A 'Bammako' Art Deco Opalescent Glass Vase circa 1930 by Rene Lalique.
FIRST DESIGN MEMORY:
As a kid, I went through a phase of building 3D homes with pieces of paper, and using the Sears catalogue, I would cut out photos of furniture, rugs, lighting etc. and glue them into place.
MY STYLE WOULD BE DESCRIBED BY MY COLLEAGUES AS:
In terms of aesthetics, I am undoubtedly drawn to and inspired by nature. Organic shapes, unique combinations, authentic textiles, and ethically sourced materials are at the heart of my design equation. I admire the simplicity of contemporary design and yet equally appreciate the profound history of centuries old properties. Therefore, my interiors are a mix of new and old.
FAVOURITE TWO-COLOUR COMBO:
As much as I love rich hues, to me there is nothing more calming than a mix of robins egg blue and natural linen. Envision overlooking the ocean at sunset or staring into the clouds... the experience is grounding and filled with serenity.
FAVOURITE DESIGN PERIOD/MOVEMENT:
Several! Art Deco interior decor for its playful attitude. Contemporary residential design for its open concept spaces and soaring windows - plus I admire the fact that it brings the outdoors in. Georgian architecture for its rich history, symmetry and grandness. Georgian properties tell a story!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM TO DECORATE AND WHY?
I don’t have a preference. Every space offers new and exciting opportunities.
WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT FOOD?
Poutine. All day, every day! The true French Canadian way, with real cheese curds (the ones that are salty and squeaky).
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR NEXT DREAM VACATION?
Bora Bora, French Polynesia. I daydream about relaxing in a remote bungalow perched over the turquoise water, overlooking marine life.
FAVOURITE DESIGN BOOK?
Poolside with Slim Aaron. His photography transports me. Each, seemingly candid shot, tells a story. Set in the glamorous era of the 50s, 60s, 70s - I admire the fashion and the exquisite settings that have helped define my idea of perfection.
“I’ve concentrated on photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” - Slim Aarons.
IF YOU WERE A FABRIC, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?
Mohair. It's strong and resilient. Its soft texture is both modest and welcoming.
MY STYLE ICON IS…
Somewhere between the fearlessly daring and sensual fashion choices of Cher circa the 1970’s and the flawless, sophisticated style of Grace Kelly.
MY FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNER IS…
I love fashion, but I'm crazy for jewellery! My favourite designer is Kimberlin Brown. Her organic shapes incrusted with jewels draws me in!
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR THEME SONG?
Lovely Day by Bill Withers. Every day should be an opportunity to spread kindness and joy.