With a portfolio of projects including Southbank Towers, Riverside Quarter and Chelsea Galleries, Rachel Winham Interior Design has certainly mastered the world of luxurious living. Her distinctive signature style merges effortless indulgence with comfort and elegance and here at Layer, we’re big fans of this easy-on-the-eye neutral palette complemented by bold flashes of brass, glass and copper.
We chat to Rachel herself about the journey from starting out her career in the Caribbean to founding her own successful business and learn more about how Rachel draws inspiration from everyday details at home, as well as time spent travelling around the world.
How did you start your career in interior design?
I began assisting an interior designer in the Caribbean, which led to being employed as a Junior Designer. I made the connection with Helen Green on a boat in Barbados and contacted her upon my return to London and was offered as position as a Mid Weight Designer, concentrating on promoting HG Living. Having built a talented team there, I moved on to setting up on own company.
Do you have a design project that you are most proud of?
It has to be my first project when I started my company. The brief was to dress a two-bedroom show home with an incredibly low budget in a very tight timeframe! I worked from my study at home day and night until the successful completion. The developer is a very valued client 5 years on and we work with them on 2-3 projects a year.
Where do you find your design inspiration?
Everywhere – day to day living, people, restaurants, hotels, travel. Pinterest is another great source of inspiration for even the tiniest of detail!
What would be your top interior design tip?
Accessories make a house a home. They add personal and unique touches to your interiors. This season I am particularly enjoying combining mixtures of metals such as copper and brass. They complement each other and add depth to your table styling or shelf dressing.
How would you describe your own interior style at home?
Comfortable and inviting. I have tried to keep the base palette neutral allowing me to change the soft furnishings when I want to refresh the look. Being exposed to so many beautiful things every day I definitely take my time making a decision when it comes to my house!
Do you have a favourite furniture designer?
I love Holly Hunt – sleek and timeless furniture. Her pieces are stunning and complete any interior with a chic finish.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it be placed?
These Pair of Brass and Smoke Glass Tables by Guy Lefevre – I would use them as side tables in my newly designed reception room at home.
Images by Rachel Winham Interior Design.
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