Rachel Edmonds' dark and dramatic home
Today's home Tour is with Rachel Edmonds, otherwise know as Raspberry Flavoured Windows. Rachel has created a sumptuous and dark, eclectic interior, cohesive in the colour palette she has chosen.
The dark rooms bring drama and a cosiness, and the touches of gold, brighten the space which is filled with eclectic items.
Read on to hear about Rachel and her gorgeous home.
I’m Rachel as you know. I live in a 4 bed roomed detached house in Devon that was built in 1896. When we first moved in it was a complete renovation project but it’s now been our family home for a little over 20 years. I live here with my husband (celebrating 32 years together this year) and my three sons oh, and buster the aged and very slightly bad tempered Rottweiler.
We are not what you would describe as a ‘normal’ family as two of my sons are autistic, I wouldn’t change them for the world but it does mean that we live by the seat of our pants more often than not. I have always worked in creative industries (apart from a stint with a pharmaceutical company) as a teenager into my early 20’s I was lucky enough to work as a model that took me around the globe and on some very exciting adventures. A natural progression from here was to move into the cosmetic industry which I absolutely adored.
When our first child came along he was very ill shortly after he was born which lead me to give up work and this is when I developed my interest in interior design. I put myself on a long distance learning course and the rest is history. I built up a local client base and dare I say it paint effects became a bit of a speciality
Once I’d popped out child number 3 and they were all at school or nursery I wanted to develop my skills further and went to work for a company where I designed furniture, the role quickly expanded and in the end I was creating content for the website (I was shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards) and running the companies social media alongside the furniture designing and styling.
I had a wonderful 15 years there but sadly was made redundant last year and so I find myself at a bit of a lose end, yet eagerly anticipating the next leg of the journey called life.
Over the years my tastes have naturally changed, in my younger years (not that I’m that old!) I followed trends to a degree but now the only things allowed into my home are things that I love. My approach to design though has changed immensely. Having 2 autistic sons has taught me so much about interior design.
First and foremost when I plan a new scheme I think about the senses. My home is designed to calm and reduce anxiety for my boys. Each room is carefully thought through to create a space that fulfils their sensory needs.
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