The art of simplicity
Rachel Richmond has made cozy restraint her style characteristic. How does an internationally successful and renowned interior designer live? And how is her private home furnished? Our author Martin Fraas and photographer Evelyn Dragan paid the designer and her business partner Xante Weir a house call in Edinburgh.
Rachel Richmond is the founder of "DecorAir", an interior design company that also offers project management for the purchase and marketing of residential properties. In 2015, she acquired the house on fine Northumberland Street. It has three floors, two reception rooms, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. "It was built in 1813," tells us the landlady, who is immediately appealing. She is uncomplicated, casual.
"As far as I know, the house was even once a gentlemen's club in the 19th century," says Rachel. "The last time a stage designer lived here before us and the whole house was decorated with large murals. There was so much to do, because there hadn't been any renovation for two decades. But from the first moment I liked the high rooms and the many architectural details. I wanted to kiss this sleeping beauty awake. It was important to me to make as much of the original substance visible again as possible."
The Richmonds are a family of five. Therefore, the furnishings should above all be practical and comfortable, family-friendly. At the same time, the interior designer wanted to bring in her own special style. "I like to mix old with new and different textures, fabrics and colors," says Rachel. But above all, she appreciates functionality.
"Every single piece must have its justification. I don't like mess or things that are trendy."
These principles also apply to the kitchen, which is eight metres long and four metres wide. What is striking is that the entire design is concentrated on four free-standing elements. "I didn't want an extractor hood or any part that you could pull out," reveals Rachel. "The solution should be more subtle. That's why I chose BORA, because the design is both subtle and attractive. And the technology works brilliantly."
You can find the complete homestory in BORA magazine issue 02/2019.
Clean, tidy, minimalist: The layout of BORA Magazine focuses on the elegance and high quality of BORA's kitchen exhaust solutions. Extensive product overviews, technical details, reports on sponsorship and brand activities, and interviews with key people at BORA offer a comprehensive insight into this premium maker of cooktop extractors.