RU: You’ve been very creative with the space you have.
RD: I didn’t want to lose the original charm of the house, so we’ve had to work within a limited space, but with some clever rearranging, we found a way to make it work within the house’s shell.
RU: How did you make the house a home?
RD: It felt like home before we moved in because I was so connected and integral to the renovation process, from the finishes to the cabinetry and the cornices. The design of the house is simple and refined. We chose the best quality we could afford but went with a timeless aesthetic. It’s very minimalistic and clean, yet it’s all very intentional. The plaster, the lights, the linen curtains, we chose everything for the feel it would give the space. There’s nothing trendy about our house, but it’s a house that will age beautifully. However, when we moved in, I was very slow to furnish it because I wanted to wait for the right pieces rather than rush. To the point where I’m still waiting to find some bits now, but I can genuinely say I love everything in this house, and that was important to me and significant in making our house feel like home.
RU: How do you want people to feel when they come to your home?
RD: I want people to feel a sense of peace and serenity. When we first walked in, I remember thinking, ‘This place smells like a holiday home’. It smelled like a garden, like a summer, even though it was anything but a holiday home! It had an incredible energy, and I wanted to maintain that.
RU: What inspired the design and aesthetic of your home?
RD: There were no magazine cutouts to guide my choices. I was guided by feel. I wasn’t subscribing to any set aesthetic or trend. I was building and creating a home that made sense to me personally. It’s not a Pinterest home but a personal “Rachel Donath” home. I imagine many of my choices will not make sense to others, but they make a lot of sense to me.