As the namesake of Rachel Elizabeth Interiors & Textiles, Rachel’s love for interiors grew from her overseas travels as a child. After studying interior design through a European university, Rachel founded her design business when she was in her early twenties, and it has only grown since then. Garnering a reputation for translating her travels into interiors, this Brisbane born and based designer has since created two collections of textiles and furniture - each piece heavily influenced by her experiences.
When did you discover your love for travel?
Through my parents. They took me from a young age to very remote parts of Asia in the school holidays, and my love for travel grew from there. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Europe, Asia and North America and wouldn't change a thing.
Have your travels inspired your home?
Most definitely. In fact, I buy a painting in every country I visit. I'm starting to run out of walls.
How would you describe your style when it comes to interiors?
Refined but eclectic. Plus, lots of treasures from around the world.
What’s your favourite travel treasure?
An antique Indian painting, gifted to me by the owner of a Havili I stay at while in Jaipur.
How have your travels influenced your work? Is there a particular country you can draw endless inspiration from?
India. It’s almost like a second home. I can draw so much inspiration from the endless colour and pattern combinations in the forts and palaces.
Tell us about your favourite travel destination
Nantucket, MA in the USA. A little island 50 kilometres off the coast of Cape Cod. My favourite thing to do on the island, besides shop, is to roam the quiet residential streets lined with the quintessential New England grey shingled houses.
Can you share your Nantucket tips & tricks?
Hire a car and drive from Boston to Cape Cod. You won’t need a car on the island so you can take the ferry over and explore Nantucket on foot. The best time to visit is spring or summer as, during winter, many restaurants and shops are closed.
Any hidden markets, shops or restaurants that you’re willing to share with us?
What are your top travel tips when it comes to discovering beautiful hotels, restaurants or sites?
Pinterest and Instagram. I find lots of the hotels I stay at through Instagram.
What kind of traveller are you? Do you plan every moment or are you free-spirited?
I like to have all my hotels booked in advance but never have a set daily itinerary. I will always research design stores and restaurants - I don’t risk a bad meal!
Where was your most recent trip?
Jaipur to design our new furniture collection and to do a photoshoot for the current range.
Where is your next overseas trip?
Morocco for Christmas. I can’t wait! If you have any tips, feel free to share them with me!