Principal Designer D.I.A.D.
WELCOME TO R SMITH INTERIORS.
Hello! I’m Rachael: the beauty, the brains and the brawn behind this full service residential interior design and decorating practice. I’m excited to introduce myself and get to know you better. My design firm is currently based in Richmond, British Columbia and I service both the Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island areas. My approach to design is to capture and represent the individuality of my clients in every project with an emphasis on functional spaces, dynamic design and meticulous planning.
It all starts with an idea, but how does that idea come to fruition? Beyond the talent of visualizing a concept, comes the experience of product knowledge in a vast and ever-changing industry, and the professional training in numerous communicative tools that express exactly how the finished product should look. Executing a well-designed space is why professionals like me exist, and I have been honing each and every one of these skills since I graduated with my Interior Architectural Design Diploma and started designing professionally in 2010.
My strength is in the details. Far beyond simply providing you with a design concept, I give you all of the tools to make that design a reality. Within each home renovation or new home construction project, you are provided with detailed construction drawings, comprehensive materials specifications and installation notes and guidelines that are used to communicate how each of your design elements will come to life. The selection of each material and fixture is documented, budgeted, and accounted for all prior to the construction phase, allowing time for your design to completely unfold and items to be ordered well in advance.
Every project is vastly different from the next, so naturally you’ll have a few questions. Please feel free to contact me and I look forward to connecting with you.
When we decided to do renovations we weren't initially sure if we wanted to use a designer. We thought it was something that we could handle ourselves. Having been through a renovation of our entire home, if you are even considering renovations, don't do it without a designer. While renovations are very expensive, the cost of hiring a designer was minimal and the value was truly priceless. Our decision to use a designer, specifically Rachael who was working at The Spotted Frog at the time, was the best decision we made throughout this entire process.
Right from the very beginning Rachael was listening to everything my husband and I were saying with regards to what we wanted our home to look like. She took the time to get to know us, our likes and dislikes, and somehow managed to come up with a design that blended both mine and my husband's styles together. In the beginning, it was hard for us to visualize the final product beyond some samples and swatches and there were times we thought we had some better ideas, but as our project started to unfold and we could see Rachael's plan come to life, we were so happy that we trusted her and the process. She is truly gifted when it comes to design and knowing her clients. Our home is beautiful and beyond what we ever could have imagined. It is cohesively designed with every element thoughtfully planned out by Rachael. She was so helpful, supportive, and enthusiastic throughout the renovation process. We could have never done it without her. We wholeheartedly recommend Rachael and we feel so lucky that we were her clients.
- N. Gregory, Richmond BC
We knew Rachael before we asked for her help to renovate our three bathrooms. She had helped us furnish our new home, so she already had an idea of our style. Rachael did all the heavy lifting, choosing a vast array of materials, paints and fixtures for us to choose from. But because she already knew our style, it was easy to choose what we liked best from what she presented us. Her enthusiastic approach and demeanour are infectious and she inspired us to be excited about our project again.
Rachael helped guide us through the renovation process, liaising with the contractor and jumping in when last minute decisions and changes were needed. In the end we have three beautiful bathrooms that we just love. We have no hesitation recommending Rachael for anyone looking to renovate any space in their home.
- S. Choquette, Richmond BC
We never doubted that we have great taste, not to mention that of our grown children who have homes of their own, but in view of the scope of our reno ($150,000), we thought that it would be a good idea to get an outsider’s perspective for something fresh and bright. Well, we hit the jackpot with Rachael Smith at the Spotted Frog and we are delighted at the final results in our new home. Rachael is a true professional. She is energetic, knowledgeable, current, patient, and adaptable. She actually listened to us as she guided us through a wide range of options and she was refreshingly mindful of timelines. Thank you Rachael!
- B. Frier, Richmond BC
Rachael Smith, who was the Lead Interior Designer for Spotted Frog , was the decorator we chose to provide interior decorating and design services. Rachael's infectious enthusiasm is totally engaging! She has a unique ability to apply her professional training, her amazing attention to detail and her creative talents to create a vision for our new condo.
She started by getting to know us and listening to our needs for our new living space.Moving from a large family home to a condo always has challenges but Rachael was so excited about our new space that she made it seem effortless and exciting.
Rachael helped us choose high quality Canadian made furniture, art work and decor. All of the tradesmen that she dealt with were also very skilled and professional. Her professional training in architecture was very evident in the very functional, classy home office she created with high quality built-ins. We were so thankful that we chose Rachael Smith as our decorator! She created a classy, coordinated beautiful look for our new condo!
- D. Lintott, Tsawwassen BC
We first met Rachael when we were looking to do some renovations but had no idea where to start. She ultimately helped us revamp our family room and powder room. When we decided to redo our hallway bathroom 3 years later, we looked no further than Rachael. She took our ugly 80s bathroom and transformed it to a spa-like retreat for our family. Rachael's energy is contagious, her ideas are always amazing, and the results are absolutely stunning. Figuring out what you want out of a renovation can be stressful but by hiring Rachael, we never had to worry!
- C. Bisdorf, Richmond BC
Rachael is amazing! Never in a million years would I think I would ever use a designer, but she made my move from a house to a condo so seamless and easy that I would never do a move without her again.
I still use her expertise today, as I just changed my whole condo layout using all my existing furniture by looking at one of the floor plan designs she gave me 6 years ago!. It’s like I have a whole new place! I started working with Rachael in 2013/2014 with just a “floor plan” of my new condo. We both never laid eyes on the actual condo beforehand. She envisioned exactly what I was looking for before I did. At any given time, she only gave me 2-3 choices to choose from so I never felt overwhelmed. We used some of my existing pieces that I wanted to bring with me and we bought new pieces. On moving day, she organized it all to arrive, be unpacked, assembled and all the packing taken away - within hours, my entire condo was stunning! I tell everyone, employing Rachael was the best idea I ever had and money well spent!
- N. Lawrence, Richmond BC