Behind the Design: Rachel Madden of Rachel Madden Interiors
Designer Spotlight: Rachel Madden of Rachel Madden Interiors – Marin County, CA
How did you get where you are today?
I guess like anyone who is passionate about their work – lots of hard work, long hours, a few things that went wrong, and thankfully, a few more things that went right! I’m from California, and after graduating with a degree in interior design, I landed a great job in NYC at an architecture + interiors firm that focused on both high-end residential, retail and restaurants. I spent 4 years absorbing the ins and outs of the design business, and then the sky fell in 2008. My job was cut and my meals went from meat and 3 vegetables to rice and beans! I was determined to stay in NY, but there were no jobs, so I started my own interior design business. I didn’t know it at the time, however, that period really set in motion numerous events which led me to where I am today for which I am incredibly grateful. There’s a saying, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, and it couldn’t have been more true for me.
“Interior design is never just about style and beauty – it’s also about making a home function so you can live your best life.”
“A beautiful, thoughtfully designed space is an underestimated force in our lives and plays a large part in how we think, feel and do.”
“We get to design about 20% of the time, but the other 80% is spent running our business and managing projects.”