Letter from Rach: From My Home to Yours
Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind for April, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!
So recently, I launched not one, not two, but three furniture lines, and I was very nervous about how they would be received. What’s Rachael Ray doing out of her kitchen? What’s Rachael Ray doing in our living room? What’s Rachael Ray doing in our bedroom?! The fact is, design is a passion of mine. I’ve decorated every home I’ve ever lived in, from my one-room apartment in Queens, to my big ol’ cabin in the woods, to my kooky New York City apartment that looks like an urban tree house.
I have a very eclectic sense of design. My mom, rich or poor, always made sure that our environment was a beautiful one, and she was a very clever and ingenious inspiration when it came to decor and food. My new furniture is smart, functional and, most important to me, affordable. I’m very proud to announce that it’s been a huge success right out of the gate.
I didn’t just put my name on this furniture; it started as doodles on my notepad or in my notebook. There’s an Upstate line and two different city-inspired lines: Highline, which is a little more masculine, and SoHo, which is actually based on midcentury-modern Italian and Danish design. Features that I love about my pieces are when they combine form and function—e.g., my kitchen islands have built-in garbage bowls, wine storage, places to hang your Moppine, and slab butcher blocks so you can use your entire surface to chop and cook and entertain. My bookcases and shelving units are designed to be double- faced so you can use them as room dividers. There are drawers that slide through on both sides, and many of my pieces offer places to hide ugly things like wires. Hidden places to plug in your phone and gadgets were very important to me. Ladies, there’s a dresser that holds everything from your lingerie to your thickest of sweaters and even all of your jewelry. Plus, it has a pop-up vanity mirror.
I could go on and on and on, but this is still primarily a food magazine, so I don’t want to take up too much time on my home furnishings. We’re showing some of my favorite pieces on these pages, along with some of the backstory of how I got my inspiration. You can check out the entire collection at RachaelRayHome.com. Let us become a part of your home!