Rachael Grad

Rachael is a fine artist and writer and when not obsessing about home decor she works in hospitality, spa and art events (galleryreinvented.com).
Rachael’s Apartment Therapy Inspired Design Lab
Name: Rachael & Cassidy (1-year old Doodle, a Dashchund-Poodle mix)Location: U Street Corridor, Washington, DC Size: 1,025 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 My home is a mini-design lab, where I’ve tried out many of the inspiring ideas shown on Apartment Therapy. I replaced the barn door with sliding bookcases — my version of a secret passageway — and tried out my favorite colors and ideas.
Jul 17, 2020
Paint Color Portfolio: Black Bathrooms
Need some drama in your home? Glamorize your bathroom with black walls and accents. We love the intimacy created by these black-painted walls in small bathrooms.INSPIRATION ROOMS:1. Alex’s Granny Chic House Tour2. Black Bathroom in a Tiny Vintage Los Angeles Apartment from Houzz3. Chic Black Bathroom from Canadian House and Home4. On Trend in Europe: Gray & Black for the Bath5. Jenna Lyons’ Brooklyn brownstone via House to HomePAINT COLORS TO GET THIS LOOK:1.
Feb 7, 2020
Will’s Toronto Townhouse Revisited
Name: WillLocation: Cabbagetown; Toronto, OntarioSize: 1,300 sq. feetYears lived in: 4.5 years owned We last visited Will’s English Gentry in Cabbagetown in the summer of 2010. While there wasn’t much to improve on since then, Will has moved around furniture, acquired some new accessories and renovated his furnace room. So this tour shows details missed in the first tour and focuses on the small changes that alter the feel of the space.
Dec 19, 2019
Mazen’s Tailored Toronto Townhouse
Name: Mazen El-Abdallah, founder of Mazen StudioLocation: Leslieville, Toronto, OntarioSize: 900 square feetYears lived in: 4 years owned When Mazen bought his townhouse, the space was divided into small rooms. Coming from a loft, Mazen wanted this home to have an open feel. Thanks to Mazen’s renovation and interior design, the house now feels like one big space with the upstairs living room area connected to the downstairs.
Dec 19, 2019
Decorating Your Home: Hobby or Unhealthy Obsession?
“Obsessed with home decor? You may have self-image problems,” ran a recent headline in The Globe and Mail. The article heavily quotes our very own Apartment Therapy commenters and writer Sarah Dobbins, and claims that women today feel pressured and stressed about home decor to the point that they have self-esteem issues.
Jun 5, 2019
Good Questions: How Can I Get Rid of Bathtub Stains?
AT DC, I moved into an apartment with old bathtub stains that really gross me out. The former resident’s bathmat left dark stains on the bottom of the tub. I love taking baths but wouldn’t be able to relax with those icky stains. I’ve tried various bathroom cleaners and none have gotten rid of the stains. Any ideas? I really miss my bath time!
May 9, 2019
House Tour: Anna & Dan’s White House Laundry Loft
Names: Anna and DanOccupation: co-owners of Goodwood DC; Anna is also a co-owner of the interior designer firm “Old School Interiors” Other Occupants: cats Mouse and Doddy (18 and 19 years old)Location: Logan Circle, Washington DCBuilding Type: industrial building built between 1890 and 1911; functioned as an upscale laundry facility whose clients included the White HouseSize: about 2000 sq.ft.
Feb 20, 2019
5 Secretary Desks for Narrow Spaces
I’m on the hunt for a secretary desk that folds up to hide records, office supplies and a laptop. Must be tall, thin and handsome, with plenty of storage space. Modern, clean design preferred.It will be such a relief to move office work out of the kitchen and into its own space. Here are the secretary desk contenders so far:1. Campton Smart Technology Office Armoire from Pottery Barn2. Tall Blond Secretary by Thomas Wold3. Hallings Secretary by Thomas O’Brien from Hickory Chair4.
Jun 11, 2012
Will’s English Gentry in Cabbagetown
Name: WillLocation: Cabbagetown, Toronto, OntarioSize: 1,300 sq. feetYears lived in: owned for three years Six years ago, Will arrived in Canada from the U.K. with a few suitcases of clothing. Since then, Will has built up his ideal home with personal objects and furniture that combine elements of his homeland and adopted city. His self-described style: “landed gentry with a North American twist.
Jun 15, 2010
House Tour: Alex’s Granny Chic
Name: AlexOccupation: owner of dog-walking company Loyal CompanyLocation: U Street Corridor, Washington DCSize: 1,200 square feetLived in: rented for 4 yearsOther Occupants: Louis, a 4-year old Italian greyhound >> Each room of Alex’s shotgun apartment has its own decor theme: the Diane Vreeland-inspired red living room; the green room; the calm bedroom; and the “bruised” hallway. The long, shotgun apartment layout lends itself well to different decor in each room.
Jul 23, 2009
House Tour: Crafty Kelly’s Studio Apartment
Name: KellyOccupation: self-employed, consults from homeLocation: Adams Morgan, Washington DCSize: about 450 sq.ft.Lived in: rented for 2 years >> found chair.> Kelly combines found objects and store-bought items with her own artwork and finishing touches. None of the furniture in Kelly’s studio cost more than $200. Kelly is not afraid to make bold changes to her decor and furniture and is constantly replacing places and making them over.
Feb 12, 2009
House Tour: Adam’s Cat-Haven Condo
Name: AdamLocation: Dupont Circle, Washington, DCSize: 625 sq ft condYears lived in: 7 years, ownedResidence Type: condo building designed by architect Harry Wardman in 1916 Adam shares his condo with his two cats, Jonas and Ezekiel (named after the Indigo Girls’ song). Always a neat-freak, Adam had to make some concessions when he adopted his two cats. Adam designed a cat tunnel, which leads the cats from the hall to their litter box in the closet….
Sep 8, 2008