When Rachael Adele first walked into her third-floor condo unit, she knew it was for her. “The high ceilings sold me,” she says.
That and the location. Originally from Overland Park, Rachael wanted to settle in a more urban area. The graphic designer is close enough to her office to walk. “I can. I don’t,” she admits.
While going out to happy hour on the Country Club Plaza is alluring, Rachael also loves spending time in the condo — built in 1969 — she has turned around. “When I bought this place, I started getting more into interiors,” she says.
Rachael and her dad took on DIY projects like laying hardwood flooring and tiling the kitchen. “Our projects took a lot of trial and error,” she notes. “Everything we thought would be a weekend project turned out to take two or three weeks.”
Never miss a local story.
They skipped a kitchen remodel, although it’s still on Rachael’s bucket list. The dark stained cabinets and lack of natural light don’t fit with the rest of her aesthetic. “The cabinets had just been done, so I felt guilty painting over them, but I would love to paint the tops white and the bases black.”
The job that made the most impact was painting the entire home white.
It also became the foundation for creating her new style.
“I started modern, but I’ve graduated to a more minimalist and traditional style,” she explains.
She has developed such a knack for interior design that she has launched a side job as a stylist serving e-design clients with space planning and product links. Learn more at rachaeladele.com.
Rachael keeps surfaces clear of clutter and neatly arranged with succulents or cut flowers. She sticks with neutrals and uses texture — from a pair of wicker footstools, a shaggy rug or cotton boll sprays — to create interest.
Mostly an online shopper, Rachael sources her furniture from West Elm, Ikea, World Market and occasionally dabbles with Craigslist, where she purchased her first big-girl item: a Crate & Barrel bedroom dresser.
“I do a lot of mixing and matching with high and low items,” she says. “I piece things together and if I decide I don’t like something, I sell it.”
There are a couple of things she wouldn’t ever get rid of because of her personal connection to them: The wingback chair in the living room came from her K-State sorority house when it was remodeled, and she painted the artwork in the dining room herself.
In everything Rachael chooses for her home, she seeks beauty, meaning and purpose. “I’m a quality-over-quantity person,” she says.
“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with a kick-ass pad? Send info and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.