Rid yourself of the January Blues with joyful blue l...

The January Blues can hit hard, but they don’t have to be a bad thing. The colour itself is supposed...
The January Blues can hit hard, but they don’t have to be a bad thing. The colour itself is supposed to be beneficial to your mind, body and soul, and I believe the start of the year shouldn’t be shrouded in doom and gloom. In fact, Pantone has made Classic Blue their colour of the year as its reassuring traits brings peace and tranquillity to the human spirit. As a reflective tone, Classic Blue re-centres our thoughts to bring clarity...

3 tips for creating an unforgettable Thanksgiving table

I absolutely adore the Thanksgiving tradition that our Atlantic neighbours host on the fourth Thursday of every November. Even though...
I absolutely adore the Thanksgiving tradition that our Atlantic neighbours host on the fourth Thursday of every November. Even though I’m not American myself, I do love to embrace this tradition and throw a Thanksgiving dinner in celebration of my many family, friends and business partners located across the US. I find that filling the house with guests to celebrate all we’re thankful for is possibly the best way to ease ourselves into the often-chaotic festive period. Besides, I’m sure...

What’s the difference between Glass & Crystal?

Typically, the difference between crystal and glass is the amount of lead included. Adding a lead content of 24% or...
Typically, the difference between crystal and glass is the amount of lead included. Adding a lead content of 24% or more to glass is how crystal is usually created. However, the potential health risks associated have made people turn towards safer lead-free crystal glass, created by using barium, zinc or potassium oxide. Even with the lead content replaced, crystal still looks just as gorgeous with the same level of brilliance and clarity. So, whether it’s for a dinner party or...

Spoil yourself with the latest Corali Crystalware co...

Earlier in July, I launched my exciting new Corali Jewellery collection, a selection of gorgeous pieces each inspired by the...
Earlier in July, I launched my exciting new Corali Jewellery collection, a selection of gorgeous pieces each inspired by the stunning ecosystems that exist in Coral Reefs around the world. Now, I have a new addition to the Corali signature design, beautiful pieces of crystalware designed to embody the rainbow of colours found under the sea. Inspired by a love for my Mother’s collection of antiques, The Corali Crystalware collection features crystal water jugs, glasses and double old-fashioned tumblers modelled...

Make a statement with new Corali Jewellery Collection

I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean and everything that lives within it and The Corali Collection is a brand-new...
I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean and everything that lives within it and The Corali Collection is a brand-new selection of fine jewellery pieces inspired by my lifelong love of the world’s coral reefs and created in collaboration with American favourites, Ciner. Known as ‘the rainforests of the sea’ due to their diverse ecosystems, coral reefs are filled with beautiful colours creating a rainbow under the sea. It’s this amazing colour palette that inspired the Corali collection, creating 8...

Introducing The Maltese Cross by Rachel Bates

Rachel Bates is overjoyed to announce The Maltese Cross, a new collection from our transatlantic collaboration with New York artisans...
Rachel Bates is overjoyed to announce The Maltese Cross, a new collection from our transatlantic collaboration with New York artisans CINER. During one of my visits to their atelier, they let me loose within their rich 127-year archive. Whilst delving into their impressive history, I used my creative experience in jewellery, product and interior design to create the initial concepts for The Maltese Cross collection. From here, the team and I worked with CINER to design and handcraft the breathtaking...

Behind the Design: Lace Cap Hydrangea

Discover the story behind my Lace Cap Hydrangea design.
One of the best parts about having my own e-boutique is working with artisans around the world to create my signature designs. While I currently have a few different themes available, the beautiful Lace Cap Hydrangea collection is where it all began. The story behind this design is quite simple, it’s my favourite flower and since it makes me feel so joyful, I know that there are other people who will love it too. In my eyes, the combination of...

Give the gift of luxury this Father's Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, finding the right gift can be tough. To help, I've collected some of my favourite luxury gift ideas to help make this special day even more memorable.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, finding the right gift can be tough. What do you get the man who helped you become the person you are today? While bottles of beer, new ties and slippers seem like a safe bet, they’re a bit too cliché and your old man deserves to be surprised. This year say no to the novelty socks and give the gift of luxury with the Rachel Bates Father’s Day gift collection. Ormonde Jayne –...

Bring the outdoors inside with our favourite scented...

With Easter now behind us, it’s time to put away the cinnamon scents that kept your home warm over winter...
With Easter now behind us, it’s time to put away the cinnamon scents that kept your home warm over winter and turn to candles that bring lavender, summer berries and citrus fruits to every room. The Rachel Bates Fragrance Lab has plenty of luxury candles from artisans around the world and I’ve collected some of my favourite spring scents to share with you. Rachel Bates Botanical Candle This gorgeous candle was created after I wanted something to define the essence...

Relaunching Rachel Bates

When I started the Rachel Bates e-boutique, I already had a successful interior design business, but I wanted somewhere where...
When I started the Rachel Bates e-boutique, I already had a successful interior design business, but I wanted somewhere where I could build on my other passions in jewellery design and fashion. After spending years creating and curating collections filled with bold colours and signature designs, I decided it was time to start sharing these joyful luxuries with as many people as possible. Due to my reputation as an interior designer, it made sense for me to launch as Rachel...

Prepare your home for Spring with these interior trends

I've been keeping an eye on all the spring trends going on around me and want to share the ones that I have truly fallen in love with.
I’ve never been the kind of person who follows trends. My mother always said ‘dare to be different’ And this has always been the inspiration behind everything I do, from the way I decorate my home and wardrobe to entertaining guests. However, as much as I love defying the status quo and disregarding the latest fads, I must admit that I am falling in love with some of the spring interior trends for 2019. There are some lovely ideas such...

The most important colour in the universe

Find out which is the most important colour for your home, wardrobe and wellbeing.
Green is the most versatile colour on earth. Take nature for example, where it is the backdrop for absolutely everything. Not a single colour clashes with it. In fact, every colour in nature sits with it in perfect harmony. Apart from the fact that green is most definitely my favourite colour, it is the reason why it is the most important colour for me. You won’t find a single Rachel Bates scheme that does not have an element of green...