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...

How to host a joy-filled afternoon tea experience

Whether you're hosting a catch-up with some old friends or something a little bit more formal, I've got all the tips you need to make every afternoon tea experience even more joyful
It’s always delightful to experience afternoon tea in all its splendour. Spending time with your loved ones while a waiter ensures you have a luxurious experience is always amazing. However, while the formalities of taking tea at the Ritz is always splendid, I always prefer to take a much more relaxed approach when throwing a party at my home. To me, afternoon tea should be relaxed, fun and friendly rather than caught up on decorum. That being said, knowing the...

Bring the alpine to your home with my ski lodge luxu...

The European ski season is well underway and whether you managed to hit the slopes or are still waiting for the opportunity, I’m here to help you bring a touch of the aesthetic to your home.
The European ski season is well underway and whether you managed to hit the slopes or are still waiting for the opportunity, I’m here to help you bring a touch of the aesthetic to your home. For my hubby, the most important feature for any chalet or ski lodge is always ‘can you ski in and out?’ However, there’s a reason you’re reading my blog and not his as I believe any lodge needs to be a stylish and cosy...

Introducing Living Coral, Pantone’s colour of the year

Pantone has announced Living Coral as their colour of the year for 2019. Emitting familiar and energising aspects of nature, this mesmerising colour is a must-have addition to every wardrobe and household.

Pantone has announced Living Coral as their colour of the year for 2019. Emitting familiar and energising aspects of nature, this mesmerising colour is a must-have addition to every wardrobe and household. Describing why Living Coral is the perfect colour for 2019, Pantone wrote: “In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546...

How to add a pop of colour this winter

It's true that black is a classic winter wardrobe staple but it's important to make sure you have a bit of colour. I'm here to help you liven up your wardrobe and show that winter doesn't have to be so dark.
It’s true that black is a classic wardrobe staple and even the queen of colour has been known to don black on occasion. However, I do like to add colour to the mix to lift the look and liven things up, just make them a little more interesting.  In both my professional and personal life, accessories are everything. Whether it’s in the form of a silk scarf, a necklace, a table lamp or a crystal champagne coupe, no wardrobe or home...

Halloween Chocolate Butterscotch Fudge Cake Recipe

This cake has become a firm family favourite and is so easy to make. I'm definitely adding them the menu of my Halloween party this year and here's how you can too

I invented this gorgeous cake for my auntie Eileen about seven years ago. Eileen is the Chocoholic of the family (my mother a close second) and she adores Green & Blacks butterscotch chocolate, so she challenged me to create a delicious cake that incorporated her favourite bar! This cake has become a firm family favourite particularly with my niece Daisy and Eileen of course! It’s so easy to make and works so well for almost any occasion. I chose to...

Halloween Pumpkin & Goats Cheese Tartlets Recipe

My very special Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tart recipe is so simple to make and works very well as a starter, main course or canape for almost any occasion. It makes a perfect addition to the menu for my sophisticated Halloween theme this year.
There is absolutely no reason at all why vegetarian food should be dull, as demonstrated by my very special Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tart recipe, the first of many delicious vegetarian dishes I will be sharing with you. Having spent the majority of my life as a vegetarian, I have always made it my mission to invent beautiful and delicious vegetarian food after years of being presented with a stuffed mushroom or aubergine, every time you leave the house for...

Creepy Halloween Cocktails for your Spooky Soirée

As darkness falls across the land and the midnight hour draws close at hand, Rachel Bates has the cocktail recipes to help you resist the evil of the thriller.
As October draws to a close, the night of wicked witches, ghastly ghouls and mummified monsters is firmly upon us. As darkness falls across the land and the midnight hour draws close at hand, Rachel Bates has the cocktail recipes to help you resist the evil of the thriller. Whether you’re hosting a costumed night of elegance or a sophisticated spooky soirée, we’ve partnered with the award-winning Cheshire-based distiller, Forest Gin to bring you some exclusive cocktails that will keep any party...