About the firm

We are a full-service, award-winning interior design firm based in Boston. Our work is partly creative vision, partly organizational know-how, resulting in original and livable spaces ranging from room redesigns to new construction to luxury boutique hotels.

HI, I’M RACHEL

Boston is an epicenter of innovation, and that’s the same forward-thinking approach I take when creating original, modern spaces for my clients. My design DNA is rooted in DC, where I grew up admiring the area’s wide range of interior design styles. My childhood home, which looked like a rainbow exploded, had classic Victorian bones but was filled with a sophisticated mix of antiques and contemporary pieces for a style that was uniquely my mom’s. My family also traveled a lot—Thailand’s colors and textures particularly mesmerized me. These influences have made me passionate about giving my clients designs that feel fresh, inviting, and personal.

I made New England my home when I attended Colby College in Maine, and I became a Bostonian while pursuing my graduate studies at the New England School of Art and Design. Early in my career, I worked for two high-end, Boston interior design firms, eventually founding Rachel Reider Interiors in 2006. We opened our current South End studio in 2011 and have executed projects ranging from downtown Boston condos to suburban house redesigns to beach and mountain vacation homes. In my concurrent role as the Design Director for Lark Hotels from 2010-18, I orchestrated the renovation and design of 18 acclaimed boutique properties. The deep insight I gained into a hotel’s operational needs and guest experiences makes our firm well-positioned to execute unique hospitality environments from inns to resorts to restaurants. 

Though I was named New England Home’s “5 under 40” in 2011 and a Coastal Living Trendsetter in 2014, I am most proud of my long and trusting relationships with our clients, including one couple who recently completed their ninth project with us. 

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THE TEAM

Relationships matter. Our loyal team is made up of design nerds and client advocates who are just as excited about your project as you are.

Tricia Luong

Tricia joined the firm in 2010 upon completing her Master of Interior Design Degree from the New England School of Art and Design. She started as a design assistant, took on increasingly responsible roles, and is now the firm’s Senior Residential Interior Designer. She is a trusted partner during the design phase, especially her work on floor plans and other construction documents. After clients approve design plans, Tricia takes the lead working with vendors, tradespeople, and contractors. She enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and daughter; both activities trigger her senses and inspire her design aesthetic. 

Tricia Luong

Tricia joined the firm in 2010 upon completing her Master of Interior Design Degree from the New England School of Art and Design. She started as a design assistant, took on increasingly responsible roles, and is now the firm’s Senior Residential Interior Designer. She is a trusted partner during the design phase, especially her work on floor plans and other construction documents. After clients approve design plans, Tricia takes the lead working with vendors, tradespeople, and contractors. She enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and daughter; both activities trigger her senses and inspire her design aesthetic. 

Kristina Ranaldi

Kristina, our Senior Hospitality Interior Designer, earned her Master of Interior Architecture degree from UCLA then spent the following few years designing corporate offices throughout Los Angeles. She returned to the East Coast in 2009 and focused on her passion—hospitality interiors. After working for two international hospitality design firms, she joined our firm in 2014, where she is the executional lead for all boutique hotel and restaurant projects, whether renovation or new construction. Space planning is her favorite part of the process, and she feels right at home on a construction site. A resident of Jamestown, Rhode Island, Kristina spends her off hours biking the island, practicing yoga, and traveling the world with her boyfriend, who makes sure they climb the highest mountain in each country they visit. 

Kristina Ranaldi

Kristina, our Senior Hospitality Interior Designer, earned her Master of Interior Architecture degree from UCLA then spent the following few years designing corporate offices throughout Los Angeles. She returned to the East Coast in 2009 and focused on her passion—hospitality interiors. After working for two international hospitality design firms, she joined our firm in 2014, where she is the executional lead for all boutique hotel and restaurant projects, whether renovation or new construction. Space planning is her favorite part of the process, and she feels right at home on a construction site. A resident of Jamestown, Rhode Island, Kristina spends her off hours biking the island, practicing yoga, and traveling the world with her boyfriend, who makes sure they climb the highest mountain in each country they visit. 

Lauren Petkus

Lauren, our Project Coordinator, has a hand in everything going on in the studio. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, as well as her love of color and design, make Lauren a huge asset in creative decisions. Yet she is equally masterful at organizational tasks, such as orders, vendors, and billing. A team member since 2013, Lauren is beloved by clients and vendors alike, as she remains calm and focused while managing multiple complex projects. Lauren has also been enlisted to make art for our hotel projects—everything from painted paddles to beautiful abstract landscape paintings. 

Lauren Petkus

Lauren, our Project Coordinator, has a hand in everything going on in the studio. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, as well as her love of color and design, make Lauren a huge asset in creative decisions. Yet she is equally masterful at organizational tasks, such as orders, vendors, and billing. A team member since 2013, Lauren is beloved by clients and vendors alike, as she remains calm and focused while managing multiple complex projects. Lauren has also been enlisted to make art for our hotel projects—everything from painted paddles to beautiful abstract landscape paintings. 

Katie Sullivan

With a background in both design and marketing, Katie is the firm’s Client Associate (we like to say Client Whisperer). She has a nose for anticipating client needs, and she’s on the spot, solving unexpected problems should they arise. A part of the firm since 2011, Katie handles everything from credit card reconciliation to research at the Boston Design Center. She is the Marie Kondo of our office, constantly keeping everything organized. Recently, Katie also became a client when we designed her family’s Patrick Ahearn house in Wellesley. 

Katie Sullivan

With a background in both design and marketing, Katie is the firm’s Client Associate (we like to say Client Whisperer). She has a nose for anticipating client needs, and she’s on the spot, solving unexpected problems should they arise. A part of the firm since 2011, Katie handles everything from credit card reconciliation to research at the Boston Design Center. She is the Marie Kondo of our office, constantly keeping everything organized. Recently, Katie also became a client when we designed her family’s Patrick Ahearn house in Wellesley. 

WORKING
WITH US

You can expect an exciting-yet-orderly process borne from nearly two decades of experience with best practices in the interior design industry.

1. Getting to Know You

We ask you all the questions: project scope, design preferences, lifestyle needs, budget, timing. You find out how we work and how we bill. If we click in terms of personality and aesthetics, we’ll sign a contract. 

2. Designing Your Dream

With your information in hand, I draft floor plans, select surface materials and finishes, scour fabrics and furniture, and design custom pieces. My clients say the design presentation day feels like Christmas morning. 

3. You Approve Design
and Costs

Once you approve the design concept, we gather bids to complete the work. We present you with itemized cost proposals for each room. We work together on any needed design or budget revisions until you are happy.

4. Ordering and Managing

We take on all the heavy lifting here. We place all furnishings and materials orders, collaborate with custom workrooms, schedule all subcontractor work, ensure item inspections and on-time delivery, and plan for a seamless installation day. Many transactions take place during this phase. To provide you with transparency and a sense of control, we set you up with an online client portal where you can access all important documents and schedules in one place.

5. Installation Day

Staff members and white-glove movers swoop into your home to make the biggest visual impact with the least disruption to your life. We aim to have everything in place and ready to use by the end of the day. 

Wondering how we can help?

The first step is scheduling a complimentary call to explore your design project.