Hi Ray, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
How I started…My grandmother lived with us and was in a wheelchair so I used to change the decor in the home all the time. I loved it and changed it throughout every season leaving all the staples in place and switching up the accessories around that. I still love doing that in her legacy. I also loved doing art. My grandfather used to say you’re great at design & art but need a practical skills because he thought it would give me more credibility. I am named after him, he was my best friend and I was his only grandson and he was my biggest fan. When I come home at the end of the day, I walk into my home and feel a sense of peace. Everything is exactly where it is supposed to be, and there is a feeling of coziness and warmth. It’s a space that is uniquely “me”. So much magic can happen within four walls – and it’s an incredible opportunity to create something that reflects your personality, your heart, and your lifestyle. MY GOAL IS TO SHARE THAT FEELING WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU DESERVE TO LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE. Design has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. When I was only eight years old growing up in St. Louis, I stood up at the dinner table, tapped my water glass with a knife, and announced that I would be moving to California to be an interior designer when I grew up. I’d drive a white BMW convertible, live at the beach, and have five houses around the country so that I could work with clients nationwide. It’s now decades later, and I’d like to think that eight years old Ray would be proud. The interior design world has treated me well, and I’m proud of where my career has taken me.
In my 25 years of design career, I have indeed worked with clients across the country, and many of them have stayed close friends. But there was quite a bit of time between then and now. Shortly after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Architecture, I ventured out to Newport Beach, which is where I met Barclay Butera. We immediately clicked and that was the beginning of our 25+ year affiliation. He began Barclay Butera Interiors, and I took the lead on all visual merchandising along with working on design projects and company initiatives. The combination proved to be magic. As we built Barclay’s flourishing brand, together we launched our first showroom and design studio in Newport Beach. Time sure has flown since that opening in 1994. I spent a few decades as the Creative Director of Barclay Butera, and it was an incredible time in my career. As 2018 came to a close, I knew that it was finally time to start my own design firm. Interior Design has always been at the very core of my being, so I knew that building my own brand as RL Interiors was the next step. However, my vision was not just interiors, either. I am going to share all of my passions with you – fashion, events, and really anything that contributes to you discovering your most fabulous lifestyle.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Every career has its ups and downs, but ultimately if you keep doing the footwork and moving forward everything works out for the best when it’s supposed to.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am most known for interior design but am really a lifestyle designer specializing in everything from parties, events, interior design and wardrobe styling. I am also known for my fun social media and “Trash Day’s” that I post on Tuesdays – I started this during quarantine to make people smile and it’s working! I’d LOVE to land a TV show – my ultimate goal. I am most proud of having so many dear clients that are friends and people who support me. I love making people laugh & smile. We need more positivity and light in this world – I just want to be a big part of that. What sets me apart? My bubbly personality and zest for all things beautiful. I love connecting with people and it’s important to me that people feel at ease when working with me.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
LOVE the podcast Design Biz Survival Guide by Rick Campos! I generally love all editorial magazines; anything home decor and fashion of course… One of my faves right now is House Beautiful and I also love surfing Pinterest. My house is filled with coffee table books (too many to name) that I always look through for inspiration. I really enjoy exploring design centers, art galleries, local boutique shops and the beach…anything creative! Ironically during quarantine, I found solace in not watching TV and becoming more spiritual in doing mediation & yoga. I have found this has been beneficial both personally & professionally.
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Reza Allah-Bakhshi (all images)