“the details are my favorite part, they make the design”

Raquel Garcia is Cuban-American, born in New York City. She attributes her love for design and fashion to her father’s passion in the arts and culture. Growing up in a home that was filled with music, culture, and people from all walks of life, from an early age Raquel observed the people and beauty around her, and nuances of how all these pieces came together in her home, giving her a unique interpretation of design on a very personal level. As she learned to appreciate all the details of design, her father’s passions and his love for beauty was instilled in her and has inspired her own design work today.

Raquel has lived in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before graduating from the University of Saint Joseph, an all women’s college in West Hartford. She is bilingual and is now settled in Fairfield County along the Long Island Sound.

Raquel is self-taught. She brings personal comfort and everyday elegance to all her design work. Raquel’s relaxed style brings ease to her collaborative, design-boutique method. With use of texture, accents of color, and only hand-selected, edited materials, Raquel let’s one’s personality express itself through the design of one’s home, in a natural yet intentional manner. Her impressive portfolio has had a strong influence in Fairfield County for two decades.

Inspired by her three beautiful daughters and her love for jewelry—and collecting and designing pieces that can resonate with each person in a special way has been an important part of her journey. As an extension of her interior design, Raquel launched The Raquel Garcia Design Shop where she sells jewelry and a handpicked, carefully curated collection of home and fashion pieces that reflect her natural surroundings and love for coastal design. This is the place where she brings her clients and customers collections inspired by the water, sun, sand and warm breeze.

Raquel was nominated for a 2012 A-List At Home Award for the Living Spaces category. Her work has been published in both Fairfield and At Home Magazines. As well as featured in ElleDecor.com, and popular blogs such as BeckieOwens.com, AlyssaRosenheck.com, Lonny and more.


Favorite Textiles
I love using linens, silks and cottons in classic patterns and soft colors. Samples shown here are from Nina Campbell for Osborne & Llttle, Kelly Wearstler  for Groundworks  and Chevron pattern from Brunschwig & Fils
Statement Jewelry
Every girl should own at least one signature piece of jewelry. Mine is an antique gold cigarette lighter with a cabochon shaped sapphire and diamonds on a long elegant gold link chain.
Dad's oil painting
MY favorite Oil Portrait is of my late father Marcos Garcia - Circa 1970
Titled," Painting of a Young Man’"
By the esteemed painter Felix DeCossio
favorite workout
Doing the Tracy Anderson method is the way I love to unwind, sweat, and rejuvenate my body, my mind,  and my soul.
Sterling silver
Over the years I’ve collected sterling silver boxes in all different shapes and sizes with or without monogramming. I use them in different spaces throughout the home and office. They are great for decorating a book shelf, on a bedside table, or as a finishing touch on a vanity.
Favorite designer
My favorite designer of all time is Albert Hadley, his classic design influence has been an inspiration to me for many years.