QC Career School

Rachael MacPherson

interior decorator, professional organizer

Rachael MacPherson

Gatineau, QC

Detailed and quality work, without breaking the bank.

A Little History:

My name is Rachael MacPherson, I was born on March 3rd, 1997 (a very easy birthday to remember), at the Grace Hospital in Ottawa, which no longer exists. I moved to Smiths Falls when I was seven and spent most of my childhood there. I lived with my parents as well as my aunt, uncle, and cousin. We got along for the most part as families do and I thought of my cousin as like a little sister (the only difference is I could get away when we got into arguments).

It Started with a Brick

I had a very normal childhood growing up, but what I thought always made me stand out was my ability to design and create things. It started with Lego, I would love to build Lego houses, hotels, mansions whatever my mind could think of. It moved its way up to high school where my art teacher suggested that I take the interior design course. I learned to draw perspective, draw floor plans, create material boards, and create designs for my 'clients' (aka my out-of-the-box thinker of a teacher).

Wait, What?

I knew that my passion was to create and design layouts and work with colours and materials. I branched into more professional software when I used a free online program called Homestyler, where I could let my imagination go wild with ideas and floor plans. It may come as a surprise to you but after I completed my four fabulous years of high school, I decided to go into Advertising and Marketing at Algonquin College.

You may be wondering, why would she go into that when her passion is design? Well, you and I have the same question, and honestly, the reason I did was that I didn't have the confidence in myself nor the funds to take an interior design course at the time. Besides, I thought it could still be useful. After all, no education goes to waste. After completing that program, I started trying to get work in the field. I thought I could manage through doing something at least somewhat related to my passion, and that was graphic design. However, at the time jobs were scarce and I didn't have the experience to back me up.

I knew I was going to have to make a career change fast if I didn't want to continue working in retail. So back I went to Algonquin College all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed into Medical Device Reprocessing. Now don't feel bad if you don't know what that is, most people don't. It's basically learning how to properly clean and sterilize medical instruments. And no, it has nothing to do with interior design, unless you like sterile spaces and fluorescent lights.

So now, I work as a Sterilization Technician at a dental office. While I do for the most part enjoy my job it still isn't what I want to do with my life. Throughout my years of becoming an 'adult', I have changed my mind numerous times as to what I wanted to do. But finally, I feel what I want to do with my life is to create beautiful, well-organized spaces for people who just don't have the time to do it themselves. I want to follow my passion and this time for real.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me. It was long but thank you for sticking it through, I hope that someday I can help you create a design that provides functionality and beauty into your space.

So I know I already went into my education a bit above, but I think knowing a little bit more of the skills learned from my different educational experiences can lend a hand in helping you create the space of your dreams.

I got my first job when I was 15 years old, and living in a small town there wasn't a wide range of jobs available, you had your choices of retail, fast food, or grocery store. I applied pretty much everywhere I could, and the place where I got my first feeling of a paycheck, was Pizza Hut.

I was hired as a cook, I'd make pizzas and wash dishes (not at the same time). It was where I first learned how to multitask and prioritize duties. Working in a restaurant can be very hectic and it was stressful of course, but I managed through it and after three years of working there I became a jack-of-all-trades and a supervisor.