Rachel & David Ellam Goss
Rachel is a freelance Creative Director and part-time ceramicist, who dabble in ballet, surfing, learning French, and finding the best croissant in whatever city she’s in. She’s the designer behind the brand identity for Salam Hello, and has also worked on large-scale advertising campaigns for companies like Girls Who Code, Conde Nast, Booking.com, and Stella Artois.
David is a freelance Creative Director, an avid runner, and an occasional cyclist. Originally hailing from a ship-building city in Northeastern England, he had no interest in ships, or building them, so he moved to London to study graphic design and eventually settled in New York City, where he met Rachel.
Rachel and David traveled the western U.S. during the pandemic, and settled in Los Angeles last year with their little wiener dog, Dudley. Below, they share what makes their home – whether it be on an extended road trip, or in their cozy LA apartment – feel personal.
Our spaces are so personal — What does home look and feel like to you?
Throughout the years, home has always been wherever we are together. (So cheesy, we know.)
Having lived in 26 different Airbnbs since 2020, we are not only their no. 1 customer, but we’ve found our home in dozens of places. We turned Airbnbs into homes when we would line up our spices near the stovetop, adjust the placement of a lamp, or sit down on the sofa to split a beer.
Now that we have our own place in LA, home feels a lot more personal. We’ve been able to curate our apartment with the inspiration of all the other homes we frequented over the years. It’s nice to have all of our things again, but at the end of the day it still feels the most ‘homey’ when we cook dinner with the same spices we brought on the road with us and sit down on the sofa to split a beer.
How would you describe your home's personal style in five words or less?
Eclectic, colorful, artistic, bright, and welcoming.
Beyond your Salam Hello rug, can you tell us about an item in your home that has a story?
David bought a pair of boxing gloves many moons ago back in London. We use them when we're having a bad day, or just need to let off some steam. I say "we", but it's mostly Rachel who uses them. She used to put them on and jokingly hit me-hard! Eventually I had to get pads, otherwise she would have done some serious damage.
What is the feeling that you want your home to evoke?
We want our home to be inviting. We love turning on music, making a batch of Aperol spritzes, and hosting friends and family for dinner. Although it’s harder to be spontaneous in LA, the silver lining is that our home has become a much bigger part of our social life.
Thanks so much Rachel & David, we can’t wait to follow along as you continue to settle into your LA home! See more from Rachel & David and their space here. Love their rug? Get inspired with similar pieces below.
Photographed by Cody James.