Lastly settling in! Contemporary off their $1 million win on The Wonderful Race, winners Derek Xiao and Claire Rehfuss are revealing the newly furnished residence they share collectively in Los Angeles.
The truth TV couple, who initially met and began relationship after they each competed on Massive Brother 23 throughout summer season 2021, are completely sharing the small print and images with Us Weekly.
After making the transfer from New York Metropolis to California, Derek and Claire had “zero furnishings, nothing with us as a result of we moved throughout the nation. So we had been actually ranging from scratch,” they inform Us. “All of the furnishings we had had mainly been discovered on the streets of New York as a result of it’s New York – individuals depart furnishings outdoors and also you’re like, ‘Yeah, I simply graduated school, I’ve no cash, I’m simply gonna hoard this.’ It was undoubtedly a mix of we couldn’t convey it and I didn’t need to convey it.”
“My residence beforehand was actually a hodgepodge of me and my roommate’s furnishings, and there wasn’t actually a cohesive look,” Claire, 26, says of her earlier abode. “There weren’t any furnishings items that basically felt like me or actually felt like her. It was simply what’s obtainable and what can we simply throw in there.”
It was a similiar case for Derek, 25, who additionally skilled simply in regards to the worst factor you possibly can expertise when getting furnishings. “Me and my roommates had been like, ‘We need to go sofa buying’ one weekend,” he explains. “And after we stepped out of our residence door, we simply discovered this sofa laying out on the road, and I used to be like, ‘Good, we don’t even want to buy anymore.’ And we convey it again and impulsively I’m like, ‘Man, I’m so itchy. Is anybody else?’ So then we needed to get the complete residence deep cleaned and deep fumigated [because of] the complete mattress bug state of affairs. So I’m very comfortable to not must undergo that once more.”
Claire, 26, jokes, “We’re leaving the flea ridden couches. We had been in our early twenties. We’re getting into our late twenties now, so it’s to truly get stunning furnishings.”
So, the pair teamed up with Article to design and furnish their house, which proved to be robust as they initially had very completely different aesthetics in thoughts. “When Claire and I began fascinated with this house and getting this one collectively, we had been like, ‘OK, let’s undergo Pinterest and bookmark the issues that we like.’ So we’re each it and scrolling by, and Claire’s like, ‘Oh, I like that one. That’s cute.’ And I used to be like, ‘OK, yeah, let, let’s mark it.’ And I’d be like, ‘Oh, I actually like this one, Claire.’ She’s like, ‘OK, yeah. I assume we will mark that too.’ So we’ve this Pinterest board and it’s, like, two fully separate themes. Claire is extra of boho stylish … muted, pure colours,” Derek explains, with Claire including, “easy.”
“I undoubtedly like extra shade,” he continues. “I like a extra road, retro [vibe]. I used to be, like, hoarding issues, like, ’Oh, I really like that.’ And he or she’s like, ‘They graffitied the wall.’ And I used to be like, ‘Yeah, however that’s so cool.’ So it was humorous as a result of we needed to discuss with the Article designer and he or she was like, ‘So what’s your inspiration?’ And we’re like, ‘OK, that is gonna sound bizarre, however think about ‘70s stylish meets Japanese streetwear tradition.’ That was actually the guiding assertion that we stated to her.”
It labored as a result of inside weeks, the social media influencers had an area they might name their very own: “This place has lastly began to really feel like an precise house now. It’s not simply an residence. It’s truly began to really feel like a house in a spot that we will be in for some time, and I don’t wanna depart.”
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