About Karen

Before forming Davis Raines Design in 2001, Karen Davis has been an interior designer since 1992 beginning with luxury residential design projects in Los Angeles. Karen brought her residential design experience and passion for detail to hospitality design when she was inspired by Ian Schrager’s hotel projects and unique approach to design. She continued interior design for two internationally recognized hospitality design firms in Los Angeles and New York and completed projects ranging from a 55-room boutique hotel in England, 1,000-room business hotel in Orlando, and luxury apartment hotels for business travelers living abroad in the Philippines. Davis Raines Design has completed residential projects in Manhattan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida and has been involved with projects in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. (See Client List.)

Based on her experience with both residential and hospitality design, Karen has developed an individual approached to design for her clients. Each project represents each different setting, clients, and personality that are taken into consideration when working on a space and she draws upon those pieces for inspiration for the project. She is involved in all phases of a project: initial budgeting, space planning, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, selection of interior finishes, custom furniture and fabric design, and art/accessories selections.

Karen’s work has been published in New England Home Magazine, CT Cottages and Gardens, and Beautiful Homes. She recently collaborated with Parisian designer India Mahdavi on a Connecticut project that was published in the October 2014 issue of Architectural Digest. Another recent project includes the design of an Upper East Side doctor’s office in New York City. She has also contributed blog posts for New England Home Magazine.

Karen graduated from USC and after working for several magazines, went on to work for an interior design firm while completing the Interior & Environmental Design program from UCLA. As a result, she is certified by NCIDQ, a professional design & construction accreditation. She’s a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and has served on the Board of Directors of NEWH (Network of Executive Women in Hospitality Design), as well as a member of IIDA (International Interior Design Association). She currently is on the Board of Governors for the Washington Club, a private club in Washington, CT.

Design Philosophy

Karen Davis prides herself on her working relationship with clients and a professional approach to each project. Her design philosophy is to create interiors that realize a client’s vision, while bringing her professional background and ability to design and fabricate custom pieces and to manage complex construction issues. Her approach to design is influenced by each environment and property- from Manila to Manhattan or from a formal pied a terre to a relaxed country home. What is consistent is a design discipline that ensures each project is a success:

• Design skills to create a variety of styles
• Creative space planning solutions
• Sophisticated color and fabric sense
• Broad network of sources around the world
• Ability to manage large and small projects