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

Design Process & Fees

Phase 1: Initial Design
Davis Raines Design is involved in a collaborative process with the client from the beginning to the end of the project. Initial sketches, design scheme, architectural plans, where appropriate, material selections, time schedules and budget preparation are the foundation for the entire project. The design process remains flexible throughout the project, but is anchored by this initial phase.

A retainer is charged for this initial work and is based on the size and complexity of the project.

Phase 2: Purchases and Custom Designs
Davis Raines Design will implement this phase by integrating existing pieces and purchasing materials, furniture and other design elements from an extensive network of sources. Karen Davis is also capable of custom designing pieces to create a unique look for a client. An ongoing service is value engineering a project to balance unforeseen costs, while maximizing an effective design.

Fees are based on an hourly rate, instead of the usual percentage of the underlying costs. All discounts are passed directly to the client, which removes potential conflicts of interest and helps maintain budget discipline.

Phase 3: Oversight & Installation
Davis Raines Design is able to oversee all furniture, fabric and fixture manufacturers, subcontractors, architects and other trades involved in installations. This phase ensures a cohesive design, provides greater control over schedules and budgets and assists the client through project completion.

Fees are based on an hourly rate, instead of the usual percentage of the underlying costs.