Dare to Dream It. Davin Does the Rest.

New construction? Major renovation? This is your chance to create the home of your dreams. Don’t let lack of time, uncertainty about options, or project management frustrations get in your way. Davin’s comprehensive interior design services ease every step of your journey from dream — to dream home.

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ABOUT US

Founded in 2001 by award-winning designer Cathy Davin, Davin Interiors provides comprehensive interior design services tailored to each client’s specific needs. Specializing in new construction and major renovation projects, our passion is to help you achieve your dreams — while protecting you from the time challenges and stresses that large projects can bring.

From capturing your initial vision to ensuring that every unique detail is just right, our focus is on defining what you want — and then bringing it to life as simply and efficiently as possible. Adept in a range of styles, our talented designers share a commitment to exceptionally accommodating service and to creating spaces that authentically express your values, enhance your quality of life — and delight you and your guests again and again.

OUR TEAM

CATHY DAVIN, ASID, NCIDQ

LaRoche College BS, Interior Design
Principal and Owner

MY PHILOSOPHY

In building my team, I chose only those who share my passion for interior design, and my commitment to meeting each client’s unique needs. We are serious professionals — but we love what we do. Our iPads are loaded with design periodicals, there are stacks of interior design books on our nightstands, and we live for the feeling of helping people create the home of their dreams!

JANE HENDERSON

University of Minnesota
BS, Textiles
Clothing & Design
Designer

AMANDA BONNEN

Harrington College of Design
BFA, Interior Design
Designer

LISA SOROCHMAN

Office Manager




NICK BAUER

Art Institue of Pittsburgh
BS, Interior Design
Designer

MY PHILOSOPHY

In building my team, I chose only those who share my passion for interior design, and my commitment to meeting each client’s unique needs. We are serious professionals — but we love what we do. Our iPads are loaded with design periodicals, there are stacks of interior design books on our nightstands, and we live for the feeling of helping people create the home of their dreams!

Two other qualities distinguish Davin. First, where many designers frame every home within their "signature style," we put our design expertise in the service of a highly personal process to define your style.

Second, unlike designers who leave it to you to manage everything after the design stage, we are truly a one-call solution. Instead of expecting you to coordinate everything, we are happy to work directly with architects, home builders and other professionals — and can save you hours of research and scheduling by drawing on and managing our own network of trusted contractors and suppliers.

From the first visions and sketches to the smallest but most telling details, Davin will make every step of the journey more enjoyable and less stressful, while delivering results that are simply transformative!

OUR SERVICES

Highly considerate of the demanding schedules and full lifestyles of our clients, we structured Davin Interiors to be an efficient, comprehensive one-call solution. We’re rare in combining the imaginative, style-savvy, emotionally connective aspects of interior design with a sharp business acumen, full project management support, and a network of trusted suppliers and contractors. With Davin, you can stay focused on career, family and personal activities — and know that we will do everything necessary to make your dream a reality.

Our services are not only comprehensive, they are also flexible — we shape them to meet your needs.

Davin Interiors’ client-centered design process is adjusted to fit each client and project. General areas include:

  • Discovery
    Discuss stylistic preferences and lifestyle needs, define vision and themes, establish budget, process and desired level of client involvement
  • Design
    Creative ideas will flow in our design studio to bring your dreams to reality. Everything from design and construction drawings to color and lighting schemes will be developed. We create well-vetted options for your review from a seemingly infinite pool of resources.
  • Collaboration
    We partner with architects, builders and other professionals to coordinate logistics and ensure that all elements of your home are in harmony.
  • Sourcing and Purchasing
    No inventory to push, just carefully sourced suppliers who provide much more than retailers, including custom furniture and cabinetry, unique architectural elements like stone/tile work, art and more
  • Project Management
    From referring and/or managing proven contractors and trade professionals to supervising installation, we take care of everything necessary to ensure high quality while remaining on schedule and on budget
  • Detailing
    Small details make a big difference, and we are especially attentive to the "extra touches" that truly make a room yours
  • Follow Up
    Our highly personal process makes Davin Interiors an excellent long-term partner; many of our earliest clients still call for periodic design refreshes — or to plan their next big dream project!

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Refresh and Organize for the New Year

Happy New Year!

Office table with notepad, computer and flower. View from above with copy spaceI know many people make resolutions to make major changes in the New Year. I like to think of it as a time to review what worked for me in the previous year, and what I can improve on. One of my goals is to be more organized and simplify my life. I intend to make more time in my life to relax and schedule downtime. I’m spending time this month scheduling personal appointments for the first 6 months of the year, planning and scheduling vacations with my family and interior design business conferences. I also intend to be more realistic about how much I can accomplish in one day.

January is flying by and we’re excited to be working on some exciting new projects in 2015. While many of the modern interior design projects are new homes in Western Pennsylvania, there are several redesign projects. The goal we have for all of our clients is to create the most functional livable space that is equally stylish and works for their specific lifestyle.

I think the New Year brings so much promise when we look forward and it gives us a reason to make a fresh start. I’ve come up with a few tips that you can use to refresh your space and minimize clutter at home:

  • Rather than rushing out and buying lots of plastic bins to organize “stuff”, why not take a hard look at what you plan to put in all those bins first? Perhaps you don’t need/want/like much of the stuff and can donate and won’t even need the bins.
  • Bedroom-06Take a hard look at what’s going on inside your closets, laundry room, and mudroom. Things accumulate constantly and maybe it’s a good time to purge.
  • Create an easy closet makeover by getting hangers of the same kind for a uniform look. Organize your clothes by type and color so it’s easy to “shop your closet” for the perfect outfit. If you aren’t sure what to purge, turn your hangers the wrong way. Each time you wear something and hang it back up, turn the hangers the right way. At the end of the season, you’ll know what you’ve actually worn and what to organized officedonate to a charity shop.
  • Has your home office become overwhelmed with unopened mail and other junk and gotten out of control? Organize it by purging junk mail first, and then set up an attractive filing system. Hide ugly stuff in drawers and allow nicer looking items to be seen on desk and open shelving.
  • And, if your interior design needs to be refreshed, don’t be afraid to change out bedding and pillows, and rotate your accessories to different rooms for a new look.

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Essential Guest Room Ideas

One of the biggest challenges in a home is bedroom interior design, because not only does it need to look good, it needs to FEEL good. You spend more time in the bedroom than any other room in the house! The same thought should go you’re designing your guest room.

When designing a guest room, think back to your favorite hotel for inspiration instead of your home bedroom. A luxury hotel room caters to travelers rather than dwellers, so modeling your room décor ideas after a luxury hotel room will make your guests feel comfortable, while providing all of the necessities that they will need while they aren’t in their own home.

Guest Bedroom Interior Design

These five essential guest room ideas will ensure that everyone will feel comfortable:

Guest Beds: Not Too Hard, Not Too Soft

guestbedroom2I always think of Goldilocks when it comes to picking out a mattress. Is it too soft? Too firm? To get it “just right” do what hotel chains have mastered with their “dream beds” and “heavenly beds”. Pick a mattress that’s on the firmer side, with a memory foam pillow-top. This provides firm support, but is plush enough to feel cozy and will be the best way to cater to everyone’s preference.

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? I’ll be honest, November snuck up on me so I have some shopping to do to host our Thanksgiving dinner.

Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can seem like a daunting task if you haven’t planned in advance, but it doesn’t need to be. I’ve flipped through some of my favorite magazines for inspirations for tabletop décor, place settings and other Thanksgiving decoration ideas and hostess tips to make your Thanksgiving stylish, yet understated.

IMG_0011Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas and decor tips:

REAL SIMPLE

The November issue of Real Simple features The Ultimate Holiday Planner, which is full of tips for everything a hostess needs to think about. My favorites are:

In the 7 things to do before the starting bell rings checklist… “Hide anything precious that could get knocked over.”

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Make Sure Your Home Redesign Includes A Modern Man Cave

Create The Ultimate Man Cave

The den of yesteryear has become the man cave of today. In fact many custom home builders are building a room into the blueprints specifically for the man of the house to have a place he won’t want to leave—and they are hardwiring it for all the possibilities!

What if you’re thinking about turning an existing room in your home into a man cave that will be the envy of your friends? You’ll want to make sure you have a good plan in place before running out and buying a big screen TV and leather club chairs. A stylish and modern man cave deserves so much more thought!

Design and Layout:

First think about your (or your guy’s) interests. Are you a collector? If so, then custom shelving units can be built to display your valuables and protect them from dust and oxidation and provide the right level of humidity to preserve them for years to come.

If you’re not a collector, you know doubt have a certain level of style or sophistication that you’d like to emulate…perhaps from your favorite men’s social club, golf clubhouse, or hotel. The right furniture—whether it’s supple leather to emulate a gentlemen’s social club, or custom fabric theater seats for a luxury historic theater vibe—can make the room pop. Many stores that specialize in home theater seating don’t offer the custom options that an interior designer can pull together to fit your individual style.

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Thank you, Oprah!

I ran across an article in a back issue of Oprah Magazine, where Oprah writes about being inspired by art: “…. that’s what great art does: It connects you to a spirit higher than yourself. Makes you want to be better.”

Wow, did she hit the nail on the head – I was covered in goosebumps as the words jumped off of the page! Great artists and their work truly inspire me to do better and be better. And I try hard every day to stay connected to a spirit higher than myself.

Two sources of daily inspiration for me are:

1)  Carole King – she was so inspirational to me during her performance with Sara Bareilles at this year’s Grammy awards show. At 72, her voice is so strong and she’s beyond beautiful. All I could think was, “I hope to be like her when I’m 72!”

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Radiant Orchid

The world’s color “authority”, the Pantone Color Institute, announced RADIANT ORCHID as it’s 2014 color of the year. It’s a beautiful color to use in your home, either as inspiration for a whole room or as an accent color.  We’re well stocked with new samples of fabric, wall covering and even furniture options in this color family. We’ve recently completed a couple of interior design projects with this orchid-purple based color scheme… and what could be fresher for accents after our long Pittsburgh winter?

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I can envision radiant orchid especially at this time of year as an accent color for fresh flowers, toss pillows and other accessories. Here are a few ideas of how it can be used, and how pretty it is, either alone or combined with other colors.

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Greetings from High Point, NC

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Alisha Gwen, Jane Henderson and me enjoying a glass of what we call “High Point Punch” – yummy but potent!

We just returned to Pittsburgh from a fantastic road trip to High Point, NC for the Spring Furniture Market. Jane, Alisha and I spent 3 days walking the showroom district, which encompasses 11.5 million square feet of showroom space. The market takes place twice each year and attracts over 75,000 attendees from more than 100 countries around the world. The showrooms are housed in “to the trade” buildings that are only open two weeks a year…and as home furnishings buyers know, ‘if you can’t find it in High Point, it probably doesn’t exist’!

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Be Happy!

A recent study by Houzz discovered that people who have recently remodeled or redecorated are happier and more relaxed…and they are happier when at home rather than away. The numbers may surprise you, but as interior designers, we are well aware of how much positive impact interiors projects have on the well-being of our clients.

Click here to read the article as reported in Culture Map, Dallas. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/home-design/03-26-14-houzz-home-happiness-survey-remodel-renovation/

You can’t help but be happy in this sun-filled family room we recently completed in Pittsburgh!

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Think Spring!

It’s taken a long time….but finally feels like spring weather will arrive soon.  As much as I love my chunky sweaters and Doc Marten boots, I’m happy to put them away and break out the spring clothes!

Spring Outfit

I didn’t even mind missing the hour of sleep when we moved clocks ahead a couple weeks ago.

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CLIENT PRAISE

"Cathy Davin is an exceptional designer - someone who turns your lifestyle and design preferences into stunning reality. This has been our experience in working with Cathy to design the interior of our new home. She has deep and broad knowledge of design options, sets and achieves very high standards and works in a collaborative manner…all the while making the entire process fun and exciting."

"Sharing her design talent with us has resulted in a beautiful home that reflects us and our lifestyle…her commitment to excellence ensured the end result would be perfect."

- Jim and Dana Robinson, Raleigh, NC

"Cathy’s warm bubbly personality immediately made me comfortable expressing what I dreamed for my home. She listened to what was important to me and provided several options that are perfect for my family. She had so many creative ideas that really made a difference for my design and busy lifestyle. I would highly recommend Cathy to anyone that is looking for a professional designer that is kind and attentive."
- Diane Scabilloni
Bethel Park, PA

"My husband and I have been working with Cathy Davin on the interior of our house ever since we moved in, and we couldn’t be happier. From one room to the next, Cathy has been a fabulous professional - creative, sensitive to our tastes, and responsive. She always surprises us with great ideas that we would have never thought of, and we’re thrilled with the design plan she’s developed for us."
- Melanie and Denis Colwell
Peters Twp., PA

"It has truly been a pleasure to work with Cathy Davin as our interior designer over the past five years. We started working with Cathy when we purchased our new home. Every project that we have done together has exceeded our expectations. She has excellent taste and ideas and collaborates with us to achieve our own style and design goals. Some of our favorite accessories and furniture are items that Cathy has suggested, many of which we would not have thought of on our own. She has a great eye for color, fabrics and space. She has been very accommodating in working around our busy professional and family schedules and has often met with us in the evening and on weekends. She is energetic, enthusiastic, thoughtful and patient. We look forward to working on many more projects with Cathy as we finish our home."
- Jeff and Kate Simons
Upper St. Clair, PA

"We’re so happy in our house, we just want to be here. You guys clearly listen! The whole house just flows, and we could never have come up with these ideas. Initially, we hesitated to enlist a designer’s help because we were skeptical and were afraid to give up control. But, you became part of our team. We could never have pictured or described what you designed; could never have come up with your ideas -- the whole house flows together beautifully. You are exceptionally responsive, listened to us and created a home that is extremely comfortable and beautiful."
- Nancy and Doug Driemeier
McMurray, PA

CONTACT US

How can we help you create the home of your dreams? Let us know by filling out the form at right. You can also learn more and interact with us on social media, or by signing up for our newsletter

671 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Phone: 412.221.5770
Email: info@davininteriors.com


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