We're back with the next installment of favorite hotel highlights! I'm daydreaming of a midcentury mecca – The Dewberry in Charleston, SC. Previously a federal government building commissioned by JFK in the 60s, this swanky hotel is nestled right in the middle of Marion Square, a central spot in charming Charleston.
Even before the pandemic, the interior design industry was steadily shifting towards more health-conscious products and materials. From green home elements to organic textiles, sustainable living is not a new concept in home construction and design.
Last night, I was honored to be featured on The Musuneggi Financial Group's Women Who Wine (virtual!) panel. The session, entitled Home Is Where The Heart Is, Does Your Home Reflect Your Heart?, was such an enjoyable evening of discussion, education, and of course, wine!
Since the start of the quarantine, I've felt even more wanderlust than usual. I'm living vicariously through my past-self, revisiting memories of beloved trips over the years. In case you're feeling the same sense of globe-trotting greed, explore the marvelous interiors of my favorite hotels.
Turn an outdoor area into a luxurious setting for your family to make memories all summer long. We'll work with you to create a space that's as beautiful and functional as any area inside your home.
The days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year – I love cozying up on the sofa with a hot apple cider or a glass of red wine. To transition into the spirit of the season, we’re sharing a few quick and easy ideas to warm up your home:
The EPA found that the air inside your home is usually even more polluted than outside, thanks to building materials, furnishings, electronics, smoking, cleaning, and unvented or malfunctioning appliances. So how can we be sure that the air we are breathing is safe? Try these tips to truly improve your indoor air quality and promote wellness in your home.
The average person spends 7-8 hours each night sleeping in their bedroom. Considering all of the additional time relaxing, dressing, and getting ready, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, and deserves its due attention. Your bedroom should be a calm, restful, and peaceful environment. One of the best ways to accomplish that is by obeying the principles of feng shui. Here are our top dos and don’ts for bringing peace and joy to your bedroom through proper feng shui.
Your closet can be an excellent place for organization, inspiration, and storage—or it can be a total mess and source of stress. Upping your closet game can help you feel more put together and satisfied with your overall space while adding to your home’s value and storage capacity. Unsure of the closet trends or how to go about redesigning? Check out these tips and trends for putting your walk-in closet to use and making it a room you’re excited to get ready in every morning.
I just returned from KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Las Vegas, where I was honored to be a Voices of the Industry Speaker! I'm so energized about new developments in the industry. Here are some of my favorites from the trade show.
Recent surveys have shed some light on what products are most appealing to current and future homeowners, from advanced technologies to modern styles.
Here are the top five things Americans have reported wanting from their lighting products:
Curious as to what’s in style this year? We’ve compiled the nine hottest trends in interior design for 2019 to guide you as you craft your perfect space.
Although it may not feel like it just yet, according to the calendar, Spring is officially here. While some of us wait for the grass to get a little greener and the flowers to bloom, there’s still plenty of inspiration springing up all around us. If you’re looking to bring Spring into your space, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fabrics and wallcoverings that nod to the freshness of the season.
Last month, I traveled to sunny Orlando, Florida, to attend KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. I was there to scout the trends and shop for clients, as well as host an Instagram takeover for Traditional Home, sharing my finds with the magazine’s followers.
As another year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on our many blessings here at Davin Interiors. We have many exciting projects underway in Pittsburgh. We spent part of the summer with Traditional Home participating in the Hampton Designer Showhouse. The Wall Street Journal asked me to provide some decorating advice and I was happy to suggest one of my favorite chairs from Kravet. A recent profile on the Architectural Digest website profiled a typical day of my life, working on client projects and running around town. I also shared with Architectural Digest what’s on my Christmas list: a weekend in Napa at Auberge de Soleil.
It’s been a busy summer at Davin Interiors, and like most of you, while I’m ready for Fall I also can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by! With Labor Day upon us, I wanted to share with everyone one of the fun things we did this summer.
Happy Summer! Time flies – between work, family and some much-needed long weekends now that the weather is finally warming up, we’ve been busy at Davin Interiors.
OK, so I’m a little more than obsessed with all things Chanel. I have such admiration for Coco Chanel as a person - visionary, creative, determined, crazy work ethic. I could go on and on reading and writing about her and the brand. I could also wear Chanel all the time!!!
There is truly no place in the world like New York City. The culture, the food, the shopping, the people, the electric atmosphere – there is something exciting happening around every corner. It should come as no surprise that as a designer I am looking at NYC through a different lens. Each time I visit, I leave feeling refueled with endless inspiration.
Just like the fashion industry, the home furnishings industry offers luxury products and services that range from product to product, brand to brand. The quality of a product is based upon a number of factors like the make, the material, the rarity, the dyeing process etc. If you’ve ever been into a design showroom, it’s likely you’ve noticed the varying prices from fabric to fabric. Have you ever wondered what makes one fabric $30 per yard versus the next at $300 a yard? Think of it like shopping for clothes. Certainly a cotton T-shirt costs much less than the same style in 100% silk. The same is true for fabrics.
On the heels of this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, I thought it perfect to “sink” into some of the latest trends in luxury bathroom design. At Davin Interiors, we are best known for creating sophisticated and stylish interiors – and that notion rings true from the living room to the bathroom. When designing a bathroom, I think that flair is just as important as function. The key to creating a bathroom that’s equal parts luxury and style is to look to the details.
One of the most iconic homes in the country is no doubt the grandiose white one that sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Surely, a house of that importance and national grandeur is any designer’s dream project. However, for many years, decorating the White House was not as prevalent as a task for each incoming First Family. It wasn’t until Jackie Kennedy teamed up with iconic American designer Sister Parish followed by French designer Stéphane Boudin in the early 1960s that these wonderfully proportioned (but shabbily decorated) spaces received a much needed upgrade.
With snowy white landscapes covering many parts of the country, it's easy to feel inspired by the crisp clean coloring of a fresh snowfall. It's the perfect time of year to cozy up and hibernate, and often what's happening outside can reflect the look indoors. White on white design can sometimes get a bad rap for being too cold, too stark, and not conducive to actually living. Although at Davin Interiors we do enjoy bringing in color - whether it be a fresh pop or a dark hue for contrast - we can certainly appreciate the beauty in a wonderfully textured and layered white design. We loved how this modern lake house design in Lake Keowee, SC turned out. The wood warms up the space while the white creates a fresh, crisp palette.
This year has been such an exciting one for Davin Interiors! We’ve continued to do some incredible and exciting work both near and far – including the Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse (take a look at that project here). As if that weren’t exciting enough, I am just getting home and settled after spending an amazing few days in London for the National Design Educational Experience that I earned through Kravet Inc. I will share more about that below. We were also pleased to be featured in the Winter Issue of the Kravet Inspired.News newspaper, which included a story on one of our favorite Pittsburgh projects.
Cheerio! Writing to you from London, as I am gearing up for an incredible trip that I earned through Kravet Inc. called the National Design Educational Experience! For the next few days, more than 15 designers from across the country and I will be visiting some of the most prestigious and iconic locations that the London design world has to offer. But more on that later! In the meantime, you can follow along here.
The holidays are fast approaching; I can hardly believe it’s almost mid-November! First up on the list of hopefully many family and friend get-togethers is Thanksgiving. I love the warm colors of fall, from the varying shades of changing leaves to the rich, saturated colors of seasonal squash. Bring together the colors of the season and plenty of place settings for loved ones, and you are well on your way to creating the perfect space for entertaining this Thanksgiving. Before everyone sits down at the table with a delicious plate of food, the table can serve as one of the most decorative displays at the party. A gorgeous tablescape starts with a show-stopping centerpiece. Sometimes creating a centerpiece can be overwhelming and daunting. But I would suggest sticking to a few no-fail basics.
Who doesn’t enjoy sitting around a fire on a chilly fall night? Fire pits add an inviting aura to an outdoor space, with not only the warm enveloping feel, but also the welcoming vibe. Fires are best enjoyed with the company of others. I personally think they’re best for spending time with family and friends and a glass of wine or watching kids enjoy the simplicity of a delicious, toasty s’more. Gathering around a fire pit with the ones you love is more than just something to do – it’s an activity where memories can be made.
There are four things that you need to have for a fantastic fire pit.
Fall is a busy time of year for everyone - especially the design world! Industry events are in full swing, and Davin Interiors is enjoying the nonstop fun and energy of the season. With that being said, we are thrilled to officially announce our participation in the upcoming Traditional Home 5th Annual Napa Valley Showhouse. For our design, we are transforming the home's main laundry room into a functional yet stylish space.
It's finally starting to feel a little like fall in the Northeast! After a brutally hot summer, it's nice to see signs of cooler weather to come. We had a wonderful – but busy! – summer. We spent time traveling, enjoying the company of family and friends, and worked on some fantastic projects, too. Although I enjoy my fair share of summer soirées, I always welcome the calm and comfortable feel of the fall season.
Hi friends - I just got back from some much-needed R&R on Lake Michigan, and I'm already reminiscing about living the lake life.
There's nothing I love more than summer get-togethers with family and friends. From laid-back afternoons spent sipping tea and sharing laughs to stylish summer dinner parties over cocktails, I enjoy just about everything - even the preparation! There are a few things that I think are essential to summer entertaining, no matter what the event. Here are some of my tips to help make your summer parties perfect!
Italian interior styling varies from region to region, century to century. From traditional Old World architecture and magnificently painted walls in Florence, quaint villas in Tuscany overlooking the countryside to sleek, modern apartments in Milan, one thing is for sure: Italian design exudes an air of elegance and effortless charm.
Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of visiting arguably one of the most picturesque and romantic countries in the world: Italy. There was something special that made me fall in love with each of the cities I'd visited, from Rome to Venice and everything in between. But if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be Florence.
It's almost time to celebrate America's birthday, and that means getting your outdoor space party-ready. If your outdoor oasis is lacking sunshine in more ways than one, an outdoor refresher is just the thing you need to get you well on your way to barbecues and bonfires.
Think of the Fourth of July as your opportunity to officially transform your space for the summer season. You can easily make your home the go-to spot for summer entertaining for years to come if you follow these simple tips for seasonal longevity.
Transform your backyard into a shabby-chic retreat just for the girls. With cozy, inviting décor and a laidback vibe, you can create the she-shed of your dreams.
Every year, we are excited to see what our clients will be inspired to include in their home designs. 2016 is going to be an exceptional year, with luxury driving the trends. Here are the most popular trends in upscale residential design: Master Suites Are the Place to Splurge.
Davin Interiors has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Chosen by more than 35 million monthly unique users that are part of the Houzz community and more than a million home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, this distinguished honor is based on a number of criteria, including Houzz five-star reviews received in 2015.
This time of year, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukah, the colors inspire me. From reds, whites and silvers of Christmas to the blue of Hanukah and the black, red, and green of Kwanzaa, there are colors that can be added to every room and please every taste. Best of all, these colors don’t have to be put away with your holiday decorations.
Crisp, cool mornings. Crunchy leaves underfoot. Plaid scarves and football! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons and I look forward to styling my home so that it’s warm and cozy for the coming months. I also love to make it welcoming for family and friends that will be here for holiday celebrations. Here are a few things I’ll be doing to prepare for Thanksgiving that might give you some inspiration.
Even though the New Year does not begin until January, for me, fall will always be the beginning. Perhaps it’s from getting ready to go back to school as a child, but fall always seems like the best time for a fresh start. Ways to incorporate the season’s color into your décor
Benjamin Moore announced their 2016 color of the year and I couldn’t be happier! I love using white to decorate. When decorating, white offers a clean, simple, and uncomplicated background onto which you can paint your personality and style.
This luxury home has been such a fun project for us, with many upgrades that will make the finished custom home a delight to live in.
How does an interior designer stay inspired to help clients create the perfect look? We shop, of course! Here are some of my latest finds from my trip to Chicago last month.
It’s been a busy summer, but we’ve been thrilled to work on some fabulous projects this year, including this gorgeous luxury custom home we're designing with Stonecrete Builders.
Originally published on LinkedIn. The kids are back to school and it won’t be long before you’re overrun with paperwork, books, backpacks, and muddy shoes while simultaneously having less time to deal with everything. While the kids are expanding their brains, it’s the perfect time for you to focus on building organization into your new dream home. If you’re already in your home or getting ready to remodel, organizing and de-cluttering your home is the first step to less chaos.
Originally published on LinkedIn The master bath of today is seen as more than just a bathroom. It is a spa experience, essential respite, and a sanctuary. And given the scope of their significance, luxury master baths are often allocated enormous square footage. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating the one you’re in, the master bathroom deserves special attention. High-end countertops, double sinks, and a separate tub and shower are the norm in luxury bathroom design, but as long as you’re dreaming, extra emphasis on luxury is worth your attention.
One of the most popular colors in home design is gray. It’s a nice change from the standard beige, white, and tan typically considered for a neutral color palette and can create an entirely different feel. We created this look using Benjamin Moore Dove Gray. Note how complimentary the gray paint color is for chrome and silver accents. The look is classic but flexible, because nearly any color can be added for accent, from red or turquoise to the black and white as we’ve done here for a more formal look.
Cosentino, the makers of Silestone quartz, have introduced a new line. Dekton is an innovative concept in the world of design and architecture. Constructed using sophisticated raw materials, Dekton has unique characteristics and an infinite number of applications, both for interior and exterior uses, including countertops, flooring, and wall cladding.
After working with a client for months and months, we get as excited as they do to see the home design begin to take shape. There is a little bit of magic in seeing what you dreamed come to be.
The 4th of July is Saturday, and it’s possibly the biggest grilling day of the year. Whether you’re feeding hamburgers and hotdogs to the masses or spending eight hours lovingly smoking melt-in-your-mouth ribs, these side dishes will complement. If you’re planning to enjoy your outdoor living space, why not try some of these fabulous recipes?
Pets are part of the family, and when you’re designing your new home or remodeling, it is helpful to think of your design from your pet’s point of view. We love our pets, spending more than $50 billion a year on them, so it’s not out of the question to consider your pet when designing your dream home. While not everyone will design a whole house for their cats or invest in a $40,000 dream dog house, you can certainly design your dream home to be pet-friendly. What would make your home more comfortable and luxurious for your pet? What elements will make it easier for you to have pets?
It’s called a dream home for a reason. And when you’re designing your dream home, you deserve to consider adding some of the luxuries that transform a house into the home you’ve always dreamed of owning. We’ve gathered some of the best ideas from previous projects (and our own dreams) to help inspire your design.
The sun is shining and even in Boston, the snow piles are finally melting. Whether you’re designing a new home or remodeling an existing one, summer can inspire design choices. While you can’t necessarily bring the beach inside, you can make it feel a little more like summer in your home all year long.
Last week, we were guests of Cosentino Group, a truly progressive and innovative company. They are the creators of Silestone® and a phenomenal new product, DEKTON. After having lots of fun in Barcelona for two days, we travelled south to tour their corporate offices, factories and marble quarry. Before heading home, we also spent a day in the beautiful ancient city of Granada. We learned so much about the products and how best to use them for our clients benefit at the Cosentino Marble Quarry.
Are you ready for summer? It can't come soon enough for my family. With warmer temperatures come more opportunities to use outdoor space. Throughout the summer and into fall, our house feels much larger because our living spaces migrate outdoors. Many of our clients ask us to design outdoor living rooms, kitchens, bars and entertaining spaces. It's possible on of the hottest trends in design this year. Consider these three factors as you plan:
From classic Victorian to neoclassical, there are a wide array of styles when it comes to choosing how to decorate a home, whether you’re building new or breathing new life into an existing home with a remodel. But regardless of style choices, fabric colors, and design differences, these four trends transcend them all:
If you’re building a new home, you’re likely envisioning that special moment when you invite guests over for the first time to experience your new space. First impressions matter, even with your home, so the foyer is an area that can really set the tone for the whole home experience – for guests and for you and your family.
It’s May and Mother’s Day is around the corner. It’s a great month to celebrate all things woman, including incorporating some lady space in your new home design. We’ve talked about creating a modern man cave when you redesign your home, but creating her space is equally important.
Deciding what to wear on a daily basis is much like cooking. When you have to do it, it becomes a chore. But show me a great sale or a designer outlet mall, and suddenly picking out an outfit becomes great retail therapy…just like cooking for a dinner party or holiday is a much more enjoyable experience than getting dinner on the table night after night. So what's the common denominator? Making the mundane fun! The key to making getting dressed fun is to turn your closet into a boutique shopping-like experience. Here are five ways to accomplish it:
The thermometer is taking its time this year to hit 70, but that hasn't stopped me from planning summer outdoor spaces for my current design projects. I've also noticed around this time every year, the second home market becomes a lot more appealing to people who are planning to escape for the summer. Whether you dream of a beautiful lake house, a beach house, or a house in the mountains, a second vacation home can be a worthwhile investment and a place for your family to reconnect. We've been privileged over the years to design several very beautiful second homes for our clients. If you're anything like me and dare to dream of an escape for your family, you'll probably love this "Best Properties On The Market" column I like to follow in The Week. The column rounds up current homes on the market in various niches. Some are by location. Some are by features. Here are a few recent properties that would make great vacation homes:
Valentine's Day shopping can be stressful. Flowers and chocolates are the old standbys, but try to think outside the box this year. Flowers wilt, and chocolates, well...let's just say they don't last long in my house. I'd much rather give and receive a thoughtful gift that I can enjoy for a long time. I've come up with a few ideas of what I'd love to receive and a couple that I think husbands would like.
Happy New Year!
I 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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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’!
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.
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!