Karen Davis

Prior to forming Davis Raines Design in 2001, Karen Davis began her career in interior design in 1992, designing luxury residential 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.

Based on her experience with both residential and hospitality design, Karen has developed an individualized approach to design for her clients. Each project represents a different setting and client personality, requiring careful consideration in order to create a unique and authentic design. Karen is involved in all phases of a project, including initial budgeting, space planning, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, selection of interior finishes, custom furniture, fabric design, and art/accessories selections.

Karen’s work has been published in New England Home Magazine, CT Cottages and Gardens, Beautiful Homes, and Architectural Digest.


& certifications

Karen's education began at USC. After working for several magazines, she worked for an interior design firm while completing the Interior & Environmental Design program at UCLA. Karen is certified by CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification), is a member of IIDA (International Interior Design Association) and is the president-elect for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Previously, Karen served on the Board of Directors of NEWH (Network of Executive Women in Hospitality Design), as well as the Board of Governors for the Washington Club, a private club in Washington, Connecticut.


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-à-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.

+ 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

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.