KAREN DAVIS JOINS WYKEHAM RISE TEAM

Wykeham Rise (an Ocean House Management Collection Property) is a new luxury inn, restaurant, and spa in Washington, Connecticut, currently in development on 27 acres. Wykeham Rise re-imagines the country inn for the 21st century, cultivating a community for outdoor enthusiasts and lifelong learners. Karen Davis joins the Wykeham Rise team, designing the suites and bedrooms.

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NEW ENGLAND HOME: AN ARTISTIC EYE

Whether you get lost in a beautiful landscape or prefer to find your own meaning in something more abstract, art is an essential element in decorating. Karen Davis, of Davis Raines Design, believes in the power of art to personalize a home. “I strive to design homes to be really lived in,” she says. “Artwork adds authenticity and balance that complement the colors, furnishings, lighting, and feeling in the space.”

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COTTAGES & GARDENS

Interior designer Karen Davis of Davis Raines Design introduced a custom barn-wood island topped with chestnut, a stove hood comprised of antique wood and a stone backsplash opposite the fireplace. “I wanted to balance the stone on the two sides of the rooms,” says Davis, who then filled the adjoining spaces with comfy furnishings in keeping with the rustic motif.

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NEW ENGLAND HOME: BEAUTY AND BRAWN

Designer Karen Davis of Davis Raines Design, also in Washington Depot, was enlisted to help create the inner life of the new home. Her space plan and her decisions about palette, textiles, and other decorative elements would introduce a lighter, brighter tone—a contemporary note, but one that would harmonize with and buttress the classic Adirondack style.

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NEW ENGLAND HOME: BARN AGAIN

Davis selected interior hues that echo those outside the enormous windows, sourcing materials from local companies whenever possible. Having begun her design career on the West Coast, she has a Californian’s love for indoor-outdoor living. Her version pairs rooms with porches, their function-extending counterparts, and adds the New England necessity of screens.

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AT HOME IN THE AMERICAN BARN

Karen’s Pool House design from Bull Frog Pond house, a New England colonial in Washington, CT featured in “At Home in the American Barn” a book on Renovated Timber Frame Homes by James B. Garrison (Author), Geoffrey Gross (Photographer), Brandt Bolding (Photographer).

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VISITING THE KREEGER MUSEUM

What really intrigued me about this museum was that it was originally a personal home. Covering over 5 acres of land, and set in a residential neighborhood, the space is filled with mesmerizing outdoor sculptures and modern art from artists like Henri Matisse, George Rickey, and Leonardo Nierman.

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A LITTLE ABOUT KAREN

One of my newer hobbies/passions is beekeeping. I visited a garden that interestingly enough had beehives integrated into the landscape design.  That initial interest in bees and the healthy balance bees create, expanded to a deeper interest in finding out what the bees are doing, how they survive and how important they are to agriculture.

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THE ULTIMATE WORKBAG

When you have a career that constantly keeps you “on the go”- meeting with clients, vendors and contractors, a trusty work tote becomes a necessity, for me it is out ranked only by my morning fix of caffeine. Over the years I’ve struggled with finding the perfect tote; trying many and loving few. When scouring the market for the latest and greatest in chic carry-alls there are a few key features at the top of my list.

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GREEN WITH ENVY FOR WILLIAMSBURG GREEN

Recently, my family and I visited Colonial Williamsburg, an area rich with our nation’s history, natural beauty, and colonial design. Among the many places we stopped was the St. George Tucker House, home to Revolutionary War militia officer, lawyer, legal scholar, and judge St. George Tucker. Beyond the varied rooflines and expansiveness of the home, one of the things that most grabbed me was the use of the bright green wall lacquer.

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