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.

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.

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. All discounts are passed directly to the client, which removes potential conflicts of interest and helps maintain budget discipline.