“I was immediately drawn to the architectural elements of the building—the European arches, this sense of scale with large windows and 12-foot high ceilings, and the floors are the original hardwood floors from 1929,” says the designer. “The building felt nostalgic and fresh at the same time.”
Boasting a Euro-chic-meets-rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, the home is, in many ways, a love letter to the artists, makers, creatives, and designers that have inspired her.
While many look to Pinterest as their primary source for inspiration, Davis will often find herself scouring the pages of art books in search of ideas. Carlo Scarpa, Shiro Kuramata, Pablo Picasso, Julian Schnabel, Xavier Corberó, and Constantin Brâncuși are just a few iconic artists and makers who have shaped her vision over the years.
In the living room, a vintage chair by famed Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret—easily Davis’s most prized possession—is a testament to this international influence.
With friends constantly rotating through the door, Davis decided to max out her entertaining space by dividing the main living room into two spatially and visually independent areas.
“I felt like it would really make a statement to take this large room and flank these two spaces within it. I looked at the window and realized that’s the first thing you see when you walk in so I kind of rode that drama down the center of the room,” she explains.
“When it comes to layering, it’s really instinctive and really visceral,” she says. “I try to create a perfect balance that feels stylish but restrained, and create this symbiotic conversation throughout the space.”
Home to her extensive vinyl collection, guitars, and turntable, the right side of the living room presents an edgier point of view. Here, photos of The Cure, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards serve as a reminder of her former life as an events DJ.
Before commiting to interior design full-time, Davis spent her time spinning for parties and clubs in LA and New York, as well as Art Basel in Miami. “In retrospect it was a lot of fun, but I had a strong desire to pivot back to my love for design,” she adds.
For the dining table, Davis paired a marble slab she sourced from a local outlet with legs she purchased from Restoration Hardware.
Her fix? Creatively disguised as a zen, indoor garden of sorts, the grassy platform next to Davis’ desk is actually a makeshift bathroom for her dogs (don’t worry, the fresh grass gets replaced every two weeks).
“With the goal being to preserve space, a closet armoire would be too cumbersome and heavy, so I went to the hardware store and assembled a black iron industrial pipe closet that would hang next to the small walk-in closet,” she explains.
“I’m inspired to keep working. I love working. I wake up every morning thinking, ‘What can I design today? What exhibits are happening this week?'” says Davis. “I’m forever inspired by traveling because I think there’s so much untapped magic in the experience of an adventure. Exploring cities, meeting new people, and observing how they move and live in different cultures is really interesting from a design standpoint.”
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