It all began with a rug. Denise Davis, founder and CEO of D2 Interieurs, is known for designing and manufacturing her own rugs, one small part of the business that the fashion industry veteran brings to her full-service design firm.
"It started with the client calling me and wanting a rug," recalls the designer. "So I started talking to her, and the rug turned into a whole house in about five minutes." After all, Davis reasons, "part of being a good business person is being a good salesperson!"
Soon, Davis and the client—a single woman with a primary residence in New York City—were armed with a plan for her second home. The biggest consideration? "She wanted a fun, happy place to entertain," Davis explains. "She entertains a lot—she has her family out and friends. The house is always full of people, so it was important to her to have this as a welcoming place."
The property as the client bought it was far from welcoming: "One of the challenges of the home was the way that it’s situated on the property, it’s kind of dark," explains Davis.
So, the designer turned to organic textures and neutral tones with pops of bright color and pattern (like the amazing hand-blocked wallpapers in the entry and dining room) to liven up the space—both literally and figuratively.
"We're known for color and our use of color, and it’s funny because I say to people when they hire me or are interviewing me, 'if you take away the things in the primary rooms where there’s color, like the living and dining and family rooms, the room is really neutral. I’m really just popping in color with the accessories with the art.'"
That balance, Davis says, is key to creating a space that feels fresh but relaxing. Given the home's proximity to the Hamptons' beaches and the owner's New York background, the mix was especially important.
"Because it’s in the Hamptons, I wanted to mix all the elements: metals and organic and color," says Davis. "I feel like that’s what makes a home look really great, and doesn't make it look like the decorator just left the building."
Davis worked with a mix of custom items (a wood dining table), big-box options (yellow kitchen chairs are from Crate & Barrel) and the client's already-owned furniture (seating in the sunroom got a refresh for a new look), making for a space that feels both homey and exciting. Perfect for parties, that is, and also perfectly comfortable when the guests are gone.
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