Davis has been in the design business for more than 18 years. Eight years ago, she opened her retail shop on Manchester Road, where customers can find charming one-of-a-kind pieces carefully selected with Barb’s keen eye to create a room that feels collected, not decorated.
SLHL: What is your design style?
Barb: I am a traditionalist at heart. Timeless style and quality pieces are always incorporated in my design work. My love for all things French is carried through in all that I do. My carefully selected antiques command attention, as does my high standard for fabric selection and workmanship.
SLHL: How does your store reflect your design style?
Barb: I’m in the business of making people happy, and my store is the inspiration starting point for my clients. My European buying trips and French influence sets me apart, both as a designer and a retail store, allowing you to experience the difference!
SLHL: How do you update a tired room?
Barb: Remove items that no longer inspire you. A fresh coat of paint always makes things brighter. Add new pillows to refresh your sofa. Try a new furniture layout to make the old look new again.
SLHL: What is the best advice you can give to your client?
Barb: Decorating your home is a process. Be patient. Buy once and buy well.
SLHL: You are not one to follow trends, but what one item in your store would you consider classic, yet trendy?
Barb: My gold two-tier bar cart. A bar cart is always classic and functional and definitely trending right now.
SLHL: Your store has become quite the destination for antiques. When buying antiques, do you keep your clients in mind or buy just for the store?
Barb: I always have my clients and my store in mind. Buying what I love seems to satisfy both!
SLHL: You have had your retail store for eight years. What’s next for you and your business?
Barb: It’s a privilege to provide a store front that inspires and makes people happy. I’m beyond grateful to work with such amazing clients who have allowed me to decorate their homes. I think it's time to write a book...stay tuned!