Katie Davis developed an appreciation for design at a young age when her family undertook a major remodel of their home. She observed her mom and an interior designer work together to develop, coordinate, and implement a shared vision for her family’s home—an imaginative and collaborative process that still resonates with her today. And so began her love affair with beautiful spaces and quality furniture, fabrics, and materials.
Life, however, took Katie in a different direction. Upon graduating from the University of Texas, she went on to attend law school. During her years as a practicing attorney, design remained a favorite hobby until she fully embraced her true passion, launching Katie Davis Design in 2018. Let’s take a peek inside her incredible portfolio…
Q: When and how did you first become interested in interior design?
A: I was always interested in design. My mom worked with a designer on my childhood home growing up so I was exposed to that world early on. I fell in love with it.
Q: Tell us a bit about your career path. Did you take a traditional path to becoming an interior designer?
A: My path to become an interior designer was a non-traditional one. I actually went to law school, and was a practicing attorney until 2019. Design was my side hustle. I was the person my friends would ask for wallpaper advice, or renovation help. And finally, a few years ago I took the leap. I began helping out friends, then friends of friends, and starting building an Instagram audience. Now, I have a team of 8 women, with projects across the country. It’s a dream come true!
Q: How do you define your style?
A: I would define my style as traditional with modern touches (aka Grandmillenial). I am forever inspired by the Cotswolds, so there’s definitely English cottage vibes throughout our portfolio. We embrace color, pattern and femininity, and our projects always include a whimsical wallcovering or textile.
Q: What designers inspire you?
A: I am always inspired by Bunny Williams, Mark Sikes, Marie Flanigan, and lately I’ve been loving Sarah Bartholemew and her new fabric line.
Q: What are 5 everyday luxuries you could not live without?
A: 1. A good candle – I have an Amazon subscription to my favorite scent.
2. Sunday Riley’s CEO vitamin c serum – my face feels instantly brighter when I put this on in the morning
3. Grocery delivery
4. My beautiful heirloom quilt – I bought one years ago from Courtney Barton in Houston, and I’m in love.
5. The 30 minutes I have to myself after the kids leave for school
Q: What are your goals for Katie Davis Design over the next five years?
A: Our goal is to keep making beautiful spaces and products, and keep working with creative clients that love to collaborate. And maybe a custom furniture piece or two.
Q: What are you currently working on that we can look forward to in the coming months?
A: We are about to finish some special new construction projects with different sources of inspiration –expect English Cotswolds vibes, a modern take on a French style in Louisiana, a cozy mountain house in Colorado… Lots of pretty spaces to look forward to.
Q: Any fun facts people don’t know about you?
A: That I used to be an attorney!
Q: What are your favorite China and silver patterns?
A: I have had the Bernardaud Constance pattern forever. I recently began collecting the Richard Ginori Oriente Italiano collection, starting with the green dinner plates and blue salad plates.
Q: What advice do you have for women thinking of launching their own business?
A: My advice is to ask a lot of questions, find a good mentor, and make sure you enjoy the business side because you’ll do a lot of that. Most importantly: Go for it!
Katie currently resides in Houston, with her husband and two young children. Her own growing family serves as the foundation for her designs, creating beautiful, vibrant living spaces that are comfortable, timeless, and can transition easily to the next phase of a client’s life. Katie Davis Design has been published in numerous publications including Southern Living, House Beautiful, Luxe Interiors + Design, Domino, This Old House, Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, Houston Chronicle, Real Simple, and Homes & Gardens.