Atlanta designer Helen Davis grew up in a family of physicians, but fortunately for the world of interior design, she decided to pursue her artistic talents rather than the world of medicine. Helen’s Buckhead loft in Atlanta is now home base for her successful design business (as well as life in the city), but she got there after an art history degree from Southern Methodist University and years working in fashion in New York.
Taking a cue from fashion, her interior designs often mix basic black with pops of color, high and low budgets, new with vintage and always something one-of-a-kind. “My favorite part about being a designer is the challenge of coming up with something new every time,” says Helen. “Once I have used certain fabrics and wallpaper, or have seen them photographed many times (via Pinterest or Instragram) I am over it, so it’s extremely important that each space I work on feels unique.”
Aside from hunting down new fabrics, furniture and wallpaper resources, Helen is known for repurposing vintage items. The designer is now tackling the ultimate re-use project, refurbishing an old Airstream trailer (from the ’70s) for a local sunglasses company to take on the road for pop-up shops. “This is certainly out of the box from my residential projects, which is exactly why I wanted to work with them,” says Helen.
Her occasional commercial projects share some similarities to the houses she designs—bold use of patterns and colors, for instance—but she likes the personal touch that comes with putting together a house for a family.
“Many of my clients are first-time home owners, so we are basically starting from scratch,” Helen says. “I like this because it gives me a chance to help them find their style and create a home that is uniquely theirs.”
Every room should have a personal, unique touch, the designer adds—just like in the world of fashion. “I love incorporating collected items from travels or family history,” Helen says. “These pieces help tell your personal story and distinguish you from everyone else.”
See more of Helen Davis’ work on her website, helendavisdesign.com.