Classic Style

Barb Davis, owner of B. Davis Design, helps clients create homes that stand the test of time.

Edited by Melissa Mauzy
Photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton


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!