Debi Davis

Interior Designer, Furniture Designer and Manufacturer, Debi Davis Interior Design

HOME: New Albany, Mississippi; moved to Arkansas in 1960

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Cache Restaurant

Debi Davis didn’t find herself in the interior design world until later on in her life. Broadcast journalism was Davis’ first gig, but she soon took a different path into the fashion industry, opening a boutique in Little Rock. Her time in the fashion world prepared her for what would be her true calling as founder and lead designer of Debi Davis Interior Design.

 

Debi Davis

Interior Designer, Furniture Designer and Manufacturer, Debi Davis Interior Design

HOME: New Albany, Mississippi; moved to Arkansas in 1960

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Cache Restaurant

Debi Davis didn’t find herself in the interior design world until later on in her life. Broadcast journalism was Davis’ first gig, but she soon took a different path into the fashion industry, opening a boutique in Little Rock. Her time in the fashion world prepared her for what would be her true calling as founder and lead designer of Debi Davis Interior Design.

 

FIRST BIG BREAK:

I went to work for an interior designer friend, Randall Byars, that was very well known in Arkansas. The very first day of work, I went in and was putting my purse down when I heard the bells on the front store jingle. A gentleman had followed me in, so I went to greet him and he said, “I just saw you come in here, and I am in need of an interior designer. Would that be you?” Well, the rest is history; 27 years later I have built my own design firm and manufacturing company, and love what I do.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

The early morning — 5 a.m.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

In 2007, Southern Living went to three states — Texas, Arkansas and Florida — and picked three designers from each state. We all then flew to Birmingham Alabama, to be interviewed. Our firm was chosen from Arkansas, and we designed, built and furnished the largest Southern Living tour home that had ever been done. It was a big turning point for me as a designer.

SURPRISING FACT:

I went on a two-week construction mission trip to Honduras in the isolated mountains with 12 men and two women, and we had 30 minutes of electricity a day and five minutes of running water. We went most places by foot. It was one of the most rewarding things I have done.

LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

Do not take ANYTHING for granted. Life can change in a second!

FIRST BIG BREAK:

I went to work for an interior designer friend, Randall Byars, that was very well known in Arkansas. The very first day of work, I went in and was putting my purse down when I heard the bells on the front store jingle. A gentleman had followed me in, so I went to greet him and he said, “I just saw you come in here, and I am in need of an interior designer. Would that be you?” Well, the rest is history; 27 years later I have built my own design firm and manufacturing company, and love what I do.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

The early morning — 5 a.m.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

In 2007, Southern Living went to three states — Texas, Arkansas and Florida — and picked three designers from each state. We all then flew to Birmingham Alabama, to be interviewed. Our firm was chosen from Arkansas, and we designed, built and furnished the largest Southern Living tour home that had ever been done. It was a big turning point for me as a designer.

SURPRISING FACT:

I went on a two-week construction mission trip to Honduras in the isolated mountains with 12 men and two women, and we had 30 minutes of electricity a day and five minutes of running water. We went most places by foot. It was one of the most rewarding things I have done.

LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

Do not take ANYTHING for granted. Life can change in a second!

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