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It’s time for one of our favorite traditions! Each year, we spend the holidays reflecting on the stories and articles you loved most. It’s the “Best of Rue” and this is one of 2019’s top stories. Enjoy!

Previously published on March 6, 2019:

“My house was originally built in 1929 and over the 70s, 80s and 90s was added on to by different homeowners so the house is a little quirky,” designer Denise Davies tells us of her Weston, CT home. She purchased the property in 2007 with the vision of a 2000 square foot addition. After living in it for awhile, she realized it wasn’t more space that was required, just great design and functionality.

Then, as it often goes, life got busy. “D2 took off and I had no time to tackle this, let alone sleep,” Denise laughs, referring to her design firm D2 Interieurs.  “I planned out this renovation for a few years but as D2 grew, I needed a large space to work so we took an old barn on our property and transformed it to our state of the art design studio in 2016. Finally in early 2018, we raised a majority of the 2nd floor ceilings 2.5 feet, bumped out the 2nd floor over an unused deck, and were able to expand the master bathroom, add a master closet, laundry room, and my sons’ bathroom.”

The entire home was outfitted with custom Marvin windows and doors. The floors went from a “very 1980s red” to a clean and bright light oak color, and new fireplace mantels were installed throughout. The style is at once playful and sophisticated, and filled with Denise’s collection of vintage furniture and objects, not to mention incredible art from across the globe. The home is now a haven for the busy designer and mom of two.

“My perfect day starts in my kitchen with a French press coffee (or 3) where I catch up on my emails to clients. I still make my kids breakfast everyday even though they are 16 and 17, as its a great time to connect. If it’s a no work day, I will usually spend time with my husband Darren in the living room, hop on my Peloton bike, watch a movie or two and end the day with a long soak in my amazing tub.” Denise concludes, “My bedroom is my favorite room in the house as it calms me. It is where I  start and end everyday with  mediation. It truly is a sacred place for me.”