Brown – Davis’ Villa Nirvana

Nirvana indeed. Just check out the entry to this place:

All photography by Ken Hayden

This is the Miami home of Todd Davis and Robert Brown, the talents of Brown Davis Interiors who are responsible for decorating the Clinton homes in DC and New York, as well as the ambassador’s residence at the British Embassy, among other A-list projects around town.

I received a phone call this month from Todd — out of the blue — who called me in my capacity as marketing director at the Washington Design Center to emphasize that they are still quite active in the DC market — which means we will continue to see their gorgeous work published from our nation’s capital.

Robert Brown and Todd Davis

There are local projects he can’t yet reveal because they await publication, in fact, so I asked for some “scraps,” — pictures that may have been published before but are still new to me! So here’s what I got: Villa Nirvana, Rob and Todd’s home down south.

These images by Ken Hayden (go to his site — I’m still wiping drool off my chin from his pictures!) come at a great time, as the dark winter is upon us and I’m sure we’re all dreaming of a breezy warm place for escape.


As Todd explains it, “when we purchased this home it had been built on spec and never lived in.  The home featured very large, cold and modern spaces.  The gardens had virtually no landscape.  The developer had built the house during the boom and then lost interest when the real estate market went bust. ”

That means they had, quite literally, a blank slate. “Our goal was to stretch creatively and show that a very cold modern home could be comfortable and inviting.  We have been collecting art over the years and the high ceilings and large spaces provided the perfect backdrop for our collection.”


The living room, revved up with personality.


The other side of the living room.


The dining room on the other side of the wall -- there's nothing that adds warmth and texture to a cold modern space like furry chairs!

As you can tell, Robert and Todd are channeling their inner ’70s disco voice: “Our design theme was one of updated 1970’s sexy Miami modern.  Each decade has its good and bad design elements, and we wanted to focus on the oversized comfortable aspect of 1970s interior design.”

Not bad, guys. I also appreciate how they retain a firm hold in the 21st century:

WHAT I wouldn't give for this kitchen, where nature infuses the color to accent the white and steel. Wow.

I think we’ve clearly established that they have a flair for drama, but just in case there’s any question, they’ve designed their entry to make that statement right away to visitors who come through:



Less public, of course, is the master bedroom, a space that generally reveals a person’s real passions and aesthetic.

Clearly, you're not dealing with dull people here.


The styles in Miami, of course, are quite different from what one generally sees in DC, but Todd reports that attitudes are changing. What they’re doing here these days, he says, are the homes of children of longtime clients, who as clients themselves are asking for more updated looks.

So they are back, helping our younger generations update the more traditional notions of their parents, but still keeping within a DC vernacular. I can’t wait to see the results. Thanks, Todd, for sharing.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Sal, I think there’s a way to start a conversation about interior design without being unpleasant. Todd and Rob’s A-list clients will certainly disagree with your assessments here, but that said, modern design is not for everyone. And they did “design” the house, by the way — they gutted the inside and remade it to their specifications. I wonder why this makes you so angry?

  2. Sal Nostik says:

    This is ridiculous work. There isn’t even a hint of professional-level interior design shown here. It’s just a nice house (That they BOUGHT, didn’t design) with some out of scale pieces thrown into it. It never ceases to amaze me what someone with connections and money, that wants to be a designer, can get away with. Does anyone REALLY think this is good interior design? REALLY??

  3. Those are some amazing designs, I especially like the spiral staircase and fluffy chairs.