Tracy A. Davis of Urban Dwellings is one of New England’s leading interior designers. Known for reinventing space with a blended aesthetic, Urban Dwellings provides a complete range of design services for luxury primary and secondary residences, boutique hotels, and restaurants. In 2011, Urban Dwellings was awarded Boston’s Perspective on Design Award for Best Object Design for their chandelier made of repurposed local Elm. In 2014, Urban Dwellings joins the Haute Design Network as the exclusive member for Portland, ME and is named one of America’s Top 100 Interior Design firms by Design Bureau Magazine. Tracy’s designed interiors are uniquely proportioned, individually stylized, and reflect the deep environmental connection clients hold to their surroundings. Her work has been featured in trade publications nationwide with designs inspired by her travels through Europe, South America and the interior U.S. “Each new project is a unique opportunity for individualized design.” Tracy points out, adding that she trusts her emotional intelligence to personally tailor each project to reflect the clients’ interests, experience, and lifestyle. Urban Dwellings, a Portland based Interior Architectural Practice, was founded in 2005. Tracy’s notable portfolio is a display of design diversity that balances between luxurious coastal homes to the destination experience of a transformed Maine lighthouse. The firm regularly collaborates with trusted and prominent architects, craftsmen, and artists to produce unparalleled design results. Tracy has served as an editorial advisory, board member, and contributing writer for numerous coastal shelter magazines. Playing an active role in design education has been a consistent force in Tracy’s design philosophy. Inspired by her past instructors, she taught studio and lecture courses as they pertained to interior design at both graduate and undergraduate levels at the Boston Architectural College. Additionally serving on academic review panels and as thesis advisor. In addition to her academic contributions she has been a guest speaker regarding interior design, in particular her own brand of aesthetic, at various East Coast universities and private lecture series. Professional Memberships: MIDA ASID Portland Society of Architects Architalx
ASID NCIDQ America’s Top 100 Interior Design firms by Design Bureau Magazine 2014 Haute Design Network as the exclusive member for Portland, ME 2013/2014 Perspective on Design Award for Best Object Design 2011
3 Houzz Awards
2 Houzz Badges
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2 Reviews for Urban Dwellings
I began working with Tracy Davis at Urban Dwellings in Portland, Maine, in early August, 2018. The goal was to put a plan in place so that renovations could begin on my Old Port condominium in early October. Tracy assured me this was a realistic timeline, and she brought in a contractor who agreed to take the job. At our first meeting, I asked Tracy to explain how she was paid. She told me that her fees were exclusively hourly. There were no commissions on any goods or services she provides - any trade discounts she receives would be passed directly on to me. In fact, she explained, that’s why hiring a designer is such a smart move - it often pays for itself in discounts! As weeks passed, there was little advancement on the project. Tracy sent a colleague to measure my place - nearly two weeks passed before I was contacted to look at the drawings. Tracy was out of town often, and the contractor began expressing concern to me and Tracy that without a plan in very short order, we would fall behind schedule. Tracy assured both of us she would have drawings and plans ready soon. Yet nothing was produced. This became a cycle. When items did come in, they were laden with mistakes. Purchase orders were wrong - one for what was meant to be a refrigerator/freezer turned out to be an all-refrigerator unit. (This would not have been discovered until delivery, I am certain, had I not fired Tracy and taken over this part of the job myself.) Sketches were also wrong - a layout for the bar showed a sink installed over an under-counter bar fridge, a physical impossibility. In the kitchen, a 30” sink was incorrectly drawn into a 30” counter - the specs require a minimum of a 33” counter for said sink. Even the basic materials required by the City of Portland were unusable. The egress drawing had to be redone by another designer because the one drawn by Tracy was inadequate. After being strung along for several weeks - to the point where we were almost two months past the desired start date, I terminated my agreement with Tracy. To date, I had paid her $1800+ for the little she had done. She sent me a final invoice for nearly $9,000, but offered to “discount” it 25% as a “professional courtesy.” She also cc:ed her attorney and essentially told me if I don’t want to eat $6500+, she’d see me in court. She told that I could pick up some personal belongings of mine I left in her office as soon as the bill was paid. Yes - that’s right - she held items that belonged to me hostage until I paid. You might wonder why, with such a strong case against her I didn’t fight this legally. Good question. Tracy’s agreement indicates that the client is on the hook for her attorney’s fees - whether or not suit is filed - in anything beyond a total loss for her. In other words, if a judge rules entirely in your favor but thinks you should reimburse Tracy for a postage stamp she purchased on your behalf, that would be a partial victory for her and you will be on the hook for all of her legal fees. She seems pretty adept at this. (Makes me wonder if she’s had dissatisfied clients before!) A post-script: not only was the work shoddy, but once Tracy was fired and I began going through the purchasing process myself, I learned I had been misled on pricing, too. When I had specifically asked about some fixtures I was purchasing from Waterworks, itemized on Tracy’s purchase order at over $5,000, and whether or not there was a discount included, Tracy told me Waterworks offers no discounts to the trade. I’ve since learned they offer a standard 25% discount to the trade. (The discount on these items alone came to over $1250.)And it wasn’t just Waterworks - other suppliers’ costs were discounted less than the actual amount of the discount offered. So ask yourself, do you want to be Tracy Davis’s next client? Good luck with all your design projects - I wish you a smoother process than I had. Matt Roberts Portland, Maine
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I have worked with Tracy Davis on a few projects and they do amazing work. It is refreshing to work with a company that has a combination of serious talent, creativity, effective friendly collaboration skills, ready at the button and most important great personalities through out. I look forward to working with Tracy Davis on other projects in the near future.
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422 1/2 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101
Portland, ME 04101
Typical Job Cost $60,000.00 - 30,000,000.00