About D&G Design

Restoration of Vacation & Holiday Homes in Le Marche, Italy



“We know from our own experience that restoring an old house and turning it into a dream home is one of the most rewarding feelings on earth.

We want to share this feeling with you.”

Our Story

We couldn’t quite believe the amount of homes that had fallen into disrepair and were for sale across the eastern region of Le Marche in Italy when we began searching to buy. And in 2016, after purchasing and restoring our very own home in this beautiful region, D&G was born and our story continues today.

Homes, just like ours, offer fantastic potential and could be an attractive option for foreign buyers. They can easily be transformed into stunning second homes, holiday rentals or even bed and breakfasts. With so many wonderful old houses crying out for some TLC, we wanted to see these neglected homes bought back to life once again by new owners.

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Combining over 20 years’ experience in heritage restoration and interior design, with a devoted love of Italy, we decided to promote these properties to overseas buyers and offer our skills and expertise. From assisting with the purchase and helping overcome the challenges that go with a house sale overseas, to full exterior restoration and interior design, all to suit the needs and budget of the buyer.

We work closely with a team of skilled, reliable and trustworthy professionals including structural engineers, architects, geometra’s (surveyors), builders, notaries and lawyers. These passionate people assisted us with the purchase of our home and share our vision. We can coordinate bringing together this team of experts to help the buyer, seller and benefit the local economy.

Breathing new life into old walls of ancient houses and to the Le Marche region gives us a huge sense of satisfaction. We want everyone to share the experience of owning a holiday home or a rental business in one of Italy’s most beautiful provinces.

about David d and g design
About David

Italian born David is a skilled craftsman who has spent 20 years specialising in historic building restoration and conservation.

Alongside residential refurbishments in Spain and Italy, David has also worked on some of the UK’s most treasured buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey!) and royal residence Windsor Castle.

Now based in Italy, he enjoys transforming crumbling facades and decaying dilapidation’s into incredible works of art fit for royalty!

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About Gary

Although not born in Italy, Gary’s passion for pizza and wine is enough to keep drawing him back to this stunning country.

A graduate of the British Academy of Interior Design, creative Gary is a hands-on decorator and interior stylist with the practical skills to match his design flair. Working with you to reimagine your vacation home’s ideal interior – be that traditional or contemporary – Gary will bring your scheme to life, sourcing local materials, furniture, and those one-of-a-kind pieces.

When he isn’t designing he can be found in one of Le Marche’s many antique markets looking for great treasures for his clients… OR working his way through the menu at a local pizzeria!

Our Projects

Some of our recent design and restoration work

Our Own Restoration Story – Out Now

Thinking of buying and restoring a house in Le Marche?

Read our guide and our own story of how we restored our own dream, and how you can too!

“To wake up each day to magnificent views of awe-inspiring rolling hills, miles of vineyards, and the azure waters of the Adriatic in the distance, offers one of those ‘pinch yourself’ moments. Living amongst friendly local people, buying fresh bread and croissants from the local bakery or enjoying an espresso in a beautiful piazza creates a feeling of wellbeing… and community.”

a place in the sun spring 2018 magazine
a place in the sun magazine

Read about our own home restoration in Le Marche in the Spring 2018 issue of ‘A Place in the Sun’ – available now