About D&G Design Italy

22 years in renovations & restorations


“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.”


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!


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!

D&G Design book - a prima vista

“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.”


D&G Design in the press - Italia Magazine
D&G Design in the press - APITS Magazine
D&G Design in the press - The Local Italy



Answer: Because We...

Have proven experience that no project is too large or small - we have restored entire homes as well as individual rooms

Have over 22 years’ experience in property renovations

Speak Italian. David is from Puglia but grew up in the UK

Manage your entire project and keep you updated

Set realistic project timelines and stick to them

Have a large network of trusted suppliers including builders, plumbers, roofers, electricians & pool maintenance staff who all share our values and work ethic

Collaborate with talented local craftspeople and designers, enabling you to put your own stamp on your new home, room or terrace with high quality Italian furniture and fixtures

Work weekends when we need to & do not 'down tools' in August!

Assist in finding you a home through our Discovery Visits

Introduce you to the right professionals to handle your purchase or answer your questions

Know (from our own experience) of all issues that could arise in buying & restoring a property in another country, so we ensure a smooth process for our clients and handle the stress on your behalf!