Nothing beats a classic. Simply admire the work of Los Angeles-based designer David Phoenix and you’ll understand. His quintessentially American interiors—such as his expansive Bel Air project, which was awarded Ultimate Home of the Year—possess a tailored, gracious air while managing to feel livable and cozy.

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How did you discover your passion for design?
It evolved over time. At an early age, I enjoyed visiting furniture stores. I also enjoyed drawing floor plans, thinking that maybe I would be an architect.

What is your favorite decorative object at home?
I have a collection of boxes that I have collected over time.

Read about some of our favorite decorative finds on the blog.

Is design an art or a science?
An art for sure. Creativity is an art; the execution is often a science.

Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
Soft tones, greens, beige, soft blues, for the most part. Currently I enjoy using fabrics from my collection at Kravet.

Read a feature on David Phoenix’s Kravet collection in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

When do you consider a completed project a success?
Completed, photographed, happy client, and you are asked back!!

Share your biggest design secret.
Oh dear, it wouldn’t be a secret then.

What is the most common design mistake you see?
Making rushed decisions.

How do you balance style, comfort, and functionality?
Comfort and quality are a must, along with functionality. I believe that comfortable upholstery mixed with antiques and great lighting are key elements in any room.

Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (Ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture.)
I typically start with the rug and build from there, “ground up.”

What do you think about Sotheby’s Home?
Sotheby’s Home is a wonderful resource. I’ve enjoyed using it and will continue to. There are some treasures there.

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