L.A. And Southern California Designers On Elevating Our Homes


Los Angeles and Southern California designers reflect on the simple luxuries of home and designing for the moment.

Brooke Wagner
“There is nothing like the luxury of a beautiful, soft, natural-fiber rug underfoot to make a room feel complete and luxe. I love a good rug!” 

Amy Meier
“I love soft nectarine and cream as a combination. It’s hopeful, fun and uplifting while also comfortable and, if done right, elegant.”

Jeff Andrews
“Dining at home every day, I have gotten much more into my tabletop selections. I’ve finally started completing my collection of Astier De Villatte dishes and serving pieces. John Derian Company and Sue Fisher King have facilitated that—online shopping at its best!”

Brigette Romanek
“To get inspired, I listen to James Blake any day and all day. Al Green, someone my grandmother used to listen to, brings back warm memories and makes me think of home.”

Donna Livingston
“For my powder rooms, I like each one of them to be little jewel boxes. I love the use of shagreens and bronze details.”

Estee Stanley
“I always encourage people to create design boards before purchasing pieces for a space. It’s so important to see all the components of a room on one surface first, to ensure they will complement one another when brought to life.”

Adam Hunter
“The entrance to every home is the starting point for hope. It is our desire to have it nearly ensconce you upon arrival. Color, texture and lighting direct our creative process.”

Joe Lucas
“A good night’s sleep is key: great bedding and a comfortable mattress from Parachute. If you can, splurge on ironed sheets!”

Ohara Davies-Gaetano
“If I’m working on a coastal project, I layer light neutrals—whites, off-whites, flax, subdued blue-grays and gray-greens. I make these colors pop by marrying in blacks, deep mushroom tones, worn walnuts or natural woods.”

Raili Clasen
“I love a welcoming outdoor space that puts you at ease. Teak Warehouse is my go-to for amazing outdoor pieces that make comfy living spaces under the sun possible.”

Peter Dunham
“Indian pink, polenta yellow (the color of straw) and green are all calming. I mix my own paint shades with Old Fashioned Milk Paint. They’re powders, and you can create the most ravishing colors.”

Alison Palevsky
“I have a 1950s Venini curvilinear light fixture in my dining room that I purchased at John Salibello Antiques in New York. It sparkles when it’s on, creating a showstopping reflection of the bar in the windows. I would feel glamorous under its glow even while wearing sweatpants and an old T-shirt.”

Jamie Bush
“One of my biggest indulgences is our den sofa. It’s a deep-cushioned, custom-designed piece upholstered in a dark forest-green suede from Moore & Giles. We live on it and so does our dog!”

Ron Woodson
“A key lesson learned this year is patience. Good things take time and are worth the wait. Planning for future projects requires longer timelines and most people are understanding about it.”

Jake Arnold
“Portola Paints & Glazes does a beautiful job of creating earthy colors. Their neutrals always have an interesting depth and warmth. I like the way Full Circle subtly changes tone over the course of the day with the light.”