B. David Levine Designs: Setting the Stage for Life’s Treasured Moments

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B. David Levine in his studio. Pictured are a credenza by 7th & Seventh Designs and a Sam Maloof inspired rocker by Randal Childs.

B. David Levine Designs’ studio resembles a stylish Parisian boutique with its classical charm and elegance. The intimate Tujunga village location carries an eclectic blend of decorations and furnishings, many designed by Levine. The design showroom will appeal to every taste, including a treasure trove of decorative items (perfect for gifts). Levine travels extensively, bringing international and domestic styles and hand-selected artisan objects for his boutique.

David Levine is a true Renaissance man: architectural, furniture, and interior designer. This artist extraordinaire is humble and keenly intuitive, allowing him to fully interpret the client’s needs. The results are a visionary creation of timeless spaces. For over twenty-five years, Levine has designed homes throughout Southern California. In addition, Levine has worked for commercial enterprises and been featured on HGTV, where he was awarded the “Designers’ Challenge.”

AR: Can everyone benefit from interior design? Are there any design rules to follow?

Decorative and gift merchandise from B. David Levine Showroom.

BDL: Most people do not know how to create an appropriate environment for themselves. Interior design is about solving problems and interpreting and reflecting the client’s taste. For businesses and residences it’s imperative to understand the psychology of colors, lighting, and functional space planning. For example, silk would be wrong for a dining room or office chair. But silk is beautiful for window treatments. I advise my clientele to purchase quality materials: They may be more expensive, but they are a better value in the long run.

AR: Have you worked with real estate agents to help them sell properties?

BDL: Yes. I have been able to help realtors go out with clients and advise them if they are buying the right property for their requirements. And I have designed spec houses that have sold way above neighborhood property values. A quality designed home is still an excellent investment.

AR: Can you tell me about the retail boutique?

BDL: The boutique is a way for me to meet the public in a non-threatening manner. We welcome everyone to come in and browse. I love sharing artisan objects and decorative items.

AR: Can you tell me about your recent travels and the art objects you select to sell? Do you have any upcoming trips planned?

BDL: Recently, I was in North Carolina where I acquired art pottery, furniture and accessory lines from High Point. I’ve been in Atlanta and Portland and San Francisco acquiring antiques and fine objects. In the fall, I will visit France and Spain to bring back merchandise and to manufacture my furniture line.

AR: How is that you can do the complete design of a home from the ground up, and the full interior design and furnishings? How did you start to do the full concept?

BDL: Coming into projects as an interior designer, I find that most often the architect’s plans needed reworking. Clients ended up requesting me to do the entire plan. Traditionally, in Europe and America in the 1920s, there were classically designed homes; one architect did the entire project. The result becomes a cohesive and integral design and a better value. For more info go to www.bdavidlevine.com

B. David Levine Designs is located at 4359 1/2 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA 91604. They can be reached at (818) 623-8641 or www.bdavidlevine.com.

Ms. Robbins is a published author, journalist, and PR director for the Tolucan Times. She can be contacted at: arobbins@tolucantimes.com.

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