Design in Style With The Sofa Guy

From concept to completion, The Sofa Guy Design Studio offers personalized service along with contemporary designs for the home or office. Positioned on the Pacific Ocean, this multi-level Malibu estate underwent a complete transformation. In collaboration with the estate owners, Paul Trent (The Sofa Guy) carved a new house from within the old one, an undertaking that required the predetermination of furnishings prior to completion of the interior space.

Interior Design by Paul Trent, The Sofa Guy Design Studio

Living Area

Plush yet relaxed, the living area seats 15 comfortably, thanks to a custom-designed island sectional upholstered in a cotton/linen fabric from Robert Allen and Kravet fabric. The two handcrafted swivel accent chairs by The Sofa Guy Design Studio are uniquely designed with a contemporary look and feel. The Lava Occasional tables from Palecek feature stonecast lava rock top edges with brushed stainless steel top and polished stainless steel legs. The area rug from Jaipur’s Project Error By Kavi ͟is handcrafted wool paired with viscose for a hand-knotted rug with a subtle sheen and an abstract as mysterious as a night sky. 

Dining Area

Crafted from solid oak with polished chrome finishes, the 10-foot Rene Cazares Cartegena dining table is surrounded by Capri dining arm chairs. Apart from the natural light reflecting off the sandy beach, the area is lit by two Global Views chain pendant chandeliers with drum shades finished in nickel to enhance the seaside dining experience 

Breakfast Nook

Adjacent to the gourmet kitchen, the cozy breakfast nook is created by the installation of a custom banquet covered in high performance Sunbrella Chenille fabric. The 54-inch Amalfi glass top table and Crystal Cove chairs offer casual yet elegant seating overlooking the Pacific.  

Guest Room

The pair of Ozzy chairs in the lounge space off the guest suite offer contrasting forms. The Archer sofa by Rene Cazares opposite is covered in Robert Allen fabric and offers a more than comfortable retreat for informal gatherings. The abstract wall piece is from Leftbank Art, and underneath it all is Jaipur’s Kavi Chaos area rug. 

Family Area

Downstairs in the family area, Trent kept the palette natural with clean lines. Seating at the bar includes three Lisa Taylor barstools connecting the old with the new and creating classic and timeless pieces with a refreshing contemporary appeal. Two L-shaped sectionals create a central focus for informal and relaxing gatherings. The French Key Everything Cabinet by Global Views is impressive, generously scaled and multifunctional, perfect for use as a media cabinet. The Santorini Cocktail table is from Rene Cazares 

Outdoor Spaces

Exterior entertaining areas are just as important as interiors for this home which overlooks the iconic Malibu beach. Beauty, innovation and craftsmanship are the key distinctions that define each piece in the Rene Cazares outdoor collection selected by Trent. This outdoor collection offers fully upholstered furniture that combines sophistication and style, built to withstand the natural elements and bringing the comfort and style of indoor living to the outdoors…living alfresco, Malibu-style. 

For an in-home consultation and to learn more about this design project, contact The Sofa Guy, Paul Trent, at, and visit his website,