In 1996, we opened our first furniture store with a business partner in Venice Beach, calling it Philip Paul Designs. I had a degree from UCLA but I didn’t know a thing about design or furniture. I was an “actor” which meant I actually was a waiter. Soon I earned a degree in business from the “University of Life”, learned a thing or two about furniture and design, and bought out the partner.
Where did we get the name The Sofa Guy?
From the original store in Venice Beach, we changed our name to Welcome Home Interiors (which we still use for large interior design and commercial projects). We liked the idea of helping our clients create welcoming environments in their homes. Still, when we described what we do people would say “Oh the Sofa Guy! My neighbor just bought a sectional from you guys.”; or something similar. Paul got that so often we finally gave in. We figured it’s simple, memorable, and a little goofy; but then again so is Paul. We embraced the moniker and today we are The Sofa Guy Inc.