“We furnished the house in keeping with the Old-World architecture,” Daron explains. Only a few pieces of furniture made the move, mostly for sentimental reasons, including one not-to-be-left-behind pine table the kids sat under when they were small. Most of their furnishings, however, didn’t fit into the new scheme of things owing to their incompatible style or too-small scale.
“David and I talked a lot about shape and size. He had looked at our other house to see what would work. He’d measure and plot it out, then do all the space planning on his computer. Since we were dealing with higher ceilings and larger spaces, most of our other furniture just wasn’t the proper size.”
The two of them soon got “a color thing going,” choosing a mid-tone color for the walls that Daron and Ron would never tire of, a color that would allow them to “change the soft finishings over the years but keep the background the same.” Accents ran to rust, light mustard, and sage green.
Together, Daron and Miller visited quarries to select stone and took buying trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco in search of furniture. “We’d go into sales rooms and sit on something, and he’d say, ‘How does that feel? Where does it hit your back?’ Ron and I didn’t want anything that wasn’t easy to live with. And we wanted to sit as comfortably in the living room as any other room in the house.”
Daron and Miller also scoured the design centers for fabrics to be used in draperies, bed covers, upholstered sofas and chairs. “We came home with a ton of fabrics,” Daron recalls. “David’s job was to package them in envelopes. He had it in his head which fabrics went in which rooms. My job was to say, ‘I like this one and this one and this one.’ I spread them all out on the floor and played with them . . . this might be good for the couch . . . then packaged them by rooms. Some fabrics my husband and I didn’t use at all. Others we might prefer to sit on instead of putting them at a window.
“I loved working with the fabrics. I’d done draperies and bedding before but had never done a giant project like this. It would have been terribly overwhelming without a designer. He kept me on track, kept me moving from room to room.”
The collaboration worked beautifully. “I loved being involved in the project!” says Daron. And as each truckload of furniture arrived on moving day, she says it was like opening presents. “Everything turned out just as we expected. On his proposals, David would attach fabric samples to each photograph or drawing, so there weren’t really any surprises. At first I wondered if we’d feel like we were living in a hotel, but it didn’t feel that way all. It all seemed so warm and comfortable. ”