It wasn't always smooth sailing. There were multiple floor plans, questions that oozed lack of trust, and a couple of old-fashioned family blowups. ("There were a few times I reverted to being a bratty teenager when I didn't get my way," David confesses.) Everyone agrees, however, that in the end it was a highly successful collaboration of parents, son, landscape designer Mario Nievera, and interior designer Jennifer Garrigues. "There was a strong collaboration because we felt so comfortable with each other," David says.
In the living room, two comfortable sofas are placed back to back, each facing a fireplace at either end of the large space. A console table was placed between the sofas and outfitted with chocolate-colored lamps. "Rather than a typical porcelain or flowered lamp, we looked for something with a little bit of an edge to it," says designer Garrigues. To make the new house appear old, David, as architect, eschewed recessed ceiling lights and instead used sconces, chandeliers, and floor and table lamps.