Empty nester couple from Seal Beach, Ca. Ted owns and operates an insurance company and is a couple of years from retiring. Shelly is a retired school teacher. They appreciate each others company and love to golf. They’re incredible grandparents that take the time and travel to Nashville and Atlanta to visit a few times a year. Ted has a great sense of humor and enjoys writing little notes to his wife and leaves them in various places for her to find. I feel fortunate to have been a recipient of one of his notes. Makes me smile every time I think of it.
They bought their house in the early 70’s and had one remodel with an addition to the upstairs. Shelly worked with an interior designer in the early 80’s and had never touched it since. Since the 80’s Shelly and Ted acquired a handful of hand me downs from their parents. All the pieces were beautiful and made well. The only problem was, Shelly no longer identified with the style. She and Ted wanted to create a fresh look. It was important to both of them that they had a place to enjoy their morning coffee together. They wanted an updated dining room that didn’t stray far from the look and feel of the living room.
When I first started on this project I channeled Shelly and Ted’s kind spirit. I wanted to create something that was easy going and casual that matched their personality. While keeping it unique in style. I developed a space plan that included a sitting area off of the dining room looking out into their lush green backyard. It was the perfect spot to enjoy their morning coffee together.