Empty-Nesters Choose Renovation Over Downsizing

Old is new again for a Wynnewood couple who didn’t flee their home after the children left, but remodeled it to fit their new lifestyle.

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Short also worked on the small sitting area, which is separated from the dining room by pocket doors. “It was a bit of a design challenge because it bridges the older part of the home with the newer part,” she says.

A bold Ikat print covers the top of a round storage ottoman in the center of the room. “Ikat is great because it comes in many different forms and colors,” says Short. “It’s a punchy way to bring a graphic splash to a home that’s traditional but leaning modern.”

With the help of an expert team, the owners now have a home that reflects a new stage in their lives—and they didn’t have to uproot themselves to do it.

“The renovations were a chance for them to explore their identity and rediscover themselves and who they’ve become,” Short says. “It’s important to embrace who you are now and design a home to host the next generation. That’s certainly what we did here.”

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