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Kelly Allen was shocked as soon as she spoke to Gene Sazevich and Dave Hedlund. Allen, a former Room & Board design associate and principal at Kelly Allen Design, found the couple to have “extraordinary personalities” and “beautiful people inside and out.” “I was really drawn to their energy and wanted to work with them right away,” she says.
With Allen’s guidance, Sasevich, a philanthropic consultant, and Hedlund, recently retired, renovated their home to create more open space, increased functionality, and increased comfort for daily living and recreation. The goal, Allen said, was “to make sure their life wasn’t limited by Dave being in a wheelchair.”
Hedlund’s first request was a place to sit in the front window. Allen replied, “I have a table set.” She sourced a sturdy pedestal table with a stone top that became the focal point of the couple’s life. Hedlund allows you to safely lean back while doing yoga. Couples enjoy wine there before dinner. There, she and her family play games and dye Easter eggs. Sazevic uses it as a workspace. Sazevich said Allen also replaced the couple’s “clunky furniture” with a pedestal dining table that allowed Hedlund to easily slide a chair under, a wall sconce more than 4 feet tall, and a lower Hedlund replaced it with a stylish bookshelf with a cabinet and a pull-down desktop, which he uses during his stay. Sasevich stores his belongings on the upper shelf.
“The idea was to keep the floor space open and the aisles clear,” Allen says. One floor lamp has slender legs wedged close to the sofa, and there is no coffee table or rug. “Thanks to Room & Board’s sleek, modern furniture, the redo was easy, but the house never seems to be lacking in furniture and still has a warm feel.” Gallery Wall features artwork and photos of “the places we’ve been and the things we’ve enjoyed,” along with paintings commissioned by Kimberly Chida Petters, Sazevic said. Allen also helped the couple choose tiles and finishes for their kitchen renovation and advised them on custom cabinetry. “Cantilevered cutting boards, slip-on drawers, and custom workspaces give you independence in the kitchen,” says Hedlund. Custom her backsplash tiles ranged from Clay Squared to Infinity.
The couple finished renovating their 1941 home in 2022. “The comfort and beauty of this space makes us want to entertain,” says Hedlund. And that happens not only around the front window tables, but also on the renovated back patio. “They are such fun people…they made the project fun,” Allen says. “One day I pulled up and Gene was standing in the front door singing.” [because] She was really looking forward to my arrival. I love designing spaces that are unique to the people who live there. Dave has special needs and we worked together to improve his and Gene’s daily living experiences. ”
Meet Sazevic and Hedlund in this Room & Board video.