By Kitty Golding
Kitty & Company has been conducting a series of short interviews with Chelsea Residents and will continue to publish them for the period of one year. We have enjoyed learning about the differing personalities and design styles in our community and hope you have as well. Stay tuned and follow us each week – we look forward to introducing you to more Chelsea Individuals in the future weeks- it may just be YOU! This week we introduce you to Aubree Shemwell!
What is your profession and for how long?
A mortgage broker for 25+ years.
Your family members:
My children, Cheyenne, Travis, Thomas, Jonathan and partner Chris Tarasow and step children Mikey and Maggie Tarasow.
People think of me as: Organized but the truth is I have piles of chaos on my desk
When did you move to Chelsea? Where did you live prior to this?
We moved to Chelsea in 1988 when my mother re-married and relocated. I am originally from West Palm Beach, Florida.
What do you love about where you currently live?
Chelsea is an eclectic community full of unique and quaint shops. It gives me a good feeling when driving through our little downtown. I love that I can drive to work, to my kid’s school, the store, and back home all in a few minutes. I love how the community of Chelsea and the schools all play positive and supportive roles in my family’s lives.
If you could have a second home anywhere, where would it be?
I definitely plan to retire (or second home) on the ocean. There’s something so peaceful and calming to hear the sound of the ocean.
What three words describe your style?
Conservative, comfortable and warm.
As you think about the home in which you grew up, what elements did you like and do you think you have incorporated some of them in your own home?
I try to make my home comfortable and inviting. I’m not sure if I took that from my parent’s home but definitely my Nana’s home, which I loved to visit.
What is one trend in design you do NOT like?
While I’m often intrigued of the shiplap and distressed furniture look, it’s just not a style I like in my own home. I also do not care for the modern European furnishing look.
Have you ever built a new home or remodeled an existing one?
What is the one biggest interior design issue you struggle with?
I struggle with the flow of colors and furniture from room to room, as well as where to hang art work, etc. While I have a certain idea of how I want my home to look, it is a slowly evolving process. One day, it would be nice to complete an entire room (or house) at one time.
Have you ever sought professional help with the interior design of your home - if so, what did you find most helpful?
Design is not my forte. In light of that, I value Kitty’s opinion on everything design, such as colors, the location of furniture, and where to hang art work, etc.
Which room in your home gets the most use? Please give any explanation as well
We have an open kitchen-dining-family room. It is where we watch TV, get warm by the fireplace, eat, play family games, and have family movie nights.
If you were moving and could only pick one item from your home to keep, which would it be and why?
Besides my kids and their treasure boxes.....I'm not really attached to my furniture or belongings I'd have to say the big leather chair. Is very cozy and elegant looking so I would keep that for my next home’s design inspiration. Leather couches may not be cozy to all but they remind me of my Nana and Grandpa's house. It’s such a comfortable and cozy feeling. This is where I love to sit and read.
No room is complete without:
A comfy chair and an ottoman!!!!!
I tend to be: a Collector of things, not a minimalist
A few of your favorite things!
I have too many to count....Hidden Figures, Shawshank Redemption just to name a few.
Historical Place You Have Visited:
St. Andrews in Scotland
Cinnamon and spice
Song, Artist or style of Music:
Old school: Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison, Queen, Eagles, Rod Stewart, Sting, Eric Clapton
Travel Destination On Your Bucket List:
Italy, Croatia and Spain
Things to Collect:
Playing cards and magnets to the places we have visited
It depends on the items....but usually warmer colors like shades of burgundy, blues, blacks.
Favorite Design Style:
Elegant but warm (not glass or metal)
Time with my kids and reading
Kitty’s note: I have known Aubree for a long time now, our boys became friends back in kindergarten. Aubree, even though she says she isn’t - is one of the most organized and efficient women I know with a giving heart and helpful attitude. She is a hard worker and a loving, involved mother.