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Neither Julie Metzinger nor Natalie Officer could have imagined that a chance meeting while out shopping would lead to a lasting personal and business relationship.

“I met Julie at a random clothing store,” Officer explained. Metzinger introduced herself, and the two became friends over the next year. Today, they are not just close friends, but they also work together at Officer’s company, Natalie O Designs. “By the time we started diving into this beautiful home renovation, we were connected already,” Officer said of the project.

Dining for dozens

Metzinger was the owner of a traditional ranch home in Northfield, and she already had a good idea of what she wanted out of the renovation — the major aspect being a space large enough to accommodate nearly 40 people.

“It was very much about function,” Officer said. “The way that they live