Purchasing a second home in Florida for this semi-retired couple took patience and perseverance to find both the right house and one situated on the Indian River Lagoon. This house, while needing an update, was worth the wait. After initial meetings with the client to understand how they live and entertain, it became clear that entertaining family and friends was a priority for this couple. An analysis of the house proved that one of the areas that needed particular help was the dining room. With ill-proportions and high ceilings relative to the size of the room, there was nothing remarkable or inviting about the space. By adding eight-foot high paneling to the walls, new lighting and grass cloth above the panels, the room took on a more human scale. A large round mahogany table was selected to facilitate interesting and intimate conversations when guests are gathered. The final design is an updated classic.