I always encourage my clients to give me as much reference material as they can right at the beginning of the process: favorite photos of each person, pet, and place as well as favorite films, art, and hobbies to really get the creative juices flowing. Colette loves the city and Tom love the country and when I think of merging those two things together I think of one thing: Green Acres.
The sketch: a split screen/Green Acres concept was the perfect place to start. I gave Colette the penthouse view she adores and I placed Tom in the countryside with land spreadin' out so far and wide. Of course their pets are prominently featured, too.
The final illustration evolved a little bit from the orignal sketch. The bike was more interesting in profile and I rearranged the pets, but overall the concept shined through nicely.