Bedford Ma, recently sent out these little lifesaving booklets that highlight how Seniors can “Stay Independent”, by making their homes safer.
A few highlights. Since falls are a major factor of fractures and injuries do these simple things.
1. Keep floors and stairwells clutter free
2. Remove small throw rugs. If you love your larger rugs, do what the pros do. Cut back the pad 6” from each side, so the rug slopes down Tape down the corners. Or tape down all the edges if they are not flush to the floor.
3. Be aware of thresholds between rooms. If possible make them flush to the floor , or remove them entirely.
4. Add additional lighting. We humans need a one Lumen more per year after age 40. Do you ever wonder why your kids or grandkids sit in the dark? It is not dark for them.
5. Add handrails and lighting to all staircases. Keep clutter off the stairs. Think about doing a carpet runner. Carpet absorbs sounds and if you do fall, carpet is softer.
6. Add grab bars next to the toilet, and where you get into the tub.
7. Add a non skid rug on the floor of your shower, especially in a slippery bath tub. Cut back the pad 6”.
Call Linda 339-927-6137 to get a personalized safety assessment for your home. Update for now with the goal of the getting the highest resale price for later.
One of the most important elements in a home is good lighting. It’s also the element that is most misunderstood by both homeowners and builders. We can turn unused portions of your home into welcoming spaces by adding a layered lighting plan.
What is a layered lighting plan?
The Chandelier provides overall light and the pendants are special to a sloped ceiling for art lighting in a Winchester living room. The sculptural corner floor lamp adds to the room’s ambiance.
A plan should provide overall illumination, task lighting, and mood lighting. A layered lighting plan combines:
pendants & chandeliers
flush mounted fixtures
Table and floor
For accent lights, think spotlighting artwork with wall washers or brightening glass shelves. Adding a dimmer to all switches is one of the easiest ways to create ambiance and multiple moods.
Starting with ceiling lights – you have a choice of pendants, chandeliers or flush-mount fixtures. Flush-mount fixtures create height in a room and preserve views out of windows and in the space.
A pendant fixture is like a piece of jewelry in the room that provides task lighting in a specific area – over a table or over an island. Here we added a pendant over a living room game table. There is also cove lighting in the shelf soffit, providing additional ambient, mood light.
LED tulip pendant fixture illuminating game table. There are thousands of fixture styles from which to choose so matching your decor is never an issue. In this Shingle style dining room, we chose a Tiffany style drum pendant. Note the coordinating sconce on the wall.
Tiffany style drum pendant over a dining room in a Shingle style home
Balancing natural light with artificial light makes spaces larger and more welcoming. Windows, skylights, sliding and French doors are now common elements in new homes and renovations.
Alabaster Chandelier over dining room table
Table and Floor Lamps
To create ambiance in a room, use table and floor lamps. These are the fixtures to use while watching television, reading a book or gathering with friends for conversation. Here are some beautiful and functional examples. The handblown, stained-glass torchiere in the room below adds glowing light and color to the space.
Here are different styles of floor and table lamps. To save energy and our planet, I specify LED bulbs and a dimmer for every switch. In summary, expand the usable spaces in your home with good lighting.
Wallpaper is one of many choices in interior design and decor. In this blog post, I’ll show you that wallpaper is back in stunning and amazing new designs. It can create a great effect in your home, and it doesn’t have to be old-fashioned or dull; this is not your grandmother’s wallpaper!
These designs are eye-catching and contemporary; they really complete a room. Some papers have images that are larger than life. Some include 3D materials. And the old stand-by – string paper – has returned refined. Let’s have a look at some designs.
The married couple and their two adult children who call this home – all medical professionals – gravitate to this room now. We created a gathering space attractive to the entire family. This is where they’re happy.
We Crafted Features including
Chaise lounge for a cozy nap
Lots of seating for entertaining
Richly painted canvas over the fireplace you can view from a distance
For the dog: Non-carpeted pathway out to the backyard
For the humans: A faux-leather ottoman to rest your feet or your dinner plate – It’s washable