Another assisted living make over

Last week, I shared with you a semi-private room I turned into a model for the assisted living facility in Front Royal, VA.  Here is another Embellished space in that facility, this one is a private suite.

While this room had already received carpeting, it was still very institutional.
More warm neutrals were added with lots of texture to provide interest and comfort.
A much more welcoming place to stay!


My worlds have collided!!

So funny the turns life takes!  As most of you know, I am an occupational therapist and have been working primarily with geriatrics in facilities and home health for the past 12 years.  Imagine my surprise receiving a phone message from an assisted living facility requesting services from Embellish!!

Here's my latest project:  2 model rooms in a soon-to-be refurbished assisted living community in Front Royal.  Today, I am featuring a semi-private room.  My goal:  to create a comfortable, calming environment that is more home-like.  I hope I met the mark!

This room looks like it belongs in a hospital
Here it is after a little rehab:
Soft cream on the walls and soothing neutrals make this look like a retreat.

Another view:
Removing the curtain, outlets and lighting and adding carpeting really changes the feel of this room:
A seating area:
Little details:
A new, calming place to rest.

I hope to get the opportunity to make more improvements in this space in the future.
Stay tuned!


Savvy Shopper - Paisley Rug

Shopping for a neutral rug for my client and I found this I thought I'd share:

Livonia Indoor/Outdoor Rug
3'6" x 5'6"
$20.95 shipping
TOAL: $219.95

Hand-hooked grey-green area rug
3'6" x 5'6"
$2.95 shipping
TOTAL: $93.89

$126.06 = Significant Savings!!


In Remembrance; Hickman Home

Driving down the tree-lined street, I was reminded of many childhood trips for family holiday celebrations, excitedly anticipating the treats in store from my grandparents.  This is Second Street in Marietta, Ohio - one of the first settlements along the Ohio River and where my mother grew up. 
With nice wide sidewalks (perfect for riding bicycles and pulling wagons), big trees with lots of squirrels, and gorgeous turn of the century homes, I have great memories of this place.
  This is the home where my grandparents lived:
I can still see my grandmother sitting on the front porch, drinking her tea.  I can still feel the pride my grandfather took in his garden; his tulips and hydrangeas.

Interior decor has always been an interest to me and I'll fully admit, I've spent many nights dreaming of how I'd change this old home to make it the beauty it could be, even as a child.  But this weekend, as I walked through the rooms where we gathered to celebrate my grandfather's life, I was so grateful for the things that were the same as my childhood memories.

The kitchen was renovated in the 1960's and still reflects the state of the art changes that were made for that era -- dropped ceilings with flourescent lighting and the best amenities of the time.
My most vivid memories were formed around this table:
Avocado green, gold and burnt orange with the most awesome green vinyl swivel chairs that were well worth the trouble we got into for having spinning contests during dinner.  This is where the kids sat for every holiday meal.
And this is the oven used for many a Thanksgiving turkey, still working today:
The awesome built-in paper towel/aluminum foil/plastic wrap dispenser:

My grandmother's tea cup collection

 And her Fenton glass display
 (there was usually candy in one of the dishes).

Amazing woodwork up the stairs where we took family photographs
And the balcony we used to "fish" for toys on strings
Amazing fireplaces

 And the electric organ.
Many hymns were played on that thing, backed by a mean Bossa Nova beat.
I'm going to miss hearing Grandpa play it.
I know they're just 'things'.
I realize what I do is not a matter of life or death.
But our homes truly reflect our selves and create memories for those who visit.
What memories will you create in yours?