Category "Senior Living"

Defining Your Personal Home Style

December 14, 2022

by Sam Golden  | Designer

Have you ever questioned how to describe your personal home style? If so, look no further than your Pinterest account.  Scanning through the numerous pins under each board acts as a window into your likes and begins to create a cohesive story of your subconscious tastes that you may not quite be able to put into words.  Nothing captures your gut reactions to ideas like deciding to hit “pin” as you scroll through the endless images available on the platform.

As you look at the collection of pins you have saved related to interiors and begin to find patterns within them, it makes it easier to take inspiration from Pinterest and apply it to your own home with a cohesive design.

My current favorite board on my personal Pinterest account is dedicated to inspiration for my own home.  After buying our first home 3 years ago, my husband and I dove headfirst into making it our own, and like most modern-day creatives, I dove headfirst into pinning all the ideas and things to my board.  Looking back through my pins helps me begin to define my quite eclectic personal style. While I don’t have an exact label for it, I think it could be most accurately summarized as “Mid-Century Greenhouse.”  Most images include colorful, fun ideas and finishes with a mid-century undertone running throughout.  I am drawn to modern, clean forms, warm wood tones, and lots of greenery.

I have a passion for creating an environment that is completely unique and speaks to my husband and me.  Many pins on my Pinterest board have become a DIY reality for us.  We enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of working through the process of making concepts come to life.  The only problem is that the inspiration never stops when you find yourself going down the Pinterest rabbit hole, although your bank account and significant other’s patience might…

Here is a comparison of a few inspirational images from my Pinterest board and how I incorporated that inspiration into my home.

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If you are feeling overwhelmed when it comes to defining your personal style, spend a little time pulling your favorite images from your Pinterest board.  You might be surprised at how easy it can be to translate your likes into your home, wardrobe, or any other aspect of your life that needs a bit of style.

Not Your Grandma’s Senior Living

November 16, 2022

by Laura Kreher | Assoc. IIDA, LEED Green Associate | Designer | Art Associate

As a Gen-Z designer, I sometimes wonder, “What do I know about designing for seniors?” Then I take a step back and realize it’s quite simple; I need to design for myself.

What a Senior Wants

Before you think I’m wildly selfish in that thought, let me explain. I don’t mean design for myself in the way that I favor wood floors over carpet, or any other finish type for that matter. Instead, design in the abstract sense of how a space can not only meet but encourage my desired lifestyle.

I recently watched a webinar called “Accelerating Evolution – The Next Generation of Environments for Aging” that sparked this thought. During this webinar, the statement was made “Senior design is universal design…they are not the other. What they want is close to what YOU want.” 1 That comment made me consider what I want from my current and future living environments.

Here are my expectations:

  • comfort
  • care
  • socialization/interaction with people different than myself
  • safety
  • creativity and the means to explore it
  • to learn and try new things
  • beauty
  • convenience
  • diversity
  • independence

I know I’m not alone in these desires. I know that because these are not deeply personal aspirations – they are basic human needs. Because “at our core, we need to be with people to be healthy.”My current wants are no different from what my silent generation grandmother wants or even my baby boomer parents.

If you ask a senior why they are hesitant on moving to a senior living community, most of them have a similar answer; they are concerned they are sacrificing any of the above expectations of living. Unfortunately, many do when they make this pivotal move, and feel as though they are unable to do anything about it. But there is an entirely new generation entering the senior living age. Unlike their parent’s generation, they won’t remain silent.

Tick, Tick…Baby Boom

While the tail end of baby boomers are on the horizon of packing up their offices, the generational leaders are prepping to pack up their homes. This takeover of a new generation in the senior living environment will surely invoke change. We know these new members have high expectations and will not settle for less (rightfully so, might I add). “They will define senior living design and advocate for their wants.” 1 With 50% of people born today having a life expectancy of 100, 1 having enough space is another concern.

Great Expectations

Meeting the great expectations of incoming boomers can be achieved through many factors such as staff interaction, community programs, or design of space to name a few. Integration and utilization of nearby resources is key. Neighboring communities can share large amenities like pools and libraries. Nearby colleges can offer course credits for students to host classes for seniors – or flip the switch and let a senior share their expertise. For a more controlled environment, it is easy enough to draw the public in. Storefronts in a senior living community can be rented out and managed by outside companies, whether it be a coffee shop or a yoga studio. There can be a front door for the public and a back door for residents, allowing a full multi-generational and multi-use space.Similar to many hotels, a community’s lobby can house a bar or dining venue, with full access to the public. This gives residents socialization in a controlled location. While this concept works best in an urban setting, rural areas can implement this concept as well. Senior communities can partner with local golf courses and community colleges. Churches, youth groups, and community garden clubs can interact with senior living communities. I know any town, no matter the size, will always welcome a new dining venue.

In addition to the quality of life, these concepts help address the concern of ever-growing cost and ever-declining space. As sprawling floor plans become more of a luxury, multi-use reduces space, reduces costs, increases sustainable design practices, and increases benefits. Another model to assist with the upcoming population boom is to have commuters, just like college. Allow seniors to have day passes to a community; they partake in activities and socialization but are still able to live at home. Allowing them to slowly ease into the transition of living environments.

It’s time to reshape our perception of senior living. It’s not about designing for the senior living industry but the industry of creating environments for older adults. 1 We must empower this population to continue to grow and thrive; to live meaningful lives. It’s time to redefine the living of senior living.

Sources:

  1. The Center for Health Design Webinar: Accelerating Evolution- The Next Generation of Environments for Aging

Spellman Brady Re-Imagines the Interiors for Arbol Residences of Santa Rosa, California

July 26, 2022

St. Louis, MO (July 26, 2022) – Spellman Brady & Company, an award-winning interior design firm, is pleased to announce the interior renovation of Arbol Residences of Santa Rosa, California.  Spellman Brady’s scope of work included space planning, selection of interior finishes, furniture, and artwork for the common areas and amenities of the community’s Assisted Living Building, as well as interior finishes for resident apartments.

 

Spellman Brady partnered with developer LCS Development, architects, Tactic Studios and contractor, BNBuilders. The design goal was to revitalize the existing common spaces to create a show stopping first impression.  This was accomplished by opening the floor plan and improving the multi-use functionality along with selecting sophisticated finishes and color palette that connected with the project’s proximity to northern California and the sprawling Napa Valley wine region.

Prior to the renovation, at the entry you were greeted by a fireplace; the reception desk was tucked in a corner out of visitors’ line of sight, where the new Bistro is now located. Moving the reception area, front and center, creates a true sense of arrival reassuring guests that they are in the right place. To the right of the desk is the new bistro and outdoor patio that was once a series of offices.  This added amenity offers a new option for residences on the go or a place to meet up with friends and family for bistro-style dining and quick bites.

For the renovated living room, dining room and bistro areas, neutral finishes and warm wood tones were combined with pops of sunny yellow and ocean blues to capture the lively spirit of California. The high-contrast color palette and tactile materials bring a balanced mix of modern and mid-century elements to the spaces. Sophisticated finishes such as marble and brass accents were incorporated into the reception desk, fireplace wall, and bistro. The artwork selected also reinforces the local California feel; the robust art package curated by Spellman Brady includes a hand-crafted art rail showcasing a variety of materials and textures. Colorful, acrylic-faced watercolors displayed in black metal, wall-mounted easels offer a dynamic 3-dimensional effect.

The renovation provides residents with beautifully updated spaces, where they can enjoy gathering, dining with friends, and engaging in various community events on campus year-round.

 

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis-based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, higher education, and multi-family environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive, space planning, interior design, furniture, artwork master planning and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in forty-three states and abroad since its founding 27 years ago.

Arbol Residences of Santa Rosa Village is a continuing care retirement community in the Sonoma area that offers a continuum of senior care including assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care in a vibrant setting.

LCS Development is a full-service, third-party developer of senior living communities specializing in design and construction management. It has experience in helping owners and sponsors develop highly complex projects in markets throughout the United States.

 Life Care Services®, An LCS Company with over 40 years of experience, is among the nation’s leading operators of rental senior living communities and Life Plan Communities. They put strong financial stewardship, high-quality health care, and a slate of life-enhancing services to work so residents can enjoy their lives to the fullest.

 

Originally published by Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.

Spellman Brady Completes Interior Design for Senior Living Community Anthology of Farmington Hills, Michigan

June 14, 2022

Spellman Brady & Company (SBC), an award-winning interior design firm, completed the interior design for the newly constructed Anthology of Farmington, a senior living community with 70 assisted living units and 30 memory care units, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The community is owned and operated by Anthology Senior Living, a CA Ventures – Senior Living Company. Spellman Brady was responsible for the selection, procurement and installation of the project’s finishes, furniture, artwork, and accessories for the project.

Spellman Brady developed the interior design for all the communal areas which included the resident corridors, lobby, bistro, dining room, family suite, theater, library, and pub. The overall interior design concept was built upon Farmington’s proximity to Detroit and its history of producing elegant, classic cars from a bye-gone era that featured plush textures and rich jewel-tone colors. The result is a contemporary design with a hospitality feel that incorporates high contrast colors, luxurious patterned fabrics, and accessories with a layered eclectic appeal. The artwork selected also plays an important role in connecting the community to Detroit and Michigan. Many of the art pieces tie directly into the project’s finishes, while also adding texture and dimension. The artwork package features several custom art pieces which were created using upcycled materials. To create the pub’s custom “Hubcap Wall,” Danielle Spellman, Spellman Brady & Company Art Consultant, searched local scrap yards and antique dealers to discover hubcaps from the “big three” automotive manufacturers and arranged them for the site specific installation. For the library, a one-of-a-kind “Book Wall” was developed using recycled books carefully pieced together, like a puzzle, to create the final 6′ x 4′ collage.

Spellman Brady collaborated with architects, Roseman and Associates and general contractor, Brinkmann Constructors, both from St. Louis. Anthology Senior Living, CA Ventures’ senior living platform, develops, acquires, and operates 34 best-in-class senior communities in 15 states across the United States. Its mission is to provide a unique senior living experience that provides residents with the best in hospitality and care, so they can live their story in a beautiful, meaningful way.

Spellman Brady & Company is an award-winning St. Louis-based interior design firm specializing in senior living, healthcare, higher education, and multi-family environments. The firm maintains design excellence by delivering comprehensive interior design, furniture, artwork master planning and procurement services. As a Certified WBE Business, Spellman Brady & Company has completed more than 6,300 projects in 43 states and abroad since its founding 28 years ago.

Originally published by Saint Louis CNR Construction News and Review.

Living Room Bistro

Sagewood Awarded Honorable Mention in EFA 2022 Design Showcase

May 8, 2022

HONORABLE MENTION – 2022 EFA Design Showcase

Sagewood, a resort-style continuing care retirement community (CCRC) within the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix has completed its Phase 2 renovation and expansion, marking the largest construction project since Sagewood opened in 2010.

Phase 1 was completed in 2018 and included Desert Willow, a two-story, assisted living addition to the existing skilled nursing building, as well as a new fitness center, chapel, activity room, dining room, courtyard, salon, and two separate living rooms for residents. It also included The Oasis, a newly constructed 20,700-square-foot event space featuring a lobby space that acts as a pre-function area before events, as well as a lecture hall. Sagewood was 97 percent occupied in Phase 1, leaving room for additional growth and the desire for more hospitality-like venues.

Phase 2 includes a four-story, 276,454-square-foot independent living community with an underground parking garage. The community features one- and two-bedroom units with den layouts and scenic patio views. As well as expanding the living options, Phase 2 includes new amenity spaces for all Sagewood residents, including activity and game rooms, an art studio, putting green, a café, formal dining, and an indoor-outdoor tapas bar and lounge.

The design for the community’s three new restaurants was inspired by Sagewood’s surrounding landscape, which helped weave together the unique dining destinations. Part of the existing Palo Verde dining room and the adjacent administrative area became The Sonoran, offering fine dining. The Canyon Café’s renovation allowed for a full kitchen to be added, allowing the café to be open all day by transitioning from morning coffee to evening nightcaps. The Owl’s Nest is a tapas bar that perches on the fourth floor overlooking the McDowell Mountains.

Click here to read Sagewood’s feature in EFA’s Spring 2022 Design Showcase.

Senior Housing News Awards Sagedwood – Best Independent Living Design of 2021

February 25, 2022

One measure of a project’s success is how well it has leased up, and in that regard, Sagewood’s second-phase expansion gets high marks. Many of the community’s new independent living units were pre-sold even as construction was getting underway, and today it is almost completely full, according to Zbylicki.

One unique selling point at the community today is its 18-hole championship golf putting course, which is covered in real grass instead of artificial turf.

“I’m not sure of any other place that has such a nice putting green,” Zbylicki added. “It seems like it’s always being used.”

The Sagewood project achieved and exceeded its goal of providing high-end, resort-style living, according to Cindy Shonaiya, principal at Hord Coplan Macht and a judge on this year’s Design Awards competition.

“The Sonoran desert themes highlight the artisanal southwestern accents throughout, which are the perfect foil for the eclectic ambience of its amenity spaces,” Shonaiya said. “The 18-hole putting golf course is outstanding, providing access to outdoor activities for its residents, without having to leave the community.”

The community’s design featuring warm tones and wood is “striking” and “bold,” according to Steven Levin, co-president of Hana2.0 Property Group and Design Awards judge.

“The interior is vibrant and lively with style,” he said.

Today, Sagewood is closer to its final vision thanks to its most recent expansion. Looking ahead, LCS is eyeing more construction phases that will potentially add more independent living units and additional amenities.

“I think we did a good job of creating something different, and new amenities that the residents were asking for,” Zbylicki said.

Click here to read more about the concept, construction, and completion.

EFA Photo Tour – Sagewood Phase 2

July 26, 2021

EFA PHOTO TOUR – SAGEWOOD PHASE 2

Sagewood, a resort-style continuing care retirement community (CCRC) within the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix has completed its Phase 2 renovation and expansion, marking the largest construction project since Sagewood opened in 2010.

Phase 1 was completed in 2018 and included Desert Willow, a two-story, assisted living addition to the existing skilled nursing building, as well as a new fitness center, chapel, activity room, dining room, courtyard, salon, and two separate living rooms for residents. It also included The Oasis, a newly constructed 20,700-square-foot event space featuring a lobby space that acts as a pre-function area before events, as well as a lecture hall. Sagewood was 97 percent occupied in Phase 1, leaving room for additional growth and the desire for more hospitality-like venues.

Phases 2 includes a a four-story, 276,454-square-foot independent living community with an underground parking garage. The community features one- and two-bedroom units with den layouts and scenic patio views. As well as expanding the living options, phase 2 includes new amenity spaces for all Sagewood residents, including activity and game rooms, an art studio, putting green, café, formal dining, and an indoor-outdoor tapas bar and lounge.

The design for the community’s three new restaurants was inspired by Sagewood’s surrounding landscape, which helped weave together the unique dining destinations. Part of the existing Palo Verde dining room and adjacent administrative area became The Sonoran, offering fine dining. The Canyon Café’s renovation allowed for a full kitchen to be added, allowing the café to be open all day by transitioning from morning coffee to evening nightcaps. The Owl’s Nest is a tapas bar that perches on the fourth floor overlooking the McDowell Mountains.

EFA Remodel/Renovation Silver Award – Sagewood Canyon Cafe

July 12, 2021

EFA Remodel/Renovation Silver Award – Sagewood Canyon Cafe

Jury Comments

  • This project really pushed the boundaries of “Senior living” into the commercial retail world. We shouldn’t have to leave behind edgy contemporary design. Very nice integration of the support kitchen to make this bistro successful.

 

  • Beautiful reinvisioning of a dated café and convenience mart into a hip setting for any time of day. The new venue would be just at home in a resort as it is for the Sagewood community. The new modern industrial aesthetic venue provides many inviting spaces as the easily accessed “booth” and the community table – perfect for groups as well as a lone diner.  Appreciate the attention to materials and to details such as the inclusion of themed restaurant displays.

 

  • This lively hang-out is created within the existing walls of a once dreary space. An amazing level of detail comprised of regional and industrial materials differentiates a variety of gathering spots. The articulated ceiling including wood and acoustic baffles counterbalances the hard surfaces of tile, brick and metal, adding not only interest, but sound control to the space.  Furniture settings are spaciously arranged to facilitate easy circulation. And the introduction of a complete food service, along with happy hour beverages, assures enjoyment and sociability throughout the day.

Sagewood Phase 2

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