Aging in Place Design: Enjoy Staying at Home

More and more, seniors are choosing to age in place in their current homes instead of moving to Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) or other types of senior living centers, and there are a number of products and features that allow people of any age to enjoy their homes in comfort. No matter your age, living in a safe environment that’s accessible to everyone is even more important as our life expectancy increases.

I am not only an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers, but also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). I love the idea of helping people stay in their home longer, and I have the knowledge and expertise to do just that. As the National Association of Home Builders says:

“To age-in-place, you will probably need to modify your house as you mature to increase access and safety. Modifications may range from the installation of bathroom grab bars and adjusting countertop height to the creation of first floor bedrooms and the installation of private elevators.”

If you’re interested in stylishly updating your New Orleans or Atlanta home with aging-in-place features, give me a call at 888-624-1272.

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4 Gorgeous Window Boxes

Window boxes can immediately boost a home’s curb appeal and give you something scenic to gaze at while you’re enjoying your decorated outdoor space. In time for the holiday weekend, I wanted to share some gorgeous window box inspiration. Look to this eye candy…

An array of colorful blooms brighten this house exterior.

Varying plant heights add visual interest.

Black window boxes complement the black shutters on this house.

You can use the same window box and flowers on each window for a cohesive touch.

Better Homes and Gardens has a whole slideshow on “Easy Recipes for Beautiful Window Boxes in Sunny Spots.” Check it out to find a great combination of flowers for your window planter.

Will you be working on your garden or spending time in your outdoor space this Memorial Day weekend? What window box flowers do you love?

Images: 1 via Houzz; 2 via Better Homes and Gardens; 3 via Southern Living; 4 via Houzz

Design Trend: Menswear-Inspired Furnishings

In addition to modern art-inspired furnishings, menswear patterns were another trend named in the High Point Market Spring/Summer 2012 Market Style Report. As the report describes:

“Menswear looks haven’t lost their luster in home fashions, with patterns from plaid to paisley.”

I’m glad to see this trend is enduring since I wrote about menswear looks in home design as part of my March fashion series! Check out that full post to see rooms and home goods in pinstripes, plaids, houndstooth and herringbone.

These were a couple of the menswear-inspired pieces from High Point Market:

Da Ming Kai chair

Surya rug

If you’re looking for an interior designer in New Orleans or Atlanta who stays current on what’s trending, contact Susan Currie Design. You can visit my website to find out more about me and see pictures of my projects.

Images via highpointmarket.org

New Orleans’ Magazine Street: My Favorite Shops

I recently moved from Atlanta to New Orleans and am balancing interior design projects in both places. In NOLA, I’ve been enjoying walks beneath the lazy Oak limbs in Audubon Park as well as shopping at the fabulous boutiques on Magazine Street. Here are the New Orleans shops I recommend, whether you’re a Big Easy native or just visiting:

Objets Trouves
This is a wonderful place offering original art, framing and accessories. The owner, Linda, has a flare for finding great artists!

Bremermann Designs
Gerrie Bremermann has a shop filled with antiques and unique finds for the home. You’ve likely seen her published in shelter magazines; she’s a well-established designer in New Orleans, and an inspiration for all.

White Camellia
The White Camellia has lots of stylish accessories, and you have to check out the back patio for great outdoor décor!

Fleurty Girl
This is one of my favorite shops that captures the true spirit of New Orleans. Don’t miss the great T-shirts and wearable décor.

Rye Shop
Rye is another great shop for clothing, jewelry and accessories.  My friend Giselle owns it, so tell her that I told you to stop by!

Clement Hardware & Variety
Located at the corner of Magazine and State Streets, Clement Hardware is a walk back in time. They’ll even help you repair a lamp or find the right hardware or tool for the job. Look for the old gas space heaters that many of us remember—I certainly have memories of standing in front of the heater early on a chilly morning in Mississippi getting warm.

Lilette Restaurant and La Petit Grocery
Don’t forget to get some nourishment and stop for lunch at Lilette Restaurant or La Petit Grocery while you’re shopping. There’s so much to see!

What are your favorite destinations on Magazine Street?

Image via Southern Living

Design Trend: Modern Art-Inspired Furnishings

The High Point Market is a biannual trade show for the furnishings industry, attracting thousands of attendees and exhibitors each spring and fall. With a wide array of home products being introduced at the events, it’s no surprise that a number of commonalities are seen, and thus, trends emerge. The Market Style Report for Spring/Summer 2012 came out earlier this week, and I was drawn to a few of the trends in particular.

One of my favorites is a home design trend that’s “on the horizon”—modern art-inspired furniture and accessories. According to the Market Style Report:

“Painterly themes are moving to modern art with pops of color and graphic styles.”

Some of the products spotted in line with this trend include this eye-catching loveseat and chair from Indonesia Rattan, as well as this color-blocked rug from Surya.

What a fun way to add color to interior design! What do you think of this artsy trend?

Images via highpointmarket.org

Colorful Ranges for Kitchen Design

One of the design trends noted from the Architectural Digest Home Design Show earlier this year was bright color—and not always where you’d think. The magazine shared this aqua Aga range, which offers a great pop of surprising color to a white kitchen.

I’ve been thinking about the idea of colorful ranges for the heart of the home since Veranda did an article on them a few months ago. The piece showcased ranges from red and yellow to green and blue, including Fratelli Onofri’s Royal Chiantishire model.

Aga also has colorful options beyond the teal range featured in Architectural Digest. Its Six-Four Series ranges are available in more than 10 hues, including this stunning Aubergine.

I’m also a fan of Jenn-Air’s Oiled Bronze finish for the kitchen.

What do you think of colorful ranges? If you’re looking for an interior designer in New Orleans or Atlanta, give me a call today at 504-237-6112.

Images: 1 via Architectural Digest; 2 via bluestarcooking.com; 3 via aga-ranges.com; 4 via jennair.com

Colorful Light Fixtures Spice Up Your Space

People don’t always think about this option, but one great way to add color to a space is with chandeliers and lamps. I’ve come across some beautiful, colorful light fixtures lately that caught my eye.

These two Gaspare Asaro chandeliers on 1stdibs, for example, are both sculptural and stunning. Either would easily make a great design focal point.

Marjorie Skouras Design’s colorful chandeliers, like this Anabelle Pink Jade Empire one, also make a statement.

Let’s not forget that table lamps can add pops of color, too. Look at how this orange one instantly brightens a neutral space.

Here, a peacock blue lamp shade brings out the sky blue tone in the drapery fabric.

There are many ways to add color to your interior design. As you can see, I love the look of colorful and unexpected light fixtures. What do you think?

Images: 1-2 via 1stdibs.com; 3 via marjorieskourasdesign.com; 4-5 via Houzz, as linked above