No, no, no… people this blog is not about me! My beauty is quite accessible because it comes from within, and I offer it to everyone, or at least I try!
This blog is about beautiful interior design that is specifically designed for us.
While trolling Pintrest saving pins to the CreativelyAble page I was inspired to share a few beautiful design ideas.
Often times when something happens, and we find ourselves having to live our lives differently, we must adjust to a new normal. We can lose sight of our dreams and buy into poverty thinking. We accept that the outside world underestimates us. Unfortunately, at some point, we realize that we do it to ourselves.
Let’s expand our minds people! Let’s believe in the dreams we desire. Let’,s consider that “if you can dream it, the dream is already too small!” I hope the pictures below, coupled with my thoughts will inspire you to dream big (no…even bigger than that)!
I am passionate about disability and blowing up the stereotypes, but I also love interior design. I enjoy interesting architecture and love a contemporary clean space with a bit of cozy mixed in.
In a future blog, I will show you a few of the ways I have “accessivized” (new word) my own home. Not quite as fancy as these pictured below, but my space might give you reasonable ideas if you are looking for a place or to redesign a home for yourself or a family member. I have done a lot of research over the years because I wanted my home to be accessible, but not to look overly accessible. And, I didn’t want to have to move things around when I had people over.
There are many options for kitchens these days from adjusting counter heights permanently or motorized, or leaving the island out and using a table that can be moved to make room for a wheelchair.
A really fresh innovative idea that I researched for my home is motorized cabinets. Although they were a bit pricy for me, let me say that these are “DOPE” (really cool, awesome). There are cabinets in my kitchen where the top shelves are not used. Like that annoying cabinet over the refrigerator that most people use for holiday dishes etc. No one wants to climb up there more than once a year!
With this system full use of the cabinets, top to bottom is a possibility.
Next, let’s look at some cool accessible bathrooms. It’s not about those metal safety rails like you see in public restrooms. These designs are sleek and elegant and can be adjusted to fit individual fixture choices, color schemes, and tastes.
Large open spaces are not only great for maneuvering wheelchairs but good if extra room is needed for other equipment like lifts etc. Also (in case you were wondering) I do enjoy doing donuts in large spaces with a bit of Tokyo drifting!
This design is really clean and offers support at the toilet with a safety bar that is almost invisibly built into the sink. The shower has overhead and handheld options with an easy in and out wide door. The teak bench is easily moveable in case the shower is shared with a person without a disability or if a wheeled shower seat needs to roll all the way in.
The design below is innovative and clever. It makes good use of a somewhat small space. It’s also cool that the sink faucets are set mid counter allowing for easy reaching. Nice. Seems as if it would be a little tricky reaching the shower head from the wall if you are sitting on the seat. You’d have to leave it dangling to accommodate if that would be a concern (as it would be for me).
There is so much more I could show you, and I will cover additional design ideas in future blogs. I’m planning to cover ramps, bedrooms and even house/apartment hunting dos and dont’s.
Good design is good for everyone in the home. If you reconfigure a home, you want to make sure your design doesn’t reduce the value of the property if you sell at some point.
Love and light my friends!
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Great article Larree! Congratulations!!!