“We combine contemporary design with accessible and supportive elements for residents and guests,” Lewis said. “We design public spaces to be inclusive of special needs, keeping areas safe and functional, while providing an aesthetically pleasing environment that feels welcoming to everyone."
PHOENIX (PRWEB) November 09, 2017
Bonnie J. Lewis, principal and founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC, was awarded first place in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Arizona North Chapter 2017 Design Excellence Competition in the Commercial Universal Design / Aging in Place category.
One of three awards Lewis won in this year’s competition, first place was given to Lewis for her unique remodel design of a reception area for a senior living community. Ensuring the new space would eliminate clutter and include an additional workstation, Lewis designed the area to be ADA-compliant for full accessibility.
“It was important that we combined a contemporary design with an accessible and supportive area for residents and guests,” Lewis said. “We wanted the space to be welcoming and inclusive of special needs, keeping the area safe and functional with a variety of supportive elements while providing an aesthetically pleasing environment that felt welcoming.”
Lewis updated the design to include a hospitality aesthetic and a unique, contemporary design. She a custom designed an ADA-compliant reception desk with a storage cabinet and a security gate to contain clutter and custom cabinets with beautiful square knobs for easy gripping that also provide lockable storage and further eliminate clutter.
Tall transaction counters provide access to built-in iPads for fast self-service sign in, while two adjoining lower counters allow for wheelchair access and personalized service. To create a welcoming feel, Lewis added accent lights and a 3-D focal point, sustainable wall treatment.
The accessible and stunning space received top marks in the new Commercial - Universal Design/Aging in Place category, which was initiated to focus on inclusive designs and broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products, and environments that are inherently accessible. Lewis has a passion for creating universal and aging-in-place design spaces, helping clients make the most out of their space while providing safety, functionality, and beauty for residents and their families, caregivers and operations staff.
“It’s such an honor to receive this award,” Lewis said. “My company is dedicated to solving design problems with evidenced-based, code-compliant design to support the specific needs of older adults while being beautiful and uplifting, and helping people live longer, healthier lives.”
Lewis also won Honorable Mention in the Commercial – Element category for her stunning interior design of a private dining room at a senior living community. The space included slip-resistant flooring, new lighting, a senior-friendly color palette, and a mobility-device accessible furniture selection and arrangement. The main feature was a custom 1,000-year old reclaimed wood piece, a permanent wall element to create an inviting, biophilic-designed environment. The piece also featured a mirror, a shelf with accessories, and bow-tie insets.
To learn more about Bonnie J. Lewis and 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC, visit http://55plustlc.com/ or call (480) 696-3187 today.
About Bonnie J. Lewis
Bonnie J. Lewis, Allied ASID, Assoc. IIDA, CAPS, is the principal and founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC. She is a degreed, highly-specialized senior living interior designer and NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Bonnie is passionate about improving physical environments to support psychological, emotional, and physical wellness to help people enjoy their “second chapter in life.” Since 2013, she has designed award-winning commercial and residential Senior Living, Aging in Place and Universal Design spaces that are beautiful, functional, and reliable for Boomers and Seniors to life longer, more productive lives.
About 55+ TLC Interior Design
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona and founded by senior living interior designer and NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist Bonnie J. Lewis, Allied ASID, Assoc. IIDA, CAPS, 55+ TLC Interior Design, Inc. is focused on commercial senior living and healthcare design and residential remodel design for aging in place. Commercially, the company caters to independent, assisted living and memory care communities and care homes that want to increase occupancy and marketability while improving residents’ quality of life. Residentially, 55+ TLC Interior Design caters to discriminating Baby Boomers and seniors who want a beautiful, individually tailored home that makes life easier and sustains independence as long as possible. For more information, please visit http://55plustlc.com.