Category Archives: Interior Design

Designing Small Spaces for the Fall

Posted by Kia Crawford on September 19th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

With fall comes beautiful scenery, cool weather and beautiful colors. Some of that can be transported into your loved one’s apartment at Dogwood Forest. Autumn is a great time to spruce up your space and fill in with the sights, smells and even textures of the season. While it may seem like a daunting task, even just a few changes could completely revolutionize your space.

Summer was brutal this year, and the transition into the more mild weather couldn’t be more welcome. Decorating even a few weeks early could help your loved one feel more relaxed and at home while they are living in one of our assisted living communities. Here are just a few ideas:

Bring Nature Indoors

Our assisted living communities always include outdoor areas. Trees are a major element of our gardens and other spaces. When fall … Read more...

Designing for Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on August 24th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

When it comes to design, two factors stand out as the most important: form and function. Seniors have specific needs when it comes to furniture, space and other aspects of design. Unsafe surfaces or furniture make injuries much more likely for seniors than for younger people. However, having design aspects that remind seniors of home is also crucial — for more reasons than one.

While form and function are important, there is one other factor, backed by science, that must be kept in mind. Our subconscious minds take in our surroundings and form ideas, moods and even behaviors based on it. Here’s how we at Dogwood Forest take all of these aspects into effect when we build and design our assisted living communities.

Beautiful Form

When it’s possible and practical, we want our residents to bring the furniture they have … Read more...

Living Environments That Reduce Stress in Seniors

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 5th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

When you have lived in the same home for many years, it can be stressful to make a move. It can be especially difficult if you are dealing with ailing health or memory problems. However, there are ways to reduce stress on your new location. Dogwood Forest communities uses scientific research to make sure our residents are not dealing with too much stress, besides perhaps what haircut to get from our salon.

We have learned that the best way to help our residents relax is to make sure their memories are not thrown out when they move in. We also utilize other comforts of home to make the transition much easier. Moving to a Dogwood Forest community does not mean leaving your life of memories behind. In fact, many of the tools we use help you keep those memories fresh … Read more...

Floor Plan Options and How to Work With Them

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 27th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we offer a few different floor plans to our residents. Each one is designed with comfort and navigability in mind. Though they are spacious, they are much smaller than, say, the house you may have owned the past 30 years. That does not mean, however, that there is not room for personalization. You can easily make your room uniquely yours, a small taste of the home you moved from.

Here are a few examples of floor plans available at Dogwood Forest:

The Georgian: 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 1071 square feet

The Bainbridge: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 691 square feet

The Franklin: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 790 square feet

The Darien: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den, 1100 square feet

Though these are standard floor plans, how you make it your own is up to you. Here are … Read more...

Meet Dogwood Forest’s Interior Designer

Posted by Kia Crawford on June 1st, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we make sure our assisted living communities never feel institutional like medical facilities. Rather, we work hard to make them feel like one big house, where all of our residents feel like a family that lives together. At the heart of our efforts is our interior designer, Laurie Holbrook. Since the 1990s, she has been working with Solomon Holdings, the parent company of Dogwood Forest, to create a warm, welcoming environment.

Early Roots in Design

Since she was young, Laurie has had a dream of being an interior designer. In the 1980s, she worked for Trammell Crow Interior Contractors. At that time, she had just married Al, who is now the chairman of Solomon Holdings. Fast forward about a decade, and Al was laying the foundations of the modern assisted living industry. He had hired an interior … Read more...

Preparing for a New Life at an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 20th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

When you or a loved one decides it’s time to move into an assisted living community, there are many factors you may have to consider. What will happen to the house? Will you be able to bring pets with you? Should you look into memory care, or are you able to live independently? How will assisted living care be paid for? All of these are important questions to consider. However, there is one that many people don’t think about: What will happen to all the furniture and other possessions that fill your home?

Downsizing is one of the biggest issues our residents face when they first move in. As spacious as our apartments are, they simply aren’t big enough to hold as much as a house can. Here are a few tips on moving to an assisted living center … Read more...