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Designing A Versatile Event Space

With weddings and events getting more & more unique each season, setting the scene for you clients has never been more important.

Whether it’s a free standing venue, ballroom in a hotel or catering hall, here are a few things to remember when designing your versatile event space:

1.Neutral Flooring

Keeping the tones in the floor neutral makes the room easier to maintain for cleaning and allows the decor of the event to be the main focus as opposed to a bright, busy carpet.

 

2. Spacious Foyer

Create an area where guests can conveniently wait before the event begins. Fill the foyer with comfortable seating and lots of light for a big impact.

3. Bold Lighting 

Recessed lighting in a ballroom/ catering hall is great for set up and staff needs, but in order to make a statement incorporate a larger lighting piece as the focal point of the room. When designing the room, pick a chandelier that is sized appropriately for the space and can be adjusted if needed.

4. Room Dividers

If the space is large, consider installing room dividers to accommodate multiple or smaller parties at the same time. This not only optimizes space, but can also serve as a great addition to the design.

 

 

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Tips for a Safe Bedroom

Bedside Phone

With cell phones being popular with people of ages, it’s easy to overlook putting house phones in easily accessible places. Make sure to install a phone in the bedroom and keep it on the bedside table. In case of an emergency, a senior will be able to call for help without having to worry where they last left their cell phone.

 

Closet Lighting 

Closets can be extremely dangerous without the proper lighting in them. To avoid accidents like tripping and falling items, add rope or overhead lights to the closet so that it’s easier to navigate through and see when something is on the floor as a tripping hazard.

 

 

 

Area Rugs

Remove area rugs or any other clutter from the floor that may result in a trip and fall. Often, area rugs bunch up causing accidents to occur. Keep all floor surfaces flat to avoid incident.


Today’s Flooring Trends

Today’s coolest floor trends are some most people would never think of. In design, you can use all different materials to make a space more interesting, and the floor is your biggest canvas.

Flooring can be the most impactful element of a space if you choose to take a bold design risk.

Here are some of the coolest flooring trends right now: 

1.Pennies

 Although glueing money to the floor may not sound appealing to many, the beautiful, vintage look a penny covered floor brings to a space is unique and is very durable.

Perfect for bathrooms and kitchens, the penny floor not only adds a pop of color, but will make your floor the center of conversation.

2.Broken Mirror 

Trust us, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Similar to how the penny floor is laid, mirrored floors are are completely safe after sealing with polyurethane. This modern look is popping up in large closets and contemporary stores across the country.

Although heavily a trend, this floor will spark curiosity for years to come.

 

 

3.Concrete

Concrete flooring is most common in industrial design themes, but it’s making its way into residential designs this season. The clean, modern look can be found from counter tops to floors, in multiple colors and finishes. Depending on how you choose to stain your concrete, it can either give a space a more industrial, unfinished looked or a very rich, vintage feel.

Although it may not be the best surface to walk on for hours at a time, a few area rugs added to soften the space will do the trick. In addition to being very cost effective, concrete floor is easy to maintain.

 

4.Mixed Flooring

Consider mixing different flooring in the same space. Many designers are going for a single flooring look throughout a space to make the area look larger and more fluid, but done correctly, multiple floorings can be the center of a space.

Try blending tile into wood in a kitchen area. The design can be unique to the clients’ taste and can actually make some of the spaces appear larger.

 


Senior Living: What to Remember When Designing Your Bathroom

When designing for Senior living or Aging in Place, the details mean everything. Things we may not think of in our earlier years can make the difference in whether a senior is living comfortably and safely in their own home or in a Senior Community.

In order to assure that the design is focused on safety, comfort and convenience, remember to review the check list below!

As Seen on AARP.com 

  • 36-inch-wide door for easy access, or pocket door
  • Rocker-style light switches, 42 inches off the floor
  • Lever handle, anti-scald faucets on sink, bathtub, and shower
  • No threshold walk-in or roll-in shower with minimum dimensions 5 feet by 3 feet (4 feet preferred)
  •   Hand-held, adjustable-height showerhead with easily operable controls
  • Maneuvering space that accommodates a 60-inch turning radius
  • Toilet centered 18 inches from any side wall, tub, or cabinet
  • Toilet seat 17 to 19 inches off floor for older persons, lower for children
  • Grab bars or wall-blocking for future installation in tub, shower and near toilet
  • Knee space under sink for seated users
  • Easy-glide drawers that close automatically
  • Countertops with rounded edges
  • Bright, non-glare lighting
  • Reduced-slip tile or non-skid floor
  • D-shaped or pull-style cabinet and drawer handles
  • Full-length and/or tilted mirror that can be used seated or standing
  • Towel bars, soap and toothbrush holders 48 inches off floor
  • Sink bowl mounted close to front edge of vanity for easier use while seated
  • Integral transfer seat in tub and built-in bench or shower chair in shower
  • Electrical outlets 18 inches off the floor
 These simple design elements can be life changing for our senior community. Giving them the tools to live an independent life, safely and securely, is our number one priority!
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Diana Robinson With Level Digital Wallcoverings

 

About the Designer:

Diana Robinson graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking. Upon graduating, Diana Robinson worked for Imperial Wallcoverings beginning her career in surface design.

Diana founded her own company, DLM Studio, in 1984 which offered residential wallcovering designs. She is also a founding partner of 4Walls, one of the first companies to digitally produce custom wallcoverings with a combination of both creative and technical expertise. With much experience Diana soon became a leader in the industry of digital wallcoverings and has consulted with many clients, and has won many awards in the industry including a Roscoe Award.

About Level Digital Wallcoverings:

Level Digital Wallcoverings offer options that meet the demands of those environmentally conscious without sacrificing the highest standards of artistry, quality, and durability. Level offers green solutions in both print technology and offers printable substrates. They are able to produce wallcoverings that can help obtain LEED credits and meet AgBB criteria.

Level offers a library of unique designs. From simple yet sophisticated graphics to rich textural masterpieces, the designs can be customized to better the wants of customers.

The Level team members are experts in the use of digital print technology for the commercial wallcoverings market. With over 10 years of experience, the team has a deep knowledge and mastery of the intricacies of this technology.

 

The Level Team believes
“If you can dream it, we can create it.”
 
 
 

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