Enhance Your Living Space: Modern Design Ideas

When we think about whether we fit our homes, often what comes to mind is whether our things – such as furniture, hobbies and stuff – will fit into the home. But we can also consider whether our home fits us – our needs, our desire to live comfortably, our ability to move around the space conveniently, and our capacity to accommodate any temporary limitations we may experience. Ask yourself: Is my home comfortable, convenient and safe for all members …

Planning for Your Home’s Future

Marine Sgt. Adam Kisielewski has his pilot’s license, takes classes at a nearby college and loves to grill. Like most of us, Kisielewski considered his home his haven for safety and independence. When Kisielewksi lost his left arm (at the shoulder) and his right leg (below the knee) while deployed near Fallujah, Iraq, his desire for safety and independence intensified. But finding a path to meet those goals had become more challenging. Unlike Sgt. Kisielewski, most of us have the …

Planning for the Lifestyle You Want As You Age

Where we choose to live – our communities and our own homes – can have an enormous impact on our happiness, well-being and fulfillment. Through the stages of our lives, many factors affect our decisions about where we live and the kind of homes we live in. Living on your own for the first time, you might have chosen an affordable apartment near your college town or first job. Later, you may have selected a community near your job and …

Universal Design: What Is It and Why You Should Care

ST. LOUIS — I’ve spent the past two days here attending a conference dedicated solely to Universal Design. Una-what? In spite of what it sounds like, Universal Design isn’t a Carl Saganese approach to designing the cosmos. The definition of Universal Design, some shorten it to UD, is a process of designing spaces — cities, streets, buildings, homes, rooms – “that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation,” according to Edward …

Your Facebook News Feed is About to Change (Again)

Let’s get the hard part out of the way: Sometime in the next few days, what you see on your Facebook homepage – or News Feed – will look a lot different. Not again! Yeah, we know. Here’s the good news: It seems a whole lot easier on the eyes. You’ll notice much bigger photos and less clutter. Here’s two things we think you’ll notice first. First, let’s say you shared a photo. Below, left, is how it looked in the …

Choosing Your Forever Home

It is lazy summer day and Wendy and George, avid birders, are visiting for the weekend. Over a delicious lunch with one of our local friends, Beth, we sit on the deck and watch the blue herons fly overhead. The conversation quickly turns from birding to country living and eventual retirement. City dwellers for years, Wendy and George now long for a place in the country. Wendy is smitten by our new home and its views of the pond and …