Baby Boomers: The Age of Aquarius Aging At Home

The John Tesh Radio Show has a feature I really enjoy listening to. Intelligence For Your Life factoids are entertaining and educational tidbits of information on everything from diet to affairs of the heart(physical and emotional).   I was especially interest in a particular segment I heard this week.  Baby boomers are those of us born between 1946 -1964.  It is estimated baby boomers have 40+ trillion dollars to bring to the economic table.  To further educate you on the numbers, Baby Boomer Magazine reports boomers have more discretionary income (wealth) than any other age group.  Boomers control 70% of the total net worth of American households, own 80% of all money in savings and loan associations, and account for 40% of total consumer demand.  Home furnishings and home improvement considerations for aging at home process is on the mind of baby boomers.

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Back to the Intelligence For Your Life factoid.  It really grabbed my attention when the subject of boomer style was addressed.  According to the factoid, styles will change to accommodate the tastes of baby boomers.

In regards to fashion:

Expect to see more flats, longer skirts, and stylish scarves for year round wearing.  Scarves are a hot fashion trend with boomers and the reason is fashionably obvious- a scarf covers a multitude of wrinkled sins on aging necks.  Plastic surgery proves a difficult option for the neck area, hence the stylish scarf.

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As I digested this interesting info, I took a quick mental roll call of some famous boomers besides Dave the Builder and yours truly.

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Bill Gates

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Good looking bunch, wouldn’t you say?  The boomer generation will not take growing old sitting down, turning down the music or looking nothing but fabulous in the process. The age of Aquarius is aiming to be the age of active with attitude and agile ability.

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Madonna People Magazine

I would be remiss if I did not give thought to the influence and impact baby boomer consumers will have in the interior design and home accessories market. Construction, kitchen and bath and appliance professionals are paying close attention to the concerns of aging boomers.

 

grab barBathroom fixtures such as grab bars and faucets offer decorative options, plainly stating the obvious message the new age of aging conveys.  Simply put, Institutional design need not apply for the job.  Every aspect of  home construction is taken into consideration in the aging process.  Aging stylishly is as important as aging gracefully to the boomer generation. The look is as important as the form and the function.aging at home

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We all want to be stay at home boomers.  What I mean by that is we want to be able to live in our own homes that are built, remodeled, or modified to stylishly and comfortably accommodate our concerns and needs as we age.  Decorative interior task lighting, non-slip hardwood flooring, door levers and scaled down furnishings are some of the options being marketed to boomers as the trend dictates.

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As boomers scale down to smaller square footage homes, furniture size and placement becomes a factor.  Furniture designers are responding by reducing the length and width of sofas, end tables, and decorative accessories. Speak loud boomers… they’re listening.

 

 

Designer Bathtubs

Designer bathtubs offer a visual focal point for the space while redefining innovative style and function.  Designed with that in mind, the calming effects of the space and fixtures can provide a soothing home spa experience.

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Relaxation will never be guilty of being highly overrated.  The day’s stress belongs to a take me away far exceeding the bubbles of Calgon.  A desired and serene respite can be exclusively limited to the walls and confines of the bath.

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Better Homes and Gardens details options available for bathtub types, installation options, and materials to assist in finding the perfect tub.  Find the Right Type of Tub for You.

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The standard designed clawfoot bathtub continues to be a highly sought after and favored choice.  The vintage traditional style beautifully accents the almost any decor.  Perfectly positioned for comfort, and optimally placed under the window for the homeowners to enjoy beautiful views, the accents, color palette and  vintage inspired fixtures put the pieces of the eased and elegant puzzle together.

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Vintage inspiration coupled with modern freestanding design is the aesthetic feature of the clawfoot bathtub. Beauty and function work together in relaxing harmony.

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From formal tone to casual simplicity, masculine decor or feminine influence, the beauty of a copper bathtub works well into the personality of the space.  Copper does not rust, is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, and the patina will only become more beautiful over time.

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This hammered copper double slipper bathtub from Premier Copper Products will instantly become the focal centerpiece of the space through superior design.

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Renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola partnered with Agape to design the Pear bathroom collection. The collection brings modern, sleek, and monochromatic magic to the guest rooms and suites of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona.

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Possibly better the second design time around, this Patricia Urquiola designed Vieques Tub for Agape brilliantly exemplifies a contemporary interpretation of a classic style. An interior white finish coupled with a dark gray exterior finish magnifies modern appeal.

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The design features of a freestanding bathtub makes it an excellent choice for center of the room placement.

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Kohler offers this white oval freestanding tub from their Vintage series.   The rolled rim and durable cast iron construction offer elegant traditional, and the anti-slip finish provides added safety.

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Influenced by marine woods and perfected by innovative design, the Laguna Spa Wood bathtub is a modern and glamorous fixture.  The Laguna Spa wood bathtub offers extraordinary design elements such as a soft sculptural form, glossy wood veneer finish available in Wenge, Walnut, Mahogany, Pearl, Iroko or Oak wood, and a dramatic pebble ring with elaborate overflow prevention technology at the edge of the tub.

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Designer bathtubs make a statement while providing a luxury spa experience in the privacy and tranquility of your home.

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Beautifully designed and crafted, a designer tub introduces luxury and style to the at home spa experience.  The look as well as the function serves well as an essential  feature in both the design and  the ability to transform a standard bathroom into a relaxing retreat.

 

The Joy Is In The Home Furnishings and Home Decor Accessorizing

The color foundation is laid and now comes the fun part, home furnishings and home decor accessorizing.  The home decor marketplace is on its game with stylish options at every price point.  Manufacturers and retailers have done a great job of offering beautiful furnishings that can be easily found,  regardless if the interior design and decorating budget is on a shoestring or the sky’s the limit.

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Our existing furniture archives will fill out the spots.  Dave’s favorite piece of furniture we own is an antique Walnut Scottish chest, and it will stand out against the wall color.  I have an 18″ X 30″ oil painting of a Victorian lady in storage that I can’t wait to retrieve and display.  The painting will complement the color scheme and furnishings beautifully.  There will be plenty of time and room to fill in when this part of the remodel comes to pass.  I am on a constant treasure hunt for a treasures that will look great. That’s the real fun of all of this!  The Gotta Have It list is growing!


Now for a little housekeeping and the disclosure portion of this post:

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Schnadig Compositions Carleton Series

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Marble-top Louis Philippe Chest

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Artisana Half Corinthian Column Table Lamp 

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Uttermost Cardoni Gloss White Hand-Blown Glass Table Lamp

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Antique Gold Rectangle Wall Mirror

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The Cows Have Come Home: Cowhide Home Decor Accessories

The cows have come home in a grand and stylish way in regards to cowhide home decor accessories.  The look created by introducing one regal piece of home on the range chic can leave a design impression on even the biggest skeptic.

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A trip to Dallas, Texas proved my theory correct.  I think it’s safe to say this style may not be for every space and taste, but as long as there is farmhouse chic and home on the range style it is not going to roll the way of the tumbling tumbleweed.

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Uttermost Chahna Wood Bench

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Uttermost Chahna Velvet Accent Chair

I first took notice of cowhide furnishings in 2004 while browsing through a Neiman Marcus catalog.  The chair delivered a one-two punch.  The frame was stunning, but the price tag was numbing.  I archived the look in my mental Rolodex, and when I spotted a cowhide chair at auction a few years later it was go time.  I won the bidding battle, but soon lost the design war when a client literally begged me to sell her the chair.

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Comfort Pointe Jaxon Arm Chair

How about a pair of these beauties as captain’s dining chairs at the ponderosa, partner?  Did I really just type that?  Yee-haw!

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I found this dusty yet affordable cowhide upholstered accent chair at one of my favorite home design haunts, Paul Michael Company in Canton, Texas.  The rich deep fawn and black hide paired with my favorite accent feature, nail heads, make a chair in this style a big contender for office or study use.

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Cordia Arm Chair

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Faux or authentic, cowhide furnishings lend a chic presence to the sleekest and most modern decor.

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Kendra Rustic Lodge Faux Cow Hide Velvet Linen Wing Chair

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If you’ve contemplated this design choice but feared the look would come across as too rustic, practice the rule of less is more.  Go with one piece and place it in an optimum setting.

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A little trial and error is to be expected, but when it comes together it will be the right balance of town and country chic.

 

Classic Hollywood Interiors

Movies are not the only thing Hollywood does well.  Some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of cinema are not simply known for their cast or cinematic content, but for the classic Hollywood interiors of big screen legend.

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It’s probably not intentional, but actually a huge coincidence when a home or a set designer’s interpretation of the home comes to life on a sound stage and takes over as the star of a film.  When the architectural vision of near perfection captures the viewers attention and commands top billing it doesn’t necessarily speak to the weakness of the movie, but to the strength of the chosen piece of real estate.

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Nineteen sixty seven is dear to my heart.  It is the year I turned five, the year The Beatles introduced the world to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the year one of my favorite movies, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, was released.

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I hit the Turner Classic Movies jackpot a couple of months ago when I noticed it was showing.  I settled in for a couple of hours of escape with this oldie but goodie.  The movie holds my attention on three points- a relevant and positive message, three Academy Award winning actors strutting their mad acting skills, and one luxuriously appointed home.

wrought-iron-setVintage Wrought-Iron Ivy Terrace Set 

The walk from entrance to terrace for an afternoon of sandwiches and coffee would one through interior design greatness.  Attention to detail greets one at every twist and turn, wall and window.

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The eye is drawn to tasteful accessories and classic design elements set with timeless colors, patterns and textures.

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vintage-sterling-silver-liquor-bottle-labelsVintage Sterling Silver Liquor Decanter Tags

mid-century-gold-leaf-champagne-sherbetsMid-Century Champagne Sherbets

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Black Lacquer Nestling Birds Cabinet

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Coffered ceilings, custom built-ins, original artworks, crystal chandeliers, Chinoiserie accents, floor to ceiling windows.  These timeless design elements never go out of style.

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Next I will be featuring the four star sets from three Nancy Meyer films, The Intern, Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated.   

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Stunning set design is synonymous with Nancy Meyer’s films.

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It is no coincidence the interiors play a major role in Ms. Meyer’s films and become the stuff design and decorating trends are made of.

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Marble Mantle with Horseshoe Opening

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Wythe Media Cabinet

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Two Academy Award winning actors strutting their mad acting skills and one fabulously designed and decorated beach house set in the Hamptons hits all the Hollywood high notes.

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Something’s Gotta Give is a four star design winner on every level.  To describe this space as just romantic, peaceful, and elegant doesn’t fit it well.  It is the perfect, lovely, sexy, and inviting setting for the lady of the manor to discover that in fact her mojo hasn’t left the building, and for the viewer to glean a few ideas of their own in both the love and decor departments.

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White Ironstone Serving Bowl

This discussion could go on and on.  These examples are only two of many that come to mind.

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fleur-de-lis-tableFleur de Lis Crossroads Rosa Side Table

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swim-ladySwim Party – Kenton Nelson

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Is it me or is the common design denominator in these homes a neutral color palette?  That’s the point- classic works.  Some people think it is too safe- a boring option hinting at a lack of decorating imagination.  It’s not that it is safe or boring, but that it is a great choice of classic color scheme to build your design and decor upon.  This point is evident throughout the interiors and exteriors in the film It’s Complicated.

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Traditional Home

french-kitchen-tableFrench Kitchen Island

breakfast-nook-lightBreakfast Nook Light

Please allow me to take a little decorating liberty with the choice of pendant light fixtures, but I love the Lone Star Pendant by Curry & Company.

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Now comes the disclosure portion of this post.

Disclosure: As it in life and disclosure policy compliance with FTC rules, honesty is the best policy. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one of the product links and make a purchase from the retailer, I receive a commission from the sale. To read the entire policy in full (fun, fun) please read my disclosure page.

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oval-drawer-pull Antique English Drawer Pull

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Of all the spectacular accents, details and accessories in the home of It’s Complicated, do you know what captured my attention the most?

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The fantastic windows. Absolutely stunning!  Black accents set it off with a vengeance.  The reviews are in, and I give it two thumbs up.

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Grand elements of master interior design and period decor makes the Technicolor master suite of Scarlett and Rhett from Gone With The Wind difficult to forget.

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Another spectacular vision of regal and grand set decor by Hollywood standards is elegantly evident in another Vivien Leigh classic, That Hamilton Woman.

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The wedding reception scenes in The Hangover bring class to a long on funny, short on class premise.

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The outdoor space is gorgeously appointed in a star of the show black and white palette.

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Sunbrella® Awning Stripe Outdoor Grommet Drape

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Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Armchair, Black

Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Armchair, Black

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Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility, the period drama film based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name, remains one of my favorite movie houses.  It possesses a quaint English charm suited to the period piece and period pieces featured in the film.

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English Landscape Oil Painting

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Antique Mahogany Barley Twist Drop Leaf Table

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Tinseltown Trivia Time!

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white-dress-canvas-artWhat movie inspires this look?

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Set decorator Susan Bode Tyson wonderfully re-created Julia Child’s kitchen for the film Julie & Julia, a film contrasting the early years of Julia Child’s life culinary career with Julie Powell, the New York blogger who deliciously mastered the culinary detail of cooking all 524 recipes printed in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, one recipe per day for one year.  That’s 365 days of bon appétit blogging goodness.

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Julia Child’s Kitchen – Smithsonian

Modern lighting option in the style of the original in Julia Child’s actual kitchen.

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Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Havana White Powdercoat One-Light Sconce

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Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel Two-Light 

Close option to the Smithsonian replica of Julia Child’s kitchen.

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Chiswick Wall Lamp

This French Mid-Century Modern design glass Diabolo shaded brass sconces lamps option with the ooh la la factor present and accounted for.

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butcher-blockVintage Maple Butcher Block

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KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer in Cobalt Blue

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Gallery Oval Bread Basket with Handles

If a stove, oven and pegboard could talk!

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Classic Hollywood interiors of set and on location design and decor star in an award-winning role in our favorite films.

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