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By , April 15, 2015 9:53 am

This past year Michael Graves came to Portland Oregon to defend his iconic Portland Building and when he was done telling his side of history and why the 1982 Postmodernist building should not be torn down, there was a standing ovation.

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Graves, has left us mortals on earth as he has gone to another galaxy to continue his design presence.

Since he was partly paralyzed by an infection in 2003, he focused on health care design, and brought humor and design sense to walkers, transfer chairs & walking canes.

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He thought that design should celebrate aging for what is really is- filled with spirit, possibles and growth. He challenged design conventions making everyday items smarter and more beautiful.

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Also this past month a Concept store called Senior Design Factory opened in Zurich. There are products with character, from hipster canes, high end walkers and durable household goods.

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This growing trend is exciting and has more humanistic design and for boomers it has to have the fun appeal!

What would you like to see redesigned as you age?

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Age Friendly Portland

By , March 29, 2015 9:58 am

It was so appropriate that AARP sponsored a Age Friendly Panel discussion this month in Portland OR, and the room was packed. Being Woman’s History month – it was amazing to learn about AARP’s founder.

Metro, Portland’s regional government, predicts that while the regions population will grow by 35% the number of people aged 65+ will grow from 251,000 in 2010 to 518,100 in 2030.

Age Friendly Panel

Age Friendly Panel

The founder of AARP in 1958 Dr  Ethel Percy Andrus was an educator who had vision for our aging population. Red-haired and soft spoken with glasses she stood out in the Mans world. Her advice about retiring. DON’T.

Dr Ethel Percy Andrus

Dr Ethel Percy Andrus

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Dr Ethel Percy Andrus quote

The speakers included Dr Alan DeLaTorre, who is a research associate at Portland State University’s Institute on Aging. Alan is a self described “urban gerontologist” who can turn research into policy and practice.

Dr Alan DeLaTorre

Dr Alan DeLaTorre

Corey Nagel PhD, RN is an assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University. His research focuses on understanding how social and environmental conditions influence the health of older adults. Like sidewalks are a good thing – so we walk more and do not sit in front of televisions.

Kari Schlosshauer discussed the transportation choices on our health and the environment for people of all ages and abilities for a more walkable community.

Joan Corella with Elders in Action trains and develops Age-Friendly advocates in our community. I wrote about them in another blog, about how volunteers rate retail stores for ease of use.

On October 16, 2013, the Portland City Council passed a resolution approving the development of the Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland, intended to enhance Portland’s age friendliness.

There were many polls taken before the panel spoke and of the five areas that AARP are working on:

Care Giving & Long Term Care

Economic Security

Livable Communities

Hunger

Diversity & Aging

The main concern and lively discussions was about HOUSING- how to age in place and stay in your home, or how to afford the rising rents, or pay for taxes, or be pushed out by development.

The positive take away that Dr DeLaTorre shared was that next month Metro is applying for grant money to start a pilot program for designing our homes to make them age friendly.

AARP has many events planned to engage more discussion and provide informative and fun events like Movies for grownups, Portland Sunday Parkways, Life Re imagined Check-up and Guide, and Womens Expo. Go he

Life Reimagined is a movement that encourages us to discover new possibilities as we face mid-life transitions. When it come time for you to explore new directions, or consider “what’s next?” what are your ideas for imagining the next chapter of your life?

I have helped many of my clients navigate this next step, if you have questions give me a call and I can share how others have moved forward. Woman’s History month has led me to some incredible women!

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Stay or Go?

By , February 25, 2015 4:18 pm

Spring is here- the itch to clear out closets, make a home to do list, should we move or stay,  remodeling discussions are taking place in many homes.

Often a kitchen just needs a “Botox face lift” –  a lift from a boring 1970’s  to one with current savvy design. My client Karen Bouch, who also happens to be a designer did just that with this white kitchen. New smart appliances, she kept the older cabinets, put new hardware on them, changed out the island with granite in contrasting color, and added a eye catching back splash. Simple changes that are cost effective but spice up the most lived in room.

Before Kitchen

Before Kitchen

AFTER Kitchen

AFTER Kitchen

 

Before old appliances

Before old appliances

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Reworked Cabinets for new Stainless appliances

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Old Island

New Island with granite

New Island with granite

As a past designer for Neil Kelly Remodeling, the phone would start to ring in the spring with homeowners looking for creative design ideas. Now as a broker for Windermere Stellar I find many  homes selling quickly that are updated  and remodeled. Gone are the days that anyone wants to tackle a DIY project themselves.  Why should you- I want to share two hot designers in Portland Oregon who I use to work with at Neil Kelly Remodel. They have seminars all spring and one is the Taste of Design March 4, 2015, go get inspired.

Neil Kelly Contrasts cabinets

Neil Kelly Contrasts cabinets

If you want some one on one consultation check out my designer friends websites- tell them Candace sent you! I have been brainstorming with them, since I about to build a small new urban home on a     50 x 50 lot.  I will be blogging and sharing my progress, but first you need to start with a designer – and both Ronda & Robin is where you should start.

Meet award winning Rhonda Knoche and her passion for Out of the Box Design, though she is at home with a traditional east coast kitchen as well. Known for color punches to wake you out of the winter slump, this kitchen remodel is one of my favs. Visit her on Houzz here.

Hardware pulls gone Crazy

Hardware pulls gone Crazy

 

Meet another award winning designer and teacher, Robin Rigby Fisher. Robin can design cabinetry and all the details with precision and finesse. Her designs will continue on to drapes, upholstery and custom furniture. I like how this built in bench seating is integrated into the island, very clever.

 

Island and Dining Combo

Island and Dining Combo

So head out to Home Shows, thumb through design magazines, visit Houzz on line and get some design advice from two savvy designers- it will save you money in the long run running your ideas through a designer that understands cost vs value.

And if you are trying to decide if you should sell or remodel visit me here!

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Tiny Homes on Derelict Lots

By , February 17, 2015 1:13 pm

These tiny homes go up quickly in a day, but even better they are built on “derelict sites”- empty lots.

The Dutch firm Heijmans needs to visit Detroit, where there are many vacant lots.

Modern & Bright

Modern & Bright

If you ever wondered if you would feel catastrophic in 200 square feet, spend the night at the        Tiny Caravan Hotel in Portland Oregon, the only tiny house hotel. You can also tour six of them on Sundays and talk to the builders.

My Favorite Tiny

My Favorite Tiny

 

I just finished a class sponsored by the Energy Trust of Oregon that Kol Peterson teaches to the public and brokers like myself. His next class is March 21 you can register here.

Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon

After you take the class be sure to go on the Build Small Live Large Tour this spring, where you can tour 20 small homes for more ideas before you break ground on your own ADU!

buy tickets early - last year it sold out!

buy tickets early – last year it sold out!

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Mine own ADU – Sellwood Studio will be on the tour- meet the architect Emily ReFi now with Waterleaf Architects.

Architect Emily Refi at front of Studio- complete with Vespa scooter!

Architect Emily Refi at front of Studio- complete with Vespa scooter!

When you get past the dreaming stage- I am always here to offer any advice you need.

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So Hard to Contain Me

By , February 2, 2015 4:22 pm

You know my passion for small spaces and recycling so when I found this site Montainer they are a one stop shopping site for taking a shipping container and creating your home, office, ADU, yoga studio or an extra sleeping room.

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solar panels & banana yellow

They have a team of architects, engineers, builders and designers that put the package together for you.              Design Build concept.

 

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deck adds a whole new floating room

It may be hard to stop with just one, go ahead and stack or attach them. When building it is always the city that can be tricky to navigate, and this company has adapted the recycled containers to meet code and move forward to permit stage. Go to this site for more ideas. Want to buy your own metal box go here.

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double decker- like legos stack them high

So many creative ideas- What would you use one for? Go ahead and dream…..

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