Before I Learned "How To" Write a Blog by Delicious Decors.
Before I learned that blogs should be on average 300-500 words in length. Before I learned that keywords should be 2-4% of my content. Before I learned that I should add at least 2-4 photos or even knew how to add them. Before I knew what hyperlinks meant, let alone add them. Before I learned to underline or bold key phrases.
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"My Most Rewarding DD Project"
For any of you that have a loved one transitioning from home to a retirement community I share this rewarding story …
I was called for a staging consultation for an elderly gentleman who had lost his wife
six months prior. His son, and only child, called me not only to advise his Dad as to “what to remove, re-arrange and such to get his home ready for sale,” but to listen to his father. Gently walk him through the process and ultimately turn his new place at a retirement community into his new “home.”
I met with our client at his home. Beautiful, very nice designer details throughout, one of a kind pieces from his travels with his wife. Although they had only one child, the home was filled with family photos … past and present, relatives and friends; all very endearing.
The first time I met Bob, I listened, I walked through his home/his life with him and made a detailed to-do list. Next, together, we started packing up and moving forward.
After all the de-cluttering, re-arranging and a stamp of approval from the realtor and Bob’s son on a “Staging job well done,” I was able to put on my Interior Designer hat and make Bob’s move into the retirement community easy, smooth and comfortable.
I drew out a floor plan for Bob with all the furniture in its place, showing him on paper how it would all work in his new living environment. I got the “Ok” from Bob, but I could tell he wasn’t quite convinced that we could get his favorite pieces and decor into his new 700 square foot space and make it feel like “home.”
And we did exactly that. Turned Bob’s 700 square foot retirement space into a Home for his later years with all his cherished memories making up his surroundings. Our strategic planning allowed for Bob’s favorite furniture from his 4000 square foot family home fit comfortably and elegantly into his new home. More importantly we were able to include he and his wife’s special art and decor pieces from their travels over the years.
It gets even better … All those family photos on the walls of his previous home? After packing up with Bob, we discovered lots of family photo loves he hadn’t seen in years! As we went through the photos Bob shared stories with me about his glory days as a quarterback for his high school football team, he told me about his first date with his wife, his son’s first steps.
Today, old and newly discovered photos frame his Grandfather clock (just like they did in the old house), are a feature display in the entrance and warm up his bedroom. Bob’s new space is now his new home.
Bob’s joy brings me so, so much joy. Thanks to Bob for trusting in Delicious Decors.
It was my pleasure working with Bob,