My Mom's New Home Reveal

6.11.2018

Today I'm sharing my mom's new home reveal that we worked on all day last Friday to prepare for her upcoming move. If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know my mother has been dealing with health issues this year that started in early February. After a couple of falls, hospital and rehab stays and then back home to only end up falling and breaking her shoulder we knew it was time for her to move on to the next chapter of her life. Assisted living should be much safer for her. Of course this is a very hard change for her, but we have made her new home nice and cozy using some of her furnishings from home and a new bed I ordered for her. Thank goodness my mom was smart enough to buy long term care insurance many years ago. These places are quite costly, but we will have peace of mind knowing she is safe.


All of this was in her home except for the new table lamp from HomeGoods.

Here is a before shot. The walls and carpet are tan or taupe.

This is the after.
 We might want to hang some drapes later.

My mom purchased the sofa, pillows, and custom skirt for a table she already had at Ethan Allen several years ago when she updated her family room. I helped her with her shopping choices, but she needs no help with decorating as she is the one who passed on the decorating gene to me.

This is a lamp my sister in law found while we shopped at HomeGoods for a few more things.
After packing up things from home we had to run to Target and HomeGoods for a few more items. I had already purchased the bed, bedding, towels, and microwave before the move.

The tufted upholstered full size platform bed and bedding were under $300 and look so good in the room. She already had a new mattress in her guest room in the full size so that is why we chose the full size bed and it's a good fit in this room. She had the cheetah pillow already.

Here is what the bed looks like behind the pillows. 

I still need to find something to hang over her bed. She may want to use another piece of art from her home. The cheetah fabric chair is also custom from Ethan Allen. I had to work with what she had plus the shape of the room to figure out furniture placement. The chair sits at an angle facing the armoire that holds the television.

You can see where I get my pattern mixing abilities from. My mom is good at mixing them.

Before view.

And after.
When she was telling me what she wanted in her new place she named so many things and I was worried that wasn't enough wall space or room for it all. Thank goodness the antique secretary is petite. This was my step father's mother's so it is very old. It will go to my step brother later.

It was so hard to get good shots in her room. She's lucky she has one of the only rooms with three windows as she likes sunlight coming in just like I do. 

There are two ceiling fans, I don't know why, so that's why you see long chains hanging in some of the shots. The cable hook up is behind the sofa so the cable wire will have to run along the floor to the armoire where the t.v. is. One of the ladies that works here said most folks put the sofa at the end of the bed. This sofa is too large for that and it literally swallowed up the bed as we did try that. I knew it wouldn't work before we tried it though. My hubby and I had already measured every wall and he drew schematic so I knew what could be placed where before the movers came to pick the items up from her house to deliver them here.

She has the same Hyde sofa from Ethan Allen that I have except in a different fabric color and she got the nail head which I did not. I knew from sitting on her sofa how comfy it was and that is why I chose it for my great room. She had the Pottery Barn floor lamp beside a chaise in her family room. The chaise had to stay at home.

You can see where I get my love of pillows from.

Not a good shot, but this is an antique drop leaf table she had and we are using it in the entry which is where she has a tiny kitchenette. She basically wanted the microwave for her morning coffee. She prefers those little instant packs of coffee.


There is a good size closet and a large bathroom that I didn't share.

She has been very anxious to see her new place so my hubby went to rehab and picked her up and brought her over after we had it all decorated. She really loved it and is looking forward to moving in on Wednesday.
We are all praying she does well and enjoys the next chapter of her life.




Hope y'all have a great week!

34 comments:

  1. The place looks great for your mom Kim. No doubt you and Kelly would have it decorated and all ready for her. I hope she settles in nicely.

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  2. It looks so cozy and inviting. I hope her transition is smooth!

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  3. Kim, you have made your mom’s new home comfy and pretty. I hope her adjustment will be easy! I decorated an aunt’s assisted living tiny apartment a few years ago and it made her transition easier!

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  4. I’ve been where you are. We moved dad from IL apartment into AL where he stayed for 2 years before his move into the NH there. It’s been difficult for him but he finally got used to AL and then had to move again. It’s not an easy journey but necessary. Her place looks very nice.

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  5. I hope your mom feels happy and at home there. It's great to have her beloved things around her.

    We too have been in this spot and it's not easy.

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  6. I wish the best for your mom. It is not easy. When my mom was sick with terminal cancer, my sister and I had to make the decision to place my grandmother in assisted living. I will never forget the day we took her - it was not pretty because she did not want to go. However, she became to like her new home and felt secure there. She was there for about six years before she passed away. She had excellent care there and we never had to worry about her care. I wish your mom the best!

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  7. We were on this road with my mom about 8 years ago. She got to the point she could not live alone...same reasons as your mom, falls at home, many long nights in ER, rehab, etc. Finally she moved to assisted living for 5 years. About 3 years ago that was beginning to not work for her so she is now in a wonderful nursing home, an oxymoron I know as nursing homes get a bad rap but her place is fabulous! She will be 98 the 22nd of this month (June) and couldn't we're very grateful for where she is. I know this is an overwhelming time for your entire family but things will work out for her, I'm sure.

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  8. What a most wonderful room!! I can imagine how pleased she was when she saw the room! I am sure that you all are very happy knowing that she is in her "safe place" ... You and the family did a great job making this new space her home with all the pretties that she loves. Every detail has been beautifully taken care of from the desk to the little kitchenette. I am sure it is the prettiest room in the facility!

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  9. Your Mom will feel right at home there. I wish the best for her.

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  10. Having been through the exact same thing with my in laws, it is a piece of mind knowing there is someone looking in on them all the time. She will get acclimated and love it when she meets new friends. The room is pretty and I’m sure she is grateful for all you and your hubby and sister do for her.

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  11. We went through this exact same thing with my mom. It wasn't easy, but it was necessary. I have to say, decorating her place with her own treasures and making it stylish and pretty, really made her feel at home. I'm sure your mom feels the same way.

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  12. I went through this three times - once moving long distance to near me into a smaller home, 20 years later to a condo and then at 90 to Senior living. I managed each time to help decorate using as much as I could of her things and to make a pretty, comfortable home for her. I was blessed to have her until 12 days before her 95th birthday. What I really love in your Mom's current place is her white coverlet and shams. I have been looking for my guest room. Are they newly purchased and where did you them?

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    1. Suzanne, the bedding is new. They aren't white, but more of an ivory. She has a full size bed so I found this bedding on Wayfair.

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  13. I have been thru the falls with both my mom and grandmother.its heartbreaking. My mom broke bother her shoulders 2 years ago. Although we both hate it, she has a electric sit to stand chair, it's a beast,reclines and all. But has been so comfy for her. It's hard for her to get comfortable. You can also get nice cherry wood or walnut bedside tables with wheels that go across her bed or chair. Very handy for that cup of coffee! Best wishes to you al

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  14. We are entering the exact same phase

    with our mom, who is 98. Until mid April, she lived in a 3-story townhouse by herself! Since then she has suffered some small strokes and now has some short term memory issues, so my sister and I have been looking at assisted living places while she finishes a second stint at rehab. She did not get long term care insurance and is very against leaving her home. It has been so painful for all of us, but your post gives me hope. Thank you!

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  15. My husband has Lewy Body Dementia and has been in an assisted living facility for almost 5 years. We also used a combination of new and "old" furniture items. He has two recliners instead of a sofa. We already had one he really liked but he needed one with an electric assist so the easiest solution was two recliners! He really enjoys living there. Having his own one-bedroom apartment makes him feel independent but we have the security of knowing his meals are prepared for him and they lock the exits at night. I know it's hard on your mom and the family but this is the best thing for her.

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  16. Very lovely. I am dealing with the same situation myself. You're making it so beautiful for her!

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  17. We went through the same with my mother. An important lesson is make the transition easier for your own family by planning ahead as your mother did.

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  18. Your mom's new place looks so nice. She was a very wise woman for planning ahead and saving that last minute anguish about what to do! I went through this with my own mother and she spent almost three years in an assisted living community before transitioning to a nursing facility. Encourage your mom to get involved in the many activities offered there - most assisted living have activity director's who plan some really fun and diverse activities. Blessings to your mom!

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    1. Yes, they do have many activities and I hope she will not be stubborn and participate in some of them. They even take them out to dinner weekly if they want to go and shopping. They play movies nightly and serve popcorn. Bingo is daily and exercise class and ice cream is served daily in the afternoon. I want to move there. :)

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  19. Kim you made it a lovely , cozy place for your Mom. I pray that she will enjoy her new space for this season of life.

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  20. Your mother will have the classiest room in the facility, very pretty. I'm facing a similar situation as I wait for a two bedroom at a retirement community. I want my furnishings to look like my traditional home and not a modern cookie cutter apartment. What to keep and what must go is a problem.

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  21. It’s really lovely, Kim! How nice that you could make it so homey for her... :-)

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  22. Beautiful job. I just did the same thing for my father a little over a year ago. Fortunately he had very good taste in furnishings too. That made the decorating job fun. It’s a difficult change and I pray your mother embraces this new phase in her life. It can bring much peace of mind.

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  23. It looks lovely Kim. So warm, welcoming and homey. I hope that she has an easy time settling in. We went through the same issues with my MIL. Not an easy time for anyone.

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  24. I will join you in praying for your mom's adjustment and that she finds comfort in her new home with her own things to remind her that home is where you find love, comfort and security. I know this move is hard and it is something none of us look forward to, but I'm thankful she has you near by, has long term health care insurance and is able to afford a secure place to finish her race; many don't have any of these things. Blessings!

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  25. I see you got the decor gene from her. So many beautiful pieces that you arranged so well to give it that homey and warm look. Wishing her the best!

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  26. You made your mom's room so pretty and cozy Kim! I hope she settles in and it feels like home to her and the weekly dinners out and movie nights will be something she looks forward to. I can remember when we moved my grandmother to assisted living and the first thing she said was, "I don't want to hang out with all those old people!" ;)

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  27. All the best to your mom as she makes this life transition. When we moved our mom into assisted living, my sister and I had it all set up for her first arrival. We wanted it to feel like home, and it did. The first thing she said was, "It looks just like home!" It made my sister and I feel better knowing that she loved walking into a room full of her own things. It can't be easy to make such a transition, so every detail is important.

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  28. What a beautiful job you have done on her new living space! We went through the same things with our Mom and finally moved her here to Colorado and her AL floor plan was the same as your Mom's. It really is a difficult time, but just knowing that she has someone watching over her 24/7 is a blessing and a necessity. We all talk about living simply and downsizing, so this is a lovely example! Best to all of you in the transition.

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  29. Kim, you all did a great job creating a warm and inviting room for your mom's new place! I know she will be happy having her favorite furnishings around her. It was nice of your husband to create a schematic to play around with the furniture to see what would fit and where.

    Wishing your mom all the best in her new home! And may she make many new friends.
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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  30. Wishing your mom much happiness in her new home!

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  31. You have all done a great job with transitioning your Mom to her new place! I know it will help make the move better for her with some of her own familiar surroundings.
    Best wishes to all!!

    Nancy

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  32. It should be like an old friend with many of her familiar comforts around her. It's looks really nice. And yes, thank God for the long term assistance. She has a nice place to be because of it.

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