Meet my mom.
Yesterday I wrote about the decision my mom made to move to an independent-living retirement community and showcased the stunning facility and all of the amenities and activities that it offered. Today I wanted to drill down further and feature my mom's individual unit. Retirement living sure isn't what it used to be: It is so much better!
Most facilities have several floor plans to choose from and my mom went with one of the larger apartment units.
This floor plan has a nice foyer with a wall niche and a coat closet. Having this designated entry space makes it feel that much more like a traditional home.
The great room, with its multiple windows, is carpeted at one end and is large enough to allow for modest entertaining.
My mom has some great design elements that showcase her flair and style. One of my favorite pieces is this lifesize dog.
The fireplace is a nice upgrade and we have had fun accessorizing it. The piece to the left of the fireplace is the baptismal font that was used to baptize my brother and our youngest son. When the decision was made to rebuild their church, my parents were able to bring this little piece of history into their home. I'm so glad she still has it.
The kitchen area has wood floors and features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a small dishwasher, an oven, and a microwave.
This little corner of the kitchen was the perfect spot for a small cabinet. Not only does it make for a pretty vignette area, but the extra storage it provides for wine glasses and corkscrews for those happy hours down the hall, is perfect.
This apartment has a small den area that my mom uses as an office and a landing area for her bookcases and books.
Mom went with the two-bedroom floor plan but she uses the second bedroom as a den and a place to watch television.
Her bedroom features a spacious attached bath and a walk-in closet.
It has been almost two years since my mom made the choice to sell her condo and opt for an independent-living retirement community. As you would expect, there are days when she misses her condo but the friends she has made, the worry-free lifestyle and all of the amenities that this option offers far outweigh any negatives. I'm so glad she found this beautiful place she calls home.