Local interior designer helps modernize homes to make them beautiful and safe for seniors looking to age in place
Bobb says she works to show clients “things they haven’t thought of,” while meeting their needs and dreams. But she also fulfilled her passion and took a risk.
After teaching and raising children, she embarked on a second career launching Arlene Bobb Interior Design with great success.
“I started my business in 1998,” Bobb said. “I went to Moore College of Art.”
There she learned interior design, but she also studied art at the Barnes Foundation. She works primarily in Philadelphia and on the Main Line and has won awards for her residential designs.
“I do all the design work,” explained Bobb. “We are looking at different suggestions.”
She says customers can see many samples to help them decide on everything from lighting to different fabrics to furniture and window treatments.
“Then we move on to the color palettes,” she said. Bobb says his goal is to “make them feel good about their space.”
And now Bobb can also make a customer’s home more secure. During the pandemic, she became a Certified Living in Place Professional.
“We never want to have rugs in a bathroom,” she said. “It’s a risk of tripping.”
She says she finds clients want to stay in their homes as they get older. “There are some things that are really important to do to make this happen,” says Bobb.
She recommends that older clients install grab bars and rimless showers so they don’t have to step up to get into the shower. This is useful for people with reduced mobility or for people in wheelchairs.
Bobb says these adjustments need to be considered for older guests, so they don’t fall into their home. And she says that now it’s quite doable since the design world has recognized this need and created those details necessary to look beautiful and add to the design of a room.
She says her biggest reward is making her customers happy.
“I really enjoyed growing my business to help customers who really need these features,” Bobb said. “To make sure they’re safe.”
For more information on Arlene Bobb Interior Design, visit: https://arlenebobbinteriordesign.com/
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