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  1. So great Lory….and I second that you can move elderly parents and they will love it. Love what you’ve created for them.

  2. What a classy couple! You did a beautiful job and the love shows with the details.

  3. I love the blue and white…who would guess your parents are in their 80’s with those moves….so sweet!

  4. I relished this blog as I too had to move my Mom many years ago. The cherry on top was that lovely video of your mom and dad. Thank you for sharing. You did a superb job and with loving touches. Your parents did good. <3

  5. I am fortunate that my mom lives with my brother and she has an entire floor to herself. Such a blessing. You are a great daughter to do this for them. They are adorable!

    1. Aw thanks so much, Shirley! And yes, you are lucky!! That does sound like a blessing. I’ve seen you post photos of your mom and she, too, looks like she enjoys being with family… πŸ™‚

  6. How very sweet to include the video. I loved seeing your parents dance together. God bless them.

    1. Thanks, Alice! I’m do delighted that people enjoyed the video. I really thought twice about including it, but I’m very glad I did… ?

  7. A couple who still dances together is golden! Love what you’ve done with their new digs. You were very sensitive to their physical needs and everything is just lovely.

    1. Thank you, Donna!! I guess we know our parents pretty well, so it’s easy to think of their needs. I love having them nearby… πŸ™‚

  8. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog. Seeing your parents dance was so touching. Everything was great and I especially like what you did to the coffee table! You are a good daughter.

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth!! And omg, yes, painting the coffee table in the middle of the chaos was quite funny. But I just couldn’t have them come with that brassy table in the middle of the room killing the whole look… ?

  9. Norma Rolader says:

    Your parents are a blessing and I am sure they are very thankful for you! I love their dancing aww what a precious memory God bless

  10. Sooo wonderful to watch your parents dancing! They are so graceful and are clearly enjoying themselves. All the best to them! And their new home is just lovely–and my blue and white decor!!!

  11. This post and video made my day!!! Perhaps even made my week since we just went through Hurricane Irma!
    I’m a blue and white nut like your Mom. When we downsized to a rented townhouse I decided to decorate with my blue and white and store the rest. It has been such a peaceful place to live . Now, after Irma we are wondering if we even want to own again! It’s really been nice to let someone else bear the burden and expense of cleanup. I suspect that your parents will begin to realize the same thing.
    After seeing them dancing… I doubt if they need anything but each other πŸ™‚
    Job well done, sweet Daughter.

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! And I hope you fared ok in the storm!! I agree, if you decorate with the things you love, you don’t need a lot. I’ve always believed if it doesn’t delight you, or serve a purpose, get rid of it. As for rental vs owning, I think the bigger issue is condo vs house. You can own a townhouse or condo apartment and still not have to take care of the outside spaces… πŸ™‚

  12. Oh, Lory it’s gorgeous. You ARE a good daughter! They are so precious and I’m impressed with their moves to the Hispanic music. Do you have a little hot Latin blood in you, you minx?
    Ginger

    1. Thanks, Ginger!! And omg, my parents have been Latin dancers for years. When you go in their car and turn the radio on, you think you’re in South America because every station is Latin!! But no, as far as we no, no actual blood. Latin by choice!!

  13. Kathy Pelletier says:

    What a wonderful review. This is especially important and dearing for parents in their 80’s. You are so fortunate that both of your parents were willing to downsize. But, honestly your Mom and Dad look sooo young and such a beautiful couple ! They are also so lucky to have you and your hubby to help them with this renovation. Their living space is gorgeous and know, by looking at the video of your Mom, she Loves, loves it Your Dad is probably like most husbands—Happy Wife-Happy Life . I can’t wait to see the Bedroom and other spaces. I wish you could talk my Dad into doing this. Love you πŸ™‚

    1. Haha, thanks Kathy! But actually, it’s my dad who really wanted it and my mom who wasn’t sure about the downsizing and moving. She’s getting used to it and knows it’s better for them to be nearby, but I wouldn’t 100% say she was an easy sell… ?

  14. How sweet that your mom and dad are still dancing together with such definite and classy moves!
    Thanks for sharing their lovely new home and dance moves!
    Ruth

    1. Thanks, Ruth!! Dancing has definitely been their thing for many many years! They used to go every day and mom taught a line dance class… πŸ™‚

  15. Bobbi Duncan says:

    Fantastic job, Lory! I know your parents must be thrilled and so very appreciative of all the love you put into making a beautiful new home for them. I love how you drew in all the blue elements to match the porcelains. like the blue flowers in the artwork and the antiqued blue of the TV console. I was shocked at how reasonable the cost was for everything…looks far more expensive. You are such an incredible designer! What really topped off this post was your classy parents dancing…thanks for sharing this personal experience with us. My hubby’s parents are mid 80’s and ballroom dancers…they put everyone else in the family to shame when there is dancing involved at any party, lol! Hugs!

    1. Haha, thanks funny about your hubby’s parents, because it’s the same with mine. People tend to stop and watch them, even at an affair when everyone is dancing… πŸ™‚ Thanks for the kind words too!! Yes, I tried to keep the prices low since they may want to eventually bring they furniture from their house and I didn’t want to be wasteful.

  16. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Lory, what a lovely job of decorating you did for your precious parents. Everything is just so beautiful! They will really enjoy their new place. You are such a wonderful daughter to do all this for your dear parents. Bless you! Thanks for sharing the video of your parents dancing! This brought tears to my eyes!

    Blessings!

  17. Lori you did a fabulous job with their transition. They are so cute and I can tell your mom is a fashion diva. I have always loved fashion, too and hope I can keep the spirit like your mom. I’m lucky that my mom is close by and already lives in a just right size one level home so no need to downsize.

    1. Thanks, Kim! Yes, it’s funny, but my mom dresses in skirt suits almost every day, even just to sit in the house. I can’t tell you how hard it was to get her to put the leggings on… lol!! Yes, you are lucky your mom os close by. I’m sure you already know the value of that since your dad is gone. It’s a very emotional stage.

  18. Beautiful decorating! So lovely.
    I loved the video of your parents dancing! You will cherish that for years to come.

    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie!! I do think recording the whole process, whether in photos or video, will someday be something I treasure… πŸ™‚

  19. Ooo tears! Such love in that video! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Deb! I’m so glad people actually took the time to watch the video… πŸ™‚ I actually wasn’t sure people would be interested, but instead it evoked so many comments!!

  20. This is a wonderful anecdote and video. Plus, your mom is incredibly stylish. Cheers, Ardith

  21. You will be so glad you got a video of both of them. Oh how I wished I could see my dad or hear his voice on a video. He’s been gone 6 years and I loved him with my whole being. Your parents are precious. My mom is now in Assisted Living so treasure this time. God bless you for loving them.

    1. Thanks, Lorraine, and you are so right. The video was actually taken by their caregiver and I was so grateful when she sent it… πŸ™‚ I tend to be taking care of practical matters when I’m there, but will have to remember to take more video!

  22. I love it–they are very young 80’s and good for them! The blue really stands out and I can see the influence on your decor. I hope you will be putting more pictures on the walls.

    1. Thanks, Diane! Yes, there was just so much I could get done in a short period of time, but we’ve also added a loveseat next to the couch since I posted this. Little by little…

  23. Very pretty. However it seems like it is set up for the look and doesnt seem very 80 year friendly to me.

    1. Thank you for your feedback! That’s an interesting comment, as this is their actual apartment. What aspect doesn’t seem 80-year friendly to you? The sofa is comfortable. There are pillows and a throw blanket. A nice big TV. Good lighting. Magazines that mom loves. A Bose dock for their music. An area of wood floor for them to dance (see video). What else do 80-somethings need?

    2. Really? What did you want to see? Rocking chairs and old afghans? Old chipped teapots? The space is delightful to look at and streamlined to promote safety. Everyone should be so lucky to have such a talented, devoted daughter who pulls her parents into her daily life.

  24. Love the blue and white in the apartment. My favorite was watching your parents dance, it brought made me cry and wishing my parents were still with us.
    Enjoy every minute with them.

  25. Dennise Marshall says:

    My parents used to go ballroom dancing, your video brought back happy memories. My father is no longer living and my mother turned 90 in January. Sadly she has dementia and is living in a care residence. I loved their new living room and I wondered what paint and colour you used on the coffee table and walls. Dennise.

    1. Wow, does that sound familiar! I first wrote this post last year. My dad has since passed and my mom is in a facility. But I am so grateful to have had the time with them nearby in this apartment. Mom is now only 5 minutes from our house and it’s much easier to visit her than it would have been had they not moved here in the first place. Here is an updated post where I talk about the experience: What I’ve Learned as My Aging Parents’ Caregiver: A Personal Story https://designthusiasm.com/aging-parents-caregiver/

      I wish you much peace!

      The wall color is Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige which is the same color I used in my own house – pretty much everywhere. For the coffee table, I think I used Florentine Gold. It’s a metallic paint in a very small jar. I bought it at Michaels.

  26. Ruth Ledyard says:

    I am the downsizer at 72 and am finding it very hard to declutter. We are selling a large house and building a smaller one. I have boxed up 5 generations of stuff into boxes and into 2 large moving van bodies to have a large sale. After doing this, I was ill and have not yet had the energy to have the sale. I pray that my house sells quickly and we can build the new one and get it decorated while we are still able. I have always loved to decorate and majored in design in college. I really want to do it myself and do not have a daughter who could help me. My only son will place things for me but does not love to decorate. You are such a good daughter to make a beautiful place for your parents. They are adorable.

    1. Thank you so much, Ruth! I wish you much luck!! We are currently in the process of selling and cleaning out my parents’ original home. As I work on this, I come back to my own home and think about decluttering all the time. I try to look at my things with the mindset of what it would be like for our kids to clean out our home. That helps make it crystal clear which things should be kept and which should be tossed. I try not to keep anything packed away in a box, because that means it will never be used. I do collect plenty of things, but if they will never be in the normal rotation of items I use and enjoy, those are the things I know to give away.

      Wishing you good health and much luck in your next chapter! It sounds like you will do well doing it by yourself… πŸ™‚

  27. Barbara C. says:

    Such a lovely room and a beautiful video to treasure!

  28. Lori, what a beautiful and comfortable room you fixed for your parents. They are lucky to have you! I love your blues and whites. I tried to find the rug online but there are so many. Do you happen to know the actual name of the rug? I always look for your posts because I love your decorating and colors. Thanks for sharing.

  29. You did A great job decorating your parent’s new apartment. It looks very very nice. But I love how they were dancing! They are very fortunate that they have each other, you, and your love for them.

  30. I love the fresh take on blue and white. You were very considerate to update their look while honoring what they like. But the wonderful kicker is the dancing video

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