Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Lewis.
Bonnie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My passion for designing and improving physical environments to help adults over 50 live better, longer and beautifully began with my struggle to get my dad in the best possible living environment. I had re-careered and earned a degree in Interior Design just a few years prior and had been working in the commercial senior living design industry.
I felt blessed to have the highly-specialized senior living interior design skills to tailor design my dad’s new place to meet his specific needs and make his daily activities easier, given his vision impairment, arthritis, and walker use. It was then I realized my passion and God-given talent to help adults over 50 maintain their independence and age successfully.
I became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), acquired specialized training for Alzheimer’s/dementia-supportive design, and founded 55+ TLC Interior Design in 2013.
Prior to re-careering and becoming an Allied ASID and Associate IIDA Interior Designer and CAPS, I had a successful career in corporate mid-level management as a marketing communications manager for Fortune 100 technology companies, including Rockwell and ITT. My corporate experience in project management, budget management and my team leadership skills now benefit my clients.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest challenge has been getting adults between 50 and 70 to be pro-active and plan for their future housing needs before they need it. Delaying puts their safety, longevity and ability to stay in their home for the long haul at risk, and it leaves them financially unprepared for the cost of alternative housing options and care. So, I am continually out speaking and educating people on the topic.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My company, 55+ TLC Interior Design specializes in residential Aging in Place remodel design, Universal Design, Senior Living design (for active adult communities, assisted living care homes, senior independent and assisted living communities), and Alzheimer’s/Dementia-supportive design.
I am known for creating beautiful environments that that appeal to all generations, are mobility device accessible, senior-friendly, and safer. I use science, art and evidenced-based senior living and healthcare design to provide solutions that are exceptionally beneficial for Boomers and Seniors to thrive. I’m also known for the great contractors I partner with, and keeping projects on track, on budget and completed on time.
My distinctive portfolio has claimed twenty-two national and regional awards for residential Aging in Place remodel design, Universal Design, Alzheimer’s/Dementia design, and commercial Senior Living/Assisted Living design.
I feel so honored that clients have said “You are a blessing to our family,” “Dad loves his new suite,” “Your innovative design made my mother happier and more comfortable,” and “Your designs are innovative and well received by our discerning clientele of elder adults and their adult children.” Improving peoples’ lives is why I joyfully do what I do.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was a Girl Scout and earned lots of badges. At age 10, I began competitive cake baking and decorating and continued through high school, winning numerous awards. I was creative and loved coming up with unique designs and using color.
- Website: https://55plusTLC.com
- Phone: 480-696-3187
- Email: info@55plusTLC.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/55PlusTLCInteriorDesign
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonniejlewis/
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