This Quaint Southern Home Is A Lesson In Accessible Design
Designer Bailey Austin proves that accessibility and beautiful design can go hand-in-hand. The recently-retired homeowners were looking for a new abode where they could live comfortably for years to come — and that’s exactly what she did. “You could be in a wheelchair or a walker and comfortably maneuver throughout the space,” says the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based designer. For example, in the bathroom, Bailey reinforced all of the walls, so if the homeowners need to install grab bars, they can do so with ease. Plus, cabinetry can be removed for a wheelchair to easily turn in the space.
Aside from making the home’s architecture completely ADA-accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act — meaning the home is accessible for non-able bodied people), she also payed close attention to the overall “New Southern” design. “It feels fresh, it’s light, but it still has those traditional details,” says Bailey.
Click through to tour the charming Southern new-build.
The main floor’s architecture is completely accessible, with 36-inch-wide doors, no changes in elevation and two principal bedrooms (not pictured).
Bailey’s biggest design challenge with the project was blending sentimental vintage pieces with a more modern aesthetic. She strikes the ideal balance in the living room, where ornate cabinets steal the show, while still honouring the home’s fresh feel.
A neutral palette with pops of cool-toned hues creates a clean backdrop for the eye to rest.
An eclectic array of coffee table books add visual interest to the otherwise simple, yet serene space. It’s a great way for the homeowners to show off their personalities without ever saying a word.
In the light and airy kitchen, the eye is immediately drawn to the two oversized birdcage-style pendants hanging over the island. Walnut-framed windows juxtapose beautifully with the sleek marble countertops.
A wall of laser-cut mosaic marble backsplash injects youthful energy into the space, especially when paired with more traditional-style cabinetry.
This hardworking laundry room/mudroom — complete with wrap-around lower cabinetry, stylish woven baskets and built-in rods for drying clothes — is the ultimate multi-functional space. Plus, front-facing views illuminate every square foot in natural sunlight.
You’ll never believe this rustic seating area is outdoors. Complete with a natural stone fireplace, panelled wood overhang and four slipcovered swivel chairs, this cozy alcove has all of the comfort of the indoors.
Behind the natural wooden cabinets hides a TV for seamless entertaining.