“Easy Button” Design Choices

Our changing lives bring on different perspectives in our homes and interiors to accommodate those changes. Sometimes we are thinking ahead and keeping those changes in mind and sometimes, we have to problem solve to find the right solution after the fact. And tackling the problem on the front end can be a lot easier, if you are remodeling already.

And it may be that the changes aren’t in your home, but maybe a loved one’s home…. Like aging parents…

I have had a lot of experience with remodeling and renovation projects that involved thinking about your future needs, because of my parents, their needs and their home’s interiors challenges. They have lived in the same home since they were married and with their declining health issues, I have had to address a number of problems there.

Additionally, my mother in law has Parkinson’s disease and we have similar issues in her home with problem solving, because of her unsteadiness on her feet and in her balance, different problem solving issues have arisen that took me to a different path than my parents.

I know that the tasks areas are a challenge for anyone, at any age if there are physical challenges there. I have recently been introduced to a world of a much younger age group that has physical challenges too, just negotiating a threshold, or steps or a wheel chair accessibility into the home. AND you really need to prepare for your future…..

Until you have to help someone in these challenges, I guess you can take a lot for granted, even the height of a toilet seat!

Here are 5 very easy “fixes” to help you if you are remodeling or renovating your interiors or even building a home that will help you to problem solve in advance that don’t really cost any more than the “standard” but will be impactful in the long run.

1. If you need to replace a toilet in your home, choose a “comfort height” toilet. It’s not more expensive. We used these in all of our bathrooms in our new home! And the choices that use less water are also safe on the environment and your wallet.

2. Choose door levers instead of door knobs for your interior doors to make the task easier for arthritic hands. There are less expensive, too…..with our resources. We have these levers too!



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3. Install grab bars in your bathroom(s) to be smart. I found a resource this past weekend that has a locking system that works well in remodels but we also added these into our Master Bath and our Guest Bath areas, where needed, and they are attractive.

4. Change the opening of your doorways to 36” instead of 30”. Again, it really doesn’t cost you any more in labor and the materials are very comparable in price.

5. Consider using more continuity in your floor covering to keep the thresholds to a minimum. It reduces the chances of tripping or catching your “toe” and falling. Keep floor choices smart and not slippery surfaces to reduce accidents as well, and the materials need to be “easy” on your legs when standing or walking in your home.

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Please take a moment, step back and access your interiors with more of a discriminating taste and be smart with choices and changes that will be in your best interest. Design is also about function in your environment to make comfort come a little easier as well as aesthetically pleasing. Call Cumby to help you take the first steps….

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Recipes for Your SUPER Party anytime……


Steamed Lentils (ready to eat)– found at Trader Joes in the Producesection

Jar of Bruschetta (also found at Trader Joes)

Feta Cheese

Mix all of the above ingredients and use as a dip for chips, crackers, or pita chips. You’ll want to use a spoon and forget the dipping “item”…. That good!


1 16 oz jar apple jelly

1 16 oz jar pineapple preserves

1 5 oz jar horseradish

1 (1.5 oz) can dry mustard

Cream cheese

Assorted crackers

Mix first 4 ingredients, cover and refrigerate. Spread over cream cheese and serve with assorted crackers. Also good with meatballs, sliced ham, or sausage. It packs a “punch”. Yield: 3.5 Cups


1 lb. lean ground beef

1 egg

2 T water

3 T minced onion

1/2 C bread crumbs

In a large bowl, mix together and roll into small meatballs. Bake in preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes, turning once. **


1 8 oz can jellied cranberry sauce

3/4 C chili sauce

1 T brown sugar

1.5 tsp lemon juice

In your slow cooker or large saucepan, blend ingredients for sauce. Add meatballs and simmer for 1 hour before serving. Use the crock pot/slow cooker to serve from, to keep them warm. Yummy!

** If you use frozen meatballs, double the sauce ingredients and double the time for simmering.


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