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ASID Award: A Retirement Home Refresh

Aug 21, 2023 04:04PM ● By Gwen Ahrens
ASID award Gwen Ahrens, ASID, NCIDQ with The Interior Design Firm, and Brittany Majestic-Barrett, NCIDQ, IIDA

Photo Courtesy of Immanuel.

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Lakeside is one of Immanuel’s signature senior living communities, located north of West Center Road off 175th Street. The Interior Design Firm was tasked with completing a major interior renovation of the common areas of the community, with a focus on creating warm, inviting spaces while meeting safety standards for all residents. 

Throughout our renovation, we incorporated updated design elements,  including intentional lighting selections, ceiling details, and a stimulating color palette. Eliminating interior columns greatly enhanced the updated, simplified spaces. Located on a beautiful lake and walking path, the views of the outdoors were highly important and were enhanced throughout the community.
All aspects of Lakeside’s transformation were designed with the residents’ use and needs in mind. As you enter the community, the existing library and fireplace lounge were opened to welcome residents along with their guests, and new, contemporary art added pops of interest. Around the corner, a lounge area was updated with a bar to give new life to the area. Refreshed card and billiard rooms add to the social atmosphere. Geometric-patterned decor accents lend a fun, energetic vibe to the spaces. 

 One of the three dining experiences offered is the full-service Cast Iron Grille in which the existing low ceiling and open floor plan were challenged. The updated restaurant features a visually open room with a lake view, while providing private dining spaces created with custom banquettes, room dividers, and ceiling treatments.  In contrast, The Reserve on Frances Street restaurant offers an upscale, fine dining experience which is fully private. Lastly, Bistro1887 was installed in a repurposed fitness room to provide residents with a new, more casual dining space that once again takes advantage of the outdoor views.  

Thrive, a new fitness center and day spa, was incorporated into the community. This addition includes a full-service gym, aerobics studio, salon, and spa. The Grand Hall was also added, offering a sizable space for social events and presentations.  

Lakeside’s new open and enhanced floor plan, high-end amenities, and contemporary, warm decor  provide the community a modern, light, and spacious place to call home! 

Designers Gwen Ahrens, ASID, NCIDQ with The Interior Design Firm, and Brittany Majestic-Barrett, NCIDQ, IIDA, were recognized with a Silver Award and Best Use of Space Award for their work on this project at the 2022 Nebraska/Iowa Chapter ASID Awards held in September 2022.

This article originally appeared in the September 2023 issue of Omaha Home magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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