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Local decorator, Lynette Bard, won seven Design Excellence Awards during the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Florida South Chapter Gala last month. Bard’s personal Sanibel residence garnered five awards including 1st Place for Best Universal/Aging in Place Design. The home also received 2nd Place for Contemporary Kitchen Design, 2nd Place for Contemporary Bath Design, 2nd Place for Residential Small Space (for the master suite), and Honorable Mention for Transitional Bath Design.
The term “Universal Design” was coined by Architect Ronald Mace to describe the concept of designing an environment that is usable by all people to the greatest extent possible regardless of age or ability. Examples of Universal Design include wide door openings, curb-free entrances, easy to reach outlet locations, easy grip door and drawer hardware, and storage spaces that allow access for individuals of all heights.
“When I began designing our Sanibel home Universal Design was central to the program and I considered future needs and accessibility at every turn. It is a concept that is not widely understood and I wanted to showcase how small details can make major impacts on one’s lifestyle,” Bard explained. “Most Universal Design elements are invisible to the eye or integrate seamlessly into a home. It was an honor to be recognized for something that I am passionate about.”
Bard holds an Interior Design degree from the New York School of Interior Design as well as degrees from The Fashion Institute of Technology and The University of Virginia. She is a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) and an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Bard has been providing design and decorating services to Sanibel, Captiva and the Fort Myers area since moving here in 2014. For more information on Bard’s services visit ruedurix.com and to learn about the sale of this Award-Winning Sanibel Home visit PfeiferRealtyGroup.com.