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Gayla Jett Shannon, ASID, principal
Stacie McCans, RID, director of design
Mike Shannon, RA, architect
Robbin Lyon, office manager
Gordon Ramsey Construction
Photography by Michael Lyon
The master bedroom, shown above, was painted an
achromatic warm charcoal to establish a positive sleeping environment for the client. The custom bed was
designed for the client’s speciﬁc height and to allow
her pet poodles to sleep under the bed.
COLOR IS KEY FOR UNIVERSALLY DESIGNED RENOVATION/
UNLIKE RELUCTANTLY ADMITTING to having
a favorite child, designers like nothing better than
to loudly praise their favorite projects. For interior
designer Gayla Jett Shannon, ASID, the redesigned
home shown here is at the top of her “all-time favorites” list.
Thanks to a detailed needs assessment at the
project outset, Shannon and her team at Inside Inc.,
were able to truly understand their client’s personality and expectations, and thus successfully address
both her needs and wants. In her late 60’s, the client
had recently purchased a 2,300 square-foot ranch
house that needed signiﬁcant modiﬁcations in order
for her to comfortably live there as she ages over
the next 20 years.
Aging in place modiﬁcations — such as widening key doorways, ﬂush ﬂooring transitions, increased
lighting and glare reduction, accessible switches,
roll-in kitchen and bathroom access and a future
caregiver suite — were project requisites, but the client also prioritized the aesthetic changes needed to
ﬁt her modern style and create a positive emotional
environment for her in the coming years. “I want to
live in a streamlined, light-ﬁlled place that’s easy to
move through. I want to live in a relaxed, uncluttered, contemporary place. I want to feel serene in
this space,” she wrote in her needs assessment.
Universal design strategies were incorporated throughout the home, often almost invisibly.
“Universal design can, and should, be the design
standard of the future,” says Shannon. “It is
intended to be inclusive and attempts to meet the
needs of everyone — it makes sense to work toward
this goal for every new home.” She gives the example of specifying a pedestal table as a simple option
that allows someone in a wheelchair to roll up to the
edge without encountering table legs, while seamlessly ﬁtting a variety of aesthetics.
Shannon, who teaches color theory and application at Texas Christian University, is passionate
about color and understands the implications of
how aging eyes perceive color. For instance, as
color perception alters with aging, she describes it
as “like looking through an amber-colored ﬁlter,”
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