Universal Design aims to level the playing field and ensure that products, technology and the built environment enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities. Sacramento-based designers and Certified Aging in Place Specialists Kerrie Kelly and Erin Clay Scherer reveal inspired interiors that are functional and attractive and which allow their users to live independently for as long as possible-an inherently sustainable concept. Open floorplans, wider halls and doors, ample light, zero-step entries, and curbless showers have never been more appealing. Hosted by Dwell contributing editor Kelly Vencill Sanchez.
Erin Scherer, Director, Livable Design, a division of Eskaton
Kelly Vencill Sanchez, contributing editor, Dwell
Kerrie Kelly, Interior Designer & Author, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
Northern California interior designer Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. She is an award-winning interior designer, author and multi-media consultant. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House, and the newly released My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education.
Kerrie is a certified interior designer who graduated from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, California and earned Masters in Business from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association).
Kerrie has received several awards, including: California Paints Exterior Palette Challenge, Jason Wu for Brizo Blogger-19 Challenge and Houzz’s Best of Customer Satisfaction and Design for 2013. She has also been named the 2012 recipient of ASID’s Nancy Vincent McClelland Award for Interior Design Education.
Erin joined Eskaton in January 2008 and managed the Livable Design National Demonstration Home project located in Roseville, CA. She leads the Livable Design movement, which is aimed at enhancing home environments for all generations through beautiful, flexible and inclusive design. Erin is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a Certified Interior Decorator and has presented at conferences around the nation, educating building and aging industry professionals on the benefits of Livable Design.
Kelly Vencill Sanchez
Kelly Vencill Sanchez has written about architecture and design for such publications as Dwell, New Mexico Magazine and Architectural Digest, where she was a senior and contributing editor under Paige Rense. She also writes about horses and the people who ride them for Chronicle of the Horse and Dressage Today.
Her interest in socially sustainable design and accessible spaces increases daily, as she navigates the world with her younger son, Luke, who has cerebral palsy and other special powers.