This Is How You Can Get the Accessible Home of Your Dreams

This Is How You Can Get the Accessible Home of Your Dreams

Guest Article by Patrick Young from Ableusa for Angelo on Design

Finding the perfect home when you have specific accessibility requirements may seem like a tall order at first glance. In reality, however, it’s actually not much different from just about any house-hunting endeavor. With a narrower playing field, it may even be arguably easier. But, of course, there will still be no small measure of due diligence required, as well as some possible hits and misses along the way. It’s important, therefore, to have a real game plan as you start your search so you won’t be overwhelmed by the process. Here’s how.

Take Stock of Your Needs

Before anything else, it’s important to recognize that not all accessible homes are the same. After all, people have different abilities, and when it comes to choosing a home, your own capacity should be at the forefront. This is why it’s a very good idea to start by recognizing your own mobility limitations and then assessing the accessibility features you need in your home.

At the most basic level, perhaps you need a wheelchair to get around, which means you will need wider doorways and ramps, as well as sinks and counters that are lower in height. Or, maybe you want to reduce your risk of falls as a senior, so you want to ensure that rooms are free of trip hazards, have non-slip flooring, and are fitted with grab bars and handrails in the bathroom. Not only that, but it may be prudent to think further ahead and ensure there’s room for more modifications in the future to accommodate any changes in your condition.

Determine What You Can Afford

Now, regardless of what kind of home you’re in the market for — accessible or otherwise — it’s always wise to consider your purchasing power before anything else. This is to ensure that you can afford to buy a home at this stage in your life. Doing so entails taking stock of your financials, specifically your income, your debt-to-income ratio, and if you have enough for the down payment. You should also consider external parameters such as the housing market, mortgage options and terms available to you, and many others. For this reason, explains that it’s a good idea to consider getting a mortgage pre-approval, as it gives you a clear picture of your inevitable investment right off the bat. It’s always a good idea to connect with an experienced and knowledgeable realtor when exploring purchasing a home.

Depending on your specific condition, you may actually be qualified for financial assistance that can help facilitate the purchase of an accessible home or even fund accessibility modifications to your current one. It’s definitely smart to know your options and your rights to help you overcome the challenges — financial, especially — of homeownership.

Keep an Open Mind

While being specific about your accessibility needs is a great thing, know that this may leave you with fewer options, making it very important to be very flexible during your search. As tempting as it might be to reject a home because it’s not completely what you had in mind, it’s still more than wise to take a moment to really see the big picture. A closer look might reveal the need for just a few key renovations to make it as safe and accessible as you might like, such as the relatively simple addition of concrete ramps or pathways.

An equally good idea is to research what additional modifications will cost you‚ as well as to factor in the home’s purchase value, in order for you to determine whether or not it’s a viable investment. For example, if you need to install a wheelchair ramp. The cost of a ramp will depend on the quality and any decorative style as well.

If you’re concerned about how these accessibility changes will affect the look and feel of your home, there are websites that can give you some points to make your space look incredible. Angelo on Design has several incredible interior design tips that can help you make the most of your incredible new space!

Suffice it to say, a fully accessible home is definitely a worthy investment. Not only is it a place to call your own and thrive in, but it’s ultimately one where you’re safest and most comfortable. So, don’t leave your search up to chance; Instead, let research and good planning take a step closer to your perfect home.

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Socks Construction to open new Design Studio

Socks Construction to open new Design Studio


May 8th, 2019. Highly regarded Traverse City developer Socks Construction, is in preliminary phases of creating a Design Build & Modern Lifestyle studio called Design Elemental. The studio is due to open at their new headquarters on Randolph and Division in early 2020. In partnership with Angelo Adamo Design, a design and brand consultant firm, their studio will specialize in modern luxury and natural aesthetic interior design, high end tailored products, and custom homes and workplace using sustainable building methods.

Salt Box Homes by Socks Construction and Jonathan Lee Architects

Socks Construction and Jonathan Lee Architects are pioneering these new innovative methods called Component Construction, that save time, conserve resources, and minimize waste. This new design build method will attract affordable and trend setting homes catering towards millennials and family professionals.

Angelo Adamo Design – Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan

The design and lifestyle studio, led by creative director Angelo Adamo, is based on platforms that he has mastered on reconnecting our human senses and expressions to scent, color, and texture. His programming phase of interior design results into interiors with self-awareness, purpose, and harmonious styles. If you are interested to learn more about Socks Construction residential and commercial packages, please contact Angelo at 231.631-0055.

The Lifestyle Studio will exclusively represent high end luxury brands such as Holland and Sherry, Polywood, Palecek, Farrow & Ball, Rizzoli Books, Trinity Tile, and Angelo Adamo’s private home and body scented label called Opathy.

Winter Interior Design Trends with Angelo Adamo

Winter Interior Design Trends with Angelo Adamo

Click video below.

Topic Art by You Be Are

Topic art, wallpaper and Asian antiques in modern, western home decor.

Traverse City Designer Angelo Adamo is back from another trip to the Las Vegas Market, and he’s sharing the trends that caught his eye in the video above!

For more design advice, visit Angelo Adamo Design’s blog at

These Home Interior Trends Can Freshen Up Your Spring Decor

These Home Interior Trends Can Freshen Up Your Spring Decor

Making the old new again. History repeats itself in life—and apparently in interior design.

If you’re wondering what “art deco” and “mid-century modern” styles are, Interior Designer Angelo Adamo can help with that.

Adamo went to the Las Vegas Market to check out the hottest trends in home décor.

“Designers and buyers are looking for three things in these two styles—comfort, color and texture,” Adamo says.

Watch the video above for a look at how you can incorporate these two trends into your home design this spring.

Or for more about Adamo and his design tips, visit his website and blog at



It’s a thrill and an honor to be a part of Andreu World
2019 Catalog, highlighted in their new projects.

It was my vision for the Pike Electric’s IT Department to obtain an uncluttered, fresh, and organized workplace to better support employee communications and task awareness.

Mannington Carpet – Soft Tread carpet tile

All Rockfon ceiling tiles have added acoustical support and Mannington  carpet tile have cushioning to absorb noise. The open space environment was ideal for the engineers to gather in smaller or larger groups.

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Andreu World’s furniture provided the minimalist palette with European comfort and style that compliments the commercial grade materials and textures selected throughout the project.

Component construction system is transformative

Component construction system is transformative
JLA delivers quality, sustainable design on an accelerated timeline
Rending by JLA – Model Home in Petoskey, Michigan – Interiors by Angelo Adamo Design
To be completed May 2019

JonathanLee Architects (JLA) is breaking new ground in modular construction. Backed by decades ofexperience in residential design and years of research and development, JLA ispioneering new means and methods that save time, conserve resources andminimize waste. 

Component homes by JLA

The goal—create a one-stop-shop thatcan produce beautiful, efficient, functional spaces more quickly and moreaffordably than traditional construction methods can.

Component homes by JLA -Interior by Angelo Adamo Design

To that end, JLA is collaborating withAngelo Adamo Design of Traverse City. Angelo is an accomplished designer with akeen eye and a profound understanding of interior spaces and how we experiencethem.  A first-generationItalian/Australian, Angelo has established a design philosophy based on the scienceof perception using his modernist approach toward comfortable living. Angelo encouragesmeaningful and harmonious environments by fusing emotions to texture, color andscent.

Component Homes by JLA & Interiors by Angelo Adamo Design – A new way of living.

Together, JLA and Angelo AdamoDesign are transforming an industry—changing not only the way we build, but theway we think about design and the role it plays in our lives.

Cape Cod Component home by JLA

For more information, please contact Jonathan Lee Architects – or
Angelo Adamo Design –

Live & Learn @ the Las Vegas Furniture Market – Winter 2019

Live & Learn @ the Las Vegas Furniture Market – Winter 2019

The Las Vegas Furniture Market (LVMkt) has become the modern interpreter for natural aesthetic and luxury living furnishings and home décor. LVMkt is an exciting and informative event that’s simple to navigate.

This was my second show as the “Fresh to Follow” and “Instagram Takeover” designer for International Marketing Center (IMC), who is the owner and operator for the market. Discovering new products is important as to getting to know the people behind the brand. For example, Lily from Lily’s Living who is from Beijing, China, has over 20 years of experience as an antique dealer. She is so passionate about her culture. Her goal is to represent Chinese antiques using a European weathered influence so that her products aren’t as bold or rigid as original antiques. She has a wonderful perception for culture and the ability to mix styles and traditions.

As a designer, I am looking for rich subdued hues, soft and warm tones, lush natural materials, and interesting patterns. It’s also important to me to connect with the owner or director so that their products become more then just an object or thing. What I have noticed about this market is that it isn’t just about furnishings or home décor. It is also about the people.

Interior Design should be a reflection of who you are. An interior space shouldn’t be a trend but rather a testament to your emotions and values.
Top Trends from the Winter Market 2019
  • Angelo’s top art

Eric and Jenny from St George, Utah created “You Be Are” in 2013. They offer the best of topic art with modern and tradition settings like my favorite, the Blue Agave. The composition of clean backgrounds with vibrant subjects can be applied to many styles of interiors.

  • Angelo’s top Wallpaper

Self adhesive wallpaper is genius! Great for apartment living or rentals. Adding texture to a wall is no longer a hindrance. Twin sisters from New Jersey, Jennifer and Julia, started Tempapar in 2009 and have influenced designers in wall patterns and textures. My favorite is L’AMOUR in metallic gold and white.

  • Angelos’s top Gift

It’s so inspiring to hear about two teen sisters, Isabel and Caroline, that created a booming business called daBOMB. Each fragrant fizzer is made by hand in the USA and has something fun inside when dissolved. It smells great too! My kids are now going to enjoy taking baths.

  • Angelo’s top Fine Furnishing

Handley Drive provides quality inspired interior furnishings. Business partners, Rick and Don, design furniture that’s to human scale, ideal for urban apartment living. The attention to detail is impeccable and their use of color is soothing and attractive.

  • Angelo’s top Home Furnishing

Lily’s Living is where the influence of antiques in the east meets the weathered finishes of the west. Her furniture is comfortable, especially the Naples slipcover sofa with whitewash linen fabrics and contemporary piping. Products also range from traditional Chinese pottery to farmhouse lighting.

  • Angelo’s top Home Décor

Meeting Claire Summers, who is also an Aussie, was such an heartening moment. She founded Gratitude Glass Jars, an act that allows you to capture the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories and expressing words of love in jar. Such a brilliant idea that administers a better way of life and a use for a jar!

Angelo’s Honorable Selections 

Currey & Company still leads the way in lighting fixtures. You can find materials like marine rope, brass, stained glass, metal, natural woods, and porcelain. Products are appealing because most fixtures are perfectly scaled for either large or small rooms. Great use of mixed materials is a highlight as well.

I was impressed with Feizy handmade rugs. Inky charcoal warm beige and inviting ivory create an approachable neutral palette in the Phoenix Collection. Handwoven of wool and cotton these tonal flatweaves feature easy-to-decorate with geometric motifs that seamlessly integrate into transitional and contemporary spaces alike with alluring textures that add intrigue.

Everything about Palecek is stunning. Their distinctive furniture, lighting, and accessories are amongst the most beautiful and elegantly manufactured. The use of natural materials is incorporated throughout their product line.

Bungalow 5 has the best of metropolitan style furnishings. The new Hunter collection takes its inspiration from a neo-classical design using fine leather and custom-cast metal fixtures and hardware.

Fresh to Follow 

I was fortunate to be a participant of the “Fresh to Follow” panel with the talented Breegan Jane and Jannicke Ramso. It was a productive session because the crowd asked questions on how to get an edge into todays interior design market. I think the common thread to become a competitive designer is to understand your values and evaluate your strategies towards branding. We all understand that styles and trends are subjective. What’s necessary is to develop a storyline that the client can relate to and live with. It would also help to attend the LVMkt and introduce yourself to new creative ideas and the people involved.

Thank you for reading my updates from the Winter Market 2019 and please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this blog.



Video link of Angelo at the LVMkt Winter Market



Its now about you and the emotional values you bring into your workplace. By Angelo Adamo – Creative Director for Design Elemental


The open space workplace is now a thought from the past.  There will be new strategies on how to implement a healthy work environment that is not intruding in people’s personal space. 

The most important phase of design is the initial phase called programming.  This is when a team of designers rely on feedback from the client regarding the structure of the firm, its brand strategy, and growth analysis. 

In 2016, I was the lead designer for Wake Forest University Sports Performance Center and a corporate office for Pike Electric.  All had different requirements, but the main emphasis was to identify the core brand of their business and how to achieve the best possible results in function and appeal. 

What we now must consider is for employees and students the flexibility to work from home or away from campus.  This means, designing an office is no longer about the brand of a business but more about you.

My principles of design are divided into categories such as balance, function, form, saturation of light and color, harmony, and detail. These categories are considered not on the individual, but the dynamics of a group. Now, the main categories for a home office must include personal values, flexibility, noise levels, digital access, and organization.

Most of us do not have the luxury of a new office space with modern features at home.  Typically, our choices are dining tables, small guest rooms, or the basement.  At the end of the day, we are then left with a messy space filled with open folders and empty coffee mugs.

However, there are ways to design an office that provides positive solutions to your work environment.  

This is my Design Strategy for home offices:


Adding photos or posters of your favorite artwork requires restraint.  Consider these factors when adding to your home office.

Select art, photos, or objects that have a positive reaction to your memories.  I have a photo of my wife from a while back when we were traveling Italy.  We were young and enthusiastic about life and how traveling was our method for trusting each other. 

Images of my two little girls always puts a smile on my face.  Every time I glimpse at Laila and Delphine, I remember myself saying to them “to never give up and do not be afraid to fail”.  I guess this memory encourages me to do the same thing.

Above my desk are drawings of the Eden Variety Theater in Paris and the Dorly Cartes Opera House in London. When I was 6 years old, I lived in Italy where my parents are from before immigrating to Australia.  I recall the day that my father, Giacinto Adamo, took me to La Scala Opera House in Milan.  His cousin was doing building repairs at the backstage, so I was able to tour the entire theater.  How can a 6-year-old child ever forget that?  I still have vivid memories of gold trim, hand crafted medallions, and the grand red velvet drapes.  Experiencing this with my father and listening opera with him is why I have a passion for theater design.  Fortunately, in 2015, I was the project manager for the renovation of the Raleigh Theater at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh, North Carolina.   


On my desk I keep a book that my mother-in-law gave me for Xmas. I am obsessed with “The Italian Design Factories” from Interni. I am always intrigued by the originality of design and how artists can affect your way of thinking. When I need a 5-minute break from looking at the screen, I have this book to help me focus on the true reasons why I became a designer.


To be organized is to be prepared.  I have a leather mini filing cabinet that I keep essentials that are small enough to get lost in a drawer.  This handsome black leather storage unit is small enough the fit on my desk and large enough to become a detail. 

The Chopstick Holder is from a cool store in NYC called Pearl River Mart.  My wife and I worked in NYC for 5 years which were the most exciting but exhausting times. Still, they were awesome memories.

I like to use two note pads. I have a journal for notes and scribbling and a smaller book for sketches. I am not a big fan on sticky notes because inevitably they disappear.

Filing cabinets are essential and it beats having a book shelve filled with manila folders.  The objective is not to over pack your filings cabinets. Baskets are a great concept for storing oversize items, especially if your do not have a bookshelf.This ornate vintage box is a classic.  I hide my bills and other important information that I need for easy access.

I recommend pin up boards for displaying information that can be easily accessible and to be inspired.

I also use Trello, a pin-up board app, that can be installed on your smartphone or computer.  This system provides a methodological approach in project organization and management.  I have boards for collecting design concepts, vendor information, daily tasks, and client programming.


I have a Bose Bluetooth speaker on my desk that is easily transferred from one room to another.  I like background music as it provides me background music, especially if my girls are playing and making noise.   I am fortunate that my finished basement office has good noise reduction levels, but when I need total focus, I also use my Beats Noise Reduction headset. 


If I were not in love with these original Baker chairs, I would recommend an ergonomic chair from Humanscale or Herman Miller.  However, once you finish working then a fine piece of furniture is more appealing than an ergonomic chair.  This is a tough decision, but I personally take the side of beauty before comfort.


If you are fortunate to have natural light in your office, then you do not need to worry about ambient lighting.  However, most of us need an LED desk light for task lighting and a taller table lamp for surround lighting.  Having two lamps instead of one helps to balance light without creating shadows at the corners of the desk. 

The future of office design is now about you.  Control your surroundings by adding your personal brand and values to your workday.  Angelo Adamo

Consider these factories when designing your office space:

  • Add items to your desk that you have a positive reaction to your day like artwork, photos, and objects.
  • Include storage boxes for a better organized system. 
  • Do not clutter your desk.
  • Once you leave your home office, your desk becomes a vignette so hide the stationary supplies and your “To-Do list”.
  • Use ambient lighting with your LED task lighting.  Once you are done for the day, you can turn off the task lighting but still have the ambient light available.
  • Have a book on your desk that keeps you inspired when you have a 5-minute break.
  • Control your sound by using a Bluetooth device.

Life is all about change. My theory on Human Sense Connectivity is to connect to your senses and to focus on the memories that has had a positive effect in your life. These are moments that you should cherish and to build upon. Positive memories are essential during difficult times, so look deep and find out what your true values are. It’s time to add your brand to your work life.

Angelo Adamo – May 19th 2020

Updated Website for Angelo Adamo Design

Updated Website for Angelo Adamo Design
The new Angelo Adamo Design website –

I am thrilled to announce my new partnership with Socks Construction with the formation of Design Elemental, a design-build-live studio. The studio will include luxury retail, interior design and architectural services, and the revolutionary build method called Component Construction.

As Creative Director for Socks Construction, I am leading the branding development for Design Elemental’s exclusive ceramic tiles, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, and home scent and body products labeled Adamo – (my last name which is Latin for people).

new business logo

Design Elemental is currently producing a new website which is due to be released before the opening of the studio during summer 2020. Please follow us via Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

For my information on Design Elemental, visit . Contact me direct at for branding or business opportunities.