Inclusive Chic Roundup: September 18

A re-blog from my fantastic #inclusivechic co-host, Vicki of Wheel Chic Home – Our first roundup!

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“Last month, Vaila from The Inclusive Home and I started a new Hashtag across Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest called #inclusivechic

We set up the hashtag to start conversations around inclusive, accessible or disabled design that we love. This could be things we have in our own homes, or great architecture or design we’ve seen that helps someone in their wish for a dignified, independent life. We’ve suggested a theme each week for the posts and we’re thrilled with the response so far, and we hope it’ll continue to grow!

We don’t want to pigeon-hole this hashtag as for disabled people. There’s great inclusive design everywhere – that can be used by those with or without disabilities. We want to encourage people to look around them and find things that everyone can use and be aware of. So we want to raise awareness, have a little fun and also we’ll have some prizes coming up in future months so keep posting!

We’re also so pleased with the discussions we’ve had on the hashtag, from the best ceiling hosts to wheelchair front wheel adaptations, we’ve been sharing hints and tips so we’re all learning as we go.

We’ve had some great posts and ideas from the #inclusivechic crowd on Instagram and we wanted to share some of those in a monthly round up. We’re a little late on this first round up but we’ll catch up this month!

Here’s a selection of some of our favourites in the past few weeks, although we’ve loved all the input you’ve given us!

First up: this beautiful inclusive bathroom at the St Ermin’s Hotel in London, designed by MotionSpot. Anyone would be happy to use this room, disabled or not. It’s fully inclusive!

 

Next up is a lovely photo from Kezzabelle5 with a picture of Ashton enjoying bathtime in a fabulous and safe bath chair surrounded by colours and lights. What’s not to love about this?

Next up possibly the most brilliant stair lift I’ve seen up to a beautiful home in Cornwall over looking sea. Cornwall’s small cottages and fishing villages with steep hills and uneven steps isn’t the first thought for an accessible home but that didn’t stop On The Mother Hand from setting up home here and getting a marine grade lift installed. Brilliant – and I bet it’s also useful for sending up heavy shopping too!

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MAKING AN ENTRANCE… I’d never given much thought to the process of getting in and out of the house before we had kids. First with buggies and now with a wheelchair, steps took on a whole new meaning. We are lucky enough to live in an old cottage by the sea in Cornwall. Of course it’s hilly here so our house has steps front and back. To overcome that challenge we spent a small fortune adapting the house to include a wheelchair platform lift. Marine grade no less. So this is how L ‘makes an entrance’, the theme for this week’s #inclusivechic photo challenge from @theinclusivehome and @wheelchichome. The irony of course is that today the lift is out of action, awaiting a replacement part. If you are going to rely on lifts to get in and out of your house, it’s an inconvenience I’m learning that you have to live with. This, or a bungalow in Plymouth, and I know which I’d rather… #inclusivechic #adaptedhome #myhome #sendbloggers #accessiblehome #cornwall #coastalliving

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This in progress bathroom from Wills_House is lovely, the oversized mirror and smart navy tiles with white grout work well with the grab bars and accessible sink. I can’t wait to see it finished!

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INCLUSIVE CHIC • Taking part in @theinclusivehome and @wheelchichome weekly photo challenge. This week is the loo! . So this is a ground floor toilet 🚽 It isn’t quite finished yet – like the rest of the house! After we put it to the insta-vote there is more tiling to do – the navy tiles will go up to the pencil mark you can see on the wall ✏️ and a few other bits and bobs. . In all honesty though it is not as accessible as we would like as Harrison could not lift and move one of his foot supports out the way to get closer to the toilet due to the doorframe but the wheelchair does fit in and he could use it. . At the moment we are busy sourcing a ceiling hoist and track for the main accessible bathroom and bedroom and going to learn from our mistakes and get this bathroom fully accessible and right. 👊 . . . #inclusivechic #france #renovation #frenchrenovation #disability #accesible #holidayhome #frenchholiday #accesibleholiday #respitebreaks #wheelchairaccess #interiors #accesibletravel #accesibleholidays #disabilitytravel #dordogne #aquitane #visitfrance #havechairwilltravel #wheelchairlicious #duchenne #dmd #roamtheplanet

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We’ve also been discussing Architecture this month and this example of a wheelchair ramp wrapping round the steps at Weston Park Museum in Sheffield is brilliant. Sometimes a wheelchair user has to go round to a different entrance to everyone else, even having to wait for staff to let you in making you feel like an inconvenience, but this ramp let’s everyone be together up and down to the museum. I love it, and thanks to A Wheelie Great Adventure for sharing it with us.

We’ve had so many posts to choose from, so it was really tough to narrow it down, please go and check out #inclusivechic and join in, share your inclusive design with us.

That’s it for this month’s roundup – see you next month!”

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4 Comments

  1. October 14, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I love this will have to go check out the hashtag now too. I love the ramp and steps together.

    • October 14, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Do join in! We’d love to see posts about all things inclusive! From wheelchair ramps to design for sensory sensitivities, favourite products to life hacks!

  2. October 14, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Isn’t it beautiful when public places make accessibility look better? Love the bathrooms too x

    • October 14, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Yes! It’s such a shame that so many ‘disabled adaptations’ compromise on style! We want to show that it doesn’t have to be so!

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