Pros Put Fitchburg Senior Center in the Christmas Spirit
FITCHBURG -- Two home staging and interior designers revamped the Senior Center’s historic fireplace room with new furniture and holiday decorations.
Susan Campbell, who owns Abracadabra Home Staging and MBA Interiors in Fitchburg, and Julie Millar, who owns Home Staging By Julie in Petersham, worked at the center for a few weeks to give the room, often used for community events, a new look.
“We had to be practical as well as functional because a lot happens in this room,” Campbell said.
Center Director Joan Goodwin met Campbell and Millar through their work in the community. She said the furniture and pieces they picked out gives the room a good feeling.
Gray couches and patterned chairs were placed near the walls. Nutcrackers and other Christmas decorations can be seen around the room. A decorated Christmas tree stands by the fireplace.
“Seniors don’t usually like change, but they absolutely love it,” Goodwin said.
Before, the room felt mismatched because of the furniture there, most of which was given to the center, she said.
The goal was to make the fireplace look more unified and intentional through the furniture and design, Campbell said.
Millar said it has been great to hear the feedback about the room from everyone coming to the Senior Center.
The rest of the public can see the redesigned room at a Saturday reception, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be entertainment and refreshments.
The holiday decorations will remain up through mid-January, she said.
A $4,000 donation from the Closet Boutique and Fitchburg Lions Club helped fund the design and decoration, Goodwin said.
Campbell added that they came in under budget.
Although they both have experience with staging, she said the project was a challenge when it came to coming up with a design that worked for the center and working with the decorations available to them.
Now that they have decorated the room, Campbell said they look forward to doing it each holiday season. She and Millar said they would also be happy to help the Senior Center again with any other design projects.
“The value this place holds to the community is absolutely priceless,” Campbell said. “You can’t put a value on this.”
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