15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips

15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips - American House Blog

If you’re looking to revamp your home without doing any major remodeling or breaking the bank, we can help! At American House, we know your home is where the heart is — so make it your haven with these 15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips:


1. Paint. There is nothing that will transform ANY room in your home quite as much as a new coat of paint. Even if you’re not up for a big color switch, freshen it up a bit by painting the room a lighter or darker version of what you already have. And for added punch, paint an accent wall a different color (or just a tad lighter or darker than the others in the same color).

2. Adorn the walls. You can either grab a bunch of old — and new — photos and put them in frames, artistically lined up in a large photo gallery, or make your own artwork with a blank canvas. Even if you’re not artistic, you can place lines of painter’s tape on the canvas, paint over it in a fun color, and take the tape off for a modern piece of art! (Bonus: Something that gets better with age is your collection of memories, so show them off!)

3. Add mirrors. Mirrors are an easy way to cover the walls while giving the illusion that the room is larger.


4. Change the hardware. A super quick and easy way to update your kitchen and add a punch of style is to replace your existing drawer pulls and cabinet handles with something new. Or, if you currently don’t have any, now is the perfect time to install them!

5. Replace your counter “things.” Your spice rack, blender and toaster may have seen better days. Why not go out and get yourself some new ones to add pizzazz to the room where you probably spend quite a bit of time?


6. Get all new fabrics. Translation: Buy new curtains, pillows, rugs and throw blankets — whatever fits your current living room style. You can change the color of all the fabrics and it will look like you changed everything!

7. Rearrange furniture. Think outside the box and move the couch over to a place where you never would have imagined it. Maybe it’s not even against a wall! Put the loveseat on an angle in the corner. Get rid of the coffee table. Move the TV to a different wall. (Be sure to get someone to help you!)

8. Tend to the lighting. Swap the lamps you have for new ones, or add even more lamps. It’s amazing the difference a brightly lit room can make on how everything looks and feels when you’re in it.


9. New sheets and bedspread. You can alter the way your room looks just by sprucing up your bed! Don’t deny yourself that “oooh” feeling when you curl up in bed for the night. Color is a great mood enhancer.

10. New curtains. If you have patterned curtains, try some solid ones — and vice versa. Or perhaps you can try some sheer ones if your room allows for that. Don’t forget to include some nice new curtain rods and tie-back holders while you’re at it!

11. Move the bed. Haul it over to the opposite side of the room, or push it next to the wall. Just that one simple move can make all the difference.


12. Change out the light fixture and hardware. If you’ve had brass accented lighting or faucets, it may be time to update them with nickel accents or even copper. Putting in all new fixtures is a quick and easy way to spruce up the bathroom without doing a major overhaul.

13. Update the furnishings. If you have an over-the-toilet shelving unit, or a stand-alone storage case, replace it with something more modern. Or, if you don’t have anything in place yet, stop in a store or two and find something that can fit in your bathroom. Not only will it look great, but it will help keep everything tidy and in its place.

14. Take down the medicine cabinet. Swap it out for a large, decorative mirror instead and put your goods into another storage device.

15. Splurge on new towels. But don’t just go out and buy towels in the same color — change the entire look of your bathroom by picking a bright new shade that still coordinates with your flooring! This will make a big impact, especially if you paint the walls a bold hue.


One of the most comforting things about living at American House is the chance to make your home into a true reflection of you. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com for a tour so you can start picturing for yourself how you’ll decorate your new home — and use our 15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips!

American House Resident Leads Active, Purposeful Lifestyle at 102

Here at American House, we pride ourselves on having a robust and active schedule of activities and events for our residents. American House Hazel Park Resident Pastor Payne goes above and beyond the meaning of staying active as the community’s 102-year-old Pastor, choir member, avid reader and licensed driver.

American House Blog - About Pastor Payne

American House resident Pastor Payne

Pastor Payne, born Eunice Payne February 27, 1912, was renamed Leo Adkins Payne several years later. However, to the residents and staff at his home of American House Hazel Park, he is simply known as Pastor Payne – the community’s leader of bible study and provider of what Pastor Payne calls “spiritual food.”

Becoming The Pastor

Pastor Payne was not always a pastor. Originally from Greenville, Alabama, the potential of a better life and education brought Pastor Payne to Detroit in 1941. In 1942, he began working for Ford Motor Company as a checker and packer. Thirty years later, Pastor Payne left the company to pursue his true passion.

“I love people very much,” says Pastor Payne. “It is in my heart to preach and teach, but I was reluctant to face the congregation.”

Pastor Payne underwent public speaking training and gained the confidence he needed to preach. In 1958, Pastor Payne organized his first church at 24 E. Nevada in Detroit where he grew the congregation as pastor for 47 years.

Coming to American House

Pastor Payne first became acquainted with the Hazel Park community by coming regularly to visit one of his members. Pastor Payne would have bible study with his member and, in doing so, became familiar with his future home.

“Moving to American House was one of the best choices I’ve ever made,” says Pastor Payne.

In August 2011, the current pastor of the community approached Pastor Payne with a request to lead Bible study. He accepted and, two and a half years later, continues to faithfully lead bible study sessions on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Pastor Payne describes the experience as very rewarding. “Many senior citizens had church homes, and many of them aren’t able to go – this fills a void. Nothing else will really satisfy them but spiritual food.”

Staying active, staying well

In addition to serving as community pastor, Pastor Payne enjoys participating in the American House Choir, which regularly performs across Southeastern Michigan. The choir is composed of more than 70 talented American House residents with a passion for music, which Pastor Payne enjoys very much.

Pastor Payne recently acquired his driver’s license at the age of 100, and still drives occasionally. Payne can drive and read without problem and enjoys reading the local paper to stay up-to-date and well-informed on current events and politics.


At American House, we’re committed to a whole person wellness for each resident. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour and find out about the exciting activities and events we offer to your loved ones.

American House Recipe Box: Poached Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa with Chef James

Chef James from American House

Chef James Nickleberry from American House

Now that spring is finally here, now’s the perfect time to try out one of our tasty and simple appetizers. Our poached shrimp and pineapple salsa is a quick, light appetizer that’s easy to make and tastes great.

Here’s the recipe from our very own American House Chef, James Nickleberry.


  • 8 medium shrimp (deveined, tail-on)
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

In a medium saucepan, combine your orange juice, water, lime juice, bay leaf and paprika. Bring your mixture to a simmer. Add your shrimp and let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Once they’re finished cooking, pat them dry with a paper towel and chill before serving.

To accompany your poached shrimp, you’ll be making a light and fresh pineapple salsa. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 2 oz chopped green onion
  • 2 oz chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 oz V-8 juice
  • 1 oz chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño pepper
  • Salt to taste

Chop all of your fruit and veggies, combine, and mix thoroughly. Serve the salsa in a shot glass or small dipping tray alongside your chilled poached shrimp.

Bon appétit!

Poached Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa - American House Blog


At American House we take the fresh, high-quality meals we serve residents seriously. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a visit to see how we incorporate health and flavor into meals!

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Kale Power Smoothie Recipe and 9 Smoothie-Making Tips

Kale Power Smoothie Recipe and Smoothie Making Tips from the American House Blog

Why make a smoothie every day? Sometimes it may be difficult to fit all the necessary nutrients into your daily diet. Or you may not be a breakfast person but you need that morning fuel. Or, maybe you find that you generally have the 3 p.m. slumps and need a boost of energyWhatever your reasons, we’ve got a beneficial Kale Power Smoothie Recipe and 9 Smoothie-Making Tips that will help you start making tasty, energy-boosting smoothies every day (Think of having a smoothie as #5 on these 6 Resolutions that Will Change Your Life):


  • 8 oz. almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup blueberries

Blend ingredients well and enjoy!


If you’re new to making smoothies, that’s OK. There’s no need to make the same power smoothie recipe every day because there are so many choices out there! Experiment with these smoothie-making tips to find out which way you most enjoy your smoothie.

4 Basic Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of a liquid – Water, or almond milk for a little more flavor. Almond milk is a healthier alternative to cow’s milk and easier to digest.
  • 1 Banana – For sweetness, thickness and nutrients. Did you know bananas can help lower high blood pressure with their high potassium and low sodium content? And they can aid in digestion, too.
  • 1 protein – For that good energy boost. Try spinach or kale (it won’t taste like you’re drinking a spinach shake, we promise). Fresh is always best, over any kind of protein powder — but if the powder is your thing, go ahead and add it.
  • 1 cup ice – As needed, to thicken up the smoothie.

5 Easy Smoothie Add-ins:

  • ½ cup of yogurt. Plain, Greek yogurt is the best. It gives you tons of protein and adds a thickness to the shake without all the added sugar of the mixed-fruit variety.
  • Fruit. Whether blueberries, strawberries, pears or kiwi (or whatever you have on hand), tossing fruit into a smoothie is a great way to add sweetness naturally – and get those nutrients!Staff_serving_2_residents_2011
  • Ginger. Shaving some fresh ginger into your smoothie helps aid digestion and quiet tummy troubles while giving your smoothie more of a sweet flavor.
  • Nut butters. These pack heart-healthy fats, protein and flavor into your smoothie. Choose almond, coconut, hazelnut or peanut butter (without the added sugar). Bonus: You can grind up your own almond butter in a food processor!
  • Flaxseeds. These may help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes — and they have Omega-3 essential fatty acids and fiber, both of which are crucial to your diet.


At American House, www.americanhouse.com, we value nutrition as an important part of staying healthy inside and out. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a visit to see all the steps we take to keep you healthy and vibrant in your golden years!

If you’ve got a favorite smoothie recipe, we’d love to know! Share it with us here!