Stylin’ and Retiren’

June 27, 2013
Virgil Thomas,

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The Man Cave, a time honored home to the male fashion sense. But it took one man half a lifetime to get his, and he made it himself.

When John Ahlenius moved into the Clermont Park retirement community he opted out of the plush, doily laced space that didn’t quite fall in line with his personality.

So John decided to forgo a woman’s touch in favor of his own design focusing on his tastes and interests. You can read a description of his house at the Denver Post, he turns out to be quite stylish.

What I found significant (not to down play Mr. Ahlenius’ interior design talent) was that according to Clermont Park most of the design is done by wives, daughters, or family friends most of the men kind of go along with it.

This is a perfect example, however, of someone taking control of his surroundings and deciding he gets to decide.

 “I’ve seen a lot of people who bring a lot of furniture from their old homes, and in the next few days, out it goes again. They realize what they really want is a drop-leaf table, not a family heirloom.

“When people come in here, they’ll say, ‘Oh! You created two areas in one room!’ I’ll listen to what they say. It’s very affirming to have people say, ‘John, this is really great!’ It proves that I am not incompetent. I get such great feedback on my apartment.”



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