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May 3, 2014

Retirement living

Local dentist finds the right place for the next chapter

ANDERSON – When Dr. J. G. Pierce, a local dentist for 40 years, decided it was time to leave his home in favor of a retirement community, he set his eye on Primrose.

“It seemed like the best choice available,” said Pierce, seated comfortably in his two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartment. “I really like the people here. I read a lot and visit people and look around (the facility).”

Primrose Retirement Community has many areas to enjoy, including a billiard room, theatre room, 50’s diner, and even a tavern. Strolling through the halls, it is easy to strike up a conversation and make a new friend. The facility offers independent and assisted living apartments and villas.

As he transitioned from house to apartment, Pierce was very careful to create just the right, homey environment. With the help of decorator Joy Phelps – owner of Joy Phelps Interiors for 32 years – he has transformed the space to reflect his personality.

“I try to get to know my clients very well and understand their likes, dislikes and the way they live,” said Phelps. “I want their homes to look like them, not me.”

Without a word being spoken, guests can quickly surmise that Pierce loves to read, is a history buff and possesses some antiques that are close to his heart. Phelps communicates these personality traits through the displays she has carefully crafted.

“I designed these bookcases and Madison County Cabinets had them built,” she said before pointing to the focal point. “This area was created especially for these three pieces.”

A rifle rests on two hooks above artwork depicting the Civil War battle of Little Round Top. Hanging from one of the hooks is a power horn.

“The rifle belonged to my great-great-grandfather, who was in the War of 1812,” said Pierce. “He was one of Johnson’s Mounted Kentucky Rifles. He stood right by Colonel (Richard) Johnson when he killed (Indian war chief) Tecumseh in the Battle of the Thames.”

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