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SWITCH IT, CHANGE IT Most homes, I suppose, are works in progress – inside and out. Perhaps that’s the beauty of having a place to call your own. This Project Issue is meant to

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inspire you in that progress as the home improvement season unfolds. For my part, I’m due for an afternoon of furniture rearranging in our great room. It’s a small project, to be sure, but placement is a personal bugaboo in our open floor plan. Switch-ups percolate in

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my head, but I never pull out the furnituremoving casters and start playing with new configurations to improve the overall look and feel of the space. That’s amusing, because my staff and

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to the Inspired Living team. Creative director Heidi Thorson, assistant editor Kim Carpenter and yours truly will be there throughout the weekend. Audrey Dobbe introduced herself to me at last year's show and ended up stealing readers’ hearts with her attic redo (“Dundee Delight,” July-August 2015). I predict the same for Rachel and Matt Boshart, whose home made our cover. Eagle-eye Kim was trolling online for kids’ room ideas when she spied an intriguing Omaha home on an Apartment Therapy blog. An editor was kind enough to connect us, and Kim soon was off to see what turned out to be a prized find. The Bosharts remodeled every inch of their home on their own (with an assist from Rachel’s salvage-savvy dad). Their cash-conscious, can-do spirit just goes to show that even big projects are possible on a budget. See their wallsmashing story, beginning on page 14. You never know when – or how – homes end up on our pages, and one of these days, one of them might just be yours! Sit back, flip these pages and let the inspiration begin. Happy gazing!

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FUN FACT Carrie finally prepped and painted a wall in her basement that’s been bugging her for 15 years!




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The brushed nickel curtain rods and curtain panels are from Target. The curtains weren’t long enough, so Rachel purchased a second set and used the reverse side to sew a decorative hem.

Matt made the distinctive oak table with wood from his father-in-law’s salvage yard and an old door from Love Hall on UNL’s campus. “It was a cool door,” adds Matt. ‘You can see where the latch was.” He also made the wooden table runner.

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A Pier 1 plate inspired the Bosharts’ color palette. “It’s nothing special, but I love it,” says Rachel. “I like the red and green, and this is where all our colors started.”

“These chairs were the find of the century,” says Rachel. “We went to my dad’s shop, and he had them stacked in a corner. We stained them similarly, so they’d go together.”


Labor of love creates big style on minimum budget

Rachel painted this living room wall with Pittsburgh Paints' “Burning Bush” (MEN7077) while Matt was napping. “When I woke up, there was a bright red wall,” he says, still confounded. “She did it in about a halfhour – and I was asleep on the couch in the same room!”

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One Friday evening in 2012, Rachel Boshart looked at the wall in her dining room and decided it needed to come down. Now. She and husband Matt had discussed remodeling the kitchen and removing the wall that made the cooking area feel cramped and tiny. Matt wanted to delay the demolition – at least for one day. Rachel was undeterred. She grabbed a hammer and launched herself at the plaster. “It was five minutes before Matt was over here telling me how I was doing it completely wrong,” recalls Rachel. “Before I knew it, he was doing the whole thing himself.” “It was cheating!” interjects Matt, teasing. “It’s like when guys screw up the laundry really badly so they don’t have to do it anymore. I think she did that on purpose.” Purpose certainly describes the couple’s deliberative approach to renovating their 1,400-square-foot, 116-year-old home owned since 2008 in Omaha’s Hanscom Park neighborhood. Now shared with 2-year-old Violet, the couple started painting before they moved in, systematically remodeling every room to achieve a contemporary interior with a vintage vibe. It helps that Rachel has an artistic eye, thanks to her graphic design background. It’s also a bonus that her father, who is a mechanic, owns a salvage yard. Over the years, he has found one-of-a-kind architectural design elements that now give the Boshart home a unique aesthetic. “He has a lot of treasures,” Rachel says about her dad. “He has been very generous in giving us things. He’s happy to see them go to a good home.” It’s also fortunate that Matt knows his way around tools. The IT expert and proprietor of Reboot Roasting, a gourmet coffee roasting business, credits his can-do, DIY talent to growing up on a farm. “My dad taught me a lot,” he says. “And honestly, buying an old house and having Rachel do a lot of projects made me learn a lot of handyman skills. “We’ve done the whole home, and the running joke is that she’s done,” he chuckles. “But that’s never the case!”  15

POWDER ROOM The Bosharts converted a coat closet into a much-needed half-bath on the main level. Rachel bought the sink on clearance before the project was planned. ”You have to start with something,” she laughs.

The couple complemented the sink with a countertop fashioned from marble that Rachel’s dad had salvaged from a bank.

DROP ZONE With their coat closet now a powder room, the couple had a storage dilemma. Rachel’s father had numerous salvaged lockers, and Rachel chose these because their numbers are consecutive. Only hitch? They had been in a fire and were caked with soot. “A lot of Simple Green” rescued them, says Matt.

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After removing a wall separating the kitchen from the dining room, Matt rounded the arch to provide a soft transition between the spaces.

The oversized letters on the refrigerator came from an RV salvage yard in Minnesota.

To achieve a custom look, the couple extended the architecture of the cabinetry to the ceiling. “It gives us amazing storage,” says Rachel. “And the clear canisters are a nice balance of openness.”

“An obvious choice would have been subway tile,” Rachel says of her circular tile backsplash. “We wanted something a little different. I really liked the smaller, intricate texture.”

The couple initially planned to have laminate countertops for budgetary reasons. For $1,000 more, they realized they could get quartz. “It was a no-brainer,” says Matt.

KITCHEN Remodeling the kitchen was the couple’s last project – and also their quickest. “For the amount of change and the impact on the space, we should have started it much earlier,” says Rachel.  17

DROP ZONE With their coat closet now a powder room, the couple had a storage dilemma. Rachel’s father had numerous salvaged lockers, and Rachel chose these because their numbers read “1” through “4.” Only hitch? They had been in a fire and were caked with soot. “It was a lot of Simple Green,” says Matt.

LAUNDRY ROOM The laundry room’s distinctive backsplash features rocks Rachel purchased from the Dollar Tree. “It took about 20 bags,” she laughs. “They thought I was crazy, but it was much cheaper than buying them at a home improvement store.” The door had originally separated the dining room from the kitchen.

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Originally, the side tables were attached to the bed, but Matt separated them and mounted them to the wall to create a custom look. He also made the cornice board over the bed. The curtains are from IKEA and the bedding came from Target.

Rachel painted textured wallpaper white to create artwork that resembles antique tin ceiling tiles.

MASTER BEDROOM The master bedroom was the first space the couple painted. They bucked trends by going with a crisp apple green. “We went the opposite of what most people do, which is dark and relaxing for a bedroom,” says Matt. “This room is sunny and bright when you wake up."

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PLAYROOM Formerly an art studio, the playroom features dark brown walls daubed with glossy gold vinyl. Rachel made the banners from random scraps of vintage fabric her grandmother had collected. “I had them for awhile. I wanted to do something cool with them. I thought this would be a different way to create an heirloom. My grandma taught me how to crazy quilt, and this reminds me of her.”

The framed prints are pages from the 1924 children’s book The Wilding Princess. A Tootsie Roll painting by Matthew Urlaub further enhances the room’s vintage vibe. Lion and panda nesting dolls by Helen Dardik, antique jars, a ukulele from Rachel’s sister and a vinyl action figurine (from Matt’s collection) add more whimsical touches.

The school desk was Rachel’s as a child and now offers space for her daughter to get creative. “I played with this at my dad’s shop while he was working,” she reminisces. “I spent a lot of time at it drawing. I just updated it with a paint color for Violet.” Rachel created visual unity on the bookshelf by color coding the children’s books.

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This set of vintage animal posters is from the French Paper Company.

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VIOLET’S ROOM The couple jettisoned gender conventions and went for dark blue instead of pink for their daughter’s room. “As our family expands, this will always stay the baby’s room, and this color easily translates between a girl and a boy,” Rachel says. To give the space a feminine touch, she added pops of pink by painting the dresser and affixing fluffy cotton candy clouds made from cut vinyl to the wall.

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The white crib makes the small nursery feel light and airy. Rachel made the mobile using wooden veneer strips embellished with pink fabric. She then bent the strips into orbs using brads as fasteners. Framed curtain panels make for interesting, textured artwork. “I got the frames at Hobby Lobby, removed the glass and just stapled on the fabric,” says Rachel. “They brighten up the navy, and they’re not too overwhelming.”

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A neutral backdrop allows accessorizing with color. Pops of green in houseplants enliven the gray, while wooden cutting boards and utensils add organic warmth.

WHAT'S INSIDE A movable pegboard system keeps everyday ware organized in a large drawer. “Everything is below the waist for easy grabbing. You don’t have to reach and pull,” the homeowner says.

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Event planner’s organizing skills feed into a tidy renovation STORY KIM CARPENTER PHOTOGRAPHY JEFFREY BEBEE

Open Candace Kalasky’s kitchen cabinets, and you’ll find everything laid out with pinpoint precision. The 28-year-old has a passion for organization – as well she should. She’s the owner of Weddings + Events, and planning is her business. The original kitchen in this Omaha home didn’t measure up to Candace’s rigorous standards when she and husband Rich moved in three years ago. The space was poorly laid out and had limited counter space. The couple worked with Bruce Frasier Architects to develop a master plan that would remedy those issues. The footprint of the 18½-by12½-foot kitchen didn’t change, but doors and windows were moved and cabinetry added to accommodate the planner’s penchant for tidiness. “I’m Type A, and I wanted a home for everything I own,” she says. “I made a list of all my bowls, pots and pans and then made a list of where I wanted them to go.” That included strategic placement of major appliances, such as the dishwasher in close proximity to the flatware drawer for easy unloading. Flip-down panels conceal outlets, and custom cabinet doors camouflage a refrigerator. “I wanted the kitchen to look really clean,” says Candace. “I like to have everything tucked away. I knew that I needed things in specific areas, and I fine-tuned from there.”

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Benjamin Moore’s Northern Cliffs 1536 achieves a sophisticated finish on custom cabinets from Millard Lumber. Brushed bronze fixtures add luster and warmth.

Stone flooring from Italy keeps the space from being overwhelmed with wood and hides stains well – a homeowner requirement.

A GE Monogram range was chosen with weekend mornings in mind. “It came with a grill or a griddle, and we like making pancakes,” Candace explains. Rather than busying up the space with a tiled backsplash, the island quartz was repeated.

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Clear pendants from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. in Portland, Oregon, give the illusion of ceiling height. “Our ceilings are not tall, so I wanted something see-through,” Candace says. “I didn’t want heavy statement lights.”

A large, deep single sink is perfect for scouring large pots and bathing Arthur, the couple’s son, who was born last October. He arrived one day after the couple declared their 9-month renovation complete. “He fits perfectly,” his mom says.


A 9-foot island provides added storage and ample room to spread out and cook. The couple wanted the timeless appeal of marble but not the maintenance, so they opted for Minuet quartz with cool, grainy veins that pick up the paint color. Although it looks like one slab, the island is composed of two pieces mitered together at the corners to give the appearance of heft.  27



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CONSOLE TABLE Jerome Bergmeier, Allied Member ASID interior designer This versatile piece of furniture can be stationed inside an entryway, behind a sofa or in a hallway. Accordingly, it offers plenty of decorating possibilities, all of which depend on location. “If you have a piece of art or a mirror behind a console, that will determine your accessories and should be your focal point.” If the table is behind a sofa, keep proportion in mind and choose items that work with the existing scale. “Consoles usually aren’t very deep, but you can layer accessories to make them look deeper.” For this streamlined look, two elegant lamps buttress artwork and act as a second framing. The burnished owl sculpture adds muted warmth to the assemblage and grounds the entire tableau.

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MANTEL Melanie Boone, Allied Member ASID interior designer “Less is more” when it comes to accessorizing a mantel. “Just because there’s a ledge, doesn’t mean you have to fill it. The fireplace is a focal point in a room, so make that your statement.” Artwork or a mirror is the best way to make that statement, and using fuss-free objects with clean lines enhances the impact. When a television is displayed over a mantel, the designer recommends keeping accessories low and simple to avoid congestion. In this example of a large-scale abstract painting, accessories with clean lines keep the focus tight. Balancing the cattle skull sculpture on one side against two vases filled with tall greens on the opposite side frames the artwork. Tiered candleholders provide additional visual interest without detracting from the main attraction.

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BOOKCASE Tara Soucie, Allied Member ASID interior designer A bookcase or étagère is for more than just shelving books. It’s also an ideal spot to showcase art, greenery and small objects that mean the most to you. “The main thing is to avoid clutter. People tend to think that more is better, but a lot of items aren’t always good.” Instead, take stock of scale and focus on achieving balance. “If it’s a small shelf, do something smaller within the scale.” Here, a horizontal sculpture on the bottom shelf brings the eye upward, culminating on top with two soaring vases. Stacked wooden boxes provide texture; the gold and silver orbs add luster and echo the wood’s hues.

COFFEE/COCKTAIL TABLE Kris Patton, ASID interior designer These workhorse pieces of furniture are usually major focal points, and accessories shouldn’t compete with them. Instead, focus on choosing accessories that complete their look and pull a room together. “There’s no real rule. It depends on the shape and style of the tables. It also depends on their use. Things can be taller and more dramatic for a living room and more functional for a family room.” The mirrored polygons in the featured example have high visual impact, so the accessories are simple. A tall vase and greens on one side create a sense of organic richness, and the shorter vase on the second table keeps the arrangement clean and uncluttered.




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Talent is everywhere in this town, but sometimes you have to step over a few dusty boards to find it. Rough industrial property north of downtown is the perfect place for budgetconscious start-ups with plenty of skill, smarts and passion for their craft. But now the entrepreneurial buzz is shifting to all areas of downtown. A prime example: The newly restored Bain Wagon Company Building at 14th and Leavenworth streets. It provides the backdrop for an introduction to three metro area entrepreneurs, each with a unique knack that satisfies a demand for old-school craftsmanship created with a contemporary eye.

SPECIALTY Reclaiming materials from historic buildings for reuse or upcycling into products and designs for both home and office. CHIEF COLLABORATORS Wife Jenny Homan Gilbreath, designer and owner of JG Interiors. “We design and sell more than we can build on our own,” Gilbreath says, so he and Timbersmith’s Ben Petersen frequently collaborate. FEATURED A desk with a tree slab top that otherwise would have been ground into mulch. “We don’t let anything go to waste,” the craftsman says. The metal legs, originally from an old machine table, inspired the desk’s design. The piece is destined for Jenny’s studio – “unless we sell it first,” Gilbreath quips. UNCOMMON CAREER PATH In July 2014, Gilbreath took a leap of faith and resigned as a vice president of strategy and analytics for First National Bank Omaha to rely on his entrepreneurial skills and start Reclaimed Enterprises. Jenny left a career in nursing to hone her talent in interior design with a studio at Reclaimed Enterprises.

NATURAL VENTURES AND THE BAIN BUILDING Tony Regier's Natural Ventures business collective is in the midst of a “modern historic” renovation of a warehouse at 14th and Leavenworth Streets. “Our goal is to take this 1886 structure back to its original cast-ironand-brick exterior,” says Regier. The architectural integrity of the interior is preserved in a modular framework that highlights original exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and bead board (incorporated in counters). Oma's Deli, The Storage Loft and Natural Therapy - offsoots of Natural Ventures - currently operate from The Bain. Regier says momentum is strong among entrepreneurs looking to be downtown, and The Bain gives them a new option - with parking (nearly 50 stalls) on site.

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THE BACK STORY The Gilbreaths’ interest in reclamation intensified during their own kitchen remodel in 2013. Jenny was eyeing an expensive organic dining table when Jason decided he could build one for less money and with a lot more character using planks salvaged from an 1890s-era grocery store. BEST PART OF HIS JOB “When a client comes to me with a design challenge, and I solve it.” He also enjoys the feeling of “doing what I love and still making it happen for my family (of six).”


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SPECIALTY Furniture restoration and repurposing. Crosier is mad for midcentury furniture. “The more beat up, the better,” she says. “I mostly live for the ‘before and after’ photos.” She loves the challenge of hiding water damage, chipped veneers and other major flaws. HER VICE Pieces with long, sexy legs. “I’m a ‘legs’ girl. It’s an obsession.” FEATURED A leggy waterfall dresser that had a sizable chip in its front-facing veneer. It required ingenuity – and a compromise – to disguise. Crosier’s solution: a painted ‘V’ design to detract from the chip. REGULAR HAUNTS Secondhand stores, yard sales, curbsides, classified ads, friends’ basements and garages. HOW SHE GOT HER START Six months ago, Crosier realized that her hobby had grown into a boutique business in need of a name. She works from her garage year-round, using a space heater and ventilator in winter. “I’m chomping at the bit for spring so I can be outside again,” she says. FUN FOR MOM, TOO Crosier’s mom occasionally gets in the act. When she visits, she’ll grab the sandpaper or accompany her daughter on furniture safaris. “Mom has the SUV for hauling.”

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METHOD TO THE MADNESS “What I’m doing is not rocket science. Most people don’t have the patience to restore a piece,” Crosier says. LIVING THE DREAM “I honestly never thought this hobby would turn into a business opportunity.” By day, Crosier is a medical lab scientist at Bellevue Medical Center. Her seven-days-on/seven-days-off schedule is ideal for starting a project and staying focused. WHERE TO BUY Restored pieces she hasn’t grown attached to are sold on While she has accepted custom work, she prefers to do her own thing. “If someone likes it enough to buy it, great.” IF SHE COMES KNOCKING, BEWARE “I like a good bargain. I’m going to talk you down.”

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Bookbinder's work transcends time


When you walk into a small shop on Vinton Street in South Omaha, you’re immediately struck by the smell of paper, glue and leather. This is where books are born – and reborn. Morris Dolgoff founded Capitol Bindery in 1929 on Capitol Avenue in downtown Omaha. In 1953, Leonard Brown – fresh from the Korean War – bought the shop. “He was looking for a business that could give him a career,” says his grandson, Kevin Brown, standing in a sea of type trays and books in progress. He's the third generation of Browns to bind books. He joined the bindery in 1990 and became owner in 2007, taking over for his father, Robert, who had run it since the 1970s. What's fascinating about book binding is that the process hasn't changed much through the centuries. Much of today's work involves binding legal documents, bond issues and closing documents for area law firms. Other projects include books for architectural firms, magazine and journal collections, college dissertations, theses for master's candidates, genealogies and Bibles. Lots of Bibles. (continued on page 40)

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2. 1. Brown uses a vintage oversew machine to unite pages. Much of the equipment in this shop dates to the 1930s or earlier. 2. It's nearly impossible to give a customer an estimate for a binding job without a physical inspection of the book. 3. To restore this Bible, Brown will move the original back cover to the front, create a new back cover and restore the embossing.

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“People cherish them," says Brown, holding a small Bible with a disintegrating leather cover. In terms of value, someone might pay a dime for it at a garage sale, but memories are priceless. “This was a Bible a customer received as a girl, maybe as a confirmation gift,” Brown says as he exams it. The Bible might take three to four weeks to restore. A more difficult project could require three to four months. Or as long as two years. “I might get an hour to work on it one week or it might have to wait a couple of weeks before I can get to it,” he says. “The most daunting projects,” Brown says, “are the family Bibles that are in disarray with the pages coming loose and there just aren’t enough margins. You have to rebuild the signature by hand.” A typical repair and rebinding involves about a dozen steps. Once the pages are assembled, Brown sews them together using the oversew machine his grandfather bought in 1963. “It was and still is the Cadillac of these machines,” he says. From that point, Brown does nearly everything by hand, including trimming, rounding, backing, cutting the cloth (or leather), gluing, binding, covering, titling and finally casing the book. The process is tedious, which is why estimates for restorations are nearly impossible, Brown says. Client expectations vary greatly, too. “One might say ‘Oh my goodness!’ when I tell them the cost and another might say, ‘Wow, is that all?’" But most people would agree that holding a piece of history is something special, and what the Brown family contributes to history extends far beyond its three generations of book binders.

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iving with physical limitations doesn’t mean making sacrifices on the home front. Whether a person needs a grab bar to steady himself in the shower or a wider door to accommodate a wheelchair, Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare customizes homes to suit specific needs – and does so without forgoing form for function. Established in 2006, the Home Modifications division, also known as “the Mod Squad,” handles remodeling and new construction needs. It’s not a service people typically expect from the health care experts, which itself has been an industry leader since 1948. The company’s services include installing stair lifts, lowering countertops, widening doorways, adding ramps and adapting bathrooms for walk-in tubs and barrier-free showers. “The sky’s the limit” in terms of what Kohll’s can offer, says Laurie Dondelinger, the company's marketing director. Its custom work, though, is far from sterile. “The main thing is for people to get around their homes safely. But when we remodel a bathroom, it’s a bathroom. It’s not like a patient’s room in a hospital.” This is key for Kohll’s and its clients. “These kinds of modifications let people stay in their homes for as long and as safely as possible and to keep their dignity,” Dondelinger emphasizes. “The goal is to give them and the people who love them peace of mind.”

amie and TJ Jackson have a shared passion for real estate. Founding partners along with Stacey Childers-Reid of The Jackson-Childers Group, the husband-wife team specializes in highly personalized, results-driven service in a boutique-style firm that treats clients like family. “We build client relationships for life,” explains Mamie. “Oftentimes, those clients become close friends.” After 11 years in real estate sales in the Omaha metropolitan area, The Jackson-Childers Group enjoys an impressive track record of client satisfaction and a referral base to prove it. Clients know they can expect the same exceptional service whether they’re in the market for a modest starter home or a luxury residential property. “We’re focused on finding the house that’s right for you,” Mamie says. “Whatever your story is, we want to be part of it.” As a bonus, The Jackson-Childers Group is an affiliate of Ambassador Real Estate, a division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Those relationships put them in a stronger position to meet their clients’ demands. “No two real estate transactions are alike,” notes TJ. That reality plays into The Jackson-Childers Group pledge to tailor its services to its clients’ needs – not just for today but for life.


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Loose gravel means precarious walking along the Mount Edith trail in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

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Last July, I accepted a once-ina-lifetime invitation to join a botanist on a challenging research trail in the majestic alpine region of the Canadian Rockies. The researcher – my daughter, Dr. Ingrid Jordon-Thaden – planned a 12-day trip to Alberta, Canada, which included nine days of mountain camping to collect leaf samples for a post-doctoral study of genetic plant evolution. My role would be more packhorse than scientific, but purposeful nevertheless. Our adventure began in Edmonton, where Ingrid and I borrowed a four-wheel-drive Dodge pickup from an acquaintance and headed for Jasper National Park, the first of several stops that included Banff and Waterton National Parks. During the drive, I was struck by the mountain range in the distance. Unlike their U.S. counterpart, the Canadian Rockies seem to rise directly off the prairie, not bothering with foothills on their way skyward. Sixty million years ago, geologists say, this towering region might have resembled Tibet’s highlands. Ingrid and I settled into our campground at Jasper National Park and the next day headed to Banff for our longest hike: A 13-kilometer (8-mile) loop around Mount Edith. The highest point on the trail was Cory Pass (elevation 7,741 feet) between Edith and Mount Cory. Park literature classifies the hike as “arduous,” and it was. The trail was steep going up and long coming down, with “scree” or loose rock patches underfoot. Hiking boots with tough soles and good traction are required. I’ll say this: Carry plenty of water. You’ll need it when you stop to catch your breath. Reaching the pass was a thrill, and continuing around the mountain seemed like it would be more interesting than retracing our upward steps. My score of the day came when the downward path faded away in the loose stones, and I spotted two cairns – stacks of stones created by previous hikers. I sighted along them and spotted the pathway across the scree to the trail entrance in the forest below. Once below the tree line, the return trail followed a stream, which kept disappearing

underground and then reappearing on the surface. The hike was rated at six hours, but we took our time, rested a lot and made it back to our truck in just under 11.  Later, in Waterton National Park, we hiked a loop trail that led to a waterfall and 30 mountain sheep grazing in a meadow. The air was so clear you could hear their hooves clacking on the stones. Their hides matched perfectly with the rocky meadow, making them tough to see except when they moved. If you’re not up to a mountain hike, gondolas provide a solution. We saved our energy by taking two such rides, paying about $30 each and staying at the summits as long as we liked. A gift shop and restaurant topped each station. Because it was tourist season, there were lines of passengers both up and down. Patience is still a virtue, and waiting in line on a mountaintop in the Canadian Rockies isn’t such a bad experience. Most camping spots take online reservations. In Banff, spots were first-come, first-serve. Because we had planned to arrive late, we reserved one night in the Banff YWCA (separate rooms for men and women, of course). Picture eight guys sharing four bunk beds. When official campsites are filled, the park allows “overflow camping” for $5 a night in a gravel parking lot where you pitch a tent next to your vehicle or just open your camper. Not fancy or scenic, but it works. We counted nearly 100 cars there one morning. Dr. Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, a botanist currently teaching and conducting research at the University of California-Berkeley.

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Steve Jordon is a staff writer for the Omaha World-Herald. Be an armchair traveler and see his video clip on the road to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies at

Lundbreck Falls near Pincher Creek and Waterton National Park.

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Banff is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance as Canada’s first national park, established in 1883. Tent site No. 11 at Jasper National Park.

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We arrived in Waterton after dark and, following a map, made it to the campground’s tent area. Our site was No. 11, and when we pulled into a lone parking spot our headlights illuminated a solitary tent marker: 11.  How lucky! Among the other campers was a group of Texans who had hired an outfitter. We met the staff one morning when they came by to share extra ham and muffins. Another morning, the outfitters set up a breakfast taco buffet for their clients. Now, that’s the way to camp! We enjoyed our own food, too. Breakfast: oatmeal with sliced apples; lunch: nuts, trail mix, dried fruit, jerky; supper: rice with canned chicken and sliced carrots. Our small butane stove worked perfectly. Waterton is straight north of Glacier National Park in Montana, and the two parks work as one with a shared mission of preserving the natural area while giving the public a chance to visit.  There is a cruise boat on Lake Waterton. It heads south across the international border and back and is especially peaceful in the evening.  We drove a lot over the nine days, but almost always in short stretches. One day we followed a road used mainly by oil company trucks and passed a refinery perched atop one of the region’s long-established petroleum deposits. Outside was a yellow cone of sulfur perhaps 50 feet tall: an industry byproduct. We stayed off Native American lands. Getting permission to enter is a tedious process, usually involving tribal council meetings. The property is marked, so you don’t accidentally stray into these areas. Bears are here, but they avoided us. One day on a gravel road outside the parks, a passing driver stopped to tell us that a bear had been seen not far away, just so we were aware. We got mixed signals about wearing bells and carrying whistles. Some experts say the jingling and whistling alerts bears and keeps them away. Others say such sounds are like ringing a dinner bell. Human voices, they say, are more effective. In Canada, bear spray is considered a weapon, and you have to register to buy it. We skipped it. If you’re going, good maps are a necessity. Find them at and at national park information centers. You’ll see names like Whistler Mountain, Mount Glenowen, Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek and Blood Indian Creek Reservoir.  What you won’t find in the Canadian Rockies is a boring day.

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Hefty skillet is trusted workhorse for toasting, roasting and baking I love my frying pan. I like to think that she loves me too – at least as much as a 10-inch, oven-safe, once-nonstick piece of cookware can. She’s been with me through 15 years, three careers, two marriages and three continents and has prepared everything from BLTs to brownies. And though I prefer to think of her as perfect, she does clock in at nearly 3 pounds. But that weight, that wonderful heft, is why I love her. A proper frying pan, like a good pair of jeans (or a Navy SEAL), is versatile. It should be able to cook about anything. Considering that my “professional” smokers consist of a broken bread proofer, a small steel garden shed and an old filing cabinet, I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of price and brands. Just get a decent pan and it will serve you well. What do I mean by “decent”? A pan that’s big enough to cook at least two portions at once, or 10-12 inches in circumference. It needs to have an ovensafe, preferably all-metal handle so it can be used not only on the stovetop but also in the oven, on the grill or even over an open fire. Most importantly, it has to have heft. And that heft has to be in the right places. A thick and heavy bottom means the pan can be scorching hot on the stovetop for searing a gorgeous rib eye, thrown into a low-heat oven to finish it to a perfect medium rare and then scrubbed right away in the sink without risk of warping. Being thick also keeps the heat consistent and even, so the pan can make

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everything from crispy Schnitzel to lightly toasted almonds. A hefty pan stays hot after frying, too, so it’s good for carryover cooking and keeping food warm. Your pan doesn’t need to be nonstick. To remain nonstick, it has to be cared for and coddled, and the hearty pan we’re talking about is for cooking, not coddling. And cooking means sticking and alas, sometimes burning. There are going to be messes, and you need to be able to scrub your frying pan. Try the recipes here and expand your frying pan’s horizons to include baking bread, toasting rice, roasting vegetables and even turning your stovetop into an indoor smoker.


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1. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup warm water (110-120 degrees), 1 pack instant dry-yeast (2¼ teaspoons), 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon sugar and 2½ cups flour (bread flour preferred). 2. Slowly fold ingredients together and mix until they form one sticky blob. 3. Knead mixture on a lightly floured counter or in an electric stand mixer with a dough hook for about 10 minutes. The dough will be strong and stretchy. Gluten is your friend here and creates the right texture for the pita bread. 4. Place the dough in a bowl and very lightly coat it with olive oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in warm spot to rise for 1 hour. 5. Punch down dough and turn it out on a lightly floured counter. Cut it into 8 even pieces, each about 6 inches in diameter. 6. Roll the pieces into balls and cover with towel for about 15 minutes to rise again. 7. Roll each ball out nice and flat, not more than ¼-inch thick. 8. Cover with a cloth again and let rise for at least 10 minutes. A shorter rise time means a thinner pita with the classic air pockets and bubbles. A longer time will make a thicker and puffier pita that is more like a flatbread. 9. Heat frying pan or skillet over mediumhigh. If you have a gas range and want to make the flipping easier, turn your frying pan upside down and bake the pita on the bottom. 10. Bake each pita for about 1-2 minutes on each side until it bubbles and browns on the high spots. Try to flip only once.

oil just barely begins to to ½ of the eggplant and 2 tablespoons tahini smoke. Add the eggplant add back to mixture after paste, juice of 1 lemon (or and toss until coated with puréeing. 1 tablespoon lemon juice oil. Immediately turn heat concentrate), 1-2 cloves 6. Store in the refrigerator to medium-high and stir fresh garlic, smashed, and and serve at room eggplant until lightly dash of hot pepper flakes temperature. golden, about 3-5 minutes. or powder. 7. If desired, garnish with fresh herbs, pepper flakes, 3. Add 2 tablespoons warm 5. Combine all the drizzles of lemon juice or water and cover the skillet. ingredients and purée olive oil. Let steam until eggplant is with stick blender or in a soft, about 3 minutes. standing blender. For a chunky version, reserve ¼ 4. In a medium bowl, mix  61

Smoked Kimchi Salmon is about simple technique and is perfect for experimenting. Swap the salmon for shrimp, chicken or even tofu. Replace the kimchi for any favorite rub, marinade or sauce.


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1. Spoon sauce from a jar of kimchi and brush lightly onto both sides of salmon fillet(s). Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours, but even overnight is fine. Bring fish to room temperature before smoking. 2. Turn your skillet into a smoker (directions at left). 3. Prepare your wood for smoking. With a sharp knife, shave some hard wood or fruit-wood. It must be small and dry enough to smoke quickly and easily. Sawdust, bark and even dry herbs work well. For Asian-inspired smoke, mix 2 tablespoons loose tea, 2 tablespoons wood shavings and 1 tablespoon sugar. Don’t place any smoke mix with sugar directly onto skillet. To avoid a mess, use a sheet of aluminum foil and fold it into a small tray to contain the sugar and woods, etc. 4. Heat your skillet on high for at least 5 minutes. 5. Turn on hood vent and put smoking material (unless it contains sugar) directly on bottom of skillet. 6. Immediately place the grill and salmon in the skillet and cover with metal bowl or lid. Make sure the salmon does not touch the bottom of the skillet. 7. Smoke on high until the fish is firm but moist. Check every 2-3 minutes for about 10 minutes. 8. Serve warm or at room temperature over toasted rice (recipe follows), other grains or salad greens. Dress with additional kimchi and sesame oil.

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Inspired Living Omaha  

March/April 2016 issue of Omaha's leading home and lifestyle publication.

Inspired Living Omaha  

March/April 2016 issue of Omaha's leading home and lifestyle publication.