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Sept./Oct. 2012

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y sister-in-law, Sheri, assures me that everybody has a story like this. “Misery loves company.” Like many families, my brother John and Sheri launched into home improvement mode earlier this year in anticipation of their son’s high school graduation and the party that was to be held at their house. New windows and fresh paint for the living room, kitchen and den were priorities. A huge model train display in the basement was dismantled and put into storage. With the hard stuff out of the way, John and Sheri focused on dressing up the basement family room with a couch. John whipped out his tape measure, noted the room’s dimensions and plotted the new furniture layout. At the furniture store, my brother, aka Mister Precision Planner, measured the sectional he and Sheri liked best and declared it fit for its intended space. The fabric was selected and the order was placed. On the day of delivery, John eye-balled the furniture on the delivery truck. Uh-oh. John realized that measuring the room and the new furniture had nothing to do with getting the furniture through the house and into the family room. With a seven-inch difference between the old couch and the new sectional, there was no way to tilt, stand or rotate the largest piece through the door to the basement and down the stairs. “It didn’t matter how hard I tried to skin that cat. I wasn’t going to get around those seven inches.” My brother is a firefighter. He is trained to get people out of tight predicaments. But a couch through a door? He shook his head. John had intended to wait until fall to replace a double window in the basement, but quickly changed his mind when he realized that the opening, sans window and frame, would be big enough to swallow the new sectional. When he called to change the installation to “ASAP,” the vendor had no record of that particular custom window order. The installer offered to pop out the old window, load in the monster couch and reseal the window. But John knowingly nixed the suggestion out of fear of water leakage. Take back the couch? Sorry, no returns on special orders. Now what? Park the beast in the den and wait for the new window. Moral of the story: Buy a house with a walk-out basement. Happy measuring!


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dults and trick-or-treaters alike walking along 33rd Street in the Hanscom Park neighborhood love the make-believe cemetery in Gretchen and Keith Engelkamp’s front yard (pictured right). “Keith makes it all out of wood,” Gretchen says. “We each have our own tombstone.” The tradition started 18 years ago with their three children, now adults, and has multiplied as their kids have married and started families of their own. “It was the neighborhood that got us so into Halloween,” Gretchen says. “When we first moved here 24 years ago, it was like, ‘Whoa!’ We were throwing our own kids’ candy into the trick-or-treat bags!” In addition to the tombstones, a pot of dry ice on the front porch serves as a festive witch’s brew. Kids who come to the door are invited to drop rubber eyeballs, fingers and spiders into the brew. They give the pot a stir and then get a treat. – Chris Wolfgang



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John Himmelfarb Opening Reception

Sept. 7, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. Paintings and sculpture on display through Sept. 22.

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. Himmelfarb, a Chicago-based artist, is showing paintings and sculpture at the midtown gallery through Oct. 27.

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Rockbrook Village Art Fair Sept. 8 and 9 Rockbrook Village, 2800 S. 110th Court Featuring more than 160 national, regional and local artists. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free Information: www.

ARTsarben Fine Art Fair Sept. 15 and 16 Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Streets The Omaha Summer Arts Festival presents 80 artists in a juried show at Stinson Park. Live music. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: Free Information:

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Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour Oct. 6 and 7 Laid-back tour featuring works by 16 local and national clay artists, with stops at working studios and local attractions: Big Table Studios, Herman; Too Far North Tasting Room, Fort Calhoun; Dennison Pottery, 13210 N. 47th St.; Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th St. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.

14th Annual Bemis Center Art Auction and Exhibition Sept. 21-Oct. 20 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. A celebration of contemporary art, the Bemis Center’s largest fundraiser showcases works by more than 250 artists. Information:



Jill Erman's home is filled with finely crafted Art Nouveau objects and Asian antiques, with many acquired at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show. Erman, a member of the Dealer Advisory Committee since the show’s inception nine years ago, has cherished acquisitions from noted dealers such as Scornavacco, Sebasky & Hildreth and Kimball & Bean.

Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show Sept. 20-23 Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. One-of-a-kind collector’s experience featuring more than 30 exhibitors’ booths boasting museum-quality antiques, plus affordable treasures from national and international dealers. Attend a luncheon lecture and shop the show with New York-based interior designer and author Thomas Jayne and internationally known Chicago-based designer Alessandra Branca. Or enjoy a brunch lecture with Coleen Christian Burke, author of “Christmas With the First Ladies.” Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. General admission: $10 Information and lecture reservations:  11


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The Sacred & the Profane The Art of Jeremy Caniglia




ust as Halloween has its roots in both pagan and Christian observances, Jeremy Caniglia's art dwells at the intersection of the sacred and the occult. Whether in dark fantasy collaborations with such horror or science fiction writers as Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, or in creating religious works for churches, the artist’s paintings are a study in contrast. “It’s always about the human condition and simple notions of love, birth and death,” he says. “I sat in those pews all throughout childhood in awe of and studying the Old World art all around me. Their power still lingers today.” As an adult, the former altar boy has helped carry the Santa Lucia statue in the processional during the annual Santa Lucia Festival.


Executing oils and acrylics in the style of such Old Masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio – Caniglia’s son is named for the latter – his paintings have been featured in Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series. They also have been seen on CNN, in the Washington Post and on countless CD, magazine and book covers, including titles by King and Bradbury. In 2004, Caniglia received the prestigious International Horror Guild Award in the same year that Shocklines Press published “As Dead as Leaves: The Art of Caniglia.” Earlier this summer, Caniglia’s work hung alongside those by such well-known artists as N.C. Wyeth, Frank Frazetta and William Blake in the Allentown (Pa.) Art Museum exhibition, "At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic." Closer to home, you’ll find his icon of St. Lucy at St. Frances


Cabrini Catholic Church in Omaha and his Stations of the Cross at St. Gerald Catholic Church in Ralston. Drifting seamlessly between the macabre and the metaphysical, the sacred

and the secular, Caniglia’s world defies easy categorization. “My work is often misunderstood,” says the artist, whose childhood bedtime stories were works by Edgar Allan


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Bright Spots, Especially for Investors Most metro neighborhoods saw home prices dip slightly from 2010 to 2011 as we continued to struggle through the 2008 housing bust and economic doldrums. But there were bright spots. According to information from the Douglas County Recorder, around 30 neighborhoods saw housing prices trend upward during that period. In a few corners, those bright spots were especially glimmering. These three neighborhoods posted the largest increases in median sales prices between 2010 and 2011. -Matt Wynn





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A reinvigorated rental market led Adams Park to almost double its median sales price from $20,000 in 2010 to $38,000 in 2011. The neighborhood, which stretches from 30th Street to 40th Street and is bounded by Ames Avenue and Lake Street, saw many bankowned and foreclosure homes bought up by investors looking to take advantage of rising rental rates, Myhre says. “Investors are buying these places up, fixing them and making good money.”

Wakonda is another neighborhood that has seen strong sales as investors have taken advantage of the rental market. Bordered by Forest Lawn Cemetery and Sorensen Parkway and stretching from 42nd to 60th Streets, the neighborhood saw its median sales price climb from $61,000 to $80,000. The area’s proximity to the Benson business district may have helped make it attractive to investors, Myhre says. “That’s a great area for some of those younger people who are enjoying the resurgence of the Benson area. If you’re an investor, that’s where to do it.”





A slew of custom-built homes selling for more than $250,000 helped the far northwest corner of Douglas County post the largest gain of any metro neighborhood, according to Deda Myhre, assistant manager of CBSHOME Omaha’s northwest office. The median home in Valley sold for about $270,000 in 2011, up from about $130,000 in 2010. New man-made lakes are giving buyers a chance to have homes on the water. “I think people are seeing value in spending money on a lifestyle choice like living on the water rather than putting it in the stock market,” Myhre says. “People want to put a boat on the water and fish.”

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aura DiMaio didn’t panic when she and her husband, Dominick, a pathologist at The Nebraska Medical Center, moved from a downtown condo to a three-story, 5,000-square-foot Tudor. Even though the house near 90th Street and West Dodge Road, which reportedly was in "move-in condition," had water damage and an overgrown lawn. Even though she gave birth to the couple’s first son, Vincent, a few months after they bought the house in January 2007. (Brother Giovanni arrived this past March.) She knows that creating comfortable, distinctive, personal spaces takes time. “Friends will want me to help them with


their houses, and they’re so excited that they want to buy everything right away,” says DiMaio, who has a background in interior decorating. “There are certain things you can’t wait for, but (often) you need to wait and find that perfect piece. And it’s fun to look for things like that.” She repurposes and reuses, and she isn’t afraid to take chances. Her red and black living room is an example. It all started with the red sectional that was originally purchased for the condo. It was too new and too nice to discard. She felt she had to use it, and the only place it fit in the new house was in the living room. "I asked a friend, ‘I want to do black walls. Am I crazy?’"


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Laura DiMaio isn't afraid to take chances when it comes to her home's style. Everything is designed keeping in mind her husband Dominick, son, Vincent, and recent addition, baby Giovanni.



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“Go for it,” the friend told her, and she recommended a wall color that DiMaio describes as a bronze-black with brown undertones. She brightened the room with oyster-colored draperies and paint called Nomadic Desert for the woodwork. DiMaio then continued red accents throughout the home: red kitchen cupboards; red fringe on the draperies; red pots atop the entertainment center in the den; and a large painting by Wendy Deane, a local contemporary/ abstract artist. The bedroom is another space that utilizes repurposed items from the condo. "We had drapes made in really pricey silk in a fuchsia-bronze stripe. Luckily, we had two large panels. I had them cut down, and they worked perfectly on two side windows," she says. Cornices covered in fuchsia fabric add a tailored, finished touch. Bedside tables were purchased years ago from a now-closed Omaha furniture store. With two custom-cut marble tops, they look fresh and new. "Not everything has to be high-end," she says. "Spend money on one thing and then take time to accumulate other things. You don’t have to buy $200-a-yard fabric for pillows." She blends old – antiques she discovers at estate sales – with new – the industry’s latest pieces that she and her mother-in-law, also a designer, spot at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. She marries different styles – contemporary, her husband’s preference – with traditional and Hollywood Regency. First introduced in the 1930s, the Hollywood Regency style emphasizes glitz, glamour and gloss. The dining room is an example of that style … and of DiMaio’s patience. continued on page 27


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The round table she initially bought just wasn’t right. "The space was so big. I felt we needed a rectangular table." But the perfect table eluded her, so she ordered a piece of plywood in the right size, placed it on a supporting table and then covered it with a floor-length tablecloth. Staged with china and tabletop decorations, the faux table fooled even the most perceptive guests on the 2011 Christmas Caravan home tour, DiMaio says laughing. Finally, at a Collector’s Choice estate sale, she spotted just the table that the room needed. Almost. The base of the Lucite and brass piece was perfect, although the smoked-glass top was too small. With a new rectangular marble top and black lacquer chairs from her mother-in-law’s library of furniture, the table completes the dining room of her dreams.


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Loess Hills State Forest

Preparation Canyon State Park, scenic overlook/Visitor Center 206 Polk St., Pisgah 712-456-2924 The staff at the Visitor Center is eager to help explorers get the most from their trip, whether it’s by talking them through some of the trails or providing detailed aerial maps. You also can relax and watch a 10-minute movie about the area, or try some of the hands-on exhibits that show how the loess formed. (The hills, made up of windblown glacial silt deposit, are a natural geological wonder said to be found only here and in China.) As you travel through the state forest, which is spread among more than 11,500 acres, you may

feel like the only visitor here. Remote and peaceful, this is definitely where soul-feeding comes in. Among the bur oaks, hickories, elms and ashes you’ll find white-tailed deer, wild turkey and the rare plains pocket mouse. It’s an easy drive to the scenic overlook, but it’s hard to resist the hiking trail winding across the top of the hills. And at less than 1 mile long, the trail doesn’t require all day to hike. You’ll find other trails in the forest, as well as nine hike-in campsites.

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riving the winding country roads through Iowa’s scenic Loess Hills feeds the soul. And if you enjoy pie, soup and prime rib, the area’s restaurants do a wonderful job of feeding your appetite. Take a walk in the woods, shop for handcrafted items or buy fruit straight from the farm. The Loess (rhymes with “bus”) Hills Scenic Byway stretches for more than 200 miles with many side-loop excursions.

We spent an entire day in the section closest to the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, from Moorhead, Iowa, south to Crescent. But you can jump in anywhere from Sioux City to St. Joseph, Mo. Remember to pack sunscreen, water and a good map because cell service isn’t always available. (And isn’t that the point?) Preparation Canyon State Park scenic overlook

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Winding through woods toward this farm, it feels as if you’re going somewhere special. And when you come upon the resort-like lakeside cabin you know that you have. Visitors are welcome for the Sept. 15-16 festival that celebrates the farm’s organic aronia berry crop.

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337th and Plum Streets Moorhead, 402-551-0690 “Hideaway” is the perfect name for this secluded spot, which offers RV spaces and cute rustic cabins in the woods. Yet it is just a few winding gravel roads away from the state park and Savery Pond fishing. The Hideaway is not without modern amenities, including air conditioning, refrigerators and a shower house.

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119 Oak St., Moorhead 712-886-5441 Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily The craftspeople whose artwork lines the shelves here take turns staffing this old schoolhouse that now serves as a welcome center. Folks here also should know which local farms welcome visitors. Be sure to ask the way to Ingemann Danish Church, a picturesque structure built in the 1860s. Stop at Granny’s Café next door to the church for a hot roast beef sandwich or a piece of pie.  43

Historical Village/Iowa Welcome Center Farmers Market 2931 Monroe Ave., Missouri Valley Hours: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through mid-October

The Thursday night farmers market offers a convenient way to sample local, fresh-fromthe-farm products. The Welcome Center has plenty to offer, from agricultural history displays of farm equipment and barbed wire to kitschy Iowa souvenirs. The Historical Village offers further opportunities to reminisce about bygone days.

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A big piece of apple pie with a dollop of ice cream refreshes road-trippers at this 33-acre family orchard. Depending on the crop, you may get a chance to pick your own fruit. Offerings include strawberries, raspberries, apples, tomatoes, apricots and pumpkins. The upcoming Oct. 14 Fall Festival will feature live entertainment and games.

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One-half mile west of I-29 and U.S. 30, 712-642-2125 Hours: Daily except major holidays Although this 60-dealer shop is technically a bit down the road from the hills, antique lovers looking for their next find will want to stop here. The “rough room” of furniture and vintage treasures will particularly delight those looking for a “Junk Gypsy”style repurposing project.

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2278 Loess Hills Trail, Missouri Valley, 712-642-9016, Owner Mary Hamer greets customers at the door to her shop with a warm welcome and a tour of the place. Here she creates lotions and creams from the approximately 1,500 lavender plants she grows. You’ll also find lovely items for sale from area craftspeople. We fell in love with the fabric water bottle carrier, pocket-sized purses and colorful aprons. Watch the farm’s Facebook page for upcoming crafting-with-lavender sessions, or stop in for artisan days, held the third Saturday of the month from May through October.

Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Sunday; dinner only Tuesday through Saturday. Lauded for its great prime rib and eclectic but unpretentious atmosphere, this Crescent restaurant is a great place to relax after a long day trip. The décor of duck decoys, china dolls and, of course, poodles, is only part of the attraction. Entrees are mouthwatering and generously sized. The ham and bean soup is a must.

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Jenni, Dave and Charlie, 4, will welcome an addition to the family in mid-October. Jenni’s dad, contractor Phil Thielen of TFF Inc., lent assistance to the project. Together, they designed the floor plan, which he translated into construction drawings. The result: The dark Italian grocery became an inviting modern living space with 12-foot ceilings and lots of natural light.




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enni Holoch was eager to buy a condo in downtown Omaha, but her husband, Dave, wanted a two-car garage and a big backyard for their growing family. A real estate listing on South 13th Street offered an intriguing compromise. Frankie Marino was selling his family’s landmark building, A. Marino

Grocery. The brick two-story storefront has a sidewalk view of the downtown skyline and a lot big enough for the kids to play. The couple looked at the property and found a diamond in the rough. The 1887 building was in sorry shape when the Holochs took possession nearly four years ago. Jenni, who was pregnant at the time with the couple’s first child, managed the renovation while Dave did the demolition work. "I do the jobs a drunken monkey could do," Dave quips. "I'd kill myself if I had to put it back together." The family lived with Jenni’s parents in west Omaha for 10 months while Dave removed lead paint and asbestos ("The dumbest DIY ever," he continued on page 51


Artist Steve Ochoa helped with finishing details and artwork. We love the freestanding driftwood sculpture in the corner of the kitchen.

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says now.) "We redid all of the mechanical and electrical, added insulation, redid floors and ceilings and built-out walls," he says. The project took about 17 months from start to finish, with Dave working on the interior as time allowed in the evenings and on weekends. Today the Holochs have 2,000 square feet of living space on the main floor and the potential for another 1,000 square feet on the upper level. "Someday it will be a master bedroom," Jenni says about the upper level, on which they started work in August.

Above: A Jack-and-Jill bathroom connects their daughter's bedroom with the master bedroom on the main level. Below: The laundry room – originally a meat cooler – has loads of built-in cabinetry and counter space. Jenni dressed up the high-traffic area with high-grade laminate in a pearlized zebra-grain finish.

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e would much rather have people over than go out,” says Guy Duncan. “When I’m home, I want to be home.” Guy’s position as Chief Technology Officer of a company headquartered in Paris keeps him on the road a lot. When he’s in Omaha, he and his wife, Jen, entertain as often as they can in their 1928 Tudor home in the Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood. Thanks to a late-2011 remodel, the Duncans have a more seamless home that makes large gatherings easier. “Pete’s suggestion was to flip-flop the living and dining rooms,” Guy says of Pete Schulz, owner of Diversified Construction. “We had 26 people over for Thanksgiving last year, and the flow from the dining room to the kitchen to the living room, which was the second eating area, was perfect.” The Duncans prepared a couple of turkeys in their new double oven. They made use of an added social area in the kitchen, which features a pullout fridge for drinks. It’s not just the commercial oven with its convection and steam features in both units that gives the kitchen a look of serious fun. It’s also about the accessories. The range hood allows Guy to cook with super-high heat, blackening fish or chicken for his signature Indian dishes. A quilted stainless steel backsplash cleans up nicely, especially after one of Guy’s big Saturday breakfasts. The kitchen counters are made of nonporous soapstone, and are a beautiful matte black color with green striations. (Bonus: It’s a sterile surface!) Subway tiles that look handmade provide a backdrop that’s not perfectly continued on page 54

The dining room sconces and chandelier are made of hand-forged iron from the Lyon Collection at Troy Lighting.  53

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even, which is a subtle detail that adds to the antique feel of the home. The same tiles are found again in the upstairs bathroom, as are the glazed cabinets with braided borders. In fact, a lot of design elements, such as paint colors and crown molding, are repeated throughout the Duncans’ home. “We didn’t want people to feel like they were in the remodeled part of the house versus the old part,” Guy says. Yet in the midst of all the updates, it was important to the Duncans to maintain the originality of their home. Where the woodwork around the new dining room windows was too damaged to keep, for example, Diversified recreated the look. “That was key,” says Schulz, “to make sure everything that was custom looked as though it could have been original.” Carefully tucked away on the second floor and in the basement are updates that no one could be talked into believing were around in the ’20s, but the Duncans are nonetheless elated to have introduced them with their remodel. The heating and cooling


throughout the home is supplemented by a room-specific heat pump. “It’s very efficient,” says Guy, “and you don’t have to mess with ductwork. We were able to clean up some of the lines of the house and gain some space.” Installing that supplemental system and adding insulation meant that while the Duncans did need a new furnace, they were able to downgrade the new unit’s power. “We do use more electricity than before, but less gas with this highefficiency furnace. It shakes out to about a 25 percent savings for us,” Guy explains. Part of the new system resides on what used to be a leaking section of flat rooftop. It was reimagined as a small porch. “It’s just an extra space to hide when the house gets full of people,” Guy says with a grin. “We don’t have an eye for detail,” says Jen, a resource specialist with Millard Public Schools. “We knew it would spare us headaches to work with an interior designer.’’ The French Country décor was inspired by colors and fabrics that the couple discovered in a Paris hotel. Sherri Jensen, Diversified Construction’s in-house designer, helped the couple pull it all together.

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The Duncans share their home with teenage daughters, Beatrice and Louise, as well as three dogs: Heidi, a golden retriever (pictured), Spencer, a mutt, and the most recent addition, Rosie, a rescue.

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The kitchen rug was handmade by a Himalayan tribe. Guy is in India four to six times a year, and works through a rug wholesaler that was recommended by a business associate.

Antiquity Preserved Where woodwork was too damaged or furniture too scarred, the Duncans turned to a variety of local craftspeople to repair or salvage elements. • The arched door to Guy’s home office was made by Olde Wood Mill in Elkhorn. “If we had bought a new door, it would have looked as if we bought a prefab one,” Guy says. A prefab look would not have fit in with the rustic French Country decor that dominates the dining room just beyond the office. • Guy’s great-grandfather, Henry Duncan, owned DuncanSchell Furniture Co., a furniture factory in Keokuk, Iowa, on the Mississippi River. He lost the business during the Great Depression. The American Empire-style buffet and a sideboard in the Duncans’ dining room are among the few pieces remaining in the family. “They’re made with Mississippi hardwoods like teak and mahogany. Those old

woods are gone now,” says Guy. Duane’s Refinishing, a family owned refinishing business in Gretna, restored the pieces to their former glory last summer. • Guy travels a lot (to Germany, Paris and India), but when he is in Omaha he works out of a front-room office. “I really like having the office,” he says. “It’s such a luxury to have your own room like that.” Custom cabinets from Oberle Custom Cabinets in Waterloo house his father’s handmade books. • The living room is a remodeled garage, and was done before the Duncans moved in. It does double duty as a second eating area. Jen had the room’s furniture redone in French-flavored warm yellows and reds by Midwest Upholstering in Omaha.  57

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taly inspires me as a designer and a lover of beautiful things. I’ve traveled there several times. But what, exactly, makes Italy unique? I found the answers on a recent trip for my nephew’s wedding in Tuscany. Italians are proud of their heritage. They love living in the midst of the world’s greatest art treasures. They honor creativity in all that they do. In regard to fashion, it's the older Italians who command attention. They are meticulously elegant in quality clothes, jewelry and shoes, and they wear very stylish glasses. Even in the smallest towns, they dress up to shop for groceries or to stroll the piazza, and anyone can sense the pride they take in doing so. In the ancient resort town of Bagni di Lucca, a poster ad for prosciutto caught my eye. The prosciutto was twisted to resemble a flower; its leaves were created from basil. Everything is styled in Italy! We stopped for coffee at a street cafe, where small groups of older men were sipping espressos from stylish cups at a marble bar and were playing cards at a gorgeous marble table in the corner. Very Italian.

June 5 is a holiday for me. It commemorates the birthday of the designer I admire most, Salvatore Ferragamo. I was in Florence for the occasion, and I took a beautiful Italian birthday cake to the Palazzo Spini Feroni, the headquarters for the Ferragamo label and home to the flagship store and museum. For me, Ferragamo’s exquisite and ingenious craftsmanship of shoes, clothing and accessories is unsurpassed. Imagine a pair of classic oxfords entirely bejeweled with smokey Swarovski crystals. Magnificent! In Padua, at a tiny outdoor gelateria, the importance of presentation spoke to me when a waiter wearing black pants, a white starched shirt and a necktie brought me two delicious scoops of gelato in a frosted glass cup on a silver tray. On the side were chocolates wrapped in beautiful etched foils that I saved as a memory. After a few wonderful days in Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, the Cinque Terre and Verona, I spent four glorious days in Venice, my favorite place in the world. To end a perfect trip, on my flight back I was seated next to the design director for Crocs. We had so much to talk about that we arrived in the United States having lost all concept of place and time. Mary Anne Vaccaro lives in Omaha and is a design and image consultant. More photos and observations from Italy at



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You can cover a large area quickly with twig-heavy branches, vines and gauze stretched to look like webbing. Give the sticks a generous coat of flat black spray paint. Experiment with a dusting of silver spray paint on the gauze. Black ravens and spiders stand out against white pumpkins. Play with scale and form on mantels and buffets. Choose pumpkins in various sizes and colors and surround them with feathers from a shredded boa. Stock up on spray paint in flat black, gray, silver and white, plus glitter in black and silver.


alloween parties are great for hosts. There’s no need to clean the house – the more cobwebs and dust the better! Simply set out a few ghoulish props and finger foods, dim the lights and wait for nightfall. That’s exactly what Omaha Symphony volunteers did last October for Monster Masquerade at the Mansion, a frightfully fun event at Joslyn Castle. Decorations chairwoman Trish Walz kept the décor “dark and eerie but not gory” throughout the three-story landmark. Think Martha Stewart without the sticker shock. Walz and her committee saved money by bringing Halloween props from home. “We put all of it in the middle of the room and started building,” she says. They also shopped discount stores and used coupons at hobby stores for other assorted supplies. Their one splurge: hairy spiders from Pottery Barn. In the three weeks leading up to the party, Walz spray-painted dead branches and vines, stretched gauze into creepy tattered webs and added glitter to papier-mâché skulls. “The decorations were fabulous, but when the guests arrived in their elaborate costumes the mansion really came to life,” says co-chairwoman Stephanie Horeis.


Monster Masquerade at the Mansion When: Oct. 26 Where: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St. Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight What: Second annual adult costume party benefiting the Omaha Symphony Guild’s Music & Masterpieces programming Tickets: $55 Reservations: Sandi Downing, 402-214-5621  61

Lunch With ...

Omaha Symphony's Thomas Wilkins



s the new arts season unfolds, we chat with Thomas Wilkins, the Omaha Symphony’s music director since 2005. He takes us to Mark’s Bistro in Dundee, where co-owner Molly Romero greets the personable maestro on the patio with a warm hug and a smile. “Mark’s was one of the first restaurants my wife and I tried when we moved to Omaha,” Wilkins tells me. “It's always full of people who attend the symphony.” Wilkins typically orders smoked chicken lasagna, but for this lunch he opts for beet salad with shrimp.

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minutes every day when I’m home. Three times a week, I do strength training.” Q. Is lying upside down relaxing? A. “I love silence. Most of us have cluttered our lives so badly that we no longer have margins for downtime and contemplation or rejuvenation. Quiet is the margin that restores us.” Q. You’re always impeccably dressed. Are you a neat freak? A. “I believe that a junk drawer ought to be organized. I am completely organized and I don't apologize for it. I have an office and closet ‘purge party’ with just myself and a garbage can at least once a year.” Q. Any pre-concert rituals? A. “I always say a prayer before I walk onstage. I used to pray that I wouldn't screw up. Now I pray that our music will make somebody’s life better, and that we’ll create a sense of community in the concert hall.” Q. Clotheshorse? A. “I have a fetish for shoes and socks. It’s so sad. I’m a T.J. Maxx and Marshalls shopper. At least once a year, I spend two to three hours at


Century 21 near Ground Zero in New York City. It's T.J. Maxx on steroids.” Q. How close are you and Branford (Marsalis)? A. “We're always deep in conversation, mostly through texting. We met while doing a concert together … easily 10 years ago. We have great admiration for each other’s work. We talk incessantly. In fact, he’s texting me right now.” Q. Finish this sentence: I can't live without ... A. “My music and my wife of 28 years. We met in Chicago at North Park University. She was a senior violinist in the orchestra that I was conducting. We never dated. We were friends, then best friends, then engaged and married.”

Age: 55 Daughters: twins, Erica and Nicole, age 19 Other regular gigs: Principal guest conductor, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles; youth and family concerts conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra. Education: Bachelor’s degree, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, Va., 1978; master’s degree in orchestral conducting, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, 1982. Currently reading on tablet: Richard Kriegbaum’s “Leadership Prayers”; Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why”; Dr. Richard Swenson’s “Margin”; and mystery novels by Stuart Woods, Rushmore McKenzie and Robert B. Parker. “I always have five or six books going at one time. I read mostly on airplanes.”


Q. The Holland Performing Arts Center was brand-new when you came to Omaha in 2005. What's the reaction? A. “When guest artists step into the concert hall they say, ‘How did you guys get this?’ That’s a great point of pride for all of us. It’s an extremely impressive room. The Holland makes a statement for the community. In other cities, the orchestra gets bumped from performance spaces for theater dollars. Not here.” Q. You found your life’s passion as a third-grader on a field trip to the symphony. So is music a gift or a learned talent? A. “It’s a gift from God, a calling. It’s the only way to explain how a little black boy growing up in a housing project (in Norfolk, Va.) with a single mother could grow up to be a classical music symphony conductor.” Q. Who nurtured your gift? A. “It began with my elementary school music teacher, who showed me how to write melodies, harmonize them and turn them into songs. The mentoring continued with band and orchestra directors throughout junior high and high school.” Q. And today? A. “My wife, Sheri-Lee, is the single person who has been my biggest supporter, encourager, truth teller and fan.” Q. What’s the hardest thing about a conductor’s lifestyle? A. “Replicating real life. We’re nomads for several weeks at a time. On the road, my day starts at 8 p.m. After a concert, I’m famished and wide awake until 3 a.m.” Q. Do you have a fitness routine? A.“I’m not a health nut, but I do take care of my body. I set an egg timer, put on earplugs and hang upside down on an inversion table for 15


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TIP While it looks complicated, Bargello is a relatively simple technique to master, says Mary de Souza of Village Needleworks.


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esigner, potter and author Jonathan Adler is having crazy fun with Bargello needlepoint designs. We’re obsessing over his bright interpretations of the long, groovy stitches in pillows, as well as in cosmetic bags, totes and even coffee mugs. “Bargello has caught fire,” says interior designer Julia Russell. “It’s a comfortable accent in both traditional and modern settings.” Not mad about wildly colorful geometrics? “Then look to this patterning in neutrals,” Russell says.



“The Bargello Book” ($49.95, paperback) by Frances Salter for stitchers of all levels; or June McKnight’s “The Best Bargello Book” ($55, spiral-bound) for beginners.

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