DESIGN DONE RIGHT
Papillion couple creates family dream home complete with indoor slide, putting green and colorchanging mood lighting STORY KIM CARPENTER PHOTOGRAPHY JEFFREY BEBEE
ig, flat lot, but not too big. Basketball court. Speakers with TV in kitchen, living room, outside and basement. Those were just a few “musts” on a detailed list Jeff Stearnes keeps on his smartphone. Titled “Dream House,” it’s a reminder of the ultimate family residence he and his wife, Lisa, set out to create for their children: Maddie, 6; Kate, 9; and Ben, 12. Lisa, a stay-at-home-mom, and Jeff, an OB-GYN physician with CHI Health Clinic, began compiling their dream amenities while living in their first home, a modest 2,300 square-foot residence. They spent years researching floor plans, scanning the Internet for inspiration and touring Street of Dreams homes. “Both of us are very visual people,” says Lisa. The couple turned to Advance Design & Construction for a blueprint that would incorporate their wish list and to Libby Pantzlaff, interior design consultant and owner of Creative Interiors by Libby, for an interior that would have a familial ambiance.
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28 MAY/JUNE 2017
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