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Omaha Home: remodeler profile Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by minorwhitestudios.com & Provided by Tangerine Designs
Q&A: Tangerine Designs
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iffany & Andy Williams are co-owners of Tangerine Designs, a full-service
design/build remodeling company in Omaha they founded two years ago this May. We visited with Tiffany to learn more about husband-wife team and their business, the current remodeling market and trends, and their own home.
Q: Tell us a bit about Tangerine Designs. Does your firm specialize in particular types of construction?
A: Tangerine Designs specializes in kitchens and bathrooms, but we also do family rooms, entertainment centers, basements, and laundry rooms. We have a showroom located in historic Downtown Dundee. We’re in the middle of remodeling the showroom to display a full, working kitchen, bathroom vignettes, butler pantry, and a wet bar. We feature Wood-Mode cabinetry. The price range of our jobs varies. Bathrooms usually start around $20,000 and go up from there. Kitchens can range anywhere from $15,000 to the moon. For kitchens, we advise our clients to spend 10 to 25 percent the value of their home on the kitchen remodel. If they are not staying in the home more than five years, only spend 10 percent; otherwise 20 to 25 percent, which they can recoup in more than five years. H12
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Q: Tell us a little personal history about you and your family? Are you native Omahans?
A: Andy and I are both from a small town in the middle of Nebraska, Gibbon. We are high school sweethearts. We went to college together, then moved to Chicago. We moved to Omaha about eight years ago. We figured Omaha was close enough to our family! We have a little boy, Cal, who will be 3 years in May, and are expecting another addition in July! We really enjoy living in Omaha. We spend a lot of time in our garden. This year we are looking forward to installing two rain barrels to collect water for our garden. Andy loves to golf and is looking forward to teaching Cal this summer! Q: Tell us how the two of you got started in this business? What skills Do each of you bring to the table?
A: I went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney where I studied interior design with an emphasis in kitchens and baths. Andy also went to UNK and earned a degree in telecommunications. After college, I took a job with a firm in Chicago where I worked under one of the best kitchen and bath designers in the country, Jeff Cannata. At that time, telecom was really suffering, so Andy started working for the same company as me and eventually worked his way up to lead installer. Andy and I have been working together ever since. Today, I work in the showroom as the lead designer, specking product, selling, and of course, designing. Andy works as our general contractor and specializes in the finish carpentry. Working together as a team is terrific.
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Q: How do you see the remodeling market looking right now? What are some trends you’re seeing?
A: The remodeling market looks pretty good. We have stayed pretty steady, but are expecting 2013 to be a big year. We have done a lot of bathrooms in the past year. Kitchens are still pretty steady, but people are a little tighter with their money than in years past. As for trends, we’re seeing a lot of clean, basic door styles and white in cabinets, countertops, tile, etc...not a lot of heavy detail like we used to do five to 10 years ago. We’re also seeing a lot of grey accents. People really want to simplify their lives. We are all very busy, so whatever makes things more convenient is what we want!
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Q: What’s been one of your favorite projects or experiences with a customer/on the job?
We have one client in particular that we have remodeled just about every room in their home. We did the kitchen, three bathrooms, laundry room, family room, den, dining room, and the garage. Yes, the garage! We told them that when they sell, we might as well buy it because we have redone the entire home! Q: Tell us about your own home. Plans for your own home remodeling jobs?
We live just north of Dundee in the Metcalf Park neighborhood and absolutely love it. Our home is a classic brick one-and-a-half story Tudor. It was built in 1935 and we enjoying bringing her back to her original beauty. Our decorating style is mostly traditional with a little eclectic flair. For more information or to view project photos, visit www.tangerinedesigns.net. www.ReadOnlineNow.com
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Omaha Home: new on the block Story by Bailey Hemphill & K.J. McKercher • Photos by minorwhitestudios.com Pauline Uhing, at right, with sales associate Kelly Wadley
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fter a successful grand opening in March, Parmida Home Concepts
is making itself at home in Midtown Crossing. “[Midtown Crossing] is a unique, upscale center,” says Parmida Director of Marketing, Siotha Vest. “We thought it would be one of the better fits for us to enter into the Omaha market for expansion.” This is Parmida’s first retail store in Nebraska and 12th store throughout the country. As the company celebrates the new Omaha location, they also celebrate the union of local consumers, chambers, and businesses to bring new concepts into Omaha. “One of the things we really concentrate on is per capita and local growth. Omaha has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, so it was definitely on our radar,” says Kevin Adib, Director of Sales. Parmida is a retail leader in affordable home luxuries, gifts, and designer furniture and décor. The store also offers a great mix of products selected solely to complement social activities in the home. “We are about enjoying your home and what you do in it,” says Vest. The store showcases distinctive home décor, wine and cheese accessories, imported gourmet coffee and tea, bath and body collections, kitchen accessories, and candles, as well as many more H14
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timeless, high-quality gifts at value pricing. The unique merchandise gives the customer many options to complete the vision of their living, dining, and outdoor spaces. Customers will be delighted when they arrive in the showroom with picture-perfect vignettes of furniture, décor, fountains, and exquisite tabletops. Parmida Home offers a variety of furnishings for every taste, whether it’s an intimate setting or a formal gathering at home, a beach house, or a holiday event. Adib believes Parmida fits well into the Midtown Crossing lifestyle and market. “People can walk around, do their shopping, go out for dinner…it’s a very active community.” For more information, visit www.parmidahome.com. www.OmahaPublications.com
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his is not the first time Pauline Uhing has owned a store called the Posh Peacock. The first version, a La Vista-based retail store, was a victim of the economy, but Uhing refused to give up. She opened the Posh Peacock Consignment Gallery in Bel Air Plaza after seeing several successful consignment stores in other states. “That kind of sparked my interest,” she says. “I thought it was a good idea.” Uhing, a real estate and home décor veteran, adds that consignment just makes better economic sense. The consignment gallery lets people buy high-quality furniture that won’t hit the pocketbook quite as hard while also offering a way for people in transition to divest themselves of unnecessary furniture. Her success so far has shown just how good her sense is, too. According to Uhing, her biggest challenge is getting enough inventory to fill up her 4,000 sq.ft. showroom. In addition, Uhing offers several secondary consulting services, ranging from selecting paint and materials to interior design and spatial planning to life staging through feng shui, which Uhing describes as applying the psychology of design. “I’m very down to earth, though,” she says. “I just enjoy working with people.” From homeowners who want to change their entire house to those who just want to jazz up a room for spring, the Posh Peacock has what you need.
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Omaha Home: design profile Story by Linda Persigehl • Photos by minorwhitestudios.com & Provided by JaDecor
im Bell is a distributor and installer of JaDecor natural cotton wallcoverings. The
innovative products offer a high-end, custom look to any home décor. We asked Bell to share how he got into interior design, what make JaDecor products so unique, and what inspires his designs. Q: Give us a little personal history about you and your family.
A: I was born and raised in Omaha and went to Holy Name High School, graduating in 1967. I attended both Creighton and UNO before enlisting in the Air Force. I spent four years in Wichita, Kan., working in accounting and finance for the Air Force. I remained in Wichita for two years after I was discharged and worked at Cessna Aircraft. I am married and my wife, Paula, and I have two daughters and eight grandchildren. We have a large extended Irish Catholic family that now covers six generations and includes 1,300 cousins. There were over 600 attendees at our last reunion. We live in Springfield, Neb. H16
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My hobbies include boating, beekeeping and gardening. Q: How did you first become interested in creative home design work?
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A: I was introduced to JaDecor in 1992 and used the product at the Street of Dreams that year. I discovered JaDecor stands alone in its combination of form and function that creates a true value for our clients. JaDecor has also been certified as a Green product since 1984 and has been used in projects that have received LEED Platinum ratings both here in Omaha and in Calif. There is no other finish that combines all of these values in one product. Our company installs JaDecor in both residential and commercial settings. We recently created a new exclusive décor that was used in Snoop Dogg’s recording studio in Calif. Locally, I’ve done work for a number of businesses, including: Brix at Village Pointe; Creative Hair Design, 120 & Center; Omaha’s Hair Choice, 120 & I St; and Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 144 & I-80. Q: Where do you find inspiration for your design work?
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Omaha Home: builder feature Story by Carol Crissey Nigrelli • Photos by minorwhitestudios.com
(L-R) Marshall Wallman, Director of Design; Curt Hofer, CEO; Steve Huber, President; and Craig Linnenbrink, Vice President of Construction.
“Band of Brothers”
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urt Hofer raises his shoulders and gently shakes his head in wonder, a rare loss for words by the usually gregarious homebuilder. How did his journey from a one-man, door-to-door home remodeling service morph into one of Omaha’s premier high-end home construction companies that bears his name? “Honestly, that’s the mystery of the story to me,” said Curt. “It all happened so fast and that is something I will ask God when I get to heaven. It was nothing pre-meditated or prefabricated, just a coming together of a team.” The Curt Hofer Construction team starts with the founder himself.
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“I grew up on a ranch in Chester, Mont., the youngest of five kids,” said Curt. By all accounts he was a rascal. “My defining moment came from a high school shop teacher and coach who didn’t want me to become a jerk, so he worked with me on shop projects and changed the course of my life.” A pretty nurse also changed Curt’s life and the couple settled in Omaha after college. Linda Hofer’s $6,000 in savings started Curt on his fledgling remodeling business in the early 90’s. If Curt forms the foundation of the company, then his three closest associates represent the pillars that keep the structure strong: www.OmahaPublications.com
Live Outdoors Steve Huber, President and Head of Sales; Craig Linnenbrink, Vice President of Construction; and Marshall Wallman, Director of Design. The four core employees, all still married to their first loves, have worked together for so long—over 15 years now— that Curt can’t remember a time when he didn’t have his “Band of Brothers” at his side. Each took a leap of faith, albeit at different times, to join Curt and help him establish a hold in the 500k-and-up housing market, which Omaha’s corporate culture sustains. The comfort level among the four men and innate trust in each other stem from similarities in their backgrounds. All were born in small towns. Each had several siblings. Their fathers or grandfathers worked with their hands. All were drawn to design, drafting or building things at a very young age. “As long as I can remember, even in kindergarten, I always wanted to draw houses,” said Marshall, the company’s in-house designer who was born in Syracuse, Neb., and raised in La Vista. “My first job out of college was drawing up plans for houses for local builders. I met Curt through the plan service company where I started.” Curt calls Marshall, who has three sons, “the dreamer.” In his earliest days of building houses, Curt noticed Marshall’s designs and “loved his stuff.” “What I love about Marshall and our firm as a whole, we have no agenda other than what our clients want us to create. Marshall is a very humble guy, a good listener and he’s not fixated on a certain look. He’s highly creative and original while giving clients what they want,” said Curt. While Marshall designs a client’s hopes and dreams, Craig has to manage their expectations. “Craig can come across as stoic, real black and white because he cares about controlling costs and being a steward of their money, but the more clients get to know Craig, they more they like him and want to work with him,” said Curt, who calls Craig “the meat-and-potatoes guy.” Craig’s laid-back nature may stem from his place among eight brothers and sisters. As the third eldest growing up in West Point, Neb., Craig seemed to be his father’s first choice whenever it came to getting up early on a Saturday to fix up some of the rental properties his father owned in town. >> www.ReadOnlineNow.com
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<< “I’d ask him a lot of questions [about remodeling]. But I didn’t know if I wanted to do all this physical labor stuff all my life,” said Craig, who kept his own family at three kids. He earned an architectural drafting degree from Southeast Community College (Marshall’s alma mater) but his love of the outdoors lead him to become a job superintendent for a commercial contractor. Craig’s defining moment occurred when he got laid off during an economic downturn. Steve Huber came to Craig’s rescue, but not before Steve figured out his own path. “After I got my degree in construction management at Kearney in 1984, I came to Omaha and the housing market was down,” said Steve, who grew up in Norfolk, Neb., and got in trouble so much his parents didn’t believe he’d survive high school. “So I went to work at Millard Lumber as a salesperson. I was there 11 years. That’s how I met all the contractors.” Steve supplied lumber to Curt just as Curt was branching out from remodeling to constructing homes (by himself) and he wanted Steve to join him and grow the company, with the opportunity of ownership. That started a tug of war inside Steve. “I already had a good job. We had just had our third child. But I needed to either take the risk of becoming a small business owner or I felt I might end up selling lumber my whole career.” “I wouldn’t take no for an answer,” chuckled Curt, who calls Steve “the survivor,” not just in reference to his childhood, but to Steve’s survival of a serious health issue a few years back. “Steve was the first on board and then he recruited Craig because I didn’t know Craig. Craig’s job description was something like ‘you’ll do all the above,’” Curt cracked. Over 200 homes later, Curt Hofer Construction takes pride in its reputation as an honest, stable and ego-free company. With trademark humility, Curt, the father of four, gives a lot of credit to the field superintendents and “outstanding office support staff.” “I cannot adequately express how blessed we’ve been, after all the homes we have been entrusted to design and build and intertwining ourselves with one of the most personal sides of people’s lives, that we can now count these individuals and families as lifelong friends. What a privilege! It is almost unbelievable.” www.OmahaPublications.com
Omaha Home: d•i•y project Story by Bailey Hemphill • Photos by minorwhitestudios.com
d•i•y Mantel and Mirror project
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catching, yet inexpensive DIY project to add a little flair to your bedroom décor? Just ask Sandy Besch! “I never want my bedroom to look like a set,” she says. “I want different looks that coordinate. I like to mix old and new. I like out-of-the-ordinary design, not something you would walk into a store and see.” She created this look for her bedroom with a few inspirations. The headboard mantel idea came from her experience working at a retail store that sold fireplaces. “I was able to get old floor models when they would clear them out…I looked at them as a creative piece to put on the wall and decorate with candles and pictures.” Realizing that the mantel was the perfect width, Besch put it over her bed, making her own creative headboard, which she would easily be able to paint if she ever wanted to change up colors in the room. On the mantel, Besch layers different textures and designs but prefers each piece stand out on its own. After a friend introduced her to Pinterest, Besch found the idea for the shattered mirror piece. “I just loved it, and it was so different than anything I’ve seen in a long time. So I went home that night and broke a mirror.” Besch made the mirror piece by using several different sizes of broken mirror and gluing them together like a puzzle. “Make sure you use gloves and the correct glue for your projects,” she says. “I learned the hard way.” If you’re a crafty home DIYer and would like to share your projects and ideas, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org may/june • 2012
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our lake house is a little fancy,” Ben, the owner’s 12-year-old son, warned a recent guest. “And it’s all because of my mom.” That wasn’t the original plan. The 3,000-square-foot modernist structure chillaxing in a gated community on Big Sandy Lake outside of Ashland started life as a casual waterfront cottage. But as the nearly five-year building process dragged on, introducing new complications every step of the way, owners Lee and Debbie Stuart realized that a little extra love was needed to make their getaway a wow. Or as Debbie puts it, “I just said to my husband, ‘We need Aaron.’” >> continued on page 26
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Omaha Home: at home The ‘Hollywood Glam’ style of the home’s interior design was inspired by this Schonbek chandelier.
Large windows span the entire length of the kitchen/dining/ lounge space, allowing homeowners to take full advantage of their beautiful lake view.
Fresh, seasonal flowers bring natural warmth inside on cooler, rainy summer days.
Homeowner Debbie Stuart loves making signature cocktails with a twist! Pictured here, her own take on the traditional Old Fashioned; find Debbie’s recipe for her blueberry-lemonade cocktail on page H31.
These ornate chairs bring the outdoors in with their treeinspired backs.
These spool vases provided by Allens Home bring an earthy touch to this custom vintage, mirrored-top dining table.
Custom-built cabinets with liftup frosted glass doors provide easy access to everyday dishes.
A chalkboard lists ingredients for the night’s dinner menu. The kitchen includes high-end, stainless steel microwave, gas range, and refrigerator.
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Omaha Home: at home continued from page 23 << Aaron being Omaha-based designer Aaron Carlson, who had done the interiors of the Stuart’s primary residence in Lincoln and whom the owner’s son has come to refer to as his mother’s “soulmate.” “This house is totally different than their home in Lincoln,” Carlson says. “That house has lots of color. They wanted this one to be serene.” His solution was an all-white palate that mixes haute LA beach house with a few rustic touches to give the home its sense of place on the Plains. A mohair sofa faces twin stools made from polished tree trunks in the living room. A weathered lantern is perched on the kitchen’s iPod-white countertops. In the media room—which, at the top of the tower, is the highest point in the house—a painting of blues and greens plays off the view of the lake, whilst a hide-covered ottoman recalls the pastoral drive in from town. “The home is very Hollywood glam,” Carlson says. “But it’s also very livable and durable. The counters are Corian. The chairs at the dining table are damask designed by Nancy Corzine, but they’re slipcovers. >> continued on page 31
Natural art prints in neutral colors bring life to the space while tying in colors from the flooring while maintaining the home’s serene tone.
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Omaha Home: at home Colorful throws, pillows, and accessories brighten up the kids’ bunk-bed room. Provided by Allens Home.
The kids’ bath off the hallway features a trough-inspired sink, reminiscent of the farms on the drive to this summer retreat.
Pull-out trundles with these bunk-beds allow this room to sleep multiple friends for sleepovers (third bunk-bed not pictured).
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Omaha Home: entertaining Recipe by Debbie Stuart • Photo by John Gawley
continued from page 26 << We had looked at Carrera marble for the floors but it’s a lake house. So we went with porcelain tile that looks like poured concrete.” Even the Mies van der Rohe’s optic-white Barcelona chairs squatting in the main seating area are covered in easy-to-clean leather. That’s not to say there aren’t some pretty major statement pieces. The inspiration for the entire design concept came from the enormous Schonbek crystal chandelier suspended over the dining table. “The whole house started with that light fixture,” Carlson laughs, with a conspiratorial glance at the owner. “It all started with the chandelier,” Debbie agrees. The two soulmates’ cat-who-ate-thecanary exchange recalls something the owner had confided earlier. “When Aaron and I get together, we can be a budgetary nightmare.” In the upstairs bath, a wall tiled in Mother of Pearl from Maya Romanoff bears this out. As does the champagne colored Barbara Barry desk in the master bedroom. But the laid-back vibe of the house returns in what the family affectionately calls the bunk room, where three sets of double-decker beds provide a summer crash pad for their two children (they also have a teenage daughter, Maddie) and their posse. “It’s 50 minutes, door-to-door, from our home. But our plan is to spend most of the summer here. We can sleep so many and our kids can invite all their friends.” For grown-up guests, Debbie mixes up a batch of whatever her signature cocktail of the moment is. Right now, it’s blueberry lemonade. “I basically just take my lemon drop recipe and switch out the citron vodka for blueberry vodka. Then I add fresh lime juice and muddle some mint. I always like to serve something that’s special and yummy.” In fact, Debbie’s so well-known for her bartending skills that her cocktail-making classes have become a top hit on the charity auction circuit. “You know, you go to a party and some people bring a dish. I bring a cocktail.” She looks out the wall of windows to the sun setting on the lake. “Of course, every day is kind of a party out here.” www.ReadOnlineNow.com
ur At Home subject Debbie Stuart (pg. H22) is known for
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Omaha Home: landscape feature Story by Linda Persigehlâ€˘ Photos Provided by Watkins Conrete Block Co.
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“Good sense of entry for guests and the lighting which made the yard magical.”
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Watkins Concrete Block Co. of Omaha has sponsored the Watkins Ultimate Backyard Challenge. The annual contest allows some of the area’s best landscape design contractors to showcase their premier backyard projects in the past year in a competition for the coveted UBC best title. A panel of three, independent landscape architects (not associated with Watkins Concrete) judge the projects after visiting them in person—sometimes multiple times in daytime and nighttime—and viewing professionally staged and shot photographs of the projects. In 2010, Watkins began recognizing winners in two distinct categories: the Large Backyard category and the “Lite” category. The “Lite” category consists of smaller-scale projects that may be more realistic and attainable in today’s economy. In 2011, five Large Backyard projects and 12 Lite projects were entered into the UBC contest. “In previous years, we’ve usually had maybe 12 to 15 entries,” said Watkins’ sales associate, Laura Baumgart. “This year we had 17.” Baumgart said the growth in entries indicates growth in the landscape design business overall, and the growing popularity of the contest among contractors. While photos were staged and voting among judges took place last September, the 2011 UBC winners were not announced until March 14, 2012, at the annual Watkins Hardscape Contractor Seminar. In the Large Backyard category, Foutch Landscaping Enterprises was recognized for its project at the Pitz residence in the Barrington Park neighborhood, Omaha. In the Lite category, KM Lanscaping was recognized for its project at the Walker residence. Watkins Concrete Block’s Baumgart provided the following judges’ descriptions of the winning entries: may/june • 2012
Omaha Home: landscape feature 2011 UBC Winner, Large Backyard Category Foutch Landscaping Enterprises, Jake Foutch Ken & Marian Pitz Residence
outch L andscaping Enterprises took full advantage of the natural contours of this backyard for a spectacular boulder-lined water feature. They also selected pavers, wall block and bold stone steps to blend with the natural palette of the boulders. The end result is a backyard that evokes the feel of a mountain retreat right in the heart of the city. The UBC judges praised this job for its “good sense of entry for guests and the lighting which made the yard magical.” The judges praised the creative and unique landscaping. And also noteworthy, the judges told u that the fire pit was well-lit and spaced properly for the safety of guests.
Jake Fouch is owner of Foutch Landscaping Enterprises, which he founded five years ago, after studying horticulture and earning a degree in landscape design from the University of Nebraska. Foutch said the majority of his work is backyard renovations, such as paver patios, small water features, plantings, etc. “I’d like to think I specialize in hardscapes and plant knowledge, knowing what goes where to get the full effect of the backyard,” he said. Foutch’s team spent approximately 1,600 man-hours and a total of eight weeks on construction of the Pitz’ $130,000 project, with the overall goal for the backyard to have different destinations to go to when the family had company over. The biggest challenge with the project was access to the yard, which was steeply sloped, Foutch said. Rain delays were also an issue. “I just want to thank (the Pitz’s) from the bottom of my heart for trusting me and allowing me to show my potential when it comes to landscaping,” he added. Foutch also thanks fellow landscapers Burton Kilgore of Nature’s Intent and Scott Carson of Carson Enterprises for being great mentors and friends in the business. This was the first time Foutch had entered the UBC contest. “I’m just a tiny company when compared to [businesses] I went up against…I was extremely excited when I found out we had won. Hopefully it will help my company reach the next level.” H34
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for dinner, for entertaining, or for a lazy day curled up with a good book. With innovative designs and enhancements that extend the outdoor season, backyards like this maximize outdoor living space and get the most out of entertaining under an open sky. This year’s UBC judges put this backyard at the top of their list “because all its features were proportionate to the size of the yard with wood details carried out through the project.” They liked how the grill was incorporated into the free standing wall and that there was an attractive entry from home to patio. www.OmahaPublications.com
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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile Story by David Williams â€˘ Photos by Jess Ewald - jessicaewald.com
Reinventing Regency As the prestigious Omaha community nears its second half-century, itâ€™s seeing a rebirth of sorts.
hey have for decades been some of Omaha’s most familiar
addresses, but certain plots of land in Regency are increasingly sprouting the most unfamiliar of sights. One of the city’s signature upscale neighborhoods has in recent years experienced a very special brand of building booms, one that has bulldozed multi-million-dollar homes to make way for a new generation of landmarks. Gone are the once iconic Witherspoon Mansion (later David Sokol and family) and Willy Theisen (later Terry Watanabe) homes, each a sprawling testament to the power of Omaha’s ever-resilient economy. >>
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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile << In their place are the ultra-modern, flat-roofed homes of, respectively, Jeff and Danielle Gordman of the retail enterprise of the same name, and Todd and Betiana Simon of the family behind the internationally acclaimed Omaha Steaks. “It’s really no surprise,” explained Ken Coats of CBS Home. “Regency will always be the first to go up and the last to go down in price, regardless of the real estate market because—and you must pardon the cliché here—the old adage about location, location, location has never been truer than it is with Regency.” Coats, who himself lived for over a decade in the development that first rose in the mid‘60s, estimates that he has sold over 150 homes in the neighborhood that includes almost 400 home, townhome and villa properties covered by three different neighborhood associations. Prices for homes range from around $250,000 up to stratospheric heights. The mystique of the near legendary community, Coats said, is borne of a unique and particularly winning formula. “Everyone used to think of Omaha as a 20-minute city,” he added, “that you could get anywhere in about 20 minutes. Those days may be gone, but Regency tops that by still delivering not just a 20-minute city but a 15-minute, inside-the-beltway urban island that is easily accessible to everything that the area has to offer.” The convenience factor is further multiplied when one runs down the list of that which is within a two-minute drive or, better yet, mere walking distance. The adjacent Regency Court, One Pacific Place, and Westroads Mall remain highend shopping and dining magnets while the Regency Lake and Tennis Club, whose amennities are automatically enjoyed by Regency families, are only a heartbeat away. The neighborhood has been leapfrogged by a never-ending succession of westward expansion, but much of the charm of Regency lies in its eclectic mix of architectural styles. Sometimes overly restrictive homeowner’s covenants in newer developments run the risk of rendering a monochromatic landscape where every house—even in the highest-end neighborhoods—has an ineffable sameness about it. >> H38
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<< Not so in Regency, especially with the clean lines and contemporary materials found in the zinc and cedar façade of the Simon home. Over at the Gordman place, slate-grey cement/ stucco mixes with a blend of equally stylish materials, all punctuated by the playfully off-kilter angles of the home’s dramatic entryway. Not surprisingly, there are those neighbors who don’t much care for contemporary architecture. “But that’s not the point,” insisted Vanita Lund who, for nine years, has lived around the corner from what is now the Gordman home. “All neighborhoods change. They evolve. Regardless of your feelings on contemporary architecture, these and other changes here help Regency remain strong with new people, new ideas and new contributions to the community.” Now about to enter it’s second half-century of representing the apex of luxury living, Regency continues to build on the very image that first led to its singular success. www.ReadOnlineNow.com
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Omaha Home: transformations Story by Elena Kerwin, Allied Member ASID, Nebraska Furniture Mart â€˘ Photos by Barry Cohn
Bringing the WOW Factor
3 fter undergoing a complete remodeling of their first
floor done by DRD Home Services and Avant Architects, the homeowners were ready for the final stage of their project. They chose Elena Kerwin, interior designer with Nebraska Furniture Mart, to guide them through this process. Kerwin was impressed with the renovation, especially the architectural fixtures. The homeowners wanted their space to be comfortably livable yet extremely chic. Elena wanted to take it to the next level. www.ReadOnlineNow.com
1 - The Architectural Digest-published Designer Elena Kerwin poses with Jordan and Effie, who love the Elite leather sectional, with custom-made pillows by Century. Adding to the drama, a Century cocktail ottoman. 2 - A display cabinet is adorned with three-story columns grounded with a John-Richard tree sculpture, Global Views vase and silver-gold candle holders.
3 - Entryway main hallway displays a geometrical console from Century Furniture, tall gold lamp from Global Views, birds sculpture from John-Richard and original art from the client’s private collection.
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4 - A custom display cabinet with columns and room divider with storage cabinet present a perfect showcase for the client’s personal momentos. 5 - The formal dining room décor is done in silver and gold tones. A dramatic statement is made with the accessories to balance the three-story-high ceilings. Family pictures taken by Charles and Laurie. 6 - The great room features a hidden media cabinet that can slide and cover the fireplace,
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7 Working closely with her clients, the color skin silver gold with dark brown for accents was decided upon. Kerwin used a contrast of textures and materials to achieve a refined classic but modern look. The two-story entry was breathtaking. Kerwin needed a spectacular piece to compliment but not compete with the space. She chose console table by Century that combine sculptural and geometrical lines. It was the perfect introductory piece for their formal living. The space was grounded with some pieces from Kelly Hoppen. Contemporary cowhide pillows and a faux crocodile embossed leather ottoman from Hancock & Moore added just enough contrast to make this a stunning room. Gold tone velvet upholstered chairs were added to the formal dining room. The kitchen was furnished with a modern classic table and chairs by Century. The chairs were upholstered in a contemporary pattern. To add a bit of fun, Kerwin selected barstools that were funky and unique but still practical for the kitchen. A comfortable leather sectional, leather recliner, and accent ottomans create an inviting space to relax and entertain in the great room. Finally the “WOW” factor was accomplished with artsy-look table lamps and big accessory pieces in gold silver tones. The result: a home with a perfect balance of classic elegance and comfortable living.
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