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Omaha Home: feature Story by Leo Adam Biga • Photos by Scott Drickey

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Christmas Open House Nov 9-10 • 8am - 4pm 20% Off Total Purchase catastrophic injury left him a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair. What he’s never lost is determination and, remarkably, a positive outlook. It’s what helped him build a successful stockbroker career, woo and marry his college sweetheart, and start a family when many doubted he could do those things. He and his wife, Diane, are parents to three children. His will has continued carrying him through recent setbacks. “Every step of our lives we’ve been told this can’t be done,” says Budge. “We have the character between the two of us, working together with great friends and family, to beat all those odds…” “Disappointments are not foreign to us,” Diane says. “There were many hopeless feelings and times of despair through all this, but I think so often what’s saved us is that you get to the point where you’re either going to laugh or cry, and we’ve chosen always to laugh. You kind of know in your heart of hearts it’s always going to work out, and it always does. It’s like you’ve got to throw it up to God or whatever and just say, ‘Whatever happens, it’s going to work out, and we will survive.’” That indefatigable spirit is what’s motivated friends and well-wishers to build a completely barrier-free home for this never-say-die warrior and his family. The nonprofit Budge Porter Project is a volunteer, donation-fueled effort led by Omaha home designer-builder Brad Brown, whose company Archistructure has supervised construction of the rustic ranchstyle home at 13522 Corby Street. The home is expected to be completed by year’s end. “Budge has got this captivating spirit about him,” says Brown. “You look at a person who’s been dealt what some feel is a bad hand, and you might expect they’d get bitter. If anything, Budge has turned it around and looks at life as every day is a blessing and an opportunity. I don’t think it started off that way but it’s led him to a sense of inner peace. “He’s a very open and caring person. When you’re around him, you feel like a breath of fresh air.” The 1,900-plus square-foot home includes an elevator, a therapy pool, a tracking-lift system, ramps, and various features built at wheelchair level and wherever possible, subtle and aesthetically pleasing. Those are big-ticket items the Porters could never >> www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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<< afford themselves, but donations in excess of $120,000 have purchased them. Subcontractors and suppliers have given time and materials. Consolidated Kitchens and Fireplaces owner Sam Marchese donated all the cabinets and countertops. He also co-signed Porter’s home loan and hosted an August 15 fundraiser. Steve Reeder gifted the lot. Accepting help doesn’t come easily for Porter, who hails from a long line of orchard and farm owners. They’re a tough, independent lot. His father and grandfather both played at Nebraska. When Budge and brother Scott carried on the football legacy there, the school had its first and only three-generation athletic family. “He feels somewhat embarrassed and undeserving,” says Brown, “because he’s always made it on his own. I told him, ‘This is a hand-up, not a hand-out, and it’s something these guys are tickled to give back.’ It makes us all feel so good.” To customize the home to Budge’s specific needs, Brown had to ask personal questions and view Budge in intimate situations. Diane says Kent Pavelka’s public relations company made a video documenting what www.OmahaPublications.com


Diane and Budge oversee work on his home therapy pool.

Budge contends with daily. “I looked at Kent and Sam and Brad, and they were all crying,” says Diane. “They didn’t realize what the simple act of getting in and out of bed is for Budge. He’s so good about downplaying all the stuff that goes with his injury, and he doesn’t want people feeling

sorry for him. But I’ve often said if people really knew what it takes to be him every day, it’d be very hard to keep positive because it’s exhausting. A lesser man would not handle it as well as he has.” The experience gave Brown a deeper appreciation for Budge’s “courage” and bonded the two men even more. “We were really good friends, but we’re definitely brothers now,” says Budge. The Porters have always managed dealing with the challenges of paralysis, but then Budge lost big in the 2000 stock market crash, which also cost him many clients similarly hard-hit. Osteoporosis forced him to retire in his mid-50s and go on disability. A stretch of the Papio Creek behind the family’s previous home eroded, causing such severe damage to the property the home’s value plummeted. Health scares resulted in long, expensive hospitalizations. Finally, Budge swallowed his pride and filed for bankruptcy. The family gave up their home.

Getting a loan and finding a new place to live proved daunting. It seemed like more than one family could bear. “I don’t like to make excuses,” Budge says. He’s heartened by how others have responded to their plight. “We’ll never be able to repay all these people other than just to tell them we’re forever grateful. We’re rich beyond compare with friends. We intend to be good stewards of these benefits.” Budge views the home as “a legacy” for Diane and the kids when he’s gone. He hopes to inspire and assist others through the Budge Porter Project. “I would love to see us form a foundation to raise future monies to help others in need along these same lines. There’s a lot of people far worse off than us, and we feel for them and pray for them and we just hope they’re as fortunate someday to have the type of friends we’re blessed with to give them a hand.” Donations are still being accepted and may be made at www.budgeporter.bbnow.org. Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com.

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Home: organizing

Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards

By Lisa Tonjes Moritz, Professional Organizer, Helping Organize People Everyday (H.O.P.E.)

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he keys to a stress-free holiday season are planning and delegation. Here are a few tips to help you focus on family, friends, and fun! Start with a plan (or a Holiday To-Do list) of all the things that are important for you to accomplish during the holiday season. Now go through the list again and cross off anything that does not bring you joy. If you put up lights on your house, throw a party, or send out cards just because you think you should and not because you truly enjoy it, cross it off your list! Schedule time for the items on your list, i.e. decorating, baking, shopping, etc. If you block out time to do the tasks you really want to do, you will not feel rushed to fit them in at the last minute. Delegate tasks to all members of the household. Working together can also make it more fun. Swap tasks with a friend. For example, help them decorate and then have them help you bake. Store all seasonal decorations in one place in your home. If you don’t have enough room in one space, it’s time to downsize your decorations. Take a picture of all decorations in storage and on display. This will help you remember where to put them away and how to put them up the following year. If you do not put a decoration up, donate it before the holiday when it will be easier for the charity to sell. There’s no reason to store something that you don’t use. Make your holiday memories last. After each holiday activity, spend a few minutes transferring all your pictures to your computer and erase your memory card. You don’t want to be in the middle of your child’s solo performance and get a “full” message. Happy Holidays! For more ideas, please visit www. HOPEorganizing.com or facebook.com/ HOPEorganizing

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fessional designers of the Nebraska-Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) did during their annual Celebration of Design Dinner, held Sept. 27th at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. The Chapter recognized 35 members for outstanding design in categories ranging from Residential–Singular Space to Corporate–Hospitality, from Furniture, Product or Design Detail to Residential–Over 3500 sq. ft. Projects were judged by the Michigan ASID Chapter based on 10 criteria, including scale and proportion, effective use of materials, and overall design. The projects shown are residential winners from the Omaha area. They exemplify the wide scope of ways design can be used to enhance people’s quality of life and redefine beauty through innovation and creativity. Look for the Omaha area commercial project winners in the Winter 2013 issue of B2B Omaha magazine. Residential under 3,500 sq ft

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Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards residential under 3,500 sq ft

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Lisa McCoid, ASID, Julie Odermatt, ASID, Brianne Wilhelm, Allied ASID, Michele Hybner, Member ASID D3 Interiors 3918 N. 138th St. Omaha, NE 68164 402-502-7309

This condo at the riverfront was a completed with a very different finish palette. The interior finishes and concept were adjusted to coordinate. In partnership with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts an open, relaxing, engaging and unique space was created.

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Kris Patton, ASID, Diane Gernstein, Allied ASID Interiors Joan & Associates 13130 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE 68154 402-330-0685

This project's design stems from the clients eclectic taste and their collections of art and glass. They wanted a retreat that would display their treasured pieces and be comfortable.

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Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards singular space

Dana CarltonFlint, ASID Design With You In Mind, LLC 980 S. 72nd St. (inside Oriental Rug Palace) Omaha, NE 68114 402-672-8903

This client wanted “wow” in this small hall powder room. The client’s art was the focal point of this space. Handmade paper added an element of intrigue.

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Pam Stanek, ASID The Interior Design Firm 17110 Lakeside Hills Plaza Omaha, NE 68130 402-334-8800

This condo is an escape from the ordinary. The modern design was created for both entertainment and personal solitude in mind.

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Omaha Home: 2012 asid awards Singular space

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This practical yet alluring space was transformed out of an outdated 1970s bathroom. Adding storage, lighting, and a new shower makes this bathroom functional and beautiful.

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Omaha Home: singular space

Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID, Michele Hybner, Allied ASID Falcone Homes/ D3 Interiors PO Box 541055 Omaha, NE 68154 402-510-9802

Moving closer to work and school, the owners wanted a classic design for their kitchen and a design that was open and inviting to family and friends.

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The owners wanted to feature their love of the outdoors on the interior of their home, which resulted in the unique brickwork in the silo and in itself became art.

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Omaha Home: at home Story by Jenna Gabriel Gallagher • Photos by Scott Drickey • Holiday decor by Jenefer Backhaus, In Bloom

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A Field Club Carol

Mike and Annika Phillips' Classical Holidays on Hanscom Park

ometimes I think it would be fun to do something completely different, maybe Egyptian Revival,” Annika Phillips jokes of her Field Club home. “But I don’t think we’re actually going to do that.” It would indeed be a shame, given that Annika, a Laura Linney lookalike whose fair complexion and russet hair make her seem plucked from Central Casting as the lady of a stately Neoclassical home, and her husband, Mike, have amassed an impressive collection of period antiques. The family, which includes children Jake, 20 and Emelia, 18, relocated to Omaha from the Chicago area 16 years ago with Mike’s job. Having lived in a Prairie School home previously, they knew they wanted an older >> www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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Omaha Home: at home

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<< house. Although the 17-room estate, built in 1901, was not on the market at the time, their Realtor correctly followed a hunch that the previous owners would be willing to sell. “When we brought the kids here for the first time, they were 1 and 3 years old,” Annika recalls. “My daughter came right over to the fireplace and, looking up at the capitals, she turned around slowly saying, ‘My castle, my castle.” From that moment on, the Phillips children loved growing up in their enchanted home, even if they did eventually complain that there was no garbage disposal. “The house had never really been messed with. The light fixtures have been here forever. Everything original, we’ve kept,” Annika confirms. “We did take out some carpet and wallpaper and put in things truer to the period.” After all, with a great home comes great responsibility. When a leaking pipe damaged the kitchen wallpaper, the Phillips' home became the first project for the Gerald Ford Conservation Center, whose nationally recognized conservator, Julie Riley, painstakingly replaced the paper with tweezers. When Annika suspected that the paint on the mantle in the master bedroom was concealing something amazing, the couple spent an entire winter chipping away at it with dental tools until the quarter sawn oak underneath was revealed. For the storm windows on the sleeping porch, they commissioned a Lincoln glassmaker who specializes in reproducing the exact windows they needed. The furniture and appointments for the home are also carefully chosen to be faithful to the architecture, including a Stickley lamp that Mike picked up in an antique shop in a Chicago suburb for a song and which he later had appraised on the television show Antiques Roadshow. The third-floor pool table belonged to the previous owner who declined the Phillips’ original offer to purchase it because he had promised it to his son. When the son was ready to sell it, back it came—all three pieces of slate. “All the heavy pieces in the house are on the third floor,” Mike points out with bemused good humor. The couple’s magpie instinct is clearly wellhoned. “When we were first married, Mike was in law school. We found we could get good quality, old pieces for less than newer pieces that weren’t so well made,” Annika >> november/december  •  2012   H25


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<< explains. “And once you start collecting, it’s like a disease.” Not to say the family didn’t make some concessions to the modern age. “We figured out how to hide a dishwasher,” Annika laughs. They also added electrical outlets to the kitchen and the third floor, which had none. “It’s nice to have electricity.” For the holidays, the glow of candlelight and the fire that crackles behind a peacock blue ceramic heart, (an English Arts and Crafts piece that Annika found on eBay), fills the home with the nostalgic warmth of the season, and provides just the right ambience for the family’s annual holiday party. “Field Club is a social neighborhood. Everyone’s got a front porch, and in the warm weather, we take turns going over to each other’s houses,” Annika says of their approach to entertaining. “In the winter, the Christmas party breaks that cycle of not seeing your neighbors for a few months. Everyone winds up at our house after the Field Club Christmas party. We just make sure there are plenty of glasses, plenty of wine.” The Phillips keep their holiday décor just as fuss-free with Swedish touches, like Dala horses on the mantle, in honor of Annika’s heritage. For this story, Jenefer Backhaus from In Bloom in Fremont complemented the grandeur of the house with understated sprays of evergreen and seasonal fruits. The rich reds and golds of the house and the ornate woodwork are already yule perfect. Or, as Annika puts it, “It just takes a little bit to make this house look like Christmas.” 8.

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Omaha Home: feature Story by Linda Persigehl & Sallie Elliott • Photos by John Gawley and Katie Anderson

We shared our passion for design and attention to detail that has been a lost art. -Sallie Elliott

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Home: feature << the 2012 Street of Dreams. The result was a “practical yet fun” 5 bed / 4 ½ bath / 5,867 sq. ft. ranch home with highend amenities, including a theater room with stadium seating, a basement sport court, and a wine cellar that doubles as a tornado shelter. The home also features energy-efficient insulation, windows and appliances, a great, flowing floor plan, and a special decorating theme: vintage Omaha. Almost immediately, Elliott said the two hit it off and were in sync about how to go about the project. “Scott hails from the Philadelphia area originally and I from the Chicago area, and we were both highly influenced by the historical architecture that surrounded us,” Elliott said. “During our discussion, we shared our passion for design and attention to detail that has been a lost art.” Early on, the two played with the idea, Why not create a home with tribute elements to Omaha? “I threw out the concept of >> Contined on page H30

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Omaha Home: feature

Home: mortgage 1.

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work patterned after the Josyln Castle west fence around the property. 2.

Found in a salvage store in Omaha, the "Omaha Brewing Company" mirror frame was installed with original 'chipped' aging.

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Corbels from the basement of the French Café were found at a salvage company in Omaha, then split in half to use as pilasters flanking the dinette windows.

Should I refinance?

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ontemplating whether or not to refinance your home

mortgage can be one of the best things you can do for your household budget. Before taking the refinance step, there are two main factors you will need to consider. First, there is a cost to refinancing your mortgage, so you need to determine how long it will take to recuperate the cost of completing a refinance. Depending on your situation, the timeline will vary. While your mortgage payment will often be lower after a refinance, it typically will take 24-36 months of lower payments to recover the costs. Knowing there is an expense, determine how long you will be living in the home making the restructured payments. If you plan on staying for months or years longer than it will take to recoup the cost, refinancing makes good sense. The second thing you need to consider is the total value of your home. Over the past several years, home assessments and values in certain areas have weakened; it’s important to know if your home’s value may have be affected. If the home appraisal is below your expectations, it may require you to have mortgage insurance (PMI) because the loanto-value on the new loan now might be above 80 percent. With the added expense of mortgage insurance, refinancing may not reduce your mortgage payment as much as you had hoped or be your best option. Interest rates are still near historical lows and we may never see rates this low again in our lifetime. This is a great time to consider refinancing your current home to help you save money. Visit with a qualified mortgage banker, who will provide support and direction to assist you in deciding if there’s a benefit for you to refinance. To visit with Bank of the West about refinancing your home, call 402-918-2607 or visit www. bankofthewest.com.

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Omaha Home: feature 4.

The original aged-green railing from the Omaha Stockyards was used as inspiration for the home's exterior deck railing.

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Original Cudahey Packing Company box found at an antique store in Downtown Omaha adds storage in one of the three bedrooms on the main level.

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This wall art made out of reclaimed wood, designed by Kerry Conner, makes for a unique piece.

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The wine cellar behind the basement bar features a mural inspired by the Old Market Passageway.

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Bar stools around the basement bar are originally from the French Café.

<< an ‘Ode to Omaha’ theme and Scott loved it!” Elliott said. “So we went on the hunt for pieces and toured Downtown Omaha and historical landmarks. Our first find was the corbels that flank the fireplace that were from the City Hall interim building from 1920. Then our ‘picking’ found a piece of the original Stockyards rail, original columns from the French Café building, designs from the Joslyn Castle, etc. We could have built the entire house with reclaimed artifacts but knew H30 

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we just needed a ‘touch’ to make a statement.” Many of the artifacts were gathered from Omahan Frank Horeji’s architectural salvage business, local antique stores, and inspirations from historical photos, Elliott said. Elliott and Warren also commissioned local artists through Pearson & Co. in the Shops of Legacy to create tribute art of Omaha for fans to purchase. Warren credits Elliott with doing most of the legwork in tracking down the vintage

items. “Sallie was the great ‘huntress,’ and she did an amazing job! She really nailed it, in putting together those final details! My favorite items that Sallie found are the two concrete corbels from City Hall. And then how we used them turned out magnificent. They are the center point of the great room fireplace; and the legs to the massive custom-built Venetian plaster fireplace surround.” www.OmahaPublications.com


Omaha Home: renovation feature Story by SJ Munoz • Photos by Scott Drickey

Ambassador Apartments Renovation Authentic Details Make Building a Dundee Gem

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undee is one neighborhood in Omaha trying to continue

an historic, authentic feel. One Dundee building in particular, brimming with charm and grandeur of old, has succeeded in that effort—the Ambassador Apartments. The 20-unit Spanish Revival building, which sits just south of Dodge Street on 49th, has undergone serious renovations over the past three years. The Ambassador was recently recognized by a regional chapter of Commercial Real Estate Workshop, CREW Midwest, as the 2012 Renovation of the Year. The project was the result of the vision and work of local business people Randy Wheeler, Bob Sadler, Neil Willer, and Carol Jones, who combined their individual expertise to restore the Ambassador Apartments. >>

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Omaha Home: feature << The parties are equal owners of the property and each add a unique talent. Wheeler’s experience is in landscaping, while Willer is a building engineer, Sadler is an electrician, and Jones’ experience is in real estate. The renovations were unique in that they kept many of the aspects of the 84-year-old building while incorporating several new, modern upgrades. Each unit contains modern conveniences, such as a washer/dryer, air conditioning, and modern kitchen appliances. Yet what make this property such a Dundee gem is the Spanish tile roofing, scrolled ironwork, original tile, lighting fixtures, doors and hardware, and parquet floors, in addition to the spectacular entry ways and barrel ceilings. Walking into one of the spacious units you will feel, if for only a quick moment, like you’ve stepped back in time in many ways. “We wanted to maintain the flavor of 1928, in addition to having all of today’s modern conveniences, while creating a beautiful place where people can live,” Wheeler said. During the renovations, the group combined their efforts with local architects from Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture. “They were a big help in how to configure and arrange the apartments, specifically in the kitchens and how we could modernize

Parquet floors, Spanish arch doorways, crown moulding, and barrel ceilings are just some of the architectural details that lure tenants.

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Original Artwork by Local and Regional Artists Dundee Gallery is where you’ll find just the right piece to express your personality and your good taste!

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The Art of Giving them and still maintain the historic aspects,” Wheeler explained. Christina Jansen, who is a project designer with Alley Poyner Macchietto, served as a historic consultant on the renovations and said it was a great experience to work with such a rare property. The group also worked with the Omaha Historical Society in its efforts to preserve historical details. “The building is very unique and any opportunity to preserve historic fabric is great,” Jansen said. “We focused on the historic aspects of the building with the goal of salvaging as many of them as possible.” Alley Poyner Macchietto also assisted the group with paperwork for tax credits and financing, which were extremely beneficial to the project, according to Wheeler. The group was drawn to the property largely because of its architectural beauty, as they all share a passion—as do many in Dundee—to maintain an historic feel. “It’s a great location in a great neighborhood and we are very proud and excited for the future of this property,” Wheeler said. “We all had worked on remodeling projects in the past, just nothing on this scale. You definitely had to have faith and a vision with something like this. I’m glad we were able to salvage the building and make the [new residents] living here happy.” www.ReadOnlineNow.com

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Omaha Home: new on the block Story by Linda Persigehl and Bailey Hemphill • Photos by Scott Drickey and Bill Sitzmann

Deck Pros 3613 S. 149th St. Altech Business Park

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eck Pros’ new 3,000-sq.

ft. West Omaha showroom offers all the inspiration you’ll need to design and build the deck of your dreams. The company sells Trex, Timbertech, AZEK, and several other manufacturers’ lines. “In the last [few] years, the [decking products] market has evolved and each vendor now has three to five lines, and within each line, five or six color options,” said owner Charles Graziano. “Deck railings are also available in virtually an unlimited number of options today. We saw a lot of value in being able to have a showroom to display 20 to 30 options.” Deck Pros uses advanced integrated design software, Graziano said. “We can model the customer’s home, model a proposed deck, even animate the scene and add landscaping, a firepit, and other details. They get to see how the design will translate to the finished product.” The Altech location has served the decking firm well, Graziano said. “We wanted to be somewhat centrally located and convenient for our customers. Where we are now, shoppers are able to stop over on their way home from work or after picking up kids…They’re able to come in to browse without having to go far out of their way. And our hours are convenient too. We take evening appointments during the week, and we’re open on Saturdays.” M-F/10-7pm; Sat/9am-1pm 402-690-2195 www.deckprosinc.com H34 

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NJ&Co 17650 Wright St., Suite #4 Legacy West

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ith f u r n is h i n g s , frocks, and finds, NJ&Co

is for everyone and every space. NJ&Co can best be described as an upscale chic shopping experience where customers can shop several small boutiques in one location. This “boutique within a boutique” approach is part of the local attitude that owner-operators Jane White and Nicole Leathers desired for their store. “We offer a shop-local mentality, in which we will partner with local artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to open small boutiques within the larger space,” says Leathers. White and Leathers are actually a mother/ daughter team with an eye for business and a love for unique designs. White had been in retail sales for 30 years, successfully owning and operating five Hallmark stores and two furniture and home accessory stores in Wisconsin. Leathers spent her years after college working in international transportation and logistics as a regional human resources manager for Mervyn’s California stores. When both mother and daughter came to Omaha, they decided that it was time to fulfill the dream they had always had—partnering to open an upscale boutique. And in August 2012, they opened NJ&Co in Legacy West. M-Sat/10am-6pm; Sun/12-4pm 402-502-1962 www.njandcompany.com

The Pot & Ladle 8264 Hascall St. Omaha, NE

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maha’s only consignment store for those who

love to cook or entertain.” This is how owner MJ Zaremba bills her kitchen store, The Pot & Ladle, which opened in late August. The store carries previously owned quality pots and pans, casual entertaining wear, cutlery, fine china, baking dishes, cookbooks, wall art, and more. Zaremba said her store serves two different customers. “There’s a generation of people now downsizing, and many of them have such nice stuff. People kind of light up when they realize selling it on consignment is an option. It’s easier to let go, knowing [their nice things] will go to someone who will really enjoy and use it. There’s also a lot of younger people who love to cook or entertain. They might want to upgrade from beginner pieces they started with, but they can’t afford buying new at high-end stores. Here, they’ll find really good quality things at wonderful prices.” Zaremba features consigned items for 60 days, then splits the sale price 50/50 with consignors. “If items don’t sell, the consignor has five days to pick them up. If they choose to leave them, the items will be sold at two annual clearance sales. The first is planned for this spring.” Half the money raised will be donated to Youth Emergency Services in Omaha. Tu-F/10am-5:30pm; Sat/10-3pm 402-932-8040 www.facebook.com/thepotandladle www.OmahaPublications.com


Hockney, right, with Snyder

Spruce Interiors & Gifts 5022 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE

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hen Iowa native Amy

Sporrer moved back to the Midwest, she saw a niche in Omaha’s home décor market. “I owned my own home décor store in Connecticut for 10 years and I couldn’t finding many East Coast products locally,” she said. She opened Spruce Interiors & Gifts on Labor Day weekend. Spruce offers home décor items, from small furniture, lamps and accessories to gifts, frames, and stationary to scarves, jewelry and handbags. “Most items are from East Coast companies that were previously only available online,” Sporrer said. Tori Burch bags, John Robshaw pillows and totes, Nest candles, and Ben’s Garden découpage, to name a few." Sporrer also saw a need for affordable home décor consulting, “I used to do a lot of renovating and flipping houses...redo them and then stage them to sell. I’ve just always had an artistic eye.” Sporrer says she’s available for hire for $45/hr. (one-hour min.) to consult homeowners in need of a little help “sprucing up” their living spaces. Another service Sporrer offers is a gift registry. She's happy to help shoppers choose items from the list or will gladly take orders by phone, and have items wrapped. “I want to make gift-buying as easy as possible, while still keeping it personal." M-F/10am-6pm; Sat/10am-5pm 402-952-4480 www.facebook/pages/Spruce www.ReadOnlineNow.com

The Style Bar 8420 W. Dodge Rd. Omaha, NE

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SID-certified interior designer Julie Hockney, hair

stylist Lindsey Snyder, and jewelry consultant Georgy Collier have joined forces to offer all three professional services under one roof at The Style Bar, which opened in August. The businesses operate as Julie Hockney Design, Lindsey Snyder Hair Stylist, and GC Gems. “Combining our businesses in one space really just made sense,” Hockney said. “We share the same demographics and rooming together allows us to make referrals to each other in-store.” Customers seem to think The Style Bar makes sense, too, Hockney added. “Visitors often comment, ‘I can’t believe this is all here…This really does work!'" Hockney’s interior design work runs the gamut, from corporate spaces to residential work. Visitors to The Style Bar may stop in for quick tips on décor, or book an appointment for a home interiors consultation. “Once in the store, that customer might decide to book a hair cut and style they’ve been needing with Lindsey, or they may visit with Georgy about how to repurpose a piece of antique jewelry. Mostly, people are just catching word of us,” Hockey said. “People love the energy here and supporting three creative women business owners.” By Appointment 402-490-8995 www.facebook.com/thestylebaromaha

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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile Story by Molly Garriott • Photos by Jess Ewald - jessicaewald.com

Country Club The historic neighborhood, tucked between Dundee and Benson, offers quaint charm, convenience, and affordable living.

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rick-laid streets that have resisted asphalt resurfacing.

Old-time globe street lights in lieu of goose-necked halogen lights. All-brick Tudors, with a few stray colonials thrown in for good measure. Meandering roads that invite leisurely drives. These are the hallmarks of the Country Club neighborhood tucked between artsy Benson and traditional Dundee. Country Club’s boundaries technically extend from 52nd to 56th streets and from Blondo to Corby streets, says Matt Herzog, president of the Country Club Community Council. But generally speaking, Country Club connotes a larger area, encompassing homes between Maple and Hamilton streets and 48th to 56th streets. Once outside >>

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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile << of these perimeters, the all-brick houses decrease and rental properties increase. Country Club is popular with homeowners looking for an established neighborhood with charm at a reasonable price point. Peter Manhart, part of the Manhart husband and wife realtor team at CBS/Home, says Country Club offers a good “bang for the buck.” All-brick homes, a rarity in most areas and cost-prohibitive for new construction, abound here. Single-family dwellings with virtually no rental properties are another draw. And Country Club fits the real estate mantra, “Location, location, location” to a T. With its close proximity to downtown, the city’s universities, and thriving arts and entertainment districts like Benson, Dundee, Aksarben, and Midtown Crossing, Country Club is alluring. So are the home prices that run between $130,000 and $275,000. Country Club has a history as old as our city. Once 161.2 acres of John A. Creighton’s farm, it was sold to Omaha Country Club in 1889 for development into a premier golf course. For nearly 35 years, it catered to citizens wishing to escape the bustle of city life

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on the greens of a golf course. However, the city was growing west. So in 1924, OCC sought refuge from an ever-encroaching city by moving to its existing location in the rolling hills north of Immanuel Hospital and selling its land for $150,000. Theodore Metcalfe’s developing company then used the existing slopes of the former golf course to construct affordable homes for Omaha’s growing population. Streets and avenues were wide and lined with ornamental lighting. Despite the Great Depression’s economic woes and World War II, development continued until completion in the late 1940s. What is old now was at one time suburbia. However, Metcalfe strove for diversity of design, shunning cookie-cutter construction typical of developments. Most homes were built in the Tudor style but varied in flavor. There are examples of twin-gabled Tudors as well as French-inspired Tudors with turrets. The all-brick English L-shaped home was also popular. Metcalfe mixed brick with stone for added effect, and slate roofs offered additional architectural character. Today, gracious living abounds in the >>

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Home: maintenance

Omaha Home: neighborhood profile

By Ruth Smith, President, Norm's Door Service

Is it time for a new garage door? Do you have rain, snow, or wind leaking into your garage? Do you have deteriorating or dented sections or feel that the living area above your garage is too cold in the winter? It may be time to consider garage door replacement. A new energy-efficient garage door will not only save you money on heating and cooling costs, but it will add beauty to the overall look of your home. Many garage doors look the same from the outside-however it's the inside construction that counts. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a new garage door: • Be sure to check out the specs of the product, the gauge of the steel, type of insulation and thickness are all factors that contribute to the "R" factor or heat retention of the product. • The "R" factors range from about 3.5R to 18R. The higher the number the better the insulation value. • Windows or glass in the top section can be upgraded to insulated glass rather than single pane to maintain the door's R factor. • The outside perimeter trim is also an important element of the garage door and working with the bottom seal will keep your garage warm and dry and should be part of your door replacement. • Finally, make certain the company you select to do business with is reputable. Check with your local BBB to make sure that you are using a company that will back their products and services. To visit with a Norm's Door Service representative, call 402-331-8920. H40 

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Country Club's Metcalfe Park, named for developer Theodore Metcalfe, saw many improvements in 2011.

<< area still. Its strong neighborhood association is in large part responsible. The Country Club Community Council’s mission is “to promote, preserve, and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood.” Herzog selected Country Club as his neighborhood of choice when he and his wife moved to Omaha from Washington, D.C., with their children because of its innate charm and kid-friendly atmosphere. “Country Club has a great, active vibe despite its age,” asserts Sarah Kaseforth, who has served as CCCC Secretary for over a year. Like the Herzog family, Kaseforth and her husband are transplants, coming to Omaha from Chicago. “Country Club was a standout for us due to the Tudor-style homes, well-maintained yards and streets, and young families seen out walking along the neighborhood streets.” It’s these same young families that make the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Metcalfe Park one of the most popular CCCC-sponsored events. Picture pastel-clad preschoolers searching for spring-hued eggs among the daffodils and sprouting grass while their parents look on, catching up with neighbors after a long winter. Other year-round gatherings further foster this community feel. Every summer, the neighborhood sponsors a community garage sale with unsold items being donated to the Stephen’s Center and the Benson Refugee Task Force. The highlight of the summer, however, is the Labor Day Picnic. It’s like a block party on steroids with bounce houses, face painting, balloon hats, and plenty of food and drink. But perhaps the most beloved tradition, says Herzog, is the Winter Luminary Event. Residents place luminaries along their walkways and neighborhood sidewalks, effectively lighting up some the longest, darkest nights of the year with the soft glow of candlelight. Complimentary trolley rides for both residents and the general public tour the avenues during this festive time. It’s like traveling back in time to when the neighborhood was first established. An anchor of the area is Metcalfe Park, which underwent a much-needed renovation in 2011. On any given day, you can walk by the park and see young girls in hijabs swinging with recent refugees from Africa and Myanmar, a testament to the area’s melting pot character. Perhaps what encapsulates the spirit of the neighborhood is this simple story of kindness. After the birth of their first child this past summer, Kaseforth and her husband were overwhelmed by the generosity of their neighbors, even those with whom they just shared a wave and passing “hello.” Cards and gifts poured in as soon as young Trent was born. Says Kaseforth: “It is a great feeling to know that my neighbors care about my family. Coming from a large city, this type of gesture is unheard of!” www.OmahaPublications.com


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Home: d•i•y project Story by Michelle Rice • Photos by Scott Drickey

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d•i•y Pool Table Restoration

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Steve’s great grandfather, a Danish immigrant farmer who settled in Wayne County, Neb., purchased the 4x8-ft. Brunswick table second-hand in the 1920s as a gift to his teenage son, Bill. The table sat in the family’s farmhouse basement for years until Bill married and moved it to his first house just outside of Pilger, Neb., in the ‘30s. From there, the table meandered through the family, spending time at several relatives' homes, including a time in the ‘80s in Steve’s own childhood home on an acreage in Stanton, Neb. Upon buying his own first home in Omaha in ‘96, Steve began asking around to find the pool table’s whereabouts. He found it—“in pieces, covered in dust and cobwebs, leaning against the wall of a barn”—at his uncle’s place in Wayne County, where it had sat for a decade. The table’s heavy wood base and side rails were beat up, its black veneer stripped off in many spots. Its leather pockets were weathered beyond repair. The felt was filthy and holey, having served as a nesting ground for countless mice. But the three heavy slate slabs that formed the table bed were in decent shape, Steve said, and there appeared to be hope for a restoration. Steve got to work reassembling and repainting the table base a flat black, stripping and restaining the rails, and filling the chipped slate with rock-hard water putty. “Assembling the slabs—a couple hundred pounds each—and leveling the table were probably the hardest parts,” he said. He found “vintage-looking” pockets and new felt at Alkar Billiards, and re-felted the table himself. Some sweat, a few weekends, and about $350 later, he had himself a working table. Today, Steve’s kids are the fifth generation to enjoy playing on the family heirloom. Though the table has many imperfections (including a missing Brunswick brass nameplate), this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, he said. “It has a dead spot in one of the cushions on the rail. And there’s a little bit of a table roll in one corner. But I know where they are… and it gives me a bit of an advantage,” he jokes. The best thing about the table? “It belonged to my grandpa, one of my favorite people,” Steve said.

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Omaha Home: transformations Story by Lindi Janulewicz and Beth Settles • Photos by Tom Kessler, Kessler Photography

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Remarkable W Redesign

hen you find a home with a fabulous foot-

print, in a great neighborhood, with an excellent view—but the style just doesn’t match your taste—take heart, all is not lost…a redesign is in order! And that is precisely what our clients did. After meeting years ago through friends, our client and Beth Settles, Allied Member ASID, and professional interior designer with Interiors Joan and Associates, reconnected with a mission. Stage by stage, space by space, the home with a fabulous footprint underwent a redesign, and upon its recent completion…there is no doubt that it is now oozing with style! Beginning in the kitchen, then installing wall coverings and window treatments, little projects here and there were completed one at a time until the entire home boasted a new look. The laundry room was gutted completely, but otherwise refinishing and refurnishing proved to be the necessary steps to set the backdrop for a modern, glitzy style as opposed to a drippy, traditional one. Never losing sight of the focus, to create a sophisticated, comfortable modern design, the traditional home was slowly transformed to more accurately reflect our clients’ taste and lifestyle. Replacing the dated, traditional feel in the home with a darker, glitzier, more opulent style without truly moving walls, proves that homes can be renovated without the stress and hassle of demolition and reconstruction. The home’s hearth room features a dramatic coffered ceiling detail, completed with a glass shard paint treatment. The cherry built-in cabinets were glazed over with a custom metallic finish, and the bricks were also faux finished, instead of ripping them >>

meet the designer Beth Settles, Allied Member ASID Interiors Joan and Associates

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A plush tonal animal skin velvet sectional and stylish chairs provide maximum seating in this smaller space. The lower level comes alive with a color palette of chocolate, pumpkin, and citrus green.

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Omaha Home: transformations << out and replacing them. This color palette of platinum, charcoal, graphite, and citrine encompasses the space, providing a sleek, modern design. Wall covering and a custom plush pile rug complete the striking space. The kitchen’s existing cabinets were white, until Settles and her team applied an olive green glaze, highlighted with metallic bronze. Custom glasswork in the two cabinet doors flanking the cooktop adds an artistic element, and a black and silver metallic tile backsplash all complement the home’s original dark granites. A bar nearby was also refinished in silver leaf to meld with the home’s new look. A den, cocooned in cherry wood, was given a lesson in contrast. The wood, including built-in cabinetry, paneling and a coffered detail ceiling, was all glazed with a custom espresso finish. Grass cloth was applied to the walls and the ceiling, creating a pleasing contrast between light and dark. Pops of pomegranate were incorporated in the upholstered seating and custom draperies. A hair-on-hide and leather desk chair and sculptural accessories complete the stately space. The room’s entire palette was designed around our clients’ own artwork. Dove gray, platinum, eggplant, lime, and accents of bronze play well together, creating an opulent color palette in the master suite. A glass shard ceiling treatment emulates a starry sky above the suite’s glamorous furnishings. Mirrored accents on the nightstands and lamps enhance the room’s glitzy feel. An adjacent sitting area is perfectly appointed with posh chaise lounges, luxurious window treatments and a ritzy, glittering see-through fireplace. The magnificent master bath taps into the latest in plumbing technology. Digital plumbing fixtures by MOEN were specified in the shower to eliminate a visual tangle of faucets and handles. A simple digital control pad controls the on/off, body sprays, heads, and handheld. These settings for temperature and water pressure can apply to a combination of the spray options, or an independent water feature…and the control pad can be programmed with the preferences for multiple users. The ultimate in a “his and hers” bath. The same fixtures are repeated for the air tub’s spout and handheld. When asked what set this project apart, Settles replied that the pace at which the project was completed, one space at a time over a period of a few years and allowing H46 

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Chaise lounges upholstered in eggplant and lime provide the perfect spot to curl up and enjoy the glittering seethrough fireplace.

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Refinished built-in cabinetry and the glazed brick fireplace completely transform this hearth room. A custom area

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our clients to complete each space in its entirety, was literally a refreshing “change of pace” from the typical project that rockets into overdrive to be completed as soon as possible. “Our clients were interested and invested in making their home spectacular… and their trust in my design concepts allowed us to take this project beyond the finish line. The end result is fabulous, functional and wholly completed from floor to ceiling,” Settles said. In the end, it was all worth the wait. 5.

This master bath features digital plumbing fixtures, glittering glass tiles, black galaxy granites, and a silver wall covering with a linear glass bead design.

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Perfect for entertaining, this gaming area welcomes guests with an elegant billiards table, plush seating and a custom wall mural, depicting meaningful scenes for our clients and their family.

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Existing white cabinets were glazed with an olive green and bronze finish, instantly injecting opulence into the space. Art glass gives the cabinets flanking the cooktop an interesting design detail.

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A silver leaf finish elevates this bar’s style, giving the cabinetry a glamorous, modern look.

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Omaha Home: hot products Photos by John Gawley

Tabletop Treasures for the Holidays Artland Brocade Amber glassware. High ball glass, $11.95; Tumbler,

$11.49; Martini glass, $13.49; Wine glass, $13.49; Goblet, $13.49; Shaker, $22.49. Available at Parmida Home, Midtown Crossing, 32nd & Farnam. www.parmidahome.com

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Holi day bread loaves. Challah bread,

four $24.95. Available at Tweed Couch, Rockbrook Village, 108th & W. Center Rd. www.tweedcouch.com

upon request, and Christmas bread, in-store $2, make beautiful, edible table centerpieces. Available at Rotella's Italian Bakery, 6949 S. 108th St., La Vista. www.rotellasbakery.com

Shiny zinc ball ornament, large $10; 6" Glacia net ball, $20; Essaim antique silver ornament, $22; Jingle bell burlap ribbon, $24; Balon glass bowl, $153. Available at Pearson & Co., The Shops of Legacy, 168th & W. Center Rd. www.pearsonandcompanyomaha.com

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Traditional evergreen bough

with holiday accents, $60. Available at Taylor's Flower Shop and Greenhouse, 12330 K Plz., Ste. 113. www.taylorsflowers24hours.com Cathedral silver candlesticks

with hurricane glass, 30" $164.95, 34" $194.95. Available at Tweed Couch, Rockbrook Village, 108th & W. Center Rd. www.tweedcouch.com

Casafina stoneware plate

in "Merdain," $16.99; GC Chargers, set of four $181.49; Blossom cloth napkin, $9.99; Napkin ring by Bodrum, $9.99. Available at Parmida Home, Midtown Crossing, 32nd & Farnam. www.parmidahome.com

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Pinecone tealight holders , $11.75 each; Reindeer Moss

accent, $13.50 Available at Voila! Blooms and Decor in Dundee, 4922 Dodge St. www.voilaflowers.com

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