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November/December 2013

Always Local, Always Beautiful


The Home of Kristin and Michael DeKay

Journey into the Arcane a Cabinet of Curiosities

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Neighborhood Profile: Linden Estates

Feature: Modest Magnificence— Legendary Architects


Editor’s Letter

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Home Happenings

Cover Feature: A Grain of Salt—The Home of Kristen and Michael DeKay

At Home: Larger than Life

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Omaha Home: from the editor Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

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E ALL LOOK FORWARD to holidays, not only for spending time with our friends and families but thinking about what the holidays mean to each and every one of us.  Growing up in the Midwest in a large, close-knit family, every Sunday seemed like a holiday to me. We all gathered at my grandmother's house for Sunday dinner after church. Let me tell you, it was a big event. Today it’s a real treat to have that comfort food to look forward to this time of year and the aromas that make you feel full, happy, and at home. This issue of OmahaHome covers the old and the new. It continues the tradition of bringing the best in design, décor, and architecture, and we also introduce a department called “Room.” Our new managing editor, David Williams, found himself in a large home and thought, “Man, I could write an entire story on this one fascinating room!” And a new department was born (pg. 32). But we still have old favorites, like our DIY Project. My friend, Angie Hall, talks about her faux fireplace on pg. 24 and how you can try the same thing. Our At Home section features Deborah Ward and Joe Jordan’s nostalgic Santa Claus collection on pg. 27. And we talk about Joni Fogarty’s new book on pg. 14. Building Omaha: The Architectural Legacy of John and Alan McDonald brings to life the memory of two men who left many beautiful buildings behind them in Omaha. Memories keep people alive in our hearts, so let’s pause and reflect this season on those who have departed. I just learned that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, a disease that recently took one of my dearest friends, Cathy Mills. She would have celebrated her fiftieth birthday last September. I will celebrate my upcoming birthday for the both of us!


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Omaha Home: neighborhood profile Story by Kara Schweiss • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

LindenWinter Estates Wonderland


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Photos by Bill Sitzmann



edly blah designation of “SID 353,” but Linden Estates is now among Omaha’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Known for its approximately 120 stunning luxury homes that sit on large, exquisitely landscaped lots, the properties start at 3,000 square feet and more than a few attain the classification of “mansion,” with the largest topping out at 23,000 square feet. “The beauty of the neighborhood is that you didn’t have one builder going in there

with a specific style,” says Deb Cizek, of the Cizek Group with Prudential Ambassador Real Estate. “You had the individual taste of the owners who contracted with these builders. You have some contemporary homes in there, some traditional, you have some Tuscan—just a beautiful mix of architecture.” Cizek has been in real estate more than 25 years, and as a realtor who specializes in highend properties, she knows Linden Estates particularly well. “It will go anywhere from half a million to multi-million, and everything >> november/december • 2013   H11

Omaha Home: neighborhood profile

<< seems to blend just fine,” she says. The residents themselves also blend well, says Kim Syslo, who’s been in the neighborhood for about a year. There are homes with play structures side-by-side with homes that feature stately courtyards or pristine gardens, and Syslo says her young family has felt at home from the beginning. “We have friendly neighbors who are so kind to my kids,” she says. “Children really are welcome—we’ve been thrilled with the neighborhood.” John Belford, president of Linden Estates’ board of directors, agrees that, as the neighborhood enters its third decade, it has become more diverse in recent years. “There’s definitely been a lot of turnover. We’ve had a lot of H12 

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new kids come into the neighborhood, young kids from 2 to 14. There are also people who are retired with no kids as well. Everyone gets along.” “It’s a pretty good mix,” Cizek agrees, “and that’s what you want in a neighborhood.” Located in the area of 144th and Dodge, Linden Estates is close to West Omaha business parks, retail developments, and other amenities. “We used to think 72nd was the heart of the city, and now it’s 132nd,” Cizek says. “Everything is easy to get to. It is a phenomenal location: easy access to downtown, easy access to the interstate.” “There are a lot of restaurants and

grocery stores and amenities that are within 10 minutes,” 15-year resident Nancy Hultquist adds. Linden Estates is in the Millard Public Schools district, so neighborhood children generally attend Ezra Millard Elementary, Kiewit Middle School, and Millard North High School. Catholic schools St. Vincent de Paul and St. Wenceslaus are also nearby. Belford, who is the parent of three high-school students and also has one in college, says, “I’m fortunate to live here. It’s been great for our family, and it’s a great location—between 132nd and 144th and Dodge to Maple, we have everything we need.” Linden Estates was annexed by the City

of Omaha in 2008, Belford says. There is also a Linden Estates Second Addition, but although the two neighborhoods are adjacent, they are independent developments and even managed by separate homeowners associations. “Linden Estates is, in my opinion, probably the premier neighborhood in the city,” Cizek says. “It has stood out for twenty years.” Not only has the natural maturation of the community’s trees enhanced the look of Linden Estates over the years, the April hailstorms that came through West Omaha this year had an unexpected silver lining—many of the homes now sport new roofs, which has refreshed the neighborhood. “You have

homes in there that look like they’re brandnew again,” Cizek explains. The new roofs will also be a perfect canvas for the elaborate holiday light displays for which Linden Estates has become known. “It’s always been like that since we’ve been here,” Hultquist says of the collective enthusiasm for holiday decor. “Everyone really puts up a lot of lights and celebrates the holidays. It’s a very festive environment not only for the homeowners, but also for Omahans to enjoy. I think when you go out to look at Christmas lights, this is one of the neighborhoods you go through.” Even the entrance to Linden Estates is welcoming, Belford says. “The homeowners

association started putting up lights about 10 years ago at the main entrance at 144th Street and Hamilton. The homeowners were already putting lots of lights up, so we decided to enhance the holiday season by adding lights.” Linden Estates is an active neighborhood year-round. Even the surrounding areas are pedestrian-friendly, Hultquist says, with plenty of paths, parks, and even a small reservoir near the First National Business Park. “In the morning, you see children walking to school, and after school, you see more people walking their dogs, children riding bikes,” she says. “There’s just more activity with more families and younger children in the neighborhood.” OmahaHome   november/december • 2013   H13

Omaha Home: feature Story by David Williams • Photos by Bill Sitzmann & Keith Binder

Joni Fogarty in front of her Gold Coast home

Modest Magnificence


Legendary Architects that Designed Homes for the Rest of Us


Park and from the Gold Coast out west to the once frontier environs of Dundee, Happy Hollow, and Fairacres, the father-son architecture team of John and Alan McDonald made a lasting impression on Omaha’s cityscape. With the publishing of Building Omaha: The Architectural Legacy of John and Alan McDonald, a veritable treasure trove of information is revealed about the designs of the men who built Joslyn Castle (1903, John McDonald, Scottish Baronial Revival) and the Joslyn Memorial, now known as the H14 

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Joslyn Art Museum (1931, John and Alan McDonald, Art Deco). The book’s author, Joni Fogarty, began to research the project from her own doorstep. She and her husband, noted attorney Ed Fogarty, live in a 1910 Prairie Style home designed by John McDonald in the city’s regal Gold Coast neighborhood. “You can’t talk about the development of Omaha as a city without looking to John and Alan McDonald,” says the author of the book available at Our Bookstore in the Old Market Passageway. “They were prolific. They were everywhere. It was a practice that John

opened in 1880, and it lasted until 1950. Their story is the story of Omaha. They are known as the architects of the rich and famous, but their bread and butter were the commissions in between—hundreds and hundreds of them—from apartment buildings to small family homes.” Armed with Fogarty’s book, Omaha Magazine set out to explore some of the more modest of the McDonald legacies, ones that are gems in their own right. We selected two that perhaps best accentuate the theme of legendary architects who also designed “homes for the rest of us.” OmahaHome

Michael Drinkwine and Rochelle Hair

Lisa Moore and Kelli Smith

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1880, Gothic Revival

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Designed by Alan McDonald

“I have always been a fan of the Bungalow/ “Astounding!” is the first word Michael Drink-

Prairie Style,” says Kelli Smith of the home

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she shares with Lisa Moore. The couple

Hanscom Park duplex he shares with Rochelle

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Hair is not just a John McDonald property, but

only after they moved in. “In 2005, we de-

one of the architects’ earliest works, designed

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this one—one of our favorites here in Field

“We know this isn't the Joslyn Castle or the

Club—was on the market.” Moore adds, “Even

Joslyn Art Museum,” he says, “but to us, it is

though the style of the house represents

so much more. This is our home. This is where

a purposeful simplicity, the quality of the

we live, where we sleep, where we play. This

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is where our friends and neighbors live, and

designer showhouse where every space looks

it is our sanctuary. Joslyn Castle is a great

like it came out of a magazine. It’s lived in,

place to visit, don’t get me wrong, but this is

it’s comfortable, and some days it’s messy. But

our castle.”

we love it and so do our dogs.”

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Omaha Home: cover feature Story by Betsy O'Donovan • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

It's only out with some of the old for Kristin and Michael.


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everywhere. It was hard to make out the precise shade of blue because any light that might have filtered into the tiny rooms of the house fought a losing battle with the home’s anachronistic velvet drapes. Kristin and Michael DeKay didn't care. They could see enough. “We walked in and I was just like, ‘Oh, man, we could open this wall up and it would be really nice,’” Kristin says. “I didn't even look at the carpet. I was just like, one, I bet there's wood floors underneath; two, we can paint everything. It was just a perfect little house.” >>

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Omaha Home: cover feature


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<< So perfect that the DeKays, who expected everything in the Morton Meadows neighborhood to be out of their reach, didn't look at any other houses before making an offer and closing the deal in 2009. The price was right, and there was enough cash left over for renovations. Out went piles of wood paneling, ceiling fans, and every square inch of that blue carpet, which had protected but concealed shining hardwood floors. For a couple like the DeKays, who frequently entertain, the 884 square feet that make up the main level of the smallish home on Poppleton Avenue could have been a problem. So, too, went a pair of interior walls that chopped up the front half of the house, making way for a claw-legged Duncan Phyfe dining table. >>

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Omaha Home: cover feature << “I know a lot of people these days don't want a dining room; they want an eat-in kitchen or a bar or whatever,” says Kristin who, along with Mike, is a co-founder of the local brand strategy and design company, Grain & Mortar. “I want to have family dinners and a big long table.” To accommodate guests, Michael and Kristin made big choices, one of which was to define the living room with a tailored sectional sofa that seats ten, more if you get downright cheek-to-cheek chummy. Conversely, other items were scaled down, like the compact, yellow-and-white library cart that serves as a bar. Even there, an oversized recipe for an Old Fashioned pokes fun at the idea of “appropriate” scale. “Given this ugly little cart, it's like oh, man, no one wants that,” Kristin says. “I thought about painting it but I like the scuffs.” The cart also offers a shorthand look at Kristin's point of view: sharply edited contents marshaled alongside whimsical decisions.


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In her living room, a $10 mail cubby with gouged paint plays home to glossy magazines and electronics, and holds a place of pride next to an aqua Ethan Allen wing chair. That high-low look has an avid following on sites like Pinterest and Design Sponge, where the DeKay home has been featured. "Our style is best described as warm and eclectic, without fuss,” explains Mike. “We do our best to not keep things around that we don't actually use. No one wants to live in a museum." OmahaHome

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Omaha Home: home décor makeover Story by Sandy Besch Matson • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

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Omaha Home: d•i•y Story by Jennifer Litton • Photos by Bill Sitzmann


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Faux Fireplace d i y ••


or a tweet without wings, a modern fireplace doesn't need flames to be among the hottest of home trends. That’s exactly what Angie Hall, a busy mother of four, created for the dining room of her spacious, yet cozy West Omaha home. She says that after the initial phase of installing the fireplace mantel and surround, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next. “Sometimes, I don’t always know how I’m going to get to what I want,” she explains, “so I just kind of leave it.” Hall’s ability to let projects brew, and her taste for “otherness,” blend together in revealing a unique style of rustic-meets-slightly-Victorian. The last thing she wants is for her house to look like she ordered it directly out of a catalog. “I like interesting things that are not in everybody else’s house,” she says. No stranger to home projects, Hall is an outside sales rep for Lumbermen’s, a hearth and home store. She began her career at The Fireplace Center in Lincoln, a store owned by

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we just jump right in and get it done,” says Sutton. The two crafted a template, and practiced using a tile saw on some cheap ceramic tile Hall had laying around. Short two pieces of tile, Hall returned to Menard’s, where she also found a solution for the hearth—the white tile that resembles brick. “I originally was going to put an antique mirror there.” The cast iron relief in a fleur-de-lis design was a gift from Sutton found while antiquing. Hall highlighted it with some metallic paints. “I jazzed it up a little. I didn’t like it plain.” Combining savvy in antiques, a frugal sensibility, and a little bit of elbow grease, Hall achieved the perfect look. “I like finding things that need a little love that I can make my own,” she adds. Total time spent was about eight hours. Costs will vary, depending on materials selected. Tile can range from as little as $30 to the-sky’s-the-limit for this fun project.


her mother, Maureen Sutton. But Hall attests that anyone can do this project, “as long as you are not afraid to get some tools out.” First, the mantel had to be trimmed because it was too tall for the room. She then hired a contractor for the difficult task of mounting the mantel. To give the gypsum mantel and surround the look of limestone, Hall coated them with metallic paint and wiped over that with a black glaze, “to give it a dirty look,” says the woman who honed her painting skills at the Kelly S. King Academy of Faux Painting and Decorative Finishing in Omaha. When she came upon a trendy glass tile at Menard’s, she knew it was perfect. “I loved the colors.” And the tile’s unconventional placement? “I thought it would be cool to run it vertical because I don’t like doing things they way they are supposed to be done,” she says with a mischievous laugh. The most challenging part for Hall was figuring out how to cut the tiles for the arch. That’s when her mother's flair for home design came in handy. “We both like projects, so

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of marketing at Omaha’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, saw her first seven-foot-tall Santa at a Sam’s Club about eight years ago. Though husband Joe Jordan, managing editor of, may have simply decided to go with the flow at the beginning, their larger-than-life collection of Christmas memorabilia is now the center of a family tradition in their Papillion home. Three Santas and a Mrs. Claus later, Deborah is on the lookout year round for the next piece of holiday magic that will make her sit up and take notice. “I won’t take home just anything,” she says with a laugh. “I’m a Santa snob.” >>

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Omaha Home: at home Addie is every bit as into the festivity as Mom and Dad. She has her own tree to decorate in her room. “But Mom’s nuts,” she says with certainty.

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Omaha Home: at home feature << Deborah and Joe don’t quite know what they’ll add to their collection next. “I’ll know it when I see it,” Deborah says. “It’s got to have a certain sparkle, you know. It’s got to be larger than life.” Space isn’t a concern just yet. “We have room,” she says, though Joe might shake his head. It helps to have a spacious basement too. That’s where all the Santas live for the other 11 months out of the year. OmahaHome

It’s not all about the Santas. Traditional stockings hung by the fire with care are among the seasonal knick knacks that don’t chuckle ho ho ho.

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Omaha Home: room


Story by David Williams • Photos by Bill Sitzmann

Journey into the Arcane

N THIS ISSUE WE introduce a new

department simply called “Room,” an exploration of the most intriguing rooms in Omaha. The male half of this pair of doctor homeowners had since childhood been fascinated with the marvels of what is known as a wunderkammer (“wonder room”). The idea is that of a Renaissance-era cabinet of curiosities whose contents often defied description but generally dwelled in the arena of archeology, natural history, works of art, geology, ethnology, and relics of all kind. He began by commissioning a masterful carpenter to transform an otherwise bare room of his Elmwood Park home into this classic, Holmesian library. The rest of the story is best told in pictures during a journey into the realm of the esoteric and the arcane. OmahaHome

A Cabinet of Curiosities

2. Mogollon culture vessel circa 800 A.C.E.

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5. Fossilized mammoth tooth

The American Indian culture known as the Mogollon lived in the Southwest from approximately 150 B.C.E. until sometime between 1400 and 1450 B.C.E.

1. After Mantegna by Kent Bellows

The homeowner delivered the eulogy for the artist who died in 2005. This is one of several works inscribed to him by the artist.

Predating by a full three years its 1958 American release by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel was first issued in paperback by Olympia Press in Paris.

Excavated by the homeowner along Pony Creek near Pacific Junction, Iowa, the Bison antiquus is an extinct sub-species of the significantly smaller presentday bison. The mammoth weighed up to 10 tons and had tusks as much as 15 feet long. The beast went extinct over 11,000 years ago.






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NE/IA Chapter of ASID Project Awards 2013 N V I RON M E N TS, S PACE S, ROOMS...IT DOESN'T matter how

you refer to them, interior designers are an integral part of the very best examples. Professional designers conceptualize, coordinate, and execute their visions to create projects that are stunning, exciting, and functional. The NE/IA Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) recently submitted design projects to be judged by the ASID Florida South Chapter. These amazing projects are a sampling of the award-winning work produced in the past year by designers of the NE/IA Chapter of ASID. OmahaHome

Residential over 4,000 sq. ft. Lori M Krejci, AIA, Allied ASID Avant Architects 3337 N. 107th St., Omaha 402-981-4055 Family, friends, and food are at the core of this progressive home of a young family that enjoys modern art and entertaining. Photos by Tom Kessler

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Residential over 4,000 sq. ft. Lori M Krejci, AIA, Allied ASID Avant Architects 3337 N. 107th St., Omaha 402-981-4055 Mid-Century Modern provided inspiration. Ample builtin storage allows the owners to easily maintain a clean and uncluttered home.

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Residential under 2,500 sq. ft. Lisa B. McCoid, AIA, ASID D3 Interiors 3918 N. 138th St,. Omaha 402-502-7309 The objective of this project was to create a functioning man-cave for watching football games and entertaining. A glass transom creates a light and airy feeling in two spaces. No man-cave would be complete without a bar, so cabinetry was added to match the TV projection canopy. Photo by Tom Kessler

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Residential Singular Space Victoria Pierce, ASID Paul Daniels Interiors 4333 S 70th St., Lincoln 402-474-5015 Aesthetically pleasing in a timeless and sophisticated style. Sufficient storage and display from customdesigned furniture of clean lines and smooth surfaces, a combination of color, textures, and patterns provide a rich and elegant feeling to a room that is now functional and beautiful. Photo by Long-Shots Video Creations

Residential Singular Space Julie Odermatt, ASID Kayla McClure, Allied ASID D3 Interiors 3918 N. 138th St,. Omaha 402-502-7309 Designed to make the ranch home appealing to all ages. The juxtaposition of the creamy white and rich chocolate cabinetry inspired the use of neutral warm colors with pops of bright white. The layout of the space creates a room that could be used for entertaining and also day-to-day living. Photo by Tom Kessler

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Omaha Home: transformations Story by Lindi Janulewicz • Photos by Tom Kessler

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requires the skillful acquisition of only those belongings that fit and work well within the limited parameters of one’s unit…or the selection of a designer who can magically make a space as beautiful as it is functional. Lisa Cooper, Allied Member ASID and professional interior designer with Interiors Joan and Associates, was the point person for this stunning renovation. Starting with a H42 

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Downtown Omaha space that had a strong architectural shell, majestic scale, and soothing symmetry, she transformed it into an executive-style penthouse that capitalizes on the historic and authentic features of the Beebe+Runyan Building. Cooper’s vision for this unique home was to give the architectural elements, furnishings, and artwork the space to breathe, thereby highlighting the openness of the space and encouraging the appreciation of an overall >>

meet the designer Lisa Cooper, Allied Member ASID Interiors Joan and Associates

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do in defining a certain “roomness,” all while juxtaposing modern amenities against the historic elements of the building itself. The 3,000 square-foot penthouse features polished concrete floors, original wood beams extending from the floor to the 13-foot ceilings, walnut wood floors, original brick, and custom shutters. The professional kitchen area was designed with custom-made walnut cabinets featuring exotic wenge veneer accents as a backdrop to showcase such amenities as an espresso maker, oversized refrigerator, Miele appliances, professional range, and titanium granite countertops that were imported from Italy. The large island and barstool seating area

provides a perfect arrangement for entertaining and cocktail events. A custom-made wenge dining table with a travertine stone inset top sits below an overhead light fixture featuring rustic steel and Orleans glass, setting the perfectly elegant perch for diners to enjoy a panoramic view of the Missouri Riverfront far below. The modern, linear fireplace serves as a focal point for the space. Crafted of polished concrete cladding and surround with quartzite tiles laid individually by hand, the fireplace cleverly disguises a mechanical shaft while providing an ambient glow for both the dining and seating area. The office area was resourcefully

designed to do double duty as a guest room. Architectural Lighting Resources coordinated the penthouse’s lighting schematics, and the under-lit walnut flooring in the den is one example of their impeccable expertise. The space also features a pullout custom-made Murphy bed and built-in cabinetry, allowing additional room for storage of both clothes and office supplies. An adjacent bathroom boasts a hand-poured concrete ramped sink and floor-to-ceiling glass tile. The great room area and its media components serve as a perfect gathering space for relaxing or business presentations. Ever mindful of the desire to balance convenience and functionality, located close by is a wet bar

serving area featuring a nickel-hammered sink and cantilevered solid surface. The master bedroom features a masculine, rift red oak bed, handcrafted by local artisans, and a bird's-eye view of CenturyLink Center and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Walnut sliding doors allow the space to be open as needed and private only when required. A spa tub, honed basalt sinks, shellstone countertops, and floor-to-ceiling tile with ample linen storage make the master bathroom a serene retreat. In developing the master bath design, transoms were used to pierce the space with natural light. It also features a large walk-in closet with custommade shelving and racks with a conveniently

located, stackable washer and dryer. Finishing touches and thoughtful details give the penthouse’s industrial, masculine edge a touch of refinement. Highly polished barstools are upholstered in warm graphite. A camel-wrapped sectional with shearling black sheep pillows and a one-of-a-kind cocktail table from Mexico are just a few of the notable pieces in the project’s design. The finished product is an upscale condo unit that is truly beautiful yet eminently livable. Once a raw empty space, this penthouse has become a spectacular living area with intricate detailing in design, deluxe furnishings, and intelligent functional concepts. OmahaHome   november/december • 2013   H45

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pictured above? That’s the cover photo from our previous issue and now you have a chance to get an inside peek at this and two other magnificent homes on the Joslyn Castle Holiday Historic Home Tour. Tour the famous Storz Mansion, the elegant, sophisticated Gold Coast Barmettler House (pictured above), and the spectacular, historic Joslyn Castle, all decorated for the holidays. Enjoy special tastings at each home and a holiday gift boutique on the second and third floors of the Castle. The Joslyn Castle Historic Home Tour is Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $20. Purchase tickets for either event at or by calling 402-595-2199. Tour tickets will also be available at the door on the days of the tour. A special Tour and Boutique Preview Party will be Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Castle. Tickets for the Preview Party are $75 and include tour admission.


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Country Club Community Council Luminary Night



candlelight will warm even the chilliest of visitors on Dec. 8 as hundreds of luminaries line the streets of one of the city’s quaintest neighborhoods for one special night every holiday season. Organized by the Country Club Community Council, the annual luminary event renders a magical curbside tableau in the picturesque neighborhood known for its English Tudor brick homes and old-time globe street lamps. The Country Club neighborhood was featured in our November, 2012 issue. Pour a thermos of hot cocoa and pile the kids in the car for this nostalgic drive-by delight.

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