From the Ground Up
Aug 07, 2015 03:52PM
By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman
"You know what I like.” The expression repeatedly danced off the tongue of our client throughout the months of planning and preparing that went into building her family’s new home in west Omaha. Good thing…a tried-and-true, trusting relationship between client and designer is critical to the success of any design project. After helping this couple with a few previous homes, designer Nancy Pesavento, ASID, owner of Interiors Joan and Associates, did indeed know just what they liked.
Working with Advanced Design & Construction (ADC), Pesavento guided her clients as they navigated the transition from a woodsy, earth toned, deeply traditional home to a new, more contemporary residence. Crisp and clean, the new home perfectly answers the client’s request for a sleek, upscale design; a home that allows them to function day in and day out; and provides comfortable, convenient living spaces.
The home’s entry is defined by an exquisite chandelier, resembling a modern flurry of iron, whirled together, setting the tone for the home’s whole design concept. A linear iron rail and custom front doors complete the space. The focal wall in the great room, featuring a horizontal fireplace encased in natural travertine stone and flanked by natural walnut shelving, anchors the entire main living space. Perfectly accessorized, the shelves embody the home’s “less is more” attractiveness. One’s hands can’t help but to gravitate to the sumptuous fabrics that upholster the sofas, chairs, and pillows in the great room. Soft velvets, leathers, and natural textures in shades of pumice, white, charcoal gray, cerulean blue, and citron compose the home’s sophisticated color palette.
An open floor plan exposes the kitchen and dining space to the main living area in the home; and the selection of natural walnut wood with horizontal grain detailing and glass display niches creates elegant cabinetry meant to be an artistic display case. The design left no detail unattended…two colors of quartz visually separate the preparation and dining spaces of the kitchen island while allowing the surface to remain on one plane. A chrome plate under the countertop, linear hardware, sparkling pendant lights, and an architectural backsplash reinforce the home’s sleek appearance. Glass paneled pocket doors slide open to reveal a large room adjacent to the kitchen and dining area. This flex space, outfitted to function as an office, a space with extra seating, and as an entertainment hub with a bar, has proven to be invaluable to the homeowner.
Notable details like a sizable pantry disguised as part of the kitchen’s cabinetry, granite and quartz countertops that push the proverbial envelope with their thickness and shape, an elevator that will allow the homeowners to continue to enjoy both levels of the home as they age, and a myriad of materials and finishes all tie together exquisitely to give the home a cohesive, organic look.
New construction allows a design team to plan an entire home to perfectly fit and accommodate a client’s lifestyle. Not working around existing structures or components that don’t gel with new objectives makes for easier construction and evolution. When this client left an old home and metamorphosed it into a new contemporary residence, the transition was seamless…guided by a trusted friend and professional.