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Home Sweet Home...Finally!

Feb 08, 2017 03:02PM ● By Tara Spencer
As a military family, they had traveled all around the world for many years. When they eventually landed in southwestern Omaha, they were ready to settle down and make the city their final destination.

Tackling the redesign of their home came with a few rules of engagement: They had an eclectic collection of beautiful antiques from Europe that had to be incorporated into their home. They wanted the entire main floor to be renovated with a fresh new feel. They wanted the home pulled out of the 1990s with a fresh, current color palette and a lighter brighter feel.

All this had to be achieved on a tight budget.

We started in the kitchen by replacing the microwave over the oven with a beautiful custom wood hood. We also replaced the awkward nonfunctional desk with a custom drop zone to accommodate mail, phone chargers, and display space. We added a soft putty color on all the cabinetry to contrast the rich, dark stain on the hood and island. Clean lines of subway tile and a colorful slab of quartz on the island came together with striking new light fixtures to finish off the kitchen.

All the walls, ceilings, and trim were repainted. The walls were painted a soft grayish-taupe to allow the rooms to flow nicely and not compete with the well-traveled pieces throughout the space. There was no sign of the dated golden oak left in the décor. All the casing and doors were painted creamy white. All wood floors were sanded and stained in a medium rich brown tone. The dark stained wood on the kitchen island and hood were carried into the family room bookcases. The pink brick on the fireplace was faux painted to add deep charcoals and creams to the tired fireplace brick. Luxurious new carpet, decorative screen shades, and new furniture in neutral colors finished off the inviting family room. That same dark stain was carried into the entryway to create a dramatic contrast with the creamy white balusters.

The carpet in the dining room was replaced with beautiful hardwood floors. The walls were painted a deep blue accent color that is sprinkled throughout the other rooms as well. All lighting on the main floor was replaced with dramatic statement-piece light fixtures.

The stunning entry light fixture is one of the homeowner’s favorites.

The living room went from a drab, dark room to a comfortable place to hang out with soft green walls and crisp cream trim. The entire home now flows and functions for this family.

They finally have a peaceful, comfortable place to escape from a hectic world. Mission accomplished. I felt privileged to help them with their renovation, giving this military family a well-deserved dream home.

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This article was printed in the January/February 2018 edition of Omaha Home.