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For the Love of Comfort: New Home Abounds in Casual Beauty, Custom Features

Oct 27, 2020 08:22AM ● By Nancy Pesavento
gray and white kitchen, marble-topped island

Photography by Tom Kessler

Building a new home is a full-time job. There are thousands of decisions to be made and millions of selections to choose from. When the client—busy professionals with two children and pets—approached Interiors Joan and Associates about teaming with them to create their dream home, we knew we could help. 

 Nancy Pesavento, a professional interior designer with Interiors Joan and Associates, and the home builder, Curt Hofer and Associates, partnered to design and construct a home that would function for the lifestyle of our busy client while still maintaining a gorgeous aesthetic. The client also wanted to take full advantage of the gorgeous lot they had chosen for their home, with large windows and a view-centric design. While they loved open spaces, the homeowners also wanted to create a feeling of coziness in the space.

Pesavento achieved their vision using myriad beautiful natural materials. Every selection was made for its neutral coloring, low maintenance, and casual appeal. The most unique features of the home are some of the incredible design elements, including wood beams with metal trusses, custom cabinet designs, and thoughtful space planning.

Upon entering the home, the grand view is framed with large windows, and the pristine great room is outfitted with two identical sofas upholstered in a stone-colored textural fabric. Also on the main floor is the primary suite, including a bedroom, bathroom, and study, in a secluded wing all by itself. 

Opposite the great room is an incredible kitchen with a custom range hood and slab quartzite countertops and backsplash. The crisp white cabinetry is anchored by a soft seal gray-colored tile floor—a selection that provides carefree maintenance as opposed to a hardwood floor. The butler’s pantry and staging area directly behind the kitchen allow the home to function nicely for every day as well as for entertaining.  

 The lower level features a well-appointed sunken bar area, a gaming area, and a large-screen TV adjacent to the custom-designed natural stone fireplace. Thoughtful details, such as the built-in dog kennels and a “bunker room” that was designed specifically for entertaining off of the pool deck, give the home a personalized feel.

A natural color palette of charcoals, seal gray, soft whites, and cashmere—accented with pops of citron—set the tone for the home’s casual yet sophisticated aesthetic. A large-scale porcelain tile flooring, walnut cabinets, and rift oak accents create a cozy environment. The massive lighting fixtures in the great room were custom-made from forged iron, and their large scale help balance the architectural beams. The home utilizes chrome plumbing fixtures, granite sinks, and porcelain tiles to create an incredible textural backdrop for the furnishings.

Upon completion of the project, the homeowners were most pleased with the way the kitchen functions for their busy lifestyle. They love the comfort of the living spaces, especially the way the lower level functions as a casual gathering space for family and friends. 

“I trust you,” our client would say during design meetings. That trusting relationship and the continuity of the team of designer, builder, and client working together was a huge factor in the success of this project. The home’s casual beauty and natural appeal are collectively our client’s vision come to life. 

Meet the Interior Designer
Nancy Pesavento, ASID
Interiors Joan and Associates

Nancy Pesavento, ASID, was inspired by an interior designer family member at a young age. Nancy’s ability to impact lives with her creativity has always been a driving force in her career. She is a partner in Interiors Joan and Associates and has been associated with the organization for over 30 years. She has a B.S. in interior design from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is NCIDQ certified, and has been a recipient of numerous ASID awards for design. She served on the board of the Nebraska/Iowa Chapter of ASID and has been recognized nationally with the receipt of the BALA Award from the National Homebuilders Association. “Preparation, communication, and attention to details are always my focus.” Pesavento said.

This article was printed in the November/December 2020 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.