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ASID September Feature: Elegant and Elevated

Aug 27, 2021 04:04PM ● By Karie Boggs and Diane Gernstein
large fireplace in contemporary living room

Photo by Tom Kessler    

This home on the outskirts of metro Omaha is situated on a hill, giving it a view of the vast wooded areas below. We delivered a design concept that accentuated their incredible view and gave them a finished product that was both visually exciting and inviting.  

Photo by Tom Kessler

A custom console in the entry, constructed of a live-edge wood plank dyed tourmaline blue with hammered metal framing, serves as the pièce de résistance and the inspiration for the home’s color palette. Warm earthy browns, light neutrals, mineral blue, and touches of gray combine to complete the color scheme. 

Photo by Tom Kessler    

 A collection of well-thought-out design elements cause the eye to travel the entire space, entranced. The fireplace’s asymmetrical shape is comprised of four textural materials, including stone, tile, and natural grass cloth.     Sliding barn-door cabinetry in the kitchen plays well with contemporary barstools, giving the space a minimalistic, modern look. Even the lighting serves as art in this home–each funky fixture a unique conversation piece.

Our greatest challenge was creating a design that satisfied both our clients. Each homeowner had different experiences and preferences we had to tie together to make the interior cohesive and appealing. The fireplace aesthetic, the Alderwood insets in the ceiling, honed granites, and myriad materials that we incorporated into the home’s design add different textures and layers that help create an environment that’s comfortable and familiar, yet anything but mundane.  

Karie Boggs and Diane Gernstein with Interiors Joan & Associates were recognized with a Gold award for this project at the 2020 Nebraska/Iowa Chapter ASID Awards last fall. 


Karie Boggs

My career began with two years in graphic design before joining Interiors Joan and Associates in 1996. Since then, I have immersed myself in diverse residential and commercial design projects, and worked with the Omaha ASID Designer Showhouse, Omaha Street of Dreams, and Lincoln Symphony Showhouse events. My design tip: Create an overall look and feel, without a single piece drawing your attention away from the whole.


Diane Gernstein

I’m a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and was a partner with Interiors Joan and Associates from 2000-2018. I have more than 30 years of experience in the industry, and have been involved with the Omaha Street of Dreams and the Omaha Symphony Showhouse events. My best design tip: Make the space personal. Incorporate family heirlooms, personal treasures, and things that help to keep your individuality shining through.

This article originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of Omaha Home Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

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