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ASID Feature March/April 2022: Summer Home Refresh

Mar 01, 2022 10:01AM ● By Carolyn Kotowski
living room over island with long metal lights

Photo by Tom Kessler

The goal of this renovation project was to transform our clients’ dated home into a contemporary, welcoming space they would look forward to spending time in during their summer months in Omaha. Our design solution created an inviting, bright, and timeless space to enjoy with family and friends.  

Photo by Tom Kessler


  The old paint colors in the kitchen, dining, and main living spaces were dark and muddy, which accentuated the yellow and gold tones in the tile floor. Fresh, light paint makes the space feel much more open, while new hardwood flooring adds warmth and contrast to anchor this modern color palette. We continued the new color scheme into the private spaces of the home, creating a cohesive aesthetic and a sense of expansiveness in the home overall.  

Photo by Tom Kessler


  The most significant design challenge we faced was remodeling the kitchen and primary bathroom using the current “bones” and layout, while creating something that felt completely new. Our solution in the kitchen was to keep the existing cabinet boxes in place (with one modification to include the double wall oven and a deeper island) and replace the cabinet doors with a new, updated style. We also installed a new custom range hood for a modern touch. In the primary bath, we removed the corner tub to recapture that square footage. We kept the existing plumbing and vanity location, but installed a new, expansive vanity with great storage in the now-larger space. Again, cabinet doors were updated, and a bright, clean color palette completely transformed this space. 

Photo by Tom Kessler


The combination of these relatively simple updates was very impactful, and our clients were pleased beyond measure. 

Photo by Tom Kessler


Designer Carolyn Kotowski of jh Interior Design Studio was recognized with a Silver award for this project at the 2021 ASID Nebraska/Iowa Chapter Awards, held last September.

Meet the Interior Designer

Carolyn Kotowski

Allied ASID, 

jh Interior Design Studio

Born and raised on the East Coast, Kotowski attended The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University and earned a BFA in interior design. She worked in Boston for four years, focusing on high-end residential design, before relocating to Omaha in fall 2018. She joined jh Interior Design Studio in September 2019, bringing her coastal design influence to the team. Outside of work, you can often find Kotowski cooking and spending time with her two (very large) dogs.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of Omaha Home. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

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