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ASID Feature September 2022: Italian Inspiration

Aug 29, 2022 03:45PM ● By Bob Patton
home bar with grey textured tile walls

Photo by Tom Kessler

The main goal of this family home renovation was to replace the heavy, traditional interior design aesthetic with a fresh, architecturally sophisticated look. The homeowners also wanted to achieve better sight lines indoors and more open views of the serene nature and pool environments outdoors. 

Photo by Tom Kessler

A stunning vintage wall print­—created in 1920 by Italian Leonetto Cappiello titled “Parapluie Revel”—from the client’s collection served as inspiration for the kitchen redesign. Standout features include gleaming quartz countertops and a linear chandelier, machined from solid brass and polished to a unique patina, with lead crystal shades.  

Photo by Tom Kessler

   A large fireplace with porcelain tile installed in a chevron pattern sits center stage in the home’s media room. More handcrafted, solid-brass light fixtures with custom linen shades lend ambiance. Neutral furniture that serves both form and function, offering comfort with a beautiful contemporary look, completes the cozy gathering space.

Photo by Tom Kessler

The remodeled powder bath features a custom-designed vanity wall fashioned of honed natural Calcutta Gold marble. The marble is cut horizontally, providing dimension and visual interest. Black textural wall coverings add more elegance and drama.

Photo by  Tom Kessler

The home also features a cigar lounge, where homeowners can enjoy a smoke and sip fine whiskey while entertaining friends. Walls lined with charcoal-colored brick lend a textural quality and moody feel to the retreat.

The transformation in this home redesign was both dramatic and effective. We successfully created a functional yet timeless design for their family to enjoy for years to come.  

Designers Nancy Pesavento and Lisa Cooper of Interiors Joan and Associates were recognized at the 2021 Nebraska/Iowa Chapter ASID Awards with a Gold award for their work on this project.

Meet the Designers


 Nancy Pesavento


Interiors Joan and Associates

Pesavento is an innovative designer who creates environments with a fresh perspective. She earned her BA in Interior Design from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign and is a professional member of ASID with NCIDQ certification. She has 40+ years of experience in high-end residential and commercial interiors and 18 years as principal of Interiors Joan and Associates. She has also received the BALA (Best in American Living Award) and the ASID Design Impact Award. 

 Lisa Cooper

Allied Member ASID
Interiors Joan and Associates

Cooper earned a BA in Interior Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and began her design career in Omaha in 1993. She believes that architecture is imperative to good design, and beautiful and functional design impacts everyday life. In her 30-year career, she has received the BALA (Best in American Living Award, 2010) and several ASID awards, including Best in Show in 2014 and 2020. She is an Allied Member of ASID and actively involved in the LLS, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

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

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