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ASID Award Feature: Lovely in Loveland

Apr 26, 2023 04:31PM ● By Allison Weatherly, designer, The Modern Hive

Photo by Mandy McGregor.

Our clients purchased this Westside ranch house, built in 1953 in the Loveland neighborhood, for their young, growing family. As designers, we were tasked with injecting the homeowners’ personal style into the interior decor, bringing visual interest into each space, and improving overall functionality. 

 We began by removing the early 2000s interior design elements. The yellowish-beige tile surround on the fireplace, traditional light fixtures and oak cabinetry, arched display niches on the walls, and old carpet all needed to go.

We chose a natural yet modern aesthetic for the re-design using a monochromatic base, organic materials, subtle geometric patterns, and a pop of color. We also worked to take full advantage of the plentiful natural light this house had to offer, and incorporate comfort and durability in furniture and finishes.  

 Working with the existing floor plan offered our design team a few challenges. To gain more space in the dining room, we removed two bulky, built-in cabinetry pieces, as the client did not need that much dish storage. Once these were removed, we found an old air vent that had been hidden by upper cabinets. We also learned we’d have to replace the flooring, as it was placed after the cabinetry, and piecing holes left behind wasn’t an option.

An accent wall with wallpaper had been planned for the vent wall, so we chose a minimalist, flat Aria vent to provide as seamless a look as possible. We also selected new carpet for the dining room and living room that coordinated well with the new furnishings. 

Our team also created a more functional living room. We eliminated the living room wall niche and added electrical outlets above the fireplace to accommodate a TV. We then added a fireplace   mantel and a geometric tile fireplace surround  to offset the big TV above. We also added custom drawers, shelving, and sconces to create a functional nook where the TV had been located. The family is now able to display family photos and has greater storage for their growing needs.

We used many custom and durable materials in this project, which was a priority to our clients because of their dogs and baby. We installed a vinyl grasscloth wallpaper for extra texture and a natural look for the new nook and fireplace area. The vinyl can be cleaned with soap and water. 

 We also chose performance fabrics, such as Crypton and vinyl fabric that resembles leather but is easier to maintain. And we used durable paint, selected a rug made out of material that is safe for outdoor use, and went with quality metal and wood accents that are wipeable. The carpet chosen is also more resistant to wear and has a backing that prevents liquids from seeping through. 

Even while choosing practical furnishings and materials, we accomplished a custom look for our clients’ home with wallpaper accent walls, embroidered and custom drapery, textured and uniquely shaped furniture pieces, and other small details.

When we started this project, this husband and wife—both Omaha-based doctors—were expecting their first baby. Their little boy was born before the project was completed, and they’ve since grown to a family of four. Their modern, functional home is sure to serve them in style for many years to come. 

Designer Allison Weatherly with The Modern Hive was recognized with a Gold Award for this project at the 2022 Nebraska/Iowa Chapter ASID Awards held last September. The project also won Weatherly the Emerging Professional Award. 

This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of Omaha Home magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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