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Home Magazine - January/February 2024

Dec 22, 2023 12:14PM ● By Kim Carpenter
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Photo by Bill Sitzmann.

FROM THE EDITOR

Ah, the New Year! As we turn the page to 2024, so many of us are tempted to make resolutions. But let’s face it, whether it’s exercising more, losing weight, or quitting nefarious habits, most of us don’t make it very far with striving to create “a New Year, a New You.” 

I have a better idea. Instead of setting ourselves up for failure and the inevitable self-recrimination that follows, let’s instead take inspiration from the people around us and make our lives a little better, a little more beautiful. In these pages, you will find plenty from all over Omaha to inspire you. 

Gaby Woolman’s Hanscom Park “dopamine decor” is part of the latest design exhortation that involves surrounding yourself with items you love. In Gaby’s case, it’s mementos from her parents and colorful art that she herself has created to enliven and brighten her space. Art also prevails in Christina Narwicz’s South O residence, which she repurposed from a former bakery, to create one of the most creative living spaces you’ve ever glimpsed. Head west, and you’ll fall in love with Kurt and Bethanie Rames’ kitchen remodel, which incorporates souvenirs and motifs from the couple’s extensive travels. Also in this part of town lies Courtney Perkins’s elegantly calm residence. 

You can also take inspiration from Michelle Horst’s ongoing “Thyme & Theory” project and James Patrick Sechser, who is doing a major part in helping historic metro homes retain their character. And if you have a chill this time of year, learn about how to make sure your fireplace is as energy efficient as possible.

No matter your decor style, you’re certain to spy something that will inspire you to switch up your interior for the New Year. Make a little pact to do something to your living space that brings you joy. Add a little dopamine decor of your own. 

That’s a New Year’s resolution that will be easy to keep for “a new you,” and it’s one that 12 months from now, you’ll still be enjoying as you make way for holiday decorations. 

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