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Little Steps

October 24, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Blair Hagmann wanted to help redecorate the house. One chubby hand snatched the cream-colored privacy curtain near the front door. This blue-eyed and blonde-haired beauty missed the first few times, stumbled, but didn’t give up. She grasped the cloth in one tight fist—and pulled. It tumbled down.

Mission accomplished.

Blair, who just turned 1, has done this before. Her mother, Kristin, laughs and lifts her daughter into her arms. The Hagmann’s ranch-style house is ideal for little ones just learning to walk.

“We are lucky. We only needed one baby gate,” Kristin explains.

A house wasn’t really on the agenda after the former Kristin Stensland married Nick Hagmann, but a four-bedroom and three-bath residence in Elkhorn caught their attention.

“I fell in love when we walked through it,” Nick recalls.

The Hagmanns saw potential in the brick and light tan house, built in 2006. Yet Kristin felt the dark-green walls upstairs and the baby-blue basement just did not feel like home. The drab decorations didn’t embrace a comfortable and cozy feeling. Five months later, enter interior designer Lindsey Anderson.

The family is not into impulse shopping. 

“My husband is a perfectionist. We do things right the first time,” Kristin explains.

Nick knows he is in trouble when his wife finds an item because she waits until it is just the right fit. The couple saves money this way, but it also makes them appreciate each scrutinized purchase. 

Anderson was a compatible match as well. Nick originally opted for a travel theme, but his wife had other ideas. She wanted unique and individualized items. Anderson helped the couple find eye-catching lamps, end tables, and furniture.

Storage space is ample and necessary, especially with a child exploring every nook and cranny. A smooth wooden trunk at the base of the sofa is filled with fluffy blankets and baby books. A flat screen television sits on a black hutch, which hides electronics, more books, and remotes. A gas fireplace warms the space on chilly days. It is ideal for these two homebodies who like to relax after a long work week and watch Friday night movies with pizza or snuggle while watching The Real Housewives on Bravo.

“We make use of the space,” Kristin says.

Empty space in the glass-paneled cabinets in the kitchen were replaced with bright white decorative glassware. A snowy runner brings out the dark wood of the dining room table, along with a cotton bouquet and candles. The kitchen island countertop is a mixture of blacks, golds, and grays. Blair’s high chair is hooked on. She isn’t a fan…yet.

Kristin added weaved storage baskets with a pillow proclaiming “Home” in the front entryway. The walls in the living room, kitchen, and basement were painted a light beige. Each room is understated and utilized.

Kristin, 37, and Nick, 39, planned ahead for a possible family addition. The guest bedroom walls were coated a neutral light blue. Once Blair came into the picture, it was transformed into a nursery. Two small, lime green chairs are hand-painted with pink roses. A wide mirror provides needed depth. The chairs and mirror were created by Robin’s Nest in Springfield. Kristin’s great-great-grandmother’s rocker was reupholstered in Sioux City with a navy and white checkered cushion.

Originally, the big basement was meant to be a man-cave for Nick. The couple decided on a pool table and a floating bar, but it was never ordered. The couple is currently thinking of the space as a play area for Blair, with possibilities of a toy chest and cabinets in the room. 

“She will probably want to move down here as a teenager,” Kristin jokes.

Right now, it is the “mother-in-law suite.” The grandparents can relax in the guest bedroom. The bed is an antique from a relative, as is the distressed dresser. The bathroom and kitchen gives guests moments of privacy.

The basement still has hints of a man-cave, with a bar area that includes modern wooden stools. Nick saw the same stools at Blatt Beer and Table and searched the internet to find them.

They can also drink beers with friends while watching Husker football on the 75-inch television. The soft tan, L-shaped sofa sinks in luxurious comfort. A yellow throw and purple checkered pillows add just the right pop of color.

The three, though, still spend most of their time upstairs—cooking, hanging out, or grilling outside. The deck overlooks a small wooded area and a creek. A fence might be the next addition since Blair is getting older. Adding improvements a little at a time to the house helps the pocketbook and makes every choice meaningful.

“It just feels complete,” Nick says. “Like it’s our home.”

This article published in the 2017 September/October edition of OmahaHome.

All in the Family

June 26, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

If you’ve hung out at The Lounge, a sophisticated eatery at the Magnolia Hotel, or sampled the fare at the newly-renovated Jams, you’ve experienced the unique design stylings of Anderson Interiors, an Omaha mother-daughter design duo.

Lindsey Anderson has been helping her mother, Lori Anderson, with design since she was 4 years old when she would tag along to the Designer Showhouse project. “When she went off to college and decided to go into interior design, it was not a surprise to anyone,” Lori says.

“I had always worked with her, so it just fell into place,” Lindsey adds.

The two are enmeshed in their working relationship and both hold degrees in interior design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“Being a mother-daughter team, we don’t have much of a filter on expressing our likes and dislikes,” Lori says.

“Sometimes my taste will be exactly the opposite of my mother’s,” Lindsey says, but they don’t let opposing views hinder their creativity. “We’re both always asking each other’s opinion,” Lori says.

It is this effortless exchange of ideas that allows them to design spaces that they describe as “timeless, not trendy.”

“On a daily basis, we are constantly bouncing ideas off each other,” Lori says.

Because they work in so many genres, it is hard to pinpoint one signature style that could encompass their body of work. They currently have at least 20 different design projects on their plate. “Regardless of whatever style a client might be after, we can hit any look,” Lindsey asserts.

When meeting with a client about a new project, Lori says that determining how a potential space will be used is the first piece of information she seeks.

“The function is probably the first conversation we have…how the space will be used in a residential situation by the family. If it’s a hospitality situation, what are the goals for the business?”

“It’s a process of getting to know each other,” Lindsey says.

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Lindsey explains that gathering images of ideas the client desires is crucial in their research. “One person’s idea of modern might not be my idea of modern, so it helps to see pictures of what ‘modern’ means to them or what ‘traditional’ means to them.”

Lindsey’s extensive research on every project and knack for hunting down new trends online or out and about has served as a revitalizing boost to a business that has developed a burgeoning client base for residential, commercial, and hospitality design for more than 25 years.

“We snap pictures a lot when we’re traveling and bring it back to our clients,” Lindsey says.

“Lindsey has found a lot of things that I never would have even thought of or found until she brought them to us,” Lori says.

The two keep a library of ideas on hand that they gather while they are out absorbing the world through travel. They love getting away from their Rockbrook Village studio to scout for ideas. “We enjoy traveling the globe, exploring cities, towns, and cultures,” Lori says.

Their sweet spot for rest and relaxation is Southern California’s Del Mar, where they enjoy the sand, sun, and strolling local art markets.

“Our creative inspiration comes from everything around us. It may be something we see on a walk, or a detail on a historic building, or a specific weave in a textile on a fashion runway,” Lori says.

Completing a project is a rewarding moment. “My favorite part of the process is the end result when I see people using the space, enjoying the space and being comfortable in the space,” Lindsey says.

Their attention to detail creates a fierce customer loyalty.

“Our clients become clients for years and years and years,” Lori explains. “I’ve had clients that I’ve done the home they live in and they’re getting to be in their 50s and 60s. You watch their kids grow up, and they starting to think about downsizing. I end up doing their second house or condo too.”

“We make a bond with the family,” Lindsey adds.

Many times their clients will repeatedly call upon the expertise of the Andersons to spruce up their living spaces. “We might not hear from them for a year, but the process never really ends,” Lindsey says.

“It seems that you’re always adding to a space, or then they decide to do an addition onto the house or they decide to finish another room,” Lori says.

The duo have formed a solid partnership that no doubt learns lessons along the way while also strengthening the special bond only a mother and daughter can have. “Working together is not effortless, but we are both creative, hard-working, and love what we do, Lori says. “We are very fortunate to have that.” AndersonInteriors2

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Design Challenge

January 7, 2014 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Omaha Home found Brenna Maldonado rummaging through A&R Salvage and Recycling; the dusty, floor-to-ceiling treasure trove of everything you could possibly want or need in terms of salvaged…well, floors and ceilings, and everything in between.

But would the Union Pacific train dispatcher stand a chance in a design challenge when pitted against such seasoned pros as Omaha Home contributing editor Sandy Besch-Matson and the design mavens of Anderson Interiors—Lori Anderson, daughter Lindsey Anderson, and Erin Jerabek?

But Maldonado has an ace up her sleeve. She studied interior design in college, and her home is filled with creative and budget-friendly trash-to-treasure projects.

Let’s see what happens with a $150 spending limit at A&R Salvage in a no-holds barred design throw-down…

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Sandy Besch-Matson’s Vanity

Materials List

  • Old dresser or similar piece of choice
  • Vintage tin ceiling tiles
  • Vestal sink knobs, 
(get fun with this item)
  • Decorative tacks or nails of choice
  • Paint and glaze 
(1 part paint/1 part glaze)

Construction Time: Five hours

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“I love mixing the old and the new, especially with lots of texture. In my mind I was thinking of something that could be used as a multipurpose piece just about anywhere in my house. Pictured here it serves as a vanity, but that could all change very easily. Next week it could be behind my sofa with a lamp!” Sandy Besch-Matson

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Anderson Interiors’ Console Table

Materials List

  • Reclaimed wood planks
  • Metal drawer pulls
  • Legs from an old sewing machine
  • Cast iron grate steam radiator cover

Construction Time: Four hours

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“Each item used in this table came from very different beginnings. We reclaimed and repurposed the materials to create an interesting console table that could adapt to many styles.” Lori Anderson

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Brenna Maldonado’s Hinged-Door Media Center

Materials List

  • Wooden lockers
  • Steel pallet for backing support
  • Locking casters

Construction Time: Four hours

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“I wanted to keep the paint because I really love the patina, so all I did was lightly sand the lockers and then went over them with a mix of ebony and dark walnut stains. I am forever rearranging my home and the wheels make this a very mobile piece. They also elevate it so it is less boxy and give it a bit of contemporary flair.” 
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