Tag Archives: Marian Holden

Home Opener

April 27, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

I have written frequently about growing up in small-town Iowa. My father farmed for 30 years, and his parents farmed. I have always felt the nostalgia of this lifestyle, and I knew a rural setting was exactly what I wanted to show my early spring project.

Driving the highway outside of Papillion, I often went past this beautiful farm, now up for sale, which has lots of rustic charm. Sadly, many of these old earthy buildings are falling into disrepair, but they always have their own story. This one was no exception.

I stepped out of the car and walked along the gravel driveway, past what resembled overgrown peonies and lilac bushes, toward a massive 100-year-old barn. Hints of white paint still remained in spots. The barn had the sort of time-worn character that is impossible to recreate.

Hal Timm, I came to learn, is the great-grandson of the original owners. His great-grandmother purchased this farm in 1912 with the intent to expand the family homestead and keep the adult children close by. With his blessing, we shot my May/June DIY project here.

As Mr. Timm was packing some of the final belongings from the house, we were finishing up the photos. He thanked me for coming and said that he imagined his grandfather and grandmother may have danced on the farm as newlyweds when it became theirs in the early 1900s. He also stated that seeing our photo shoot seemed like an appropriate bookend for the era—he said it made him smile watching us.

Speaking of legacies, this issue features Chiodo Palace near 25th and Leavenworth streets, built in 1922 by Vincenzo Pietro Chiodo. Current homeowners Barry Burt and Michael Heaton have worked diligently to preserve the legacy of this unique, storied home.

But if your taste happens to be the look and feel of sunny California, take a peek at Marian Holden’s Transformations. This local ASID interior designer used a palette of soft sand colors and soothing blues and greens in this stunning makeover. The McCreas wanted to bring a bit of Palm Springs to the Midwest.

I hope you enjoy the issue!

Sandy Matson is the contributing editor for Omaha Home.

Home Sweet Home…Finally!

February 8, 2017 by
Photography by Paul Piskorski

As a military family, they had traveled all around the world for many years. When they eventually landed in southwestern Omaha, they were ready to settle down and make the city their final destination.

Tackling the redesign of their home came with a few rules of engagement: They had an eclectic collection of beautiful antiques from Europe that had to be incorporated into their home. They wanted the entire main floor to be renovated with a fresh new feel. They wanted the home pulled out of the 1990s with a fresh, current color palette and a lighter brighter feel.

All this had to be achieved on a tight budget.

We started in the kitchen by replacing the microwave over the oven with a beautiful custom wood hood.
We also replaced the awkward nonfunctional desk with a custom drop zone to accommodate mail, phone chargers, and display space. We added a soft putty color on all the cabinetry to contrast the rich, dark stain on the hood and island. Clean lines of subway tile and a colorful slab of quartz on the island came together with striking new light fixtures to finish off the kitchen.

All the walls, ceilings, and trim were repainted. The walls were painted a soft grayish-taupe to allow the rooms to flow nicely and not compete with the well-traveled pieces throughout the space. There was no sign of the dated golden oak left in the décor. All the casing and doors were painted creamy white. All wood floors were sanded and stained in a medium rich brown tone. The dark stained wood on the kitchen island and hood were carried into the family room bookcases. The pink brick on the fireplace was faux painted to add deep charcoals and creams to the tired fireplace brick. Luxurious new carpet, decorative screen shades, and new furniture in neutral colors finished off the inviting family room. That same dark stain was carried into the entryway to create a dramatic contrast with the creamy white balusters.

The carpet in the dining room was replaced with beautiful hardwood floors. The walls were painted a deep blue accent color that is sprinkled throughout the other rooms as well. All lighting on the main floor was replaced with dramatic statement-piece light fixtures.

The stunning entry light fixture is one of the homeowner’s favorites.

The living room went from a drab, dark room to a comfortable place to hang out with soft green walls and crisp cream trim. The entire home now flows and functions for this family.

They finally have a peaceful, comfortable place to escape from a hectic world. Mission accomplished. I felt privileged to help them with their renovation, giving this military family a well-deserved dream home.

Visit designerstouchomaha.com to see more of the designer’s work. 

Transformations is a regular feature of Omaha Home that spotlights a recent project by a local ASID interior designer. 

This article was printed in the January/February 2018 edition of Omaha Home.

 

 

 

 

Gold Standard

October 15, 2016 by

The Nebraska/Iowa chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ mission is to communicate the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience as it relates to designed spaces. With that in mind, every year ASID hosts an event called “impactFULL” where ASID interior design members are given the opportunity to submit their best projects of the year.

A panel of judges carefully assesses each project and considers how effectively the interior designer accomplished the goals in categories such as aesthetics, functionality, space planning, and sustainability.

Interior designers are awarded gold, silver, or bronze designations in both residential and commercial categories.

— Courtney Otte, communications director of the Nebraska-Iowa chapter of ASID

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impactFULL Winner
Stacie Muhle, Allied ASID | Artistico
Thomas Grady Photography

Bespoken finishes infuse rustic charm into the modern basement, forming the perfect union of domestic utility and alluring elegance. A presentation of sentimental objects stands in harmonious contrast with time-worn salvaged materials and the interplay of light and shadow.

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Gwen Ahrens, ASID | Interior Design Firm
Photography by Gwen Ahrens

A remodeled open main floor is now connected to the backyard through the kitchen and a convertible sun room. Adequate circulation space and custom finishes allow daily functions and entertaining to be performed with ease. Most importantly, a master bedroom addition gives the homeowners the ability to age in place.

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Jerome Bergmeier, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

Inspired by their travels to the Palm Springs area, a love of the artist Shag, and a desire to simply have a house that would make the homeowner happy when she walked inside, this major renovation achieved a clean, fresh, midcentury modern look and emulated the feeling that a Shag painting evokes—a Palm Springs ambience.

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Jenny Colson, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

A collection of warm tones was selected for the upholstery fabrics and carpet, while the wall color and accent colors trend toward cool and contemporary. A mixture of putty, stone, charcoal, thundercloud, seal gray, slate, and citron perfectly answers the challenge.

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Marian Holden, ASID | Designer’s Touch
Photography by Amoura Productions

This design reflects the homeowner’s clean, classic, taste with a contemporary twist. Soft, gray neutral tones were used to contrast with the dark, rich wood floors. Deeper color was strategically placed to accentuate architecture. Bright white cabinets and trim create a crisp contrast, and natural stone finishes add texture.

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Lisa McCoid, ASID | Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors
Photography by Amoura Productions

This design brings in bursts of color through the furniture, artwork, accessories, and the use of textured wall coverings. The bright red sofas and lime green accents provide a major focal point. Contrasting darker gray trim and doors added a clean, crisp look; using taupe and gray for the main walls brings in warmth.

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Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID | Michele Hybner, Allied ASID | Falcone Hybner Design
Photography by Amoura Productions

This new construction home features edgy curb appeal. Some of the design features include rustic wood ceiling beams, original cable railing design, rift oak cabinetry, large scale concrete gray porcelain floor tile, and open shelving on a reclaimed Old Chicago style brick wall.

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Julie Odermatt, ASID | Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | Rachel Costello, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

The Street of Dreams design needed to appeal to a wide audience. The design features a mix of light and dark tones. Highlights include a large island with a waterfall edge, a linear fireplace surrounded by oversized tile, and a linear floor drain in the master shower. Great design gave continuity to the space.

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Kristine Patton, ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by  Tom Kessler Photography

The project mandated attention to detail, requiring a renovation that would incorporate modern amenities while still involving every architectural and design detail from yesteryear. A thoughtful use of appropriate hardware, leaded glass, and glazing keeps the historic look alive and allows the addition to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home.

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Beth Settles, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography courtesy of Virgin Islands Property and 
Yacht Magazine

The goal was to create a Balinese-styled high end vacation home. The design incorporates colors and fabrics that evoke a resort feel. An oceanic color palette, access to the pool and the ocean, and seamless outdoor eating and lounging areas create a tropical paradise.

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Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors
Photography by Amoura Productions

This kitchen design achieves a modern clean look without becoming stark and cold. The white perimeter cabinets brighten the space while the dark gray island becomes the focal point in the center of the room. A glass tile backsplash, colorful art, accessories, and textures were added to keep the space fun and vibrant.

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Colby Washburn, ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

The design of this new construction home incorporated a multitude of stain and paint finishes, as well as combinations of textures, patterns, and colors to create an environment that would appear acquired and approachable. Intricate detailing in every space was incorporated to achieve a high-end custom home style.

Omaha Magazine also wishes to congratulate the following ASID winners:

Silver:

Stacie Muhle, Allied ASID | Artistico

Lisa McCoid, ASID | Julie Odermatt, ASID | Rachel Costello, Allied ASID | Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors

Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID | The Designers

Marian Holden, ASID | Designer’s Touch, Inc.

Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID | Michele Hybner, Allied ASID | Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.

Sallie Elliott, Allied ASID | Inspired Interiors

Deb Munro, ASID | Pam Stanek, ASID | Liz Lempka, Allied ASID | The Interior Design Firm

Joan Sorensen Ronan, ASID | Jerome Bergmeier, Allied ASID | Diane Gernstein, Allied ASID | Kristine Patton, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan and Associates

Bronze:

Marian Holden, ASID | Designer’s Touch, Inc.

Visit asid-neia.org to learn more.

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Neutral, Natural, Notable

February 19, 2014 by and
Photography by Lisa Louise Photography

This west Omaha home in Five Fountains was featured in the Metro Omaha Builders Association 2007 Street of Dreams.  When the clients decided to move forward in bringing their dreams to reality with the finish of their basement, they selected KRT Construction as contractor along with Designer’s Touch interior designers Marian Holden, ASID, and Erin Svoboda, ASID. The client’s goal was to transform the unfinished basement into an exquisite space for entertaining, fitness, and 
children’s activities.

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A neutral color palette defines the space with rich shades of gray accompanied by cream trim. Dark alder doors punctuate a collection of natural elements, including rustic woods, leather, and stone. Shades of blue accent the palette while rich texture and large-scale patterns make up the furnishings in this space.

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The professional eat-in kitchen features custom cabinetry with Arabesque White granite, metallic glass tile backsplash, brushed nickel cabinet hardware, and stainless appliances contrasting the French bronze lighting fixtures adorned with jewel-like crystals.

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Natural elements of stone and alder wood were integrated into the design to create a focal point in the entertaining space that is rustic yet sophisticated. Luxurious leather seating surrounds the fireplace for both TV viewing and entertaining. A custom metallic crocodile ottoman embellishes the space, along with custom shutters and window treatments.

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A fitness center boasts floor-to-ceiling glass, a mirrored wall, and resilient rubber flooring, all complementing the modern amenities of the space.

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Hang out or study in the children’s area that hosts a glass marker board, custom cabinetry with corkboard, and polished chrome fixtures that play off a refined, purple 
wall color.

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A guest suite with adjoining bathroom overlooks the beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. The suite features luxurious bedding, custom window treatments, mirrored furnishings, glass accent tile, a charcoal-hued vanity, and crystal fixtures to add that 
finishing touch.

NE/IA Chapter of ASID Project Awards 2013

November 2, 2013 by

Environments, spaces, rooms…It doesn’t matter how you refer to them, interior designers are an integral part of the very best examples. Professional designers conceptualize, coordinate, and execute their visions to create projects that are stunning, exciting, and functional. The NE/IA Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) recently submitted design projects to be judged by the ASID Florida South Chapter. These amazing projects are a sampling of the award-winning work produced in the past year by designers of the NE/IA Chapter of ASID.

Residential over 4,000 sq. ft.
Lori M Krejci, AIA, Allied ASID
Avant Architects
3337 N. 107th St., Omaha
402-981-4055

Family, friends, and food are at the core of this progressive home of a young family that enjoys modern art and entertaining.

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Photo by Joseph Vavak

Residential over 4,000 sq. ft.
Lori M Krejci, AIA, Allied ASID
Avant Architects
3337 N. 107th St., Omaha
402-981-4055

Mid-Century Modern provided inspiration. Ample built-in storage  allows the owners to easily maintain a clean and uncluttered home.

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Photo by Lisa Louise Photography

Residential under 2,500 sg. ft.
Marian Holden, ASID
Erin Svoboda, ASID
Designer’s Touch
2085 N. 120th St., Omaha
402-932-5040

The goal of this project was to turn this unfinished basement into a space for entertaining, fitness and children’s activities.  The color palette remained neutral and sophisticated with rich shades of gray accompanied by cream trim, dark alder doors, and a variety of textures. All of the client’s wish list was achieved in this project, and they were elated with the outcome.

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Photo by Jeffrey Bebee

Residential over 4,000 sq. ft.
Michele Hybner, Allied ASID
Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
D3 Interiors
3918 N. 138th St., Omaha
402-502-7309

Falcone Homes
402-861-0180

Spaces of this home evoke a comfortable and approachable feeling while still looking stylish, sophisticated, and classically modern.

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Photo by Tom Kessler

Residential over 4,000 sq. ft.
Nancy Pesavento, ASID
Lisa Cooper, Allied ASID
Interiors Joan & Associates
13130 W. Dodge Rd., Omaha
402-330-0685

Love of French architecture and a sophisticated European look is the core inspiration of this home, reflecting the clients’ appreciation for the balance of refined elements with accents of a rustic nature.

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Photo by Tom Kessler

Residential Singular Space
Diane Luxford, ASID
D-Lux Interiors
402-496-3233

This outdoor area becomes very cozy and semiprivate with the ability to close off the space with outdoor draperies and motorized screen shades. All furniture and fabrics are rated for outdoor use. Heaters tucked under the eaves and a gas fireplace warm the space on cool fall nights.

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Photo by Tom Kessler

Residential under 2,500 sq. ft.
Lisa B. McCoid, AIA, ASID
D3 Interiors
3918 N. 138th St,. Omaha
402-502-7309

The objective of this project was to create a functioning man-cave for watching football games and entertaining.  A glass transom creates a light and airy feeling in two spaces. No man-cave would be complete without a bar, so cabinetry was added to match the TV projection canopy.

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Photo by Tom Kessler

Residence over 4,000 sq. ft.
Beth Settles, Allied ASID
Interiors Joan & Associates
13130 W. Dodge Rd., Omaha
402-330-0685

The design concept for this project stemmed from the 
client’s desire to transform their home with traditional elements into a more modern 
transitional design.

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Photo by Long-Shots Video Creations

Residential Singular Space
Victoria Pierce, ASID
Paul Daniels Interiors
4333 S 70th St., Lincoln
402-474-5015

Aesthetically pleasing in a timeless and sophisticated style. Sufficient storage and display from custom- designed furniture of clean lines and smooth surfaces, a combination of color, textures, and patterns provide a rich and elegant feeling to a room that is now functional 
and beautiful.

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Photo by Tom Kessler

Residential Singular Space
Julie Odermatt, ASID
Kayla McClure, Allied ASID
D3 Interiors
3918 N. 138th St,. Omaha
402-502-7309

Designed to make the ranch home appealing to all ages. The juxtaposition of the creamy white and rich chocolate cabinetry inspired the use of neutral warm colors with pops of bright white.  The layout of the space creates a room that could be used for entertaining and also day-to-day living.

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Photo by Tom Kessler

Residential under 4,000 sq. ft.
Stacie Muhle, Allied ASID
Artistico
402-650-6526

Contemporary spaces that are warm and inviting. Custom-made items were used to achieve a unique style.