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Local Designers’ Favorite Rooms

February 12, 2018 by and
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Interior designers create rooms that are both beautiful and functional to reflect their clients’ tastes and needs. But what happens when there is no client involved? Three local designers describe their favorite rooms in their own homes, offering insights into their design philosophies.

Living Room
by Diane Luxford
D-Lux Interiors

Why is this room your favorite in your home?
In my living room and dining room, I love the soft gray-blue and gray-purple colors and accents of citrus lime green. I selected the furnishings for a contemporary feeling. The dining table and chairs are from a Danish furniture manufacturer—a favorite, as my heritage is Danish. I added a classic 1950s fabric, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, to the chairs.

What makes the room unique?
I have great flexibility in the room. I can remove the cocktail table, extend the dining table and add another table to seat 18 people for Christmas lunch or holiday dinners.

How does the room accommodate your lifestyle?
Two glass-front curios and an armoire give me plenty of storage, which allows me to indulge in my love of various styles of china and stemware.

Master Bedroom
by Patti Rosholm

Why is this room your favorite in your home?
My bedroom stands out over all the other rooms in my house because it’s quiet. It’s not a big, rolling master bedroom like many, but it’s serene. I think women gravitate toward smaller spaces in their homes because smaller spaces feel cozy. My little dog Joanie loves the bedroom, too; she is always with me.

What makes the room unique?
The master bedroom is unique because it’s simple in design and space. The walls are a mink gray in color, complemented with white accents. The floating shelf above the white linen headboard gives the room some extra dimension and a place to display some special pieces of artwork and personal keepsakes. The contrast between the espresso-stained furniture and white accents, accompanied by dark walls and an abundance of natural light, makes it all come together. There is also a sitting area that I love. It brings in a feeling of warmth and coziness.

How does the room accommodate your lifestyle?
We have no TV in our bedroom. The bedroom is for quiet reflection and a sense of winding down from a busy day. It’s where I go to pray and rest from a very demanding world.

Master Bath
by Pam Stanek
The Interior Design Firm

Why is this room your favorite in your home?
The master bath is one of my favorite spaces. It’s the first and last room I see every day.

What makes the room unique?
When updating the bathroom, I chose to remove traditional elements such as round columns and white raised panel cabinets. By removing the columns, I opened up this space to allow more light and highlight cleaner lines. Tile, cabinets, and countertops were selected to coordinate with the original custom-colored wallpaper. Luxe gold plumbing and hardware create a more sophisticated feel.

How does the room accommodate your lifestyle?
Changing the whirlpool tub to a therapeutic bath, improving the efficiency of the lighting throughout, and the aesthetics of the details make this space perfect for our everyday needs and expectations.

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

Order from Chaos

Photography by Tom Kessler

This Tomlinson Woods home was in good condition, but it looked tired and was not selling. Along came Deborah and Darry Pearson with a vision to totally modernize the home.

I connected with the Pearson’s at the Omaha ASID Designer Showhouse and learned of their vision. We quickly assembled a team with Tom Clark of Advanced House Plans and Jon Ish of Jordan Michael Homes to implement their dreams.

Walls were torn down. Others were were shored up. Rooms and closets moved around a bit. Tired of the view? Let’s move some windows. These homeowners sought to have the feeling of an “open concept,” so the design tweaks mentioned above were critical in executing on that plan—one that would unite seemingly disparate spaces into one fluid space.

During construction we got busy with the other facets and finishes required throughout the home.  A specific hand-scraped wood floor would be in order to maintain consistency throughout the main floor, including the master bedroom.  Classic tiles were found for the master bath, kitchen, laundry room, and upstairs bath. An exquisitely variegated granite was sourced for all of the countertops. Since lighting design is one of my passions, changes in the existing scheme were made using unique fixtures so that the team’s artistry would be fully illuminated.

A thoughtful job of editing the homeowners’ existing belongings led to a budget-friendly opportunity to re-purpose some pieces.

One of the challenges of great design is curating goods and materials from a seemingly endless list of sources, but it’s also one of my favorite tasks because this is where a seasoned pro can really shine and bring value to the client.

Then comes the juggling act of keeping track of everything that must come together in a meaty project like this one. Chaos means time lost—the bane of many such projects. And this effort was complicated by the homeowner’s busy work/travel schedule. Precision was important. Organization triumphs over chaos.

D-Lux Interiors takes a holistic approach to the complete project. Furniture purchases are made with unique textiles. Tables, rugs, and window treatments are sourced from a wide variety of vendors. We personally place accessories and hang art.

The entire process, especially in the hands of an industry veteran, can be stress-free and very smooth, but it is the client’s smile that tells me everything I need to know after the dust settles.

Diane Luxford, ASID has operated D-Lux Interiors for 23 years, coaching clients to make their home or office a place of dreams come true. 402-496-3233.