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Master En Suite Oasis

March 2, 2020 by
Photography by Jay G. Davis Photography

A desire for smart space-planning, abundant natural light, and “aging in place” initiated home renovation plans for this baby boomer couple. Anita Wiechman, a partner with Interior Design Group, was called in to bring solutions. 

The primary goal of the renovation was to thoughtfully redistribute square footage in the bedroom area to create a more efficient bathroom, a larger closet, and a comfortable master bedroom.

The outdated bathroom included a dim vanity area, a side room for the tub/shower and toilet, and poor storage. These small, divided rooms became the new master bath. Toilet and bath spaces were reconfigured, and a transom window was added to the toilet room. An undermount tub, placed opposite the bedroom, was installed and anchored by a large, frosted privacy window. The tub style was chosen to allow easy entrance/exit for the homeowners. OSB (a stronger, engineered board) was used on all the new bathroom spaces to accommodate grab bars in the future.  LED recessed lighting, as well as vanity lighting, brighten the dim space, essential for the aging-in-place concept.   

An additional transom window was installed in the the zero-entry shower, and still another larger, operable window replaced the only existing window. The newly designed and larger vanity area includes a counter-height sitting space. The full-height mirror reflects the expansive shower, finished with a clear glass panel to visually expand the width of the bathroom.    

The large-scale Carrara marble-designed porcelain tiles enhance the bathroom with a timeless style. A herringbone pattern on the floor visually widens the long rectangular space, while 30-by-30-inch shower tile reduces grout lines. Textured tile was used on the floor of the shower for safety, and a seat was included. The shower seat, shower floor, and bathroom floor is heated. Cabinet and wall paint colors are warm neutrals, adding a spacious feeling.

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French doors were installed between the bedroom and bath; the wider 48-inch doorway maintains openness while providing the option for privacy. The oversized doorway allows the natural light from the large tub window to stream into the bedroom.

The two-person closet space was created from underutilized bedroom footage. New drawers, double-hanging rods, shelving, and hooks organize the couple with stylish efficiency. The closet defines the areas for his and hers, providing plenty of storage without the use of bedroom chests or dressers. LED lighting was utilized in the space for a well-lit room.

Although the bedroom was downsized, it maintains a spacious feeling, accommodating a king-sized bed, an upholstered bench, a pair of attractive, sleek storage nightstands, and more importantly, custom-designed stacked wall storage. This busy couple requested bedroom storage to organize their various community and family projects, as their clothing needs would be met in the new closet. Each project is assigned to a large drawer for easy access and speedy put-away. The carpet is a dense low pile to further enhance the universal design. Lighting in the bedroom includes LED accent lighting for the artwork and lamps. Prewired outlets for future swing arm reading lamps by the bed will accommodate a universal design when needed.   

remodeled bedroom with bed, closet

To add visual interest to the neutral finishes, vivid colors are used in the artwork and accent furnishings. Changing the bed orientation in the room resulted in a new wonderful backyard view that is ever-changing and restful.

The designer received a great compliment—“the new en suite changed their lives.”  The homeowners started the project overwhelmed and restless, seeing the disorganization morning and night. Now everything has its place. They feel restored and refreshed in their new favorite space.


Anita Wiechman is a full-time designer, having graduated with her degree in interior design in 1979. She passed the NCIDQ exam and is a Certified Kitchen Bath Remodeler, certified through NARI. Her projects include both residential and commercial and range in all sizes and budgets. She is one of the partners of Interior Design Group. When Anita’s not designing, she is happily busy with her family, which includes two grand babies under the age of 3.

This article was printed in the March/April 2020 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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Classic Meets Contemporary in a Louisville Farmhouse

December 22, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

They say you can never go home again—but Kara Habrock managed to make it happen. The Louisville, Nebraska, native was living in Omaha with her husband when they felt pulled back toward their small­-town roots.

“We’re both from a small town and just couldn’t fight it,” Kara says. “I never envisioned I’d be back in my little hometown, but it’s worked out great.”

Monty Habrock, whom Kara met while attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is originally from Emerson, Nebraska.

The Habrocks first moved to an old home on five acres just outside of Louisville. They lovingly remodeled the house, but it still wasn’t quite the right fit for their family, so they considered moving again. Kara had the perfect alternative in mind; in fact, it was a house she’d had on her mind practically her whole life. 

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“This was definitely my idea,” Kara says, of the Habrocks’ current home, a 100-year-old, two-and-a-half-story, remodeled farmhouse poised on a hill at the edge of town. “I grew up two blocks away, and my bedroom window looked right at this house. There was an old barn with Dutch doors where the new barn is now, horses, and a paddock. I’d walk over as a little girl and pet the horses. This house was like an anchor on the end of town, just that big old white farmhouse, and I just loved it as a kid.”

In fact, when Kara was 12, her parents actually considered buying the same farmhouse, but instead opted to build their own new home. 

“I was just devastated. My mom still laughs to this day and says, ‘You never got that out of your head, did you?’ It was definitely a longtime dream,” Kara says.

Initially, Monty was not onboard. But the family had a front-row seat to a consistently re-emerging “for sale” sign each Sunday as they drove past the house on their way to church. In the end, it was a simple twist of traffic that brought Monty around.

“I surprised her on a Sunday morning. I was going into town for coffee and nearly got hit by a truck pulling out on the highway from our old house. I thought, ‘My kids are driving soon, and that could happen to them.’ So, I came in and said, ‘Kara, let’s buy that house.’ It’s only six blocks from school, I thought, they can’t hurt themselves,” Monty says with a laugh.

“I was in the shower washing my hair when he said that. I’ll never forget it. I called the realtor that afternoon before he could change his mind,” Kara says.

habrocks3Due to its age and the Habrocks’ ultimate vision, the property needed lots of work. They both work at Roloff Construction, originally owned by Kara’s father, Larry Roloff. These days, Kara is vice president and general manager; Monty is vice president and chief estimator. The majority of their work is underground, for example, sewer projects for MUD and establishing the underground infrastructure for the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park. Although they don’t specialize in the type of construction needed to renovate their home, their experience nonetheless proved helpful.     

“The line of work we’re in, it makes you see what’s possible,” Kara says. “We have an eye for looking at a piece of ground and visualizing the possibilities, where a lot of people can’t. We knew it was possible, but it would be a long project.”

The Habrocks enlisted Steve Cramer of Cramer Kreski Designs as architect, Tom Slobodnik with Slobodnik Construction Group as builder, and Mary Murphy of the Interior Design Group as decorator.

“We had a great team put it together,” Monty says. “They really understood how we live and are all meticulous.”

Kara adds the team had a great eye for the Habrocks’ love of “old-fashioned style with a modern twist.”

“I’ve always had to reconcile my love of old things with my love for sleek, modern things. The inspiration for the design and decor of the house was to make that all make sense together in an eclectic mix of old and contemporary,” Kara says. 

Kara says it was crucial to preserve as much of the original, traditional foursquare farmhouse as possible, despite the need to basically gut it to update wiring, plumbing, heating, and air, while also executing an add-on. 

“I can still tell where everything in the house was,” says Kara, pointing out features like original doors that have been repurposed within the home and a stretch of siding from the original home that has been relocated to an entryway.

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The Habrocks replaced the dilapidated old barn with a new structure they have dubbed the “party barn,” where they have hosted family graduation and anniversary parties, school and church club meetings, and other affairs. The barn is a bright, airy space with a kitchen, bathroom, and large main area that can be easily converted for any occasion. The family, which includes daughters Claire, 19, and Sophie, 15, as well as Foster, a 14-year-old mini Aussie, and Kooper, a 2-year-old full-size Aussie, even lived in the barn for eight months in 2013 while the main house was being completed.

The Habrocks love entertaining family and friends—whether that is a couple dozen folks for Thanksgiving or a small, impromptu gathering for Game 7 of the World Series—and their warm, laughter-filled home is the perfect space for welcoming guests. 

“We’re very casual and like to have people over. We did not want it to be formal. We wanted open spaces with great little nooks,” Kara says. “It’s a very lived-in house, and the biggest compliment we get is when people come in and say, ‘Oh, it’s just so cozy and comfortable’ because that’s definitely what we were going for. We love being home.” 

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All That Glitters

December 18, 2015 by

Interior design is an essential part of any home. Professional interior designers spend hours planning and creating stunning spaces. The NE/IA Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) recently announced the winners in their annual design contest.  Featured here are the best of the best.

Visit asid-neia.org to learn more

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Design Impact Award Winner
Best in Show
Brianne Wilhelm
Allied Member ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by Amoura Productions

The main open living space features a long wet bar, a dining/game table and a large media space, with an additional seating area at the base of the stairs for reading and/or conversation away from the TV. The wet bar was designed to house the appliances the family required, with floating shelves over the centrally positioned sink. Easy to clean, family-friendly materials were selected for the flooring; a plush carpet for the living space, and a medium grey, textured tile for the kitchen and bathroom.

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Michele Hybner, Allied ASID and Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

This custom home was built for an active family of five. Red and orange were identified as two favorite colors of this family, which was fitting as those are both active hues. The palette also includes neutrals to offer a visual break from the intense colors the family wanted to incorporate into their design.

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Brianne Wilhelm
Allied Member ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by 
Amoura Productions

This condo is located in an historic Art Deco building downtown. Designer and client embarked on a journey to create a home that reflects the client’s personality and functions smoothly as she enjoys hosting friends, neighbors, and family.

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Michele Hybner, Allied ASID and Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

Vintage charm and a sunny color palette topped this homeowner’s wish list for their open-concept kitchen, eating, and great room. The illuminated airy kitchen has bright white preimeter cabinets, granite countertops with veining similar to marble, and handmade gray glazed ceramic subway tile backsplash.

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Michele Hybner, Allied ASID and Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

With a neutral color palette, the use of texture played a key role in the design solution. Throughout the design process, special attention was paid to the use and integration of unique finish selections, which offered visual interest.

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Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

Form and function must always be considered in design, especially for a busy couple with a growing family who also work from their home. Careful attention was paid to the integration of built-ins and storage, along with beautiful finishes, for a seamless work/life fit.

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Julie Odermatt, ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by Tom Kessler

The designer, builder, and homeowner carefully considered all aspects and details of the home to create a classic, contemporary design. The client wanted the home to be timeless, not trendy, so the design elements could stay fresh and current for years to come. Specific finishes were selected to accommodate.

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Kris Patton, ASID
Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler

Select materials and thoughtful space planning allows this family to enjoy an area that is sophisticated enough for entertaining, yet functional enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday family life.

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Nancy Pesavento, ASID
Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler

The design of this home evolved from the desire of the clients to downsize to a smaller, more contemporary home. All materials for the project were thoughtfully selected with easy maintenance in mind. The clients’ intent is to age in this home, so elements such as an elevator and an open floor plan will stand the test of time.

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Becki Wiechman, ASID, LEED AP
Interior Design Group
Photography by Amoura Productions

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Lisa McCoid, ASID, Julie Odermatt, ASID and Alexis Trout, Allied ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by Tom Kessler