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His and Hers Basement Redo

February 25, 2019 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Classic femininity with a masculine twist. That was the vision for Tricia and Jeff Hultgren’s basement renovation last year.

The “his and hers” vibe is immediately apparent to those stepping down the cream-colored, carpeted spiral staircase, descending into the lower level of the Hultgrens’ home in the Shadow Ridge neighborhood of West Omaha.

There is a luxurious bar area equipped with exquisite white marble countertops, dark hand-painted cabinetry, and bright lights hanging from the ceiling. There is double wall shelving lined with various types of liquor and assorted Moscow Mule mugs—the signature of a top-shelf home bar.

The bar area is one of many focal points in the renovated basement, and it embodies the purpose of the remodeling effort: to finally have a space to live and entertain in.

basement bar area, blue velvet stools

“We would never entertain before because the space was ugly,” Tricia says. “But now we can have things going on down here.”

Aside from the aesthetic appeal of a renovation, the Hultgrens wanted to enjoy the basement area of the home. The space, which once provided a glorified playroom for their two sons and a workout area for the couple, is now a focal part of the 18-year-old home.

To tackle this project, the homeowners enlisted help from interior designer Janine Dunn, owner of Interior Spaces. Having worked on other spaces within the Hultgrens’ home, they already had a working relationship based on mutual trust. That trust and collaboration led to a $200,000 facelift.   

Tricia says the “ugly, orangey-maple wood, top-of-the-line 2000s” space became a much more livable part of their home.

“It was very dark before, and we lightened everything up. What makes it special is that we worked with the bones of the house and didn’t move any walls,” Dunn says. “Tricia has classic feminine taste, and Jeff wanted it to feel more masculine. I think we did a great job of achieving both.”

gold longhorn skull, above floating shelf

The former playroom and home gym remain, but they received a serious upgrade. Likewise for the modern centerpiece of the basement—an entertainment space with a whopping 75-inch flat-screen TV over a gray, stacked stone backdrop.

Below the enormous TV is a floating fireplace mantle with hand-painted shelving that matches the bar. The shelves are lined with various pieces of home décor that look spectacular in the natural light pouring in from the basement windows’ plantation-style shutters.

“It’s my favorite part,” Tricia says. “I love the lighting, the bar, and the lights, but that wall is the wow factor.” 

From Jeff’s framed golf pin flags (collected at courses they’ve visited nationwide), to the Iowa State memorabilia (reminding the couple of when they met during undergraduate studies), down to the gold-and-black tile of the nearby bathroom, this renovated basement gives a personal foundation to the family home.

Five months, a small fortune, and hours of planning have given the Hultgrens a space where they are proud to host guests and—more importantly—live in.

“You take pride in a renovation,” Tricia says. “You take a lot of joy and pride in that.”


 Search for “Interior Spaces” on Facebook for more information about the designer responsible for this renovation.

This article was printed in the March/April 2019 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Tricia and Jeff Hultgren’s basement couch Tricia and Jeff Hultgren’s back bar
Tricia and Jeff Hultgren’s basement bar

Tricia and Jeff Hultgren’s basement staircase

Check Your Resolutions Here

December 27, 2018 by

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Monday,  Dec. 31: Well, I think we all know this weekend is really all about New Year’s Eve. Here are our top picks for this year’s NYE celebrations.

—Don’t miss your chance this year to attend the second annual To The Nynes party at Omaha Design Center. Get your tickets now. Besides the food, drinks, and dancing to East Coast DJ Alex Nepa, guests may enjoy red carpet pictures and GIFs from their photographers, available immediately so you can share the experience. Click here for more info.

—Looking for some fun for the kiddos? Head to one of your local libraries, as there are several in Omaha and surrounding areas planning some Noon Year’s Eve events. There is also a Noon Year’s Eve celebration going on at The Durham Museum, and you can have a fun night out with the little ones at the Bubbly New Year’s Eve celebration at Omaha Children’s Museum. Check your closest library’s website (here for Omaha Public Library) for event times and details. For more information on the Durham celebration, go here. To learn what’s popping at the Bubbly New Year’s Eve party, click here. 

—If fireworks are as big a part of your NYE celebration as the countdown, head downtown to catch the annual fireworks show at Gene Leahy Mall. It’s the closing event of the Holiday Lights Festival and one of the largest displays in the region. This is also a free event, so if you’re on a budget, the price is perfect. Learn more here.

—Perhaps you’re looking for a more low-key New Year’s Eve celebration? Check out the Chicken & Champagne (of beers) New Year’s Eve at Nite Owl here. Or just head to your favorite local dive bar and skip all the pomp and circumstance. They’re bound to have something special going on and you’ll get to see your favorite fellow patrons, servers, and bartenders.

However you like to celebrate, remember to do so safely to ensure a happy new year!

Friday, Dec. 28: We know. Christmas is over. But that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit going. The Shadow Ridge Christmas Dinner and Dance at the Eagles Club #38 will do just that. While there is no cover for the food, donations are accepted. Dinner is from 6-7 p.m., and the band will play from 7:30 to 10:30. Learn more about this event here, and more about the band here.

Saturday, Dec. 29: With the new year coming up, now is as good a time as any to clean out your closet. Sort through your wardrobe for the perfect dancing outfit, get rid of items you don’t need anymore, and head to The Max for their Clothing Drive for Youth Emergency Services (YES), happening from 5-9 p.m. Make your drop-off, have a cocktail, and stick around to hit the dance floor starting at 9. The mission of YES is to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critical resources, one of which is clothing. And you know you have some stuff you don’t need! To find out more about the event, head here. To learn more about Youth Emergency Services and how you can help, click here.

Sunday, Dec. 30: If you’ve been away from church for a while, it may be that you just need a little ukulele in your life. Catch the Wesley Covenant Service’s Ukulele Mass at Urban Abbey this Sunday. There’s a service at 9 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. Think that’s too early? Maybe you need to get your coffee and a little nosh in beforehand? No problem. Urban Abbey is also a nonprofit, fair trade coffee shop, and bookstore. Find out more about them here, and more about this special mass here.

NEXT WEEK:

Save the Date:  Omaha Magazine and Sol’s Jewelry & Loan invite you to the January/February Omaha Magazine Launch Party. We’ll have performances by flautists from the Nebraska Medical Orchestra with speakers Dr. Langnas and Houston Alexander. Appetizers and (adult) beverages are compliments of Sols. Please RSVP here.