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The Meredith kitchen before the remodel had dark cabinets and felt dated.
Before the renovation, the sitting area in the kitchen lacked warmth.
The retro radio perfectly corresponds with the Meredith's modern aesthetic.
A picture window gives the homeowners a clear view of the woods and wildlife. It’s a great space, the homeowners have found, for reading or contemplation.
"Nervy Hue," the bright apple green Sherwin-Williams paint color, plays a starring role in the Meredith residence.
The fluted table, from Design Within Reach, is re-purposed from another area of the home. The Saarinen side chairs by Knoll nearly missed their grand reveal at that Indy 500 party. “It was a photo finish” with the designer tracking down the delivery truck in Omaha and pulling off the chairs the same day guests arrived.
A print of artist Josh Agle’s (a.k.a. Shag) serigraph, “The Nosy Neighbors,” inspired the living room palette. An antique German rosewood liquor cabinet purchased at a Modernism show in Palm Springs anchors the wall opposite the picture window.
Mosaic cats connect with every hue in the Meredith's living room.
Padded, powder-coated blue bar stools tuck under an aqua quartz counter top that the Merediths got at a bargain price. The dealer told Linda, “Nobody around here wants this … but it’s perfect for you.”
The cabinet hardware and switch plate pick up on the blue counter tops in Linda and Dick Meredith's bright kitchenette.
GARDEN SUITE, LOWER LEVEL
When this family needed more sleeping space for overnight guests, they transformed a game room into a guest suite. Vibrant floral-print and striped fabrics for draperies and upholstery drove the room's décor. “I never would have picked this out,” Linda says of the textile and paint combination that her interior designer proposed.
A second-level workroom featuring a washer and dryer, computer station and large island allows for multitasking. Relocated from the basement, the island got a new top and a fresh coat of paint. Today, it’s heavily used for cutting fabric and wrapping packages.
Before the renovation, the Meredith's lower level felt dark and uninviting.
Color accents repeat for impact. Turquoise furnishings keep the eye moving. A few well-placed touches of orange add extra zest.
The Meredith guest bedroom is bright and sunny for visitors.
The color scheme takes flight in the guest bath with whimsical bird-patterned wallpaper and a crazy-fun speckled Vetrazzo Millefiori vanity counter top.
Homeowners Dick and Linda Meredith with Jerome Bergmeier of Interiors Joan and Associates
Linda Meredith loves a “Nervy Hue,” which is a good thing given it’s the name of the cheery apple green Sherwin-Williams paint that runs through her two-story home in Council Bluffs’ Timbercrest subdivision. “I want my home to make me smile, and it certainly does,” Linda says.
Twelve months ago, the brilliant green — or any other bold stroke of paint color, for that matter — would have stuck out like a sore thumb in her guacamole and burnt orange country décor. And Linda definitely wasn’t smiling.
Vacationing in Palm Springs over the years, though, had gotten Linda and her husband, Dick, thinking about ways to enjoy a similar vibe here. Their home, Linda lamented, was boring. “It’s not fun. It’s not happy,” she told her retired husband last January.
Today, color is the spice of life in a contemporary design scheme that captures the mod, retro vibe of 1970s Palm Springs. An Indianapolis 500 party over Memorial Day weekend put the whole-house redo on a fast track to completion. Linda would need help and found it in Jerome Bergmeier of Interiors Joan and Associates, whose portfolio included design work in Southern California.
Jerome's inspiration boards for the Merediths popped with color, pattern and texture inspired, in part, by an iconic Shag art print his clients had purchased a few years earlier but never hung. “We loved it but didn’t have a place for it because the décor was all wrong,” Linda explains. Today, that print figures prominently in the living room.