As the Gershwin tune goes, “it’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Only it’s not so easy when you’re trying to relax in the backyard and the sun’s rays beat down mercilessly on your skin, refreshments and patio or deck surfaces. That’s when you need to take cover in the cool shadows — if you have a means of making shade, that is.
Scaling back seemed more sensible. So this long-retired Council Bluffs couple set out to do just that. But finding a house with an existing formal garden changed their plan.
Meet three local fanatics of America's favorite shade-loving perennial.
Chef Chad Lebo offers three recipes exclusively for Inspired Living Omaha magazine.
Keeping key spaces in and around your home neat and organized is no easy task — just take a peek inside a typical child’s bedroom, storage closet or garage for proof.
Gardeners are chomping at the bit to get out in their yards now that spring has arrived and the weather is warming up.
Disasters always happen at the most inopportune moments; a pipe bursts while you’re on vacation or the heat goes out in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, many of us wait until something goes wrong to start looking for a contractor, which means we’re stuck with whoever is available at that moment — no matter their price, reputation or workmanship.
Shopping for a mattress involves more than just jumping on floor models for one that feels right. Customization, trendy fabrics and convenient designs all contribute to your mattress experience.
Kirt Soll wanted a one-of-a-kind house. “I didn’t want it to look like anybody else’s,’’ he says. “I wanted it to be my house.’’
The long procession of cars snaking through the Bohemian Cemetery isn't to mark the passing of a loved one. It’s the start of a new life for millions of bees, and a big day for Omaha beekeepers.
Who knew pigs can pout. Or be there when you need them. When Sam Trummer feels sad or sick, she can always count on Forest, her 160-pound pot belly-Juliana cross.
Eating like America’s favorite homesteader, Laura Ingalls Wilder, may not be for the faint of heart. Few would find fault with the cured hams hickory-smoked in a hollow log. And tucking into some fire-warm bread, fruit preserves and cheese cut right from the wheel would not bother many souls.
Robyn and Scott Thorson welcomed five chickens to their Dundee home in June 2016.
Calandra Cooper is an urban farmer. She also works full time, has a part-time job and teaches several classes each quarter for Metropolitan Community College. To add to the fun, the mother of four grown children raises chickens and bees.
The Brannen family eats the bounty from their urban farm year-round. Canned pickles, relish and tomato sauce. Jams, jellies and fruit syrups. Dried herbs, flowers and vegetables in breads and soups.
Forget about Mauro Fiore’s Oscar. In their Elkhorn neighborhood, the Fiores have another claim to fame. “We’re known as the chicken family,’’ daughter Olivia announces.
We're always on the lookout for easy recipes, and couldn't resist trying the wrap recipe we saw in the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County newsletter.
Big, bold flower petal prints are everywhere in today’s homes. But how can you incorporate roses and tulips into your home design without it looking like a garden exploded in your living room? Here are some tips.
One of the perks of working from home is the ability to roll out of bed on your own clock and get down to business in a bathrobe, if you so desire. But another major perk is the opportunity to create a workspace that’s as conducive to comfort as it is productivity — an efficient yet expressive area that’s the antithesis of that cold, cramped cubicle some poor soul is occupying right now in a company building somewhere.
They call him Romantic Randy. Randy Wright is the man who came up with the idea to join three Omaha buddies in making Valentine’s dinner for their spouses. That was three years ago, and now it's an annual tradition.
Celeste Butler isn’t just sewing a quilt. She’s telling a story and preserving history. “I’m passionate about what I’m doing,’’ she says, “and leaving that legacy behind for my children and grandchildren.’’
Velvet, ah yes. Faintly nostalgic. Luxuriously silky. Subtly reflective. And smart enough for the office. That's right. Traditionally velvet has been reserved for evening, but it's especially modern when paired with denim. You can't beat velvet's casual panache if you're looking for glamour …
Shea Wilkinson is never far from a sewing machine. She sews for Artifact Bags and also does her own artwork, primarily wall hangings. She had been making quilts all her life, but started taking it seriously while teaching English in Mexico. “I had a lot of time on my hands, and it really blossomed,’’ she says.
Christina Mainelli is just like her customers. She wants to bring more green into her home in unusual and interesting ways. Mainelli runs The Green House and designs handmade goods for home and garden. She says plants cheer up a room, bring in life and light, and offer interesting focal points.
Boomers and modern millennials are learning to co-exist in the workplace, despite very different professional and fashion styles. Suits and a clean shave aren’t necessarily out, but beards and long hair are definitely in. From long hair to burly beards and visible tattoos to tennis shoes, we…
It’s a sibling rivalry in the spirit of the season. Nick and Sarah Newman take markedly different approaches when it comes to decorating their Christmas trees, but the results are the same: glimmering masterpieces that make visitors rejoice, “O, Tannenbaum!”
Shane Connolly’s work as a floral designer has taken him all over the world, propelled by two royal weddings to his credit. In mid-September, the Northern Ireland-born Connolly will travel from London to speak at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show. In a phone interview from his studio in North Kensington, he chats about seasonal harmony in his designs, cow parsley and a vow of silence when it comes to his work for the British royals.
The row of tomatoes on the counter keeps expanding, and that bowl of apples you impulsively purchased during a family trip to the local orchard needs attention.
I grew up in central Pennsylvania. And though it’s perhaps the northern end of the Bible Belt, it is arguably the very buckle of the Chip Belt. Or perhaps it’s more metaphorically accurate to say the extra extender hole punched into the Chip Belt.