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Fall not only brings shorter days and cooler temperatures, but it also happens to be the perfect time of year to give your home a fresh, updated look. And since the holidays are also right around the corner, we are sure that you will find yourself spending more and more time indoors with family and friends. So whether you are looking to give a few rooms in your home a quick refresh or you are looking to give your entire house a facelift, we have you covered! Below we have listed a few of our favorite fall 2018 trends that are sure to give your home a boost – we hope you enjoy!

If we are sure about one thing it is that fall 2018 home décor trends are all about mixing and matching. If you are looking to incorporate this trend with neutral colors throughout your home, be sure to feature tans, grays, ivories and varying shades of brown, as well as integrating variations of texture and pattern for some eye catching looks. On that same note, you will also want to think about mixing materials. For example, if you are looking to change things up with your sofa, think outside the box a bit by looking for one with a mixture of fabric and leather. Also, you can incorporate varying accent pieces such as photos, books, vases, bookcases, and other objects that match the look of your room.

Another big trend for fall this year are rich, deep hues. Think navy blue and black, both of which are perfect for autumn and are generally pretty easy to incorporate throughout your home in both large and small ways. You can always use navy blue paint for an accent wall, as well as add black, brass and/or gold décor throughout to bring everything together. Lastly, two words: statement rugs. If you are looking to spruce up a fairly neutral room, think of bringing in a statement rug to not only ground the room, but to add a little flair to the space. You should look for shag textures, raised patters, popping color or lux materials to bring some dramatic, yet tasteful, style to each room in your home.

Activities and Events around Omaha this weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

With so many events, festivities and activities happening around Omaha this weekend, there is absolutely no excuse to stay in! Take your pick from lively musicals, blooming farmers markets, stunning art exhibits and even a Spooktacular event at the Omaha Zoo. Whatever you are in the mood for this weekend, we are sure there is something happening around town that is sure to fit the script. Below we have listed a few must-see events for you, your family and friends to check out. We hope you enjoy! 

What: Cobweb Castle at the Children’s Museum 
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St. 

What: Fall Chrysanthemum Show
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft St. 

What: Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge St. 

What: Richard Mosse Exhibit
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge St. 

What: Shrek The Musical
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: 6915 Cass St.

What: Sign’s Art Exhibition
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Hot Shops Art Center | 1301 Nicholas St. 

What: Split Gallery Grand Opening Reception & Sale
When: October 12th & 13th
Where: 2561 Leavenworth St. 

What: Stations of Blue: Mike Nesbit and Thomas Prinz
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Gallery 72 | 1806 Vinton St.

What: Halloween 5K
When: October 13th
Where: Nebraska Furniture Mart | 700 S 72nd St. 

What: Art Auction Exhibition
When: October 13th & 14th
Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 

What: Dance Chance Omaha Dancing Event
When: October 13th & 14th
Where: Bancroft Street Market | 2702 S 10th St. 

What: Game Day at The Capitol District 
When: October 13th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave.

What: Omaha Farmers Market: Old Market
When: October 13th
Where: 11th & Jackson Old Market 

What: Spooktacular at the Zoo
When: October 13th
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium 

What: Under the Tuscan Sundays: Oktoberfest
When: October 14th
Where: Bella Terre | 23375 Barrus Road

What: Urban Surf
When: October 13th
Where: Neighborhood Offshore Boutique & Board Shop

What: Thomas D Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild 
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th St. 

What: UNO Art Gallery Invitational
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: UNO Art Gallery 

What: Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts
When: October 13th & 14th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St.

Don’t skimp on your fall maintenance!

by Nancy Heim-berg

We won’t lie, there was a time when we thought fall was never going to come. But sure enough, it is finally here! And with the change of season brings cooler weather, shorter days and a reminder to check in on your home for any fall maintenance that needs to be completed. Not sure exactly what to look for? Well, not to worry because below we have listed a few fall maintenance suggestions for you to look into.

Starting with the exterior, you should check around the outside of your home for inexpensive maintenance projects that can be tackled quickly. Things such as cleaning the gutters, caulking, checking the roof for missing or loose shingles and trimming greenery to prevent damage are all things to keep an eye out for. While these may seem like small, tedious tasks, it is always best to fix the small issues before they turn into larger, most costly projects for you and your family.

You also want to be sure to keep an eye on your irrigation system and follow the manufacturer’s instruction, as to protect the functionality and integrity of the sprinkler system. Additionally, it is also important to realize that seasonal rainfall will hydrate the foliage around your home, and you may want to set (or reset) your system accordingly. Lastly, the colder weather can also bring with it little critters that are looking for refuge in the warmth of your home, particularly in the attic or basement. To prevent this, be sure to cover large holes in the walls of your home with hardware cloth, use caulking for smaller holes and be sure to always check on your attic’s insulation for damage from these pesky critters.

Events around Omaha this weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

Happy October! What are your plans for the first weekend of the spookiest month of the year?! If you are still on the hunt for activities and festivities around town, look no further. Below we have listed a few must-attend events in the Omaha area, with everything from antique shows, First Friday events, musicals, yoga in the forest and various pre-Halloween events. So grab your friends and family and enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer! 

What: DC vs Marvel Family Date Night
When: October 5th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St.

What: Teacher’s Night
When: October 5th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th St. 

What: Cobweb Castle at the Children’s Museum
When: October 5th – 7th 
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St. 

What: First Friday Old Market
When: October 5th
Where: Old Market 

What: Howl-O-Week Safari
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: Lee G. Simmons Conversation Park and Wildlife Safari 

What: Shadow’s and Reflections Exhibit
When: October 5th – 7th
Where: Artists’ Cooperative Gallery | 405 S 11th St. 

What: Pioneer Craft, Antique & Junk Show
When: October 5th – 7th
Where: 1304 Skyline Dr.

What: Shrek The Musical
When: October 5th – 7th
Where: 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: UNO Art Gallery Invitational
When: October 5th – 7th
Where: UNO Art Gallery

What: Harvest Fest at Village Pointe
When: October 6th
Where: Village Point Shopping Center

What: Planes, Trains and Autos Halloween Event
When: October 6th & 7th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum 

What: iLuminate
When: October 6th
Where: Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th St.

What: Fall Chrysanthemum Show
When: October 6th & 7th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft St.

What: Game Day at The Capitol District
When: October 6th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave

What: Japanese Ambience Festival
When: October 6th & 7th
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft St

What: Omaha Farmers Market: Old Market
When: October 6th & 7th
Where: 11th & Jackson Old Market Omaha, NE

What: Sweet Treats Bus Tour
When: October 6th & 7th
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations 

What: Urban Surf
When: October 6th
Where: 6837 Grover St. Omaha, NE

What: Yoga in the Forest
When: October 7th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Wood

Weekend DIY Projects To Increase Home Value

by Nancy Heim-berg

It may not be on your mind now, but there will probably come a day when you will think about selling your home - whether it be for a new neighborhood, a new job or simply a change of scenery. And when that day comes you may wish that you started some renovations sooner in order to give your home a little face lift and more appeal to potential buyers. Now we know what you are thinking, that all renovations and updates will cost you a fortune and a lot of time. But that is just simply not true! There are many DIY projects that you can do over the span of a weekend that are sure to give your home a little TLC and won’t break the bank. If this sounds interesting to you, then keep reading below!

One weekend project you can tackle are your bathrooms. It is no secret that buyers look at kitchens and bathrooms closely, and want modern updates and finishes. This can be easily accomplished with small swaps such as cabinets, tiles, hardware, countertops and light fixtures. Head to your local hardware store and find little updates that are sure to spruce up your bathroom in just a few hours! Next, you may want to think about repainting the cabinets in your kitchen. Seeing as how many families spend a lot of time in the kitchen, buyers want to see that it has been well maintained over the years. By simply repainting your old wooden cabinets and adding on some shiny new hardware fixtures you can give your kitchen an instant face lift and make the room more appealing.

Do you want to make your ceilings look higher and rooms feel slightly larger? If so, then we have two words for you: crown molding. Crown molding helps to draw the eyes up, which in turn makes the ceiling feel higher than they really are and also adds a little design touch to the room. This project is perfect for living rooms, master bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Lastly, you want to make a good first impression with potential buyers. Knowing this, what is the first thing they see when they pull up to your home? That’s right, your front yard. Incorporating flattering landscaping to the front of your home will give it the curb appeal it needs to draw in potential buyers and give them a positive impression before they even step foot inside your home.

Fun Events Around Omaha This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

What are your plans for the last official weekend of September for 2018? There are many activities, events and festivals happening in and around our wonderful city of Omaha that you sure do not want to miss! We have listed a few of them below for you to check out, so grab your friends and family and send September out with a bang! Enjoy! 


What: GLOW in the Garden
When: September 28th
Where: Joslyn Art Museum | 2200 Dodge St.

What: 1949 Fashion Exhibit
When: September 28th
Where: 9625 Isa St. Omaha, NE

What: Rock The Boat Cruise With “Caught Looking”
When: September 28th
Where: River City Star Riverboat | 151 Freedom Park Rd.

What: Omaha’s River City Rodeo
When: September 28th & 29th 
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N. 10th St.

What: Bye Bye Birdie, YPE
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: 820 Franklin Ave. 

What: Cirque Italia Water Circus
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: Westroads Mall

What: Farming History Exhibit
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: Boys Town | 14057 Flanagan Blvd.

What: Game On: The History and Science of Gaming
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum 

What: Junkstock Harvest Edition 2018
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: 1150 River Road Drive

What: Shea Wilkinson: Parallel Worlds 
When: September 28th -30th 
Where: Gallery 72 | 1806 Vinton St. Omaha, NE

What: Thomas D Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild 
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S 10th St. 

What: Turner Park Night Market Festival
When: September 28th 
Where: Midtown Crossing | 31st – 33rd and Farman-Dodge Sts. 

What: Butterfly Hike
When: September 29th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods | 1111 N Bellevue Blvd. 

What: Art Ride Omaha
When: September 29th & 30th
Where: Bancroft Street Market | 2702 S 10th St. 

What: Blackstone District Walking Food Tour
When: September 29th & 30th 
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations 

What: Cobweb Castle at the Children’s Museum
When: September 29th & 30th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum | 500 S 20th St.

What: Game Day at The Capitol District
When: September 29th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE

What: National Alpaca Farm Day Weekend
When: September 29th & 30th
Where: 7016 Country Road 39

What: Shrek The Musical
When: September 28th – 30th
Where: 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: 7 Oaks Music Festival
When: September 30th
Where: 13302 West Center Road Omaha, NE

What: Bagels & Sometimes Bach
When: September 30th
Where: 1516 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE

What: Yoga in the Forest
When: September 30th
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods

So you’re thinking of building a new home…

by Nancy Heim-berg

We get it. Looking for a new home to buy can be a daunting, exhausting and a downright confusing process. There may be one home that checks a few important criteria off your list, and the next one you see checks off the remaining boxes of your list but is missing other important aspects. This is when you may find yourself daydreaming about the possibility of merging the two homes into one and ending with a perfect oasis! But since this is not an actual possibility (sorry to burst your bubble), many people find themselves being drawn to building their own home from the ground up. If this is an idea you have been toying with, then today’s blog is for you! Below we have listed a few perks and advantages of ditching the search to buy a home and bringing your dream home to life!

The first perk, and possibly the most obvious, to building your own home is that everything is brand new. No holes in the walls to patch up, no conspicuous stains on the carpet, no upgrading appliances and no immediate repairs need to be made. There is just something so appealing about being the first ones to live in a home, and knowing that you had a large hand in creating and designing everything. On the same note, depending on the builder and neighborhood, most of the time you are able to custom design your home. Meaning that everything from the layout and flooring, to paint color, kitchen finishes and curtains can be created to your specifications. And there is a peace of mind knowing that everything will be new, clean and designed to your taste and preferences the day you move in.

Another advantage to building your own home is that you get to pick your neighborhood. It is quite frustrating when find your ideal neighborhood and either there are no homes for sale that meet your criteria or all the homes are way out of your price range. If you know the area you would like to live in, you can then search for a plot of land that is open and build your dream home, allowing you both a desirable location and a house you love. And that is what we call a win-win! Lastly, building a new home affords you the opportunity to incorporate new energy-efficient systems throughout that will allow you to save money. It is no secret that technology has become quite advanced over the past decades and even years. Many older homes are not equipped with the most up-to-date systems, which in turn will require you to spend more money on bills each month. So you are stuck with a dilemma – either pay the higher bills as they come or spend the money (and develop a headache) and update the systems. No matter how you slice it, it is always easier and more convenient to have a newer home that has these energy-efficient and cost efficient systems already in place prior to move in.

Fun Events Around Omaha This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

TGI (almost) F! What are your plans for this coming weekend? With temperatures cooling off and sunny days ahead, it is the perfect time to get out of the house and take advantage of all the fun activities, events and festivals happening this weekend around Omaha! Enjoy everything from restaurant week and Oktoberfest, to country concerts, farmers markets, theatrical plays, a moonlight boat tour and even an antique show. Whatever catches your eye, make sure to grab your family and friends to enjoy all our beautiful city has to offer! 


What: 17th Annual Oktoberfest
When: September 21st – 22nd 
Where: Crescent Moon | 3578 Farnam St.

What: That ’70s Cruise
When: September 21st
Where: River City Star Riverboat 

What: Bye Bye Bridie, YPE
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: 830 Franklin Ave.

What: Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: Lauritzen Gardens | 100 Bancroft St.

What: Omaha Restaurant Week
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: Various Locations 

What: Movie Night at Werner Park: Back to the Future
When: September 21st
Where: 12356 Ballpark Way

What: Deep Purple & Judas Priest
When: September 21st
Where: 1 Harrah’s Boulevard

What: Alan Jackson: Honky Tonk Highway Tour
When: September 21st
Where: CHI Health Center Omaha | 455 N. 10th St. 

What: River City Star Moonlight Sightseeing Cruise
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: River City Star Riverboat 

What: Shrek The Musical
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: 6915 Cass Street Omaha, NE

What: Fall Bird Migration Walk
When: September 22nd 
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods

What: Gatsby on 16th Street
When: September 22nd
Where: Orpheum Theatre | 409 S 16th St.

What: SW Iowa JunkFest & Corn Husking Competition 
When: September 22nd 
Where: 59256 380th St.

What: Game Day at The Capitol District 
When: September 22nd 
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE

What: Midlands Renaissance Revel & Pirate Fest
When: September 22nd & 23rd
Where: 22984 Highway 6

What: Omaha Farmers Market: Old Market
When: September 22nd 
Where: 11th & Jackson Old Market Omaha

What: Thomas D Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S. 10th St.

What: Urban Surf
When: September 23rd
Where: 6837 Grover St. Omaha, NE

What: Yoga in the Forest
When: September 23rd
Where: Fontenelle Forest/Neale Woods

What: Under The Tuscan Sunday’s: Vivi il Vino
When: September 23rd
Where: Bella Terre | 23375 Barrus Rd. 

When you think about all the ways you can increase your property value, have you ever thought about just how important landscaping is in the equation? If not, you are not alone. Many homeowners overlook the fact that landscaping is one of the quickest, easiest and most important ways in which you can increase the value of your property. In fact, a beautiful and well thought out landscape design has the potential to increase your home value by five to eleven percent (and possibly more!). We are pretty sure we have your attention now! Below we have listed a few tips and tricks to help get you started on your landscaping journey, and help make it your homes greatest and most valuable asset.

The first thing you want to do is to come up with a design while always keeping a strategy in mind. So with this, balance is key. You do not want to have just grass without accent landscaping around, but at the same time you do not want to have clutter and too many high-maintenance plants around your yard. You should try to incorporate a healthy mixture of perennials and shrubs, and have a unformed look that also has enough diversity to keep things interesting and eye catching. On that same note, you always want to make sure to match your landscaping to the style of your home. For example, if you have an old-fashioned Victorian home, arguably the worst thing you can do is to incorporate a Japanese garden. In this case, you are better off featuring a country or cottage-style landscape that will blend and enhance the features of your home.

Another tip when looking to increase your property value through landscape is to plant trees. Now we understand this may seem like a simple action, but the truth is that, well, people love and are drawn to trees! Many see them as a stress reliever and think they are closer to nature having them on their property. They also provide shade and can help to keep homes cooler by blocking direct sunlight into the home. Lastly, edging your lawn can also help to increase your property value. Edging garden beds, driveways and sidewalks demonstrates to potential buyers that the property has been property kept up, and therefore easily assumed that the inside of the home has probably been well maintained as well. It also helps to give the yard an easy-to-maintain and manicured look – which is always a bonus for buyers!

Things To Do In Omaha This Weekend

by Nancy Heim-berg

What are your plans for the second weekend of September? Are you by chance attending Omaha restaurant week, reggae on the river, chalk art festival, food truck rodeo or WestFest to see country star Brett Eldridge? If not, you may want to rethink your plans! There are tons of fun activities and events happening throughout our wonderful city this weekend, and we have a few of them listed below for you to check out. Enjoy! 

What: 2018 Food Truck Rodeo 
When: September 14th
Where: Military Ave. Omaha, NE

What: Reggae on the River with Rhythm Collective
When: September 14th
Where: River City Star Riverboat | 151 Freedom Park Rd.

What: WestFest feat. Brett Eldredge 
When: September 14th
Where: 1 Harrah’s Boulevard 

What: Bye Bye Birdie, YPE
When: September 14th – 16th
Where: 830 Franklin Ave.

What: Comedy in Omaha at The Backline
When: September 14th & 15th
Where: The Backline Comedy Theatre 

What: El Grito Festival
When: September 14th – 16th
Where: S 24th St. & N St. Omaha, NE

What: KANEKO: Reality
When: September 14th – 16th
Where: 1111 Jones St. Omaha, NE

What: Karaoke Friday Nights
When: September 14th
Where: 510 N. 33rd St. Omaha, NE

What: Live Jazz
When: September 14th & 15th
Where: Marks Bistro | 4916 Underwood Ave.

What: Lewis & Clark Ranger Programs
When: September 14th – 16th
Where: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail VC

What: Omaha Restaurant Week
When: September 14th – 16th
Where: Various Locations 

What: Shea Wilkinson: Paralel Worlds
When: September 14th & 15th
Where: Gallery 72 | 1806 Vinton St. 

What: Thomas D Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
When: Septmeber 14th – 16th
Where: Durham Museum | 801 S. 10th St. 

What: 27th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow
When: September 15th
Where: 5730 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE

What: Vintage Market Days of Omaha
When: September 14th – September 16th
Where: 508 Skyline Road

What: Tinkerfest
When: September 15th
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum 

What: Brews & Bites: Blackstone Walking Tour
When: September 15th & 16th
Where: Omaha Culinary Tours | Various Locations

What: Chalk Art Festival
When: September 15th & 16th
Where: Midtown Crossing

What: Game Day at The Capitol District 
When: September 15th
Where: 1022 Capitol Ave. Omaha, NE

What: Artrageous!
When: September 16th
Where: 2700 College Road

What: 43rd Annual Omaha Marathon
When: September 16th
Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

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