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A Creative Tudor Home in Omaha

by anne

Jessica McKay is an interior decorator and owner of Birdhouse Interior Design, and Christopher Van Buskirk bakes at a gourmet foods supermarket while in culinary school. Living in the Country Club neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska they have backyard chickens (Salt, Pepa, and DJ Spinderella) and a large vegetable garden that Christopher uses to make delicious dishes. It only seemed appropriate for the couple to start COOP, a blog combining their interests and focusing on accessible style and sustainable living. They’ve been in their brick tudor home built in 1940 for three years now. They love original art and have been fortunate to receive some incredible vintage and antique hand-me-downs from their families. Jessica wanted to blend the old and new in an interesting way and highlight their collections as well as integrating and layering some Southwestern and Native-inspired textiles influenced by her New Mexico upbringing. The result is an inviting mix of styles. Many thanks to Jessica, and Dana Damewood for the photos! –Anne

Image above: Our guest bedroom is small so I wanted it to feel cozy. We painted it in Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze, added a contrasting bright bedding from Dwell Studio, and placed a vintage textile from ebay at the foot of the bed. I paired new black drum lampshades with vintage white lamps I found at a thrift store for bedside lighting.

Image above: We have a ton of books and thought it would be a welcoming sight for guests to walk right into our “library” along a front wall in our living room. I inherited the Kachina dolls from my grandfather after he passed and they are very special to me. I found the Persian runner on ebay.

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Image above: The Eames-inspired dining room chairs were a flea market find which originally were used in a Nebraska school. The vintage wood pedestal table was found at a local antique shop. The Sputnik chandelier is from ebay. The paint color is Sherwin-Williams Powder Blue.

Image above: We moved our Bed, Bath, and Beyond floor model kitchen island with us from our last house for extra storage. The stools are vintage.

Image above: Our dog, Lisey, in our living room. The art is by Rey Cantil, Andrew Hershey, and Andrew Johnson. The couch was Christopher’s mother’s and I love the lines of it. It makes the rest of the room feel more put-together.

Image above: I use the dormer window in our bedroom for a small dressing area. I store shoes, bags and jewelry here. The wooden piece in front of the window stores necklaces and is by a local designer, Peter Cales. The chairs are vintage and recovered in a Southwestern Naugahyde fabric.

Image above: I found the wingback chair at an antique shop and had it reupholstered in a gray vinyl with a brass nailhead trim. The pouf is from Arteriors Home. The art is by Caolan O’Loughlin. I had the curtains made and the rug was a great find from Marshall’s.

Image above: We converted our attic into a master suite. I love the angles that it created and it is a little retreat from the rest of our house. The bedding is Dwell Studio, but the plaid blanket was my grandparents’. I made the headboard and also painted the vintage nightstands (that were free from a friend!).

Image above: We use an extra bedroom in our house for our office. The chair is a custom fabric and was given to me by my business partner. We use the mid-century dresser to store office supplies.

Image above: We love our Christina Renfer Vogel painting in our dining room. It took me a little while to find the perfect spot for it, but once we painted the walls blue, it found a home above the CB2 console. The lamps are from Jonathan Adler.

Image above: We painted the stairs leading to our bedroom in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black and Behr Red Tomato. The collage on the dining room wall is by Adrianne Watson.

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  • I love homes, like this one, that evolve organically and although filled with beautiful things don’t look too ‘styled’. Lovely and inspirational.

  • Jessica, can you share any information about the shelf in your kitchen that houses your flour and proofing basket and the (similar?) shelves in your dressing room where your shoes live? Are they vintage finds or can I find them somewhere? Thanks. Your home is lovely!

  • Beautiful! Love how its all come together to be a warm, inviting and colorful home with character.

  • I love the mix of vintage, new, designer and big box store-bought. There is such as great flow of textures, prints and warmth. I especially like the red stars and the bedroom sheets. Just beautiful!

  • I love this home. The upstairs master suite & dormer/dressing room are my favorites. Great job!

  • Love the color of your living room. What is it? (PS It’s Newfield’s Julie). Come help me do me home!!!!!

  • Amber,

    The dressing area shelves are from Target and I found the rolling cart through a vendor at the Las Vegas Market. But, I’ve seen similar ones on Ebay and Amazon. Sorry, I couldn’t be more helpful!

  • I have never commented on a Sneak Peek before but I just adore this interior! I especially like the painting in the kitchen with the spoon and fork :) I love how you have used so many colours but they have a soft edge so blend in really nicely!

  • Oh wow, adore this look! You are so talented! Would you mind me asking where the pillows on your bed are from?

  • I love it- eclectic, personal, bright, charming… I love the dolls and rug from Ebay and the painting and and and! Quite jealous of that great sweater too ;)

  • I love this. Just the right amount of Southwest touches without going overboard – something so easy to do when you are longing for New Mexico! Thank you for this wonderful Sneak Peak.

    I love the Kachinas.

  • Love it. Question: anyone know where she got her shades for the windows? I am looking for something similar but the ones from Lowe’s seem too bunch-y.

  • Please tell us about the chandelier in your room -and yes,I also covet the sweater!Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.It is a perfect balance of many beautiful things.

  • Simply stunning! Even if you’ve never met Jessica and Christopher, you immediately recognize their personal style through their home and these photographs. Only question is: when can I move in? :-)

  • So much fun seeing your beautiful home, and getting to know a little about you two. I will look forward to more! Seeing shades of Leslie and Roger, too! Fun!

  • The key to expansive, authentic, personal decor regardless of room size and location is ‘a good floor’. All you need is a solid, good quality, wooden floor. Tell me I’m wrong!

    Nice to see the dark bedroom wall.

  • I really love this house. I love the southwest touches that are authentic without being too precious. I love all the colors that go together but don’t clash and all the different styles of furniture. This is a lovely home. You are very talented. Congratulations.

  • I’ve just put my home on the market and am in the process of downsizing my life. I really love your storage ideas, your home is very pleasant and warm. I hope to achieve a similar feeling in my new home when it’s all said and done!

  • In the tenth picture from the top down, the blue/teal stripe curtains…. I’m in love love love with them!! Please tell me where you got the fabric??? or the manufacturer? or designer? I’d love to have a bit of it in my home!

  • Hi, I am a little late to the conversation but have been searching for the perfect gray and would like to know if you feel that the Urbane Bronze has a gray-ness to it or is it purely a deep brown… I am originally from Omaha and LOVE everything about your home!

  • My son loves the bedroom with the Urbane Bronze walls and wants to duplicate it. Some much character.

  • I’m utterly inspired by your design choices-particularly when it comes to colors and textiles. There aren’t many things I can identify as being something I would think to pair together, here. Yet, the colors, patterns, and textiles are seamlessly in unison. Brilliant!