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    While the footprint of the cabinets stayed the same, the upper section was reconfigured to accommodate a hooded range. Drafty double-hung windows were replaced with energy-efficient picture windows for more natural light and better views into the wooded back yard. Faded fruit-and-vegetable wallpaper from the 1990s came down, and rift-cut white oak flooring went in.

Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2016 12:00 am

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.

The couple talks about their home in two distinct periods. “Before Jerome” and “After Jerome.” “Like Pre-Columbian and Post- Columbian,” Dick explains with a smile.

The Palm Springs vibe, Linda says, wakes up her senses and makes her feel happy. “Jerome nailed it.”

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