Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska

I know this seems the wrong time of year for this, but I read a reference recently to Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City,  Nebraska.  I got interested in its history, and naturally enough for me, this led me to local real estate listings.  (I'm fascinating at cocktail parties, trust me.)

This 1920 home is just a short jaunt from the park.  Its interiors are a little...historic, but it has its own charm.  (Could you tell from the photo that it's on a brick street?)

The entry does have a built-in bench by the stairs, but it's a little drab:

Nothing a little chipper paint and some updated accessories can't address. 
(Paint color is Benjamin Moore Dulce de Leche.)

The living room can best be described as morose:

It appears that the owners are still mourning the death of Walt Disney, whose portrait is over the mantel (kidding). 

Now I'm feeling blue, but in a good way with this beautiful wallpaper and fabric.  

The dining room could also use some freshening up:

{Bunny Williams}

How about an updated version of a panel mural and much happier chairs?

The kitchen has a charming copper hood over the fireplace:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

Let's take that idea and run with it. How about a little blueberry and cream with our copper?

"Welcome guests! Enjoy your stay," says this bed:

{Marshall Watson}

That looks a little more cozy and interesting.

The master bedroom has wonderfully large windows that aren't appreciated:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

I think framing the windows and cooling down the bedding is the way to go.  For our purposes, I changed the original magazine image by framing the windows with Benjamin Moore Adriatic Sea and cooled down the bedding with Benjamin Moore Sea Salt.

{Better Homes and Gardens}
(The original, in case you were curious.)

Well, I don't know if today's house has inspired anyone to plant a little green, but hopefully it inspired us to paint a little blue.  I think this house now feels blue in the best possible way.

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