nancy erb, designer

nancy erb, designer

My journey to design services is a bit weird.  I began my career as an intensive care and high-risk labor & delivery RN. When health care changed to a "business", I shifted gears and became a commercial mortgage lender. Make sense? Not really! My husband worked as a residential mortgage lender at the time. I LOVED design and looking at homes and told my husband "We should sell real estate!" So we did. That led to staging homes and design. 

My education is primarily business-based.  Over the years I have 20+ years experience working with contractors and designers.  Personally, I have remodeled and built several homes of my own.  Learning along the way what works and what doesn't.  I have no formal design training.  But, I am flattered that clients continually invite me to design their homes.  I just know what I like and I just go for it.  It seems to work.  

My work spans every style.  I particularly like older homes or making new homes appear to have old character.  I enjoy working in new construction with clients who love originality and trying new things.   What excites me most about interior design is bringing design trends I see on my travels back to Nebraska.  I love finding old European furniture and accessories that have a relaxed feel and fit in almost every room.  Also the use of layering whites and colors in general.  I use a lot of layering.

What I look for in a "fixer upper" or new home is character, character, character!  Plus, sconce lighting, oversized molding, nooks, interesting ceiling detail, opportunities for expansion, or finding new use for existing space.  I help my clients get past trying to match everything in their home.  Layering and adding character and depth is one of the hardest things for people to see until it's all put together. Once they see it all put together, they see the vision.  It looks like a collected, timeless design.

My dream is to have my own small cottage designed to near perfection.  My husband JD and I have three grandchildren, five children. I love to travel. And I especially love New York City and Napa Valley. When I'm not working, you can find me perusing Pinterest, drinking wine, and spending time with friends. I love to cook.