Don’t Go At It Alone, Go Pro

Let’s talk LookNook Pro.

You know it’s time to furnish your home. Maybe you are reading this while you sit in an empty room. Maybe you are sitting on a perfectly serviceable couch, but one which leaves something to desire as far as style. Maybe, like most people, you have a few pieces you like but more pieces that you’d like to replace.

Whichever the case, you flip through catalogues and magazines and dog-ear pages. Maybe you pin images to your pinterest like there’s no tomorrow. But, when it comes to actually redecorating, you just can’t conjure the courage to take the next steps. Maybe you can’t find anything you love, or maybe you love everything too much.

LookNook Pro Customization can help you focus your vision and create the room of your dreams.

Here’s how it works: for a flat fee of $199 you will work with a real interior designer who will help you decide on a style for your room. Your designer will create a room based on your needs, preferences, and budget. You will be able to refine the design to get it just right.

Then, once your design is approved your designer will place and manage the order. All you need to do is sit back and wait as your custom-designed room comes together.

It’s never been easier or more affordable to create a magazine-perfect room.

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This living room was customized for one of our local LookNook clients. Along with the design completely tailored to the space, our client received a floor plan indicating how to layout the furnishings, and a list of local galleries and artists we recommend for finding a one of a kind piece of art…a must have for this particular homeowner!

Bend It Like LookNook: Kiera Knightley

Actress Keira Knightley, and her husband, James Righton are moving. Like most people, I’m always curious to take a peep inside the homes of the wildly successful and see how the other 2% live. The problem is that I’m not much of a cyber-stalker. If my curiosity is going to involve much more than a google image search, I’m out.

So, when I hear that someone of interest is selling their home, I’m often disappointed by the pictures available, because of course listing pictures are purposefully bland. Sometimes the property pictures are of the listing as it was prior to the current owner taking possession. In other words, the pictures we are seeing of Keira Knightley’s new house, may very well be the pictures from before she purchased, renovated and moved into the property. Or, maybe, she just likes the IKEA Poang chair.

Obviously, this practice thwarts my peeping habit, but it makes perfect sense from a privacy standpoint. If celebrity homes were listed and shown like average people’s houses, the paparazzi would be trolling the MLS in the 90210 zip code and hitting open houses like Charlie Sheen hits the “tiger blood.” Savvy photog/potential buyers would be ducking out of the garden tour to ‘use the bathroom,’ and then photographing the inside of the medicine cabinet. That’s just how it works, unfortunately.

And the rest of us, well, we are left to fill in the blanks. Does Keira Knightley shop at IKEA like some of these pictures suggest? Maybe. And that would be cool because I don’t care who you are, everyone gets sucked into the Big Blue Box once in awhile. But, judging from what we know about Keira Knightley’s interests and fashion sense, I’m gonna predict that when ELLE Decor finally features her new digs, it will be a glorious mix of styles, which is why Keira Knightley kicks off LookNook’s multi-part celebration of all things eclectic.

In the meantime, check out LookNook’s ode to Keira Knightley’s design vibe on a budget: the Cents and Sensibilities collection.

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The detail and flair of this room match Keira’s eclectic style, while the price tag ($2300!) meets the ‘Cents’ requirements of the ‘Cents and Sensibilities’ collection. The sofa, side chair, and bookshelf are traditional, neutral and versatile, but next to the dark drum shaped coffee table they take on a high-end safari ‘glamping’ vibe. Accessories are colorful, textured and round out the thematic beauty of this living room.

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This dining room meets the requirements for the Sensibilities part of the collection. Bold patterns and color combinations are offset by sleek wood pieces and a vintage-inspired wood barrel chandelier. A nice mix of modern, vintage, and rustic, this design paradise is a show-stopper.

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Gluten Free Dining Room

For a hermit like me, sometimes the social aspects of the holidays give me what I call a Life Hangover.

My current Life Hangover has me mentally fast-forwarding to my New Year’s Resolution. Inevitably, I will wear myself out getting, as my wiseguy stepson says, “middle aged lady drunk,” one too many times between November and January. If he means having a second glass of red wine while living on a diet of party foods and then taking the express train to dreamland, he’s right. I’m calling it now: middle-aged lady drunk from Halloween to approximately 10 pm on New Year’s Eve.

Rock and roll, people, rock and roll.

Here’s what’s wearing me out already, and brace yourselves for a bit of a rant. Since when does engaged, creative parenting involve staging dinosaur action figures every night in the month of November? Granted, Dinovember is meant to encourage kids to unplug and be creative, and who is against that? But, every single night? With the action figures…staging scenes of destruction and mischief like so? I think not. We believe in Santasaurus at my house. That’s as far as I’m willing to go.

So if I make it through November without having to explain why the kids at school’s parents love them more than I love my kiddo, which is obviously a universal truth, because those parents stay up all night making the plastic dinosaurs create ever more creative scenes of dino-destruction, I’ll land safely in December, having dodged the dino-bullet. Phew, what a relief, right? Wrong. Enter the Elf on the Shelf Mafia. Apparently, I’m supposed to be bribing my kiddo to behave by thinking up clever ways to display an Elf on a Shelf. Just make it stop. You know how we bribe the kid to behave? We threaten to cancel Christmas, that’s how. Try it. The nonsense stops. Immediately.

Speaking of stopping the nonsense, I need a post festive-obligation detox plan. What to do. Juicing? Whole wheat flour? No flour? Ugh, the detoxers can be as zealous as the Elf on a Shelf goons, though I daresay the returns on giving up processed food are better than what I’d get from sticking an elf in a box of cereal. Why set myself up for this? This year I resolve to do something completely attainable.

I’m going totally, 100% gluten free.

But it’s not what you think.

I’m going gluten free in my dining room! That’s right, readers. Enough with the unattainable goals. I’m ridding my dining room of gluten containing decor. No more starchy and inflammatory furnishings for me.

So who’s with me? Is this a holiday ritual you can get behind? LookNook offers an array of designs, and guess what? They’re all totally, 100% gluten free. Herein are several of my favorites.