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February 2016 - Houston

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FEBRUARY | PAGE 39 | 2016 Clockwise from top left: The master bedroom was the final room to get a design overhaul. After Looke fell hard for Miles Redd's recently released chinoiserie fabric for Schumacher, she had a bed custom-made and swathed in it. A set of six prints of antique Goltzius coins has as much impact as one large piece of art. In the living room, a graphic Judith Foosaner painting from Laura Rathe Fine Art establishes the mood. Looke replaced a fussy mantel with this contemporary, streamlined version. Custom rug by Stark. Looke isn't normally into red but embraced this family antique china cabinet, which proved just the dash she needed for the serene blue dining room. A moody Steven Seinberg painting from Søren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans; antique Italian console from Area. The dining room is wallpapered in an aqua print from Lee Jofa. Ceiling and trim in Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue. Chandelier by Porto Romano. Curtains in Jim Thompson fabric. Silk, cotton and jute rug from Carol Piper Rugs. Looke in a Dolce & Gabbana poppy silk Mikado dress from Tootsies. Marni, the family dog, perches on another family heirloom: a petite settee that received a modern update, reupholstered in a silk fabric by Old World Weavers. Black drinks table from Arteriors. Instead of renovating, Looke embraced the blue-and-white tile in the kitchen and crafted her breakfast room in the same hues. Lucite brackets from Wisteria hold decorative ginger jars. Table from Oly Studio. Pillows in Groundworks Lee Jofa and John Robshaw prints. POP QUIZ Flower: Hydrangeas. Especially in blue- and-white vases. Restaurants: B&B Butchers & Restaurant, State of Grace and Shake Shack, once it finally opens. Hotel: The Carlyle in New York. I love the lobby, the history and its authenticity. Necessary indulgence: Sleep. Travel destination: Any place with family. We love going to Nantucket in the summer. Dream project: Designing a beach house. Interior design don't: Don't hold yourself to any rules. Creativity is not about limitations. Fave designer: Daniel Romualdez. He can do contemporary just as well as traditional and his work is the right balance of livable elegance. TOP TIPS FOR NEWLYWEDS FROM LOOKE: • Buy things you love rather than simply to fill a space. And you don't have to buy everything at once. • Family heirlooms weave a personal story into your home. Also, they are gifted (ergo, free), which is a big plus. Even if it isn't something you would have purchased, consider refurbishing to fit your taste. • Look to a designer to help determine how to merge existing furniture and formulate a design scheme that serves as the foundation for future design work. • Increase dinner party seating with tables in several rooms. Unbendable rule: Seat married couples apart to keep conversation flowing, witty and interesting. • You can have nice things with young children; you just have to safeguard a bit. I museum-glued Christopher Spitzmiller lamps to vintage end tables. The removable gel creates a bond between the object and display surface. Tommy Mitchell Butterfly cocktail table from Area. Looke made grandmother's china her own by pairing it with monogrammed dinner napkins by Madison, a gift from her brother-in-law's fiancée.

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