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Contest Update

March 19, 2009

It has come to my attention that I haven’t received at least one entry into the contest that I should have (Kate C & your dining room, please re-send), and so I’m writing to find out if there was any others. If you submitted your space but haven’t seen it on the site, comment on this post with your basic info (name and room) in the comments, and re-send your entry to:

The correct email address!

Someone, emailing about a separate item, said an email to me didn’t come through last week, so I’m wondering what’s up.

Also, because we received a relatively limited number of entries, everyone is going to qualify for the finals.  When it comes time to vote, you will be able to easily click through the entries again to review before voting.

I’ll put up the voting options tomorrow, Friday March 20th, after posting any entries that didn’t make it to my inbox (provided that there aren’t more than a few of them, otherwise I’ll keep posting the entries over the weekend, we’ll go back to the original finalists plan, and voting will be pushed back at that point).  I’ll make sure everyone has plenty of time to vote, we’ll probably keep it open until next Friday at this point.

Sorry about the delays, I just want to make sure that everyone who entered gets to participate!  Thank you for all of your patience!

And if you have any other questions, feel free to comment or email.  Thanks!


Contest Update: Voting

March 18, 2009

dominocontestlogoMy fellow Domino lovers,

I have been really under the weather as of late, and combined with my day job’s busiest part of busy season, I haven’t been able to get the contest voting started as soon as promised.  I will have it up by tomorrow morning, and will keep voting open through next Tuesday night.

We have really great entries into the contest, so I encourage you to look back and start considering whom you’ll vote for!  Thanks for your understanding, and for your appreciation of all things Domino.

Special thanks to all of our contestants who were brave enough to share their homes with us and inspire us!


The Domino Inspired My Home Contest Entry: Don

March 16, 2009

dominocontestlogoDomino Inspired Room: My Conservatory

I have a small-enclosed balcony that I wanted to have the feel of an English conservatory.  It overlooks a great water view that I wished to feature, not compete with.

As a charter subscriber to Domino Magazine, I always admired the Saarinen table and thought that its elegant and understated profile would be perfect for this space.  The sleek, round Saarinen table, with its stealth profile, opened up this area and gave me an unobstructed view of the river outside.  The rest of the room flowed from this table.

As Beth of Style Redux said, it was a favorite of Domino Magazine and she doubts there was a single issue that did not feature a “tulip” or “pedestal” table.  I soon realized this table would be perfect for me and I wanted the original.  I chose the black marble version.  I selected a green palette to bring the outdoors in.  The walls were done in a pale celadon green.

Domino also inspired the Philippe Starck Louis ghost chairs.  I picked out understated roman shades to keep the expansive view.  I used many garden related accessories to keep the conservatory feeling — slate floors, a garden stool, topiaries and silk flowers, a pagoda lantern, a copper and metal etagere and botanicals.


The curvy and see-through Philippe Starck ghost chairs complement my Saarinen table and aid my quest to stylishly preserve my view.


The gray-green slate floors enhance the elegant table and chairs and add an outdoors quality to my conservatory.

Finally, a Lucite console table was a natural extension of the Saarinen table and ghost chairs.  The botanicals, lamps, marbles and amaryllis all help to establish my green palette.


Here is a summer shot of the view I wanted to protect.


Thanks, Don!

The Domino Inspired My Home Contest Entry: Nicole

March 16, 2009

dominocontestlogoDomino Inspired Room: My Living Room
How I was Inspired by Domino: The Jan/Feb 2006 issue of Domino included a story called “Gray, Cream & Espresso” which featured the most cozy looking room with walls painted an amazing grayish beige color which domino coined “greige” (don’t you love it?!).


I loved the color so much I told myself that when I moved into my new apartment (several months after the issue dropped), I would paint my walls the Ralph Lauren shade of “greige” called Forde Abbey that was featured in the magazine. The funny thing is I went over a friend of my cousins’ apartment shortly after I saw the Domino: she had just painted her living room the same exact color after seeing it in Domino!

Seeing the color in a real apartment sealed the deal for me. So I moved, and I painted my walls Forde Abbey.


I also wanted to recreate the cozy feel of the living room from Domino in my apartment not only by painting the walls the same color but also by using the same gray, cream and espresso color pallete througout the room.


The two photos of my living room above are what the room looked like around a year ago, and the other two below show the most recent incarnation of my living room with a bit of subtle color added to the gray cream and espresso pallete.



Paint: Ralph Lauren Forde Abbey from Home Depot
Sofa-Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams: “Luc” sleeper sofa
Coffee Table & End Table: West Elm
Floor lamp on left of sofa: West Elm
Table lamp on end table: Urban Outfitters
Chair: Phillipe Starck Louis Ghost Chair (in older pic)
Louis XV style chair via ebay, painted gold and reupholstered with Kelly Wearstler/Lee Jofa metalic linen (in new pic)

Thanks, Nicole!


Update: The Domino Inspired My Home Contest

March 16, 2009


Thanks to all who entered The Domino Inspired My Home Contest!  We’ll continue posting the entries through Tuesday, and then open for voting on Wednesday.  It’s up to you to decide who’ll win the title of Domino-Inspired Genius, so make sure to recruit your friends to vote as well!


The Domino Inspired My Home Contest Entry: S. Freeman

March 11, 2009

dominocontestlogoDomino Inspired Room: My Bedroom

The elements of the room were strongly influenced by Domino: the combination of high and low (a target towel shelf used as a bedside table, family silver on the dresser), a soothing (but not bland) color palette, the paint on the armoire doors, and of course – ZEBRA!  The zebra frame picks up on other unseen elements in the room, including a zebra stool and black and white books, and adds flair to an otherwise cool color scheme.  The photo over the bed is my own, taken during the height of Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossom festival.

S.'s Bedroom Vignette

S.'s Bedroom Vignette

Thanks, S!


The Domino Inspired My Home Contest Entry: Kate

March 11, 2009

dominocontestlogoDomino Inspired Room: My Kitchen
I moved into an apartment last year that had an impossibly small kitchen (3 drawers, no cabinets, and one 2ft x2ft block of counterspace), and in trying to figure out a way to make the space work I was inspired by a particular kitchen in domino magazine.


Using some elements from the domino spread, I really think I made the absolute best of what I could of the space; I streamlined my kitchen goods by buying all white plates, cups, bowls, and displayed them on open shelves (a domino staple) and filled clear jars with food.
Then I added to the clean white palette with some stainless steel finds from Ikea, like the Grundtal bar to hang pots and pans from, stainless buckets to hold all of my knives and utensils, a stainless dish rack and wine rack and a stainless spice rack on the wall. And to keep with the theme of this domino kitchen I organized the open shelves to have little vignettes with my collection of jadite wares.
I wish I had the budget to have the butcher block countertops and custom cabinetry and fixtures, but arranging the components of my kitchen that I could change were inspired by domino!
Thanks, Kate!

Reminder & Mogg Blogg’s “Evil Plan”

March 6, 2009

dominocontestlogoDon’t forget to stage your place this weekend and take pics in daylight when possible!  Besides, wouldn’t a picture-worthy apartment make you feel better and more hopeful that spring will finally arrive?

We’ve received a few entries already to The Domino Inspired My Home Contest, we’ll start posting them next week – and we know more are on the way, but your chances of wining one of SIX great prize packs are high.  You have just over 1 week to enter.  Click on the link to get all of the details.  Remember, there are great prizes to be had, all for snapping a few pics and emailing them off!

bad-decorAnd if you definitely don’t have Domino-worthy place, or in the past lived in one huge decorating faux pas, (or many small ones_, you should check out Mogg Blogg’s Evil Plan to give away 2 copies of the Domino Guide to Decorating—either enter a pic or make a comment on this post and you’re entered to win over there.

I’m even wondering if you have to have lived in the place to enter the pic? [Jenny wondered where the Mogg girls got a pic of her MIL’s living room!]

In any case, happy Friday, folks!


Announcing: The Domino Inspired My Home Contest

March 2, 2009


The greatest legacy of Domino was the approachability of the designs it presented, and we know many of you have taken action on the inspiration Domino provided you – and we want to see how you’ve created a life of style within your own home.  Besides sharing in the Domino love and inspiration, we also have fabulous prizes to give away to the winners!

There will be two categories: Whole Room, and Vignette. Sometimes doing the Whole Room is more than your budget can handle right now, so we created the Vignette category.  We’re expecting this to be a slice of a room, not just the top of a dresser, for example, but the whole dresser included with what’s on top and above it, and even the side of it.

Prizes: Prizes are the same for both the Whole Room and Vignette categories

First PlaceDomino: The Book of Decorating, Simon Doonan’s Eccentric Glamour, and $25 Gift Card to Goodwill (or your favorite thrift store)

Second Place –  Ty Pennignton’s Good Design Can Change Your Life, and a $15 gift card to Goodwill (or your favorite thrift store)

Third PlaceSheetrock and Shellac: A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Art and Science of Home Improvement by David Owen, and a $10 gift card to Goodwill (or your favorite thrift store)


The books were provided to us by Simon and Schuster.  Thanks for your help, Nina!

The contest works like this:

  1. Photograph your Domino-inspired room or vignette within your home.  For tips on photographing your home, check out this Apartment Therapy post (including the comments).
  2. Submit your photographs and information via email to ilovedominomag[at]gmail[dot]com; email the photos between now and 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, March 15th.  You may email up to 5 photos. Label your email with your entry category (you can only choose one category, and only enter one room or vignette). Provide details about what Domino inspired you to do (extra kudos for exact issue(s) and story info), as well as sources and links for your decor whenever possible.
  3. We will post your entry as soon as we are able to, in the order received.  Comments on the photos by the readers of We Love Domino during the submission period are highly encouraged – provided that they are only positive; no negative comments allowed! We’ll open things up for constructive feedback after contest is over to those who have specifically requested it.
  4. Judges will narrow down the field and post the finalists by Tuesday morning, March 17th.  From that point until 11:59pm on Sunday, March 22nd, people will be able to vote on their favorites.
  5. Winners will be announced on Monday, March 23rd and score the sweet swag mentioned above, as well as the title of Domino-Inspired Genius!

And keep in mind, if you already have any of these books and you win, you’ll have part of your Holiday gift list already checked off. 😉

If you have any questions, feel free to email us and we’ll do our best to answer, and anything that might be relevant to the whole group, we’ll add the question & answer to the comments of this post.

Key Point: You can’t have hired someone else (or bribed with money, wine, or traded services like kid-watching for decorating expertise, for example) to do the area you’re presenting in the contest, though you can be a professional and present your own space.

The “Fine Print” for the contest is available here.

Good luck – we’re looking forward to seeing what Domino has inspired you to do!