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Domino’s Icons of Style #7: The Saarinen Table

March 13, 2009
Today’s guest post is another installment in the series, Domino’s Icons of Style, by Beth of Style Redux.  Let us know what your personal opinion of each icon of style is in the comments: love it? hate it? used it in your own place?  We want to know what you think!

The Saarinen Tulip Table was introduced 50 years ago and is more popular today than ever. Its creator Eero Saarinen said that the underside of tables is a confusing, unrestful world. He created the pedestal collection to “clear up the slum of legs.” The pedestal tables come as coffee, dining, or side tables with tops in laminate, marble, granite, or wood. Domino was in love with the tulip table. They used them everywhere, because the simple elegance of this table works anywhere.

A couple of design tips:

1. notice how these round tables really open up a space – great in a small dining room, and
2. these tables want to be paired with curvy chairs, not squared or angular

In this stunning dining room-note the curvy chairs.

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In a living room with an eclectic mix.

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A wonderful dining room/library. Note the blue armchair in the corner.

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A front hall/library with floating bookcases.

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An amazing kitchen/dining room/office.

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A wonderful light, soothing, and airy space.

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Great with rounded black chairs.

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In a living room next to a wing back chair-sort of English meets modern.

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This is Ikea’s knock off version in a reader’s chic dining room.

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A very cool reader’s dining room/library.

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Thanks, Beth!

Domino Icons of Style #1: The Zebra Rug

Domino Icons of Style #2: Pink Walls

Domino Icons of Style #3: Miles Redd Birdcage Bed

Domino Icons of Style #4: Miles Redd’s Blue Front Door

Domino Icons of Style #5: Antlers

Domino’s Icons of Style #6: Moroccan Poofs

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Domino’s Icons of Style #6: Moroccan Poofs

March 5, 2009
Today’s guest post is another installment in the series, Domino’s Icons of Style, by Beth of Style Redux – who also was in the Washington Post today!  Let us know what your personal opinion of each icon of style is in the comments: love it? hate it? used it in your own place?  We want to know what you think!

The Moroccan Pouf is a round leather embroidered ottoman. I first saw them in Domino Magazine and was fascinated by their beautiful colors and adaptability. They come in any color and stitching, in metallic and non-metallic. Incredibly versatile – they can be used as seating, a coffee table, a stool, a small table, or as a great decorative item. I have two in front of my fireplace-they are great as multiples. Wonderful in a living room, bedroom, media room, even outdoors in this fun wicker version. You can spend as little or as much as you want for one; I have seen them on eBay and in hip neighborhoods starting at $25, but you can spend $250 or more for higher quality leather, embroidery, and larger sizes.

Three in front of the fireplace in Candace Bushnell’s living room:

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I love the pink on the zigzag rug:

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The turquoise is stunning on the zebra rug:

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Another zebra rug and pouf-fabulous!

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These gorgeous colors are from John Derian:

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What fun! A wicker version for outdoors:

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This rattan version from Urban Outfitters is quite cute:

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Thanks, Beth!

Domino Icons of Style #1: The Zebra Rug

Domino Icons of Style #2: Pink Walls

Domino Icons of Style #3: Miles Redd Birdcage Bed

Domino Icons of Style #4: Miles Redd’s Blue Front Door

Domino Icons of Style #5: Antlers

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Our Tribute to Beautiful Small Living Spaces, Part I

March 4, 2009

We’ve already featured Rashida Jones’ 400 sq. foot apartment….and it’s featured in the We Love Domino header on the far left and far right!

This one shows us how to live a full life–including lots of books for you bibliophiles–in only 625 sq. feet.  The Domino slide show says, “In this small apartment, assigning areas for specific purposes and designing each distinctly makes the space seem bigger.”

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This room, designed by Antony Todd, has demension despite it’s small floor plan. I’m sure the minimal but beautiful color palatte also helps to unify the space but not make it look bland–who loves that wall color like I do??

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"The urn and the corner screen add depth to this tight spot."

Perhaps not for the claustrophobic, but a great idea for making a small, difficult space actually functional, “[t]he shape of these turned headboards allows the beds to fit just right between the window and the wall making an impossibly small room a cozy useful space.”

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Readers were asked to contribute their advice for small space decorating.  Here are a few of their tips:

Can you believe this room is only 9x9??

Can you believe this room is only 9x9??

“Chocolate brown walls actually make the 9′ x 9′ space feel larger.”
— Rebekah from Auburn Hills, MI

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“Low, modular seating creates an illusion of height and openness.”
— Glynn from Lowell, MA

What’s your favorite small space tip?

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The Upcoming Month…

March 4, 2009

A look ahead to March around We Love Domino:

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Antony Todd designed room

Thanks to you, We Love Domino has developed a bit of a following, and inspires me daily to keep commemorating Domino.  In the upcoming month, we’ll feature The Domino Inspired My Home Contest, and we’ll look at designer favorites and small spaces that are chic and multifunctional.

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As well, we’ll start expanding our wings to find resources outside of Domino that can provide you with your Domino-like fix, whether with blogs, magazines, designers or merchandise.  Stick around, it’ll be an exciting month!

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Month #1: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

March 3, 2009

It’s been about a month since Domino made the sad announcement, and a month since we’ve been blogging here at We Love Domino, in our quest to keep domino alive in our hearts and minds beyond the lifespan Si Newhouse saw fit for the magazine.

What are some of your favorite things that you saw here on We Love Domino?  What do you want to see in the upcoming month(s)?  Here are a few of my personal favorite things from the past month:

Miles Redd's Front Door

Miles Redd's Front Door

I had forgotten about this door until Beth reminded me…I remember falling in love with its elegance the first time I saw it, especially the silver hardware (and the blue is beautiful, too) and the way the moulding curves around the handle in the middle of the door.  (It also made me wonder, how hard is it to open a door when the force is in the center of the door, as opposed to the opposite edge from the hinges–does anyone else wonder that??)

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This dressing area can be made on an average person’s budget, but still is incredibly chic.  The “custom” shelving is actually just from Ikea, the stool recovered in fabric to coordinate.

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gasl06_colorlivingNot only does this showcase a great use of elegant pink paint, this was another favorite article of mine in Domino, focused on an incredibly chic, very compact space.

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Averill showed us great outdoor spaces that don’t require a green thumb, including this rooftop deck transformed.

glamIf there ever were a picture that epitomized yours truly, this would be it: glammed up family kitchen, kids underfoot (in a few years), gourmet appliances, a modern edge in the seating, luscious marble accents, the color blue dominating and colorful but limited accents, and a place for friends to gather (including your friend, Domino).  Yup, that’s me!

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Domino’s Icons of Style #5: Antlers

March 3, 2009
Today’s guest post is another installment in the series, Domino’s Icons of Style, by Beth of Style Redux.  Let us know what your personal opinion of each icon of style is in the comments: love it? hate it? used it in your own place?  We want to know what you think!

No longer relegated to the ski house or winter cabin, Domino brought antlers to center stage in the chicest abodes. I think this look is here to stay, because antlers add a bold, powerful, architectural, and modern edge to any room. Notice how in each example, your eye is immediately drawn to it. Now imagine the room without it. Antlers serve as visual anchors. Explore the many ways Domino has incorporated antlers in these rooms.

Next to a fireplace

Next to a fireplace

On a mantel

On a mantel

Above a mantel

Above a mantel

In an entryway

In an entryway

Above a couch

Above a couch

 As a fun silhouette-instructions to make this on dominomag.com

As a fun silhouette – instructions to make this on dominomag.com

Another view

Another view

A third view

A third view

As an elegant statuary

As an elegant statuary

To hide your flat screen television

To hide your flat screen television

On a coffee table

On a coffee table

To tone down wallpaper

To tone down wallpaper

As a piece of art

As a piece of art

A Jay Jeffers urban dining room with antler mirror, centerpiece, and paper mache lighting fixtures – not from Domino, but it shows how antlers have gone high-end and upscale:

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Again Jay Jeffers – not from Domino – but clearly antlers have become mainstream and elegant, not just funky:

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Thanks, Beth!

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A Favorite: Rashida Jones’ Studio Apartment

March 1, 2009
Actress Rashida Jones; picture from Wikipedia

Actress Rashida Jones; picture from Wikipedia

One of my favorite features in Domino was Rashida Jones’ New York City studio apartment that appeared a year ago, in the February 2008 issue.

A mere 400 square feet were transformed into a chic and restful space.

The space combined smart storage, a great color palette and a great mix of modern, ethnic and classic furniture–and highlighted Domino’s 3-step plan for an organized home.

    • Step 1: The efficient floorplan
    • Step 2: Hidden storage
    • Step 3: A focused color scheme

Rashida’s couch was centered between two bookcases to create symetry in the room to start.  “Nimble pieces,” as Domino calls them, like the Morrocan side tables, allow for multiple uses around the small space, including cocktail table, nightstand and dining side table.

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The Efficient Floorplan

The Efficient Floorplan

Also included in the efficient floorplan was turning the bed length-ways along the wall and 4 different places to store items. “Turning the bed so that the long side is against a wall—allowing it to function more like a daybed—frees up precious square footage and gives the place an airier feel.”

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Hidden Storage

Without sacrificing much–none in most of these examples–square footage, under the bed, behind the curtains and inside the lower cupboards of the bookcases turn into great places to stash necessities.

Stash extra sheets and bulkier clothing items under the bed

Stash extra sheets and bulkier clothing items under the bed

The curtains not just cloaking the windows but also extra storage for only a few square feet.

The curtains don't just cloak the windows, but also extra storage for only a few square feet.

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Boxes are a great place to stash papers in case you need to open the cupboards while you have company

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The white-painted wood unifies different types of wood, and the very light blue paint on the walls reflects light and provide more interest than white painted walls would.  “In this apartment, an artist’s print, antique Persian rug, and throw pillows were the basis for a black-and-white, blue and magenta scheme.”

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Domino’s Icons of Style #4: Miles Redd’s Blue Door

February 27, 2009
Today’s guest post is another installment in the series, Domino’s Icons of Style, by Beth of Style Redux.  Let us know what your personal opinion of each icon of style is in the comments: love it? hate it? used it in your own place?  We want to know what you think!

This elegant robin’s egg blue front door belongs to the uber talented Miles Redd whose work was often showcased in Domino Magazine. The picture appeared in the November 2008 issue and ever since people have been blogging about blue doors and painting their doors blue. I think this color is a chic and sophisticated alternative to the ubiquitous red front door and black front door.  In the Mediterranean region and north Africa, blue front doors are very popular because blue is thought to keep away evil spirits.

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Miles Redd's Beautiful Door

Note also the centered doorknob and the silver hardware. Baldwin Hardware has a beautiful collection of door hardware in nickel finish that would be wonderful–but don’t feel that you need to change your door hardware if you have brass. This shade would be lovely with brass as well.

I tried to find out the exact paint he used, but was told it was custom mixed on site by Miles Redd himself. Some great colors close to this are:

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Martha Stewart C25 Robins Egg Blue

Sherwin Williams SW6484 Meander Blue

Sherwin Williams SW6484 Meander Blue

Benjamin Moore HC-144 Palladian Blue

Benjamin Moore HC-144 Palladian Blue

Farrow & Ball 22 Light Blue

Farrow & Ball 22 Light Blue

The Tiffany Blue box is a somewhat deeper and stronger robin’s egg blue, but will always be a gorgeous and iconic color.

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Here are two close matches to the Tiffany box:

Benjamin Moore 2048-50 Tropicana Cabana

Benjamin Moore 2048-50 Tropicana Cabana

Sherwin Williams SW6766 Mariner

Sherwin Williams SW6766 Mariner

This is my top project for my house this spring. Have any of you painted your door this color? I would love to see pictures! Just think, for the cost of a quart of paint, you’ll give your house a whole new look!

Thanks, Beth!

Icons of Style #1: Zebra Rugs
Icons of Style #2: Pink Walls
Icons of Style #3: Miles Redd Birdcage Bedroom

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What Will Fill the Void?

February 26, 2009
Nasa Image, Hubble Telescope: Monster Black Holes are Everywhere

Nasa Image, Hubble Telescope: Monster Black Holes are Everywhere

My current stage of getting over Domino’s demise: anger.

The black hole that is magazine publishers has sucked in its biggest victim yet, Domino, and we are left to figure out what to do from here while somehow feeding our own need for a great design periodical.  When I think about the hole left where Domino was, I am genuinely depressed.  Si Newhouse, are you happy that you’ve made much of the design world go into mourning???  Ugh, it disgusts me.

Condé Nast CEO Chuck Townsend said in a statement that it was because “this economic market will not support our business expectations.”

A spokeswoman told The Observer that the economy forced an immediate decision. But it appeared to have all the signs of that old tale told throughout the ages at Condé Nast: Si Newhouse woke up and made a decision.

-Quoted from this New York Observer article

If you look at Conde Nast’s lineup, so much of it is filled with pretension.  THREE golf magazines??  Stuffy Architectural Digest?  This is the thing, titles like Domino, and even Cookie to a certain extent, are the new frontier of magazines, but their own poor decision making means that they won’t be moving forward into a new era–of people with disposable income who choose not to blow it on golf but rather design and not the AD type–but resting on their laurels as long as they can.  Most of Conde Nast titles are for those who have boatloads of money, or aspire to.  Which will continue to work for a while, as long as Si is still alive in fact, meaning little will change until someone else can take the helm.

Did any of you take that survey that Domino had pleaded with its email list to take?  I’m a sucker for those, in a good way, so I took it.  How could I not want to help out my beloved Domino?  Did anyone else realize that it was focused on expensive travel and whether or not I planned to take any?

I don’t care, Mr. Newhouse, if Travel & Leisure is filled with beautiful photos of that great, reasonably priced at $150-a-night hotel in Morroco, because I can’t afford to get there in the first place!  A girl can only do so much drooling before she wants to drool over the attainable and relevant to her own life, which is what Domino was.  I would rather spend that money on a new sofa than a flight to Morroco if I have to choose one or the other.  Although I’d go to Morocco if I could, life doesn’t work that way most of the time for most of America that they get to choose both.

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Nasa Image, Hubble Telescope: A Sun-like star goes out in a blaze of glory

And don’t give me the line about advertisers not being plentiful enough.  Sure, not all of the ones already working with Conde Nast can fill this new arena, but look at it as a new opportunity.  There are tons of places I shop at and want to shop at that would fit the demographic of Domino readers (if you want a list, Si, I’d be happy to provide it), but it’s just truly mean to 850,000+ people to deprive us of Domino because your sales staff couldn’t figure it out and reach outside of their own usual contacts.

Before my blood boils further and I’m inclined to take out my rage on the poor, unsuspecting barrista at my coffeeshop or on my coworkers, I’m going to stop and get on asking you, my dear reader, what you are going to fill the void with:

What magazines will begin to fill the Domino-sized void left in your heart?

I need options people, I had put almost all of my eggs in the Domino basket and don’t know where to go from here.  Help me, my dear Domino lovers!

And because I can’t go without my eye candy, today’s images are from
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From NASA, about the top picture on the mammoth black hole (and my own personal view of Si Newhouse right now, who is missing the fact that “black holes have an intimate relationship with their host galaxies”):
The hubs of most galaxies have a mammoth resident that loves to gobble up anything that wanders near it. This sleeping monster, Hubble observations confirmed, is a black hole with a mass millions to billions times that of our Sun. Not only are black holes everywhere, but they also have an intimate relationship with their host galaxies.

Hubble observations revealed that a tight relationship exists between the masses of the central black holes and those of the galactic bulges of old stars, gas, and dust that surround them. Monstrous galaxies, for example, have titanic black holes. This close relationship may be evidence that black holes grew with their galaxies, feasting on a measured diet of gas and stars swirling around the hearts of those galaxies.

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Domino’s Icons of Style #3: Miles Redd Birdcage Bed

February 25, 2009
Today’s guest post is another installment in the series, Domino’s Icons of Style, by Beth of Style Redux.  Let us know what your personal opinion of each icon of style is in the comments: love it? hate it? used it in your own place?  We want to know what you think!

This is my favorite photo from Domino. It captures everything I admired about Domino’s sense of style-elegant, sophisticated, modern, fresh, and achievable. Interior Designer Miles Redd did an amazing job with this room. I love the dramatic architectural bed, the Chinese wallpaper, the white linens, the bold use of  vivid blue in the zigzag rug, lamps, and stools. He really did achieve turning the room into an indoor garden with the bed becoming a bird cage.

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But it is also a room you could do yourself at many different price points. I bought a very similar bed at Pottery Barn Teen for $899. In fact, the wonderfully talented and charmingly irreverent Nick Olsen, former Deal Hunter on Domino’s Daily Dose, featured this bed as a well priced alternative to his boss Miles Redd’s choice. (Nick has not disappeared-he has started his own blog-Nick Olsen Style.)

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Pottery Barn Teen Campaign Bed in queen size $899 (no longer available)

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Anthropologie Italian Campaign Bed $1698 for queen size

Anthropologie has a great canopy bed like this also.

Here are some alternative, well-priced versions of the pieces used in this room; I’m sure you can find others.

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Anthropologie Avian Apartment Wallpaper $88/roll

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Ikea Lykta Lamp in Turquoise $12.99

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Ikea Sveje Rug $12.99 for 3' x 5'-use several together to make a larger rug!

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West Elm Zigzag Rug $183 for 5' x 8'

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Madeline Weinrib Zigzag Rug-expensive but stunning!

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Bamboo Stool-easily found online and in stores for about $25: spray paint a pair turquoise blue

The point is that, unlike magazines like Architectural Digest, Domino showed us great style that we could successfully achieve, not just dream about. Even the room size is a typical bedroom, not one you’d find in a mansion.

I will leave you with a great quote about having confidence in your own decorating abilities. The gorgeous townhouse of Julie and Luke Janklow is currently listed in Manhattan at $25 million. It has been featured many times in blogs and magazines. Here is a great quote by Julie about her mostly self designed townhouse:

“I can’t imagine someone decorating my house.
It would be like someone dressing me every morning, telling me what to wear.”

So be fearless, take risks. Domino would be proud.

Thanks, Beth!

Icons of Style #1: Zebra Rugs
Icons of Style #2: Pink Walls