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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.

hoar_no_bulb_01Any chic way to display a bar is going to get me excited, but especially when combined with a DIY idea to increase the light in a room?  I go ga-ga!

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.”

Hidden Storage

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.”