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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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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.

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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.
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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.
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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!
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Thanks, Kate!
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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