only EVeRy single THiNg! and conde nast has no clue.
hey guys, happy saturday!
i’m not sure why the domino mag closing really got to me. i spent an hour looking for the shot of the pink daybed, and ended up hypnotized by the sheer magnitude of such a beautiful body of work. (can you believe it was the absolute last photo i found)?
i went to their website, glad it’s still up, knowing it will all disappear at any moment. i’d actually never been before and was incredible to dive into so many layers from the galleries, before and after projects, their blog and columnists, approachable decorators and real people at home.
not to mention inspiration for as long as you can click. it’s hard to believe they only put out 28 issues and made such an impression but going through these images i really see why. having editor deborah needleman’s impeccable point of view obviously helped. these shots are of her apartment as featured in the ny times. but that was then. this is now. her own designs are classic monochromatic but luckily her alter ego went to work and let domino be bold and whimsical, playful and luscious.
what is it that made domino so inspiring (i think) is that each place is shot so beautifully, with the right angle and light, and a perfectionist stylist plumping the pillows perfectly. but they always have a sense of humor and aren’t stuffy like every single other magazine.
collecting these pics got me really studying the angles of the shot, the perspective and seeing that you don’t have to include everything at once. something about domino’s style is completely recognizable, and accessible. it’s definitely inspiring me to work on my photography eye.
so here are a bunch of my faves. i hope that the if mags are going we’re gonna see a lot more of each other’s homes. i know you have great stuff and can whip up curtains and pillows in an hour, not to mention thrift and flea…
so simple and sweet
the above is do die for gorgeous but you can break it down , most are simple looks to achieve is what i’m saying
and lots of this is easy to do with fleamarket finds
or stuff you may already have
well some are a little more involved
things can be even more simple if you get rid of some ahem, accessories you don’t need. and make your own headboard
or use vintage linens
or paint a door turquoise
kelly wearstler’s before and after kitchen is easy to do
and of course use color, color, color!
love the curtain
this was the reader’s choice winner (above)
thanks domino crew.
this had to be from the marie antoinette shoot they did at alder manor:
it’s really all about the domino people isn’t is? hopefully they’ll be out passing on their talents on blogs and other forums. one of the best parts about the collective was their philosophy:
- Home Should Make You Happy!
- We swear by the 3 R’s: repaint, repaper, reupholster
- Steal ideas from other people’s houses
- Even the insides of the closets & cabinets can be beautiful
- It’s ok to NOT BE finished
- TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS—ALWAYS!
- A chandelier is as timeless as a black dress
- Renters need not be second class citizens
- Sometimes your mistakes become your greatest inspirations
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX STYLES (Louis XIV and Eero Saarinen should hang out more often)
and this was their website’s mantra, when they believed in paper and ether:
‘Through multimedia and interactivity, the site does what the magazine can’t. It brings to life decorating ideas and personalities with top-notch video house tours. It provides a constant design feed for avid fans, via the Daily Dose, our product-oriented style blog. It reacts to user feedback immediately, and it takes a long view of trends and patterns, bringing a sense of humor and irreverence to our shared obsessions.’
come on conde nast, snap out of it!
(photo from liberypost.com)
in terms of things like acquisitions or holdings, real estate or art, assets, jewlery…kids even.
but i still having everything.
happy birthday dad! you and mom mean everything to me!
hey guys! day 3 of my regime…(i was really inspired by diet tribe)!
i guess by now you’ve heard about the closing of so many magazines? i wish they’d keep the domino website up. sort of like a wickipedia reference where people could contribute content or something. online. i’m not sure why companies are closing instead of downsizing or just moving online.
maybe everyone will showcase their own home.
like this post by rachel ashwell. just detail shots of imperfections at home
maybe i’ll give it a harder try!
hey gang! you know, as much as i travel there’s just no place like blogland. what a world of wonder! yesterday’s high made me want to keep my wu tang strong today. working out then working in. and it got me here for another guilt free hour to blog! today brought some new friends, some i knew and others are brand new. either way they’re radically inspiring!
ok back to biz, the new boutique is going to my server tonite and i’m not done so,
hello chère friends! i hope your week is going well and that life is taking it easy on you at the moment. they can’t all be great days but this one started very early and i was up for 3 hours before checking anything electronic! it meant sunrise, a long bike ride and yoga on the beach. yesterday an important lost receipt led to a full blown coma-ending blindness about the state of my files. suddenly all i want to do is be organized and not just at the end of the year. i spent all day yesterday on tedious book keeping.
anyway, the best part was that it gave me some free time and finally the chance to accept the honor of a blog award from my friend, petunia with out having internet guilt. soooo without further ado, i get to tag some for same honor! i just randomly chose a few blogs off the recent comments and i could go on and on! some are friends and others my first time visiting. i have to get back to micromanaging but i hope some new friends are made today!
the first picture and these shoes are from her blog. need i say more?
oh yeah, and you can fantasize about the real estate she finds…go back in the archives!
then there’s the talented lisa golightly who i met in san fran last week. her work is so beautiful. so is she! hey girl! can you believe i left the paper we bought on the plane?
i’m not a josephine lover per se but was glad to get to this new land
i mean, she had this shot too, come on…
oh and nicole was a new and exciting discovery. her portraits are magnificent!
another new friend with pretty things to say. and edward at the helm
oh and isa! great to meet you too, these photos are spectacular!
well this is zara home but it’s from her blog
another of my idols, vicki is coming out with a new book soon…
carolyn and i met in paris for some blogger fleamarketing between groups last year. we had so much fun! hang on there you little tomatopie!
and i guess it’s not hard to see why meeting samantha was wildly cool. check out
and of course a great big thank you to petunia for bestowing this just when i needed it, i was really feeling like the girl she featured below but thankfully now feel like the girl above. nothing’s changed but perspective so it wasn’t too hard! xoc
it’s monday so i’m cleaning up my act. first is clearing my desktop! a bunch of random designers ended up being the bulk of it so in no particular order, here are just a few things they’re up to in paris:
the maison et objet is having a karl lagerfeld photography exhibit next week. i usually take a small group but bowed out this january. it’s so cold in paris now, i wish they’d change the show to the spring…. this is a video monsieur karl did a few years ago in a gorgeous paris mansion. i’m sure his photos will be stunning.
it’s time to start planning the spring trip to paris so the hunt for apartments is back on. i get google alerts and this just came in. it’s interesting to see how the designers design. this is marc jacobs‘ apartment in paris.
and christian lacroix is selling his above. this was his inspiration: christian-lacroix.fr/english/maison
and last but not least is yves st laurent and his legendary art collection. i thought it was a little weird that his partner would sell everything but sort of understand how these pieces are just ‘things’ to him now
also had no idea that they turned his place into a museum with one of my favorite designers, jacques grange who did the hotel costes
and back at the ranch, my chairs are finally recovered and the layers are starting at liz’s
i have to take better shots, it’s a hard place to get the right angles
guess who uses appreciates the chairs the most?
ok i know that was really random but i feel lighter already! xoc
hi guys! i just wanted to send a little weekend love and un grand merci to bonnie for helping me discover alder manor. it started out as a place i’d heard about from a friend. he didn’t know the name, just that an anthropologie catalog was shot there.
do you have someone like bonnie in your world, someone you can ask to find anything and they actually do it with nothing to go on? well, that’s her. all i knew is that there was some sort of semi abandoned estate in upstate ny. she got out her old catalogs and started looking. she not only had the catalog but sent it to me! i took some pics, they’re pretty bad but you get the gist…
she honed in on the place, and we both learned a lot along the way. at least i sure did! seems we have our very own ruins and castles here in the states.
i’d love to go and see the place myself along with a bunch of the other beauties in the region. i guess it’s well known in the industry as a great place to shoot.
but the best was this morning when she sent this video from a domino mag story that was shot there. i couldn’t help but finally share this masterpiece and knew you’d appreciate it! they also rent it out for special events. lynn and i talked about a blogger’s conference where we can all come and help each other promote and network. could be a great place to do it!
just goes to show that with the right bones almost anything can work!
but most are so pretty
i found these just now by photographer kate ryan
this could be us!
hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
ps i just found this link dupontcastle.com/castles/index.htm thanks to petunia. it lists all the castles of the us, i had no idea the treasures each and every state has!
these were in massachusetts
some are still there
this was in new jersey! anyway it’s a whole new world i never knew existed. have fun if you’re in the mood to get lost =]
these boulangeries are everywhere, really affordable and authentic french food. the croissant and baguette sandwiches were great!
hey guys! seems like i just got here and it’s over right this very minute! i forgot my camera on so many occasions that i almost gave up posting about san fran. but when renee called to check in yesterday she was not hearing that! she convinced me to retrace my steps. i accepted the challenge, hopped on a bus (love the one that goes up van ness. it’s $1.50 in coins), and started shooting!
on the bus i got a call from lynn who was ready to run around again so off we went on another adventure by car! these are some random hilights
market at the UN on wednesday
passing by the pretty old theaters
off the bus you can see so much more detail of course, like adorable toy stores. this was a puzzle in a train specialty shop
got off on polk street by union and ran into a great store called jak. turns out the exterior was designed by the man who did the carvings at the hearst mansion. he didn’t want to live on site so he created this little workshop that jack now rents. it’s all in the book below:
polk turned out to be a great street with lots of amazing places
swallowtail can really merchandise, making me want everything in the store
tiny crowns in ‘past perfect’ antique collective. lynn is a crown expert and i always look at them when we’re together
carol at interior visions may end up carrying some tpa stuff! glad i went back and revisited afterall and will post the rest later. and now to the airport!
i didn’t realize it would hit me this hard but i’m just so fascinated by the new admin and the general sentiment of happiness everywhere you go. i’m still in san fran and have forgotten my camera on practically every outing so even though i walked from one end to the other have nothing to show for it except memories. but people are talking and there’s a unity that’s been thrilling to experience even today after all the pomp and circumstance. it’s amazing to have someone in charge who you want to listen to! (ok, and watch :)
for more great photos check out charlie’s design diary.
below is the couple as newlyweds i just had to pull from her collection…
welcome mr. president. good bye and thank you mr. bush. happy birthday mlk. times they are a changin.
martin luther king memorial in yerba buena
photo from bill at flickr.com
is meeting your blog friends in the flesh! yesterday lynn from paris hotel boutique (ok she was a friend before blogging) and lisa of lisa golightly met me for lunch and shopping. boy did we have a good time. and thanks lisa for the fruit from your own backyard! it was all delish!
lisa just started her blog and makes gorgeous pieces she sells on etsy. and thanks, lisa for teaching me how to add text over photos in photoshop!
now off to check out san fran with my friend’s little sweeties who seem to turn french whenever we’re together. they begged for these berets the other day, maybe i’m rubbing off on them? hope they rub off on me, they’re so darn cute!