Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman, Sarah Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro
Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 272 pages
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If you like decorating, I'm going to guess you've heard about this book. In fact, you probably own it, love it, and never wish to part from it. But for those of you who aren't immersed in (or obsessed with) the world of decorating - I'd like to introduce you to a little book that packs a pretty big punch.
What made Domino magazine so popular was its approachability, its belief that it was possible to "demystify and democratize decorating." It gained a cult-like following, and people still pay high dollar on Ebay to get old issues. Fortunately, the book is affordable (only $32) and easy to acquire. Almost any major bookstore will have this classic, and you can always order it online.
Separated into nine chapters based on type of room, I love everything about it. The first chapter has great advice for getting started - from finding inspiration to making a decorating schedule. Don't know where to start? Domino will point you in the right direction.
Chapters follow the same basic format. First, a few pages of their favorite rooms (for that category) from the magazine, along with notes on what makes the room work. Then, a few pages dedicated to "the big piece" for that room (like the sofa in the living room). Pages on "how to mix and match" in that room will help you achieve that eclectic and effortless Domino look.
A few "very important tips" are then followed by pages of images that highlight specific "decorating tricks" to help you make the most of that space. "Small-space solutions" are perfect for those of us who have to make the most of what we've got, and the "finishing touches" section focus on the tiny details that can make a difference. Finally, they make "the domino effect" look easy by showing you the elements before you turn the page to see the result.
I LOVE this book. The cover looks gorgeous on display, but I promise this is the kind of book you'll turn to for reference whenever you're decorating. The style is decidedly eclectic - with lots of color and modern touches - but it's helpful no matter what your style.
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