Saturday, May 31, 2008

It was hard to enjoy Domino this month.



Why? Well, seeing Katie Lee Joel on the cover just reminds me that she sleeps with this old troll.



Ick.

I don't mind celebrity covers, if they are interesting people. But there is no reason any of us would possibly be interested in Katie Lee Joel. Why should we be interested in her?

One magazine I have never really liked is In Style. It's so suburban. It's never felt like a city magazine. It's a mall magazine. All that blind love of celebrities. The Katie cover smells like In Style, which is disappointing. The good news is, there were a few features of homes of people I didn't know and their style charmed the pants off me. That's Domino at its best.


BTW, Katie - I scored myself an old dude and he is waaaaay hotter than your piano man. So take the money and run, girl. Go get yourself a young buck and spoil him with your divorce settlement. (I am sure that's your plan anyway.)

41 comments:

Christine in DC said...

Decorno, I love you! :) I didn't even realize she was Billy's arm candy, but the issue still annoyed me. I know I skipped at least 2 pages of beauty products and there was just stuff that annoyed me...I tried to look past all the "aren't we great how rich we are" stuff, and the non-decor porn stuff, but you know, it's hard...

modernemama said...

Cover page KLJ standing on a chair, pg 110 KLJ standing on another chair. Same table but different chair. In different clothes.
Why?
Note to editor: WAKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION

Anonymous said...

KLJ has the Katie Holmes "Just Keep Smiling No Matter What" robo-wife act down pretty good.

Design Junkie said...

Of all the incredible, talented, interesting people on earth to feature, why KLJ? All she did was marry a rich old dude and pay someone else to decorate for her. And I want know how her life is so increibly difficult that she needs to "[set] the table a day ahead of time, to miminimize dinner prep stress.]

Anonymous said...

It's true; they virtually ALWAYS put a pert, grinning white chick (often barefoot) on the cover. In that way, the magazine is no better than the late, unbeloved "Blueprint."

But the cover of ANY newsstand magazine has to be formulated to the crassest considerations. It's the contents that you have to concentrate on. The covers are just advertisements for the magazines, essentially.

Gotta pick your battles.

katek said...

Ugh, I totally agree re. KLJ and was totally annoyed by that article (though I do love that photo of her bistro table in front of those huge kitchen windows). But reading the issue I did feel like some of the changes discussed back during the Decorno-Domino smackdown had been implemented; I especially appreciated the death of that minute-by-minute fakery in "my green life" or whatever. At least product plugs are less obnoxious...?

Anonymous said...

Random observations:

1. Note that there are NO photographs of her and Billy, and the text makes only a single fleeting mention of him.

Lots of references to her life, but never to his presence in it. "My friends and I have much more fun (blah blah blah)"; "I sit at the bistro table in mornng, have my coffee (blah blah blah)"...

2. She is 5 years older than Billy's daughter.

3. Also unmentioned in the article, she is a "field correspondent" for the B-list celeb-suckup TV show "Extra."

Anonymous said...

No, did not enjoy this issue. I have already cancelled my subscription to Elle Decor and looks like Domino is next. Best to just buy the Australian and Uk decor mags at the bookstore.Expensive, but worth it.

Poetryman said...

no troll like an old troll

jax said...

Well, thank you for explaining who that chick is. Throughout the whole article I wondered who she was and why should I buy a crappy cookbook from her. Lame.

mrlfvl said...

I got Domino and Trad Home on friday - I took them out of my mailbox along with a large...VERY large, scary, hairy spider. My gut instinct was to throw all of the mail into the supercan due to my irrational fear of spiders. Instead, I did a disturbing dance in my front yard in an effort to kill/scare/shock/ the spider because I just had to have my magazines. Both of them...major waste of time. Just my opinion...

Anonymous said...

A shame to waste Paul Costello on that cover shot. They could have gotten the same thing using a Sears catalog photographer.

Anonymous said...

It's the new thing for trophy wives: They get to do their own cookbook. (See Jessica Seinfeld and the cookbook she plagiarized.)

Kelly said...

the only thing I could think of when reading her article is that if i start sleeping with one of my dad's friends, i can have a $20,000 couch.

side note, i hated that rita konig suggested a gps to navigate around chicago. use a fucking map.

G said...

I love you Decorno. I got this out of my mailbox this weekend and thought, WTF? Who is this bland little chick? Why this bland little cover? And then I looked inside and boring, boring, boring. Domino: last month sucked and so does this issue. If things don't change I'm just gonna let the subscription run out.

Katie Lee Joel: who cares. But I do wonder: could I too ignore the looks of an old drunk if he had enough money? I once lived with & loved a very wealthy man, but he was young and beautiful! I don't think I'm such a golddigger that I could stand that wrinkled old man ass.

Joanna Goddard said...

omg, i thought she was his daughter!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. still, i have to say, i liked the issue....i LOVED LOVED LOVED matt albiani's houses.....so amazing and inspiring. i stuck those little "yes" stickers all over that article :)

Sacheverelle said...

I also thought she was his daughter because her face sort of resembles Christue Brinkley.

It's not the age difference that's the problem it's the fact that he's just icky. Billy Joel was never really attractive, even in the '70s.
I think if I were to get with someone old it would have to be someone British like John Hurt.
He's got that voice.

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Anonymous said...

Or Peter O'Toole. Or Tommy Lee Jones. Or Bruce Willis....

bill said...

I couldn't agree more, I keep showing it to people that come over to my house & they can't believe she's married to him - it's rather sad - I did love Matt Albiani's places though!

morrismore said...

Thanks for clearing up her identity--I, too, thought she might be one of the Brinkley-Joel children.

I have a problem with those little stickers in Domino. It's a little too cute for me.

Anonymous said...

Dear decorno, your blog is my crack.

$5.9 million for KLJ's townhouse. For that kind of scratch you have to marry an old rocker THIRTY-FIVE YEARS your senior.

To see her in action, there is a house tour on Oprah's web site. "my house, my dog, my dining room". Oh vom. Just vom.

Decorno said...

I was flipping through some magazine today and KLJ was asked if her husband would be joining her on her book tour, and she just basically said, "Um, no... I won't be traveling in the style he's accustomed to..."

So, I was kinda wrong in my post... these two are not having sex. She's done with him already.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:43--Who are you? I LOVE the abbreviated "vom." We use it at work all the time but I've never seen it written down.

You must come back and post more.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Domino is one of those "phase of life" magazines, like Highlights for Children, or Tiger Beat. You read it for a few years, then realize it's no longer working for you and you're now a little embarrassed by it.

That cover with the Katie Holmes-y doll-girl makes me embarrassed to read this in public.

Anonymous said...

I decided a couple of weeks ago to go through my stacks and stacks of decor mags and weed some out. I started with the oldest issues of Domino and was gobsmacked by how great it was a few years ago compared to what they are putting out these days. They seem to have lost steam in a major way. Sad.

P.S. Name is Monica

tula said...

remember when katie lee joel was the host for top chef? i remember thinking, "who did she sleep with to get this job?" now i know.

Anonymous said...

Dear Decorno - Aww, thanks for the compliment. And remember -- if you say the word 'vom' then use it in print. Language is here to be manipulated. Bend it to your will.

And further to another post: while blogging can be scrapbooking for the technically-minded, your blog is not. It is superior. I mean really -- how many scrapbookers would spend spare dollars on hookers and coke? They'd all be out buying coloured card stock or faux flat Scrabble tiles...

Mitsouko.

Anonymous said...

Mitsouko,

Will you marry me?

--Your anonymous fan

Anonymous said...

So funny. She was interviewed on TV not too long ago. I didn't watch (think it was Oprah?) but lost a wee bit of respect for a blog I love when the blogger and commenters all gooed over how cute and sassy Katie Lee Joel was and how they wanted her dressing room...

I just will never lose the greasy tasted in my mouth from reading the quotation, which I email forwarded to about 30 of my closest friends, from Katie & Billy Joel's wedding (with a little projectile barfing face attached). It was Alexa Rae gleefully stating something like, "Well, Katie and I are almost the same age, so it's like my dad marrying my sister!"

Ugh.

Anonymous said...

http://www.oprah.com/foodhome/home/spaces/spaces_20080324_joel.jhtml

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! Just watched the video and I noticed that KLJ's nostril's are slightly flared. As though she's permanently sniffing a vile odour. Like some old drunk's breath?

Yeah. Selling your soul to an alcoholic troll can't help but eventually ruin your looks....

Anonymous said...

Jacqueline Kennedy was no less trashy for marrying the old troll Aristotle Onassis.

Anonymous said...

Seems less trashy when they're both kinda old and done having sex, though.

Anonymous said...

Who said Ari was done?

;-)

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah, Jackie O was trashy: chain smokin', pill poppin', eatin' disordered shoppin' addict. But,at least Ari was considered sort of a sexy snazzy old coot in his day, so he had it goin' on in a way that bloated old Joel doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Ari was hideous. Grotesque. No one considered him "sexy."

Anonymous said...

Many people considered him sexy, back in the day. He was rich and powerful as the day was long and wore really great clothes.
Jackie's hot young hubby was a serial cheater and was then killed in front of her so it's slightly forgiveable/ understandable that she then married an old troglodyte. What's Katie Lee's excuse?

Baboon said...

Ok...I admit that I was really annoyed by Domino's recent decision to put celebrities on the cover (come on, the Drew Barrymore issue was the worst...) and I was actually relieved to see an apparently non-celebrity on the cover this month. I've just realized who the gal is (I do like her Ali McGraw kind of style, I admit!) while I am voicing my annoyance for the discrepancy of the cover picture and the pictures on pages 110-11 (yes modernmama, I noticed that, too...). Very annoying! If the editors at Domino really want to do this kind of things at least they should be consistent!

Coley Lee Jonz said...

The cover struck me immediately as, "oh, I'm not going to like this issue." I read...and re-read the Katie article... "husband, Billy..." hmmm... Joel... WHAT? GOLD DIGGER. Then, I saw her on the Food Network, "lunching" in the Hamptons with Giada. I was sick. It just made me sick. I used to LOVE Domino. What happened? I gave this magazine subscription to my mom and my mother-in-law and now, I'm beginning to regret it.

Not only where there hardly any good design ideas in here, even the photography was a little lack.

Really, the garden pages were ok, but failed to mention types of plants, feature smaller garderns, or attainable gardening ideas for anyone not living on an estate.

The only redeeming thing in the whole issue was the quote from Kathryn M. Ireland, "I have to work for a living." Even though she has an insanely cool French summer home, at least that was honest.

Obviously, Katie Lee doesn't HAVE to raise a finger to work. Why should any of us listen to "granola is too fattening" and "I'll eat pancakes." Smacks of Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake."

Suck it, KLJ. You are disgusting. (maybe not as much as imagining you doing your new husband.) Horrifying issue. I'm canceling my subscription. At least Dwell is somewhat interesting.