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...because it's what we were all thinking. I mean, Domino... seriously? THIS? P.S. I heart Megan.
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How about the cover with a B/C-list "actress" sitting in a room that's not her home! What is Domino doing?! Trying to get a celebrity on every cover? Clearly they are up to something. This wasn't even her home and it wasn't even a full story on the hotel. I liked when they put real people standing in their real homes. Those are the people we can relate to. Oh, and the tartan is BAD.
I can feel the itch on my skin. I can see the dog hair. I can smell the dust.No. Thanks.
This was a very weak issue of Domino and the cover was the worst of the year (TERRIBLE typography choices). And it's a double issue too!
pls, anyone...what has happened to dear domino?! i used to so look forward to receiving this in the mail. now, the graphics are lousy, the images lack impact, there used to be variety to their interior styles...now the photos look like they just pulled stock images. is rita konig the only contributor?! i just don't get it. how did they go from fresh, new kid on the block, to something i spend 2 minutes perusing, then put down? help! i don't want them to fail, but i won't renew my subscription if they don't face facts and pull it together. what's their plan?
Yep, the 'Emperor Has No Clothes'. I so love it when the obvious is so blatantly stated! A-M xx
From bad to worse. Totally baffling, Domino.
The LAMPSHADES. Holy mother.I heart Megan too.(and where is my gd Domino? I haven't received it yet)
The cover seems a cynical ploy. But I thought the issue was decent as I really liked Adrian Grenier's house designed by Nathan Turner and Turner's own house.
I'd love to chime in on the criticism, but I haven't received mine yet. Again. argh.
Actually I like the seasonal makeover, though the lampshades are too much. It's kicky and fresh and fun and slightly garish, all of which I approve of. I agree Anonymous re the itchiness of the wool, but then again, it's "winter makeover", folks: you're not going to be sitting on the sofa wearing a bikini, are you?
If I see another zebra rug in Domino, I'll die. In one issue, where the mag. highlighted 10 designers to watch, I swear that half of them were photographed standing in a room with a zebra rug. If I were the editor, I think I'd recognize the not-so-fresh stench of Zebra.
You can feel the desperation in Domino lately. Next month: A living room upholstered entirely in tin foil and Saran Wrap. Leftover Chic!
The whole issue had a weird fake feel about it. How about the interior designer who consults Tom Delavan about adding 'pops of color' to her home? I've been to the house in that story and the owner is all about bright color anyway. And why would a designer need help from a Domino editor? Ridiculous and sloppy.
I used this month's issue to conceal the mallard duck I felt compelled to purchase as a result of reading it. Shame on me.
Anyone else notice no "2nd annual"10,000 dollar Decorating contest this year to follow up the succuss of last years "1st annual".
I heart Megan, too. I feel sorry for Joy Bryant. Seems like no matter what she does, she's B-list. Very pretty, but B-list. I mean, she was in "Honey"!
Rumors of Dominos possible demise must be right o the mark. It looks like the rats have already abandoned ship.
"kicky and fresh and fun"(Sounds like Mademoiselle magazine, ca. 1955.)The one thing I don't get from Black Watch tartan is "fresh."The one good thing is: In that room, the sofa looks better dark.
In good news, "Muse Marian", who has been elbowed down from columnist to Q&A over the last few months was only online in this issue! At least they took some of your advice.
UHmmmm... awaiting for a cover showing a living-room entirely in IKEA jajajajait´so obvious...
Anon 2:34, that wasn't Adrian Grenier's home- just the set for his new show (I once sold him a daybed from my patio on Craigslist so I was especially curious to see his house.) The whole issue sucked-esp the endless pages of hostess gifts and the "winter party" spread with the $30 box of marshmallows and the $70 fingerless gloves. It used to be my favorite magazine.
Honestly - who EVER uses a gift guide? I give good gifts. I know how to select a good gift. I don't need pages and pages of suggestions FROM EVERY FUCKING DECEMBER MAGAZINE.
Adrian Grenier--talk about "I can feel the itch on my skin."
You guys always direct your anger at Domino. I looked back at my past issues and this is the only issue this year that wasn't in the cover girl's home - it was at least her favorite room. And who cares whether she's B/C list or not...She still has great style and the story had great ideas. Why not comment about how crappy some other magazines have been lately...Has anyone not seen the cover of House Beautiful with those awful paper bells hanging from the staircase...ugh...hideous.
Charles - did you like the tartan story?
The cover was nice, but a bait & switch - I was waiting for Joy's pad - evidently her 'favorite room' is a set on location. I guess studies show you must use a celeb on mag covers, no matter what. I've never understood that.Great call by Beach Bungalow 8 on the icky plaidness. I thought the rest of the issue was good.
Charles:There's something about Domino that does make it different from the other shelter magazines.When it debuted, it seemed to promise that it would speak to the young and the broke, an audience traditionally ignored by shelter magazines, and that it would offer more than the Ikea-ish crap that young, broke folk usually have to resort to.So after a few years, when readers began feeling the editorial content was shifting, it felt to them like an almost personal betrayal. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing, just trying to explain why so much dismay gets expressed when the topic of Domino comes up.I think that December was indeed a weak issue, but that in general, the last bunch of issues have been decent, in part because the editors took seriously the criticisms aired on this blog.
Where's the gunrack?
I still love Domino. I'd be really sad to see it go. All we'd be left with are bix box store catalogs and the lame old-standby magazines. It's just like how my favorite private boutiques are closing...they just can't compete with the big boys.
"Rumors of Dominos possible demise"Jackie: The "rumors" boil down to a single anonymous quote in a single news story.
This issue was weak, no doubt. The whole Miles Redd article was recycled, which was a bummer. Regarding the interior designer needing help... I am a designer and I get designer's block. Spending all of your creative energy on other people's home...well, let's face it. Sometimes one just can't see the forest through the trees. It is easier for me to be cutthroat with other people's spaces than my own. I have liquored up my hairdresser a half a dozen times soliciting drunken advice. He has impeccable taste. Lubricated with vodka we have hashed out problem areas. I'm not too proud. And, yes, I too have that god damn zebra rug. It's staying, though. Trite as it may be. So...I will continue to buy Domino. The only worthy domestic mags are Domino and Elle Decor. C Magazine isn't bad. Western Interiors is good. I subscribe to Vogue Living Australia, Elle Decor France, and all of the British mags. They aren't inexpensive but they are inspiring. Domino...game on! We are all watching!
Anon 8.08 ... please ... use your imagination and try not to be quite so literal and sneering ... I was referring to the entire room as kicky, fresh, and fun ... not the tartan ... and I stand by my words, whether you find them Mademoiselle in tone or not (are you dating yourself by citing the year?) ... the world has become far, far too snarky without the intelligence to back it up.
Funny how vituperative people can get over a magazine's shift one way or the other ... what's important, at the end of the day, is did you find or get one single iota of inspiration out of anything in the issue? it's not directed at you alone ... it's directed at thousands of readers, so no one's guaranteed to be pleased with every page ... be a bit more generous ... I get a lot of inspiration from Domino and (to my horror) I often find myself approving of, say, a table setting in Traditional Home or a cushion treatment in Dwell ... nothing's perfect folks nor worth so much rancor ...
"Honestly - who EVER uses a gift guide?"Honestly? They probably aren't for readers. They're more to lure advertisers. That's my theory anyway.
Anonymous - no I didn't particularly like the tartan story but it was only one page out of a hundred and something. I do like the idea of being able to instantly change the look of my home for a different season...that's what a typical reader is going to get from that story whether they liked the tartan or not.Did Domino ever say they were speaking to broke people? I dont remember that. I do remember them saying that it was created to help those that needed help with their style and how to purchase products. And I agree with what others said, Domino is edited for hundreds of thousands of people...stop taking it that seriously and be accepting of different types of style.Now can we really start to discuss those red and white paper bells on house beautiful?
The December issue felt like my high school papers: cobbled together the night before they were due.
I don't think Domino is in some terrible decline (I thought the recent issue with Kelly Wearstler on the cover was great). But this issue was sad. And I don't even mind gift guides!
Is this what happens to design in a depression?Obama, please get the stimulus package moving!!!
Magazines about style--fashion, home decor--are about judgment.The editors who put together these articles are thinking: This is good; this is great; this, not so great; this stinks; this has potential, etc. etc. As did the designers whose work is being featured.It's only natural readers are going to do exactly the same thing.It's part of forming your taste: learning to articulate what you like, what you don't, and what you admire but think would look better in someone else's house.It's the very nature of aesthetic experiences: forming judgments. That includes dislike. Strong dislike, sometimes.And remember: This is a corporate product we're talking about. Not some grandma's knitting. We paid the multi-million-dollar Conde Naste corporation to see the offerings of $250,000-a-project decorators. We don't need to tiptoe delicately among the offerings, pretending we like something so we don't hurt some editor's or decorator's tender feelings.
Charles, curiously, the red paper bells AND the Domino tartan room are Robert Rufino!
Anon 10.54pm ... I use gift guides because I'm too damned lazy to fight the crowds.
Hi Charles,Haven't seen these bells you keep bringing up.Taken together, your posts all seem to boil down to: "Don't make fun of THAT page in THAT shelter mag. Make fun of THIS page in THIS shelter mag."
I love me some tartan, but here it's just sad and abused. A real shame.Ugh. Seeing the loft home of DwellStudio's founder a few months ago put the nail in the Domino coffin as far as I was concerned. Ugly and dated and pointless... oh my!
Trust me, you can feel the itch of those blankets through your clothes.Mothballs.
I am a design moron, and even I was baffled by this. I even LIKE plaid, but I just can't see how any of this is a good idea. There seem to be FIVE different plaids: sofa seat, sofa back, pillows, lamp shades, and the throw on the chair WITH the cream sides of the sofa randomly. Would a SureFit slipcover really be worse than this??? Of course I choose to cover my sofa with dog hair and mastiff drool, so I shouldn't really criticize : )
Ah, Megan made me snort. I thought the room was horrible. A huge clump of contrasting tartan in the middle of a white and really light green? room. A lot worse than the paper wedding bells in House Beautiful, because I at least liked the color scheme. Dominatrix's observation about the decorator-seeking-Domino-editor-advice was right on. It was a pretty lame frame to a story. I missed the first year of Domino and am slowly collecting back-issues, but it seems like they did some "how to" sections back then. This transformation would have been better presented as a how to. I was surprised that the cover room had only one page with tiny pictures dedicated to it. I was excited to see it, because I'm obsessed with blue and green, and was I bummed.
Oops, got your name wrong, Decoratrix. Freudian slip.
Hilarious! We love Domino - they give us lots of fodder over at our decorating website. (what we like to call 'the guilty pleasure of the decorating world') We love your blog btw - you are fab! Joy (and Janet)www.moggit.com
Hello again. I made the zebra rug comment earlier. I wanted to say to all who have invested in one that it IS a nice accent. What is not-so-fresh is seeing it in the magazine in EVERY issue. That's all...I'd hate to inspire any zebra rug loathing. :)Lame joke of the day:Q: "What's black and white and read all over and over and over and over?" A: "Product info. about zebra rugs in Domino magazine."
Never mind the $30 container of marshmallows - check out the $200 set of canisters full of candy. $200 on candy! In this economic climate! I bet no one will be surprised who suggested that ripoff: Rita Konig.
well said anon 2:46!
Oh, my god. That was so funny on Megan's blog. She is such a crack up. I have tartan issues in the form of a chair purchased from a "Christmas scene" at W-S Home. So, personally, I blame them for starting it. (Seemed like a good idea one blustery December...)Also, thank you to ~M for answering the $64,000 question for me: Who the hell is Joy Bryant anyway?
Charles, perhaps I'm crazy, but I loved the bells.
Ha! I'm nodding at all of the comments. The first thing I did after my initial flip-through was go through every page and look for Joy Bryant's home. I thought that was so weird. I'd never even really heard of her until Rachel Zoe proclaimed she was SHUTTING IT DOWN; it seems she's one of those people like Angie Harmon and Bai Ling who attends every event covered by In Style magazine.The plaid room - WTF? I was lost in a sea of confusion after looking at it. I had to pull out a Vogue Living Australia edition just to cleanse it from my brain. The only thing it's missing is a duck phone.Also, do they have a rule that they have to feature Miles Redd every quarter?And for gift guides, so well said. I'm so over those stupid things, though it was so foreign to see high-end glossies pulling a lot from Target and Walmart due to the economy. I have my own gift guides; they are called CATALOGS. becky
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