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Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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The editors of Domino magazine here show how amateurs can achieve a young, sophisticated look in their homes. A brief review of important preliminary considerations—budget, defining one's own style, the room's function—is followed by advice for decorating every room of the house, including children's rooms and offices. Different styles are shown for each in plenty of color photographs, with suggested furnishings and advice on how to mix styles. Each chapter concludes with a look at how a Domino staff member has decorated a similar room with a description of her approach to design. Recommended for large public libraries.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"The new decor bible for how we live today." (Albert Hadley)
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I loved the book for the 'curated' reference list in back. It definitely seemed like the author's gave shout out to folks they've featured or likely have got a truck load of free stuff from, however, they provide a very diverse range of merchants from low to high-end and and covering just about every aspect of home decorating. I also appreciated it's pragmatic approach to small spaces and rental dwellings that weren't 10'foot ceiling lofts or 17th century guest houses located behind a well manicured labyrinth garden...on an estate.
Almost everything is theoretically accessible to someone with a measure of creativity and who knows what they're at least wanting to experience when they walk through the front door.
I'm about to embark on a decorating project and I truly believe that this book has saved me hours pouring over cute, but utterly useless periodicals from grocery stores and such.
Ultimately, what I got from this was get about 10-15 different well-thought out research media (books, videos, color books, blogs, etc) and simply read and reflect and explore. It saves a ton of cash and gets you what you really want.
Definitely going to try the approach to decorating outlined here, along with a few others.
Besides beautiful photographs of rooms that make you drool, it guides you along the way... letting you be the decorator. It further discusses different types and styles of furniture and construction of the various pieces.
Overall, one of the most complete and comprehensive books on decorating, perfectly geared for the novice and equally appealing for the experts.
It does take some time to search for the bargains and patience is the key...also ebay and etsy for those little touches like small canvas paintings, custom pillows, candlesticks, picture frames, trivets, lamps, wreaths, china, baskets, linen towels and pottery(so many talented artists on etsy!)
I purchased this book after I painted the huge tall wall in my foyer Lei Flower (orange/red). My husband didn't like the bold statement and I kept telling him it will eventually make sense and he will come to LOVE it. I found the neutral Gris (gray) to cool down the bold wall. White ceilings now reflect the light. It complements the milk white doors, trim and plantation shutters. It is coming along piece by piece. Decorating with this book has taught me patience and to buy only things that delight my senses and heart.
I can't speak for people who already know what they're doing in terms of interior design, but for a novice like me, this book has been worth every penny.
It's thoroughly up-to-date with styles which will inspire and stretch you, while retaining some classic styles. It's a great how-to book. It shows you how to put rooms together with different elements. The rooms are original and captivating. It has a "little black book" at the end of places to buy the design elements in person or online with a review of each and its price scale. It's just a fun, cheeky book that is well-designed and entertaining to look at and read. It continually surprises and enchants. I use this book in a design course I teach and the class loves it. Even if you like traditional decor, this book will inspire you to keep it fresh by incorporating something surprising or unusual just so the room doesn't look like every other traditionally designed room.
I just wish Domino magazine hadn't gone out of business, and like Victoria magazine, will be revived when the recession is over and we're all buying back copies of domino magazine on Ebay....
Until then, at least we've got this domino book with which to comfort ourselves!