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domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home (DOMINO Books) Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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"A long-awaited follow up to that ultimate design tome." (People.com)
"The book shows how to use art, seating, lighting, textiles, and more to personalize a space and truly make it unique." (Washington Post)
"You know how your boyfriend gets a new shirt or pair of pants and suddenly he’s cool to you again? Your home is like that boyfriend. And with inspiration from some of the latest high-profile designers’ books – additions like a round mirror, removable wallpaper, and more – you can do a little makeover that will add the heat back to your home affair." (Rue La La)
"Full of beautiful images...inspirational and educational." (Detroit News)
"Devoted fans of Domino magazine and design novices alike will devour the shelter publication’s just-released book…The book empowers readers to find their own style." (Boston Globe)
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Personally, I find a lot of the rooms to be a little bland, but I like how the photo captions explain exactly what works about the decorator’s choices. Even when I don’t like a room, I can still see what they were going for and learn something from it. And anyway, it could be a fun drinking game to sip every time you see a sheepskin draped over a chair. (Hint: you will be pretty tipsy by the time you reach the last one on page 217.)
This guide is mainly written for the average person working with what they’ve already got; the text is friendly and approachable. The looks are achievable without spending a fortune or hiring a decorator. The advice is largely applicable to renters as well as home-owners. It’s not really the kind of book where you go out and buy everything in the photos, but you could – there’s a shopping guide in the back and sources are meticulously documented.
The page layout feels a little crowded. I would have preferred more full-page photos rather than so many pages with multiple small photos. Photos of full interiors should be large to give a sense of space; small photos are more appropriate for close-up details. The book would also have benefitted from a more minimalist approach to the typography, without so many inconsistencies in borders and backgrounds.
The book’s quality is very nice – good paper, cleanly printed photos and even a pink ribbon bookmark. It would make a beautiful housewarming gift. Also, my cat apparently finds the open book pretty comfy, and I bet yours will too.