Hello everyone! It’s Wednesday, hump day! Just two more days of work! So hang in there! You can do it!
I am constantly looking at books and magazines for design inspiration. One of my favorites used to be Domino Magazine, which unfortunately is no longer regularly published. I owned several issues and in a fit of cleaning I stupidly donated them, only to later realize that they are now considered a collector’s item. eBay is selling past issues of the magazines upwards of $350! Time to move on, no use dwelling on it. Anyway, imagine my surprise when the Washington Post’s April 26th Home and Garden section profiled the special edition of Domino Quick Fixes magazine. As the article states: ”Quick Fixes is a 128-page glossy that combines some of the most popular images and tips from Domino archives with new and updated content.” After reading the article, I desperately wanted this glossy! I went on a manhunt for it, but Quick Fixes is difficult to find. My neighborhood Barnes and Noble doesn’t have it in their inventory and Amazon doesn’t have it listed either. Bummer!
Domino Magazine was one of my favorite sources for go-to readings on ideas of how to decorate. It had features on the best ways to hang art, how to decorate small spaces, how to mix and match textures, etc. I think you get the idea. I loved the snippets of designing tips as well. If you don’t mind me using an old cliché, it was my Bible of Decorating. I eagerly awaited each new monthly edition. I loved going to the bookstore to buy it. I have to admit that I’m not much into buying subscriptions, I prefer buying each edition at the bookstore. I can spend hours in bookstores, just browsing through all the magazines and the latest novels. I’ve always loved to read.
While I was at the bookstore doing a computer search for Quick Fixes, I found out that Deborah Needlman, Founding Editor of Domino Magazine, published another book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well. They didn’t have in stock, so I ordered it.
I think that my mailman probably figured out that I would need some help in getting through my hump day, so he kindly delivered….
Inside there these beautiful watercolor illustrations by celebrated artist Virginia Johnson. Here is a small sampling of her genius…
If only I could paint like that!
Then again, I love Deborah Needlman’s previous book. I keep it by my bedside and every now and again browse through it.
Have no fear, there is a solution to my problem of not locating Quick Fixes. One my favorite online home decor sites, One Kings Lane, has an offer for both you and me. They are hosting three sales days full of quick updates and ways to get the Domino look! The first 1000 new members to their site get 20% off your first purchase with this special code: DOMINO. Hurry, offer ends Friday May 4th!
Added incentive? New and existing members will receive a free copy of the new issue with any purchase!
For Monday’s sale…
For today’s sale…
For Friday’s finale…
Shop quickly! Things are rapidly selling out.
A very small sampling of the sale pieces…
Gray Silver Sequin Pillow. Who doesn’t love bling?
Sand Cashmere Throw. I can see myself snuggling under this on a cold winter’s night.
White Orleans Mirror
Vintage Inspired Profile Trays Assemblage Wall Décor
If you are a lover of sketches, like I am. They are offering sketches done by Kay Unger of Parsons School of Design in New York in the 1960s. Just fabulous!
As you’ve figured out by now, I love the red family! Love the way the yellow for her eye shadow looks against the red of her dress. Very dramatic!
I’m imaging these sketches hung on the bare wall in my office. I can just picture myself taking a break from writing or reading, glance up and see these pictures. Ahh!
For Friday’s sale, just one of the things that I have my eye on
It’s time to say “au revoir”! I’ve had fun writing this one because to me, accessories are like the choice of earrings and makeup for a woman to complete her outfit. For me, simplicity is the way to go. Remember, less is more!
Go out and do something unexpected. It’s good to break the monotony of your usual routine occasionally. That’s exactly what I’m going to do today. Besides reading my new book, I’ve decided to make it my errand day. It’s what I usually do on Fridays.
Have a great Wednesday!