Friday, October 31

This is funny!

I know I've been a bad blogger. I've been caught up in a very busy week. I'll will be back with tons of inspiration next week. In the meantime this is very funny!

Wednesday, October 15

Domino Bazaar in LA

If you are in LA this weekend be sure to check out the Domino Bazaar at HD Buttercup in Culver City. Check out the site for all the info as well as below:

DOMINO BAZAAR at H.D. Buttercup in Los Angeles

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19, 2008

Inspired by California living past and present,
THE DOMINO BAZAAR brings a discerning mix of luxury and affordable treasures together under one roof for an unforgettable weekend of shopping and design inspiration.

More than 20,000 square feet of furnishings and accessories for the bedroom, bathroom, tabletop, outdoor, children / babies, pets and home office will feature a stylish blend of ultra-luxe designer goods, earth-friendly wares, art, antiques and clever finds for every home, all hand-selected by
domino magazine and uniquely styled in shoppable room vignettes. Items will range in price from $4 - $3,000, all at 15 – 30% off retail, with the instant-gratification of a cash-and-carry option on most every purchase.

THE DOMINO BAZAAR will also offer complimentary personalized consultations with design experts, and free classes on everything from flower arranging, wine selecting, kids’ crafts and more.

PLUS: On the heels of its debut on October 14, DOMINO: THE BOOK OF DECORATING (Simon & Schuster) will be available for purchase at the Bazaar. It’s a room-by-room guide featuring instructive text and vibrant full-color photos in which domino’s editors share a vast array of insider interior design tips, expert shopping strategies and their experiences decorating their own spaces.

H.D. Buttercup
8707 Washington Boulevard (side entrance), Culver City


Tickets are $20 each and include a one-year subscription to domino. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at

$5 from each ticket benefits ACRIA, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. To learn more about ACRIA, please call (212) 924-3934 or visit

You can also pick up the amazing new decorating book by Domino that I happen to have an early copy of. It is absolutely stunning. I keep leafing through it over and over again. It is absolutely worth every penny and then some!

You can flip through the book here and you can buy it here.



a room-by-room guide to creating a home that makes you happy

Since 2005, when domino magazine made its celebrated debut, it has become one of the most successful shelter magazines in the country. Avoiding clichés and stodgy etched-in-stone rules, domino has redefined and revitalized the whole process of home decorating with its emphasis on beauty, comfort, individuality, and function.

Now, extending its influence and echoing domino’s credo that décor should reflect the way we live, the magazine’s editors, Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro have created DOMINO: THE BOOK OF DECORATING (Simon & Schuster; October 14 2008; $32.00).

A room-by-room guide with instructive text and vibrant full-color photos throughout, domino’s editors share a vast array of insider interior design tips, expert shopping strategies, and their experiences decorating their own spaces. Featuring an eclectic mixture of styles, space-enhancing floor plans, fabric and color schemes, tight-space solutions, novel lighting and floor covering ideas, it’s easy to learn how to make your house or apartment a home you love.

With a chapter dedicated to each room of the home, domino editors share advice on:

  • The Entryway: This is the welcoming spot that sets the tone for the entire house. Depending on its size, its proximity to other rooms and its general function, there are a wealth of ideas to enhance the space and creative solutions for faking a hallway where none exists.

  • Living Room: There are a countless ways to create inviting, visually appealing and functional seating arrangements through the ingenious mixing of time periods and materials, and often utilizing often overlooked elements that combine to make each of these rooms distinctive, sophisticated, and comfortable.
  • Dining Room: How table styles, shapes and surface material can be utilized to withstand daily use and when entertaining a crowd. Mismatched chairs co-exists with silk taffeta floor-to-ceiling curtains; Lucite chairs keep a tight space from looking cramped; and modern chrome furniture adds edgy elegance to a 19th century high-ceilinged room.
  • Kitchen: Different spaces can range from roomy eat-in-mix-and-match kitchens to storage-stingy rental apartment kitchenettes. There are pages of advice on ways to select everything from counter tops to faucets, plus inventive tricks for glamming up kitchens with budget-saving improvements.
  • Bedrooms: From spare to quirky splendor—each sharing the domino principles of combining beauty and function via a mixture of new and old, rich textures and simple shapes, and colors that unify the whole. In addition, this chapter includes numerous ideas on ways to create excitement in architecturally flawed rooms and offers small-space solutions and tight-budget inspirations.
  • Bathroom: This room gets a glamorous makeover. A vintage clawfoot tub and a 21st century laddered towel rack make a dramatic statement in an otherwise empty room and a sleek marble-encased tub paired with an opulent antique bureau proves that elegance is a natural companion of the utilitarian.
  • Home Office: Once confined to the kitchen table, this work area commands either a room of its own or a space of its own. How to fit a desk, a chair, proper lighting and storage elements into a divided guestroom, a former garage, a corner in the living room or an unused closet make this room possible. Must-read tips and tricks for transforming the space will yield a comfortable spot for paying bills and getting organized.

  • Kids’ Room: Each cheerful room reflects both the practical and fanciful in furnishings, color combinations and accessories guaranteed to delight their tot- to-teen occupants and ideas on furniture to grow with, storage units, and instant-privacy tips for room-sharers.
Echoing the magazine’s inclusion of product resources, the book concludes with “The Big Black Book” of resources by category and price. This is a guide for absolutely everything a home decorator should know ranging from window treatments to furniture upholstery, including styles, shapes, fabrics and trim.

Devoid of fifty-room fantasies and the unaffordable objects that fill them, domino editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman says Domino: THE Book of Decorating was devised to “demystify and democratize decorating.” The creative team at domino have delivered and inspired hopeful home decorators to find and enjoy their own style, create spaces that reflect a sense of themselves and the way they live. For a new generation of homeowners and renters, this is a book that is destined to be a well-used and well-worn necessity for years to come.


Deborah Needleman, Editor in Chief launched domino and the same year was named one of the media industry’s top 15 talents by Women’s Wear Daily. She’s since garnered many more awards for the magazine’s out-of-the-gate success, along with tremendous acclaim for its fresh approach. Deborah’s top-tier publishing experience began at the Washington Post, where she was photography editor for the Sunday magazine. In 1996, she was tapped by Conde Nast’s House & Garden to become photo editor for its high-profile relaunch. Later she was made editor-at-large, covering garden design, landscape architecture, and interior design. Deborah’s writing has appeared in Slate and the New York Times.

Sara Ruffin Costello, creative director of domino, leads the magazine’s esteemed art, style and photo teams, and is often quoted in the press as a style expert. Before joining domino’s launch team, she was creative director for the test issue of the highly acclaimed Living Room, from Meredith Publishing. Sara’s editorial career has also included stints at Martha Stewart, Glamour and Metropolitan Home.

Dara Caponigro has been with domino since its launch overseeing the magazine’s style editors, directing and styling interior shoots and writing the popular monthly column “Ask Dara.” In 2005, Dara spearheaded "The domino Design Project," galvanizing industry stars to create beautifully decorated homes for 40 New York families in need. Before coming to domino, Dara directed the decorating departments at Elle Decor and House Beautiful.

About the Book:

DOMINO: The Book of Decorating

By domino editors Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, & Dara Caponigro

Published by Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 14, 2008

ISBN-101416575464; ISBN-13: 9781416575467

Price: $32.00

Tuesday, October 14

Thank you Blurb!!

I was so honored when Blurb approached me about featuring my book! It has been such a great experience. Please take a moment and check out my little interview here:

Thursday, October 2

OohLaLa a Modern Beauty!

This comes via Curbed LA. This is the Abramson Teiger Architect's Kelly House:

I'm in love and his name is Gary Fisher!

Okay, well I'm in love with his bikes at least. Aren't these awesome! I want one so I can bike to the farmer's market that is 3 blocks away from my house.

Wednesday, October 1

Oohlala Modern Love!

I love George Mabry's Cambridge House. The sleek lines and modern design are just beautiful. Check it out on This Old House: