"Demystify and Democratize Decorating."

Thought for the Day: " Connoisseurs say that looking, looking and more looking is the key to learning about anything visual, whether it's great rooms, gardens, art or architecture".

Okay, most of us know that Conde Nast closed the doors to domino Magazine last week & March is their final issue.

To make the good times last, I decided it was finally time to purchase domino: The Book of Decorating. I feared that the book would not go into to reprint & I would be left with my stack of very appreciated periodicals. All issues with their well loved, but tattered edges, water stained pages, (from the floating in the pool days) and miscellaneous post- it's attached. Invest in this book before it too, is a distant memory. To purchase, I suggest sights such as Amazon.com, ebay, (be aware of sellers shipping charges), Barnes & Noble, & half.com.

Deborah Needleman, editor in chief of domino magazine, introduced their first book on domino's website in Oct. 08. Here is a quick synopsis of that introduction.

The familiar shelter magazines, including the one where I'd worked for several years, were filled with "aspirational" homes: strikingly beautiful fantasies, with little relation to the way I lived or anything resembling a budget I could afford. I wanted my home to make me happy. But the route there seemed designed to frustrate me. We were convinced that decorating didn't have to be a mystery, a burden or an additional source of anxiety in our busy lives.

We decode pictures of spaces we love in order to show how to "read" a room (Great Rooms and Why They Work). We break rooms down into their components to illustrate how they can be "layered" piece by piece (Building a Room) and also arm you with the need-to-know facts we wish someone had given us. We share the insights we've garnered from the homes we've been lucky enough to visit (Ideas to Steal). And finally we reveal the stories behind how our own rooms came into being (The Domino Effect)—because, of course, real life is messier and less linear than any manual.
Happy decorating!

photos from Amazon.com, domino.com
Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro have created domino: The Book of Decorating (Simon & Schuster; October 14 2008; $32.00).

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