Yesterday Deborah Needleman’s new book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home was released. Needleman was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Domino magazine and now serves as the E.I.C. over at WSJ.Magazine (have you noticed how much fun the “Off Duty” section of The Wall Street Journal is? Needleman is the reason). As someone who has hoarded every issue of Domino and has been getting by re-reading those and her Domino: The Book of Decorating, I had been anxiously awaiting this one. It’s not only full of great advice about making decorating easy and fun, but also charming illustrations by Virginia Johnson. This is a great one to put on your holiday wishlist or to pick up for a loved one who still has those stacks of Domino mags carefully preserved in an honored spot. Needleman understands that decorating is fun in the same way that my favorite designers Dorothy Draper, Elsie de Wolfe and Billy Baldwin did, making reading it a delight.
Does the picture above look familiar? I remember the first time I saw interior stylist Lili Diallo’s DUMBO apartment and it was like a breath of fresh air. She has this way of making what could be clutter, or a chucked sofa, or found objects that one might find on the curb into art through the way she celebrates and arranges them. In that vein, she’s a curator, and her style crosses from eclectic to collected (a phrase I heard from Annette Joseph at an event that I much prefer to “eclectic” lately). In fact, I seem to remember trying to post about her years ago after I saw this place and finding no information whatsoever. That’s why I was so thrilled when this…
…arrived on my front steps today. Thanks Amazon fairy! Anyway, Lili Diallo wrote this book, full of secrets from a stylist. Her writing style is friendly, approachable, and makes you feel like you can do it. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who is still lamenting the demise of Domino, or yourself! To order (and to preview a lot of the book; I’ve never seen so many preview pages before) click here.
All images from Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors by Lili Diallo via Amazon.com.
- Picture one by Annie Schlechter
- Picture two by Annie Schlechter
- Picture three by Annie Schlechter
While I’m thankful that our forefathers got rid of those pesky British taxes that didn’t have representation and all, I am always a sucker for a Union Jack. I think my favorite use of it lately was the quilts featured on Man Shops World by Becky Oldfield. Here are a few more dreamy shots of the U.K.’s flag I’ve been collecting lately:
Check out Timothy Oulton’s sofa:
A dash of Vivienne Westwood (she’s been doing this a long time) via Living Etc.:
From Natural Curiosities:
From Made By Girl:
From Jonathan Adler:
From one of the designers of Libertine, as seen in Domino.
From the fabulous Bonnie Cashin:
From Naked Decor:
Quilt image by William Waldron via Elle Decor
Sofa image by Michael Falco for The New York Times
Living Etc. images by Jo Berryman for Living Etc.
via Natural Curiosities
Bonnie Cashin Foundation
In a continued effort to find environmentally friendly design right under my nose, I present the Netto Collection Moderne Dresser. I’ve been rather obsessed with all things David Netto since that iconic Ione Skye issue of Domino. It has influenced my personal style so much, from the doughnut phone to the striped rug, the rattan to the beautiful wood floors. Now I just need a hanging chair…
What makes it green? It is made from sustainably harvested wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. All composite materials meet the stringent European “E1” toxicity standards. Finishes are non-toxic and non-VOC emitting. The is safety certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA).
Netto is one of my favorite designers. He has such a range. He handles California Neutra houses, Park Avenue apartments, Hamptons showhouses, teenager rooms, exhibitions, nurseries and restaurants with aplomb. To see more of his design work, check out the portfolio on his website. Here’s a teaser for what you’ll find there:
I love the way he considers every object in the room, especially the way he can work a neutral palette to highlight texture and art. This makes each item, like that chair and even the firewood basket, a piece of sculpture. Brilliant!
Thank you for removing the paper towel roll and random dishtowels when styling this shot. They tend to ruin even the best of kitchen design images!
Ione Skye home from Domino, via flickr member xJavierx.
Bottom photos from David Netto Design
Wowzers, all of the eulogies were so heartfelt and emotional! I think some true tears were shed. Domino, you certainly touched our hearts and homes. Yes, that was utterly cliche but I had to say it.
Ok, now I’ll cut the chase. The randomly picked winners of the Domino book giveaway were Barbara (commenter #18) and Miss Ford (commenter #28). I’ll be contacting both of you today! Thanks to all who wrote such creative eulogies. R.I.P Domino.