By Domino Magazine
Design TimeNov 18, 2021
Jonathan Adler on Creating His Signature Glamorous Style and Turning It Into a Design Dynasty
You know a Jonathan Adler piece when you see it. If you close your eyes, you can envision his original classic white vase—you know the one, covered in lips. With cheeky decorative goods, including his self-described groovy lighting and medicinal canisters, as well as statement-making velvet sofas, Jonathan’s work screams “having fun with glamour.” Since expanding his brand worldwide, his modern, kitschy aesthetic has never felt more fresh, especially in a crowded global design marketplace. Tune in to hear all of the smart tips and tricks Jonathan has up his sleeve and what it takes to truly carve out your own creative path.
Plant and Interior Stylist Hilton Carter on Finding Your Plants’ Perfect Light and How to Start Bringing the Outside In
Hilton Carter is on a mission to change the way the world thinks about plants. After working as a filmmaker, Hilton discovered the power of plants in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, while filming a commercial. Since then, he’s incorporated lots of greenery into his living spaces all over America, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, and now Baltimore, where he has just completed a home renovation that includes a sun-filled room specifically for his flora. With three books and a major product collaboration with Target under his belt, Hilton has become Instagram’s go-to plant doctor, sharing care tips alongside images of Treezus, his now Insta-famous fiddle-leaf fig tree. Today he also runs his own content and e-commerce site, where he shares his art and product recommendations. Listen in as we glean some inside knowledge from the ultimate plant parent and hear Hilton’s insight on how we can all live beautifully with plants.
Stylist and Shop Owner Beverly Nguyen on the Hunt for Unexpected Homewares Around the Globe and Her Must-Have Kitchen Tools
As a fashion stylist, Beverly Nguyen has become known for her high-low design philosophy and cutting-edge editorial shoots. Having managed the studio of Kate Young, noted stylist to the stars, Beverly has developed an eye for what’s cool, exciting, and next. This past April, she made a foray into interiors and founded Beverly’s, one of New York City’s most stylish homewares boutiques. In this new endeavor, she brings an idiosyncratic point of view to home goods. The selection merges affordable functionality with covetable design, while staying true to her Vietnamese heritage and family history of shopkeeping. Tune in as we talk trends and all things chic for your space with Beverly.
Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk on the Best Investments to Make for Your Forever Home and Turning Failures Into Lessons in Design and Life
You likely know Bobby Berk as the resident design expert and Emmy-nominated host of Netflix’s Queer Eye, but he’s actually been cultivating his style for decades with stints at Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware. Today he runs his own bespoke interior design practice for residential, commercial, and hospitality clientele and has teamed up with A.R.T. Furniture and Tempaper to launch exclusive designs. Listen in as Bobby reveals his special secret sauce for doing it all and how he comes up with new and innovative trends that we all want to copy.
Textile Designer Heather Taylor on the Formula She Uses Every Time She Sets a Table and What Extras She Keeps Stocked in Her Linen Closet
For Heather Taylor, creating a beautiful table isn’t so much about the items on top of it as it is the feeling. After noticing a lack of tasteful linens on the market, she returned to her knitting roots in 2013 and began making her own textiles, which now grace the tables of the chicest dinner parties and are stocked in beautiful home shops around the world, including her own brick-and-mortar space in Los Angeles. With new collaborations with West Elm, Clare V., and Dôen, Heather Taylor Home is poised to become the next great homekeeping brand.
Listen in as Heather shares her clever tips for creating no-fuss centerpieces and how to actually enjoy hosting, as well as her go-to strategies for making entertaining casual, relaxed, and comfortable..
Oh Happy Day!’s Jordan Ferney on Her Love of Quirky Vintage and the Instagram Hack She Uses for 3-D Renderings
You likely know Jordan Ferney from the delightful party shop and website Oh Happy Day!, as well as the innovative and ’gram-worthy color experience Color Factory. Her unique approach to design stands out from the pack—and she introduces clever decorating hacks in her very own Domino column. Surrounded by an abundance of creative DIY projects and vintage finds, Jordan shares her studied tips for sourcing out-of-the-box pieces that express her personal style and her unconventional wisdom, which we can all use in our own design journeys.
Come along as I visit her awe-inspiring and playful New York City home to see firsthand all the amazing work she’s done to the space.
Design Time: Trending Forward Trailer
In design, the top tastemakers know that good style has the power to create the next big thing. Domino’s new Design Time podcast, Trending Forward, is all about people who push the limits of what exists to create something new and better, something that ignites a spark in others.
Join me, Domino contributing editor Ben Reynaert, for a special series that will take you on a journey to what’s next. From sourcing exciting new products to discovering unexpected color palettes, we’ll get the inside scoop from the designers and creatives who are setting the major trends for us all.
Trending Forward is for the curious and design obsessed, and it’s launching October 14. Be sure to subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen, so you don’t miss a beat.
Aya Kanai on the Shelf Life of a Trend and the Future of Visual Search
Aya Kanai’s distinct style and perspective comes from years of working at some of fashion’s most exciting publications and brands, and her creative approach leans on her decisive instinct that’s as artful as it is personal. By leveraging her experience first as an editor on the launch team at Teen Vogue and then at such magazines as Nylon and Cosmopolitan—and more recently as editor in chief at Marie Claire—in her new role as Pinterest’s head of content and creator partnerships has put Aya at the helm of an exciting new initiative within the company. Pinterest is prioritizing creators, putting people at the heart of the platform and honoring the personalities that drive the ideas and pins that become the trends. And what is the life cycle of a trend? Aya understands what causes a trend to really take off and how to stay ahead of that curve, and she’s always looking for the next big idea. I’m so excited to share my conversation with Aya with all of you.
Ellen Bennett on Dreaming Big and Always Following Your Passion for What’s Next
Ellen Bennett likes to speak in mantras. As founder and CEO of apron and kitchen accessories company Hedley & Bennett, Ellen has had an incredibly inspiring path to success. Her new book, Dream First, Details Later: How to Quit Overthinking & Make It Happen!, is for all the entrepreneurs out there who have dared to dream. It’s a fresh take on a business book, crafted with the tone of your friend giving you a pep talk, and it’s packed with sage advice, vibrant illustrations, and frank and honest accounts of her own journey.
Among other things, Ellen is a talented chef and organizer. And during the pandemic, Hedley & Bennett has sold and donated hundreds of thousands of masks to date. You always learn something when you talk to Ellen, and her passions run deep. I’m so excited to share my conversation with Ellen with all of you.
JJ Martin on Building a World of Pattern and Color, and Using Your Intuition in Vintage Hunting and in Life
JJ Martin has created a brand and a life that radiate color. Her expressive collection, La DoubleJ, includes ready-to-wear, accessories, home, bedding, and tabletop. It is a dynamic reflection of JJ’s life in Italy and the evolution of her very personal journey to success.
She launched her business from Milan, selling vintage fashion and accessories, alongside her career as an American journalist reporting on fashion, design, and travel for a hit list of the best international publications. With an incredible eye for all things vintage and also color-driven, JJ’s collection is joyful and accessible.
In May JJ debuted a fabulous collaboration with Ladurée, including a tea set, apron, and dessert plate adorned with a spectacular tree of life motif. Plus she opened her very first La DoubleJ shop in Milan. More recently, she has incorporated her spiritual practice into her brand, and today we explore how all these things are impacting her collection, the perfect calming pink in her living room, and how to truly hunt for vintage—without breaking the bank. I’m so excited to share my conversation with JJ with all of you.
Newly Crowned Design Star Carmeon Hamilton on Her Top Tips for Rental Renos, Shopping for Vintage Finds Online, and Crafting a Next Gen Design Show
Carmeon Hamilton has had a big year: winning HGTV’s Design Star: Next Gen, landing her own TV show, and taking on so many exciting new projects with her interior clients and brands. Big green energy and plants are a huge part of Carmeon’s work—she incorporates them into almost every project, and on- and offscreen she creates spaces that are personal, layered, highly curated, and alive! At the core of her design practice, Nubi Interiors, is the passion for creating spaces that are a true reflection of how you live, what you value, and what makes you feel good. Her exciting new television concept is all about stylish and smart solutions for renters and how to shop for your home in a way that is thoughtful and accessible. Carmeon is hugely influenced by her favorite design hotels and her hometown of Memphis. Add to that interiors that exude joy and her love for deep shades of green. Her power and positivity feel so right for this moment.
Oh Joy! Founder Joy Cho on What She Learned From Her Seven-Year Home Reno Project and the Ombré Bathroom Tile Going Viral on Pinterest
Joy Cho of Oh Joy! is a graphic designer, author, product designer, O.G. lifestyle blogger, Pinterest super-influencer, and Domino’s Summer issue cover star. Her Los Angeles home, built from the ground up, was years in the making—a collection of buildings that includes a dreamy A-frame house that serves as a hybrid creative space, photo studio, and guest quarters for visiting friends and family. Known for a signature aesthetic that leans on color-blocking, pattern, whimsy, and bold creativity, Joy has partnered with big-name brands such as Target, Keds, and Anthropologie to help bring her style to scale. Add to that impressive résumé author, social influencer, brand ambassador, and overall creative cheerleader. Joy is a master of documenting the process. She openly shares her journey on her Instagram feed, the pain points in growing her successful business, and the emotional balancing act of family and work. Her renovation and build process have been no different. Joy has documented the twists and turns, visual inspirations, sources, and financial considerations that go into a project of this scale. She’s got a lot to say! I’m so excited to share my conversation with Joy with all of you.
Kevin Sharkey on His Color-First Approach to Organizing, Spending the Last 26 Years Alongside Martha Stewart, and the Evolution of His Epic Closet
There is a certain level of polish and style associated with organizing the Martha Stewart way. There’s a reason for this, and much of it traces back to Kevin Sharkey. Kevin is the executive vice president and executive director of design for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and for more than 25 years he has been Stewart’s right hand and creative confidant. He is a visionary decorating editor, a creative mind, and one of the most organized people I know. His apartment in Manhattan features a number of stylishly organized spaces that lean heavily on color—a beautifully designed bookcase with hundreds of books arranged by hue, a graphic all-black closet that rivals the merchandising at any chic store, and an epic china and silver cabinet for his encyclopedic collections of tabletop. After a conversation with Kevin, I walk away inspired and always having learned something.
Tune in as we explore Kevin’s organizing solutions, which are as hardworking and precise as they are intuitive and cool.
Jeremiah Brent on the Rituals of Family Life, the New Neutral Paint Color He Can’t Live Without, and the Budget-Friendly Reno Hacks He Learned on TV
Jeremiah Brent is on a mission for the original. Known for his megawatt career and likable television personality, Jeremiah’s design approach is rooted in the ritual of living in a home you love and comfort without sacrificing an ounce of style. Despite his visual point of view being highly appealing, he is incredibly thoughtful about what he buys, instinctual, and generous. Natural materials, sculptural lines, and collected vintage mingle in a way that is artistic and uniquely his. Along with his husband, Nate Berkus, Jeremiah’s current TV projects include HGTV’s competition show Rock the Block and Netflix’s Say I Do, along with the popular Nate and Jeremiah by Design, which follows their career and family life with their two adorable children, Poppy and Oskar. His collections of furniture for Living Spaces are a study in emotional and functional design. Listen in as Jeremiah shares his rituals around family life and the budget-friendly reno hacks he’s learned on TV.
Chef Sophia Roe on Redefining the Pillars of Wellness and Unlocking Genuine Connections Through Design
Sophia Roe wants us all to have a conversation. By inspiring an open dialogue, she’s bending the idea of what wellness really means, pushing the boundaries of every industry she touches. Most recently, it has been through her Vice TV series, Counter Space, which weaves a narrative around where culture, food, community, sustainability, racial justice, and storytelling meet.
Beyond cooking delicious, beautiful food and lending focus to its impact on health and well-being, Sophia is a spiritual powerhouse who wants to show you how to nourish and care for your soul—tapping into balance and what makes you feel good, which extends to your home, your surroundings, and the items you choose to touch every day. Listen in as she brings awareness to the topics of food insecurity, welfare, shelter, and body positivity in a way that is approachable and empowering and inspires action.
London-Based Designer Beata Heuman on Fearlessly Throwing Out Design Rules, Why British and Scandi Design Play Well Together, and How to Make Every Room Sing
Swedish-born and London-based designer Beata Heuman believes interiors should really sing. They should tell your personal story and be a reflection of the lives lived within a space and of the places and personalities that have inspired the journey to get you there. Beata is a rising star in the British design world—known for her bright and fearless interiors but also as a smart and open-minded product designer. Her Shoppa web shop sells everything from her fantastical and wildly patterned fabrics to smart lighting and bespoke furniture. Her designs strike this cool balance of effortlessly Scandinavian and distinctly British—which means they are cozy, whimsical, inviting, and timeless. In the foreword to her new book, Every Room Should Sing (Rizzoli), Beata writes, “It is easy to become preoccupied with trying to copy a perfect look. But the truth is that if you try to completely imitate another person’s style, you will always fall slightly short.” Learn more as we explore the dynamic spaces she creates that are a reflection of her go-for-it attitude. They rest not on expensive items or hard-and-fast design rules, but instead value passion, humor, fearlessness, and comfort. Bright, happy colors, new ways to frame and hang art—unexpected details intended to bring you joy.
Chris Loves Julia’s Julia Marcum on What She’s Learned After Six Kitchen Renos and the Hack That Will Save Your Budget
Julia Marcum has built her career around the concept of love. Her popular blog, Chris Loves Julia, launched as a personal creative diary of renovation, home, marriage, and family—all of the very real parts of life that impact how you truly live in your home. Her deep passion for the process of renovation and documenting all the little details—the earned sweat equity and mishaps that happen in the journey of making spaces better and more personal—gives her content an approachability that inspires her fans to do it themselves. With her community following along as she updates her spaces, Julia believes that you can always make a space function better for you and budget is a construct we can all learn to work within. Listen in as we chat with the self-described homebody and explore the six kitchens she has renovated along with her husband, Chris.
Loeffler Randall’s Jessie Randall on Renovating Her Kitchen During Quarantine and Her Forever Love of Ditzy Florals and Sun-Washed Gingham
Loeffler Randall’s Jessie Randall has a spot on the timeline of Domino’s history. The O.G. Domino cover featuring her Brooklyn home with the “For Like Ever” poster launched a thousand Pinterest boards and Etsy shops, and that story is still circulating today. Jessie’s love of sun-faded neutrals, ditzy florals, and reimagined gingham finds its way into her collections, and she shares those inspirations on her Instagram feed. Her brand is embarking on a new chapter this month, with Loeffler Randall’s first retail shop, opening in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood; a ready-to-wear collection; and shoes that strike that magic balance of comfort and style.
So many of the techniques used in crafting the label take their inspiration from interiors—pleating, hand-stitched embroidery, quilting—and it all is informed by Jessie’s own creative process. Listen in as we dive into the projects and hands-on crafts that she’s been working on for the past year.
Designer Matilda Goad on Creating Spaces That Are Instant Mood Lifters and the Best Budget–Friendly Materials to Elevate Your Home
British designer Matilda Goad’s products are just the dose of joy we all need in our homes right now. Her collection of tabletop and brightly hued accessories is a fabulously low-commitment way to inject new energy into our spaces: wavy rattan lampshades, scallop-edged napkins, and planters in a spectrum of appealing colors. Matilda’s love for elevating everyday items informs everything she touches. Her own home in London is equally bold and chock-full of ideas—a checkerboard-pattern tile on the stovetop surround, a smart grid of inexpensive glossy white tiles with oxblood red grout in the pantry, a scalloped detail behind a sink, and a skirt fashioned from an oversize floral to hide away unsightly messes. Dive in as we explore the joy in shaking things up in your home: by setting a fun table, playing some good music, or surrounding yourself with flowers, which reminds us that home should be a reflection of your passions—whatever that means to you.
Reath Design’s Frances Merrill on Fearlessly Mixing Color and Pattern and the Most Overlooked Spaces in Our Homes
Frances Merrill of Reath Design draws inspiration from seemingly unlikely sources—a favorite item of clothing, a textile from an antiques mall, or a piece of furniture handed down from a friend. Frances got her start designing spaces for Commune, and her warm, cozy, and layered interiors radiate personality—they are, like Frances herself, a bit of California style by way of Greenwich Village. Her use of color has become a signature and feels familiar and welcoming yet always surprising.
Frances and her team design high-vibration spaces, saturated with personality, texture, and color. Adventurous block prints sit next to more traditional elements, and it’s this juxtaposition that makes Reath Design’s spaces exciting, fresh, and unique—not one is the same. Listen in as we explore the boldness and intentionality that are the hallmarks of Frances’s design approach.
Estelle Bailey-Babenzien on Marrying Sustainability for All With Environments That Build Community and Connections
Estelle Bailey-Babenzien is the cofounder and creative director of fashion and lifestyle brand Noah and Dream Awake Design. She’s responsible for building the Noah brand and retail environments, including its downtown New York City flagship, shops within Dover Street Market in Los Angeles and London, and locations in Osaka and Tokyo. The company donates a portion of its profits to causes it cares about. Estelle’s interiors prioritize fabric, a meaningful lifestyle, and conscious consumerism, and they’re classic, soulful, and timeless. Her choice of materials leans on the education she received at Central Saint Martins in London, and her recent project—a sustainably driven townhouse for actor Adrian Grenier in Brooklyn—will be revealed on Domino next month. Noah isn’t just good retail; it’s become a community gathering spot (pre-COVID, of course) for local design and inclusive activism. Listen in as Estelle shares her thoughts on sustainability in design and creating environments that build community and connections.
Zio and Sons’s Anthony D’Argenzio on Savvy Career Pivots and How to Achieve a Reno That Honors the Past With an Emphasis on Cozy
Anthony D’Argenzio of Zio and Sons has evolved from stylist, photographer, designer, and content creator to renovation expert, developer, and real-estate visionary. As a frequent contributor to Domino, he’s documented his journey of restoring and refreshing historic spaces in New York’s Hudson Valley and creating a series of enviable short- and long-term residences that he rents via Airbnb. Anthony understands how to maintain the beauty, patina, and integrity of a space while updating it for modern living.
Anthony has collaborated with Clé Tile on an incredible line of easy-to-install zellige tile; is launching a new wallpaper collection this spring; and has a booming real-estate practice. He embraces old-world materials and European influences—brass, plaster, artfully crafted wood—and knows how to source and collect the best vintage. Listen in as we learn how all these elements come together to create Anthony’s coveted spaces.
Studio McGee Founder Shea McGee on Her Go-To Timeless Materials and Finding the Neutral Tones That Elevate Any Space
Shea McGee’s hit Netflix show, Dream Home Makeovers, just launched its second season, highlighting her talent for creating spaces that strike that perfect balance between aspirational, attainable, and highly livable. In the series, Shea and her husband, Syd, take us into the day-to-day life of Studio McGee, their design, interiors, and commerce business located in Lehi, Utah, south of Salt Lake City. Along with their highly successful collections for Target; a best-selling book, Make Life Beautiful; and a growing and engaged Instagram audience, the McGees have helped define what it takes to build a thriving design studio and multifaceted content business. The firm crafts spaces that are, of course, beautiful, but also easy to understand and layered with materials that are timeless and classic. Its clean and enviable aesthetic is often copied, but for many, it’s the way that Shea speaks about the creative process that’s the hook—and the opportunity to learn from her successes and choices keeps her fans hungry for more. Listen in as we dive into Shea’s approach to design, and the colors and materials she is loving right now.
Sweeten Founder Jean Brownhill on the New Rules of Renovation and the Materials to Get You There
Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of Sweeten, really understands homeowners’ needs when jumping into a renovation project. She learned by personal experience both as an architect and a first-time homeowner while renovating her brownstone in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. After learning from a mis-hired contractor and her own mistakes, and seeing an opportunity in the market to empower homeowners and contractors, Jean decided to launch Sweeten in 2011. She provides an invaluable service—connecting homeowners with vetted and certified contractors and providing tools to aid in the process, including budgeting, bidding guidelines, financial protection, and planning—and is an inspiring innovator and visionary. Sweeten experienced massive growth in 2020, with so many people at home really experiencing their spaces and planning how to make them function better. Specializing in projects big and small, Jean and her team have seen it all when it comes to renovations. So if you’re thinking of taking one on, listen in…you’ll want to take notes.
Domino’s Resident Moms on Living With Kids 24-7 and How They’re Making Home Ultra-Functional (and Fun!)
For our last episode of 2020, Jessica Romm Perez and Domino editors Kate Berry and Alex Redgrave sit down for a special chat about all things kids. The team was so excited to launch Domino Kids this year and support families with hardworking ideas and fun. Our theme, “Kids Rule the House,” would actually become a reality—and the team quickly saw the need for parents to gain advice on how to set up that homeschool station in a small space; put together an organization strategy that tames some of the toy chaos; and—maybe most important—create a home where everyone can still have fun together, be creative, and make special moments even during challenging times.
The resident moms of Team Domino have been scattered around since March: Kate stayed in her Manhattan apartment with her husband and 7-year-old daughter, Quinn; Alex and her husband and 2-year-old son, Mischa, went to live with family in Canada; and Jess has been moving around with her family of five a lot, between their apartment in New York and rentals upstate. It’s been a wild ride, so listen in as they look back and share what they’ve learned!
Commune Design Cofounder Roman Alonso on Building a Community of Resources and Creating Spaces That Make You Feel Your Best
Roman Alonso and his Los Angeles–based creative studio, Commune Design, have had a hand in defining what many associate with the modern California aesthetic. Layered, collected, built to last—these are the signatures of Commune’s work. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Roman defined his career as a visionary creative, working across fashion, interiors, and publishing. From the time he founded his groundbreaking studio, Roman and his team have been incredibly prolific, designing textural, layered environments for hotels, restaurants, and retail and residential interiors. With a holistic creative approach that values community and collaboration, the team fuses historic references and global perspective with product design across almost every category imaginable. Listen in as Roman shares his thoughts on some of the most exciting interiors of the past two decades.
Beloved Designer Nate Berkus on the Most Elevated Way to Stretch Your Budget and the Design Shift He Sees for 2021
Nate Berkus is a role model in so many senses of the word. As an interior designer, megawatt TV celebrity, businessman, and industry thought leader, he’s changed the course of how designers think about what’s possible in their careers. Nate’s aspirational approach to interiors is communicated in language that is attainable, accessible, and uniquely his own. He established his design firm at 24 years old and launched his TV career on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show and later with his own hit series, The Nate Berkus Show. Nate has product lines for the Shade Store, Target, and Kravet, as well as a furniture collection for Living Spaces. Beyond product, it’s his soulful approach to design and family that really strikes us. Listen in as we catch up with Nate as he shares the ways he and husband Jeremiah Brent and their two kids, Poppy and Oscar, have been sharing this time of unique togetherness.
Past and Current Cover Stars Sarah Sherman Samuel and Leanne Ford on the Idea of Going Home and Renovation as Art
On a very special episode of Design Time, we were able to get two of our contributors—Sarah Sherman Samuel, our cover star from last winter’s Renovation issue, and our newly anointed cover star, Leanne Ford—to talk about the concept of coming home, which is something we have all done in some capacity this year. Their hilarious, heartfelt chat is filled with reno gold, and the two buddies, who have both left Los Angeles to move home—Sarah to Michigan and Leanne to Pennsylvania—are seeing their careers blossom in inspiring new directions. There is a lot to learn from these two, and we hope you love it. Don’t forget to pick up our Winter Renovation issue featuring Leanne’s new home and so much more. It will inspire and guide you through your next reno project, big or small.
Designer Amber Lewis on the Most Crucial Step to Any Renovation and Her Materials Playbook
Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors has had a really big year. Team Domino is constantly talking about her expert renovations and calming, light-filled spaces—and her three shops in Los Angeles have seen incredible growth this year, as everyone has been focused on nesting. Amber’s recent best-selling book, Made for Living: Collected Interiors for All Sorts of Styles, dives into the art of layering and focuses on how we create spaces that are warm, welcoming, cozy, and—most important—a reflection of what we love and value. Despite her massive following and successful career, Amber is approachable and funny and doesn’t take design too seriously. You can really feel that joy in her spaces, and isn’t that ultimately how we all should live? In this episode, she dives deep on the recent renovation of her L.A. house, what materials give you the most bang for your buck, and how everyone should reimagine their home to be more comfortable for daily living.
Ina Garten on Her Pantry Essentials, What Comfort Means Right Now, and How to Make Every Day Feel Like a Celebration
It’s 2020, and Ina Garten needs no introduction. Her passionate following hit a peak during lockdown, when the food-world superstar began sharing viral videos of her life at home with her husband, Jeffrey, and imparting her knowledge on what to cook, how to organize, and how to live during these challenging and unusual times. Her Instagram fan base of more than 2 million followers hang on her every post, and she has emerged as a sort of quarantine queen for the home cook, bringing joy and humor to everything she does. Ina released a just-right-for-now best-selling book in October called Modern Comfort Food, filled with recipes that feed your soul and make you feel good. She’s a homebody in the best sense of the word. Ina’s bons mots give us license not to be perfect: “How easy is that” and “Store-bought is fine” make it okay for us all to be a little easier on ourselves—and that feels right. Listen in as Ina shares her tips on how to group your pantry staples and how to make a weeknight dinner feel like a celebration with her signature relatable style and ease—which has inspired a whole new generation of home cooks.
Design Powerhouse Couple Yolanda Edwards and Matt Hranek on Their Favorite Things to Collect, the Beauty of a Prefab Home, and the Road Less Taken
Matt Hranek and Yolanda Edwards are what most would call a creative power couple. Throughout their careers, they have worked together and separately for some of the most dynamic and inspiring publications, documenting their travels, food, and homes for digital and print, and solidifying a loyal following that trusts their every move. Each recommendation they put out there—where to go, where to eat, what to drink, what to shop for—and, most important, how to document it, is supported by vibrant images and heartfelt storytelling. Memory keeping and collecting are central to Matt and Yolanda’s perspective. They are gifted editors, prolific content creators, and trusted curators who are generous with their knowledge and always up to share a recommendation or a story to give their suggestions more weight. After leaving Condé Nast Traveler, they each launched independent print magazines, WM Brown and YOLO Journal, while engaging their loyal audience on Instagram and consulting for brands. As we approach the holidays, we catch up with Matt and Yolanda to talk about how they’re celebrating the holidays, even on a smaller scale this year.
Ayesha Curry on Storytelling Through Design and Building an Inclusive Vision
Despite the uncertainty around us, it’s been quite a year of accomplishments for Ayesha Curry. While gracing the cover of Domino’s Fall Style issue, the food enthusiast, philanthropist, and mother of three released her second cookbook, New York Times best-seller The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families With No Time and a Lot to Do; appeared at the Democratic National Convention; and hosted an Instagram Live cooking demo with Vice President–elect Kamala Harris. This year has marked many serious milestones for Ayesha, including launching her media platform and magazine, Sweet July, which champions female entrepreneurs and people of color, and planning for the imminent opening of her retail environment in downtown Oakland, California. Along with that, her nonprofit foundation, Eat. Learn. Play., which she cofounded with her husband, NBA superstar Steph Curry, is doing incredible work to support children in need through this moment of global pandemic and remote schooling. Her work and vision are an inspiration, as is the way she decorates, feeds her family of five, and communicates with her fans. Listen in as Ayesha shares how she uses her platform to amplify diverse voices…and for that, we are all grateful.
Talented Duo Forbes Masters on Dramatic Spaces and the Future of Digital Design
Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of design firm Forbes Masters are a creative team focused on a personal approach to design, diving into their clients’ passions, personalities, and style before embarking on a plan for interiors. They are all about innovating the design process, pushing their craft forward with digital design, social media, and their active and growing network. With an impressive roster of celebrity clients and exciting product collaborations in the works, including a wallpaper collection with Mitchell Black, Tavia and Monet are just getting warmed up. Bold in their approach, and inspired by projects big and small, they are about to move into a brand-new studio and embark on some of their most personal work to date. 2020 and COVID-19 have boosted the duo’s online presence, with clients all over the country utilizing their digital design services. Listen in as we dive in on the future of digital design and what the future holds for this impressive pair.
Superstar Stylist Colin King on ‘Unstyling’ Your Space And Only Buying What You Truly Love
Colin King, stylist, dancer, and creative director, is a force in the design world, working with photographers and brands to craft beautiful spaces and images that are as moving and emotional as they appear effortless and aspirational. In this week's episode, we explore spaces with meaning and the community Colin has built in the design world, including close collaborators from some of the best stores, brands, and publications in the business including Architectural Digest, Zara Home, Hay, RW Guild, T Magazine, House Beautiful, Vogue, Milk Decoration, and of course, Domino. Colin recently launched a collection for Beni Rugs called the Shape of Color, a lush and graphic group of floor coverings in the most warm and welcoming color palette of ochre, eggplant, navy and rich caramel. It feels just right for now. Tune in as we explore what Colin King does best….creating beautiful, simple, minimalistic and inspiring spaces.
Kellie Brown on Body Inclusivity in Design and the Comforts of a Postmodern Aesthetic
Kellie Brown has an important mission: To bring body positivity and inclusivity to every aspect of personal style. She has amassed a loyal following with her website and Instagram account, And I Get Dressed, and recently expanded her social imprint to include a new home and interiors feed, where she guides her audience on how to shop for vintage. Particularly in this time of a global pandemic, Kellie is generous with her knowledge of vintage and her cool postmodern sensibility, which leans heavily on the superstars of ’70s and ’80s design Milo Baughman and Vladimir Kagan, just to name a few. Listen in as we dive into why Kellie believes in the soul of an item, the importance of comfort plus aesthetics, and how she created a community unified by a love for design, fashion, and interiors for all.
Spencer Bailey on Slowing Down and How Your Home Reflects Your Values
Spencer Bailey’s forthcoming book, In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials (Phaidon Press), speaks to the important work of memorializing lives lived and how we experience grief. Spencer, the former editor in chief of Surface magazine and a talented journalist who writes about architecture, art, culture, design, and technology for many publications, came to this work via a very personal experience. He also explores the relevant notion of slowing down in his podcast, which he cohosts with Andrew Zuckerman, in which they speak to thought leaders on the subjects of design, nature, the environment, and activism. Their conversations are organized around the five senses and how we experience the world through this lens. Spencer truly understands that the objects we choose reflect our values and shared experience. Listen in as we explore the personal side of design and the impact our choices make on the world and how we experience our spaces.
Jenna Lyons on the Power of a Pink Sofa and Designing Without Fear
Jenna Lyons is a creative force. Her vision for how to dress America defined and led the J.Crew brand for nearly two decades, and her influence across design, fashion, interiors, and beauty launched a generation empowered by an accessible aesthetic that mixes high and low, shiny and matte, old and new, and graphic and pretty. Jenna and her Brooklyn brownstone scored the cover of Domino in 2008, launching a Pinterest generation—and inspiring her fans to paint their ceilings in vibrant stripes and layer rugs without fear. It’s still one of Domino’s most iconic stories to date. Since leaving J.Crew three years ago, Jenna has quietly been planning her next move, consulting on interiors projects and building the foundation for two exciting new ventures, which are launching this fall. Listen in, as we dive into materials, color, renovations, and launching a commerce business during COVID, rooted in Instagram.
Brigette Romanek on the Unexpected Path That Led to Her Dream Career
Good design has soul. Brigette Romanek came to design via an unexpected path. First, she designed an accessories collection and her own home, then she started decorating for friends and fell in love with the process. She established her design firm and an approach built on classical and modern elements, and is known for her sculptural but accessible perspective. Brigette is a talented plant mama and collector, and her warmth and spirit inform her craft. Tune in as we explore Brigette’s eye for all things vintage and what colors she’s loving—plus how to embrace the history of a place while updating it for family life.
Designer Mat Sanders on the Best Design Advice He’s Ever Received and Styling With Object “BFFs”
Mat Sanders lives and breathes design. He shares his knowledge and styling ideas with humor and passion, whether it’s on his social channels; designing for celebrity clients; or on his new short-format TV show, Werrrk!, where he helps businesses redefine themselves with design. Mat brings an editorial approach to interiors and furniture collections, and is generous with his talent and innovative approach. Listen in on my conversation with Mat...it’s fun, inspiring, and surprising, but it’s also enlightening, as he tells us about how to follow your vision—whatever your creative endeavor may be.
Goodee Founders Byron and Dexter Peart on Sourcing Products With Purpose and the Power of Design for Good
Dexter and Byron Peart have an incredible breadth of experience and inspirations to draw from. The Montreal-based identical twin brothers are the founders and creators of luxury accessories and fashion brand WANT Les Essentiels and their current venture, Goodee, a marketplace and retail platform for mission-led design brands and makers. Dexter and Byron sold WANT in 2017 to explore new opportunities and followed their heart and passion into the home.
In their words: Goodee is a place where good design and good purpose intersect.
They seek to elevate and sell items for the home that are timeless, made with intention, and inspire consumers to prioritize social impact with their purchases. Tune in to hear what drove the inspiration for a purpose-led marketplace that empowers their customers to impact change with what they buy.
EyeSwoon’s Athena Calderone on Creative Careers, Unexpected Trajectories, and Elevating the Everyday
Athena Calderone approaches her life and work through an inspiring lens: to make things more beautiful. She’s had incredible success with her two books—the James Beard Award–winning Cook Beautiful and her most recent, Live Beautiful, both rooted in the idea of bringing inspiration to every day and exploring your home to find your personal style. Her content—via her Instagram account and website, EyeSwoon—has especially resonated this past year, as people are looking for ways to celebrate moments at home. From her own homes in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and Amagansett, New York, Athena documents daily living in a way that’s anything but ordinary. Her popular podcast, More Than One Thing, launched earlier this year and explores the ideas of multifaceted creative careers and unexpected trajectories. Listen in as we learn how Athena’s generous spirit and warmth helped her build a loyal following, who are eager to see what she’s cooking up next.
Plant Kween Christopher Griffin on Creating a Lush Home That Brings You Joy and His Plant-Approved Playlist
Christopher Griffin is all about sharing. From his Brooklyn apartment, Christopher (also known as Plant Kween) has shared his plant-care expertise, joyful ideas, and styling knowledge with his Instagram audience throughout quarantine. Her approach to personal well-being and balance is informed by her lush oasis, with hundreds of plants gracing every corner. He shares his plant journey and the love and energy he brings to the process with humor and infectious joy.
As an educator at New York University’s LGBTQ+ Center, Christopher draws an important parallel between caring for plants (or green girls, as he calls them) and caring for yourself. That nurturing mentality is something we could all aspire to, and his focus on community and activism fueled by positivity is inspiring. Tune in as we discover his plant-based takeaways, daily meditations on life, and tips for creating a home that brings you joy.
Jungalow’s Justina Blakeney on Making Fun a Priority With Well-Designed Hang Zones
Justina Blakeney radiates joy. The designer, artist, and creative director of Jungalow is the author of two New York Times best-selling books—The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes—and that’s exactly what Justina is all about: creating a space that is all about good vibes. She really understands how to live well and maximize spaces designed around the things that are important to you. She’s a master at coming up with ideas for making your space cooler, more original, and fun. Her own home features well-designed hang zones like a garage–turned–sunken living room, lounge space, outdoor shower, pass-through outdoor bar, and the ultimate tiled garden and patio. She’s an incredible plant mama, artist, mother, musician, and color expert whose work and craft are defined by her personal experiences and a range of influences, including Moroccan zellige tile and patterns, as well as Indian textiles and the Italian joy of living. Listen in as we go on her journey—from life in her 20s living in Florence and owning an O.G. lifestyle boutique with her sister to building a design empire and media platform from her home base in Los Angeles.
London-Based Interior Design Firm 2LG Studio on Freeing Your Home and Why Pink Is a Neutral
London-based interior designers Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe of 2LG Studio are committed to one simple mission: making living lovely. Their endless joy and passion for design comes from their stellar sense of humor and the cool cultural references that inform their work, like ’80s classic TV show Dynasty, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Schitt’s Creek. They create spaces and products that radiate self-expression and playfulness—from painting a doorframe electric blue to designing area rugs in unexpected, sculptural forms. For them, being bold in life means bringing that energy, joy, and personality to every corner, and design is all about the boundary-bending gesture: add a glossy patterned tile all the way up to the ceiling for maximum impact, and painting the inside of your closets in a color that makes you happy. 2LG gives you permission to pick up a paintbrush and paint outside the lines—in punchy lilac and bubblegum pink, of course.
Leanne Ford on Following Your Gut in Renovation and in Life
As the host of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords, Leanne Ford is someone who really trusts her instincts and bold choices—in renovation, design, and life. She started her career as a fashion stylist and brings her rock-and-roll sensibility and high-low mix to reimagining spaces that honor the old and embrace the new. She applies the same vibe to designing furniture collections, such as her recent one for Crate & Barrel. A few of her rule-breaking signatures: painting everything the perfect shade of white; a collected approach to interiors that layers cool vintage pieces with bold, outsize furniture; and rooms that are all about comfort. After getting married and having a baby in 2019, Leanne brought her expert DIY skills to a storied Rustic Canyon property in the Santa Monica hills that she had envisioned as being her family’s “forever home.” When COVID happened, she and her husband got real with each other and about how they wanted their life to unfold more slowly and thoughtfully, which led to their decision to sell their California home and move back to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. Tune in as we chat about her new project—an early-20th-century manor house in Pennsylvania—the magical time of taking stock of what matters, and considering the true meaning of coming home.
Sarah Sherman Samuel on the Budget Materials That Actually Elevate a Space and Always Dreaming Big
As the cover star of our first Renovation issue last winter, Sarah takes the idea of design-it-yourself to the next level: She can turn inexpensive materials into design gold—a graphic wall hanging doubles as a TV cover and a painted striped ceiling becomes a work of art. Sarah is also behind successful collaborations with such brands as Semihandmade and Lulu and Georgia, counts Mandy Moore and Garance Doré as clients, and has grown a loyal following on Instagram, where she shares cool projects—and the funny mishaps that come with being so hands on. Her family home in Grand Rapids, Michigan is her most personal project to date—a 1980s postmodern fixer-upper that’s now an oasis of clean lines, layered textures, and earthy-meets-modern colors. Listen in as we chat about her epic renovation and what Sarah considers to be the key to creating a calm and functional space.
Clare Paint Founder Nicole Gibbons on Curating Color with Confidence and the Career Pivot that Changed Everything
Nicole Gibbons is a pro at creating something so intuitive, you wonder how you ever lived without it. Starting out in fashion PR and working as an executive at Victoria Secret, she switched career paths at the peak of her game to follow her true passion in interior design. Nicole got the stamp of approval from Oprah, appearing as a design expert on the O Network. And all that before Nicole launched her direct-to-consumer paint brand, Clare, which reimagines the colorful journey of sampling paint to realizing your dream palette. Backed by some of the same investors as Glossier, Everlane, and Reformation, the buzzy brand is intuitive, offering services like a color-match quiz and peel-and-stick swatches. But Clare also taps into the emotional side of color with names like Current Mood, Chill and Dirty Martini, Summer Friday and Sriracha -- and cuts through the clutter with a super tight edit of shades.
Nicole and I had so much to dig into for this episode--including how to curate color with confidence, why natural light is everything when choosing the right shade, and how some of the boldest color pairings can really change your space.
Kelly Wearstler on Mood-Altering Color and the Power of Discovering Your Design Story
For our inaugural episode, we’re chatting with design superstar Kelly Wearstler. Even if you don’t know her by name, chances are you’ve experienced one of her many iconic designs or layered immersive spaces. This year, as her studio celebrates 25 years and her Instagram account tops a million followers, Kelly’s most recent project, the Proper Hotels in Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco, represents a new vision of hospitality for the Instagram generation.
A true trailblazer and thought leader, Kelly continues to follow her deep passion and curiosity for style and interiors. She has left her mark on era-defining spaces, designing countless collections and taking risks every step of the way. In this episode, our Summer issue cover star shares her ideas on how to energize your space, the color combinations that can really move you, along with her strategies for scoring the best vintage and how to collect items that tell the story of you.
Have you ever been in a space that made you feel really good? Where the light was just right, the furniture was super-cozy, and the colors seemed to radiate? That connection is at the heart of Domino’s new podcast, Design Time, where we explore spaces with meaning. Good design can help us create a home that truly tells our story. Each week, join me, Jessica Romm Perez, Domino’s editor in chief, along with visionaries who will share their creative journey to designing spaces that move you. We’ll explore the emotional side of design, from the ritual of gathering to a mood-boosting paint trick to the renovation tips that will inspire your next project. Home is the best place to start exploring your personal style. How do you shape your world from the inside out? Let’s discover together on Design Time.