I nearly knocked down my fellow patrons at the supermarket over the weekend when I saw the cover of Domino and the words ‘we’re back’ printed on the cover. I couldn’t have put this in my cart fast enough and even patiently (patience is not my strong suit) waited until the following morning where I could have a few minutes to myself before work to peruse it. Well…I so want to tell you that I loved it and it was even better than before and I am so happy I am going to implode, but I was left a little dejected, it was not the Domino of yore. There were some odd choices like putting a model on the cover versus the owner of the interior, since that was how they used to do it, it was confusing when I saw the interior and it belonged to someone else. I worked in interior design for years and I can tell you that there are a bazillion photogenic and uberly talented designers that could have graced the cover and showed off their stunning interiors, really bazillion would be a low number, they do explain why they did this but I think they shouldn’t have budged on the format unless the apartment was so amazing it would have blown your mind then maybe. The apartment featured? It’s lovely but really it’s a toned down version of Jenna Lyon’s former Park Slope flat, the same chandelier, same body style on the sofas and creme and brown tribal rug, same fireplace, maybe it’s even the same place (she did sell it after all). It’s just not something that I haven’t seen before, now when I saw Jenna Lyon’s place for the first time I was WOWED, and you know I am a neutral loving, subtle palette kind of girl but I love when someone has such original vision (here’s another peek).
One thing I was happily surprised about was the new editor-in-chief, none other than former Domino staffer Michelle Adams (of Lonny mag fame). That girl is a success story and in my few dealings with her, she has been beyond kind. I am sure having a lot more cooks in the kitchen contributed to how this issue played out, but I know she has the chops and the love of Domino to bring it back to its former glory. Now that I have probably ostracized myself from any future Domino dealings maybe I should go into what I liked? I liked the gift guides, but I am a sucker for gift guides in general, what would have been amazing is if they contacted Ez for her gift guide prowess, every year Ez’s guides are so worth the wait, but I digress. I loved that they featured Etsy artists within the gift guide round-up, when I first started on Etsy in 2007 editors wouldn’t want to feature you with just an Etsy shop, I love that it is now not only accepted but highlighted-go indie! There were no ads throughout the book, interesting. I hope they continue to do a floral feature, I would love to see Amy Merrick’s work! I actually have more input, but I will hold my tongue and wait for the scathing email from Domino. I do want this magazine to make a comeback even if it is only seasonal so I am hoping that the next offering is a lot more meaty and has more of what we loved of the original mag–keep it light, keep it clean, keep it original, introduce us to new ideas and new talents and don’t make it so aspirational that we can’t afford anything within the pages. Go Domino, I know you can do it!
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.