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Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy

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Domino: The Book of Decorating cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders' secrets from today's premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual. The editors take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences. With an eye to making design ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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Garconniere
Apr 25, 2012 Garconniere rated it it was ok
really great for absolute beginners or people with a lot of cash. so many of the tips (photographing/measuring EVERYTHING in your house) are valuable but completely unrealistic and incredibly time-consuming. as someone part-way through intensive renovations/slight redecorating, i thought it would be a nice guideline but just too unrealistic for my broke ass lifestyle.

and i know domino is not the only design magazine out there with this problem, but fuck it is SO. WHITE. which leaves an even wors
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LATOYA SAUNDERS
Apr 21, 2017 LATOYA SAUNDERS rated it really liked it
I have realized that my house does not have enough chandeliers and will correct this immediately. This book was full of beautiful pictures and inexpensive ideas, though expensive ideas were present as well. I recommend everyone read this before decorating in order to avoid creating a space you hate.
Erika RS
Dec 28, 2012 Erika RS rated it liked it
The authors wrote this book to help teach you how to "read" a room. As such, this is a book that has significantly more pictures than text (not a bad thing, in this case).

The authors go through each of the major rooms in the home. Each chapter contains several examples and breaks down what makes that room work. They talk about the important considerations for choosing the major pieces for that room and give a number of tips, all illustrated. I can almost guarantee that you won't like everything
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Patty
Nov 07, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
I think this is a great first decorating/design book to give to someone (or yourself) as a gift. It goes through the basics such as chapter 1 - Getting Started - sharing ways to find inspiration through magazines and pinterest, and through that search finding out just what your individual style is and then how to think about the actual space you have and to take an inventory of what you already have and then to draw up a budget and come up with the items that will give you that room that you are ...more
Manik Sukoco
Dec 24, 2015 Manik Sukoco rated it it was amazing
This book is hands down the best design book that I have ever had the privilege to read! This book is visual yet packed with practical tips. I really enjoyed the cheat sheets provided to help one design their home just like a professional! I also enjoyed how the book followed the high/low method a lot of the time, which means splurging on a couple of items and then finding the rest on the cheap. The ideas in the book apply to everyone, not just the design professional. This book is a must buy wh ...more
Alexandra
Nov 29, 2008 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who want to update their home and make it cosy
Shelves: home-and-design
wooondeeeerrrful.
This book is absolutely amazing. To all the readers who find that regular decorating books and magazines make everything looking sterile and impossible for their own space: this is your book.
It helps you approach each room by pointing out all important information that you should consider before buying new stuff.
Also it has great ideas and tricks that are affordable and for everyone (also special sections for renters).
I keep looking back in to find new ideas and recommend it hig
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Gwen
Oct 02, 2009 Gwen rated it it was amazing
I really did cry when they stopped publishing this magazine. Thank Durga there is a book. Many decorating books are full of dated photos of impractical over decorated rooms with fake plants. This book shows real homes with classic, fun livable designs...not to mention TONS of practical advice and SOURCES!! for many of the things shown. Love is not a strong enough word.
Rebecca
I don't know why I love looking at decorating books so much, but I do! This is one of my favorites so far; if I really was decorating a house, this provides great step-by-step instructions for the average person, and explains the different types and shapes of just about everything -- so it's practical as well as eye candy. Makes me wish I'd read domino magazine before it went under! Tidbits:

p. 127 - I didn't know there was such a thing as an all-in-one unit (stovetop, fridge, sink, and storage)
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Kayla Cagan
Mar 03, 2012 Kayla Cagan rated it it was amazing
I'm not a designer, nor do I have a designer's eye. I'm not a gardener, nor do I have a green thumb.

So I found this guide, just like Domino Magazine in it's heyday, super helpful and written in an accessible language that didn't make me feel like a moron. I love the contemporary styling, and the way the book explains why certain looks/time periods/colors work well together to create a tone and feeling and mood.

I would have loved to have been born with a designer's fearlessness and wit, but alas
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Mads P.
Apr 17, 2012 Mads P. rated it liked it
This book has some really helpful, timeless tips about how to arrange furniture, how to hang curtains, things to watch out for when purchasing different types of couches, etc. The thing I didn't like was that a lot of the decor was truly tacky: zebra wallpaper, python wallpaper in a kitchen, giant flower-power style daisies painted on a wooden floor, a huge moth on the wall, a peacock mirror, a room filled with American flags... so over the top. There was also some tasteful decor that was inspir ...more
Amanda
Nov 28, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was a fun and quick read - it is a nice coffee-table book. I appreciated the breakdown of major pieces and what they pair well with. It would have been rated higher for me if there was a more thorough representation of aesthetics; I feel like the majority of the book is very modern design and it would have been nice to have seen a couple of examples of more traditional/french country/classic type of designs. For someone who is just beginning to establish their aesthetic, it is good for ...more
Lauren
Nov 08, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, design
I especially found the children's room section and the "black book" directory at the end of the book listing companies (and how (in)expensive they were) helpful. I jotted down furniture, flooring, lighting, etc. companies to check out in the future from the list. On the whole, it would have been more helpful to me if the author had annotated throughout the entire book where certain items came from so I could look them up.
Kate
This one's interesting enough to flip through, but so specialized with distinct styles (and most of it's not really for people on a budget.)

I liked the decorating tips, but have a hard time focusing on such unattainable appearances and styles.
Julia
May 18, 2017 Julia rated it liked it
3.5 stars - this was useful for getting ideas... it wasn't as in-depth or inspiring as the more recent domino style book. BUT it did lead me to actually go and check out their website for more tips/tricks.
Karen Drake
Jul 09, 2017 Karen Drake rated it liked it
This was so-so for me. Perhaps a bit more high fashion than I lean, but there are some good tips even if the styles presented in the photos aren't exactly mine. I think the guide at the end, however, is AWESOME. All the basic decor stuff you need to know in one good place.
Emily
May 29, 2017 Emily rated it liked it
Overall a little bohemian for my taste and definitely geared toward NYC apartment dwellers, but it still covered a lot of useful principles of design.
Erin
Jun 13, 2017 Erin rated it liked it
I am going to need a lot more money for all the ideas I now have.
Cristina Mazilu
May 14, 2017 Cristina Mazilu rated it it was amazing
WOW, simply WOW! This book is out of this world. So pretty, so interesting, "a piece of cake" would serve as a great description of this book. There are beautiful images, there are stunning rendered sketches and perspectives, easy to read floorplans and tons of useful pieces of advice of ways to form combinations out of furniture, textures and patterns. A beautiful source of inspiration and an even better coffee table book. Recommend with no hesitation. Worth every penny!
Darby
I had only picked up the magazine a few times when it was out (they are no longer publishing it or publish it now on a very limited basis), but always enjoyed it.

The book is beautifully put together. The format is interesting going room by room, examining what is important in each individual space. It is packed with great photos along with some basic design ideas, tips and suggestions that are helpful no matter what your taste. They illustrate many of the ideas using Domino staffer's homes so n
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Cassidy Hicks
May 05, 2015 Cassidy Hicks rated it liked it
Domino: The Book of Decorating, was a very useful book to me because I personally was looking for a beginners book to explore the design world. The writers formatted the book in an easy to navigate way going room to room explaining how you can design that space. In the very first chapter they discussed getting inspiration for the room which you will be decorating. I found that chapter the most useful because every room starts with inspiration from either a picture, color, or something meaningful ...more
Terri
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing
Domino's magazine is geared toward the trendy twenty to thirty year-old so it should be no surprise that this decorating books reaches the same audience. That's what Domino does and Domino does it well. But even if you don't fall into that age category there is a lot to glean from the book.

Even the cover is a delight of design and color. The book is divided into different rooms in your house: living room, dining room, kitchen, entryway, kid's bedroom, your bedroom, office, bathroom. Each chapter
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Tina Hayes
Oct 23, 2008 Tina Hayes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vine, non-fiction
In this instance, you honestly can judge the book by its cover, as this one is as informative as it is beautiful. "Domino" by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, and Dara Caponigro is 'the' decorating book to own.

It starts by exlaining the eight steps to getting started, including floor plans, finding inspiration, and budgeting. All types of rooms imaginable are covered by seperate chapters, each ending with a beautiful example of a room from one of the actual authors' homes. The Decorator
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Janene
Mar 09, 2012 Janene rated it it was amazing
This book is a powerhouse. Just stuffed with good information! Thank you, Domino, for packing 20+ decorating magazines into one beauty of a book. (Also, no ads. Yes!) I am inspired and actually thinking I CAN DO THIS.

It covers it all -- and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there is a reference tool in the back, outlining each type of window treatment, couch, cushion, table, etc. with a sketch so you can see them side-by-side, a one sentence summary, and quick, relevant pros and c
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Annette
May 02, 2010 Annette rated it it was ok
This is a decorating book and to be honest I have never read a decorating book cover to cover. I consider these reference books. And this one has an awesome reference section in the back of internet and brick and morter locations for decorating goods. There were loads of pictures and I enjoyed the concept of the "domino decorating" (get an inspiration and work from there). The beginning had a nice layout for the steps to do your decorating. It was the most comprehensive and most left-brained way ...more
D
Feb 21, 2009 D rated it really liked it
i bought the book for its cover one winter day and was rewarded with a subscription to the magazine of the same name, only to learn after receiving the FIRST *wonderful* issue that the mag was folding. a tragedy.

but the book offers an irreverent, casual design attainable to those first living on their own and tweakable for those with more means moving into, say, their second home.

at times the cheerful messiness was a bit too messy for me, but the book is chock full of helpful tips and explicabl
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Erika
Jan 02, 2012 Erika rated it it was amazing
I am completely obsessed with this book. I've had it out from the library about two weeks and have spent at least an hour a day just browsing through the pictures, reading a few paragraphs here and there and getting a TON of great solutions and ideas for decorating my own house. I love that it comes with a built in ribbon bookmark. I have that placed in the page with what is now my dream bookshelves. This is the best decorating idea book I've seen from my library finds. Everything is organized s ...more
Kristen Northrup
I'm in the process of buying a house and this was the first decorating book I picked up at the library, somewhat at random. After reading it, I'm quite sad that the magazine is no more. I would have subscribed. The photos are lovely, of course. The furniture is not totally out of reach for the average person. The case studies and the mix-and-match ideas were particularly helpful. There's one section where a room has the same furniture arranged three different ways, depending on the focus; I woul ...more
Afton
Nov 22, 2009 Afton rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book, I wish I had a copy. I just checked it out from the library and renewed it three times without reading it because I didn't feel like I had time to sit and enjoy it. When I went to return it after the girls were in bed one night, I stayed at the library in a quiet chair and read, front to back and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

I know that I probably could've enjoyed any book in that situation, but I loved loved this one. It has beautiful pictures and great useful tips
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Kelly Lowrance
Aug 16, 2014 Kelly Lowrance rated it really liked it
As a current interior design student, this book at first was very overwhelming and it seemed like most of the spaces seemed very sterile and un-lived in. I did enjoy this book once I was able to look at it from a different perspective and I appreciated how they broke up each chapter by rooms in your home.

The index towards the beginning showing different type of furniture was extremely helpful, as was the index in the back showing how different types of lighting look in different spaces. (They al
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Shannon
Feb 21, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
Part I of my self-education on home design/interior decorating. Not that I have a home yet, but someday I hope to be that lucky. And I'm sure the ideas could translate to apartment living/decor too.

I liked this book and all the glossy photos of each room (it's divided into sections based on each room in a house) but couldn't relate to quite a few of the decorating "mix-and-match" ideas. However, a lot of the tips were very helpful, so it was kindof a 50-50 result. Half of it was great, the other
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