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: 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
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...more
Patty
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
Alexandra
Dec 03, 2008 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Erika RS
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...more
Kayla Cagan
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...more
Terri
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...more
Lauren
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.
Gwen
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.
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.
Kelly Lowrance
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...more
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...more
Autumn
Beautiful guide to decorating your home. The most useful tidbits are the visual glossary pages. I find it difficult to articulate my preferences to furniture dealers (e.g. Tight back sofa, Pedestal Table) and this came in handy.

I am really looking for a book that shows you how to adapt the same space over time. This book didn't offer suggestions for that... instead it showed very distinct and separate living spaces. She could have also left out the chapter on Kitchens because it seemed out of p...more
Sara Q
Hurray! Another home design book that's far more practical than fanciful. Full of many, many great examples of rooms, pairing various items together, using specific inspiration as a starting idea, and then the last section has a visual glossary of the terms decorators use when describing furniture. I made lots of notes from this one - mainly getting ideas of process more than style, but I think that's what i need most right now.
Tina Hayes
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...more
Janene
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...more
Becky
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)...more
Annette
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
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...more
Erika
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
Meredith
Inspiring rooms and some helpful tips. I got a little hung up on trying to give my house a theme name. Then, I mentioned this tactic to a interior decorator and she told me that technique often results into catalogue rooms that arent particularly cozy.

I think I've learned more from House & Home magazine.
Afton
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...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
Mads P.
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
Adrien
I read this when it first came out and loved it. I just picked it up and realized I still loved many of the interiors. Timeless but with personality.
Shannon
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...more
Stephanie
Lots of color combinations, ideas and inspirations in this book. I dream that one day my home really will be "all put together." It hasn't happened for over a decade now, but I believe I will eventually get more done around my home and this book will help give me some ideas and a reference to use as a place for a jump start.

I really appreciate that the book doesn't need to serve as just an interior decorating book but as a design book too. The mix & match, color palettes, thoughts/reasons fo...more
Rebecca
If you loved the magazine Domino, you'll love this book. It's well organized and does exactly what it's meant to do. It's a fun book on interior decorating for your home. The editors at Domino were the first to UNDERSTAND that I wanted to shop for my home and have fun while doing it. That I wanted my home to look like me. How difficult is that? Apparently, very difficult. Only a hand full of magazines can do that. And only sporadically at best. Well, this month, Domino has released a special edi...more
Minttu
I love this book with all the fabulous photos & handy tips. It was almost everything I wanted it to be. I find myself reading portions of it again as I think about possible design changes in our home. I love it when a book gets read often and not just sits on the shelf collecting dust. I also appreciated a lot the tips for smaller spaces. That being said, I would've loved a bit more text to balance out all the images. I love to read about the creative processes people go through and how they...more
Mel
God, how I miss domino magazine, but I will always have this book to remember it by....sigh. Okay, enough drama. :)

Great photos, useful tips, and a wonderful tool for inspiration. As a designer I can be a bit, um, shall we say selective of magazines and their material. But Domino truly was something original and I'm sad to see it go, although the tradition it started is being carried on by others (Lonny magazine, for example, is now releasing monthly online magazine that have the closest aesthet...more
Renee' Williams
I love this book and use it as a reference when I want to change a room.
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