my thoughts on the April issue of Domino

I don't know why I subscribed to Domino. I do like the magazine, so I'm thinking I got offered some kind of deal on it.
Anyway, I receive it and it's pretty good, though not usually my taste for decorating, I find it enjoyable to look through and it's usually packed with ideas and information - an excellent magazine for a plane trip.

Drew Barrymore is on the cover this month. Drew gives me the dreaded Australian Neck Itch.
Her goofy attitude on television and chubby little cheeks annoy me. Then again, she does keep her eyes open for photographs and, apparently, does not suck on a lemon in the seconds before she's shot, but now I'm going ON.

Drew has had her new film office decorated and I was surprised to see that it is not unlike my style. Though I'm not fond of the Olde Hollywood look, I like her inspiration board and the fact that she has what I'm assuming are personal knick knacks scattered about. (I like to pronounce that Ka-nick Ka-nack.)

That having been said, I'll go to the front of the issue now, so I can give you a page by page...
(don't get nervous, I won't last long).

Bernhardt furniture is lovely isn't it? I can't find a photo of the sofa in the ad, but I just read that rolled armed sofas are a hallmark of the 90's, so you can bet that K and I will be dragging our perfectly serviceable Crate and Barrel sofa to the curb. Just as soon as we have $10,000 to throw around.

Aren't the Ikea kitchen ads brilliant? Beautifully styled, with every possible convenience pictured, I find myself gazing longingly at the rooms and I have a perfectly wonderful kitchen of my own. Plus there's always a good tag line: The Ikea Akurum/Stat kitchen: instructions on how to get your guests out of it not included.

Oh, look, there's Drew again - in a Cover Girl ad. Airbrush alert.

There's an ad for Grange furniture a few pages further along. Very Grown Up. Out of my league but gorgeous stuff. Say it with a French accent.
And I like this Duralee settee as well. Perhaps not in pink.
Why do you suppose I'm drawn to upholstered things right now? What's wrong with having an outdated sofa?

There is a page of Editor's Cravings. The Senior Market Editor is craving a $5490 mirror bordered with painted fish scales. I'll have the sushi.

Further in, there's a piece on organizing your purse. This really appeals to me as I love looking at photos of what women have in their handbags. Strangely, none of the participants have a ragged looking tampon with bits of hair and suede on its wrapper in their bag. And, with the exception of The Art Student's knock-off Chanel bag, none of the bags are less than $500. I know lots of art students and they wouldn't be caught dead carrying a knock-off Chanel bag. Based on this photo piece, I guess I'd be the High-End Bohemian, so I'm off to find my $725 coated canvas Hogan handbag. I think I need to find a magazine for people with less expendable income.

There's a hint on the 'nesting' page about adding perfume oils to your laundry. This idea intrigued me as I like the idea of scented laundry products. But then I read that these oils are to be dripped onto unscented dryer sheets and the writer cautioned against using darker oils whilst drying light laundry and I lost all enthusiasm.

Page 118 features stereos for every room. Obviously the editors don't live with three guitar players, a saxophonist, a trumpet player or a drummer. I want quiet in every room, though I do have a radio in the kitchen and a radio/alarm clock.

"Fawn Galli has a talent for transforming her clients' deepest desires into storyscapes of fabric furniture and paint" in an article called The Narrative Collector. I like the rooms that Fawn decorated for her own family. They are eclectic and interesting to me - and they do tell many stories...pillows with history, interesting tables - and little Gaspar's train set all combine to be a very high style family home. (I can't BELIEVE I didn't think to name one of the boys Gaspar.)
Anyway, it looks like the kind of house I'd like to spend time in - looking at things and thinking about them.

There's one of those 'restoring and old house' pieces wherein everything is sisal rugs and white rooms and hanging cookware. That's what I wish the houses I've rented looked like - but I could never live in a house like that. Too sterile? I'm not sure. I'd like to see the house before the editors took the personal things out of the rooms.

Finally, I would just like to rip apart the article about the fellow who had a horrible little garden at the back of his townhome in New York City. I'm sure it was a SIGHT. Closed in by four ugly little town homes - god knows, it's probably only worth nine or ten million. Fortunately, Miles Redd "recast the dreary spot as a dreamy paradise of furniture and flora - a well appointed open-air living room." Voila! Eight thousand dollars worth of custom trellising, ten thousand on designer furniture, and a bust of Diana and the space is utterly grand.
I can't help wondering what he does when it rains, though, surely he must scurry around gathering up pillows and linens.

Ah, Domino, provider of daydreams from cover to cover.
I have one last gripe -
while I find the provided stickers invaluable for marking pages, I do wish the sheet they are affixed to was perforated for easy removal.
Are you listening Domino?


Carol said…
Gaspar Galli?! Must be a family name, no?
Badger said…
I have never read that magazine because it belongs somehow to Lucky, and Lucky wants us all dressing like rodeo clowns and/or teenage prostitutes. But maybe someone with actual taste is editing Domino. Stranger things have happened.
Wendy said…
I thought I was the only one who wondered what happened to those lovely outdoor living rooms when it rained.
Kathy Rogers said…
Please tell me that the "bust of Diana" is the goddess and not the princess. Thanks.
Anonymous said…
You crack me up. It's like me ripping apart Real Simple. I've always wanted to break down a budget to see what their "improvements" would cost a gal over the course of a determine exactly WHAT kind of income they expect their readers to possess. Or spend, as it were. Now I'm rambling....
Anonymous said…
I got that magazine this weekend too and snickered over far too many things.

The organized purses were lovely, but not at all honest or realistic. What about used pieces of gum in wadded up tissues? And all that crud that collects at the bottom, along with store receipts?

And it would have been nice if Fawn Galli had confessed to using Ikea in her son's room.
Anonymous said…
there is a flickr group called something like, what's in your bag. People post pictures of their bags with all the content laid out all neat and orderly.

you'd like it.

MsCellania said…
I find that decorating and interior design magazines make me hate my house, just like fashion rags make me hate my body. So I indulge in neither.
That way, I don't have constant reminders that my belongings or myself are sadly outdated. And I can hang on to my cash and hopefully one day retire - albeit with old, worn-out stuff.
You seem to be the pinnacle of chic to me, bb. Your C & B sofa is timeless - timeless, I say!
Sarah said…
blackbird, my thoughts exactly.
Lela said…
I love the little sickers too - but I don't mark up magazines. I'm always trying to think of other uses. Maybe I'll use them to mark up passages from A New Earth - all the stuff about not getting attached to STUFF!
Caterina said…
You make me giggle :)
Mrs. G. said…
I think you would like my vintage purse-'06 Target, $19.99. $500? yikes.
Mary said…
bb - I am here and faithfully reading - although I have no knowledge of this magazine!
KPB said…
I'd like to see a post like this once a month. On a different magazine each time.
I may even do an Australian version.

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