Imagine my surprise when I saw the word DOMINO on the magazine rack. It took exactly two times of looking at it and approximately three times of touching it to realize that my eyes were not deceiving me in some late-night hunger-induced grocery store run.
One caveat, though: it’s some kind of freakish “Special Edition” that’s (apparently) coming out quarterly. However, at $10.99 for a copy, I think Condé Nast has flipped it’s freakin’ wig if it thinks I’m going to pay that price again.
I was never really a great Domino fan from the get-go. I only bought it occasionally, but its lack of diversity and “decorating sameness” quickly tired me out.
But last night, I did my imitation of a sheeple and bought it anyway… mostly out of delusional curiosity (delusional, because I was hungry and therefore my defenses were down and, curious, because I cannot pass by a shelter magazine without “wanting to go to there”)
Review: It’s cute. But then, Domino Magazine was never short of “the cute.” I have absolutely no idea who their target audience could be (especially at $10.99). The young women whom they peddled this magazine to back in “the old days” have probably grown-up and moved on to a “big girl” publication or who now just subscribe to some kind of online (AND FREE) magazine, like Rue (which I got over somewhere around issue 2).
Again, it’s… cute. Lots of delightful photographs of delightful young women, posing delightfully in front of delightful colored furniture, making you instantly ready to tackle their “quick fix” decorating dilemma’s… you know the kind: the kind you say you’re going to accomplish THIS WEEKEND!, but never get around to actually doing.
One glaring faux-pas a-no-no: Some of the articles (gasp) in this so called new Special Edition are RECYCLED!!!!! Don’t believe me? Page 50 in the new mag is the EXACT SAME article from Jan/Feb 2006 edition of Domino (page 114) (double gasp!) Makes me wonder what other creative recycling they are up to! So in a way, you’re paying… or paid, in my case, twice.
I’m not going to say “don’t buy” it. Usually magazines I want to read, but don’t want to buy just turn up in my dentist’s office and I catch up on my reading during my wait. I guess you can be one of those people (whom I despise) standing at the newsstand getting their read on. That’s one way to read it, I guess, as this one will probably never just turn up somewhere. Those who paid the high price for it are not letting it out of their sight… like me… who will not even take it to work because things on or around my desk have the annoying habit of walking away on their own hind legs… but I digress.
Get an original print while they last… or at least before someone copies them and sells them on Etsy!
BTW: I am in no way affiliated with: Downton Abbey, Masterpiece PBS, or its production company.
Even though I am STILL somewhat confused by that last episode: I mean, how DID Takeda get the box? And WASN’T IT Daniel who was shot? And how on Earth did Tyler get out of jail?
My aunt (who is a huge fan also) and I sit around and dissect it during a long-distanced call after the show airs. And I love going back and re-watching previous episodes, trying to figure out all the little nuances that I missed. It really is the best new show this year. (Even though I do think that “Awake” will give it a run for it’s money… I am convinced!) Let’s just hope that they are not pitted against each other in a battle for the top new show, because I am pretty sure that I am going to have to make time to create “Awake” posters, as well.
A HUGE thank you to my fantastic customers! You have ALL been so great to work with this year. Unfortunately, there comes a time when I cannot print the prints fast enough to make sure the prints are on time for gift giving.
Custom ordered prints: Monday will have to be the very last day (and then that is cutting it close if you live anywhere that is not on the east coast. Of course, I can always do overnight shipping with FedEx or UPS, but you know what that $entails$ so I will leave it up to you.
Pride and Prejudice prints (or other localities represented on my store page): can be ordered up until Tuesday evening for Wednesday mailing. West coasters might want to think about ordering today so I can ship Monday afternoon.
Richmonder’s are in luck. I have two (*three) prints just sitting here waiting for a home. They just need a mailing label slapped on… or, as always, you can pick one up in Richmond from Crystal’s Treasure Chest on Westover Hills Blvd. I think she only has two or three left, so your choice is limited.
*I do have one of the very rare and desirable “Jackson Ward” prints (I don’t generally print these as I only give them out to particular people) The only thing, this particular print is “slightly damaged”. There is a small beeswax smudge in the top corner very close to the edge which a frame or mat might help hide (I laid it down on top of a freshly polished walnut bowl). If you have always wanted a print, but couldn’t afford the original price tag, then you are in luck, you can have this one for $20. Email me for payment details (teresaATthegirlsownpaperDOTcom)
It was quite enjoyable, educational, and included lots and lots of delicious food! (even including some inside information on Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” project currently filming in the city).
Plus, Cary Street and it’s environs, had loads of photo opportunities for we architecture enthusiasts. You can see the rest of my Shockoe Slip photos on my flickr page.
I wholeheartedly recommend this food tour to you and yours.
BTW: I even stopped off on my way home to buy Brussels Spouts, cranberries, and Spanish ham to make the dish that was demoed at Mise En Place: