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The New (old) Domino

Have you checked out the new issue of Domino? I know that there have been many conflicting thoughts on the return of the beloved shelter mag (no Deborah Needleman?), but for me the positives by far outweigh any negatives. Domino was my first decor love, consistently highlighting a style that I really connected to. I thought the editors did a great job of re-establishing the Domino brand – it was nice to see familiar features, layouts, and even that great handwriting font. I’m also a huge fan of Suzanne and Lauren McGrath (the mother-daughter design team behind Good Bones, Great Pieces) so I was happy to see their work featured here. So, in sum, I’m very happy to have Domino back in my life. I’m intrigued by the new e-commerce site and its possibilities for the future of this kind of print publishing. I’m hoping this issue becomes a jumping-off point for even more innovations to come for the magazine. What are your thoughts on the relaunch? [image via]

Kitchen inspiration

My roommate and I are planning some changes in our apartment’s kitchen. It’s a great space with tons of storage (she basically hit the NYC rental jackpot), but it needs something to spice it up visually. We won’t be making any major changes, but with a few tweaks I think we can make the space feel a little more custom. For the cabinets, we both would love to switch out the hardware. To play off the white subway tile backsplash, we’re thinking of going with an eclectic farmhouse feel. White ceramic knobs fit the theme and would make the light wood cabinets a bit more interesting. We’re also thinking about taking off one or two cabinet doors to create some open shelving and break up the expanse of wood. I love the look of this single open cabinet: [via] We’re wavering between a colorful rug or something more neutral against the dark tile floor. I’m wondering if a neutral rug might be too much with the light wood cabinets? And I do love the vibrancy …

New apartment planning

The change in the weather is definitely bringing out my nesting instinct. To tide myself over, I pulled together a few images that capture the mood I’m hoping to create in my future apartment. Lately I’ve been drawn to neutrals – I love the combination of soft gray, natural linen, and white, with a few black accents to ground it. clockwise from top: Ikea Soaré placemat, Black & White and a Bit in Between by Celerie Kemble, Aerin large leaf dish, Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Diamond Tile rug, Crate & Barrel Vienna black side chair, Room & Board grey velvet pillow, Wisteria lacquer side table

Eva Zeisel ceramics

About a year ago, I bought this ceramic dish for $20 at a local flea market. The bottom was printed with “EZ 600,” but otherwise there were no identifying labels or markings. After I bought the piece, I kept spotting it in interiors features, casually placed on desks or nestled among other dishes. However, still no clues as to its origins. Fast-forward one year: I was flipping through old issues of Martha the other day, and there was my dish, part of a collection of dinnerware designed by Eva Zeisel (EZ!). A Hungarian-born industrial designer, Zeisel became well-known in the United States in the 1940s for her fluid, modernist designs. Her successful career spanned nine decades and her work has been featured in several major museums. I am loving the work of this new-to-me artist – I think the organic shapes are so beautiful. I’m hoping to stumble across a few more pieces. If I’m lucky, this might be my first “real” collection!

Change is good.

So I’m officially the worst. I had just started to get on a roll with this little blog and then – radio silence for nearly 2 months (has it really been that long?? I’m the worst). However, I promise I have a good reason – we’re moving! To New York City! With no jobs or apartment! As you can imagine, things have been a bit stressful around these parts as we try to make this move work. Although we may not be totally prepared for what awaits us in New York, moving makes the most sense for our careers, we have lots of friends in the city, and we’re both really excited for a change of pace after 6 years of living in Vermont. That said, I’m definitely apprehensive about the logistics of it all. I’m trying to enjoy this transition, but at the same time it would be so nice to skip right over the whole finding a job and apartment business and get right to the fun part – decorating! Below are a …

Current obsession: filament pendants

… Lately it seems that these gorgeous pendant lamps are popping up everywhere – I can’t get them out of my head. The one above, from the latest issue of Country Living, is my favorite so far (but of course I didn’t write down the source. I’m such an excellent blogger). This modern take from Restoration Hardware is also pretty awesome: … … Pottery Barn makes a more tapered version: … … And while a bit different, I love this shade that echoes the shape and lines of the metal pendants. Also how gorgeous is this kitchen?? … … I’m thinking some sort of DIY might need to happen in my apartment. Maybe a shade like this one from Target, plus some 1″ black trim?