Domino Magazine Nostalgia Part I – Window Treatments

Did we not all cry a little when the design publication Domino Magazine folded a year and a half ago? How were we going to survive? There are several terrific on-line magazines today (my favorites are listed under “Must Reads”) that fill that void to some extent but there is nothing like getting a great magazine in the mailbox. I just spent a week going through tons of Domino issues and ripping out articles I liked — before I plan to get rid of those magazines for good. And I am sitting on a pretty tall pile of goodness!
Since I am all in curtain mode thanks to William’s bedroom makeover (here and here), I thought I would share some brilliant ideas for window treatments.
This is a must try! And I plan to engage hubby. He gets to make a plywood box like this for me. A posh looking valance, don’t you think? Fabric was staple-gunned to the box and ribbon was hot-glued into a criss-cross. The box was attached to the ceiling with small L-shaped metal brackets. I am thinking I want to try this in our guest room. 

Who says curtains have to match? Look at this orange-and-pink combination. It makes the room!

This is such a beautiful room. The cheery “Limoncello” curtains really add a lovely splash of color in the background. (White curtains would have been too predictable). Just a touch of mellow yellow. I like it.

I can not remember exactly who’s lovely apartment this belongs to. Only that the owner is a hip gentleman named Olsen. But I do remember that he took a plain white roller shade and painted black stripes on it! Can’t see the room without that brilliant touch!

Over time I will keep sharing other Domino articles that I have ripped out as inspiration for my own home. They are all classic ideas that never will go out of style.
And yes, I have the Domino book as well — The Book of Decorating. And it has tons of dog ears in it!

Warm hugs to you all!

Images: No. 1 altered via Splendid Willow. All images scanned from old Domino Magazines.
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  • tinajo says:

    Love these photos! :-)

  • Mariana Jäder Näslund says:

    Love the ones with color….I need it now…Kram på dig Monica

  • Charlotta says:

    Oh yes, there were tears… In fact I don’t think they have stopped trickling yet.. :\

    Loving that you did a big tear sheet session, and can’t wait to see what treasures you have selected for inspiration.
    These window treatments are wonderful and I especially love the hand painted blind.
    A similar approach was once taken for a childrens room I worked on. Only the blind was painted by the little boy whose room it was. It turned out lovely and was such a special addition to the room.
    I have never seen hand painted stripes before but love the idea. It could even look fantastic with a rough/uneven edge to the stripes (like in that painting Donna is going to attempt – do you remember?). Oh lots of ideas floating in my head now.

    Thank you dear friend for the inspiration triggers!

    x Charlotta

  • Greet says:

    Hi Mon,
    I would never have thought about using 2 different colors for the curtains, but here you see that it is possible!
    Great post!!
    Love to you my friend!

  • Marci says:

    See I told you I’d be following along on the bedroom redo!
    For the first window treatment, you might want to check out “Little Green Notebook”. Jenny did a pelment box out of foam core board instead of plywood. Another reader used that foam insulation board. I thought both were pretty good ideas and have been looking for a way to use it in my own home.

  • designchic says:

    Oh how I miss Domino – too many of my favorite magazines have suffered during this economy. I too have a dog eared copy of The Book of Decorating…so much inspiration!!

  • michele says:

    i’ve done the upholstered valance thing quite a bit and love the illusion of height they create. so enjoying your blog! good stuff here.


  • Delishhh says:

    Love. love the the box idea. Can’t wait to see what it looks like.

  • mon, yes! I loved the youthful look of domino. still trying for it in my home.

  • liza says:

    I still have my Dominoes, too. Did you know you can see some archives now here: http://www.brides.com/about/domino-magazine ? I’m excited about your project!

  • I’m loving so much the pink-orange combination lately. those curtains are simple divine Mon! xo

  • lisasroy says:

    I miss Domino!! the mismatched curtains are such a fun way to add a couple of accent colours to a room and so unexpected :)

  • Style Attic says:

    Hi there! I completely feel the loss too, along with the oldie but goodies like Southern Accents and House and Garden. Had I known, I wouldn’t have gotten rid of so many issues. The ones I kept are in a safe place now and I revisit them so often. Wonderful ideas and amazing execution of them never goes out of style! The painted shade I have tackled before and it looks really great. I used pastel colors, but that black and white have me wanting to revisit the past…that’s the theme right?! Love XOXO, kel

  • I know, I still miss that mag so much, and yes my copy of the book is sitting ready on my coffee table any time I need a fix!! I was just thinking today about all of the lovely online mags, we are very lucky, but I too LOVE a magazine in my hands!!
    Nancy xo

  • Mia says:

    Love the yellow and pink curtains together :)

    Vad roligt att du kommer till Sverige!! Vi ska till Stockholm 16-18 feb men då har du väl inte hunnit komma? Vore så kul att ses :)

    Kramar Mia

  • wonderful post, Mon! miss Domino too. I have the book too. I have been reading it so many times. Love the box idea. Looking forward to see what it looks like :-) Hugs to you

  • paulap says:

    I so miss domino. I purged about half their issues right before the fold. Still kicking myself over that one.

  • Tina says:

    Hi Sweetie!
    I am having a ‘blue period’ so that pic of the blue room is all for me right now! Love the curtains as well. Feels very unique! Can´t wait to see the result, using this idea for your guest room!
    Tack för härlig kommentar, du är så gullig!
    Happy weekend!

  • Such a timely post for me. I ‘m thinking about some window treatments right now and these are convincing me to be a bit more daring.

  • Melissah says:

    I just discovered your lovely blog. I’m just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  • Patrice says:

    Yes, I absolutely loved domino! It was devastating to see such a great mag go away (tear)

  • I’m feeling the loss of so many of the print magazines. I love the new online publications, but I love to look at my favorites over and over again. I just don’t find myself doing that with the online publications. Happy Sunday! Mona

  • Leigha says:

    You have me so nostalgic for Domino. I really wish I had kept all my issues…I only regret recycling when it comes to Domino issues.


  • Julie at BV says:

    I still miss it Monica. I feel it was the magazine more target to young people. That field still empty although I agree with you there a lot great new website magazine that are great.

    P.S. If you are coming to NYC please let’s get together.


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