It was a very sad morning for me on Wednesday when word spread that Conde Nast would be shutting down one of my all time favorite magazines, Domino. Word is that the last issue will be published in March 2009. Sadly, this also includes their amazing website dominomag.com, filled with decorating finds, how-to’s, recipes and more. (So get on over there and save any information you may need before they take the site down.)
This home and living magazine was like a sister to Lucky magazine (they even had those same post-it like stickers for marking pages). While the emphasis was on home decorating, the magazine also included articles on food and drink, party planning and was always chock full of inspiration for cool color combinations and fabric selections. I’ve loved this magazine since discovering the debut issue at my local newspaper stand. The latest issues have been stacked on my bedside table ever since.
It’s strongest virtue, in my opinion, was that the furniture, accessories and ideas presented were all accessible to us “regular” people. Yes, I like looking at Architectural Digest and Elle Décor, but I can’t afford anything in their pages. Plus, the styling in them is always a bit too dramatic for me to pull off in my California casual home. For the past few years, Domino filled that void. Not only could I fantasize about copying the look from one of Domino’s beautifully photographed room features, I could actually afford to use some of the exact same pieces. Or use my basic handyman skills to mimic paint, wallpaper or upholstery techniques.
According to Charles Townsend, president and CEO of Condé Nast,”This decision to cease publication of the magazine and its website is driven entirely by the economy,” Yet, isn’t this exactly the type of magazine that should be thriving right now? There were plenty of shopping features in it’s pages (just like every magazine), but they were far a head of the curve on green issues, offered tons of DIY advice and and had great, basic tips on making your home a little nicer and more organized.
So, it’s with great sadness and affection, I bid adieu to a great magazine cut down in it’s prime. Readers, do you have any good suggestions for an alternative subscription? I believe the fans of Domino will turn to the web to find replacements for this favorite, but it’s just not the same as curling up in a big comfy chair with the latest issue.