Design Time

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Domino editor in chief Jessica Romm Perez hosts this weekly podcast, which spotlights creative strategies for making your home (and every day) feel more special, personal, and fun—from insider tricks on how to tackle your next renovation project to easy updates that instantly refresh a space—through candid conversations with Domino’s editors and community of experts.

Episode Date
Jungalow’s Justina Blakeney on Making Fun a Priority With Well-Designed Hang Zones

Justina Blakeney radiates joy. The designer, artist, and creative director of Jungalow is the author of two New York Times best-selling books—The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes—and that’s exactly what Justina is all about: creating a space that is all about good vibes. She really understands how to live well and maximize spaces designed around the things that are important to you. She’s a master at coming up with ideas for making your space cooler, more original, and fun. Her own home features well-designed hang zones like a garage–turned–sunken living room, lounge space, outdoor shower, pass-through outdoor bar, and the ultimate tiled garden and patio. She’s an incredible plant mama, artist, mother, musician, and color expert whose work and craft are defined by her personal experiences and a range of influences, including Moroccan zellige tile and patterns, as well as Indian textiles and the Italian joy of living. Listen in as we go on her journey—from life in her 20s living in Florence and owning an O.G. lifestyle boutique with her sister to building a design empire and media platform from her home base in Los Angeles.

Aug 06, 2020
London-Based Interior Design Firm 2LG Studio on Freeing Your Home and Why Pink Is a Neutral

London-based interior designers Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe of 2LG Studio are committed to one simple mission: making living lovely. Their endless joy and passion for design comes from their stellar sense of humor and the cool cultural references that inform their work, like ’80s classic TV show Dynasty, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Schitt’s Creek. They create spaces and products that radiate self-expression and playfulness—from painting a doorframe electric blue to designing area rugs in unexpected, sculptural forms. For them, being bold in life means bringing that energy, joy, and personality to every corner, and design is all about the boundary-bending gesture: add a glossy patterned tile all the way up to the ceiling for maximum impact, and painting the inside of your closets in a color that makes you happy. 2LG gives you permission to pick up a paintbrush and paint outside the lines—in punchy lilac and bubblegum pink, of course.

Jul 30, 2020
Leanne Ford on Following Your Gut in Renovation and in Life

As the host of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords, Leanne Ford is someone who really trusts her instincts and bold choices—in renovation, design, and life. She started her career as a fashion stylist and brings her rock-and-roll sensibility and high-low mix to reimagining spaces that honor the old and embrace the new. She applies the same vibe to designing furniture collections, such as her recent one for Crate & Barrel. A few of her rule-breaking signatures: painting everything the perfect shade of white; a collected approach to interiors that layers cool vintage pieces with bold, outsize furniture; and rooms that are all about comfort. After getting married and having a baby in 2019, Leanne brought her expert DIY skills to a storied Rustic Canyon property in the Santa Monica hills that she had envisioned as being her family’s “forever home.” When COVID happened, she and her husband got real with each other and about how they wanted their life to unfold more slowly and thoughtfully, which led to their decision to sell their California home and move back to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. Tune in as we chat about her new project—an early-20th-century manor house in Pennsylvania—the magical time of taking stock of what matters, and considering the true meaning of coming home.

Jul 23, 2020
Sarah Sherman Samuel on the Budget Materials That Actually Elevate a Space and Always Dreaming Big

As the cover star of our first Renovation issue last winter, Sarah takes the idea of design-it-yourself to the next level: She can turn inexpensive materials into design gold—a graphic wall hanging doubles as a TV cover and a painted striped ceiling becomes a work of art. Sarah is also behind successful collaborations with such brands as Semihandmade and Lulu and Georgia, counts Mandy Moore and Garance Doré as clients, and has grown a loyal following on Instagram, where she shares cool projects—and the funny mishaps that come with being so hands on. Her family home in Grand Rapids, Michigan is her most personal project to date—a 1980s postmodern fixer-upper that’s now an oasis of clean lines, layered textures, and earthy-meets-modern colors. Listen in as we chat about her epic renovation and what Sarah considers to be the key to creating a calm and functional space.

Jul 16, 2020
Clare Paint Founder Nicole Gibbons on Curating Color with Confidence and the Career Pivot that Changed Everything

Nicole Gibbons is a pro at creating something so intuitive, you wonder how you ever lived without it.  Starting out in fashion PR and working as an executive at Victoria Secret, she switched career paths at the peak of her game to follow her true passion in interior design. Nicole got the stamp of approval from Oprah, appearing as a design expert on the O network. And all that before Nicole launched her direct-to-consumer paint brand, Clare, which reimagines the colorful journey of sampling paint to realizing your dream palette. Backed by some of the same investors as Glossier, Everlane, and Reformation the buzzy direct-to-consumer brand is intuitive, offering services like a color-match quiz and peel-and-stick swatches. But Clare also taps into the emotional side of color with names like Current Mood, Chill and Dirty Martini, Summer Friday and Sriracha -- and cuts through the clutter with a super tight edit of shades.

Nicole and I had so much to dig into for this episode--including how to curate color with confidence, why natural light is everything when choosing the right shade, and how some of the boldest color pairings can really change your space.

Jul 09, 2020
Kelly Wearstler on Mood-Altering Color and the Power of Discovering Your Design Story

For our inaugural episode, we’re chatting with design superstar Kelly Wearstler. Even if you don’t know her by name, chances are you’ve experienced one of her many iconic designs or layered immersive spaces. This year, as her studio celebrates 25 years and her Instagram account tops a million followers, Kelly’s most recent project, the Proper Hotels in Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco, represents a new vision of hospitality for the Instagram generation.

A true trailblazer and thought leader, Kelly continues to follow her deep passion and curiosity for style and interiors. She has left her mark on era-defining spaces, designing countless collections and taking risks every step of the way. In this episode, our Summer issue cover star shares her ideas on how to energize your space, the color combinations that can really move you, along with her strategies for scoring the best vintage and how to collect items that tell the story of you. 

Jul 02, 2020

Have you ever been in a space that made you feel really good? Where the light was just right, the furniture was super-cozy, and the colors seemed to radiate? That connection is at the heart of Domino’s new podcast, Design Time, where we explore spaces with meaning. Good design can help us create a home that truly tells our story. Each week, join me, Jessica Romm Perez, Domino’s editor in chief, along with visionaries who will share their creative journey to designing spaces that move you. We’ll explore the emotional side of design, from the ritual of gathering to a mood-boosting paint trick to the renovation tips that will inspire your next project. Home is the best place to start exploring your personal style. How do you shape your world from the inside out? Let’s discover together on Design Time.

Jun 25, 2020