Blogging Domino: 03.08 First Look

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Domino is looking at the world of decor through green tinted glasses in the new issue. Easy ways to go green is the underlying theme of most (but not all) of the features. We're kicking off our monthly review of what's worth a look with a gorgeous loft - Stylist Lili Diallo's place in Brooklyn.

Starting on page 100, the piece on Lili's home is set up as a primer on how to achieve the sophisticated yet seemingly effortlessly casual look that she has attained...

...with great photos and well thought-out tips. We love the white walled dining area with it's melange of different chairs, big houseplants and a strong graphic table cloth. The living room's shiny sleek cocktail table mixed with two different styles of sofas makes a good point about the strength of white as a unifying factor in a room. The three pieces couldn't be more different but work together really well because they all share the same color.

We always enjoy when a home is featured that feels very genuine. Not overdone, not full of high-falutin pieces (although there are some great ones mixed in), not pristine, just very well put together and lovely to look at. The structure of the article with it's eight tips from Lili on how to think about pulling your own rooms together in the same way was the icing on the cake, making it worth a read, not just a long look.

Another great space featured this month:

Page 120: A quintessential hill perched LA home with amazing views is home to architect Lenardin Madden and animator Henry Madden. The 1000 sq. ft. 1959 post and beam looks so good with it's white painted ceilings, simple plywood floors and silver accents used throughout. Green ideas from their home: secondhand butcher block as a kitchen counter (which looks amazing), Dunn-Edwards Eco-Shield paint used on walls and ceilings and a balcony made from controlled-harvest pau lope wood.


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Page 126: 3 Green Houses takes a look at three homes in different locales - the suburban, urban and rural.

The suburban: Environmental Activist Laura Turner Seidel lives in a huge 6,200 square foot "Eco-Manor" outside of Atlanta. The daughter of Ted Turner, she opens up her home for tours, fund raisers and features it on Ecomanor.com to inspire and educate on the sustainable and recycled materials used throughout.

The urban: Kimberly Oliver, one of the producers of Haute Green, lives in a Brooklyn apartment, renovated by Matt Gagnon. The focus is on smart use of materials (double pane windows cuts down on heating and cooling) and chic yet still eco-conscious furnishings like her fabulous cobalt Odegard rug.

The rural: Linda Aldredge, of Lulu Organics, lives in NYC's Chinatown, but spends weekends in upstate in a rustic tree house retreat. Hurricane lamps light it, rainwater is collected, and cooking happens on a propane stove.

More to come from the March issue of Domino in the coming days...lots to cover this time around! For those of you who have had a chance to check it out already, feel free to share your impressions...

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.