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Life After Domino

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My parents never subscribed to any magazines while I was growing up and I honestly don’t think I could have told you what one was until I saw my first National Geographic about age 8. But when I hit 15 I discovered Vogue and my magazine obsession began. Fashion magazines were my main indulgence until my early twenties; I learned Italian through Italian Vogue, I feel in-love with the 16 series in New Zealand and then, in America, found InStyle.

But when I got my first real home – the kind where I bought furniture and knew I’d be around awhile – my magazine interests changed to decor magazines. Back issues of American Victoria, Country Living, Elle Decor, House and Garden along with the English magazines Country Home and Country Living, my French staples Marie Claire Maison, Marie Claire Idees, and Maisons Cote Sud and my Danish loves Boligliv, Isabella’s.

There came a point, however, a few years ago when I was so tired of magazines; the same old, same old. So I stopped getting them and last fall recycled dozens and dozens of them.

But one magazine I have really liked – and was even going to subscribe to this year – was Domino. I couldn’t tell you one person who didn’t like it. In fact, when I went to the newsstand today, the two men that run it said, “You know it’s the last issue, right?”

“Yes,” I said, “It’s a sad day.”

They couldn’t understand why it was stopping publication since it was their best-selling magazine. They told me how much they both enjoyed reading it (big, tall, scruffy men reading Domino. Loved it!) and didn’t know what they would read in its place.

Neither could I.

One of my favourite features was the fact they included paint colour names for most of their stories. I also loved how they combined fashion with home, frugal items with luxury ones, were young and fresh but had lots of traditional ideas, too. It was a great mix of ideas that I often find lacking in other magazines which focus one just one idea (modern, country living, arty etc.).

So with Domino gone, what are you reading now? Are there any magazines you can replace it with? Web sites that are filling the void?



  1. Hygge HouseNo Gravatar
    February 26, 2009 / 4:43 PM

    Although it’s not like Domino at all, I’ve been really enjoying the re-energised Sunset Magazine because it seems to focus on more regional, fresh and accessible ideas that I can actually take part in from home to travel to cooking. I went for years not really liking it but have found I’ve picked up a copy almost every month for the past six (and am anxiously awaiting the new copy to see eco-designer and friend, Kelly lePlante’s home tour!).

  2. February 26, 2009 / 5:08 PM

    I’m not reading anything!! Domino is a really loss in the shelter magazine arena. I went to the book store today and left without a purchase. There is nothing worth looking at. I’m anxiously awaiting something new. Does anyone know of anything?

  3. AntonellaNo Gravatar
    February 27, 2009 / 2:47 AM

    I suggest english Livingetc.
    it’s a nice mix of styles.
    rip Domino!

  4. February 27, 2009 / 8:02 AM

    I fear for Sunset’s future, because I really like the “new” Sunset – and, pretty much every magazine I really like (including Domino) has met its demise over the past couple of years.

    Another one that’s gotten a bit of a makeover is Country Living – it can still be a little bit twee for my tastes, but I like that there is now more of a focus on crafting, handmade, and indie items than there once was.

  5. ellen p.No Gravatar
    February 27, 2009 / 2:08 PM

    Well, now that “Victoria” magazine is back in publication, that’s definitely a choice pick. 🙂

  6. ellen p.No Gravatar
    February 27, 2009 / 2:13 PM

    By the way, “Victoria” has an especially great issue this month. It just came out. Love it.

  7. February 27, 2009 / 3:48 PM

    Oh, I’m so glad you addressed the Domino Dilema. It truly is a sad day. I was just talking with a librarian last week, wondering if they would be recycling their old issues. Apparently, she takes them home. Sweet as she is, I would never have guessed that she was a “Domino lover!”

    So it affirms the broad audience they are reaching…bringing beauty at every turn of a page.

    I’m glad to hear about the Sunset Renaissance of sorts, and am so grateful for those of you who have suggested some other wonderful Domino alternatives…I think I’ll take this list to the librarian. 🙂

    ps. Looking forward to hearing about your birthday celebration with your mum Alex. Hope you had a wonderful trip!

  8. February 27, 2009 / 4:16 PM

    I found some worthy websites:

    Atticmag Рthe online magazine of home design and d̩cor:

    Living.Etc http://www.livingetc.com/

    Ideal Home Magazine http://www.idealhomemagazine.co.uk/

    House To Home http://www.housetohome.co.uk/

    My Home Ideas http://www.myhomeideas.com/myhome/

    YourHome http://yhmag.co.uk/

    ELLE DECOR Magazine http://www.pointclickhome.com/elle_decor

    Canadian Home & Country http://www.canadianhomeandcountry.com/

    The Decorating Diva

  9. March 1, 2009 / 3:41 PM

    living etc from the UK is prolly the closest… there’s also this Australian magazine…. not quite as high-end but still very stylish is realliving magazine: