Hi, Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! Do you miss Domino magazine sometimes? Any die-hard decor fan does. Although my decor style has evolved since then, every once in a while I find a space so unique and visually interesting in a Domino-esque way, that it brings me right back.
Understated grandeur is what I call the look of this house, set in a historical house in NOLA (New Orleans). The house belongs to Sara Ruffin Costello, former creative director of Domino magazine, so you can see where the edgy style inspiration comes from. If your house is full of historic architectural features, these tips are for you.
1. Go the extra mile and choose a custom paint color that will look more rich. Paint the mouldings the same color for a more modern effect.
2. Recycle old family heirlooms, from paintings to furniture.
3. Especially in a classic space, a whitewashed floor will really help modernise the room.
4. Velvet sofas are the best kinds. They’re incredibly soft and they age well. Choose a good quality velvet.
5. Roman shades are my personal favorite. They give a more formal space a modern and relaxed vibe.
6. Scour for antiques in your local shops or online. An antique or two will always elevate a room.
7. Throw in a modern piece of furniture in the mix just to create visual tension.
8. Personalize your space with books and things.
9. Everything doesn’t have to match. Mix fabrics fearlessly, from velvet to chintz to linen.
10. Art lighting really does wonders for a piece of art you want to showcase. And it makes your home feel like a museum. Win-win.
Are you channeling the Domino look in your home?
See you next week!1