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Design Time

Domino editors host 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.

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Domino editors host 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.

Designer Shavonda Gardner on Small-Space Hacks, the Best Dark Paint Shade, and Why Community Matters More Than Square Footage

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Shavonda Gardner is an interior designer who creates spaces that are highly beautiful but also highly functional—maybe that has to do with the fact that she lives in a 1,200-square-foot bungalow with her wife, two kids, and a 120-pound Great Dane named Callie. So it makes sense that her blog, SG Style, brims with inspirational ideas. Listen in as she shares her tricks for maximizing small homes and why she’ll never have all-white walls.

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Sep 29 2022

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Molly Baz and Ben Willett on Their Food-Themed Home, Working Together Creatively, and the Wacky Way Baz Fills a Dishwasher

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In the first episode of our second season, food personality Molly Baz, author of the best-selling Cook This Book, and spatial designer Ben Willett share all the secrets behind their food-themed Altadena, California, home, from the Caesar salad bathroom marble to the butter yellow kitchen cabinets. (You may have seen them in Domino’s Fall digital issue?) Listen in as the married pair talk about how they work together in harmony and why, when it comes to projects, they had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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Sep 22 2022

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Designer Eny Lee Parker on Making a Viral Lamp, Hiring a Happy Team, and Her Next Act

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Furniture designer Eny Lee Parker first took over our collective Instagram feeds in 2018 with her now ubiquitous U-shaped OO Lamp, which has appeared in the homes of such people as Sarah Sherman Samuel and Christian Siriano. From her studio in Queens, New York, Parker and her team continue to churn out the chicest totemic ceramic lighting and furniture—but in true rebel fashion, she says she’s more focused on maintaining a happy staff and giving back to her community than just making art. Listen as she fills us in on why she’s not interested in being the best designer on the planet, her two dream celebrity clients, and how she DIYed her rental kitchen—but don’t tell her landlord.

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Sep 01 2022

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Beth “Bephie” Birkett on Creativity and Privilege, Taking Design Risks, and Why You Should Hang Onto Your IKEA Pieces

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There’s no other way to say it: Beth “Bephie” Birkett is insanely cool. She runs her own creative design studio called Bephie, which has collaborated with brands like Nike and Jordan, and along with her husband, she co-owns Union, a streetwear institution in Los Angeles. Together with their sons, they live in a prismatic home that shows off their personal style—hello, bright blue sunroom—and an impressive Black art collection. (Maybe you saw it in Domino’s Summer digital issue?) Listen in as we talk about how she got her start in fashion, why creativity is a privilege, and where she shops for future vintage treasures.

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Aug 25 2022

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Eva Chen and Tom Bannister on Designing for Three Kids (and Yourselves!), First-Time Gardening, and Launching a Granola Empire

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Eva Chen and Tom Bannister are the Internet’s first couple: Chen is head of fashion partnerships at Instagram and a best-selling author—and before that she was editor in chief of Lucky magazine. Bannister is a creative director and entrepreneur who makes the most delicious granola, Tom’s Perfect 10, which had a 17,000-person wait list when it launched last year. Through it all, they’ve never strayed from being unapologetically authentic. Together with their three children, they split their time between New York City and a charming cottage in Connecticut. Tune in as we hear about how they used customer feedback to launch a granola brand and how the pair is adjusting to life outside the city. Spoiler alert: They’re gardeners now!

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Aug 18 2022

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Ashley Graham on Moving to the Suburbs, Having a Beige Sofa (With Three Kids!), and Wanting to Be a DIY Girl

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In our season finale, Ashley Graham proves that her rebellious nature extends far beyond the runway. Not only has she fearlessly led a body-positivity revolution and redefined the word supermodel, she’s a mother of three boys (that includes twins!) and a new homeowner who just put a stylish spin on her lush backyard thanks to Affirm. Listen in to hear why she made the move from Brooklyn to the burbs, how she keeps a beige sofa clean with kids, and where she shops for discount pool towels. 

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Aug 04 2022

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Floral Designer Ryan Norville on Being a Rebel Unintentionally, the Flower She Avoids at All Costs, and How to Take a Bodega Bouquet Up a Notch

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You’ve probably seen Ryan Norville aka @OatCinnamon’s otherworldly floral creations while scrolling through your IG feed. Maybe it was her pearlescent spray-painted stems that caught your eye, or a neon-colored installation at an event for one of your favorite brands—her arrangements aren’t easily forgotten. Listen in as we chat about how she went from cleaning buckets to designing florals full-time, the vintage Esty find she definitely paid too much for, and the trick to keeping your bodega bouquet looking fresh for longer.

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Jul 28 2022

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Dusen Dusen’s Ellen Van Dusen on Her Unconventional Design Background, the Color Combo She’s Not a Fan of, and the Enduring Appeal of Stripes

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If you’re a design lover (or just a person in the world), you have surely seen Ellen Van Dusen’s bold, geometric work hanging from towel racks or adorning beds. (At Domino, we’ve photographed the Dusen Dusen quilted bedding set more times than we can count!) Last year, The New York Times’s T magazine named her one of the 12 talents shaping the design world, and her company’s sample sales draw lines around the block—and then some. Tune in as we learn about why she didn’t go to design school, how she knows what colors look good together, and the New York City institution she’d like to give a glow-up.

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Jul 21 2022

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Interior Designer Tiffany Howell on Using Playlists as Mood Boards, Vintage Britney Music Videos, and Collaborating With Celebrity Clients

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Interior designer Tiffany Howell is no stranger to working with big names. She got her start in the music industry, where she produced videos for Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. Then in 2016 she launched her design studio, Night Palm, and since then has spun her signature style (think: soulful vintage and lots of glam) into the homes of actress Laura Harrier, basketball player Klay Thompson, and screenwriter-producer Mara Brock Akil, among others. Listen in as we chat about collaborating with celebrity clients, how she makes her musical mood boards, and why she doesn’t follow design trends.

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Jul 14 2022

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Megababe Founder Katie Sturino on Wallpapering Her Ceiling and Shopping for Size-Inclusive Furniture

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Katie Sturino is as rebellious as they come. She’s the founder of Megababe, a company near and dear to our hearts (and armpits and inner thighs), and she’s also the author of Body Talk, the body-positivity bible. If you’ve been following her as long as we have, you know that she first gained Internet fame as the mom of Toast the dog. In this episode, she talks about size inclusivity in furniture, her favorite place to find custom curtains, and why she doesn’t care if you don’t like her candy-colored Palm Beach condo. #SorryNotSorry


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Jul 07 2022

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Christian Siriano on Breaking Down Fashion Barriers, the Best White Paint, and Designing Rooms Exactly the Way He Wants

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In our first episode of The Rebellious Ones, we’re chatting with Christian Siriano, a fashion and interior designer who knows what he wants in paint colors—and in life. He was the youngest-ever winner of Project Runway. He now runs an über-successful fashion line and dresses people like Billy Porter for the Oscars, Michelle Obama for the DNC, and Oprah Winfrey. During the pandemic, he and his team sewed 2 million masks for essential workers. He also has a furniture and interior design business, and his New York City apartment was featured on the cover of Domino’s Spring digital issue. Listen in as we learn what Christian’s go-to Benjamin Moore shade is and why he takes selfies with the cashiers at HomeGoods—no spoilers here! 

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Jun 30 2022

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What is a rebel? Is it someone who paints a room all black? Or is it a person who engages in tiny acts of resistance every day? Wait—am I a rebel? 

Join me, Julie Vadnal, Domino’s deputy editor, for Design Time: The Rebellious Ones, where I try to answer those questions and so many more. This season, starting in June, I’m going to be talking to rebels—the out-of-the-box thinkers who put their creative stamp on our world, whether they work in design, fashion, or even food. 

Each week, I’ll chat with a new guest—a rebellious one, if you will—about how they turn off the doubting voices in their head, and how you can find your only-you style. Be sure to subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen so you don’t miss a moment.

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Jun 15 2022

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Jonathan Adler on Creating His Signature Glamorous Style and Turning It Into a Design Dynasty

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You know a Jonathan Adler piece when you see it. If you close your eyes, you can envision his original classic white vase—you know the one, covered in lips. With cheeky decorative goods, including his self-described groovy lighting and medicinal canisters, as well as statement-making velvet sofas, Jonathan’s work screams “having fun with glamour.”  Since expanding his brand worldwide, his modern, kitschy aesthetic has never felt more fresh, especially in a crowded global design marketplace. Tune in to hear all of the smart tips and tricks Jonathan has up his sleeve and what it takes to truly carve out your own creative path.

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Nov 18 2021

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Plant and Interior Stylist Hilton Carter on Finding Your Plants’ Perfect Light and How to Start Bringing the Outside In

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Hilton Carter is on a mission to change the way the world thinks about plants. After working as a filmmaker, Hilton discovered the power of plants in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, while filming a commercial. Since then, he’s incorporated lots of greenery into his living spaces all over America, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, and now Baltimore, where he has just completed a home renovation that includes a sun-filled room specifically for his flora. With three books and a major product collaboration with Target under his belt, Hilton has become Instagram’s go-to plant doctor, sharing care tips alongside images of Treezus, his now Insta-famous fiddle-leaf fig tree. Today he also runs his own content and e-commerce site, where he shares his art and product recommendations. Listen in as we glean some inside knowledge from the ultimate plant parent and hear Hilton’s insight on how we can all live beautifully with plants.

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Nov 11 2021

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Stylist and Shop Owner Beverly Nguyen on the Hunt for Unexpected Homewares Around the Globe and Her Must-Have Kitchen Tools

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As a fashion stylist, Beverly Nguyen has become known for her high-low design philosophy and cutting-edge editorial shoots. Having managed the studio of Kate Young, noted stylist to the stars, Beverly has developed an eye for what’s cool, exciting, and next. This past April, she made a foray into interiors and founded Beverly’s, one of New York City’s most stylish homewares boutiques. In this new endeavor, she brings an idiosyncratic point of view to home goods. The selection merges affordable functionality with covetable design, while staying true to her Vietnamese heritage and family history of shopkeeping. Tune in as we talk trends and all things chic for your space with Beverly.

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Nov 04 2021

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Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk on the Best Investments to Make for Your Forever Home and Turning Failures Into Lessons in Design and Life

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​​You likely know Bobby Berk as the resident design expert and Emmy-nominated host of Netflix’s Queer Eye, but he’s actually been cultivating his style for decades with stints at Bed Bath & Beyond and Restoration Hardware. Today he runs his own bespoke interior design practice for residential, commercial, and hospitality clientele and has teamed up with A.R.T. Furniture and Tempaper to launch exclusive designs. Listen in as Bobby reveals his special secret sauce for doing it all and how he comes up with new and innovative trends that we all want to copy.

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Oct 28 2021

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Textile Designer Heather Taylor on the Formula She Uses Every Time She Sets a Table and What Extras She Keeps Stocked in Her Linen Closet 

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For Heather Taylor, creating a beautiful table isn’t so much about the items on top of it as it is the feeling. After noticing a lack of tasteful linens on the market, she returned to her knitting roots in 2013 and began making her own textiles, which now grace the tables of the chicest dinner parties and are stocked in beautiful home shops around the world, including her own brick-and-mortar space in Los Angeles. With new collaborations with West Elm, Clare V., and Dôen, Heather Taylor Home is poised to become the next great homekeeping brand. 

Listen in as Heather shares her clever tips for creating no-fuss centerpieces and how to actually enjoy hosting, as well as her go-to strategies for making entertaining casual, relaxed, and comfortable.. 

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Oct 21 2021

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Oh Happy Day!’s Jordan Ferney on Her Love of Quirky Vintage and the Instagram Hack She Uses for 3-D Renderings

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You likely know Jordan Ferney from the delightful party shop and website Oh Happy Day!, as well as the innovative and ’gram-worthy color experience Color Factory. Her unique approach to design stands out from the pack—and she introduces clever decorating hacks in her very own Domino column. Surrounded by an abundance of creative DIY projects and vintage finds, Jordan shares her studied tips for sourcing out-of-the-box pieces that express her personal style and her unconventional wisdom, which we can all use in our own design journeys.

Come along as I visit her awe-inspiring and playful New York City home to see firsthand all the amazing work she’s done to the space.

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Oct 14 2021

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In design, the top tastemakers know that good style has the power to create the next big thing. Domino’s new Design Time podcast, Trending Forward, is all about people who push the limits of what exists to create something new and better, something that ignites a spark in others.

Join me, Domino contributing editor Ben Reynaert, for a special series that will take you on a journey to what’s next. From sourcing exciting new products to discovering unexpected color palettes, we’ll get the inside scoop from the designers and creatives who are setting the major trends for us all.

Trending Forward is for the curious and design obsessed, and it’s launching October 14. Be sure to subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen, so you don’t miss a beat.

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Oct 07 2021

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Aya Kanai on the Shelf Life of a Trend and the Future of Visual Search

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Aya Kanai’s distinct style and perspective comes from years of working at some of fashion’s most exciting publications and brands, and her creative approach leans on her decisive instinct that’s as artful as it is personal. By leveraging her experience first as an editor on the launch team at Teen Vogue and then at such magazines as Nylon and Cosmopolitan—and more recently as editor in chief at Marie Claire—in her new role as Pinterest’s head of content and creator partnerships has put Aya at the helm of an exciting new initiative within the company. Pinterest is prioritizing creators, putting people at the heart of the platform and honoring the personalities that drive the ideas and pins that become the trends. And what is the life cycle of a trend? Aya understands what causes a trend to really take off and how to stay ahead of that curve, and she’s always looking for the next big idea. I’m so excited to share my conversation with Aya with all of you.

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Jul 22 2021

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