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.
Chris Loves Julia’s Julia Marcum on What She’s Learned After Six Kitchen Renos and the Hack That Will Save Your Budget
Julia Marcum has built her career around the concept of love. Her popular blog, Chris Loves Julia, launched as a personal creative diary of renovation, home, marriage, and family—all of the very real parts of life that impact how you truly live in your home. Her deep passion for the process of renovation and documenting all the little details—the earned sweat equity and mishaps that happen in the journey of making spaces better and more personal—gives her content an approachability that inspires her fans to do it themselves. With her community following along as she updates her spaces, Julia believes that you can always make a space function better for you and budget is a construct we can all learn to work within. Listen in as we chat with the self-described homebody and explore the six kitchens she has renovated along with her husband, Chris.
Loeffler Randall’s Jessie Randall on Renovating Her Kitchen During Quarantine and Her Forever Love of Ditzy Florals and Sun-Washed Gingham
Loeffler Randall’s Jessie Randall has a spot on the timeline of Domino’s history. The O.G. Domino cover featuring her Brooklyn home with the “For Like Ever” poster launched a thousand Pinterest boards and Etsy shops, and that story is still circulating today. Jessie’s love of sun-faded neutrals, ditzy florals, and reimagined gingham finds its way into her collections, and she shares those inspirations on her Instagram feed. Her brand is embarking on a new chapter this month, with Loeffler Randall’s first retail shop, opening in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood; a ready-to-wear collection; and shoes that strike that magic balance of comfort and style.
So many of the techniques used in crafting the label take their inspiration from interiors—pleating, hand-stitched embroidery, quilting—and it all is informed by Jessie’s own creative process. Listen in as we dive into the projects and hands-on crafts that she’s been working on for the past year.
Designer Matilda Goad on Creating Spaces That Are Instant Mood Lifters and the Best Budget–Friendly Materials to Elevate Your Home
British designer Matilda Goad’s products are just the dose of joy we all need in our homes right now. Her collection of tabletop and brightly hued accessories is a fabulously low-commitment way to inject new energy into our spaces: wavy rattan lampshades, scallop-edged napkins, and planters in a spectrum of appealing colors. Matilda’s love for elevating everyday items informs everything she touches. Her own home in London is equally bold and chock-full of ideas—a checkerboard-pattern tile on the stovetop surround, a smart grid of inexpensive glossy white tiles with oxblood red grout in the pantry, a scalloped detail behind a sink, and a skirt fashioned from an oversize floral to hide away unsightly messes. Dive in as we explore the joy in shaking things up in your home: by setting a fun table, playing some good music, or surrounding yourself with flowers, which reminds us that home should be a reflection of your passions—whatever that means to you.
Reath Design’s Frances Merrill on Fearlessly Mixing Color and Pattern and the Most Overlooked Spaces in Our Homes
Frances Merrill of Reath Design draws inspiration from seemingly unlikely sources—a favorite item of clothing, a textile from an antiques mall, or a piece of furniture handed down from a friend. Frances got her start designing spaces for Commune, and her warm, cozy, and layered interiors radiate personality—they are, like Frances herself, a bit of California style by way of Greenwich Village. Her use of color has become a signature and feels familiar and welcoming yet always surprising.
Frances and her team design high-vibration spaces, saturated with personality, texture, and color. Adventurous block prints sit next to more traditional elements, and it’s this juxtaposition that makes Reath Design’s spaces exciting, fresh, and unique—not one is the same. Listen in as we explore the boldness and intentionality that are the hallmarks of Frances’s design approach.
Estelle Bailey-Babenzien on Marrying Sustainability for All With Environments That Build Community and Connections
Estelle Bailey-Babenzien is the cofounder and creative director of fashion and lifestyle brand Noah and Dream Awake Design. She’s responsible for building the Noah brand and retail environments, including its downtown New York City flagship, shops within Dover Street Market in Los Angeles and London, and locations in Osaka and Tokyo. The company donates a portion of its profits to causes it cares about. Estelle’s interiors prioritize fabric, a meaningful lifestyle, and conscious consumerism, and they’re classic, soulful, and timeless. Her choice of materials leans on the education she received at Central Saint Martins in London, and her recent project—a sustainably driven townhouse for actor Adrian Grenier in Brooklyn—will be revealed on Domino next month. Noah isn’t just good retail; it’s become a community gathering spot (pre-COVID, of course) for local design and inclusive activism. Listen in as Estelle shares her thoughts on sustainability in design and creating environments that build community and connections.
Zio and Sons’s Anthony D’Argenzio on Savvy Career Pivots and How to Achieve a Reno That Honors the Past With an Emphasis on Cozy
Anthony D’Argenzio of Zio and Sons has evolved from stylist, photographer, designer, and content creator to renovation expert, developer, and real-estate visionary. As a frequent contributor to Domino, he’s documented his journey of restoring and refreshing historic spaces in New York’s Hudson Valley and creating a series of enviable short- and long-term residences that he rents via Airbnb. Anthony understands how to maintain the beauty, patina, and integrity of a space while updating it for modern living.
Anthony has collaborated with Clé Tile on an incredible line of easy-to-install zellige tile; is launching a new wallpaper collection this spring; and has a booming real-estate practice. He embraces old-world materials and European influences—brass, plaster, artfully crafted wood—and knows how to source and collect the best vintage. Listen in as we learn how all these elements come together to create Anthony’s coveted spaces.
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Can’t wait for the next episode. A very cool chat with loads of accessible ideas. Well done, Domino!
Good but less interviewer more interviewee please
Love the concept of this but I would love to hear the interviewer talk less and the interviewee talk more! It’s such a common mistake in journalism. Give the interviewee space to fill the air — it’s their thoughts and opinions we want to hear, after all!